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Don’t be taken advntage of in the rst few days after a crash
s an insurance lieve what they’re told, agree that the prediction may not turn months results in a smaller amount parent.
company repre- ACHIEVING that $1 to $6,500 is out to be reality. of loss compared to a one that never In my view, the very act of mak-
sentative lying or JUSTICE the range of available So why wait? heals, leaving the injured person with ing a settlement offer that soon after a
just being misleading? compensation. If fair compensation maxes out at neck pain and headaches that never crash is a clear attempt to take advan-
Car crash victims Faced with that $6,500, what difference does it make go away. tage of the general population’s ignor-
are regularly told insur- range, an offer of if the pain takes a little longer to go Both injuries have the “soft tis- ance about their rights.
ance companies pay- $5,000 looks fair and away? sue” label. Fair compensation for the Confronted with a “building trust
compensation ranging Paul reasonable. Aside from misleading people one injury may well be $5,000. Fair and driving con dence” image, and a
from $1 to $6,500 for It doesn’t
Hergott sense to hire amake about the range of compensation, an- compensation for another may be misleading compensation range, the
injuries that they dis- lawyer, other tactic that can result in gross un- over $1 million, depending on how general public is an easy mark.
missively refer to as at a cost of one-third fairness is encouraging early settle- that neck pain and those headaches Don’t allow yourself or someone
“soft tissue” injuries. of the claim in legal fees, in the hopes ments. impact on the ability to earn income. you know to be that easy mark.
I suppose if you count only those of squeezing the extra $1,500 out of The truth is, the range of compen- An insurance adjuster will regu-
who negotiate directly with an insur- an insurance company. sation does not max out at $6,500. It larly make a settlement offer within a
ance adjuster, and not those who are It also doesn’t make sense to wait doesn’t even max out at $65,000 or week of a crash and in some cases as
assisted by an experienced person- out the very optimistic prediction that $100,000 for that matter. early as a couple days after a crash. This column is intended to pro-
al injury lawyer, that statement may is made by the medical system, that The truth is that fair compensa- At that point, there is no way of vide general information about injury
be true. the sore neck and headaches will re- tion is not measured by injury labels, knowing how long the symptoms claims. It is not a substitute for retain-
But in my view, failing to add that solve themselves within a very short like “soft tissue”. Rather, it is meas- will last and, as such, there is no way ing a lawyer to provide legal advice
clari cation is appallingly dishonest. period of time. ured by the amount of loss suffered as of knowing what compensation will speci cally pertaining to your case.
Faced with a public logos such Yes, the prediction is often an ac- a result of the injury. be fair. Paul Hergott is a lawyer at Hergott
as “building trust, driving con - curate one, and it helps to have a posi- A “soft tissue” injury that heals In fact, at day two, there may be Law in West Kelowna.
dence,” uninformed crash victims be- tive outlook, but every doctor will completely within two to three injuries that have not yet become ap- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Statistics con rm talk struction got underway on The value of all con- housing starts totaled 887 2,674 building permits Simply go to
that the sputtering econ- 234 houses in the District struction in West Kelow- in 2009 compared to 2,024 with a construction value
omy caused building ac- of West Kelowna in 2009 na was $51.4 million last in 2008, in Kelowna, West of $636.8 million were kelownacapnews.com,
tivity to slow in West Ke- compared to 275 in 2008. year compared to $91.5 Kelowna, Lake Country, issued in 2009 compared look for the calendar, log
lowna last year. In 2009, 410 building million in 2008. Peachland and the Central to 3,179 with a construc-
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B C4 $50 ne to get them back The municipality ments to his building and
after West Kelowna bylaw could also offer a big- considering the munici-
Soup & ½ Sandwich $4.99
could do more to make it of cers removed them. ger break on commercial pality has made no signi -
attractive for him to stick Since the signs were taxes, he added. cant service upgrades or WEDNESDAY
around. forced off the highway This year’s proposed municipal beauti cation Coffee & Pastry $2.75
The rst would be business is down 20 per 3.75 per cent tax increase in the area.
for West Kelowna to ease cent, Kovacs stated. is a double whammy to He said he would be
Cinnamon Buns 6/$5.99
up on sign bylaws, which “The sign was a re- his business, Kovacs men- appealing his assessment.
Kovacs said prevent him minder to get people in tioned. That’s because his Stabb and Schmidt FRIDAY
the store (because) we’re property assessment on also agreed that the mu- T R Bundt Cakes $4.99
from posting a sign just
over one block from his a block and a half off the his building on Hoskins nicipality needed to care-
business to draw people in highway. We’re already Road already increased fully consider the impact European Baking 3640 Gosset Road, Westbank
from Highway 97.
By contrast, Stabb
seeing a severe business
drain. Let us be success-
17 per cent, or $88,000,
up to $503,600. It’s an in-
tax hikes have on down-
town businesses, consid- at it’s Finest! 250-768-3302
and Schmidt have busi- ful. Let us do our own crease he is puzzled by ering the fragile economy
nesses on Highway 97. marketing. We’re not hurt- given the exit of business- and increasing competi-
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