In the majority of cases, personal injury claims are settled out of court so that a trial does not have to take place. A small number of cases do not settle and so they have to proceed all the way through trial.
If your case does not settle your lawyer will keep in contact with you to help you prepare for your examination for discovery and other steps in the action.
While litigation is taking places, you should be doing at least the following:
- Keep in contact with your personal injury lawyer so that you are up-to-date on what is going on with your case. Additionally, always respond to your Surrey personal injury lawyer’s letter or phone calls as promptly as possible.
- Let your lawyer know if any of your contact information, including address or phone number, has changed.
- Inform your lawyer of any changes regarding your injury (such as recovery or a new diagnosis) or your personal life (such as a marriage).
- Immediately after your lawyer requests a document, prepare and obtain it.
- Track all of your medical bills as well as lost income and let your lawyer know what expenses you incur.
- Avoid any criminal activity, because it could be used as evidence against you in court. Similarly, hold onto your job and do not start issues with your employer.
Bruce Lemer has been counsel in ICBC actions involving serious soft tissue injuries, whiplash injuries and back injuries, including spinal fractures and paralysis, since 1982. We ensure that all necessary medical and expert physician evidence is obtained to prove your case. Where appropriate he will retain independent medical experts and arrange private MRI’s, or CT scans to avoid the long wait in the public medical system. We cover all expenses and are paid only when the settlement or judgment is obtained.