Protecting the legal rights of people injured in Vancouver and the surrounding areas
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are injured every year in preventable accidents. When these injuries are serious, victims can be left with significant medical expenses, an inability to work, psychological and emotional issues, and even long-term disabilities. When the accidents that cause these injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence and carelessness, the people who are injured are usually able to obtain compensation for the economic and non-economic losses they sustain.
People who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others should retain legal counsel prior to accepting any settlement offer made by the other party. At McLarty Wolf, not only will we represent your legal interests, we will also assist in making sure appropriate arrangements are made for rehabilitative care and income replacement to the extent possible.
Representing individuals injured in preventable accidents in British Columbia
Our lawyers are committed to helping people who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others and are qualified to represent individuals injured in a variety of accidents. Some of the kinds of accidents and injuries that we routinely handle include:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Maritime accidents
- Car accidents
- Recreational accidents
- Wrongful death/fatal accidents claims
- Neck and spine injuries
- Head injuries / Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Slip and fall/Occupiers liability claims
The above list is not meant to be exhaustive, and anyone injured in an accident that they believe may have been caused by the negligence of others should discuss their case with an experienced lawyer.
When people consider retaining legal representation, one of their main concerns is the cost. After all, lawyers are known for charging highly hourly rates, sometimes in the range of hundreds of dollars per hour. As a result, legal services may be financially out of reach for many people, or so they may think. In some cases, people may be able to obtain legal representation without having to pay anything at all unless their case is brought to a successful resolution.
Contingency Fees Align Interests and Ensure that Injured Victims have access to Legal Counsel
A contingency fee arrangement is one in which a lawyer agrees to represent a person for a percentage (usually one-third) of any recovery that is ultimately obtained. If there are up-front costs associated with litigation, the lawyer or firm will pay for them out-of-pocket. This type of arrangement aligns the lawyer’s interests with those of his or her client – if the client does not recover compensation, the lawyer does not earn any money for his or her work. In addition, the more the client recovers, the more the lawyer earns, incentivizing zealous representation. Additionally, contingency fees allow people who need legal representation to obtain it, regardless of their ability to pay.
When are Contingency Fees Used?
Not every case is appropriate for a contingent fee arrangement. Contingency fees are most often used in personal injury cases as there is typically a good chance of recovery and injured parties are not in a position to pay legal fees until after their cases resolved. Contingency fees are also used in certain construction and commercial cases in which a person or businesses has suffered financial losses as a result of a breach of contract or negligence. Some cases can be handled on the basis of a low, affordable hourly rate, together with a reduced contingency fee, depending on your specific circumstances and the type of case.
Contact a Vancouver personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
People who are injured in accidents that are caused by the negligence of others are often able to recover significant compensation by filing a personal injury claim. At McLarty Wolf, we limit our case load in order to allow our lawyers to develop a personal relationship with our clients and make ourselves available to answer all of our clients’ questions and concerns. In addition, we do not shy away from taking your case to trial, should we be unable to reach a reasonable settlement through negotiation or mediation. Please contact us today at 604-688-9542 or use our online contact form to reach us regarding any accident in which you have sustained injury.