Filkow Law welcomes personal injury lawyer Blake Cooper to its legal team. Blake’s focus is on ICBC injury claims, acting for car accident victims who have suffered losses as a result of someone else’s carelessness on the road. He never represents the insurance company.
Blake has an intimate knowledge of how the law values personal injury claims. He also knows how ICBC works to dispute that valuation. As the insurance company, ICBC’s job is to defend the actions of its negligent drivers and to pay the injured victims as little as possible. While almost all of us in British Columbia are ICBC customers, the landscape changes when an accident strikes. Indeed, the claims procedure is largely adversarial.
In a negligence claim for pain and suffering, ICBC owes no duty to the injured victim, and employs a staff of insurance adjusters to challenge the strength of a victim’s case in order to limit the settlement payout. Adjusters are professional negotiators. They know that if an injured person rejects their settlement offer, the injured person’s last recourse is by starting a lawsuit, which ICBC will always defend with its own legal counsel. Accordingly, without someone in their corner, injured persons may find themselves at a significant bargaining disadvantage when it comes to settling their case.
As a plaintiff’s lawyer, Blake’s job is to level the playing field. He works with his clients to present their claims properly, negotiate effectively on their behalf, and/or fight their case in court.
If you are hurt in a motor vehicle accident, call Blake at Filkow Law to assist you.