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Thu, July 26, 2012

Very few events are as dangerous as motorcycle accidents. Every year, thousands of motorcyclists lose their lives in these accidents, and thousands more suffer severe personal injuries that result in excessive medical expenses, an inability to work, and untold physical and emotional pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in or around B.C., you need one of our experienced accident lawyers on your side to help ensure you get the justice you deserve.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents include:

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Fri, June 15, 2012

Personal injury law can apply to a wide range of circumstances, but its foundation is simple: If you suffered injury due to the negligent or deliberately harmful act of another, you may be able to pursue a civil claim in an attempt to recover compensation for related damages.

Most personal injury claims relate to motor vehicle collisions including:

• Automobile accidents
• Motorcycle accidents
• Truck accidents
• Bus accidents
• SUV rollovers

However, personal injury cases also commonly relate to:

• Pedestrian accidents
• Dangerous premises
• Defective products...

Tue, June 12, 2012

If you are involved in a car accident in British Columbia, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) will investigate the circumstances of the collision and assess fault based on the Fault Determination Rules outlined in the Insurance Act.

These guidelines establish common accident scenarios and, in conjunction with considering the standard rules of the road and previous court decisions regarding similar accidents, allow the ICBC to assign a percentage of fault from zero to 100 percent to each of the drivers involved.

These percentages will be used to determine financial responsibility for related property damage...

Fri, June 08, 2012

The length of time you have to file a personal injury claim depends on a number of factors, including the circumstances of your injury and when your injury was discovered.

The deadlines to file claims are outlined in the British Columbia Limitations Act. Although the Limitations Act stipulates that you generally have two years from the date you suffered personal injury to file a civil claim, there are additional requirements based on where, when and how your injury occurred.

If, for example, you were injured in an accident caused by dangerous premises that also happened to be municipal property, you must provide notice to...

Mon, June 04, 2012

If you suffered injury in a car accident for which you were partly responsible, you may still be able to seek compensation for related property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Because fault assessment in collisions that involve multiple drivers and vehicles can be complex, it’s advisable to contact the experienced auto accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman as soon as possible following a crash and before you speak with an Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) adjuster.

The ICBC assigns fault in car accidents using the Fault Determination Rules established in the Insurance Act....

Fri, June 01, 2012

The seasonal snow and ice in Vancouver obviously have a significant impact on drivers’ abilities to slow down, stop, make turns and avoid obstacles. These inclement conditions can also affect your ability to pursue compensation if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident related to winter weather.

If you are a driver who was involved in a single-vehicle accident related to snowy or icy conditions, you may be able to claim no-fault benefits under Part 7 of the Insurance Act, which can include compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and disability. Your right to seek monetary compensation for pain and...

Fri, May 25, 2012

Property owners have a responsibility to prevent and repair dangerous conditions that may put others at risk. This can include slippery surfaces and unsafe obstacles that accompany ice and snowfall.

If you suffered a preventable injury because a property owner was negligent in shoveling snow or removing ice, the Vancouver dangerous premises lawyers at Stephens & Holman may be able to help you pursue compensation for your medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Property owners or authorized agents including landlords, maintenance personnel and property managers have a responsibility to maintain reasonably safe...

Tue, May 22, 2012

Typically, when one thinks of motorcycle accidents, images of touring road bikes come to mind. While these larger motorcycles are certainly involved in many motorcycle accidents, they are not the only types of motorcycles our Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyers encounter. No matter what type of motorcycle you are on, you have a right to seek compensation when you sustain an injury in a motorcycle accident. Our attorneys will do everything possible to ensure you are treated fairly and maximum compensation is granted.

Different Types of Motorcycles

Different types of motorcycles include:

• Dirt bikes...

Fri, May 18, 2012

In British Columbia, it is required that all passengers and drivers of motorcycles wear an approved helmet. This decision was reached after significant evidence showed that helmets reduce instances of brain injuries and death in motorcycle accidents.

While not required by law, additional safety measures can be taken when riding a motorcycle such as:

• Protective jackets
• Protective leggings
• Gloves
• Goggles
• Protective boots

These items, combined with safe and sober driving, can help prevent severe injuries in motorcycle accidents.

Injuries Still Occur

Even with protective...

Tue, May 15, 2012

There can be several causes of motorcycle accidents. A motorcycle does not have the same handling ability as a vehicle with four wheels, making it more susceptible to factors such as road and weather conditions. Like any vehicle, a motorcycle may have defective parts such as breaks or tires that can lead to an accident. While these are certainly causes of some motorcycle accidents, overwhelmingly these accidents are caused by the inattention or recklessness of other drivers.

Know Your Rights

When you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you risk for severe personal injury is increased. Motorcycles simply do not offer the...

Fri, May 11, 2012

There can be several responsible parties in truck accidents because so many people are involved in the shipping of goods. Responsible parties in a truck accident may include but is not limited to:

• The truck driver
• The company the driver works for
• The company that loaded the truck
• Mechanics who have worked on the truck
• Manufacturers of truck equipment
• Government entities

In many cases, responsibility for a truck accident is shared by a combination of parties, each with a dedicated ICBC adjustor working on their side. You deserve a dedicated Langley truck accident lawyer on...

Tue, May 08, 2012

Overloaded trucks can easily cause truck accidents. An over or improperly loaded truck can decrease a driver’s control over the vehicle. It can also lead to an increased risk for things such as truck rollover, blown tires, and vehicle malfunction.

When an overloaded truck causes an accident, your chance for severe personal injury is greatly increased. If you are injured by an overloaded truck, one of our Delta personal injury attorneys can take your case and fight to get you compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Where Blame Lies

Fri, May 04, 2012

One of the most common types of truck accidents is truck rollover. This is caused when the trailer or cab of a truck rolls over and often results in severe personal injury and even death for the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. The causes of truck rollover can include improperly weighted loads, defective tires or trucking equipment, unsafe speeds, or even weather conditions. No matter the cause, you will need an experienced Delta personal injury lawyer on your side following one of these accidents to ensure you are provided with the compensation you are due.

Who is to Blame?

There can be several responsible...

Tue, May 01, 2012

There are a number of serious personal injuries that can accompany truck accidents. The size, shape, and weight of a semi-truck all combine to make them one of the most lethal things on British Columbia roadways. The BC truck accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman are prepared to work with you on an individual basis to get a full understanding of the ways your injuries will impact your life. Working with this information, we will fight around the clock to ensure you are provided with the maximum compensation you deserve.

Catastrophic Personal Injury

Injuries typical in semi-truck accidents include:

• Spinal cord...

Mon, April 30, 2012

Truck accidents remain the most serious and deadly accidents in British Columbia. Adding to the severe personal injury that can be caused by truck accidents is the difficulty of getting the compensation you are due following one. The BC truck accident attorneys at Stephens & Holman have nearly 3 decades of experience helping victims of truck accidents get the compensation they deserve. We will do everything possible to ensure all of your damages are taken into account and you are provided with every penny you are due.

Determining Liability

Truck accidents are not always as black and white as they appear...

Thu, April 26, 2012

There is a certain amount of assumed risk when you require diagnostic medical services. However, many people suffer from excessive radiation exposure due to improperly functioning diagnostic machines. When this occurs, you may face additional damages including new illnesses or an intensification of symptoms.

You have a right to have medical assistance free of defective products. When you sustain an injury due to a product defect, one of our Vancouver defective product attorneys can investigate your case and help you determine if you have cause to file a product liability lawsuit.

Radiation and Cancer


Mon, April 23, 2012

When you are provided with a medical device from your doctor, you have a right to expect it will operate as intended. Sadly, many medical products come with complex directions and require the assistance of a medical professional for appropriate use. When a doctor fails to provide you with sufficient instructions and the device itself does not come with adequate instructions, you may have a right to file a defective product lawsuit.

Defective Products

A product must operate as it is intended to without causing any harm. In addition, a product must contain sufficient instructions to allow a user to operate it...

Thu, April 19, 2012

For years, owners of property in the downtown core of Vancouver and other areas of British Columbia have been required to keep their walkways free of ice and snow. After filing over 700 warnings last year, city engineers in Vancouver are proposing that all property managers be required to remove snow and ice from pedestrian areas. The reason for this is simple: ice and snow commonly result in slip and fall accidents which, in turn, can lead to expensive medical expenses and untold suffering for victims.

Premises Liability

Even without tougher regulations, it is the duty of property owners and managers to...