Sibley v. British Columbia Custom Car Association et al.
Counsel for the defendant in the dismissal of an action based on the enforceability of a release and waiver...
Defending against complex personal injury claims requires experience, a mind for strategy, and extensive knowledge of the law. Insurance providers looking to protect their interests and effectively defend their clients can benefit from the counsel of Eyford Partners’ highly skilled litigators.
Our lawyers provide insurance companies with knowledge-driven litigation and appellate services. Several of our senior partners have been practising in this area for more than two decades. While an early resolution is often preferable, our proven litigators are more than capable of taking a disputed claim to court. Unlike many other firms, we can also provide clients with skilled appellate services. This allows us to support our clients at every stage as necessary, from opening negotiations to the Court of Appeal.
Our strong reputation means that we are often sought out to defend against complex, multifaceted claims. We regularly assist clients in cases involving catastrophic injuries—such as spinal cord and traumatic brain injury—and ongoing medical issues, such as chronic pain, psychiatric disorders, or psychological issues.
We move efficiently to identify the core issues. Our collaborative process and dedicated research lawyer ensures that we approach each defence from a position of knowledge. This allows us to provide our clients with sound advice over the entire lifespan of the claim.
To help our clients advance their defence, we can provide a pool of experts who are experienced at presenting evidence before the court. We consult with forensic engineers to obtain accurate, unbiased analysis of events. In vehicle collisions, we may look to an accident reconstruction engineer to provide clarity. If there is a question about whether an accident caused a specific injury, we know biomechanical experts who can provide answers.
Our experience allows us to foresee significant issues and to retain the appropriate experts. This allows us to develop an effective legal strategy, one that is rooted in an informed understanding of the injury-producing event.
We continually assess the case, revising our strategy as more information comes to light.
Our lawyers are known for their proficiency in defending against multifaceted claims. We have experience defending against uninsured and underinsured motorist protection (UMP) claims and representing clients in UMP arbitration proceedings. We also are experienced in cases involving loss of a family member and statutory rights arising from the Family Compensation Act. Claims brought by minors and involving a public guardian or trustee come with their own set of intricacies, which we are well-equipped to address.
Multi-party claims, involving several insurers, can be especially byzantine. We have the expertise to provide clear, effective counsel in these situations. We also know when to seek out other potentially liable parties.
Our lawyers are not just skilled practitioners. They also share their knowledge of personal injury defence as speakers and authors. Sandra Katalinic, for example, has served for more than a decade as a member of Editorial Board for the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual, an extensively researched guidebook for BC lawyers that is widely used within the industry. Eyford Partners’ collaborative culture means that every client benefits from our lawyers’ collective pool of knowledge.
Stacey Whiteside is a paralegal in the firm’s Kelowna office. Stacey graduated from McMaster University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Humanities degree in History. She then obtained her Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University in 1998. Stacey has worked extensively in the area of personal injury litigation for both plaintiff and defence firms in the Okanagan. Stacey joined the firm in 2013.
Paula Robson obtained her Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Capilano University in 2011. Before joining the firm, she worked as a paralegal/legal assistant at a large national law firm. Paula joined the firm in 2012.
Jennifer Montgomery is a graduate of Capilano University with a Paralegal Diploma in 2007 and a Bachelor of Legal Studies in 2014. Before joining the firm, she worked in the commercial litigation and insurance and tort liability practice groups of a large national law firm. Jennifer joined the firm in 2010.
Nichole Kirk obtained a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2003. Nichole has worked in various areas of litigation prior to joining the firm in 2016.
Maria Hammell has more than 19 years of experience in civil litigation matters, primarily personal injury and insurance defence. She assists in all aspects of file management including drafting pleadings, analyzing medical and wage loss documents, instructing experts and communicating with clients. She works mostly on high complexity files with issues relating to brain injuries. Maria joined the firm in 2016 and works in the capacity of a legal administrative assistant and paralegal.
Michelle Daniels graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Psychology, followed by a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University. Michelle has been with the firm since its inception.
Allison Bird graduated from Capilano University in 2000 with a Paralegal Diploma. Before that, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Victoria. Before joining the firm as a paralegal in 2014, Allison worked as a litigation paralegal in Vancouver and Victoria, most recently with the investigations department of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
Kerri Widdup is a paralegal in the firm’s Kelowna office for Robert D. Shaw. Kerri obtained her Paralegal Certificate from Capilano University in 2005 and has over 20 years of experience working in the private and public sectors. Kerri joined the firm in 2017.