An individual who is hurt due to the carelessness of another has options when it comes to possible compensation. It is good, however, for British Columbia residents to understand the differences between a personal injury claim and a personal injury lawsuit. The law in Canada says an individual can claim monetary compensation for a personal injury in two ways: file a claim to negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit. Family members also have the option of seeking compensation if a loved one dies as a result of an injury that was not his or her fault.
Changes to British Columbia's auto insurance industry has many residents up in arms. The changes would also affect the personal injury claims of many residents since the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is trying to curb its losses. Trial lawyers have begun two challenges to ICBC reforms, indicating in one instance that the $5,500 cap on pain and suffering claims for minor injuries and the move to direct disputes under $50,000 to the Civil Resolution Tribunal are out of line.
Those who are injured in accidents when someone else is at fault have the right to discuss their options with a lawyer, and the family members of those who are killed, have the same right. Personal injury law in British Columbia outlines the options those people have under a definitive set of guidelines. The people who were hurt -- and the families of those who were killed -- in a recent boating crash involving Canadian TV personality Kevin O'Leary have the option of launching personal injury lawsuits.
With the escalating cost of fuel, more people are opting to use public transportation. But when British Columbia residents board the bus to their jobs -- or anywhere for that matter -- and they get hurt while doing so, what are their options? When it comes to personal injury law, there are a few things people should do if they can, when they are injured while taking public transportation.
The advent of self-driving cars may open up a whole can of worms when it comes to insurance claims. As it now stands under personal injury law, British Columbia residents have the right to speak to a lawyer about compensation when they have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. In instances when self-driving cars are involved in collisions where one or more individuals are hurt or killed, who would be at fault?
Being involved in car accidents may not only cause physical injuries, but emotional ones as well. A British Columbia resident who is involved in a car crash would do well to contact a lawyer experienced in personal injury law after doing a few things right after the incident. The first thing is to call 911 if anyone is injured, and if damage to the cars is severe, do not move them.
Spinal cord injuries can be debilitating. However, research is making leaps and bounds into finding a cure for this devastating personal injury, and British Columbia is the leader of the pack when it comes to this research. A University of British Columbia researcher was the leader of a group that came to the conclusion that people with spinal cord injuries should have about a half an hour of medium-to-high intensity aerobic exercise three times every week. The research that led to this conclusion will be presented at the International Spinal Cord Society's annual meeting in Ireland.
A multi-vehicle crash in Surrey recently sent three people to hospital. Many British Columbia residents involved in car accidents suffer personal injury. Police said in this case those taken to hospital suffered serious injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.
One person is dead and two injured in a bus accident in downtown Vancouver last month. Under British Columbia personal injury law, those injured can pursue compensation. That is also true for the family of the 49-year-old man who died as a result of the accident that saw a charter bus jumping a curb and hitting several pedestrians.