CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAWYER
We’ve developed a list of important questions to help you learn what you need to know to make an informed decision. You or your loved one have only one chance to recover the compensation you deserve. It matters which firm represents you.
Our clients have shared their experiences to help others with serious injuries make the best choice. Watch here.
LIST OF QUESTIONS FOR A LAWYER
The skill and reputation of the lawyer that represents you greatly affects the way in which ICBC agrees to settle your claim. The following are some critical questions that you should ask prior to retaining a lawyer’s services:
Does the lawyer devote the majority of his/her time to representing injured plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits?
Does the lawyer (or any of his/her colleagues in the firm) also work for ICBC in defending personal injury claims? If so, that lawyer will be prevented from making certain types of claims against ICBC. This is due to the strict contractual rules that ICBC places on the individuals and firms that represent them.
Ask any lawyer you are interviewing for your case how much work they or their firm does for ICBC, or that they have done in the past for ICBC. At least one firm in BC does millions of dollars of legal work for ICBC trying to defeat the legitimate claims of injured persons, yet on their website, seeking serious injury claims says nothing about this critical fact. At Osborne Cane, we do not work for ICBC or any insurers, but only for seriously-injured plaintiffs.
Will the lawyer commit to funding the cost of the litigation and be patient enough to promise that he/she won’t attempt to settle the case until the full impact of your injuries has been understood?
Does the lawyer have a proven record of success at trial for other injured persons so that your case will be taken seriously by ICBC?
Does the lawyer have a proven record of success with jury trials that would influence ICBC to avoid this method of trial, should a trial become necessary?
Does the lawyer make use of video and computer technology to best represent cases in negotiations, at mediation, or at trial?
Has this lawyer been highly recommended to you by other people?
Do you feel confident that this lawyer will fight hard for you?