Personal Injury FAQs

How do you know if you need a lawyer?

Take a look below and see what types of accidents we’ve represented in the past.

  • Traumatic and mild traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord and nerve injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Chronic pain
  • Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
  • Knee, shoulder, ankle, and other joint injuries
  • Persistent headaches
  • Post-traumatic stress and other psychological injuries
  • Permanent scarring

What is my claim worth?

This varies depending on how long it takes you to recover from your injuries and the details that are included in the medical report.

How much will my lawyer cost?

Your first consultation with us is absolutely free. If you decide to hire us, our fee will be based on a fixed percentage of what we collect for you. Our fees are regulated by the Law Society of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of British Columbia to ensure that they are fair and reasonable.

Is my case worth hiring a lawyer?

This decision is yours alone to make. We can only tell you that, in the past, our clients generally have received more from using our services than anyone trying to deal with ICBC on their own.

How long will my claim take?

There is no clear answer to this question. In most cases we recommend that you do not settle until you are healed or your doctors are able to predict with certainty what your final outcome will be.

Do I have to go to court?

In most cases, your case can be settled through negotiation or mediation and a judge will make the final decision. In rarer situations where your case cannot be settled, your case will go to court and a judge or jury will make a decision. If it does come to this, you don’t need to worry, we will be there working for you.

I met with ICBC and signed a lot of papers – Is that OK?

Some of the documents ICBC will insist that a person without a lawyer sign are permissions that you give to ICBC to get private information from your doctors and employer. This is often not necessary. We will revoke these permissions and still be able to settle your claim.

How much time do I have to settle a claim?

You have up to 2 years from the date of an accident before you lose your right to settle your injury claim. However, once the claim has been filed, you can take as much time as you need to get better.

Is ICBC on my side?

ICBC’s only obligation is to represent the party who is responsible for your injuries. ICBC adjustors are interested in two main things: assessing liability and minimizing costs.

What to bring to your free consultation?

Don’t worry if you don’t have all of it. Just bring what you can and we can start there.

Items to bring:

  • Contact information
  • Claim number
  • Police report
  • Copy of any statements you made to ICBC
  • Any authorizations you signed for ICBC or another insurer
  • Photographs of the scene
  • Letters from the insurer
  • Medical treatment receipts

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, we will ask you about the following:

  • How, where and when the accident occurred
  • The weather and road conditions at the time of the accident
  • The damage to your car / motorbike / bicycle
  • Your injuries
  • Your vehicle details and the other vehicle details
  • Witness and Passenger contact information
  • Driver’s information including licenses of both drivers
  • Your doctors name and contact information

 


Call now for your free consultation

Phone: 604-670-4546
Email: info@hdas.com
Text: 604-670-8065


 
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