Typically, the personal making the claim will attend at a meeting called the Examination for Discovery, which usually lasts for half a day to a full day. The personal making the claim will be questioned about the details of their claim, particularly medical issues and income loss. The process is essentially the Defence counsel’s way of taking a detailed statement.
The additional time involved in the case will be preparation for the trial, if trial is necessary, and this preparation will take a number of hours.
Most personal injury cases can be set for trial within a year or two of accident. If there is a settlement, this will usually take place shortly prior to trial. Most personal injury cases do settle. If the case cannot be settled, the court will decide the matter.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident in British Columbia, and if the accident was caused through the fault of someone else, and if you have injuries which your doctor feels are significant, then a court will in all likelihood give you an award for damages, anywhere from a very modest amount, to six or seven figure amount. Typical personal injury awards involving injuries with a reliable diagnosis and a degree of persistence, called chronicity, are in the five figure range. The award is very much based on what the court feels to be reliable evidence.
Yes, if someone else is to blame for your injuries. With some limited exceptions, if the accident is not your fault, you can bring an action for compensation for pain and suffering, lost of income, expenses, among other things.
Yes. With some minor exceptions, everyone involved in a car accident, including pedestrians and bicyclists, can make a claim, regardless of fault, for accident benefits, which include some compensation for income loss and rehabilitation expenses, all subject to certain statutory limits.