Every personal injury lawyer aims to get speedy, out-of-court settlements for their clients. A lawyer will only take a personal injury case to court as a last resort if both parties cannot agree during negotiations. Personal injury cases, in some instances, can take years to be resolved through the court system. Therefore, a settlement can save you time, energy and money.
If you are wondering how a case may be settled outside of court, here are some things a personal injury lawyer will do:
File a No-Fault Benefits Claim
As a driver insured under the ICBC, you are entitled to benefits after an accident no matter who is at fault. These benefits cover the costs of medical and rehabilitative care, lost income due to total disability and other expenses. To access these benefits, you will need to file what is known as a Part 7 Benefits Claim or No-Fault Benefit Claim within 30 days of your accident. Your personal injury lawyer will help to complete the required paperwork within the stipulated time.
File a Tort Claim if Another Driver Caused the Accident
If the negligence of another driver caused your accident, you may also be able to access compensation through that driver’s third-party liability insurance. Your lawyer will not only help you to file that lawsuit as well. They will also gather evidence to show the driver’s responsibility and show how much you are entitled to receive for your pain and suffering.
Once all the paperwork has been completed and evidence has been gathered, your lawyer will then enter negotiations with the ICBC in hopes of reaching a settlement without subjecting you to a trial. Often, these negations take the form of mediation. During mediation, an impartial party, known as a mediator, will conduct the process and work with both sides to facilitate a deal.
Go to court, if necessary
While most personal injury cases are successfully settled out of court, negations often fail. If that happens in your case, your lawyer will then need to take the case to court for the matter to be settled by a judge or jury. They will present the evidence they have gathered and use eyewitnesses and experts to prove your claim. In most instances, the party at fault will try to lay the blame on the victim. Your lawyer will defend you against those aspersions too.
Do you need the help of a Surrey personal injury lawyer to negotiate a settlement agreement?
If you are searching for a Surrey personal injury lawyer, contact us at Nirwan Law Corporation. At Nirwan Law Corporation, we’ve won millions in compensation for victims of personal injury and we enjoy a reputation among our clients and the legal community for providing the highest quality of representation.
If you choose to work with us, we guarantee a personal and compassionate professional service. We will handle all aspects of your claim, including negotiating with ICBC, referring you to appropriate specialists to prove your claim and, when necessary, litigating on your behalf to get you the money you deserve. Our legal fees are reasonable, affordable and fair, and we will not charge you unless we obtain money for you.
So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today to schedule a free legal consultation with our experienced Surrey personal injury lawyer. Let us show how we can help.