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Hughes & Company Law Corporation has prepared these materials for general information purposes only and not for the purpose of giving legal advice. Every case is unique. Regardless of any similarity to your situation, the information on this website should not be relied on in making any legal decision.

If we did not provide enough information, please do not hesitate to contact our injury lawyers at 604-602-1828.

I have injuries from a car accident. Can I make a claim?

Yes. With some minor exceptions, everyone involved in a car accident, including pedestrians and bicyclists, can make a claim.  Accident benefits include some compensation for income loss and rehabilitation expenses, all subject to certain statutory limits.

I have injuries in a car accident. Do I have a claim for compensation in addition to accident benefits?

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, loss of income, expenses, among other things.

What information does an injury lawyer need before contacting Hughes and Company? 

The injury lawyer from Hughes and Company will need the basics – when and where the accident happened.

What should I expect at an initial meeting?

A professional injury lawyer who will listen to your concerns and provide some initial comments on the strength of the case.

What is my case worth? 

A court will in all likelihood give you an award for damages if:

– you got injured in a motor vehicle accident in British Columbia;

– the accident was at someone’s fault;

– you have injuries that your doctor feels are significant. 

Then, the award can be 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 are in the five-figure range. However, the award is very much based on what the court feels to be reliable evidence.

How long will my case take?

Most personal injury cases can be set for trial within a year or two of the 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.

What happens with my case? 

Court documents are filed to protect the claim. The process moves forward to trial if necessary – but over 95% of claims settle out of the court.

In what circumstances would my case have to go to trial?

As long as liability is not an issue, trials are generally about income loss. Very few cases go to trial solely on the basis of a disputed diagnosis with respect to the injuries.

How long does the trial take?

Most personal injury trials take to set for anywhere from 2 to 10 days of trial time.

How much of my time will the court case take?

Typically, the person making the claim will attend a meeting called the Examination for Discovery. It usually lasts for half a day to a full day. The person making the claim will answer the questions 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 a trial is necessary, and this preparation will take a number of hours.

What to expect as the case proceeds?

Our injury lawyer will keep in touch with you through emails and phone calls. You will have regular updates and meetings if necessary.

How do I pay an injury lawyer from Hughes and Company? 

Most personal injury lawyers charge their clients a percentage fee, known as contingency. You will pay at the end of the case from the proceeds recovered by settlement or judgment.