With over 30 years of experience representing and supporting survivors of catastrophic injuries, Hammerberg’s lawyers have extensive knowledge regarding the nature and impact of life-altering injuries to our clients and their families.
Catastrophic injuries are defined as injuries which result in serious physical or mental impairment and the inability to perform the essential tasks of regular employment, occupation or profession or the activities of daily living. These injuries are ongoing and include spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, orthopedic injury or amputation. These severe injuries cause permanent, disabling damage that often requires months of recovery time, rehabilitation, and potentially a lifetime of home care.
Over the past thirty years, we have fostered relationships with medical practitioners and specialists in diagnostic, prognostic and rehabilitative medicine. Our ability to access top medical specialists enables us to optimize the value of your claim, ensure it is not undervalued by the insurer, and build a strong case for your current and long-term needs, physically, financially and emotionally.
We do not do any work for insurance companies; we only represent injured plaintiffs. We are trial lawyers and your interests are best served, in our opinion, by preparing your case as if it is going to be heard by a court. We have found this approach is the most effective for optimal results.
When challenging insurance companies, we leverage our history of outstanding trial results and our reputation for trial readiness to obtain optimal compensation for you. In fact, insurance adjusters often hire us for themselves, their friends and their children. We have also advised a government body, the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, on the suitability of Personal Injury settlements they plan to offer.
We are one of BC’s largest groups of Personal Injury lawyers for a reason – we care deeply about the injured clients we represent and we achieve outstanding results. Our goal is to help you maintain your dignity, while we deal with insurance companies, cut through red tape, secure income replacement and benefits, and arrange for the medical care and therapy you need to heal. We free you up to focus on your recovery while we work to ensure the best possible outcome for your future.
Our network of trusted medical experts helps us build a strong case on your behalf by determining the nature and extent of your injuries from a medical legal perspective, assessing functional impairments and establishing future treatment needs. We have helped many survivors of catastrophic injuries to become financially secure through the resolution of their legal claim by way of settlement or through the courts, including multi-million dollar awards for those with greater need for support and resources.
Hammerberg Lawyers can step in to help at any point, even if you already have a claim in process. Our reputation and history of success in achieving optimal outcomes for our clients – both in and out of the courtroom – have led to other lawyers in the province routinely referring their catastrophically injured clients to us.
Our lawyers and staff genuinely want to make a positive difference in the lives of our injured clients. We are informal, relaxed and empathetic in our approach to client care, yet formidable litigators in a courtroom.
Our role is to be your advocate and to be involved at every step of your progress, including coordinating access to medical equipment, occupational therapists, and programs to promote your financial, social, physical and emotional well-being. We will assist in investigating all possible medical rehab opportunities, and we secure healthcare resources to optimize your safety and comfort during transitions from hospital to rehabilitation facilities to home. During these transitions, we advocate for your support. If we are unable to obtain insurance-funded resources, we have the financial resources to assist with the funding of those needs privately.
Your lawyer plays a key role in your well-being. MSP does not necessarily cover all the resources you need. Nor does an insurance company, even in circumstances in which they appear to be legally obligated to. We intend to be your first resource to achieve better quality of life during recovery. We can hire Occupational Therapists to do a full analysis of your requirements and ensure that their recommendations have been met, including getting quotes for the architectural modifications you may need in your home so that it contains all adaptations necessary for you to safely and comfortably optimize your independence.
In British Columbia, you have two years from the date of the accident to commence legal proceedings, or your claim will be barred.
Injuries, and their resulting effects on work, social and recreational activities, can worsen over time – it’s important to know your rights and the strict time limits that apply.
Hammerberg’s catastrophic injury lawyers represent you on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay legal fees until your claim is resolved positively.
You do not have to live nearby to access our services. Our lawyers can travel to you from the outset. We offer a free no-obligation in person meeting before you hire us so you can best determine what we can offer you. We put your needs first and will meet with you, your family and your doctors, as needed.
The rules and regulations covering what can be designated as a catastrophic injury are complex, and an experienced catastrophic injury lawyer is necessary in order to successfully navigate the law and deal effectively with your insurance company or the party at fault in your injury.
Negotiating with insurance companies on your own is neither necessary nor advisable, as your goals and theirs are at odds. Their agent’s job is to settle claims with as little cost as possible. They have lawyers on their side and so should you. Without a lawyer prepping your case as if it is going to trial, you won’t get appropriate and fair compensation.
We do not do any work for insurance companies; we only represent plaintiffs. The insurance companies we deal with are well aware of our stellar reputation in court and they know we prepare every case as if it was going to trial – because we are always prepared to go to trial. We leverage our history of outstanding trial results and our reputation for trial readiness to obtain optimal compensation for you. In fact, insurance adjusters often hire us for themselves, their friends and their children. We have also advised a government body, the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, on the suitability of personal injury settlements they plan to offer.
Catastrophic injuries adversely affect every aspect of your life. You deserve compensation for your injuries and your compensation must also take into consideration intangibles such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, compensation for the ways in which you experienced a reduction in your quality of life and punitive damages.
If you have sustained a catastrophic injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact us as soon as possible.