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There are few things more traumatic and painful to Canadians than being injured in a car accident unless of course you end up with a lawyer that doesn’t empathise with your personal story; this can also influence how dedicated they are to represent your interests when it comes to your lawsuit.

From my practice in Vancouver, BC, I understand your needs in this stressful time. My background and passion is helping right the wrongs that a car accident injury can damage to a life – while money isn’t everything, it can certainly ease current burdens that have been incurred from the time of injury to the present.  I offer a free consultation, set up to answer any questions you may have about the claims process.  As your legal advocate, it’s my job to ensure that the process is clear and as stress-free as possible to leave you able to concentrate on your recovery.

Imagine for a moment that, having been injured, you are able to remove all the stress, uncertainty and fear from the insurance claim process, and simply concentrate on your recovery?  Clients like you are who we advocate for – we’re familiar with the issues that plague injury-recovery and how getting adequate compensation slows down the healing process and can leave mental and emotional damage long after the physical damage has healed.  How to navigate insurance?  Who to call or ask questions from?  How much compensation is ‘enough’?  These questions and more are the types of questions that I hear every day from worried clients.  I know if they come to me with these concerns then they’re definitely keeping you up at night.

If you’ve been a victim in a personal injury or car accident and need straightforward, knowledgeable advice from a lawyer who has a depth of experience navigating insurance law, call Steve Kooner Law Corp. today.

Every year in British Columbia there are hundreds and hundreds of preventable car accidents.  A considerable amount of these incidents cause serious injury or death.  Put simply, my job is to establish whether a driver could be considered negligent in the ensuing situation.  If so, its a short step to establish that he or she may be responsible if it can be shown that what transpired was something that a reasonable person would do, or would not do under similar circumstances.  After determining who is at fault in a situation, as your lawyer, it is important to quantify on your behalf the long term effects or disabilities that adversely affect your health and the mental, emotional, and financial well being of your family.

Many car accidents are caused by the following factors – some combine two or more factors into a ‘perfect storm’ of a situation in which someone becomes seriously injured.  It’s my job to deconstruct the order of events so as to establish responsibility.

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Unsafe roadways
  • Reckless driving
  • Rain, fog, and snow
  • Inadequate or unclear road signage

What You Need to Know

Being injured in a car accident is one of the most traumatic experiences that a person can undergo.  Injuries that result from this type situation reach far beyond the physical – experiencing mental and emotional anguish months, even years later is not uncommon.  The pain and stress of the injury is also shared by family and friends.  Moderate to severe car accidents result in lost time at work, lost wages, property damage to one’s vehicle and spiraling medical expenses. With these repercussions as well as the emotional trauma of the incident, and the ensuing pain and suffering from lingering injuries, the entire situation is nightmarish.  It’s difficult to cope; victims feel vulnerable.  As your advocate, be aware that you don’t have to undergo this process alone.

Your Rights

As quickly as possible in the wake of a motor vehicle accident, my goal is to inform you of your rights as a victim.  With your rights established, you’ve actually started on the path to physical restoration, financial compensation, and personal closure.  Your rights include:

  • Access to an ICBC Lawyer
  • Access to a Criminal Defense Lawyer when meeting with ICBC, the police, or other authority figures.
  • Understanding of the legal process
  • Access to a lawyer who will advocate on your behalf with empathy for your values

Your Responsibilities

While you, as the victim, have an ability to claim for damages resulting from your car accident, you also have a responsibility to mitigate your damages.  In this sense, mitigation means that you have a responsibility to take reasonable and timely action to minimize your losses by:

  • Seeking medical treatment
  • Following your doctor’s advice
  • Returning to work when appropriate
  • Retraining for a new job, or modifying your old job if you still suffer from your injuries

Time Limits

One of the major reasons to have a knowledgeable and experienced advocate on your team for your car accident claim is that timing is everything – your lawyer knows how to navigate this.  Critical windows of time are:

  • After the collision
  • Within 30 days
  • Within 60 days
  • Within a year
  • Within 2 years

Every case is different; a lawyer who is empathetic to your needs will help guide you through your case’s timeline in a way that is most financially and personally advantageous to you.

Remember not to ever accept a settlement, or make any significant legal decision without having consulted with Steve Kooner Law.  While our initial consultation is free, not taking advantage of this service could end up costing you in terms of the compensation you ultimately receive.

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