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Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyers

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Accidents happen. They are a part of life. However, if you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for it.

There are several situations where someone else’s negligence causes an accident. Negligence means unreasonable, irresponsible, or careless behavior.

If you were injured because of negligence, you may be able to recover financial compensation. Contact our experienced Vancouver personal injury lawyers to find out if this is possible. We offer a free consultation to determine if you have a viable claim.

Common Types of Vancouver Personal Injury Accidents

At Bernard Law Group, our attorneys handle many different types of personal injury cases. These include:

Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the most prevalent causes of personal injury. They can range from minor fender-benders to catastrophic collisions.

Factors such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence significantly contribute to these incidents. The injuries sustained can vary widely, including whiplash, broken bones, and, in severe cases, life-altering spinal cord injuries.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents pose unique dangers due to their size and weight. These accidents often result in more severe injuries than typical car crashes.

Common causes include driver fatigue, overloaded trucks, and failure to comply with safety regulations. Victims may suffer from traumatic brain injuries, severe fractures, and sometimes fatal injuries.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable in accidents due to the lack of protective barriers that cars provide. These accidents are frequently caused by visibility issues, road hazards, or negligent drivers. Riders often face severe injuries like road rash, head injuries, and broken limbs.

Construction Accidents

Construction sites are inherently hazardous, with accidents often occurring due to falls, machinery malfunctions, or falling debris. These incidents can lead to serious injuries like crush injuries, amputations, or even fatalities. Ensuring strict adherence to safety protocols is crucial in reducing these accidents.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents typically occur in urban areas and crosswalks and are often due to distracted or reckless driving. Injuries to pedestrians can be particularly severe, ranging from traumatic brain injuries to spinal injuries, given the lack of protection against the impact.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice arises when healthcare professionals deviate from the standard of care, leading to patient injury. This can include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or medication mistakes. The consequences can be life-altering, requiring extensive medical intervention and rehabilitation.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are vulnerable on the road, especially when sharing lanes with larger vehicles. Accidents can occur due to driver inattention, dooring, or road defects. Cyclists may suffer from injuries like head trauma, broken bones, or internal injuries.

Dog Bites

Dog bites can occur unexpectedly and range from minor to severe. These incidents can lead to lacerations, infection, and, in some cases, emotional trauma. Children are particularly at risk and may require extensive medical treatment following a dog bite.

Establishing Fault in Personal Injury Claims

In personal injury cases, negligence must be shown to prove liability. This involves showing that the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff, breached that duty, and directly caused the injury.

For instance, in a car accident, the duty might be to drive safely, and the breach could be speeding or running a red light.

Evidence Gathering

Collecting robust evidence is necessary to substantiate negligence. This may include accident reports, witness statements, surveillance footage, medical records, wage loss documentation and expert testimonies. For example, security camera footage can demonstrate hazardous conditions the property owner failed to address in a slip and fall case.

Causation and Harm

Proving that the defendant’s breach of duty directly led to the injury is crucial. This is where medical records, accident reconstruction, and expert opinions are important. In medical malpractice cases, for example, it’s essential to link the healthcare provider’s actions (or inactions) to the patient’s harm.

Comparative and Contributory Negligence

Many jurisdictions consider the plaintiff’s role in the accident. Under comparative negligence, the plaintiff’s compensation is reduced by their percentage of fault. Conversely, contributory negligence could bar recovery if the plaintiff had any part in causing their injuries. For example, if the cyclist was not wearing reflective clothing at night in a bicycle accident, this might be considered contributory negligence.

Statute of Limitations

Timely filing is critical in personal injury cases. Washington’s statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the incident. Missing this deadline can result in losing the right to pursue recovery.

How Our Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Help with Your Case

If you are dealing with a personal injury in Vancouver, Bernard Law Group is here to help. Some of the services you can expect when you contact our law firm include the following:

Initial Case Evaluation and Strategy

Our experienced personal injury lawyers begin by evaluating your case. During this phase, obtain the facts of the incident from you, assess the details of the incident, and provide a clear understanding of your legal options. We tailor a strategy that aligns with your specific circumstances, whether a car accident, slip and fall, or a case of medical negligence.

Evidence Collection and Case Building

Evidence is the backbone of any personal injury claim. Our team gathers all necessary documentation, including medical records, accident reports, and witness statements. We may also employ the expertise of accident reconstruction specialists or medical professionals to bolster your case, ensuring every angle is explored.

Negotiation with Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies can be daunting. Our lawyers step in to handle all communications and negotiations on your behalf. We have the experience to counter lowball offers and tactics often used by insurers, striving to secure a settlement that truly compensates for your losses and suffering.

Legal Representation in Court

We are prepared to take your case to court if a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations. Our attorneys are skilled litigators with a deep understanding of personal injury law. We will present a compelling case to the jury, emphasizing the impact of the injury on your life and fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve.

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Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Bernard Law Group are ready to help with your case. We can provide the legal services and solutions you need.

We will handle the legal process so you can focus on your recovery. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

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