Protecting The Rights Of Injured Pedestrians
Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable motor vehicle collision victims. Trauma is often severe and impacts can turn out to be life-altering and long term. Although the injuries are usually obvious, adjusters typically fight such ICBC claims with vigour. Without professional legal help, the risk of unfair treatment is high.
Most Uninsured Pedestrians Have The Right To Fair Compensation
Chouinard & Company has advocated for injury victims in Richmond, British Columbia, since 1978. The firm’s lawyers have the experience to help injured pedestrians through the claims process towards a fair settlement. Whether the injuries involve fractures, head injuries or even fatalities, most uninsured pedestrians have the right to pursue benefits under Part 7 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act of British Columbia when they are struck by a car. Such benefits may include:
- Medical and rehabilitative treatment
- Housekeeping assistance
- Wage loss
These Part 7 benefits are available regardless of fault, but are limited in coverage. To receive fuller compensation, Chouinard & Company lawyers can help pedestrians pursue tort claims against at-fault parties for such damages as:
- Out-of-pocket expenses incurred for treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of future care
- Loss of housekeeping capacity
- Diminished future income-earning capacity
Since such pedestrian claims can involve catastrophic injuries, the level of care and costs required can be substantial. Since pedestrian claims can be so catastrophic, insurers such as ICBC will often defend such claims vigorously, and adjusters will often attempt to assign the greatest percentage of liability possible to the pedestrian. The lawyers at Chouinard & Company have decades of experience analyzing pedestrian claims and will fully investigate the evidence and navigate complex liability issues for clients until a fair settlement is reached.