Personal Injury FAQ
After being involved in a car or motorcycle accident, individuals often do not know what to expect. Our personal injury lawyers can help.
With over 50 years of legal experience, Porter Ramsay LLP can provide clients with the information they seek. Our lawyers will meet with you, analyze your case and answer your questions.
What Is The Value Of My Claim?
Many factors go into evaluating what a personal injury claim is worth. These factors include:
- The severity of injuries
- Income loss
- Costs of medical care and rehabilitation
- Housekeeping, family and personal care costs
- Other pecuniary and nonpecuniary costs
These are general guidelines only. To properly evaluate the worth of your case, a legal professional should take an in-depth look at the facts of your case and analyze your situation. Thorough analysis is required to give an accurate estimate of what your case is worth.
Do I Need A Lawyer To Negotiate With The ICBC?
Legal representation is not required when making a claim for benefits with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. However, you will have to undergo many, often unfamiliar, steps in the accident benefits process. You also need to know how much your claim is worth when negotiating with the insurer.
ICBC adjusters have years of experience negotiating with accident victims. They represent their insured party and do not protect your interests. They may thus offer settlements for a fraction of what your claim is worth. Self-represented claimants often have difficulty determining whether a settlement offer is fair or sufficient to cover their medical and rehabilitation needs.
What Is The Right Type Of Settlement?
The right settlement depends on factors such as:
- The pain and suffering you experience
- The amount of time you could not work
- The extent of your injuries
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- The loss of your income earning capacity
Settlements must take these factors and more into account. An experienced legal professional will know exactly what expenses — both current and future — and other factors must go into preparing a fair settlement.
Our lawyers will send you to the right medical professionals to determine your injuries and whether you could have future complications. We know what costs must be included in the settlement calculation to get you fair compensation.
Schedule An Appointment For A Free Consultation
We understand that you may have more questions about your accident or injuries. That’s why we offer you a free initial consultation. We also offer contingency fee arrangements. Call 250-763-7646 or contact us through our online form.