Afraid of legal bills? This Victoria personal injury lawyer hands you a cheque instead

Talk to a lawyer to find out where you stand

Scott Farquhar, personal injury lawyer with Pearlman Lindholm.

You’ve been in a car accident.

Although the accident was almost a year ago, you still have a nagging pain in your shoulder and mild recurring headaches. The insurance company offers you a settlement – it’s not as much as you’d hoped for, but it’s something.

Do you take it?

“Maybe,” says Scott Farquhar, a personal injury lawyer with Pearlman Lindholm in Victoria.

“Insurance companies often tell people that if they press for more it will cost them a bundle in legal fees – they’re better off taking the offer.” And sometimes, he said, that’s true. But if you’re not fully recovered from your injuries, legal advice and further medical investigation may help you get a much better settlement.

Your chances are better with a lawyer – and if you don’t get paid, neither does he

His advice is to talk to a lawyer and find out where you stand. And if you’re worried about the cost, you needn’t be. Lawyers like Farquhar work on a percentage basis – if you don’t get paid, they don’t get paid.

“In my experience clients receive more compensation with a lawyer involved, even with legal costs factored in,” he said. “The only exception is if someone is fully recovered within a month or so of an accident. I advise those people to settle with the insurer directly – they don’t need a lawyer.”

In 20 years of practice Farquhar has seen most cases settled out of court. He says the client and the lawyer work as a team to reach an appropriate settlement.

But he has run his share of trials over the years, and this experience serves his clients well if their case goes before a judge.

Your lawyer can book a medical specialist

It’s important to have solid, accurate medical information. “I can refer clients to specialists who do medical-legal assessments,” Farquhar said. “Sometimes a family doctor isn’t proactive in referring patients to specialists, and sometimes patients don’t know how to ask for a referral. I can book specialist appointments directly.”

Farquhar advises his clients not to settle their injury claims until they are 100 per cent recovered, or have been diagnosed with a chronic condition. He will work with clients for months or even years to obtain fair compensation for them.

And then, rather than presenting his clients a bill, he hands them a cheque.

“I love that,” he said. “After working to help clients recover from their injuries, the opportunity to hand them a settlement cheque is one of the joys of personal injury practice.”

Comments are closed

Just Posted

West Shore fundraiser serves up hope for kids with food allergies

Proceeds assist Oral Immunotherapy Research Program at BC Children’s Hospital

Sidewalk Trio reuniting at The Oaks

The next Blues for Eric scholarship benefit concert is Feb. 23

Langford could soon be seeing its first retail cannabis store

Clarity Cannabis BC Ltd. gets province’s approval

Greater Victoria is a tough market, even for former homeowners

Seniors often squeezed out of the housing market due to limited income

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

Most Read