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Fri, September 14, 2012

 If you were harmed by a product that you believe was faulty, it’s important to discuss your situation with a lawyer who specializes in personal injuries related to defective products.

An experienced product liability lawyer may be able to help you hold the appropriate party responsible and recover compensation for your medical expenses and other related damages. When choosing a defective product lawyer, it’s important to consider a number of factors, including legal experience, client satisfaction and a proven track record of success.

The Vancouver defective product lawyers at Stephens & Holman have nearly 30 years of...

Tue, August 07, 2012

Any type of accident can result in extreme confusion. However, knowing what to do if you’re involved in an accident can make seeking compensation much easier.

First and foremost, contact emergency personnel. Medical professionals and law enforcement officers will need to come to the scene of the accident to ensure you and your passengers are properly taken care of. Make sure you cooperate with all emergency personnel, but never admit fault when speaking to anyone.

Remember, even if you are cleared by on-site medical professionals, seek medical attention as soon as possible. There are certain injuries that may not be...

Tue, July 31, 2012

Most automobile accidents in B.C. involve two parties insured by ICBC, but this is not always the case. If you have been involved in an accident with a driver who does not have insurance, the B.C. lawyers at our firm can help see that you are properly compensated.

Obtaining ICBC Benefits

ICBC has a special fund for motorists hit by out-of-province drivers or drivers who do not have insurance, but accessing this fund is not as easy as you may believe. There are steps and protocol that must be followed to ensure proper compensation and a B.C. auto insurance lawyer will be essential to making sure you remain...

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...