Navigating the legal process on your own is complex and stressful. It is even more difficult when you or a loved one has been injured in an accident. Personal injury happens when someone else causes harm to your body, mind or emotions. Automobile, work, tripping, product defect and medical accidents are common personal injury claims. 

If you have been injured, you may qualify for various types of damages. 

Types of Damages:
  • Special damages are financial, such as lost wages.
  • General damages are non-financial losses, which include pain and suffering and emotional distress.
  • Punitive damages serve to punish the other party and are intended to be a deterrent and warning to the defendant and the community.

There are situations where you could be disqualified from filing a personal injury claim.

May be unable to file a personal injury claim when:
  • Signing a release.
  • The legal time limit for filing a lawsuit has expired. 

If you are injured and think you may have a claim, it is important to get help from a lawyer. 


Automobile Accidents

Every year, thousands of people in British Columbia are injured or killed in car crashes, leading to physical, emotional, psychological and financial burdens. Car accidents are usually caused by drivers’ failure to follow the rules of the road. Often, one driver is more at fault for the accident. But it’s not always drivers that are at fault. Car accidents can be caused by malfunctioning or defective products, poor vehicle repair or bad roads or traffic signals. It is important to understand all the nuances of the claims process to ensure that your rights are preserved and that you receive the compensation or protection you deserve.

In British Columbia, most car accident claims involve the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). ICBC is an insurer, and one of their roles is to keep claims payment low. A lawyer can help ensure that you receive fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. Receiving ICBC claims assistance from a lawyer will ensure all deadlines are met and that you fully understand the claims process. 

If you’ve been in a car accident, it is important to see a physician to document your injuries and obtain medical treatment as soon as possible. You may also be entitled to compensation for out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, future earnings, and pain and suffering. A lawyer can help ensure that you receive a fair amount based on your unique circumstances.


Other Accidents

Injuries can happen anywhere at any time. Were you injured at work or because of a product defect or medical accident? Did you trip and injure yourself? A compassionate attorney can help you understand if you have a claim and how to pursue it. 

As with automobile accidents, it is important to document your injuries and obtain medical treatment as soon as possible, including care for mental health injuries documented by a certified mental health professional. Personal injury claims are often based on the other party’s negligence. Negligence simply means that the other party did not act in a way that a reasonable person would have in a similar situation. It is also helpful to collect and document any evidence related to the other party’s negligence. You might have been injured by an intentional wrong (for example, assault, theft, or emotional distress) where the person who injured you did so on purpose. These and some other claims are strict liability. Strict liability just means that you don’t have to prove the other party’s fault when making a claim. 

A lawyer can help you understand what type of case you have and the information you need to help you recover what is reasonable. 

Every year, thousands of people in British Columbia are injured or killed in car crashes, leading to physical, emotional, psychological and financial burdens. Car accidents are usually caused by drivers’ failure to follow the rules of the road. Often, one driver is more at fault for the accident. But it’s not always drivers that are at fault. Car accidents can be caused by malfunctioning or defective products, poor vehicle repair or bad roads or traffic signals. It is important to understand all the nuances of the claims process to ensure that your rights are preserved and that you receive the compensation or protection you deserve.

You can book a free 15-minute meeting with a Qase lawyer now, connect with them via video chat, have them assess your case and provide you with options to move forward.

 

Car crashes or motor vehicle accidents happen for many reasons and often involve a combination of factors.

Injuries can happen anywhere at any time. Were you injured at work or because of a product defect or medical accident?

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