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Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Louis

by Tim Louis

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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Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall

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.

If you would like to know what my previous clients have to say about me, check out my reviews. Testimonials

Learn about the Occupier’s Liability Act:
https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/00_96337_01

 

 

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Personal Injury Questions

Personal Injury

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 timlouis@timlouislaw.com.

 

 

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Injured on Someone Else’s Property? What You Should Know

Vancouver Slip and Fall Lawyer

Injured on Someone Else’s Property?

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According to a 2017 Canadian Institute for Health Information report, falls were the number one cause of injuries leading to hospitalization in Canada. It is common for these types of falls to be caused by businesses or property owners who neglect their duty to ensure that their property is reasonably safe.

If you are injured on someone else’s property due to unsafe conditions, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injury. The property owner (known legally as “occupier”) is responsible for keeping their premise safe, and failure to do so can result in a potential injury that would otherwise not have happened.

An occupier may refer to the person in charge of caring for the property, or the physical owner of the premises, which may include:

  • Business Owners
  • Homeowners
  • Landlords
  • Companies
  • Government Agencies

Injured? Occupier’s Liability Act

In British Columbia, slip and fall claims are Occupier’s Liability Act (OLA) claims.

http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96337_01

If an individual slips and falls or is injured on someone else’s property due to hazardous conditions, they may be entitled to compensation that could cover one’s medical costs, out of pocket costs, lost income and or pain and suffering resulting from the injury.

How Much is Your Slip and Fall Claim Worth?

This is a common question clients ask lawyers and is complex to answer. A number of factors are considered before assessing the value of a claim such as the severity of the injury and how much the injury has impacted your life, your ability to earn a living and your personal well-being.

Do You Have a Slip and Fall Case?

In order to determine whether you are entitled to slip and fall compensation is dependent on whether you have a valid claim.

If you have suffered from a slip and fall injury resulting from a dangerous condition on a property (i.e. lack of lighting, unmarked spills, icy driveways) the owner or occupier may be liable if it can be proven that they were aware of the hazard and neglected to take reasonable measures to rectify the issue.

Document Your Injury Experience for Evidence

documentationInsurance companies can make your life quite difficult during a slip and fall claim and will deny cases due to a lack of evidence.

If you are injured, it is important to cross your T’s and dot your I’s when it comes to documenting your experience so you have as much evidence as possible to support your personal injury claim.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately After a Slip or Fall

If you suffer from a fall on someone else’s property, ensure that you seek medical attention straight away. Whether your injury is serious or not, it is always recommended that you visit your doctor or hospital as soon as possible (ideally within 24 hours of being injured).

Keep in mind that symptoms for injuries don’t always present themselves immediately – another important reason to get checked out regardless of how your body feels.

Document Any Witnesses

If there are any witnesses, write down their names and numbers to assist with your case. Your insurance company or lawyer will ask for witness contact information as this will help with your claim.

If you are able, pull out your phone and take photos of the exact location your injury occurred. You can never have too much documentation to support your liability claim. If you were unable to take pictures of the scene, ask a friend or family member to take photos on your behalf.

Speak to Your Lawyer Before Signing Any Document

It’s integral to know that you should never sign anything without speaking to a lawyer first. An experienced personal injury lawyer will ensure your rights are not being violated and protect the integrity of your claim.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer You Can Trust

You can trust Tim Louis & Company to ensure the best possible outcome for your slip and fall-related personal injury case. Contact us today (604) 732-7678 or email timlouis@timlouislaw.com

Sources:

https://globalnews.ca/news/4315219/falls-most-common-injury-canada/

https://globalnews.ca/news/3576912/injury-related-hospitalizations-canada/

http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96337_01

 

 

 

 

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