The term “accident” implies an unfortunate, unforeseen event; however, the majority of these events occur because someone was negligent and did not act with a degree of care that others would under the same circumstances. A victim may suffer severely as a result of negligence in terms of physical pain, financial impacts, and other anguish.
If you are hurt in an accident due to negligent acts, it is important to understand your rights and retain experienced, dedicated legal help in enforcing them. With the help of our accident lawyers at the Preszler Law Firm, you can recover the compensation you deserve for your losses. We have been helping accident victims like you since our firm was founded in 1959, so you know your claim is in good hands. Please contact us at 1-844-373-8202 to schedule a free consultation, and read on for a summary on how Port Moody accident cases work.
Our lawyers at Preszler Law Firm offer comprehensive legal services in a wide range of accidents caused by negligence, such as:
Keep in mind that there is an insurance company involved with many of these types of accident claims. For instance the Insurance Company of British Columbia (ICBC) covers negligent motorists and most property owners have insurance policies covering the premises and the negligence of the property owners. Our lawyers have considerable experience filing claims with insurers and negotiating fair, reasonable settlements for injury claims.
However, members of the Preszler Law Firm team have also spent significant time litigating accident cases. We are as effective in court as we are at the negotiating table, and will take all action necessary to protect your right to compensation.
There are many circumstances that can lead to injury-causing accidents, but most of them share a common factor: negligence. Claims based upon negligence require you to establish four essential elements, which are:
While not an official element of a claim for negligence, there is one technical requirement that may impact your rights. British Columbia’s Limitation Act imposes a time restriction for initiating litigation in court against the party responsible for your injuries. If you do not sue within two years after the date of the accident, you are forever barred from seeking compensation for your injuries. If a municipality is involved, you must also give notice within two months of the accident or your claim could be barred.
If successful in establishing all facts necessary to prove negligence, you can recover compensation in the form of damages. The legal concept of damages refers to the losses you suffer due to the different ways your injuries affect your life. Your losses are categorized into two groups:
These are the losses you suffer that can be determined by documentation. They include lost wages, as well as such medical expenses as:
This category includes losses that are more indeterminate, but which certain have an impact on your life. Examples of non-economic damages include:
While this overview of how accident cases work may be useful, the information is no substitute for the knowledgeable advice and counsel of a dedicated accident lawyer. At the Preszler Law Firm, our team provides the personalized representation and attention to detail you expect.
For more information about accident claims in Port Moody, please contact our firm at 1-844-373-8202 or visit us online. We can schedule a free, no-obligations consultation to discuss your legal options.