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Personal Injury Advocacy with Tim Louis: Championing Your Rights in Vancouver

Personal Injury Advocacy with Tim Louis: Championing Your Rights in Vancouver

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Fighting for Your Rights with Tim Louis & Company: Personal Injury Law

Fighting for Your Rights with Tim Louis & Company: Personal Injury Law

Life can be unpredictable, and accidents or injuries can happen when you least expect them. When they do, they often bring along with them a cascade of physical, emotional, and financial challenges.

The legal team at Tim Louis & Company, based in Vancouver and proudly serving all of British Columbia, believes that no one should carry the weight of these burdens if the injury resulted from another party’s negligence. We’re dedicated to helping you secure rightful compensation, offering a helping hand to navigate the complexities of personal injury law.

Understanding Personal Injury and Its Wide-Ranging Impact

The aftermath of an accident often extends beyond the immediate physical injuries. It can set in motion a domino effect of financial implications that can be equally, if not more, challenging to handle.

Here are some potential expenses you might face:

  • Urgent medical services and subsequent treatments: This could include the cost of an ambulance, emergency room treatment, surgery, hospital stay, etc.
  • Travel costs related to medical appointments: These include transportation to and from the hospital or rehabilitation center.
  • Medical equipment and assistive devices: Depending on the injury, you may need to purchase items such as wheelchairs, crutches, braces, or home care equipment.
  • Home care or personal support workers: If your mobility or ability to perform daily tasks is affected, you may need to hire help for personal care and household chores.
  • Prescription medications: The cost of medication can add up, especially if you need long-term medication for pain management or other issues related to the injury.
  • Mental health treatments: Traumatic accidents can have a significant impact on mental health, and you might need counseling or other forms of psychological therapy.
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy: These therapies can aid your recovery and help you regain your mobility and strength.
  • Loss of earnings: If you’re unable to work because of the injury, you may lose income.
  • Diminished future earning capacity: If the injury leads to long-term disability, it could affect your ability to earn a similar income in the future.
  • Home modifications: If the injury results in a disability, you might need to make changes to your home to accommodate your new needs.
  • Housekeeping services: If your mobility is compromised, you might need to hire help for cleaning and maintaining your home.

These are just a few examples, and the actual costs could be far more extensive, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.

The Importance of Recognizing Negligence

At the heart of personal injury law lies the concept of negligence. Simply put, when an individual or organization fails to behave with a reasonable level of care and caution, and this failure leads to harm to others, they can be deemed negligent and held responsible for the resulting damages.

Negligence can be thought of as a lapse in fulfilling a duty of care that a reasonable person would maintain under similar circumstances. Its ramifications can be wide-reaching, affecting not only the victim but also their family and loved ones.

At Tim Louis & Company, we strive to ensure that victims of negligence are not left to deal with these financial repercussions alone. Tim Louis, a highly experienced personal injury lawyer is prepared to guide you through the intricate process of securing the compensation you deserve.

The Crucial Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer

A personal injury lawyer can assist in establishing the critical elements in a negligence claim:

  1. The at-fault party owed you a duty of care: This means they had a responsibility to act (or refrain from acting) in a certain way to avoid causing harm.
  2. They breached this duty: They either did something they shouldn’t have or failed to do something they should have.
  3. Their negligence directly led to your injury.
  4. You suffered damages as a result of this injury.

By thoroughly establishing these elements, we work towards constructing a robust legal argument that accurately and convincingly represents the extent of your suffering and loss. Our team assists in gathering and presenting compelling evidence, drafting persuasive legal arguments, and negotiating fair settlements.

A Closer Look: A Personal Injury Case Example

To provide more insight, let’s examine a hypothetical scenario: Imagine you’re strolling down a bustling Vancouver street when, suddenly, a poorly secured sign from a storefront falls and hits you. This unfortunate incident results in a severe head injury, leading to substantial medical expenses and a prolonged recovery period during which you’re unable to work.

In this situation, the store owner had a duty of care to ensure the safety of passersby. They breached this duty by failing to secure the sign properly. Their negligence directly led to your injury, and you suffered financial losses as a result. In such a case, a personal injury lawyer can help you claim compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, and other related costs.

At Tim Louis & Company, we believe in providing more than just legal assistance. We understand the ripple effects an accident can cause in your life and strive to offer support that extends beyond the courtroom. We are committed to helping you understand your rights and ensuring you have access to necessary resources and services.

By standing up against negligence and seeking rightful compensation, you contribute to a safer community. Your actions can highlight issues that need to be rectified, prevent similar accidents from happening in the future, and hold negligent parties accountable.

Tim Louis fights for justice and rightful compensation. We comprehend the intricacies of personal injury law and the profound implications of negligence. We stand ready to utilize our experience for your benefit.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s navigate these challenging times and secure the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Promoting Safety, Accountability, and Justice

Personal injury law serves a dual purpose: it offers a pathway for victims to receive compensation for their damages, and it promotes safety by holding negligent parties accountable. By pursuing a personal injury claim, you not only seek justice for yourself, but you also help make our community safer.

At Tim Louis & Company, we’re proud to serve as advocates for victims of personal injury. Our team, led by the reputable and experienced Tim Louis, understands the gravity of these cases. We’re driven by a commitment to justice, a dedication to our clients, and a passion for promoting safety in our community.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another party, contact Tim Louis & Company. Our team will be there to guide you every step of the way, working tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve. Allow us to navigate the legal complexities while you focus on your recovery.

With Tim Louis at your side, you’re not alone in this journey. We’re here to stand with you, fighting for your rights, and advocating for the justice you deserve. By standing up against negligence, we are also standing up for safety, accountability, and a better future for our community. Reach out to us today, and together, let’s make a difference.

Personal injuries can have a profound impact on your life, leaving you with physical, emotional, and financial burdens. However, it’s essential to remember that if your injury was the result of another’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation. With a dedicated personal injury lawyer like Tim Louis by your side, you can navigate the complexities of personal injury law and secure the justice you deserve.

Secure Your Rightful Compensation with Tim Louis & Company

The journey towards justice begins with a single step. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, don’t delay in seeking the justice and compensation you deserve. Every moment counts when it comes to preserving crucial evidence and asserting your legal rights.

At Tim Louis & Company, our committed team is ready to guide you through this challenging process. Our decades-long experience in personal injury law, combined with our dedication to our clients, ensures that your case will be handled with the utmost care and professionalism.

Act now. Call Tim Louis & Company today at (604) 732-7678, and let’s take the first step together towards justice and rightful compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions about British Columbia Personal Injury Law

A personal injury refers to any harm or damage suffered by an individual due to another party’s negligence or wrongful conduct. This can include physical injuries, psychological trauma, and financial losses resulting from incidents such as slip-and-falls, product defects, and workplace accidents.
Tim Louis & Company provides comprehensive legal assistance to individuals suffering from personal injuries. Our team helps in establishing the at-fault party’s negligence, gathering and presenting evidence, drafting persuasive legal arguments, and negotiating for rightful compensation. We also provide holistic support, guiding clients to understand their rights and access necessary resources and services.
A valid personal injury claim typically involves four key elements: the at-fault party owed you a duty of care, they breached this duty through their negligence, their negligence directly led to your injury, and you suffered damages as a result. If these conditions apply to your situation, you may have a valid claim. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer, like Tim Louis & Company, can help clarify your legal standing.
Compensation in a personal injury claim can cover a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and future care costs. The specific amount will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries, the impact on your ability to work, and various other factors.
To begin the process, reach out to us at (604) 732-7678. Your initial consultation is free, and we operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we win your case. This commitment shows our belief in your case and our readiness to fight for your rights. By standing up against negligence, you contribute to a safer community and ensure justice is served.

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When to hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

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Insights into when to hire a personal injury lawyer by Tim Louis


When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?

As soon as you have suffered a personal injury, you should hire a personal injury lawyer familiar with this area of law. The party that may be responsible for your injury, such as a store if you suffered a slip and fall or a dog owner if you suffered a dog bite, may have insurance. The insurance company will almost certainly attempt to get you to minimize your injuries and your claim. The insurance adjuster may even suggest that you were/are partially or fully responsible for your injury.

It is very important that you hire a lawyer before you are interviewed by the insurance company’s adjuster. Your lawyer will prepare you in advance for any such interview. There are many standard insurance adjuster questions that you can be familiar with before you are interviewed.

For instance:

  • If you suffered a slip and fall or trip and fall, you may be asked if you consumed any alcohol or drugs, prescription or non-prescription, in the 24 hours prior to your injury.
  • You may be asked what type of shoes you were wearing.
  • You may be asked how many hours of sleep you received the night before.
  • You may be asked if you had an appointment coming up, and depending upon your answer, the adjuster will be able to argue that you must have been in a rush.
  • If your injury resulted from a fall down stairs, you will almost certainly be asked if you were hanging on to the handrail and whether or not you were carrying any thing or object such as a purse.


Areas of Practice

I have been practicing in the area of personal injury for over three decades. I have acted for clients that suffered injuries due to falling down stairs, slipping/tripping on a foreign substance (such as a liquid or an item) on the floor of retail outlets, dog bites, tooth injuries resulting from a foreign object in a food product, and physical assault.


Dealing with Insurance companies

Insurance companies are not your friend. They make their profits by paying out less settling claims when they collect in premiums. You will almost certainly get a better settlement represented by a lawyer than if you are unrepresented. When I act for an injured client it is always my goal to get a settlement without going to trial that is equal to what a court would have awarded if we did go to trial. The best way to avoid a trial is to prepare for a trial.


Liability for Property Owners

Property owners are responsible for keeping their property safe for visitors. This means:

  • Keeping pathways clear of snow and ice in the winter and clear of leaves the rest of the year.
  • Making sure that all stairways conform to the municipal building code.
  • If the property owner is a landlord they must adjust the temperature setting on the hot water tank as required by the municipal regulations so that tenants are not at risk of being burned.


Proving Liability – Personal Injury Legal Tips

I am known as an aggressive lawyer. I have never had difficulty proving liability. In part, this because I thoroughly prepare my clients. In part this is because I hire experts to confirm liability whenever appropriate. I will not spare any cost to fight for my clients. In part, this is because I thoroughly prepare before I discover the defendant at examinations for discovery.


Why hire Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis?

For breakfast, I do not eat cornflakes – I eat insurance companies. I really enjoy going to bat for clients that have been injured no matter what the cause of their injury. I have been suing at fault parties and dealing with their insurance companies for over three decades. As my online reviews will attest, I get the job done.

Contact Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis for a free consultation at 604-732-7678 or


Further Reading – Personal Injury Law

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Tim Louis Award for Pro Bono Service

BC Lawyer Tim Louis

Many people ask me why I became a lawyer. It all begins in the late 1970s. I was a student and a concerned about the lack of transportation for folks like me that could not access the public transit system. In those days, buses were not accessible – they did not have fold down ramps. I began lobbying Vancouver City Council to create what we now call HandyDART.

One city councilor, Harry Rankin, stood head and shoulders above all the others. His ability to stand up for the “underdog” was something to be seen. He was also a lawyer, and planted the seed in my mind – could I become a lawyer who committed himself to doing what Harry did?

A few years later – 1980, Harry wrote the letter that got me admitted to UBC’s School of Law. In 1983, Harry hired me as his articling law student. In 1999, I was elected to Vancouver City Council as a member of the party he founded – COPE.

I love being a lawyer. Fighting for justice inspires me. Winning cases that at first blush seem unwinnable gives me life. The last 38 years have been absolutely incredible and I hope to write a book soon about a number of my most exciting cases. Harry wrote a book – Rankin’s Law.

If you are ever interested in learning a bit more about the man responsible for who I am today, take a look at “The Rankin File: Legacy of a Radical”.

Disability Lawyer Vancouver BC

Many employers will provide Long Term Disability coverage for their employees. If an employee with LTD coverage becomes unable to work, they are entitled to LTD benefits. Typically, an insurance company collects the premiums every month that the employee is working and then pays the employee when they become disabled. In some cases, the employer will self-insure.

A self-insured employer collects the premiums and makes all LTD payments. One more important thing to be aware of – if the employee pays the premiums every month, any future disability benefits will be tax-free. If on the other hand, the employer pays the premiums every month, then any future disability benefits will be taxable.

I act for individuals denied their long term disability benefits no matter what the cause of their disability. If you are unable to work, and you have been denied long term disability benefits, I will act for you no matter what the cause of your disability.

Since 1984, I have acted for individuals unable to work as a result of many different causes. People with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and mental illness are just a few of the wide array of cases I take on.

Why hire a disability lawyer?

I am frequently asked – why hire a disability lawyer? The answer is very clear. Without a lawyer, you are at a significant disadvantage when dealing with your insurance company. There is a power imbalance between you and the insurance company’s representative.

Your insurance company will send you to a medical expert of their choosing. Typically this medical expert will be biased against you. When you hire a lawyer, everything changes. All communication must go through your lawyer. Your lawyer will refer you to one or more medical experts so that if your case goes to court, the judge will have medical expert reports from both sides.

What to do if you have been denied benefits

If you have been denied long term disability benefits, or if your long term disability benefits have been terminated, you should see a lawyer immediately. Some individuals are fooled by their insurance company’s invitation to appeal the denial or termination.

These appeals are all dealt with by the insurance company’s own staff. Almost all appeals are unsuccessful. The longer the appeal process takes, the longer it takes to start a lawsuit. The longer it takes to start a lawsuit, the longer it takes to get a trial date. Even worse, if you allow the appeal process to drag on for more than 2 years without starting your lawsuit, your case is finished. You are not allowed to sue more than 2 years after a denial or termination.

Why hire Tim Louis if your insurance claims have been denied?

I have almost 40 years of experience fighting insurance companies on behalf of disabled individuals. Insurance companies do not like me. I recognize that many people are fearful of going to trial, so I always aim to get my client what they would likely receive at trial in an out of court settlement instead. One of the best ways to decide whether or not a lawyer is the right lawyer for you, is to look at their online reviews. I am very proud of the over 100 online reviews I have received that have given me a 4.9 star rating. I only get paid if we are successful.

Personal Injury Claim

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If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s or a corporation’s fault, you are entitled to compensation for not just your pain and suffering, but also your lost income, including income you will lose in the future. You must start your lawsuit within 2 years of suffering your injury. If you fail to do so, your lawsuit is out of time. Many people are unaware of the fact that if they wish to sue a municipality, say for a trip and fall on a municipal sidewalk, there is a special requirement that they must serve the city clerk with written notice setting out the general details of what happened, including where and when. This written notice must be served on the city clerk within 60 days of the injury.

I have acted for individuals suffering from all types of personal injuries including slip and fall, dog bite(s) and burns. Many of my slip and fall cases occur inside retail establishments where my client slips on water or produce. I have acted for clients who have suffered very serious dog bites. Injury from burns may occur in a restaurant where boiling water or other liquid(s) is accidentally poured on my client. I have acted for individuals who were burned by the hot water coming out of their residential tap as a result of the landlord setting the hot water tank at too high a temperature.

When to hire a personal injury lawyer?

If you have suffered a personal injury, you should hire a lawyer, specifically one with a proven track record. In most cases, the party responsible for your injury will have insurance. The insurance company will assign an adjustor to your case, whose specialty is reducing the amount of money you receive. A lawyer will level the playing field.

What to do if you have been injured?

If you have been injured, and the party at fault has insurance, you should not talk to anyone from the insurance company. Instead, you should hire a lawyer with a proven track record. You should keep track of all of your out of pocket expenses, including medical expenses. If, due to injury, you are unable to apply for a job you had been planning on applying for, you should keep a record of the name of the potential employer and what the pay would have been. You should see your family doctor on a regular basis, so that there is a record of your symptoms in your medical file.

Why hire Tim Louis?

As my over 140 online reviews confirm, I get results, while at the same time providing accessible client-centered legal representation. I have been acting for injured individuals for almost 40 years. I am known for moving my client’s file along without unnecessary delays. As many clients are reluctant to go all the way to trial, my goal, whenever possible, is to get my client an out of court settlement equal to what they would have achieved at trial.

Wrongful Termination or dismissal

Employment law in BC – Tim Louis

Most employees are governed by provincial legislation. However, employees working in industries that are federally regulated such as airlines and banks, are governed by federal legislation. If you have been terminated without adequate notice by your employer, then you are entitled to compensation unless your employer had just cause for the termination. Theft, chronic tardiness, and insubordination are a few examples that would give an employer just cause to terminate without notice.

If your employer terminates you alleging they have just cause, that does not necessarily mean that they do. I have acted for many clients whose employer terminated them alleging just cause, but I was able to demonstrate that the ‘just cause’ did not actually exist. If you sue your employer for termination without cause, then you may be entitled to pay in lieu of notice in the range of 4-5 months of pay per year of employment.

When to hire an employment lawyer?

If you have questions about any of the above areas, then you are better off hiring an employment lawyer who will provide you with the legal advice you need to make informed decisions. Most employers know much more about employment law than their employees. When the employee hires a lawyer, the employee is no longer at a disadvantage.

Why work with employment lawyer Tim Louis?

I have almost 40 years of experience representing employees. I never act for the employer. I have a proven track record of winning victories for my clients. Clients that want to hire me on a percentage basis know that they will only pay me if I win for them.

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Estate Litigation Law in BC

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA) came into force in 2009 replacing the Wills Variation Act. WESA gives any child, including an adult child, and the spouse of a deceased person the right to apply to court to vary the will of the deceased person. The court will look at many factors, including the size of the estate and the financial situation of the applicant.

I have acted for minor children, adult children, and the spouse of a deceased person who left a will that did not make adequate provision for my client. I have also acted for individuals named in an earlier will, but not named in the deceased’s last will where the deceased person did not have the mental capacity to make the last will.

When to hire an estate litigation lawyer

If your parent or spouse has passed away and you feel that they do not make adequate provision for you in their will, you should see a lawyer immediately. You may have a very strong case on an application to court to have the deceased’s will varied. You should also see a lawyer immediately if you were named in an earlier will but the deceased did not put you in the current will, and you feel the deceased lacked the mental capacity to make the last will.

Why work with Tim Louis?

I have almost 40 years of experience helping the disinherited contest wills and transfers – and win. As my countless online reviews will attest, I provide the very best client-focused service.

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When to contact a lawyer?

If you have a legal concern, it almost always pays to consult a lawyer. Most lawyers will provide the initial consultation for free, or for a very low fee. This is well worth the investment as you may fail to exercise your rights without getting legal advice.

The benefits of working with a trial lawyer

Managing a lawsuit all the way up to, and if necessary trial, is a complex matter. The rules of court are complex. A trial lawyer knows how to properly prepare your case. This actually reduces the likelihood of the matter going to trial, as the other side sees how well prepared you are. If it does go to trial, your case will be properly presented to the judge.

First steps? Free consultation

Your first step is to find a lawyer experienced in your area of law. You might try talking to friends or acquaintances. Many people looking for a good lawyer will choose instead to do an online search, which will give a much wider list of potential lawyers. It will also provide an opportunity to read about the lawyer on their website. Finally, it will provide an opportunity to read online reviews.

Many lawyers will offer free consultations. Some individuals looking to hire a lawyer will choose to interview two or three lawyers before choosing the one they are most comfortable with.

Contact Tim Louis

If you are looking for the advice of an experienced lawyer, call me. I have been practicing law for almost 40 years, and I have the results to show why I’ve been in the business for so long.

My law firm phone number is 604-732-7678.

My cell is 778-855-3494.

Personal Injury Lawyer Vancouver

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I have been fighting for injured clients for over 37 years. My goal is to achieve an out of court settlement for trial dollars. My motto is the best way to avoid a trial is to prepare thoroughly for the trial. This sends a clear message to the other side that I mean business and that if they are not prepared to offer trial dollars, then we will proceed to trial.

For most clients, the foundation of their case is getting excellent expert reports. This begins with my client’s family doctor who I ask to provide not just a clear diagnosis of the injuries, but also the treatments provided and, perhaps most importantly, a prognosis. The length of time an injured person will require to fully recover plays a large role in determining the amount they would receive at trial.

Next, I obtain expert reports from medical specialists. Finally, if my client is never going to fully recover, I obtain expert reports from an occupational therapist and a vocational expert. These two types of reports build a strong case for a claim for compensation for loss of income.

Personal Injury Lawyer: Examinations of Discovery

One of the most important steps in a lawsuit is Examinations for Discovery. At this step, the lawyer for the defendant examines my client over oath. There is no judge present, but there is a court reporter, who takes a transcript of all of the questions and answers. By thoroughly preparing my client in advance of the Discovery, the defendant’s lawyer gets a glimpse of what they will be up against if the case goes to trial.

Throughout my client’s case, I keep them fully informed and up date. This mean copying them on all incoming and outgoing correspondence such that the file they keep in their home is a copy of the file in my office. My law office prides itself on how accessible we are.

Personal Injury Cases

As a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, I have represented clients with every type of injury including slip and falls, dog bites, and burns. While I get great satisfaction no matter what the type of case, I particularly enjoy fighting for clients who have been turned away by other lawyers who felt the case was too weak. I just settled a case where my client fell while boarding a bus.

The questions was had she slipped or tripped. If she had slipped, then the bus company was probably not at fault. If she had tripped and it could be proven that the cause of her trip was an object that should have been repeal, then the bus company would be at fault. Immediately after her fall, she was taken to the emergency department where the nurse made a note that she said she had slipped.

The first personal injury lawyer she retained would not continue acting for her. I enjoy difficult cases and took her on with open arms. By aggressively and thoroughly examining the bus driver under oath at an Examination for Discovery, I was able to establish that, in all likelihood, she had tripped on a protrusion. We settled out of court for trial dollars.

Many of my clients want to know at the very beginning whether or not they have a case. As the above example shows, even a weak case is worth pursuing if you have an aggressive lawyer willing to put in the time to build your case.

The worth of your claim depends to a large degree on the quality of the expert reports your lawyer obtains for you. I take the time to obtain expert reports that will help you get what you deserve – trial dollars without going to trial.

Personal injury settlements are not taxable. This is a piece of great news most of my clients are unaware of.

Find the Right Personal Injury Lawyer

One of the best ways to find the right lawyer for you is to see what other clients say about them. Google reviews is a great place to start. Once you have selected one or two lawyers, you should discuss the possibility of a contingency fee if you are unable to afford paying hourly.

Contact Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis

If you would like a free consultation, call me any time – 778-855-3494.

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Workplace Injury – Can I sue my workplace for an injury?

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Workplace Injury – Can I sue my workplace for an injury?

If you are injured on the job, the law does not permit you to sue your employer. Instead, you must make a claim with WorkSafeBC. The good news here is that you do not need to be concerned about your employer’s financial ability to pay you for lost wages and/or permanent lost earning capacity. The bad news is that WorkSafeBC can be a nightmare to deal with. You do not ever get your day in court.

A workplace injury is any injury that occurs within your scope of employment. What this means is that your injury, in order to be covered by WorkSafeBC, does not have to occur at a specific worksite. If, for instance, you are driving and doing so as part of your employment, then you are covered. As example might be your employer asking you to leave your worksite to go on an errand. If you are running the errand as part of your employment and suffer an injury, you are covered by WorkSafeBC.

Serious Workplace Injuries

From 2010 -2019, there were over 63,000 serious workplace injuries reported in BC. (read more).

According to WorkSafe BC, workers in B.C. …”missed 3.2 million days of work due to work-related incidents and disease…”(Worksafe BC). The most common types of injury claims accepted by us were:

  • Strains and other than back strains
  • Back strains
  • Cuts
  • Contusions
  • Fractures

If you have been injured on the job, it is important to report the injury as soon as possible to Worksafe BC. It is also a good idea to contact personal injury lawyer Tim Louis to get the best legal advice regarding workplace injury to assist you in ensuring you get the compensation you deserve.

Reporting a Workplace Injury

Reporting a workplace injury is very easy. It can all be done over the phone (WorkSafeBC Teleclaim 1-888-967-5377).

In order for you to be eligible for WorkSafe benefits, your injury does not need to occur at a specific time. A perfect example of this is carpal tunnel syndrome from typing. A worker who develops this syndrome will do so as a result of typing over a number of weeks if not years. Another example is lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The “injury” would take place over many decades.

As soon as you suffer a workplace injury, you should immediately report it, not only to WorkSafeBC, but also to your employer and your family doctor. Failure to do so may seriously weaken your claim. Your doctor will be asked by WorkSafeBC to confirm your injury. If it is a very serious injury and you are taken to a hospital by ambulance, do not leave it to the ambulance crew or the hospital to report your injury to WorkSafeBC.

Most WorkSafeBC are relatively straight forward. However, sometimes, this is not the case. If you feel that you are not being treated fairly by WorkSafeBC, you should immediately hire a workplace injury lawyer familiar with WorkSafe claims.

Repealing Workplace Injury Decisions

Appealing Worksafe decisions to court is very difficult and rarely successful. In 2016 an injured worker, Anna Currie was successful. The chambers judge overturned Worksafe’s decision to refuse to provide retroactive vocational rehabilitation benefits to her. Sadly, Worksafe simply appealed the chambers judge decision to the BC Court of Appeal.

The BCCA reinstated the Worksafe decision to refuse to provide retroactive vocational rehabilitation benefits.

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Workplace Safety

To keep everyone safe on the job, all employees should participate in workplace safety protocols. This group collaboration works to protect everyone, increase safety on the job, prevent workplace injury and helps with overall productivity.

In order to prevent workplace injury, it is important to:

  • Always report unsafe work conditions
  • Keep a clean workstation
  • Ensure you always wear protective equipment such as hard hats and steel shank/toe boots
  • Take breaks – workplace injury often occurs when people are tired
  • Don’t skip any steps to get the job done faster – follow workflow procedure for safety
  • Stay up to date with new safety protocols and procedures
  • Use proper posture and follow safe working and lifting procedures
  • Help the new employees – guide them on looking after their health, safety and the safety of the workplace

Injured on the Job?

If you have been injured on the job, contact Tim Louis today to get the best legal advice. As a seasoned personal injury and long-term disability lawyer, he will provide you with the best legal advice and help you navigate the complications of a WorkSafe BC claim. Give Tim Louis a call today at (604) 732-7678 for a no-fee telephone consultation, during which he will answer all your questions, no matter how complex.


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Slip and Fall

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Slip and Fall Injury

If you are suffering from a slip and fall injury, you do not need to prove that it was not your fault. What you do need to prove is that it was the fault of the owner or occupier of the property where you suffered your injury. Many slip and falls occur in stores, and are caused by something having been left on the floor such as a liquid or an object.

Your lawyer will make a demand for the store’s floor inspection policy. If they do not have such a policy, you have a very strong case. If they have such a policy, your lawyer will make a demand for the floor inspection log. If the log does not confirm that the floors were being inspected as the schedule called for, then you have a very strong case.

Sidewalk Slip and Fall Cases

Sidewalk slip and fall cases are much more difficult, but with the right facts, you may still have a very strong case. BC courts have held that municipalities must have a written policy requiring sidewalks to be repaired if there is a lip above a fixed height. The courts leave it to the municipality to decide what height is specified in the policy.

If you suffer a slip and fall caused by a lip higher than that permitted in the municipality’s policy, then you have a very strong case. However, even here you will lose your case if you or your lawyer do not give written notice to the City Clerk within 60 days of your Slip and Fall. The notice does not need to be fancy: just the date, location and a general description of your injuries.

Some slip and falls occur on stairways. In this case, your lawyer will not be looking for a policy. Instead, your lawyer will hire an architect or an engineer who measures the stairway, and compares it with the Building Code. You would be surprised at the number of stairways, both residential and commercial, that do not comply with the Building Code.

Slip and Fall Cases

One of the first things I ask all of my slip and fall clients for are pictures of the location. This helps me begin to get an idea as to whether or not my client has a case.

Sometimes the defendant owner or occupier will argue that your Slip and Fall was at least partially your fault. The defendant’s lawyer will want to know what type of shoes you were wearing. Had you consumed any alcohol or drugs immediately before the slip and fall. Did you already know of the unsafe condition – for instance, you knew that the stairway was unsafe to use.

Your lawyer will order medical legal reports from your caregivers including your family doctor and any specialists you were referred to. Your lawyer will ask your caregivers to provide a diagnosis of the injury you suffered and also a prognosis – are you going to recover or is it a permanent injury.

If your injury has made it harder for you to work, or worse yet stopped you from working, your lawyer will order an expert report from a vocational consultant and a report from an economist who will measure the worth of your future income loss. If your injury is going to result in care costs into the future, then your lawyer will also order a Future Cost of Care report. Care costs are things such as treatment fees and housekeeping.

Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis – Slip and Fall Injury Claims

I recently settled a case for Michael Lesik. He suffered injuries when he fell walking down a stairway. He left the following review:

“If you are looking for a lawyer who is very intelligent, organized, knowledgeable, experienced, knows the law, humanistic and is committed to represent your interests. STOP!! Go no further!! Your search is over!! Your legal representative is Tim Louis. In addition, Karolina and Krista make a formidable legal team. They are knowledgeable, reassuring and a pleasure to work with. Collectively they make a winning team.”

I have been successfully representing Slip and Fall victims for 37 years. If you would like a free consultation, call me at 778-855-3494.

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Personal Injury Questions

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Personal Injury Law Questions

Have you recently suffered injuries because of a personal injury such as a slip and fall? You don’t have to suffer ongoing pain and deal with a loss of income on your own. Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis will fight for a fair settlement and the compensation you deserve. When you get injured due to someone’s negligence, you need the best advice possible from an experienced lawyer.

In the last month, I have received a number of questions about personal injury. Here are just a few of these questions with the answers I provided.

“Are personal injury claims taxable?”

The good news here is that personal injury claims are not taxable. However, you should be aware of the fact that if you are compensated for past loss of income (income you did not receive because of the personal injury) the defendant is only liable to you for what your net income would have been. Your net income is your gross income minus all deductions, including income tax.

“How to hire a personal injury Lawyer?”

One of the best ways to choose the right personal injury lawyer is to see what previous clients say about that lawyer. It is next to impossible to fully assess a lawyer’s ability to serve you during an interview. On the other hand, former clients who have been represented throughout their entire claim up to and including settlement or trial, will be able to give you a much more complete and well-rounded assessment of the lawyer you are considering.

Once you have selected a lawyer, you will meet with her/him for an initial appointment at which the lawyer will obtain from you all the information necessary to open your file, draft a contract between you and the lawyer and start the law suit.

“When do I hire a personal injury lawyer?”

There are very few situations I am aware of where the injured party did not require a lawyer. Even where liability is admitted by the at-fault party, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for the injured party to get full compensation without a lawyer. A lawyer will know how best to go about getting all of the necessary expert reports. These expert reports may not just come from the family doctor and other caregivers, but also from a vocational consultant and an economist.

If you have been injured, contact Vancouver personal injury lawyer Tim Louis at (604) 732-7678.

Tim Louis is a personal injury lawyer who represents your best interests, rather than a big law firm’s bottom line. With over forty years experience in Personal Injury Lawyer, he is your best choice for a lawyer when you get injured. Whether it is a dog bite, or you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve the guidance and support of and experienced lawyer who is ready to fight for your rights.

After the trauma of being injured, the last thing you want to do is deal with the stress of legal issues – Tim Louis is here to guide you through the legal issues, answer your questions and fight for you. Settling before a trial is the best way to get the compensation for a personal injury.

Tim Louis’ goal is to obtain for his clients an out-of-court settlement equal to what the client would achieve by going to trial. He does this by thoroughly preparing for trial, even though the goal is to settle before trial. In this way, he is able to get you the very best settlement.

Have more questions? Contact us at (604) 732-7678 or send us an email at



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Personal Injury: Understanding Whiplash

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Personal Injury: Whiplash
Seek medical attention right away and contact an experienced personal injury lawyer, like Tim Louis,
who has the background, compassion, and skill to help you receive the compensation you deserve.


Personal Injuries: Understanding Whiplash

Whiplash is a relatively common personal injury caused by a sudden and forced rapid
back-and-forth motion of the head. Most people associate whiplash with a vehicle crash,
however, a personal injury like whiplash can also happen at any time, such as at the workplace, in sports, or from any type of fall or physical trauma. All forms of neck injuries can cause an intense flexing and extension of the neck — and usually involve the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons.

How Do You Know if You Have Whiplash?

Your doctor will conduct a physical exam, observing your range of motion, and may order an
X-ray, MRI, or CT scan if they suspect you have whiplash or any other injury that has caused
damage to your spinal cord or if you have any other broken bones. In many cases, the injury
occurs within structures too microscopic to be visible on these tests, resulting in relying on
symptoms to tell if a patient has whiplash.

Symptoms of Whiplash

Many people assume that one must be hit hard from the front or behind to experience whiplash,
but in reality, it only takes roughly 5-10 mph speeds to get a jolt hard enough to give you a
serious whiplash injury. Thankfully, whiplash is not life-threatening, but for some several
symptoms can appear days, months, or even years later — leading to a substantially lowered
quality of life for those who suffer from a severe form of whiplash. Common symptoms may

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Jaw pain
  • Headache
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Vision issues
  • Muscle spasms
  • Head and neck pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Tinnitus
  • Issues with concentration

If you have been involved in an accident, ensure that you seek medical attention right away.
Even if you do not experience any of the above symptoms, it can take 48 hours or longer for
whiplash symptoms to present themselves after an injury. In more severe and chronic cases of
“whiplash associated disorder” symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Frustration and anger
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Possible drudge dependency
  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
  • Insomnia

How Long Will Your Neck Hurt After An Accident?

Most people recover from whiplash within a couple of weeks up to a few months. However,
there is no specific timeline with regards to how long symptoms will last after a whiplash or any
other personal injury. Everyone is unique, and healing times can depend on the severity of the
injury, and whether scar tissue has formed — leading to other chronic issues such as disc
herniation and lifelong pain.

While some people may never experience symptoms after an injury, others may live with excruciating pain for weeks, months, or even years. Any severe neck injury requires ongoing medical attention and care, which can get expensive and should be taken into consideration related to your injury claim.

How is Whiplash Treated?

Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxers and or anti-inflammatories to manage pain and
inflammation. Ice is often recommended for the first 24 hours after injury, and later, applying
heat may help loosen up tightened muscles and knots. For more serious whiplash injuries,
physical therapy may be recommended to help regain strength and range of motion. Studies
have shown that stretching and rotating the neck muscles is a more effective form of therapy.
Medical professionals now recommend this form of controlled movement as opposed to
immobilizing the neck in a soft cervical collar, which was the recommended option in the past.

How Can Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis Help With Your Whiplash Personal Injury?

Patients with minor symptoms may find that whiplash pain goes away within days or weeks.
However, those with more severe symptoms may require medical attention and extensive
therapy for pain relief and recovery. If you or a loved one is suffering from whiplash, your injury
may be more serious than you expected. Seek medical attention right away and contact an
experienced personal injury lawyer, like Tim Louis, who has the background, compassion, and skill to help you
receive the compensation you deserve. Delaying your personal injury case may be detrimental
to your future.

Contact our team today by calling 604-732-7678 or email Tim Louis at for a no-obligation, free consultation. We’re on your side.



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Surveillance: How You Can Lose Your Long Term Disability Compensation

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Have you applied for Long Term Disability coverage and have the feeling you are being followed while out in public?

If you have submitted an application for disability or are collecting disability compensation, your intuition may be accurate, as there is a good chance an insurer has hired a professional private investigator to conduct surveillance on you, seeking an excuse to save money and attempt to deny your claim.

Insurance companies, like all businesses, are profit-based and lose money if they approve too many claims — so it is in their best interest to prove that you can work without the need to receive compensation for your reported medical condition.

Disability claims are on the rise, and surveillance is an efficient way for insurance companies to gather evidence against you – intending to prove that you are fully capable of fulfilling your job duties and do not require financial support.

Surveillance May Work Against You

Insurance companies may hire a private Investigator, follow you, or set up surveillance in front of your home to observe your daily activities.

Suppose you applied for Long Term Disability due to back pain and then observed via surveillance moving or twisting your body in a way that contradicts what you detailed in your claim. In that case, your credibility may be diminished and lead to a denial of your Long Term Disability insurance benefits claim.

Be Specific On Your Application for Long Term Disability Compensation

Detailing your injuries and being specific about your abilities on your Long Term Disability application is essential. Provide context and be mindful about anything observed via surveillance that may be used against you.

Such that if you are observed merely walking down the street for a more extended period than you mentioned you were able to in your claim, you could be at risk of losing your Long Term Disability insurance coverage.

The same goes for mental health disability claims. For instance, if you claim that you are chronically depressed and unable to leave your home and then observed via surveillance leaving your home on a daily basis, you may be questioned and risk losing your coverage.

Why Surveillance is Not Reliable

Context is everything when it comes to surveillance with regards to Long Term Disability insurance claims. As mentioned in the example above, surveillance is not a reliable measure to understand one’s abilities.

Video evidence does not present the aftermath of the activity, such as the stiffness and pain you may experience immediately after or the next day resulting from specific activities such as reaching, carrying grocery bags, or shovelling snow.

Fighting Against Surveillance Evidence

  • Ensure that you are truthful regarding your disabilities and injuries from the start. Do not stretch the truth because you think it will be more believable.
  • Take extreme caution when posting on any social media channels. Any comments, videos, or images involving events, activities, sports, or vacations, can be used as evidence to affect your disability claim. Be mindful before you post.

Denied Long Term Disability Coverage? Hire an Experienced Lawyer

If you have Long Term Disability coverage, and if you’re suffering from a debilitating illness or injury, then you deserve compensation, and that’s where Tim Louis and Company can help.

When dealing with a Long Term Disability claim, it is essential that you have an experienced, reputable lawyer on your side that specializes in Long Term Disability cases.

Long Term Disability Lawyer Tim Louis has been representing those who suffer from LTD for over 25 years and has successfully sued some of the world’s largest insurance companies on behalf of deserving clients.

Contact Tim Louis and His Team Today

You owe it to yourself to explore your options. Contact Tim Louis and his compassionate and experienced legal team today by calling 604-732-7678 or email for a no-obligation consultation. We will make sure to evaluate your situation and advise the best possible options for your unique situation.



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Anxiety and Long Term Disability Claims

Anxiety and Long Term Disability Claims

Anxiety has become a far more common challenge for many in recent years. While the severity of symptoms may vary, many of us have experienced a certain level of anxiety at some point in our lives. For some people, anxiety and panic levels can interfere with daily activities — requiring professional help to cope and help manage the symptoms.

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Below are the 5 most common types of anxiety disorders:

Panic Disorder

People who suffer from panic disorder experience sudden and ongoing intense feelings of terror and emotional control loss. Many symptoms are unique to each individual and can include a racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, and numbness, to name a few. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, women are twice as likely to suffer from the condition.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

A mental health disorder that affects individuals of all ages, OCD occurs when a person gets caught up in a pattern of sudden compulsions and obsessions. These obsessions (thoughts/images/behaviours are not welcomed by the person and can severely disrupt important daily activities.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

GAD can be characterized by persistent, uncontrollable, ongoing worry about a wide variety of things and events. People who suffer from this disorder excessively worry and anticipate disaster — even if there is no reason to warrant this type of worry. Symptoms can include irritability, having a constant sense of danger, difficulty concentrating, disrupted sleep, fatigue, and increased rapid heartbeat, to name a few.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD can develop after being exposed to a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident, natural disaster, war, assault, a threat with death, or witnesses who have experienced these traumatic events. People with PTSD feel a heightened sense of danger, causing them to feel fearful even when, in reality, they are safe. This is due to the natural fight-or-flight response, which is altered with those who suffer from the disorder.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

Social Anxiety Disorder, also known as social phobia, is a type of anxiety disorder that causes extreme distress in social settings. Social anxiety is different from shyness, as it is more extreme, persistent, and debilitating. Symptoms can include nausea, rapid heartbeat, trembling, excessive sweating, worrying for days before a social event, excessive worry about embarrassment, missing school, or work because of anxiety. These are just a few symptoms that can take over someone’s life in a negative way.

Why Long-Term Disability Claims are Denied

Long-term disability claims may be denied because of the lack of regular medical care or treatment. Ensuring that you attend all medical appointments and any necessary prescribed medication from a professional specializing in mental health is essential if you want to reduce your chances of having a long-term disability claim denied.

Documentation is Important

Having all of the correct documentation in order and submitted on time is a must for any long-term disability claim submission. Hiring an experienced lawyer specializing in long-term disability claims can ensure that you have all of the correct documents submitted within the specified time frame and any other necessary details that must be sent with your long-term disability application.

Contact Tim Louis & Company Today

An anxiety disorder can have a lasting impact on one’s quality of life. If you or a loved one is experiencing anxiety and has been unable to work because of the condition, contact Tim Louis and his compassionate and experienced legal team today by calling 604-732-7678 or email We will make sure to evaluate your situation and advise the best options.



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