Have you been injured as the result of an accident or other mishap? Have caused an accident or mishap that injured someone else?
If you answered yes to either question, you may need to take steps to protect your legal rights.
Personal injury law is the body of law developed around situations where someone suffers harm (the plaintiff) and someone else (the defendant) might be responsible for that harm through the application of the laws of negligence.
In short, the law of negligence is like having a good neighbour policy. Just as you don’t do things that could harm your neighbour, you need to take care when doing things that you could expect would harm somebody if you didn’t take care. That’s what lawyers call having a duty of care and will give rise to liability if you breach that duty.
Common examples where negligence can be found include car accidents, employer-employee relations, doctor-patient, and manufacturer-consumer. If the responsible party ignores the risk to others, and a plaintiff is injured, the defendant could be found liable at law and have to compensate the plaintiff.
In British Columbia, the most common personal injury cases involve a motor vehicle and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
At Interior Law in Penticton, our lawyers have experience dealing with personal injury cases and with ICBC, both on the plaintiff’s side or the defendant’s side. We can help you navigate personal injury actions and protect your legal rights.