FAQ

How soon after an accident should I contact a lawyer?

If you were involved in an accident where you sustained an injury, you should contact a lawyer at your earliest opportunity. The law limits your time to act and in some cases limitation periods can be as short as 10 days. The lawyers at Barapp Law Firm offer home and hospital visits and can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I don’t have money for a lawyer and I cannot work because of my accident, can you help me?

Yes we can, the lawyers at Barapp Law Firm work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay anything until we win your case and you receive your settlement. Furthermore, you may be eligible to receive certain benefits from your insurance company that can alleviate some of the financial stress caused by your accident.

What type of financial compensation may I be entitled to?

Aside from the no-fault accident benefits, you may be entitled to make a Tort claim and sue for damages based on, but not limited to: Pain and Suffering, Loss of Enjoyment of Life & Companionship, Lost Wages & Earning Capacity, Medical & Rehabilitation Expenses, Future Care Costs, Out-of-pocket Expenses.

What if the driver that hit me did not have insurance or fled the scene of the accident?

If you were involved in a hit-and-run or an accident with an uninsured driver, Barapp Law Firm can help. In situations involving uninsured drivers, hit-and-runs, and stolen vehicles, a claim can be made with the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund. In the province of British Columbia, this fund is considered to be a “payer of last resort” in above- mentioned situations. You are still entitled to receive compensation and should speak with a personal injury lawyer at your earliest opportunity.

What if I was injured while riding my bicycle or as a pedestrian?

Pedestrians and cyclists are entitled to obtain compensation from two sources. One is the no-fault accident benefits and the second is the tort-claim where you are entitled to sue the at-fault driver and their insurance company for compensation.

What steps should I take after getting injured and throughout the course of my claim?
  • Get medical attention for yourself and others involved in the accident.
  • Take down the contact and insurance information of all parties involved as well as any witnesses and emergency personnel.
  • Take detailed notes while the event is fresh in your memory.
  • Take photographs of the damage to the vehicles and property; in the event of a slip and fall photograph the area as well as the footwear you were wearing at the time of the slip and fall; save your footwear.
  • Save and keep all of the receipts for any and all expenses you incurred as a result of the accident.
  • Keep a journal of all your appointments with medical practitioners and insurance representatives; write down the names of the people you meet and their credentials.
I can deal with the insurance company myself, why do I need a personal injury lawyer?

Technically, you do not have to hire a lawyer when dealing with the insurance company. However, dealing with your claim on your own can quickly become overwhelming. Personal injury claims are inherently complex and involve voluminous paperwork including but not limited to, claim forms, medical documents, and statements that have to be prepared and submitted within strict time limits. Having to manage your injuries and trying to get your life back on track, while dealing with insurance representatives can become emotionally and financially stressful. An experienced lawyer will protect your rights and interests while you focus on getting better, contact us for a free consultation.

Will my case go to trial?

The majority of personal injury cases are usually resolved at the mediation stage however, the injury lawyers at Barapp Law Firm are prepared to take the claim as far as needed in order to obtain the compensation that you deserve. Our lawyers have represented injury victims at various levels of courts and Tribunals in British Columbia.

What is mediation?

Mediation is an out of court meeting that is scheduled in order to attempt to reach a settlement in a case. Your lawyer will attend this meeting with you. The lawyer for the defendant will attend this meeting as well with a representative of the defendant’s insurance company. The defendant does not have to attend this meeting. Mediations typically take most of the day, and will begin by having your lawyer present of your case. The lawyer for the defence will respond to that presentation and at the end the parties will “caucus” which means that everyone will go into separate rooms. An independent mediator will start the negotiation process and offers will be exchanged. Throughout the whole process your lawyer will be by your side and will advise you on offers and counter-offers. The lawyers at Barapp Law Firm have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and have the experience and expertise required in order obtain the best possible results during these negotiations.

What is a pre-trial conference?

A pre-trial conference is a meeting between a judge and the lawyers involved in your case. At this meeting, the judge will give their opinion on the case itself and the on each side’s perspective. You will have to attend this meeting however you will not have to meet with the judge. The judge’s decision is no final and is only mean to assist both sides in reaching a settlement. Furthermore, the judge presiding over the pre-trial conference will not be the judge that will decide the case as per the court rules.

If I hire a lawyer, will my claim become more complicated and difficult to resolve?

Absolutely not, the lawyers at Barapp Law Firm will inform you of your rights, explain your options, answer any questions you may have as well provide a general idea of your claim’s value. Having Barapp Law Firm on your side, eliminates the need to deal with voluminous paperwork as well as long and tiresome interactions with insurance company representatives.

We work on contingency basis, which means that we fund the entire case including all necessary expenses until settlement. Therefore, there are no upfront fees or costs. You don’t have to pay anything until we win your case and you receive the settlement.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who will assess your case for free and with no obligations.

Can I handle my case myself or with the help of friends and family?

You can definitely attempt to approach the process on your own, but keep in mind that ICBC has entire legal departments at their disposal whose primary job function is to keep payouts to a minimum. After all, the job of the ICBC adjuster is to keep the costs of every claim as low as possible. The ICBC representatives and lawyers will meticulously record and track all of your conversations, letter correspondence and any other communications that you had, even the ones from your online social networks.

Furthermore, we work with some of the best medical experts in the province, and we will coordinate all of the necessary rehabilitative treatment for you, as well as arrange for medical specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists, etc. all of which means that we will handle everything for you from start to finish and that all you have to focus on, is getting better and recovering from your injuries so you can enjoy life to its fullest once again.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and with no obligations.

What if my financial situation prevents me from hiring a lawyer?

After speaking with one of our lawyers and confirming that you have a valid claim, you can rest assured that your financial situation will have no impact on your ability to get Barapp Law Firm to work on your case.

We work on contingency basis, which means that we fund the entire case including all necessary expenses until settlement. Therefore, there are no upfront fees or costs. You don’t have to pay anything until we win your case and you receive the settlement.

Once your case is settled, we will take a percentage of the money that was recovered. Having a personal injury lawyer work on your case, will greatly increase the amount of compensation you will receive, even after our fees are paid.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and and with no obligations.

What information do I need to have in order to hire a lawyer?

Barapp Law Firm requires minimal information in order to determine whether or not we can assist with your case. Typically, we can determine the potential of your case during the first call you place to one of our offices.

When it comes to cases such as motor vehicle accidents and slips, trips and falls, we will ask when and how did the accident happen, go over the injuries that you have sustained and how your day to day life has been impacted by the accident.

Once we have gathered all of the basic information we will have to investigate the facts, which means getting medical records, police officer notes, security camera footage, etc.

All of the lawyers in the province have strict obligations to the Law Society and rules that must be followed. One of these rules state that we have to properly identify our clients, therefore we must ask for a copy or photo of a piece of government identification such a Driver’s License and Health Card.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and with no obligations.

If an ICBC adjuster offers a settlement, what should I do?

It is possible that the ICBC may offer you a settlement early on in the process, before you had a chance to get a proper consultation or hire a lawyer. These offers are referred to in the industry as “low-ball” offers or “go away” money.

It is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer regardless of the offer, because even though a lump sum may seem attractive at first, you will have to sign documents which would prevent you from seeking any further compensation from the insurance company.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and with no obligations.

What kind of therapy does ICBC pay for?

If you or a family member have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, then ICBC should be paying for the treatment. They are required to pay for treatment that is reasonably needed to recover from the injuries caused by the accident.

ICBC normally provides funding for various treatments such as physiotherapy, massage therapy, psychological counselling and chiropractic care to help treat your injuries which are related to your accident. If you have driving anxiety, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, then ICBC will fund counseling sessions that are required to relieve and eliminate those symptoms. Also, certain medical equipment maybe covered if it is needed to help you recover from your injuries. At Barapp Law Firm we will make sure that you get the required care that is needed to treat your injuries and help with your recovery.

What if I was a cyclist at the time of my accident?

Cyclists hit by motor vehicles have the same rights as drivers and passengers in making ICBC claims.

You are entitled to Section 7 benefits which include physiotherapy, medication, massage therapy, psychological counselling and chiropractic care to help treat your injuries. ICBC should provide funding for all of the treatment that you reasonably require in order to recover from injuries caused by the accident.

Furthermore, you are entitled to make a claim against the driver who was at fault for the accident. You may be eligible to recover damages for pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses, treatment expenses, loss of income and out of pocket expenses.

If you or a loved one were injured as a cyclist, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and with no obligations.

What if I was a pedestrian at the time of my accident?

Pedestrians hit by motor vehicles have the same rights as drivers and passengers in making ICBC claims.

You are entitled to Section 7 benefits which include physiotherapy, medication, massage therapy, psychological counselling and chiropractic care to help treat your injuries. ICBC should provide funding for all of the treatment that is reasonably required due to the accident.

Furthermore, you are entitled to make a claim against the driver who was found to be at fault for the accident. You may be eligible to recover damages for pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses, treatment expenses, loss of income and out of pocket expenses.

If you or a loved one were injured as a pedestrian, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and with no obligations.

How do I know if an ICBC is offering a fair settlement?

In order to know if you have been offered a fair settlement, you need to know:

  • What your injuries are;
  • The long-term effects of your injuries;
  • The effects of your injuries on your day-day life;
  • Your past and present income losses;
  • Past Treatment expenses as well as costs of required Future Medical Treatment;

 

Answering each question requires a personal injury lawyer who has the necessary expertise in this field as well as invaluable experience that comes from successfully representing personal injury victims from all over the province. Attempting to negotiate a settlement yourself will often lead to you settling the claim for a grossly low amount.

Determining the true value of your claim can be complex, and requires a full analysis of your medical and employment records; the circumstances surrounding your accident, as well as intimate knowledge of the applicable laws. In certain situations, multiple opinions from medical specialists as well as various other experts will be needed to determine the full extent of your injuries and losses.

The adjuster is an adversary whose job is to make you accept a settlement that is far below the real value of your case. If ICBC paid out real fair value settlements for injury victim’s claims, then lawyers who practice in personal injury would become obsolete and no longer required. Contact Barapp Law Firm to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer for free and receive a proper evaluation of what your claim is actually worth.

If a family member was killed in a motor vehicle accident, what rights do family members have?

In British Columbia, the Family Compensation Act allows spouses, parents or children of a deceased person to recover compensation for the loss of monetary support and income caused by the death of a loved one.

If a family member is killed in a motor vehicle accident ICBC is required to provide funding for funeral and death benefits.

If a loved one was involved in a fatal accident, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and with no obligations.

What can I expect if the case goes to trial?

When it comes to personal injury claims, it is very rare that the case makes it all the way to trial. Over 95% of these cases will never get anywhere close to a courtroom.

However in certain situations, we may advise our clients that going to trial will be the optimal course of action in order to get the all of the compensation that they are entitled to. This is something that we would only recommend if we firmly believe that we can win your case.

Trials are complicated and some firms claim to be experts while never having set foot inside of a courtroom, the lawyers at Barapp Law Firm have successfully represented clients before judges all over the province of British Columbia. Again, if we strongly believe that going to trial is the best option in your case, we will not be intimidated and back away from litigation. Also, before trial each party will have several opportunities to reconsider their case and potentially settle out of court.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who assess your case for free, and with no obligations.

What should I do if I’ve fallen or been injured on someone’s property?

Taking a picture of the area that caused you to fall is the first thing you should do after getting medical attention. Taking pictures of the surrounding area can be helpful for you case in certain instances. Make sure you collect the names and phone numbers of any witnesses that saw the accident. The sooner this is done the better it is for your case. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible in order to make sure that your rights are protected, as the insurance company may attempt to have an adjuster meet with you right away in order to obtain a statement.

If the accident occurred on a municipal property, you must report it to the appropriate municipal office in writing, within two months of the accident. You may also need to start a lawsuit against the municipality within six months or you could lose your rights to your claim. You should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible which makes it more likely for you to receive proper compensation for your injuries.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who will assess your case for free and with no obligations.

Should I agree to be interviewed after my accident?

After an accident, you will typically be contacted by an insurance adjuster who will try to get a statement from you. The insurance adjuster is an employee of the insurance company and represents their interests, which means that their primary job function is keeping payouts to a minimum. They should be considered as an adversary in any claim, and will do everything in their power in order to lower the payout of any claim.

In most circumstances, it is bad idea to speak with an insurance adjuster prior to speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies use verbal and/or signed statements to find inconsistencies in your facts, and will most likely attempt to use minor discrepancies in your descriptions of the situation in order to try to discredit your claim. At Barapp Law Firm a lawyer will report your accident to the insurance company and maintain all of the communication with the insurance adjuster so that you can focus on getting better and returning to your pre-accident activities.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who will assess your case for free and with no obligations.

How do you determine what compensation I am entitled too?

People who are injured due to the negligence of another are usually eligible to receive monetary compensation for their injuries. The law that sets the guidelines of how someone will be compensated for their injuries is called Tort Law. The primary intent of tort law is to put the victim back in the same position that they were in prior to getting injured and this is accomplished through monetary compensation.

In order to find out how much compensation someone should receive from the at fault party, personal injury lawyers need to find out certain facts regarding your claim;

  • What are your injuries?
  • What is the severity of your injuries?
  • What are the long-term effects of your injuries on your day to day life?
  • How much income will you lose as a result of your injuries?
  • Have you been competitively disadvantaged in your occupation?
  • What treatment is needed to help you recover from your injuries?
  • How much treatment is needed in order to manage your day-to-day pain?
  • Are there any out of pocket expenses resulting from the accident?
  • Who is at fault for the accident and is there more than one party responsible?  
  • How are your injuries valued under Canadian Law?

 

There are several heads of damages that can be obtained. They include but are not limited to pain and suffering, income loss and loss of competitive advantage, past and future medical costs, and out of pocket expenses such as housekeeping and caregiving. We will ensure that we obtain the necessary expert opinions to properly asses the losses and damages resulting from your accident.  

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who will assess your case for free and with no obligations.

Should I contact a lawyer about a head injury or spinal cord injury due to an accident?

Absolutely, injuries of the head such as concussions, can potentially result in serious consequences as well as carry severe complications in intermediate and long term. People who have sustained injuries of the head as well as concussions can receive significant compensation for their injuries. The implications of an untreated head injury can sometimes result in severe and potentially life-altering impairments for the injury victim.

Lawsuits concerning injuries of the head and spinal cord are often complex due to the nature of the injuries themselves as well as the limitations imposed by the medical expertise available, or lack thereof. These types of cases require the use medical experts, who are the leaders in their respective fields in order to ensure that your case and resulting losses are presented accurately. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your head or spinal cord injury despite the insurance company attempting to downplay your injuries and the impact they had on your life.

The difference between knowing and not knowing your rights can have a tremendous impact on the result of your case. At Barapp Law Firm our clients come first, where you don’t pay unless we win your case and you receive compensation. If you or a loved one were injured, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as early as possible as it is never too early to know what your rights are. Contact us today for a consultation and speak to local lawyer who will assess your case for free and with no obligations.

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