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Fri, December 20, 2013

If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness or neglect, you may have a right to compensation through a personal injury claim. Personal injury law hinges on the concept of negligence: if someone else failed to act in a reasonably safe manner and you were injured as a result, that person can and should be held accountable for your losses.

However, you must be able to prove that the other party was negligent in order to successfully win compensation in your case. Our experienced Surrey personal injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman can evaluate your claim for free to...

Mon, November 25, 2013

A 19-year-old Colombia native was recovering from a recent surgery when he was struck by a car early Tuesday evening in Surrey, British Columbia. He was in his wheelchair at the time of the pedestrian accident, on his way to dinner at his girlfriend’s parents’ home. He was struck just before 6PM in the 13300-block of 95A Avenue. The collision caused him to fly out of the wheelchair and strike the ground. He suffered a broken left clavicle, broken scapula, and fractures in both legs. The recovery is expected to be lengthy.

According to evidence gathered at the...

Tue, November 12, 2013

Personal injury law exists to provide fair compensation to individuals who have been harmed through the negligence or misconduct of another. Harm can include physical, emotional, or financial injury. A severe personal injury lawyer with experience in the British Columbia system can help you pursue justice and compensation if you or a family member have been seriously injured by another party.

Compensation in a personal injury case can include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

Auto accidents are one of the most common...

Tue, October 01, 2013

Determining fault in an accident is an important step in assigning financial responsibility for any injuries that occur. In British Columbia, if you are involved in an auto accident, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) will investigate the incident. However, our accident lawyers can still help with the process.

The ICBC determines fault according to the Fault Determination Rules outlined in the Insurance Act and typically assigns a percentage of fault to each involved driver.

How a Lawyer Can Help

If you are involved in an accident and believe it was caused at least in...

Fri, September 20, 2013

Personal injury is the term given to any sort of injury that is caused by the negligence or deliberately harmful actions of another. A Surrey personal injury lawyer can file a claim to help you receive compensation for the damages that were incurred, including medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of wages, or property damage.

Many cases of personal injury result from motor vehicle accidents, which can include cars, motorcycles, trucks, or busses. However, there are a wide range of circumstances where a personal injury lawyer can help you pursue justice and compensation, including:

Some of these accidents can result in...

Thu, September 05, 2013

The ICBC is infamous for the incredibly expensive insurance premiums it places on motorcycles. Due to the high costs of insuring motorcycles, many bikers opt for liability alone, making them vulnerable to significant losses in the event of a motorcycle accident.

No matter what type of coverage you have, you should discuss your accident with an experienced car insurance lawyer before you accept a settlement from ICBC.

The motorcycle accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman have years of experience helping injured bikers get justice. We would be happy to meet with you free of charge to discuss your case, inform you of your...

Thu, September 05, 2013

Injuries sustained in a car accident may fall under one of two Canadian statutes of limitations:

  • Basic limitation period – Two years from the date of the accident or the date at which an injury from the accident was discovered
  • Unlimited limitation period – 15 years from the date of the accident

Within both of these limitation periods are various exceptions and regulations that can significantly complicate your claims process. To help ensure the smoothest BC car accident claim possible, you will want to have an experienced attorney on your side.

Don’t Wait

While the BC car...

Tue, September 03, 2013

An automobile accident is difficult enough when everyone involved is properly insured. However, there are many accidents every year in Surrey where at least one party has violated Canadian law and drives without insurance. In this circumstance, you need to speak with a firm whose lawyers have decades of experience handling car insurance claims.

The accident lawyers at Stephens and Holman have handled many cases where the driver at fault did not carry car insurance. We understand the process.

Under British Columbia law, if you’ve been in an accident with an uninsured driver and you believe you have a claim against the driver...

Tue, September 03, 2013

A car accident is always a traumatic experience for those involved. This is especially true if you’ve suffered an injury and you’re wondering how you’ll handle all of the difficult financial demands. Rollover accidents are particularly devastating. Fortunately, the accident lawyers at Stephens and Holman have more than two decades of experience helping the people of British Columbia in the difficult days after their rollover accidents.

SUVs are particularly prone to rollovers, but every sort of vehicle can roll in the right circumstances.

After you’ve received medical attention and spoken with your insurance company, come to...

Tue, September 03, 2013

Those of us in Langley and the surrounding areas are quite familiar with driving on icy roads. All those years of experience with difficult driving conditions means you know you have a duty to drive carefully in these circumstances. However, not everyone is so cautious. When another driver fails to take his responsibilities on an icy road seriously and injures you, you need our experienced accident lawyers.

Icy or snow-covered roads present certain difficulties to even the best driver, but auto accidents are still avoidable. We all have responsibilities to our fellow motorists, and you should not be held responsible when another...

Tue, September 03, 2013

In the days following your car accident, your first priority should be to get the rest you need to recover from your injuries. Follow your doctor’s orders and get well. Once you’re healthy, however, you’re faced with an important decision. You know your accident was caused by someone else’s mistake. You know you want to pursue justice and compensation. Which auto accident lawyer in Langley should you choose?

At Stephens and Holman, we understand how difficult this decision is. Your auto accident lawyer will be the person representing you in one of the most trying times of your life.

There are a few factors you can keep in...

Tue, September 03, 2013

Dealing with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, or ICBC, after your auto accident can be frustrating. The laws governing how the ICBC handles insurance claims are complicated. When pursuing a claim with the corporation, you need an experienced ICBC claims lawyer to represent your interests and fight for you.

Our ICBC claims lawyers have decades of experience dealing with the corporation. We understand how the claims process works.

The general steps of an ICBC claim are:

  • Report the Claim: The ICBC provides two methods of reporting your accident: call Dial-A-Claim 24 hours a day at 604-520-8222 or visit...
Mon, September 02, 2013

In some instances, a brain injury will be apparent as soon as it occurs. However, some brain injuries do not produce any immediate symptoms, which is one of the reasons you should seek medical assistance following an accident even if you are not experiencing any difficulties.

If you have sustained a blow to the head, your doctor may use various scanning technologies to detect and diagnose a brain injury. These include:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT)
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Diffuse tensor imaging...
  • Fri, August 30, 2013

    The ICBC includes coverage against uninsured drivers in all of its auto plans. Victims of automobile accidents involving uninsured drivers are entitled to up to $200,000 in compensation from ICBC, but the amount can go as high as $2 million if you have Excess Underinsured Motorist Protection through the ICBC.

    Having a right to compensation and actually getting it are not, however, the same thing. Without an experienced British Columbia auto insurance lawyer on your side, it is highly likely that you will only see a fraction of the total amount you are due.

    We can Help

    For three decades, the British Columbia auto...

    Mon, August 26, 2013

    If you’ve ever suffered a significant neck injury in an accident caused by someone else, you don’t need to be told how serious a condition it is. If you’ve suffered a neck injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, let our experienced British Columbia accident lawyers fight for you.

    Neck injuries can come from a number of places, and if you’ve been hurt you want a firm whose accident lawyers have handled a wide range of severe personal injury cases. We’ve handled cases involving neck injuries that were caused by:

    • Auto accidents
    • Motorcycle accidents
    • ...
    Fri, August 23, 2013

    ICBC investigates all accidents to determine how much each claimant is due. If, during the course of their investigation, they conclude that, “the minimal nature of the impact forces involved in the collision, as well as your physical condition at the time of the accident…did not result in any compensable injury,” they will file the claim as a Low Velocity Impact (LVI) and deny any compensation.

    What Qualifies as LVI

    ICBC uses four qualifiers to determine if an automobile accident was LVI:

    • Was the speed at the time of impact less than 8 kmph?
    • Have preexisting medical conditions made it...
    Mon, August 19, 2013

    ICBC “no fault” benefits, commonly called “Part-7 benefits,” may entitle you to collect compensation following an automobile accident even if you were partially to blame. To be eligible for Part-7 benefits, you must meet criteria including:

    • Owning a vehicle insured with ICBC
    • Being a member of the vehicle owner’s household
    • Being an occupant of a vehicle licensed in BC, or an occupant of a vehicle not required to be licensed in BC but driven by a person with a BC driver’s license
    • Being a cyclist or pedestrian who collided with a vehicle described in an owner...
    Fri, August 16, 2013

    Anyone injured in an automobile accident in British Columbia has a right to file an ICBC claim. This includes:

    • Drivers
    • Passengers
    • Bicyclists
    • Motorcyclists
    • Pedestrians

    Claims can even be brought by expectant parents on behalf of unborn children who were fatally injured in an accident.

    Know Your Rights

    Being eligible to file a claim and getting compensation are two completely different things. Even with ICBC’s no fault coverage, denials are not uncommon. Discussing your case with a Langley ICBC claim...

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