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May 07, 2021
Slip and fall accidentThe Occupiers Liability Act is one that defines the rights and responsibilities of property owners, tenants, and managers. The act, most recently updated in 2020, defines “occupier” as a person who is in physical possession of premises, or who has responsibility for and control over the condition of a premises and the activities performed there, or Read Full Post
March 25, 2021
Truck Accident Liability in VancouverTruck accidents are typically more dangerous and damaging than accidents between passenger vehicles. Because of the weight and size differential between cars, trucks, SUVS and semi-trucks, these accidents frequently result in serious injuries including:
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck and Back injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Shattered bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Death
When… Read Full Post
February 18, 2021
Distracted driving, in its simplest form, is anything done while driving that is not directly related to the task of operating a vehicle. There are three types of distraction that have been identified as leading causes of accidents. These are:
  • Visual. Taking your eyes off of the road
  • Manual. Taking your hands off of the wheel
  • Cognitive. Taking your mind off of driving
Cellphone use has become the “face” of distracted driving. Many people assume that by simply not using a handheld cellphone… Read Full Post
Category: Accident Law
January 22, 2021
At Stephens & Holman, we are committed to helping each of our clients obtain the best results possible. Attentive, thorough, and tenacious, our lawyers take time to understand how an injury has and will continue to impact the life and livelihood of each client we represent. Tireless and smart, we utilize all available resources to build strong cases for our clients, allowing us to fight for the most positive outcome.  Below is a client review for an ICBC claim we recently handled. Several more reviews can be found on our website and through various platforms, including Google, where our firm… Read Full Post
December 21, 2020
There is no requirement to hire a lawyer for an ICBC claim. This is true even in cases that go to court. Of course, choosing to go it alone means just that. You will be required to deal with any and all issues that arise on your own and your settlement will, likely, reflect this. You do not have to hire a lawyer for an ICBC claim, but you might want to. Having a lawyer on your side helps ensure you are completely aware of all of your options, helps protect your best interests, and may even help you secure a larger and more comprehensive settlement. Determining Compensation The ICBC determines compensation… Read Full Post
August 13, 2020
Hand touching a casketA wrongful death claim may be filed by family members who have lost a loved one in an accident. Most often this includes spouses, children, and parents, but it may include other family members in certain instances. One of the best ways to determine if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with a… Read Full Post
Category: Wrongful Death
April 14, 2020
Injured-looking woman in wheelchair in hospital roomDoctors, nurses, and other medical professionals face life-and-death situations every day. These health care providers are expected to maintain a reasonable standard of care. When they fail to provide this standard of care, the consequences are often devastating. In the most tragic cases of medical malpractice, the outcomes are fatal. For more than 35 years, Stephens & Holman… Read Full Post
March 11, 2020
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) provides basic, public auto insurance and optional additional coverage to countless Canadian motorists. In the event of an accident, you can currently hire a lawyer to help you sue the at-fault driver and obtain maximum compensation during the claims process. However, the company hopes to adopt a no-fault insurance model in 2021 as part of its Enhanced Care coverage, pending approval by the Legislative Assembly. Under this new insurance model, you will not be able to sue the at-fault driver in most situations. The company has expressed that this change will nearly eliminate legal costs,… Read Full Post
February 28, 2020
Vancouver man is fired and files a wrongful dismissal claim against his employer. Getting let go or fired from your job impacts every area of your life, putting your quality of life in financial peril. Your employer has the right to fire you with or without cause, but how they do so matters. You're owed an honest explanation for the "just cause" of your termination or a notice period if there's no reason for your dismissal.… Read Full Post
January 23, 2020
Car accident in British Columbia requires local lawyer Whether you’re a local or visiting BC, auto accidents and other personal injuries can happen at any time. There are a variety of people who visit British Columbia—from out of town Canadians to individuals and families from other countries such as the United States. Out-of-towners often rent vehicles to visit popular tourist… Read Full Post