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Wed, June 08, 2016

The process of filing a personal injury claim with ICBC following an auto accident is a complicated one, filled with hidden pitfalls and mistakes you can make without ever knowing. At Stephens & Holman in Vancouver, our ICBC lawyers have been involved in many injury cases, and seen lots of different ways an injury claim can go wrong. Here are four of the most common mistakes people make with their ICBC claims.

1. Failing to get all information on the other driver(s) and their vehicle(s)

It is important to obtain as much information as possible including licence plate number(s), type of vehicle(s), ownership of the vehicle(s)...

Wed, June 08, 2016

The sooner you go to the doctor’s after being in an auto accident, the better. Your auto accident lawyer is much more likely to secure appropriate compensation for your injuries if you can show that you received prompt medical attention. This makes it easier to prove two points that are important to any injury claim:

  • It shows that your injuries were serious enough to warrant immediate assistance.
  • It shows that the injuries the doctor finds resulted from your car accident.

If you delay for a few days before receiving medical attention, ICBC may attempt to argue that your injuries were minor, or that you...

Mon, June 06, 2016

When a motor vehicle accident injury occurs while you are working and you are covered by WorksafeBC you have to make an election as to which way to proceed.  However, we would first note that if the driver who caused the accident was also working at the time you can only proceed with a claim through WorksafeBC.  On the other hand, if the driver who caused the accident was not working at the time, and you miss work as a result of the injuries caused by the accident, you can elect to claim through Worksafe BC or through ICBC .  If you claim through Worksafe BC you will normally end up with greater compensation than if you hire a lawyer and...

Tue, May 31, 2016

When an on-the-job accident leaves you with a permanent partial disability, your workers’ compensation should give you a settlement that takes this disability into account. With the help of a Vancouver disability lawyer from Stephens & Holman, you can ensure that your severe and disabling injuries are properly accounted for in any insurance settlement.

Insurance companies have the incentive not to pay out more money than absolutely necessary. This can cause them to reject claims for disorders that are difficult to prove. Disability claims for chronic pain disorders like fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome are frequently...

Thu, May 19, 2016

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall, you may be wondering what a Vancouver personal injury lawyer can do to help your case. This is a reasonable question—after all, lawyers generally cost money, and if you can barely afford everyday costs, why would you want to add another bill to the pile?

At Stephens & Holman, our goal is to make you more financially secure, not less. To this end, we maintain policies that put you in a better position by hiring us and ensure that you won’t lose money as a result. These policies include:

  • Offering all clients a free initial consultation to determine...
Tue, May 03, 2016

While car accidents are frightening at any time, getting in a car accident as a tourist can be especially unnerving. You are in a country where the laws are unfamiliar, the insurance situation is complicated, and there is no one around to help you. While driving in British Columbia is similar to other provinces and countries, the ways each jurisdiction handles its car accident cases can be quite different.

Your best option in this situation is to contact a car accident lawyer who has experience helping tourists with their accident case. The lawyers at Stephens & Holman have many years’ experience with car accidents in British...

Tue, May 03, 2016

The large size and minimal handling capabilities of 18-wheelers make them a nightmare for anyone concerned about truck accidents. Trucking companies work to minimize the potential damage these trucks can cause by hiring skilled professional drivers to handle them. However, the realities of modern trucking can turn even skilled drivers into potential dangers to others.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, driver fatigue is a serious issue for general road users and commercial drivers alike. The government has passed laws that prevent drivers from spending too much time on the road and causing a crash due to fatigue.


Thu, April 14, 2016

If your job regularly involves any sort of manual labor, even something as simple as repeatedly lifting things, you may discover that your back injury makes it impossible to work. By filing your ICBC claim with a Vancouver back injury lawyer, you may be able to get some assurance that you will be compensated for any work you miss as a result of your injury.

Back injuries that keep you from working can include:

  • Whiplash after a car accident
  • Herniated disk
  • Cracked vertebra
  • Nerve damage
  • Chronic pain or muscle seizures

Every ICBC claim is different, considering the individual...

Thu, April 14, 2016

In our years helping clients pursue Vancouver personal injury claims, the lawyers at Stephens & Holman have learned that it is important to see a lawyer as soon after your injury as possible. The British Columbia Limitation Act requires that you file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the day on which you discover your injury, or the “discovery date.”

This means that your lawyers have a maximum of two years to build a case before filing it in court. The more time we have to prepare a case for you, the better.  So it’s a good idea to meet with a lawyer as soon after the discovery date as possible.

The discovery...

Thu, April 14, 2016

While airline travel is still one of the safest ways to get from one place to another, our British Columbia airplane crash lawyer knows that crashes are extremely serious when they do occur.

Mechanical Failure

Studies have linked mechanical failure to about 20 percent of airplane accidents today. This is a huge technological improvement over years past, when mechanical failures could be blamed for up to 80 percent of crashes.

Intentional Sabotage

We all worry about terrorism and intentional sabotage when we fly, but this is one of the least common causes of airplane crashes. Only one in ten crashes can be attributed to...

Sun, January 10, 2016

The primary cause of most auto accidents isn’t the vehicle itself, but the person behind the wheel. If drivers do not pay attention to the road in front of them, they may end up striking another car from behind. And if you are in that car when it is hit, the sudden force may cause your body to slam backwards and forwards in quick succession, an injury known as whiplash.

Symptoms of whiplash can include:

  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Pain when you bend your neck
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Feelings of fatigue
  • Difficulty turning your head


Tue, December 29, 2015

If you have recently suffered a severe injury, you know that recovery is a painful and time-consuming process that can affect your energy levels and mental functions. It is not a condition in which you would want to work or make important decisions, and it certainly isn't how you want to feel when you are attempting to seek compensation for your injuries.

Fortunately, you don't have to deal with the legal process yourself. With a qualified and experienced lawyer from Stephens & Holman, you can focus on your recovery, leaving the legal proceedings in the capable hands of a dedicated legal professional. And we work on contingency...

Tue, December 15, 2015

If you have been involved in an auto accident in British Columbia, you know how important your ICBC settlement is. Each ICBC claim is different, and the process by which ICBC determines the value of your settlement is frequently complex and difficult to understand.

As such, it can be difficult to tell whether you are receiving a fair settlement from your accident.

One reason it's so difficult to decide whether your ICBC settlement is fair or not is that you've likely had to deal with, at most, a handful of claims in your life. This is where a car accident lawyer can be helpful. Lawyers from Stephens & Homan have worked...

Mon, December 07, 2015

Adverse Cost Insurance, sometimes referred to as “After the Event Insurance”, is a new insurance product in Canada.  It has been in use in the United Kingdom for some time.  Once a lawsuit has been filed by your lawyer (you are a plaintiff), the party you are suing, usually an insurance company (the defendant), can make what is called a formal offer to settle by offering to pay you a specific dollar amount.  The defendant will often make this offer because it serves to increase the risk to the plaintiff of continuing the lawsuit.

In the normal course of events, if you go to trial and the court awards you monetary compensation for...

Mon, October 26, 2015

Whenever we're forced to share the road with other vehicles, accidents are going to occur from time to time. Unfortunately, whenever one of these accidents involves a semi-truck, severe damage and injuries often occur. Because of its size and weight, a tractor-trailer is harder to maneuver and, therefore, more difficult to avoid an accident. Our Vancouver truck accident lawyers have witnessed the awful effects of truck accidents and wish to share some tips to help you and your family avoid these types of accidents.

Tractor-trailers are heavy and huge and must be treated as such, therefore, follow these tips to avoid truck accidents...

Fri, October 09, 2015

Whenever a loved one is lost, there is no way to describe your feelings other than "lost." Our lawyers at Stephens & Holman have been there and experienced the grieving that a family undergoes during such a tough time. We know how to express our empathy while also working our hardest to help you and your family.

If your loved one was lost due to the negligence of another, a lawsuit may seem like it won't help at all, however, the financial compensation can help you and your family reduce your stress in the near and distant future. You may have legal grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit if your lost one was lost due to any of...

Thu, September 24, 2015

In Vancouver, a hit and run car accident can be complicated if the driver cannot be identified. Dealing with ICBC laws can be time consuming and downright confusing. If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, our experienced Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyers can help you navigate the complex legal process.

3 Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run Accident

  • Get Medical Help - Get help at the scene if anyone is seriously injured.  Otherwise, see a doctor as soon as possible to make sure there are no hidden injuries. Keep track of all medical treatments and keep records.
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  • Wed, September 16, 2015

    Even the most experienced riders can find themselves in a bad situation that can lead to a serious injury. Taking a motorcycle safety course and making sure to wear protective gear every time you ride are crucial first steps in making sure you make it home to Vancouver safely. Our motorcycle accident lawyers offer tips on avoiding common situations that lead to accidents.

    Here are some common motorcycle accident causes and ways for you to avoid them:

    • A car turns left in front of you:  Keep watch for situations where this can happen. If there is a gap in traffic near an intersection, parking lot entrance...