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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 losing consciousness or experiencing an emergency health event behind the wheel

If the defence of...

Thu, March 16, 2017

Following a serious car crash, what steps can you take to protect yourself and your family from the worst of the aftermath? There are several things you should do after a crash, including:

1. Call the police. Serious accidents usually require a law enforcement response. Call 9-1-1 so that emergency medical personnel can help anyone who needs it and so that police officers can file an official report of what happened.

2. Seek medical attention. While 9-1-1 should of course be called for anyone with serious or life-threatening injuries, it's also important to seek medical attention even if you...

Wed, March 08, 2017

Perhaps you want your accident claim to be handled by a lawyer, but are wondering how you can possibly afford it. After all, the aftermath of accidents can become expensive. And the costs associated with the claim process can also add up quickly.

If you become a client of Stephens & Holman, you will not pay any fees or any money up front. In fact, you won't pay us anything unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf, in which case our payment is a percentage of the compensation recovered.

We know just how difficult these situations can be. You can rest assured our lawyers will begin working immediately and...

Tue, February 28, 2017

After suffering a spinal cord injury, you may feel as though every aspect of your life has changed. Our lawyers understand these feelings. We have been working with spinal injury victims for many years, so we have seen first-hand how devastating these injuries are. Here are just some of the ways damage to the spinal cord can alter someone's life:

  • Diminished enjoyment of life
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of certain bodily functions and senses
  • Long-term breathing problems
  • Recurring pain
  • Mental anguish and emotional suffering
  • Need for assistive equipment
  • Reduced or...
Thu, February 23, 2017

Tragically, children getting injured or killed in pedestrian accidents is a reality. We all want to do everything we can to prevent these tragedies, but what can you do to help your child stay safe as they navigate the surrounding areas on foot? Here are a few places to start:

  • The importance of being seen. Drivers easily miss pedestrians. Particularly with the widespread prevalence of distracted driving, it's more important than ever to be visible. Teach your child to dress in one or more articles of brightly colored clothing. At night, they should carry a flashlight and wear clothing with reflective...
Tue, February 21, 2017

Speeding kills approximately 94 people every year in British Columbia, according to ICBC. Speeding remains a leading cause of auto accidents, and many more people are seriously injured in these crashes every year.

Although we all have days in which we are running late or trying to make sure all of the day's errands are completed, it is important to be realistic about our schedules. It may be tempting to speed, but it is not worth the risk of getting in an accident that could harm you and others with whom you share the road.

Consider these aspects of speeding:

  • There is less time to react at faster speeds...
Mon, January 30, 2017

Have you been told your brain was injured in an accident? If so, you may already have some idea of how serious such an injury can be. Injuries to the brain may have long-lasting consequences. Some of the most common causes of this type of head injury are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Dangerous products

Brain injuries range in severity. The most severe injuries may show some of the following symptoms immediately or within a few hours or a few days of the injury:

  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Problems...
Wed, January 25, 2017

When you suffer a severe injury in British Columbia, you turn to your ICBC benefits to help with various costs associated with your injury. Hiring an experienced injury lawyer should not affect or diminish these benefits.

The lawyers at Stephens & Holman have been handling injury cases for a long time. We know that it would be illegal and unethical for an insurance adjuster to treat you poorly because you hired a lawyer. In fact, the ICBC adjusters know that lawyers help injury victims navigate the insurance claims process.

So what types of injuries do our lawyers help pursue? Just about any type of serious...

Fri, January 20, 2017

As someone who recently suffered a personal injury, you likely have many questions about your situation, and about what you are owed from the ICBC or other insurance company. Rely on our Vancouver injury lawyers for clear, honest answers. For a free consult, please call Stephens & Holman at 604-730-4120.

1. You may be owed more than the initial offer.

ICBC and other insurance companies don't necessarily want to offer you the appropriate settlement. They have a bottom line and they don't want to pay out more money than they have to. By hiring a lawyer, you will have an experienced advocate on your...

Wed, December 28, 2016

The aftermath of a car accident is always overwhelming. The actual scene of the crash can be scary. In the hours following, once you have your wits about you, you might not be sure what to do next. Here are five commonly asked questions that may help you as you decide what's next:

1. How soon should I contact a lawyer following an auto accident?

You should contact our lawyers as soon as possible. We can provide you with the answers you need to protect yourself from unfair settlements. We have been handling accident claims for over 30 years. As a result, we can tell you what steps to take and what not...

Thu, December 22, 2016

Impaired driving is a leading cause of deadly car accidents in British Columbia. With the winter holidays ahead of us, many people will be celebrating with friends, colleagues and loved ones, and it's inevitable for alcoholic beverages to be present at many of these celebrations. Remember one of the most important ways to prevent these accidents is to plan ahead. If you think you may be drinking when you go out, be sure to plan for how you will get home via taxi, ride-sharing, a driving service, public transportation or a friend who has agreed to drive sober. Although you cannot do anything to prevent the behavior of other...

Tue, December 20, 2016

As lawyers who have been advocating on behalf of accident victims in Vancouver for many years, we know that there really is no such thing as a standard or typical car accident. While they may seem similar to an uninvolved third party, accidents are incredibly personal and painful to the people involved in them.

While your car crash will have outcomes unique to your situation, there are several things that are common to many catastrophic accidents:

  • Severe physical injuries
  • Extensive vehicle damage
  • Immediate need for medical care
  • ...
Tue, November 29, 2016

In our vehicles seatbelts hold our bodies back in the event of a crash. But our heads and necks are unrestrained. As a result, whiplash is a common accident injury. It's also very common for whiplash to have hidden symptoms – that is to say, symptoms that do not appear until later. Twelve of the most common signs of whiplash are:

1. Neck pain

2. Neck stiffness

3. Headache

4. Decreased range of motion in your neck

5. Exacerbation of pain when you turn your neck

6. Fatigue

7. Dizzy spells

8. Back, shoulder and/or upper arm pain

9. Numbness or tingling in your arms

...
Mon, November 07, 2016

Serious injuries can have a profound effect on your life. Disability, pain and trauma are just some of the ways an injury can affect you. In some of the most tragic personal injury claims, someone's wrongful death is the outcome.

Our lawyers have experience handling many types of claims on behalf of our clients, including those involving the following catastrophic injuries:

  • Injuries to the back, neck, head and spine
  • Brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic pain

When a severe injury happens to you, the costs associated with...

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