Vancouver Car Accident Lawyer
Serving Clients in Vancouver, British Columbia and Surrounding Areas
Driving on the roads and highways of BC can be a dangerous activity. Every year, countless individuals are hurt or killed in traffic accidents. Even safe drivers can find themselves at the mercy of other motorists, whose actions they cannot always predict and certainly cannot control. As a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist or pedestrian, you may have become the victim of another driver's careless or negligent behaviour. Speeding, disobeying traffic laws, driving while distracted by cell phones or other devices and alcohol and drug-impaired driving may be contributing factors in auto accidents resulting in personal injuries.
Being injured in a traffic accident can be one of the most distressing incidents a person ever experiences. Resulting injuries can create worry and stress for the injured person as well as his or her family, with the stress level increasing in proportion to the severity of the injury. The repercussions from any type of accident can extend to lost time at work, lost wages, property damage to one's vehicle and spiraling medical expenses. Combine these effects with the trauma of the incident and the pain and suffering arising from the injuries and the entire situation can become an unbearable ordeal for both the victim and his or her loved ones. You don't, however, have to go through it alone.
Getting Help with Your ICBC Claim
In the aftermath of any car accident you will be required to make a claim through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia ("ICBC"). Making a claim through ICBC can be a confusing and difficult proposition. You may have little understanding of the procedures involved or your legal rights in the matter, and you may be asked by ICBC to sign statements and documents without fully understanding what they mean and how they may affect your claim. That is why we recommend that you work with an experienced BC personal injury lawyer who knows the system, how to protect your rights and how to maximize your claim recovery. This is what Mike Coric does as a BC trial lawyer. He works exclusively for the injured, never for ICBC. As such, Mike has the specialized skills, knowledge and experience to advocate most effectively on your behalf.
Mike Coric is a founding member of the law firm Coric Adler Wenner* and has over 10 years of legal experience dealing with car injury claims. In his career as a Vancouver personal injury lawyer, Mike has helped innumerable BC residents who have suffered all kinds of accident injuries, from soft tissue injuries such as whiplash, to devastating brain injuries. He listens to his clients with compassion and handles cases with a problem-solver approach that leads to proven results.
Talk to a Lawyer First
At Coric Adler Wenner* we offer contingency fee agreements to our personal injury clients. This means that you don't pay us until we recover compensation from ICBC on your claim. We recommend that you contact Mike Coric right away after any accident, and before speaking with a representative from an ICBC Claim Centre. We will start the claims process on your behalf and deal with ICBC directly so that you can focus on your recovery.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Following any accident, you should immediately seek medical attention, either through your family doctor, a walk-in clinic or a hospital. It is also critical that, if your injuries are visible, photos are taken for documentation purposes. These will be helpful for your ICBC claim. Within 30 days after the accident, you will need to submit a written statement to ICBC describing the accident and your injuries. Also, within 90 days after the accident, you will need to apply to ICBC for accident benefits (also sometimes called "Part 7 No Fault Benefits") in order to receive contribution from ICBC towards the cost of your post- accident therapy (for example, physiotherapy and/or massage).
We always prepare and submit the requisite written statement and accidents benefit application to ICBC on behalf of our clients.
ICBC Damage Awards
The monetary award that you may ultimately recover from an ICBC claim may include compensation for various categories of costs or losses, including:
- loss of wages (including any potential future wage loss);
- the cost of any future medical care that you may require;
- loss of enjoyment of life (also known as "pain and suffering");
- any out-of-pocket expenses that you may have incurred as a result of the accident and your injuries; and
- compensation for family members who were required to provide assistance to you because of your injuries.
Each case is unique and your potential damages will differ from those of other car accident victims. The award you ultimately recover will reflect the specific circumstances of your injuries and their impact on your life. It is important to discuss this aspect of your case with Mike Coric.
How a Lawyer Can Help
The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be a time of enormous confusion and stress. Having a competent lawyer in your corner can be a valuable asset in your fight to obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Our firm can handle the legal aspects of your claim to help you achieve a fair settlement, while you concentrate on the vital task of restoring your health and getting your life back. It is important to remember that ICBC will try to save money by paying you as little as possible. Having an advocate working solely on your behalf can make a significant difference in that process.
We represent clients who have been injured in all kinds of accidents, including motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other personal injury accidents caused by negligence or wrongdoing. While most of our clients' cases originate from accidents that occurred in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland, we also represent many clients whose claims originated elsewhere in BC, including but not limited to the Okanagan, Kamloops, Prince George, Vancouver Island, Victoria and Nanaimo. Mike Coric regularly travels to these locales to visit clients and to attend examinations for discovery, mediations, settlement conferences and trials.