June 11th, 2012
The British Columbia Paraplegic Association has changed it’s name and is now officially called Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC). SCI BC helps people with spinal cord injury and their families by providing information and community support after car accident injuries or other traumas resulting in spinal cord injury and related disability.
SCI BC was originally formed in 1957 by injured veterans of WWII. Back then most of the members were paraplegics as quadriplegics rarely survived due to the lack of knowledge in treating infections and other complicating causes. This new name now accurately reflects the modern day reality which is quadriplegics are surviving longer after trauma and have become a large part of the membership base.
Whether you have a personal injury lawyer for your ICBC injury claim or you are representing yourself, the SCI BC is an excellent resource and should be a place that any spinal cord injury claimant starts when looking for community based support. Spinal cord injury lawyers in BC do not have a special designation in BC, work experience and legal knowledge help prepare lawyers to represent the injured. If you are considering hiring a personal injury lawyer take a read of my article on hiring a personal injury lawyer in BC and check my short video about why to consider hiring a BC personal injury lawyer.
Posted by Personal Injury Lawyer Mr. Renn A. Holness B.A., LL.B.
January 4th, 2012
When a person suffers a serious spinal cord injury due to a car accident it may become impossible for the claimant to physically sign over authority to trusted family members. The victim of personal injury may still be legally competent but simply cannot physically take care of their day to day living needs or take the necessary steps in their ICBC personal injury claim. In British Columbia personal injury lawyers can help injury claimants and their families choose between Adult Guardianship and Legal Representation under the Representation Act.
A representation agreement can allow more than one person to assist. One representative can be appointed to help make decisions about routine management of financial affairs, and another can be appointed to obtain legal services and instruct a personal injury lawyer with respect to ICBC claims or other personal injury claims. There are strict limitations on who can be a representative and whether the representative can make decisions without unanimity. It’s best to hire a lawyer to draft the documents necessary for the representation agreement to be effective and valid.
The great thing about Representation Agreements is that they DO NOT deprive the injury claimant of the ability to make decisions about their ICBC personal injury case, if capable, despite a representative may have been authorized to make that same decision. The claimant maintains their legal right to make decisions and allows them to change the agreement whenever they choose.
The following activities are considered “routine management of financial affairs”: Read the rest of this entry »