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It is best to contact a lawyer immediately following an accident and before contacting any insurance company so that you may be informed of your legal rights.
We do not believe that everyone injured in an accident needs to hire a lawyer; however, we do believe that anyone that is injured ought to make an informed decision as to whether they should hire a lawyer or not. To best protect your interests, contact a member of our Personal Injury Legal Team immediately after your accident and before you speak with ICBC or any other insurer to access to the critical legal information you deserve before making any decisions.
The best time to contact us is immediately after being injured and before speaking with ICBC or any other insurance company. By doing so, you can make an informed decision before you do anything that may prejudice your claim.
Insurance providers represent the at-fault individual and it is important to be aware that they may be acting against you. We feel strongly that every person injured in an accident is best served by speaking with an impartial personal injury expert as soon as possible in order to access the information required to make an informed decision.
Most people injured in an accident caused by someone else do not realize that the ICBC adjuster they are dealing with is actually acting for the person that injured them. ICBC does not tell you that. Your claim is against the at-fault motorist – the person who caused the accident. It is his/her insurance that must pay for the loss he/she has caused. That is what insurance is for. As such, the adjuster that will be asking you for a statement and access to your medical and employment records is not acting for you. They are acting against you.
It is often critical to examine the accident scene and the vehicles involved in the accident as soon after the accident as possible. While the police will conduct some degree of scene investigation it is often insufficient for our purposes. We regularly retain engineers and investigators to attend the accident scene to perform measurements, take photos, and conduct interviews of witnesses to preserve as much evidence as possible. The sooner these individuals can attend the scene, the better job we can do for you. Once the vehicles involved have been crushed and recycled there is nothing we can do. As ICBC will be acting against you, they do not advise you of the need to preserve this evidence. In fact, it is to their advantage to deprive you of this evidence in their defence of your claim.
While many personal injury firms handle cases for ICBC as well as for those that are injured, we do not do so. We act only for people that are injured. Our firm does not act for ICBC at all. You can be rest assured that our loyalties are not divided. Our only focus and responsibility is to best represent your interest.
Unfortunately anyone of us can be involved in an accident. As such our clients come from all walks of life, can be of any age and can suffer any type of injury imaginable.
Our clients typically come to us as a result of one of the following events:
- motor vehicle accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- bicycle accidents
- slip and fall incidents
- sexual or physical assaults
After contacting our team, we will arrange to meet where it is most convenient for you. Our first consultation is free of charge and will help you to understand your options.
We meet with injured people where it is most convenient and comfortable for them or their families – at their homes, in hospital, or in our office. If a face to face meeting is impractical, a simple phone call is a good way to start. Our consultations are completely free. After we speak you can make an informed decision if you would like our involvement. As soon as we are hired, we take full responsibility for handling your claim.
Once hired, we ensure your treatment is progressing and will assist you in accessing any income replacement that may be available.
As soon as we are hired we take full responsibility for your claim. That means you will no longer have to communicate with ICBC or any other insurer. All of your communications will be with us. We will immediately take steps to document and preserve all scene evidence to best protect your interests.
Throughout your recovery, we will maintain regular contact with you to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned. We will assist you in accessing any income replacement that may be available to you including disability benefits, Employment Insurance, etc. We recognize that your mortgage and other bills will continue while you are disabled so access to funds during your disability is critical.
After recovery, we analyze the effects the injury has had upon you and may continue to have on your day-to-day life. Once we have obtained a clear medical prognosis, we will discuss with you settlement expectations and strategies. If a settlement can not be reached and it is necessary to proceed to trial, we are prepared to do so.
Once you make a full recovery or reach the point of maximal medical recovery, we will conduct a thorough analysis of the impact your injury and residual limitations may have upon your employment, recreational activities, and to just enjoy life so that we can accurately quantify the full impact of your loss. We have established a network of experienced specialized medical and vocational experts who are able to perform the assessments required to truly understand the full effect your injury may have upon you and your future.
The law only gives you one opportunity to be compensated. Once your case is settled, it is finished. As such, it is critical that you have an experienced personal injury expert consider the full impact your injury may have upon your future. ICBC will not do that for you.
Once we have obtained a clear medical and vocational prognosis for you, we will have all of the information we require to accurately quantify the amount of your claim so that we may enter informed settlement negations with ICBC on your behalf. It is our experience that by gathering all of the evidence necessary to properly quantify your claim we are able to negotiate fair settlements on behalf of most of our clients without having to proceed to trial. Of course not all cases will settle. In those circumstances we do not have to change our approach. As we prepare each case from day one as if it is bound for trial, we are always prepared for that possibility. It is that approach which we believe best serves the interests of our clients and gives them the option of either accepting the best settlement offer we can obtain or proceeding to trial.
We will provide you with a thorough initial consultation free of charge to ensure that you fully understand your legal rights before you retain a lawyer or speak with any insurance company.
Our legal fees are based upon a contingency fee agreement. Our fee is a percentage of what we recover for you. We only get paid when the case is settled or an award is made at trial.