When you are injured in a car accident, finding a lawyer can be a daunting task. Knowing which questions to ask is another undertaking that can be overwhelming. We, at Klein Lawyers, understand this can be a frustrating time for you so we have answered some commonly asked questions when trying to find a car accident lawyer to handle your case.
“What Kind of Cases Do We Accept?”
Anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in the province of B.C. should contact us. No two accidents are alike so it is difficult to generalize. If there’s been no injury, it is difficult for us to be of much assistance. There is also little we can do to help if you are at fault for the accident. We have a staff of intake specialists who are available to speak to you to discuss your particular case and to schedule a meeting if necessary. There is no cost to you for a consultation.
“How Long Will It Take To Settle My Case?”
This depends on how long the recovery process takes. We will not recommend attempting to resolve your claim until you have either completely recovered, or at the very least are as recovered as you are going to get. Some people will never recover fully. We will always want to have a medical report with a clear diagnosis and prognosis outlining anticipated recovery time, future care needs if any, and the potential impact on employment. In some cases, the opinions from a number of different specialists will be necessary. We may also require the assistance of vocational experts and economists to assist in evaluating your claim.
“My doctor says I need physiotherapy. How should I deal with that?”
ICBC has an obligation to cover certain treatment. This includes physiotherapy. However, sometimes ICBC is slow to approve funding or simply cuts off the funding. We make sure that clients are getting the treatment funding that they are entitled to.
“What am I going to get?”
How much you get depends on many factors including liability, the nature and severity of the injury, the impact upon your employment and recreational activities, past and future care needs and the length of your recovery. There may be many other factors as well but these are the most common ones. An experienced lawyer will know what factors to look for in your particular case.
“Can I afford you?”
You don’t pay fees unless we get compensation for you for your injuries. You don’t pay anything up front. We spend what needs to be spent in order to move the case forward in the best possible manner. When your claim is resolved your legal fee is a percentage of the settlement or judgment plus the out of pocket expenses. The rest is for you, tax-free.
“Do I Need a Lawyer?”
If you are injured due to someone else’s fault then you definitely should consult a lawyer. After an accident, it is common for most people to be upset and apprehensive. In some cases, the injuries caused by the accident go away after a few days. But, if there is any indication beyond a matter of days that you are still injured you should consult a lawyer. As discussed above, there are many good reasons to involve a lawyer rather than attempting to deal with ICBC on your own.
“How Should You Find a Lawyer?”
Do your homework. Many clients will try to find auto accident lawyers via word of mouth or internet search. However, you should make sure that the lawyer you are looking to consult is in a reputable firm, and concentrates his or her practice on this area of law, and is not a “jack of all trades”. Klein Lawyers has been handling auto accident claims for over 30 years. The firm has a well-earned reputation for hard work and dedication to assisting auto accident victims recover full compensation for their injuries.
“What Can We Do For You Specifically?”
Klein Lawyers has helped thousands of auto accident claimants. We would like to work with you. We will cover the costs of recommended medical assessments, and the gathering of any other evidence to ensure that your case is developed and presented in a professional and advantageous manner.
“What Should You Do Next?”
We really appreciate you taking the time to read this post. We are passionate about what we do and look forward to helping you. We hope you’ve found this information helpful. Your next step should be to consult with one of our lawyers to discuss your case. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in British Columbia and you’d like to speak with us directly, contact us for a free consultation using our online form.