I have been a personal injury lawyer representing injury claimants against ICBC since 1995 in BC and have helped countless claimants settle their injury claims from my law office in Vancouver. Finding a lawyer can be a daunting task and most people that call my office are concerned about the cost of a lawyer. Here are three things to consider before hiring a personal injury lawyer:
1. Do you have confidence in the personal injury lawyer? Is he or she a member in good standing with the BC Bar and do they have the work experience to benefit your case?
2. Do you need a lawyer?If your injury is trivial and does not interfer with your social, recreational, or work life then typically you do not need a lawyer.
3. How much should you pay a personal injury lawyer? The Law Society of British Columbia regulates lawyers in BC and has set limits on what lawyers can charge. Without court order a personal injury lawyer cannot receive more than 40% of a settlement or court award if the lawyer is being paid on a percentage. If you pay your lawyer by the hour you will typically get a bill monthly outlining the legal fees and expenses owing. Experienced lawyers are worth their weight in gold and having a percentage arrangement will avoid you having to pay the monthly legal fees.
If you have a serious injury or complicated medical case you should consider hiring a lawyer immediately. If you pay the lawyer based on a percentage of what is recovered then it will not cost you more to hire the lawyer right after your injury.
Posted by personal injury lawyer Mr. Renn A. Holness, only representing the injured, not ICBC or any other insurance company.
5 responses to Best Way to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in British Columbia
August 14, 2012 12:03am
Finding a good personal injury lawyer can be hard sometimes. There a lot of options and sometimes choosing the right one in not easy at all! Thank you for the tips!
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April 18, 2012 9:22am
Doing personal injury or auto accidents isn't something our firm does in this jurisdiction, and it's not legal advice or creating a client relationship, for insurance cases in Ontario it may be worth looking at the SABS replacement income. Definitely worth seeking legal advice.
April 9, 2012 12:49pm
Another thing to consider would be that lawyers usually don't take upfront fees in order to retain their services. It's only after there's a settlement that any consideration is received from the lawyer.
"Renn A. Holness is a gifted lawyer and author to over 1000 legal blog articles. Married father of two daughters, son of a neurosurgeon and founder of Holness Law Group."
Jacqueline Small is diligent, professional, and compassionate. She went above and beyond when I was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Anytime I had questions she would respond quickly and always seemed to be one step ahead. I called several accident law firms and none were as knowledgeable and sincere as Jacqueline. Highly recommended!
I would totally recommend this law group. Renn handled my case with the utmost professionalism kept me informed throughout and explained in easy to understand layman's terms. I am very happy with how things worked out. I would highly recommend if you ever need a lawyer to contact him. Great job and a big thank you to all.
Over a period of 4 years Jacqueline Small guided me throughout the entirety of my personal injury claim after a motor vehicle accident left me with chronic pain. My experience was pleasant, professional, thorough, and communication was always open. I was treated with care like a person and not just a case. Jacqueline was with me every step of the way until we reached a settlement with the insurance company. 10/10 I would recommend to any friends or family.