Motor Vehicle Claims
Who you hire as your lawyer matters. When you interview a potential lawyer in the Lower Mainland or Northern British Columbia ask him or her, how many trials they have done. Some lawyers prefer to settle everything out-of-court. Hiring someone who rarely goes to court could hurt your chances of obtaining a fair settlement.
We go to court. Our opponents know it. So does ICBC.
It is always best to deal with ICBC through a lawyer. Early on, after you report the claim to ICBC, ICBC appoints an adjuster or claims examiner to try to settle the case with you. But ICBC is not looking out for your legal rights. You need someone to do that for you.
We never act for ICBC.
ICBC records what you say to them, so be careful. You should tell the truth – that goes without saying. You may not know all the types of compensation to which you are entitled. You may say or forget to say something that ICBC will later use against you. This is especially so in a case of a concussion, head or brain injury, where memory and other brain functions are impaired.
There are steps you must take after a motor vehicle accident (MVA):
- notify ICBC of the MVA – Call Dial-a-Claim 1-800-910-4222 or 604 520-8222;
- within 30 days of the MVA, give a statement to ICBC about the MVA, your injuries and lost earnings;
- within 90 days of the MVA, apply for accident benefits (fill out the CL-22 form),.
We have acted on all the following types of cases:
- Truck accidents
- Trailer accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Car accidents
- Accidents with impaired drivers
- Fatal accidents
Injured persons are entitled to pain & suffering compensation and other types of damages. Past loss of earnings and future loss of earning capacity are two of the most important parts of an injured person’s case. We excel at explaining how an injury hurts a person’s income, how an injury affects someone at work.
We are skilled in obtaining compensation in cases of an accident causing memory loss or an accident causing concussion.
If you are a business owner or a professional who has been injured in a vehicle accident in the Lower Mainland, Burnaby, Kelowna, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast or elsewhere in the province, we can help you to obtain a fair settlement. If ICBC has breached you, talk to us. We have experience on cases where ICBC has denied a person coverage.
Our main office is in downtown Vancouver. We also have office days in Prince George in Northern British Columbia and in Kelowna in the Okanagan. We can meet you close to where you live to discuss your case.
While we always look to settle your case out-of-court, we know that sometimes going to trial is in your best interest. We make sure you are ready to testify in court. We are skilled trial lawyers. Our opponents know it. So does ICBC. That reputation helps us to settle cases.
Do not try to settle with ICBC or any insurance company without the help of a lawyer for your Motor Vehicle Claims.
It has been my experience that Neal Steinman conducts his practice, and himself, in accordance with the highest ethical standards and consistently exhibits sound judgment. He has the ability to effectively analyze complex legal issues, resulting in the provision of practical advice to efficiently resolve matters.-Senior Counsel in Litigation
Neal's all-round excellent legal abilities are coupled with a rare and genuine concern and interest in the well-being of his clients, not only the outcome of their legal issues. His highly competent approach to files frequently employs his unique inventiveness to achieve his clients’ objectives.-Counsel in Commercial Litigation
Neal has always proven excellent and wise counsel in a range of situations.-Counsel in Commercial Litigation
Neal treats each client with respect and provides legal services that are designed to meet the client's unique needs. I have referred Neal to my clients and have received very positive feedback. Neal is an excellent lawyer and I recommend his services.-Senior Attorney in Commercial Litigation
Neal's personal attention to cases and practical advice have served his clients well for over 25 years. He is an excellent litigator and one of the best negotiators in the British Columbia bar, and has represented clients in the insurance industry ranging from large, self-insured corporations to traditional insurance companies.-Attorney in Commercial Defense
Neal S. Steinman is one of the most knowledgeable, experienced, professional and skilled civil litigators, or barristers, I have ever known. After twenty (20) or so years of practice and having started over 100+ civil Trials, mostly Jury matters, one gets to recognize and respect real talent. Neal S. Steinman has a litigation skill set, both inside the court room and in the board room of a mediation, discovery, or pre-trial, second to very few. I would highly recommend retaining Neal S. Steinman-Senior Partner in Civil Litigation
In my dealings with Neal Steinman, I am consistently impressed with his analytical ability, his judgment, and his integrity. He is tactful and strategic, but never afraid to stand up for what's right. This is a lawyer I would want in my corner.-Counsel in Litigation
I have known Neal Steinman for over 30 years. He is a creative, entrepreneurial smart and practical lawyer whose communications skills are top-notch.-Partner in Civil Litigation
I am a tax partner and managing partner of my own tax boutique firm. I do not do any civil litigation work. I have referred a number of client matters to Neal Steinman over the years. He is an excellent lawyer and always obtained good results for my clients.-Attorney in Civil Litigation
Neal is an exceptional trial lawyer with good instincts for litigating and settling cases. He is one of the best prepared, most articulate, and practical counsel you can find, having honed his skills at the highest levels of practice at every level of court in British Columbia.-Attorney in Commercial Litigation
Neal brings a strong combination of experience, ethics, and energy to his practice. He is practical, problem-solving lawyer who is also unafraid to step into the courtroom when needed.-Counsel in Civil litigation
Neal is a very capable and skilled lawyer who thinks well on his feet and in the crunch of the moment in argument before the Bench. He is personable polite respectful of peers and well prepared. He finds practical and direct solutions to varied litigation problems. He is a capable navigator of the Court process and is very experienced, especially in defending commercial, estate litigation and motor vehicle accident claims. He works cooperatively with other team lawyers when it is required.-Senior Counsel in Commercial Litigation