Personal Injury Lawyers
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about personal injury law.
- About us
- Scope of expertise
- Do I have a personal injury case?
- Types of personal injury cases
- What are personal injury damages?
- When to contact a personal injury lawyer
- How much does a personal injury lawyer charge?
- How long do personal injury claims take?
- Is it worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer?
- Why work with Linley Welwood LLP personal injury lawyers?
Linley Welwood LLP is a law firm located in Abbotsford, BC that was first formed in May of 2010 when the practices of Linley Duignan and Welwood Wiens Warkentin merged to provide clients with the best possible solutions for their personal injury law cases. Maintaining the tradition of services and excellence established by our predecessor firms has allowed us to create an open-door policy, where we work seamlessly together to provide clients with efficient and supportive personal injury claim help.
At Linley Welwood LLP, we focus on helping our clients through the most trying times by providing them with comprehensive legal services for personal injury claims and more. While we will always work to keep our clients from having to take their cases to court, we have substantial courtroom experience, so you can rest assured that your case is in the right hands. If you have been injured due to a serious accident, call our law firm today for a free consultation.
Scope of expertise
Whether you are looking to make an accident claim or need help with settling a personal injury claim, we have the experience and expertise to handle even the toughest cases. Our law office has handled a wide range of serious injury claims over the years for everything from traumatic brain damage and spinal cord injuries to soft tissue injuries that lead to chronic pain. We are experienced and committed to helping you through this difficult time. For a free consultation, call our law firm today.
Do I have a personal injury case?
If you have been injured or lost a family member due to an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may have viable claim. In order to receive compensation, you will have to prove four things:
- You suffered an injury.
- The person or entity that harmed you owed you a legal duty of care.
- That person or entity did not fulfill their duty of care by acting or failing to act in a required way.
- And that person or entity’s action or omission caused your injury.
In view of the above elements, it is important to note that, even if you were hurt in an accident, you may not have a valid personal injury claim. Consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer will help ensure that you fully understand the different factors that affect the outcome of a lawsuit, as well as your legal rights and options.
Types of personal injury cases
There are various situations that can lead to various different types of personal injury claims. They include the following:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Dog bite claims
- Product liability claims
- Premises liability claims
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Dangerous drugs
- Airplane accidents
- Wrongful deaths
Some of the different types of injuries you can seek compensation for include:
- Head injuries (ranging from concussions to severe brain damage)
- Paraplegia, quadriplegia, and other neurologic injuries
- Broken bones
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Psychological injuries
- Neurologic injuries
- Organ injuries
Dealing with the aftermath of an injury can be both emotionally and financially challenging, as well as time consuming. Hiring an expert legal team to handle your case will help ensure that you get the compensation you need in a timely and professional manner. The best lawyers for your case will understand your rights as a victim and can advise you on what to expect from the claim process.
What are personal injury damages?
Personal injury damages are losses you have suffered as the result of an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. If you have suffered personal injury or financial loss, you may be awarded a sum of money to compensate for your injury or loss.
You may be awarded in damages for the following:
- Medical bills incurred in treating your personal injuries
- Physical pain, emotional suffering, and mental anguish caused by your injuries
- Loss of income while you recover from your personal injuries
- Reduction in earning capacity due to your personal injuries
- Post-accident disability accommodations
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of companionship and support
While some types of damages are pecuniary, such as medical bills and loss of income, and are easy to calculate, consulting with a personal injury lawyer will help you determine reasonable estimates for non-pecuniary damages like pain and suffering.
When to contact a personal injury lawyer
A professional personal injury lawyer can help you collect the information you need to make a successful claim. The sooner you contact a lawyer after an accident, the better, so that nothing is lost in the time between when the accident occurred and when you reach a personal injury settlement.
Once ICBC is notified of the accident, an insurance adjuster will be assigned to you case to gather as much evidence as possible, to calculate the value of the claim, and to negotiate your case. The insurance adjuster will most likely contact you to get a statement about the events leading up to the accident and the severity of your injuries. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible will help ensure that you do not say anything to the insurance adjuster that could hurt your case.
How much does a personal injury lawyer charge?
In most cases, personal injury lawyers do not charge upfront for their services. Instead, they often work on a contingency fee basis in which they will take a percentage of the money awarded in the settlement of your case. Contingency fees usually fall somewhere between 27-40% of your settlement, with the standard being around 33%.
Lawyers who do not work on contingency fees will complete their work on an hourly basis. Lawyers who work on an hourly basis may ask for a retainer fee at the beginning to open a file, and will bill you for every hour spent on your personal injury case, whether you win or lose.
How long do personal injury claims take?
It is impossible to predict how long a claim might take until you have received a settlement or been awarded damages. Since each claim is different and many factors can affect how long a case takes, claims can take anywhere from a few months to several years to settle; however, most accident and injury claims tend to be settled within one to two years.
Some of the factors that can affect the timeline of a personal injury case include:
- The complexity of the case
- The amount of damages
- Severity of your injuries
- The case load in your jurisdiction
- Your willingness to wait for a better settlement
Is it worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer?
Since injury cases are quite complicated and involve a certain level of legal comprehension, hiring a personal injury lawyer can be extremely worthwhile. A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you deal with health insurance providers, the police, eyewitnesses, and complicated case law.
Even if your case does not end up going to court, we can prove to be valuable to your case in more ways than one. Some of the benefits of hiring us include:
- We understand the law
- We provide assistance with obtaining supporting evidence
- We handle complex cases
- We are experienced negotiators
- We provide experienced courtroom representation
- We can help you receive a higher settlement amount
Why work with Linley Welwood LLP personal injury lawyers?
While injuries happen on a daily basis, serious injuries can drastically change the course of an individual’s life and should be treated seriously. Even a minor ache after an accident can lead to major health issues down the road, causing expensive healthcare costs and long-term damage. Contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after incurring a serious injury will help ensure that you recover the full amount of both economic and non-economic damages suffered after an accident.
If you are looking for an experienced and reputable law firm to help you file a personal injury claim, there is no case too complex for the personal injury team at Linley Welwood to handle. Our main focus will always be on representing your best interests at every stage of the process, so you can spend your valuable time focusing on recovering from your injuries. To set up a free consultation, get in touch with us to represent your case by calling 604-850-6640 today.
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