Understanding the Process
If you’ve just suffered an accident, discrimination, abuse or some other traumatic experience, you may be hurt, frustrated and wondering where to turn and what to expect from a lawyer. This guide will help you understand the process of working with a lawyer to help resolve your personal injury law, employment law, or family law issues.
It is essential that you take advantage of an initial discussion (usually by phone) to discuss your situation. This initial consultation is completely free for personal injury cases, and an affordable way to explore your options in other cases. There are a few key areas of risk to a claim from the outset so I obtain the facts on these issues in order to take any preventative or protective measures. For example, if you happened to be technically working at the time of the accident, your typical ICBC claim could be denied and forced through the WorkSafe process, which for most claims means less money.
That is why it is even best to have a lawyer before you call your accident claim into ICBC. By talking to us first, we can call in your accident claim, thus helping to avoid the risk that you’ll say something that could negatively impact your claim. It happens more often than you might think. This will also help you to move on with your life and begin to deal with other issues such as health care while your lawyer looks after administrative details on your behalf.
We also take steps to identify the defendants immediately as sometimes people aren’t who they say they are and you can lose your entire claim on this basis.
As your metro Vancouver personal injury lawyers, we strongly encourage you to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident to ensure that you don’t have injuries you might not be aware of. Many people who think they only suffered minor injuries actually have much more serious injuries internally or that will affect them in the future.