As a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver since 1995 I have always been open to providing a free initial consultation for people dealing with ICBC following a car crash . Getting no fee lawyer advice can be a lifeline and true asset at the beginning of an ICBC claim, just after the car accident.
Hiring an experienced lawyer for a personal injury is however not free and will require a claimant to sign a contract for fees, often referred to as a retainer agreement. The good news is that personal injury lawyers in British Columbia are permitted to take cases on a percentage arrangement and can fund the prosecution of the cases. Claimants that get this arrangement can walk out of the initial meeting with the lawyer having hired the lawyer without paying any up front fees.
As in any free professional commodity such as healthcare, education or financial management this advice will be limited by the lack of resources required to provide the service, hence why lawyers have to be paid for the professional advice they give to clients. “A Lawyer’s time and advice are his/her stock in trade”- Abrahan Lincoln.
There are time limits to report a car crash to ICBC but it is important to make time to call a lawyer before giving ICBC a statement or before signing documents for the insurance adjuster. What documents you should sign for ICBC or what forms must be signed by you will depend on the type of claim you have. How to make an ICBC claim for damage to a vehicle is different than making a personal injury claim. Remember that the free advice you get at the beginning of a injury case will be of limited benefit as the case moves forward.
Posted by Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyer Mr. Renn A. Holness, B.A. LL.B.