Being in an accident that leads to major injuries is one of the most stressful things a person can go through. The personal injury lawyers at Merchant Law are here to help you get the highest possible level of compensation for your case.
With our help, you can get money to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses associated with your accidents. We help you handle ICBC and other insurance companies. We negotiate on your behalf to reject lowball settlements and to get you the help you deserve. When it’s time to go to court, we’re tough litigators who are ready to fight for every one of your rights.
Don’t try to go through this alone. Our team is here to help you bring your case to its best possible outcome.
Why do you need a personal injury lawyer?
While the defendant in your personal injury case may be a fellow driver, a landlord, the company that made a product that injured you, or some other entity, these people’s insurance companies will ultimately be writing the checks. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out one cent more than they have to. They’ll be doing everything in their power to keep you from getting a fair settlement.
While some personal injury cases are fairly straightforward, the biggest and most catastrophic ones require keen legal knowledge and an understanding of what a judge and jury is likely to do if the case ever goes into litigation.
What is my personal injury case likely to be worth?
British Columbia law recognizes three types of damages.
The first are economic damages. These are the actual costs of your medical care, the services you need to buy to manage your life, and your lost wages or earning capacity. These can be fully calculated when you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).
The next type is pain and suffering damages. This amount covers the “inconvenience and emotional distress” of your accident. In British Columbia, pain and suffering awards aren’t capped for major injuries. They’re capped at $5,500 for minor injuries including cuts, bruises, road rash, sprains, whiplash, TMJ, mild concussions, and short-term mental health complications.
The third type of damage is less common: punitive damages. This type of award gets paid out when the party that caused the accident did something so egregious that it was above and beyond mere negligence. Some cases will not include a punitive element.
How do you prove pain and suffering?
Your medical and psychiatric bills can be used to prove pain and suffering, as can testimony from expert witnesses. Sometimes it’s also easy to demonstrate the changes in your quality of life, especially if your injury keeps you from pursuing a beloved career or hobby, or makes it impossible to keep up with your previous family obligations.
Why Merchant Law?
You’ll be matched with a responsive, caring lawyers who keep your best interests at heart. We’ve got a long track record of success, which means you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re in good hands.
Want to get started? Call (604) 535-7777 to get started today.