Personal Injury Law
When you have suffered a personal injury in a motor vehicle accident or as a result of a slip and fall, your immediate concerns are your physical health, your family’s well-being and your future. Peace of mind can be lost quickly with the uncertainties of your injuries. Our immediate concern in dealing with clients who have suffered such injuries, is to provide our clients with peace of mind. However we are also trial lawyers, prepared to take your case to Court if that is what is needed to get you a fair result. And we don’t get paid until you do.
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer a personal injury, let us be part of your team for success.
Motor Vehicle Accidents – Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
There are two urgent problems that arise from injuries from car accidents: loss of pay while off work and access to medication, rehabilitation and treatment. With serious injuries, you may be unable to return to your employment. The prospect of retraining can be a frightening thought. Uncertainties regarding income loss are compounded by the immediate drain on income that is incurred through out-of-pocket expenses and lost income.
At Baker Newby we are committed to ensuring that you are properly compensated for your losses, expenses and pain. We have a team of very experienced and well-trained trial lawyers who are able to fully assess and advance your claim for compensation.
When you are in pain, the last thing you want to worry about is the cost of being compensated. You do know however, to a certainty, that the pain you are suffering must be compensated! Many people are unable to pay the monies necessary to ensure full and adequate compensation. Frequently in personal injury cases, there is a need to pay Court costs, obtain the reports of experts and volumes of clinical, hospital and medical records. Paying these on your own during the difficult time of recovery would be impossible for most people. In most cases we are able to provide or arrange for full financial support for the costs of litigation, ensuring that all costs necessary to advance your claim are covered. We will recover those monies once the claim is settled. Importantly, you do not have to pay legal fees for the work of our personal injury lawyers until the claim settles. If we do not obtain money for you, you do not have to pay us for the work of our personal injury lawyers.
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
Our personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling complex cases involving brain injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and wrongful deaths. We are also fully familiar with injuries to the neck, back and all other parts of the body. Our experience in these matters is what makes us the trusted car accident lawyers for residents in the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Langley region.
We are available for a free consultation on personal injury matters. If you are unable to attend our local offices due to your injury, we will attend at your home or hospital bed.
You are encouraged to call us first for a free initial consultation. There is no obligation upon you to use our services. It is in your interest to consult our personal injury team.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can occur as a result of wet or slippery surfaces, improper snow and ice removal, poor lighting or debris on public or private property including as a roadway, parking lot, sidewalk, in someone’s home or yard or in a commercial store or business.
If you have suffered injuries because of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property due to a dangerous condition, you could be entitled to recover damages.
The Law in British Columbia
In British Columbia, owners and occupiers of property have a legal duty to keep their property reasonably safe for those who are using it as per the Occupiers Liability Act, [RSBC 1996] c 337. However, if you slip and fall on someone else’s property, it is your burden to prove that the injuries you suffered were caused by the wrongdoing on the part of the owner or occupier of that property.
The term “occupier” has wide meaning and includes someone who owns the property, someone who was responsibility for the conditions and activities of a property and someone who has control over the conditions and activities of a property.
Merely showing that an injury occurred on someone else’s property will not be sufficient to establish liability and entitle you to compensation. This is due to the fact that an occupier is not held to a standard of perfection. Instead, the standard of care for the occupier is one that would be expected of an ordinary, reasonable and prudent person in the same circumstances.
The Nature of a Claim
The injuries resulting from a slip and fallen accident can range from relatively minor bruising and soft tissue injuries to chronic pain, serious fractures and head injuries with life-altering symptoms.
If you have slipped and fell on someone else’s property due to dangerous conditions and you sustain injuries, then you may be entitled to receive compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages or income;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Loss of housekeeping capacity;
- Future care costs; and
- Out of pocket expenses.
Statute of Limitations
It is important to note that strict timelines apply to slip and fall claims. Generally, you have two years from the date of the slip and fall accident to commence an action against the occupier. However, if you slip and fall on city property, then you may need to report the accident to the city in writing within two months, otherwise your claim could be barred.
What Baker Newby Can Do For You
To find out if you are entitled to compensation for a slip and fall accident, please contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers who will be able to help you assess your claim.
For additional information about the ways in which Baker Newby can help, you are encouraged to call us for a free initial consultation. Make Baker Newby part or your team for success in resolving your personal injury matters.
How Can We Help You?
For an initial consultation, tell us a little bit about your case and a member of our law firm will contact you within one business day.
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