Compensation for Accident Injuries in British Columbia
When one individual injures another money can often be awarded to compensate the innocent victim for his or her losses. In British Columbia, this promotes safety in our public and private spaces and puts an important value on the avoidance of pain, suffering, loss of amenities and loss of enjoyment of life. Personal injury lawyers are hired to advocate on behalf of the injured and overcome any lack of legal knowledge or training.
Understanding what you can claim involves applying the relevant laws in British Columbia and in your jurisdiction to the facts of the personal injury case. The kind of injury you have and any income loss suffered will often be important in determining how much money you should receive as compensation.
Motor Vehicle Collisions, Medical Malpractice, and Slip and Fall injuries are areas in which you will need the advice of a lawyer. Insurance companies hire experienced doctors and lawyers to help them. These doctors and lawyers are not working for you.
Types and Causes of Personal Injury In British Columbia
A car accident, a complication from surgery, a slip on a walkway- you have suffered personal injury. Understanding the mechanism of your injury and whether it was legally caused by another person requires an understanding of the basic systems of the human body and the law applicable to your case.
Holness Law Group has dealt with some of the most complex personal injuries including: Head and Brain Injury, Disc herniation and Radiculopathy, Spinal Cord and Nerve damage, Vestibular disorders, Tinnitis and hearing loss, Tempomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Soft Tissue Injury, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Vascular Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Chronic, Traumatic Tenosynovitis, Fractures of the skull, spine, pelvis and limbs, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Punctured and ruptured organs, Chronic Bowel and Urinary Obstruction, Degloving of limbs, Burns and Scarring, Damage to joints and ligaments, Aggravation of pre-existing back and neck conditions, Aggravation of pre-existing congenital defects and heart conditions, Degenerative Disc Disease Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Attacks, Post Concussion Disorder, Conversion Disorder, Post-traumatic Depression.
Legal cause is different than medical cause in a personal injury case . Proof that your ongoing condition and disability has it’s cause in someone else’s conduct requires specific findings of fact and a personal injury lawyer is specialized in this are of law. Expert opinion can be helpful although you are not required to hire a team of scientific and medical experts to prove every case.
ICBC insurance adjusters will often conflate the issue of causation (whether the accident caused a pre-existing condition to be “activated or aggravated”) with an issue relevant to the assessment of damages (whether there was a measurable risk that the pre-existing condition would have detrimentally affected you in the future, regardless of the negligence). This confusion can result in you obtaining much less than your case is worth.
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