Here in British Columbia it’s not possible to sue for car accidents: the law ensures that the province and ICBC handle those cases privately. However, car accidents aren’t the only way that another person’s negligence can harm you.
Here at Merchant Law, we handle every kind of case which arises when someone else’s negligence causes you to get hurt. Here are some of the most common types of cases that we handle here in our Langley office.
Slip and Fall Cases
While slip and fall cases are widely lampooned the truth is that they can come with lifelong consequences. Spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries are very common. You have a slip and fall case any time a property owner fails to maintain or repair hazards in a timely fashion, or any time they fail to warn you of existing hazards that they should have known about and should have known required notification.
ATV and Snowmobile Accidents
Every off-road vehicle in British Columbia must be covered by liability insurance. If you’re injured because you collided with another ATV or snowmobile driver, we can help. The at-fault driver can be held accountable for your accident. We also deal with cases where a manufacturing problem caused the ATV or snowmobile to become unsafe to operate.
Dog bites are extremely dangerous injuries. They can cause disfigurement and extreme psychological distress. British Columbia uses the “one bite” standard. That is, in order to be held liable for a dog bite, the dog must have either bitten someone in the past, or the owner must have had reason to realize that the dog could have become dangerous. For example, you may be able to press your case if the dog has displayed a documented history of aggressive behavior.
Watercraft and Boat Accidents
Boats can crash just like cars do, especially if the at-fault operator was boating under the influence. British Columbia law requires each boat to be insured. We can help you recover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. In a BWI case we may also have the ability to help you recover punitive damages.
Farm Equipment Accidents
Farming is a dangerous profession. While most of those injured by farm equipment will be covered by workers compensation, this isn’t always the case. There are instances where non-employees are injured by collisions with farm equipment, and there are cases where defective farm equipment causes a third party personal injury suit.
While aircraft collisions are rare there are other sorts of accidents. Plane crashes and other problems can cause severe injuries. We can help you hold the airline accountable if you were injured in a crash or accident. If the accident was the result of a flaw in the craft then there may also be manufacturers that we can hold accountable for you.
Owners of campgrounds are required to keep their premises in good condition just like any store, office, or public urban location is. If you are injured while camping because an owner has failed in their duty of care, then we can help. We can also help in cases where defects in camping equipment cause a major injury.
Manufacturers and retailers have a duty of care to ensure that the products they sell are safe to use as directed. We’ve seen defective wiring cause fires, defective safety measures cause burns, and exploding products that cause blindness and disfigurement, just to name a few cases.
Why Merchant Law?
We have a long track record of holding companies and individuals accountable for their negligent behavior. We’re known as some of Langley’s toughest negotiators and savviest litigators, and we offer a caring, responsive team who will fight hard to ensure that you get justice.
To find out whether you have a viable personal injury case, don’t wait. Schedule a no-obligation consultation today. Call (604) 535-7777 to get started today.