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If, through no fault of your own, your life has been affected in any way by a personal injury or the death of a loved one, you may have a claim which deserves compensation. If you feel you may have a claim and would like to discuss your options, call us at 1-888-531-7771 or 780-532-7771. We will gladly answer any questions you may have – at no charge.
At Kay McVey Smith & Carlstrom, the first step is a no-cost, one-on-one consultation with a member of our personal injury team. Your lawyer will assist you through each step of the process and will handle all negotiations with the insurance adjusters and defense lawyers on your behalf.
Any information or documents regarding the accident and the injuries or losses you have suffered may be of great assistance at our first meeting. After the initial interview, our personal injury lawyer will deal directly with your health care providers, and others, to obtain the information and documents necessary to advance your claim.
Over 95 per cent of personal injury claims settle without the necessity of a trial. Our personal injury lawyers are trained in various negotiation techniques including formal mediations and Judicial Dispute Resolution. We will explore every possible avenue to secure full compensation for your injuries and losses without going to Court. In the unlikely event that a satisfactory settlement is not possible prior to trial, our proven litigation track record is your assurance that your interests will be protected in the courtroom.
Both are settlement tools designed to resolve disputes without trial. “Mediation” is an informal meeting between the parties with the assistance of an independent mediator. “Judicial Dispute Resolution” is a similar process except that a Superior Court Judge acts as the mediator. We are experienced with the various forms of alternate dispute resolution which can help provide you with the compensation you deserve.
If you are involved in an accident, the responsible party’s insurance company will hire an insurance adjuster to investigate. Insurance companies expect adjusters to reduce the cost of injury claims by settling claims as inexpensively as possible. An adjuster is not acting in your best interest. If you are presented with a settlement offer by an adjuster, we recommend that you immediately discuss your claim with a member of our personal injury team to determine whether the compensation you are being offered is fair. We will act in your best interests at all times.
We know that money will not fully make up for the experience you have been through, but you can ease the financial burden that comes with a devastating injury or the loss of a loved one. The intent of the law is to compensate you for your suffering, as well as past and future financial losses
Most claims are settled with a lump sum payment. However, in severe injury cases, our team will work with you to determine the most appropriate settlement for your needs. We have assisted many clients in establishing structured settlements. These provide ongoing payments over the course of a client’s life and offer significant tax savings.
Our team of personal injury lawyers is comprised of three trained litigators assisted by able and experienced support staff.
Our lead litigator, Bob McVey, has over 29 years of litigation experience and has obtained precedent-setting decisions for injured individuals at all levels of Court in Alberta.
Mike Hussey is a member of both the British Columbia and Alberta bars. He is knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with catastrophic injuries and the needs of all injured individuals.
Before coming to Grande Prairie, Owen Lewis worked with the Justices of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal. He has dealt extensively with personal injury claims.
Narnia King earned her Bachelor of Commerce in 2004 and Bachelor of Laws in 2008 from the University of British Columbia before moving to Grande Prairie.
Chad Sawatzky was born and raised in Grande Prairie but obtained his Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. After articling with a law firm in Regina, Chad decided to move back to Grande Prairie in 2010.