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FAQ – General Information

Q. Will hiring an injury lawyer impact my claim negatively?

A. No, personal injury lawyers teach you about your rights, advise you how much money your claim is worth, and work to ensure that you are legally protected.

Preszler Law BC’s lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we take on the costs of your lawsuit for you until the settlement or judgment; we do not ask for any money up front; and, there is no fee unless we recover money for you.

Personal injury lawyers are nearly always able to increase the amount of money you receive for your settlement, even after the fees are deducted.

Q. How can a lawyer help?

A. Our accident lawyers know the law. They will teach you about your rights and advise you how much your claim is worth. We handle all aspects of the lawsuit for you so that you can focus on your recovery.

If you do not know your rights or what your claim is worth, then you may settle for a low or unfair amount. Insurance companies want to lower your settlement as much as possible. Insurance companies are businesses seeking to maximize their profits.

The insurance company will hire a lawyer to defend its interests. This lawyer does not represent you and will actively seek to harm your case. A personal injury lawyer works to even the power balance between you and the insurance company.

Insurance adjusters and insurance lawyers will take notes of everything you say. It is important to know your rights so that you do not say or do something that hurts your case. Once retained, Preszler Law BC will deal with the insurance company and their lawyer for you.

Personal injury lawyers will help coordinate your treatment and rehabilitation. We know the best doctors, physiotherapists and health professionals. Getting the best treatment increases the chances of getting back to work and your regular life.

Personal injury lawyers are nearly always able to increase the amount of money you receive for your settlement, even after the fees are deducted.

Q. What if I can’t afford to hire a lawyer?

A. If you have a claim, then you can likely afford to hire Preszler Law BC. We work on a contingency fee basis. We take on the expenses of your lawsuit for you until you receive your settlement. We do not ask for any money up front. Our fee is a percentage of the money we recover for you. We do not charge a fee unless we recover money for you.

In nearly all cases, personal injury lawyers are able to recover more money than you can on your own, even after the fees are deducted.

Q. What information do I need to provide before retaining a lawyer?

A. Preszler Law BC does not need a lot of information before taking on your case. Our initial telephone conversation is usually all we need to tell you whether you have a case and whether we can help.

For motor vehicle accidents or falls, we will ask you when the accident happened and how the accident happened. We will also ask about what injuries you’ve suffered and where you’re feeling pain. This allows us to tell you whether you have a claim.

If we take on your case, then we will need to collect some of your medical records to investigate what injuries you`ve suffered. In order to request your medical records, we need to know your health card number.

The Law Society requires that we identify all clients before being retained. This means that we need to take a photocopy or picture of your government ID.

If you have a long-term disability dispute, then we need to know when your insurance coverage was denied, the name of your insurance company and general information on why you are not able to work.

Q. What should I do if an insurance company offers a settlement?

A. The insurance company may try to offer you a low settlement before you have retained a lawyer and know your rights. Before accepting any settlement, it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Even if you do not retain a lawyer, an initial free consultation can provide you with important legal information to help you make informed decisions about your settlement.

You should consider retaining a personal injury lawyer before settling your claim. In nearly all cases, personal injury lawyers are able to recover more money than you can on your own, even after the fees are deducted.

Q. If my case does go to trial, how will a personal injury lawyer help me prepare?

A. It is rare for a case to go to trial. The vast majority of cases settle out of court.

Sometimes, in order to get you the compensation you deserve, we will recommend going to trial. We will only recommend going to trial when we believe we can win your case.

Trials are complicated procedures. They often involve court application on what evidence is and is not admissible. Personal injury lawyers know proper courtroom procedure and how to persuasively present evidence in court; they handle the entire trial for you.

A trial is an opportunity to tell your story. The court will hear evidence on how your accident happened and how your injuries have affected your life. Your lawyer will spend a lot of time preparing you and other witnesses to give truthful, clear evidence in court. It is our job to make you feel comfortable with the process and remove any surprises.

Preszler Law BC’s lawyers prepare meticulously for trial. We appreciate that little details matter. We gather all of the available evidence about your injuries. We do careful, thorough legal research and witness interviews. We hire some of BC’s best medical experts to explain what injuries you’ve suffered, how they affect your work and personal life now and in the future, and what treatment you need.

Before trial, each party will have many opportunities to consider their case and make decisions on whether to settle out of court.

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