23/01/2020 0 Comments
Ask a Kamloops Lawyer: What Can Be Classified as a Personal Injury Case in BC?
If you have been injured by another person’s wrongful act or negligence, you should contact a Kamloops personal injury lawyer https://www.martinlawyers.ca/services/personal-injury-and-icbc-claims to find out if you have a claim for monetary compensation – known as “damages” in a civil court action – from the person who caused your injuries. There are many types of personal injury claims. Let’s have a look at what can be classified as a personal injury case in BC.
Types of personal injury cases in BC
Kamloops personal injury lawyers at Martin & Martin Lawyers represent clients injured in a variety of ways. Here are some of the common causes of injury that form the basis of a personal injury case:
Motor vehicle accidents – that is, injuries caused by accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and/or pedestrians.
Slip and falls https://www.martinlawyers.ca/services/slip-and-fall – for example, in a snowy parking lot of a business, on icy stairs to a private residence, or on a wet or slippery floor in a grocery store.
Dog bites – claims can be brought against animal owners or owners of premises for dog bite injuries or animal attacks.
Medical or dental malpractice – these types of claims can arise from injury caused during a routine procedure or surgery, errors in diagnosis, or may arise from mistakes in treatment of injuries caused by another wrongdoer (for example, negligent medical treatment of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident).
Products liability – these are claims for personal injury caused by defective products.
There are different legal tests and elements of proof to establish each of these types of personal injury cases, so the best course of action is to speak to a Kamloops lawyer at Martin & Martin Lawyers https://www.martinlawyers.ca/contact-us as soon as possible to discuss what is needed to prove your personal injury case.
Types of injuries that qualify for personal injury claims
The injury you suffered can be physical (such as broken bones, whiplash, or a concussion), psychological (such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, or post-traumatic stress disorder), or both. Injuries can range from relatively minor ones that resolve within a matter of weeks or months, all the way up to catastrophic injuries that cause lifelong impairments, and in the most serious cases, the injuries are fatal (in which case family members may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim).
Types of damages that you can recover in a personal injury case
In your personal injury case, you can claim for compensation to recover economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses, past wage loss, and future loss of income. Noneconomic damages, which are also known as general damages, are to compensate you for pain and suffering and the diminishment of your quality of life as a result of the injuries you sustained.
Types of defendants in a BC personal injury case
You may be entitled to make an insurance claim (for example, an ICBC claim) or bring a civil lawsuit in the courts against a defendant for any injury that is caused by another’s wrongful acts or omissions. The defendant may be another person such as a negligent driver, or it may be a corporation that owns the property on which you were injured. It is essential that your claim be brought against the correct defendant and there are different limitation periods for some types of claims (for example, claims against the province or municipality). Talk to our experienced Kamloops lawyers without delay to ensure that the proper parties are named and that you do not miss the deadline to bring a personal injury claim.
Get help with your personal injury claim from lawyers in Kamloops
Personal injury lawyers at Martin & Martin Lawyers have the experience to guide you through the claims process and get you the compensation you deserve. Count on Martin & Martin Lawyers to fight for your personal injury compensation. Our Kamloops lawyers will deal with the insurance company, adjusters, and lawyers on your behalf so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. We offer a free initial consultation with one of our Kamloops personal injury lawyers, and if you decide to hire us, you do not pay unless and until you are compensated. Book your free initial consultation online now or call Martin & Martin Lawyers today at 250-828-6175 to learn more about how we can help you.