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Fri, September 15, 2017

There are many types of injuries that can occur because of an accident. One of the worst injuries you can suffer is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of all the different types of injuries that happen across the world, brain injuries are the leading cause of permanent disability and death. Each year there are 166,455 brain injuries in Canada with 22,000 in British Columbia, according to the British Columbia Brain Injury Association.

Because of the significance of that fact, the brain injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman take these cases seriously and are here to help you in your time of need. We understand just how much a...

Wed, August 23, 2017

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in motorcycle accidents in British Columbia. Motorcycle accidents can be severe, as riders are significantly less protected than those in automobiles and can sustain traumatic injury if involved in a collision with another vehicle.

At Stephens & Holman, we understand that riding is a freeing experience, especially on the beautiful roadways around our beautiful province. We also believe in the importance of practicing safe riding so that you can avoid potential life-threatening injury caused by an accident. According to ICBC, statistics for motorcycle accidents in B.C. include...

Tue, August 15, 2017

At Stephens & Holman, our personal injury lawyers have experience handling many types of injury cases in and around Vancouver. Simon Holman and Vic Stephens have been helping the people of British Columbia with their personal injury cases since 1983 and now have a large, dedicated team of professionals whose number one priority is a commitment to faithfully representing you in your time of need.

When you've been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, it's important to have representation you can trust. While you need to contact the ICBC for claims, our personal injury lawyers can help by making sure that...

Tue, August 08, 2017

The unexpected death of a loved one is a traumatic experience. It’s especially devastating when that person was the head of the household, or responsible for a significant portion of the family’s finances. If your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another, a wrongful death claim may be filed to help compensate you for your loss.

At Stephens & Holman, our wrongful death lawyers understand the significance of losing a family member and how it can severely affect many aspects of your life. Wrongful death claims can be a complicated matter, that’s why it’s important to contact experienced lawyers who can help you...

Fri, July 28, 2017

When you’re in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence the effects on you and your family can have dire consequences. This is especially true if you suffer a spinal cord injury as a result of the accident. This type of severe injury can have a long-lasting, negative outcome that alters the course of your life in many ways and places an undue burden on your family. That’s why you need an experienced Vancouver personal injury lawyer to help you in your time of need.

Whether your injury was caused by an auto accident or because of unsafe conditions on another’s premises, the personal injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman can...

Thu, July 20, 2017

When you go to another person’s property, whether it’s a commercial business or a private home, you have the right to expect that the premises are safe. It’s the responsibility of the homeowner or business owner to make sure that their property is free of hazardous conditions. If they fail to do so, you or someone you love can suffer an injury because of their negligence, with slip and fall accidents being the most frequent of these injuries.

Slip and fall accidents can cause significant injury. Most causes of these injuries result from unsafe flooring, wet surfaces, uneven concrete, or unsafe stairs. The slip and fall accident...

Fri, July 14, 2017

Last week on the Coquihalla Highway outside of Vancouver, a car accident with a deer caused a vehicle to crash down an embankment, killing two of the vehicle’s occupants and critically injuring one. The accident occurred just south of Kamloops early on the morning of July 4.

In light of this tragic news, the personal injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman wish to remind everyone of the importance of safe driving, especially in areas where wildlife thrives. According to the ICBC, more than half of the roughly 10,000 annual collisions between animals and cars take place in the province’s Interior. With this alarming statistic, it’s...

Sat, June 24, 2017

Cycling is a great way for you to traverse the city and all of the beautiful areas of British Columbia. Unfortunately, the risks for cycling accidents are real throughout B.C. and those caused by negligent drivers can cause you serious injury while riding, leaving you with pain and suffering for years to come.

At the law firm of Stephens & Holman, we believe that you should feel safe while out cycling but you still may be involved in an accident with a negligent driver. To help keep you and your family safe, we’ve compiled a list of safety tips for cyclists so that you can enjoy your time on the road.

Safety tips for...

Fri, June 16, 2017

As spring turns into summer the temperature gets warmer and it stays lighter outside longer. These are great conditions for walking, running, and biking in the many beautiful areas we have in Vancouver and all across B.C. That makes it a perfect time to familiarize yourself with pedestrian safety to make sure that you and your family are safe.

The pedestrian accident lawyers here at Stephens & Holman want all residents of Vancouver and its surrounding areas to be aware of the dangers negligent drivers pose to pedestrians. In B.C., one in five people killed in car accidents are pedestrians, and each year on average 2,251...

Mon, June 12, 2017

When you’re involved in an auto accident there are many things that need to be addressed. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you and your passengers are safe and seek medical attention right away for any serious injuries. The next most important step is gathering information. This is especially important if you were hit by a negligent driver from another province outside of British Columbia.

In any auto accident in B.C., no matter who’s at fault, you need to file a claim with the ICBC to receive benefits for your injuries and damages to your vehicle. When the accident is caused by a negligent driver, this claim is...

Mon, May 22, 2017

In Vancouver, and all across B.C., when you are involved in a car accident you need to file a claim with ICBC to receive compensation for your injuries. What many may not realize is that hiring a lawyer will not interfere with your ICBC claim. In fact, having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help you understand your rights regarding the benefits you should receive.

At Stephens & Holman, we have the knowledge and experience to help you with your accident claim so that you can get the most for your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many people don't realize this and may lose out on potential compensation....

Mon, May 15, 2017

Driving can be a dangerous experience. While you may exercise caution and control when you drive, there are numerous external circumstances that warrant your full attention. Being aware of inclement weather, bad road conditions, and even wildlife, as these are just a few of the many things that can cause an auto accident. Reckless drivers also pose a significant threat to your safety, especially if they’re under the influence of drugs while they drive.

Impaired driving is always dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk for serious injury. A driver under the influence of drugs may exhibit slow reaction times or an inability...

Thu, May 11, 2017

Impaired driving is the leading cause of automobile accident fatalities in B.C. It is never a good idea to drive while impaired, as you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk for serious injury or death. The automobile accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman want to remind everyone that if you’re planning on drinking at a social gathering, office party, or sporting event to please have a designated driver, call a taxi, or take transit.

Alarming statistics for impaired driving in B.C. include:

  • Each year 66 people die in crashes involving impaired driving
  • Roughly 23% of all automobile accident...
Thu, April 27, 2017

When you're driving there are many things vying for your attention. You need to focus on the cars around you and  any traffic signals and signs.  You also need to be aware of road conditions and any hazards that may be in your way. Having your full attention on the road ahead and the vehicles around you helps to avoid a car accident. That's why it's important to avoid unnecessary distractions while you drive to keep you, your passengers, and others on the road safe.

With mobile phones becoming more advanced and adding new features each day, it's easy to be distracted by calls, texts, emails, and apps. When driving, it's imperative...

Thu, April 20, 2017

As the weather gets nicer, it becomes the perfect time to bring out the motorcycle. Unfortunately, when you ride you're more at risk for severe personal injury from accidents on the road. Motorcycle accidents peak during the warmer months, with six out of 10 accidents occurring at an intersection. That's why it's important for riders--and drivers--to be aware of each other on the roads to prevent serious accidents and injury.

Our experienced motorcycle lawyers at Stephens & Holman have dealt with many motorcycle accidents and can help you if you've been in a crash while riding your motorcycle. We also believe in educating the...

Thu, April 13, 2017

Car accidents have a tremendous impact on the lives of everyoone involved. Property damage and severe personal injury caused by an auto accident can have negative effects that last a lifetime. There are many ways accidents occur, but some of the most frequent causes are high-risk driving behaviours.

According to B.C. police statistics, 43 percent of crashes that result in injury or death are caused by high-risk driving behaviours, accounting for nearly 143 deaths each year. At Stephens & Holman we wish to educate you—and all British Columbians—on the risks of these behaviours to help avoid costly and painful accidents. High-...

Wed, April 12, 2017

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident where someone else is at fault and the damage to your B.C. registered vehicle exceeds $2000, you have to declare that damage to any subsequent purchaser so you may have a claim for what is referred to as "accelerated depreciation" because your vehicle is not as desirable as before the accident. If you wish to pursue this claim you would then need an automobile appraiser to prepare a report comparing the market value of the vehicle with and without the declaration.

Even with this evidence submitted to the at fault driver’s insurance company, usually ICBC in this province, many insurers...

Wed, March 29, 2017

The phrase "inevitable accident" is sometimes used as a defence to deny paying out a claim for compensation. You may have heard stories about ICBC saying an auto accident was inevitable and therefore the claim is denied.

Generally speaking, the inevitable accident defence hinges on categorizing a crash as unanticipated and unvoidable. For example, this defence may arise when an auto accident is caused by:

  • Inclement weather
  • Ice on the road
  • Snow-covered roads
  • Wet roads
  • A driver loses consciousness/experiences emergency health event behind the wheel

If the defence of...