If you’ve been injured in any kind of accident you may have a personal injury claim. Our Kelowna, BC personal injury attorneys handle all kinds of claims, including (but not limited to) car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and slip and fall cases.
You may have a personal injury case any time someone else’s negligence results in you getting hurt. ICBC and other insurance companies will rarely offer a fair settlement. They’ll lowball you if you don’t have a capable lawyer helping you.
Let us help you get the settlement you deserve. We’re known as British Columbia’s toughest negotiators and litigators, and we’ll get the job done right.
What is the average ICBC payout for a car accident?
The average payout is about $40,000, but it depends on a great many factors.
Your settlement amount will typically cover the cost of your medical bills, the cost to repair your car, and your lost wages. It will also take into account any future care needs and your ability to work in the future.
Finally, it may take your pain and suffering into account. In some rare cases, the other person’s behavior may also be so egregious as to warrant pain and suffering damages.
Why do you need a lawyer for a personal injury case?
Often, ICBC or other insurance companies you might be dealing with in a personal injury case will create a low ball settlement which won’t cover the costs associated with your accident.
In addition, it’s easy to say or do things which can reduce your ability to make claims. British Columbia is a contributory negligence province, which means your claim amount can be reduced if a case can be made that you contributed to your own accident.
Cases can also get increasingly complex depending on who the accident was with and who is responsible for it. Some of our clients have been in accidents with drivers from the United States, for example, or have gone up against major corporations who own the trucks that struck their cars. In these cases you may well walk away empty handed if you don’t have top-notch legal representation.
How Can a Kelowna Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
We handle any kind of motor vehicle accident injury case. If you got hurt in Kelowna or the Okanagan on the road we can help with:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck accidents
- Car accident victims of drunk drivers
- Hit and run accidents / Unidentified motorists
- Car accidents with bicyclists
- Car accidents with pedestrians
- Car accidents with skateboarders
- Slip and fall accidents and injuries
- Accidents caused by debris or city negligence
- Accidents caused by highway construction or negligence
- SUV and ATV rollovers
- Out of province / out of state accidents
Common Car Accident Injuries in Kelowna
Across BC car and motorcycle accidents occur with alarming frequency. BC government statistics reveal that in 2017 there 21,039 reported accidents which caused injury or fatality to 90,276 individuals. Kelowna and the Okanagan region see a lot of these accidents as our car accident lawyers see new cases every day.
It is also similarly reported that there are approximately 175 accidents daily across the province with approximately one fatality a day. The causes are numerous but all boil down to the at-fault driver not paying close enough attention.
Our car accident lawyers take these injury cases very seriously as we are asked by clients to get them appropriate compensation for what are often serious, even catastrophic, and life changing injuries. British Columbia law requires that ICBC pay the victim of these bad car accidents appropriate money damages for their pain and suffering and other resultant losses all directly caused by the negligent driver. If you have been involved in a car accident and suffered any kind of injury, we can help you get compensated. We deal with all kinds of injury law cases such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries / Concussions
- Permanent disability
- Neck and back injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Herniated Discs
- Scars and disfigurement
- Joints and ligaments injury
- “Whiplash” or soft tissue injury
- Fatalities and Wrongful Death
You may have suffered psychological or “non-physical” injuries as well which are just as real and also compensable under BC tort law. This can include such things as PTSD, distress, upset, depression, nightmares, fear of getting into cars etc. We will send you to an expert psychologist to get the proof we need to argue this successfully to ICBC for your right to compensation.
Furthermore you will likely have economic losses to be considered. All of your out of pocket costs and expenses are certainly refundable. But beyond this you may have missed time from your work and therefore will have a valid claim for lost income or wages. With the more serious injuries your ability to earn income and advance in your career path may have been adversely affected or even destroyed. Speak to our Kelowna injury law team and we will ensure that no stone is left unturned and that you maximize your recovery both physically, psychologically, and with compensation for all your losses, as is appropriate and indeed required by law.
How do I know my claim is worth pursuing?
It’s never a good idea to try to guess. It’s not even necessary to try. You can get a free, no obligation consultation from the lawyers at Merchant Law. We’ll tell you whether you have a case and what we can do to help. If we decide to take your case, we won’t get paid unless we successfully negotiate a good settlement for you or win your case in court.
Just call (250) 487-7777 to get started today.