If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of someone else's fault, there is information you need to know. Types of personal injury cases include:
- ICBC claims
- Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Public transportation accidents
- Sporting accidents
- Wrongful death
- Slip and fall
- Defective products
FIRST: Get medical help:
If you have sustained a personal injury, as part of an ICBC claim or other circumstance, one of the most important things you need to do is seek medical advice. For as long as you are injured, it is necessary for you to keep regular visits with your doctor and that the medical advice is followed. Injury follow up with your doctor will aid you in a successful recovery.
THEN: Call us to get legal help:
When someone has caused you personal injury, there is a time limit on your ability to get compensation. If you have not settled your ICBC / personal injury claim within that time limit or if you have not started a lawsuit to preserve your right to make a claim beyond the time limit, you may be forever barred from getting compensation. Time limits are not the same for every situation and that is why it is essential to get legal advice to know what time limits apply to your personal circumstances.
For an ICBC personal injury claim, check out our ICBC Accident Checklist.
If you have sustained a personal injury (ICBC or other) through no fault of you own, you may be entitled to make a claim for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of amenities
- Past wage loss
- Future wage loss
- Cost of past and ongoing treatment
- Plus other claims that may apply to your specific circumstances
You need a lawyer on your side:
No matter how friendly an ICBC or another insurance company adjuster appears he or she is not your friend. The adjuster works for the insurance company and the insurance company has an interest in paying you the least amount of money possible. A personal injury adjuster may offer you a settlement that is less than you deserve.
The ICBC (or other personal injury) adjuster will ask you to sign a statement (one that is normally drafted by the adjuster based on one interview) that can be used against you later.
The adjuster may send you to a medical specialist. The insurance company (and this includes ICBC) chooses and pays that doctor to provide a medical opinion about your personal injury.
At Hanson Wirsig Matheos, we are on your side:
We only act for injured people and never act for ICBC or other insurance companies. We have the experience and proven track record to get you the compensation to which you are entitled.
We will explain to you what you are entitled to claim for under the law relating to personal injury. We will outline what steps we need to take in order to advance your claim. We have offices in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond and North Vancouver to serve you.
At Hanson Wirsig Matheos, our lawyers can do the following:
Gather the medical and non-medical evidence necessary to prove your claim:
The injured party has the burden of proving the losses suffered at the hands of the party that caused the harm. ICBC (or any other personal injury insurance company) is not there to help you prove your case. We are motivated to gather the evidence that will prove your case.
Revoke authorizations you may have signed with the adjuster:
We revoke these authorizations in order to achieve a higher level of control over the flow of information to the insurance company.
Evaluate your claim:
Once we have gathered the necessary information, we can provide our professional opinion as to the value of your ICBC or personal injury claim. There are many factors to be considered and weighed in assessing a claim. Examples of some of the factors include, the type and severity of the physical and/or emotional injury, whether the injury rendered you totally or partially disabled, whether you have been left with a permanent partial or total disability, time missed from work, the frequency and type of medical treatments, and the cost of that treatment. We examine your personal circumstances.
Settle or go to trial:
Most cases settle before trial. However, if the insurance company does not come to a fair settlement, we can take them to court.