British Columbia Personal Injury
Sustaining injuries as the result of an unexpected accident can be a physically taxing and emotionally challenging experience. It can also be extremely expensive. Accident survivors across the province of British Columbia often incur substantial financial losses as a result of the injuries they have sustained. Oftentimes, these expenses include:
- Ambulance services
- Mileage to and from medical appointments
- Medical devices and equipment
- Mobility aids, ambulatory assistive devices
- Attendant care, personal support workers
- Prescription drugs
- Psychological treatment
- Other medical expenses
- Lost wages as the result of missed work
- Reduced future earning capability
- Home renovations to accommodate newly acquired disabilities
- Housekeeping services
- And possibly more
Nobody plans to have their lives disrupted because of serious physical injuries, nor can they truly imagine the total costs associated with being harmed in an accident. In a flash, the entire course of a person’s life can be altered because of a shocking, traumatic incident. An accident victim’s physical health, emotional well-being, and financial security can be permanently jeopardized because of the injuries they sustained in a dramatic– and oftentimes preventable– set of circumstances.
In British Columbia, injury-causing accidents are frequently the result of someone else’s negligence. Negligence can occur when a person or organization fails to uphold their duty of care by engaging in wrongful actions (or inactions). Certain people and organizations have a responsibility to take the physical safety of others into consideration while performing various activities. In accordance with the laws governing their activities or occupations, these responsible parties are often required to take various precautions and preventive measures to try to safeguard the physical well-being of others.
If these parties fail to adhere to the standard of care expected of them and an injurious accident occurs as a result, they may be considered negligent. Therefore, they might be liable for damages that have been incurred by the injured victims of the accidents they caused.
The actions of negligent community members can have widespread and far-reaching consequences for accident victims and their loved ones. Because of someone else’s negligence, injured accident survivors could be forced to live with the resulting physical, psychological, and financial realities for the rest of their lives.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should be forced to suffer the indignity of paying for someone else’s wrongful conduct. If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another party and/or entity, our British Columbia personal injury lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
If you are eligible to work with our personal injury lawyers serving British Columbia, you might be able to pursue a civil claim against the negligent party whose wrongful actions caused your injurious accident to occur. Our British Columbia personal injury lawyers may be able to help you gather and present evidence to prove that:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- By engaging in wrongful conduct, the at-fault party failed to uphold the duty of care they owed you
- As a result of their negligence, you sustained compensable injuries
- Because of the injuries you sustained, you incurred financial losses
By doing so, our personal injury lawyers serving British Columbia may be able to help you recover compensation from the at-fault party and/or entity so that you can start rebuilding your life in the wake of a serious, injury-causing accident. To learn more about whether you might be entitled to pursue a civil claim, contact us today online or call 1-800-JUSTICE to set up a free initial consultation.
While injury-causing accidents in British Columbia can occur in numerous settings and scenarios, they frequently have a cause in common: someone else’s negligence. Depending on the situation, negligence can manifest itself through various errors, omissions, violations of laws, and other forms of wrongful conduct.
For example, in accordance with the province’s Motor Vehicle Act, drivers throughout British Columbia owe other road-users a duty of care. Should a motorist violate the rules of the road, they could be considered negligent if their wrongful actions behind the wheel results in a collision in which another person is injured.
A driver might be considered negligent if they violate any number of traffic laws, including:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Ignoring traffic signs and/or signals
- Improperly changing lanes
- Driving distractedly
- Driving recklessly
- Street-racing and stunt driving
- And more
In British Columbia, all owners and operators of motor vehicles are required to hold mandatory basic no-fault automobile insurance provided by ICBC. As such, regardless of which party is found to be responsible for causing a collision, the people injured in a motor vehicle collision should be able to recover compensation through Plan 7 accident benefits. Many car accident survivors have questions about their rights and the ICBC claims process. To learn how our British Columbia personal injury lawyers may be able to assist you in the wake of an injurious motor vehicle collision, contact us today.
Other Forms of Negligence
Various provincial legislation and federal regulatory bodies mandate the safety standards of other occupations and activities. Certain professionals, manufacturers, and medical practitioners are governed by various industry standards which must be followed to ensure the safety of the public.
Furthermore, in accordance with the provincial Occupiers’ Liability Act, the people or entities that own and/or occupy commercial and residential buildings throughout British Columbia are required to fulfill a duty of care to people visiting their premises. That means that the people responsible for maintaining and controlling access to the property should take certain regular precautions on-site to remove, repair, or warn guests about dangerous hazards that might exist on the premises.
Property owners/occupiers should know about potentially hazardous maintenance issues on their premises because it is their responsibility to conduct regular inspections of the site. If they fail to perform routine safety inspections, or if they discover a potentially dangerous hazard on their premises but fail to adequately repair it or warn guests about it, they could be considered negligent if their inaction results in an injury-causing accident.
Maintenance issues on other people’s properties often sound harmless at first glance, but they have the potential to substantially disrupt an unsuspecting accident victim’s life. Injury-causing accidents caused by the negligence of property owners/occupiers are often the result of:
- Broken or missing handrails
- Loose floorboards
- Uneven carpeting
- Cluttered walkways
- Recently mopped floors
- Spilled liquids
- Poor lighting
- And more
If the negligence of a property owner/occupier contributed to your injurious slip and fall accident on their premises, our personal injury lawyers serving British Columbia may be able to offer you invaluable assistance in your pursuit of compensation.
Contact Preszler Injury Lawyers Today
After being seriously injured in an accident caused by someone else’s wrongdoings, it can be difficult to know what steps to take next. Navigating the legal process can be a hassle, especially for injured accident survivors facing monumental physical, emotional, and economic challenges.
Our British Columbia personal injury lawyers offer all prospective clients a free initial consultation. By calling 1-800-JUSTICE, you can receive case-specific feedback from our personal injury lawyers serving British Columbia at absolutely no charge. If you are eligible to pursue a civil claim, you will not be required to pay for our legal services unless we win your case.
To learn more about how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to assist you, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today.