I am an experienced personal injury lawyer based at Murphy Battista LLP’s Kelowna office. I was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2001 and my practice focuses on helping people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents or due to the negligence of others.
I have over 18 years of experience representing clients who have been injured in car accidents, through assaults, by defective products or due to the fault of a health care professional (be it doctor, dentist, chiropractor or other therapist). In addition to personal injury and medical malpractice cases, I represent the families of people killed through accidents or malpractice, including children and older relatives. As a woman and mother, my personal and practical insight on how injuries impact a family are two of the reasons clients retain my legal services.
Why I chose to practice personal injury law
There are lots of aspects about what I do that I love. I have always had an interest in medicine and during the course of helping my clients I get to pour over medical records, reports and text books. In some cases, I refer clients to medical experts that without my involvement, they would not otherwise get to see. So, indirectly, I sometimes get to play a role in helping my clients get better – you can’t beat that for job satisfaction. On the legal side, I focus on eliminating stress by helping clients navigate the system and get fair settlements. When push comes to shove, if the other party is not offering a fair settlement for the injuries suffered, I get to run a trial. Sometimes judge alone and sometimes jury. Either way, I get to use my legal skills in the court room where I have the opportunity to tell my client’s story in an attempt to obtain justice and as much as I can, make my client whole again. Achieving a great result for a client through settlement or trial is a pretty awesome feeling.
However, the number one reason I love what I do is that I get to help people who need it, who without someone to advocate for them would get screwed over by the system. I get to make a real difference in people’s lives and I get to meet some pretty amazing people in the process. I love that!
My approach to personal injury claims
I understand the issues and anxieties facing people who have suffered injuries. I respond with practical information and timely solutions to meet immediate needs and concerns while planning for the longer term solutions that may need to be put in place during different phases of the recovery process.
An Okanagan resident since 2007, I have developed a wide range of resources and professionals to support my clients as they move through the recovery process. My practice brings me into frequent contact with doctors (including specialists), physiotherapists, psychologists, massage therapists, counselors, economists, accountants and any other professionals who can either help my clients get better, calculate their damages, or provide expert testimony to explain the nature of their injuries and the losses they have suffered as a result.
I am widely respected within the legal community for my professional activities which have included acting as former President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and writing a monthly personal injury column (INJURYwise) for online Kelowna publication Castanet.net.
- University of Saskatchewan, LLP, 2000
- Past President, Trial Lawyers Association of BC
- Member, Kelowna Bar Association
Disclaimer: The outcome of every legal proceeding will vary according to the facts and unique circumstances in each individual case. References to successful case results where the lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP have acted for clients are not necessarily a guarantee or indicative of future results.
Keri Grenier and Matthew Van Nostrand acted for the plaintiff in this case involving the impact of injuries caused in two separate rear-end collisions. In the first accident, Ms. Pinkney hit her head and lost consciousness for a short time and was treated for injuries to her neck, back, and thumb. The second accident was less severe, aggravating the initial injuries and setting back the progress she had been making in her recovery. The main issue at trial was the impact of Ms. Pinkney’s injuries on her ability to work in the family business. Although the business grew after the accidents (causing ICBC to argue that there was no loss), Ms. Pinkney’s involvement diminished, meaning that the business was less profitable than it would have been had Ms. Pinkney not been injured. The court ultimately found that Ms. Pinkney’s ability to earn income was impacted, and awarded $442,600 in damages.
Keri Grenier acted for a worker who suffered multiple injuries while working in the laundry department of the Kelowna General Hospital when he was lifted off the ground and crushed by a laundry machine. Despite his significant injuries, the worker was denied part of his WorkSafeBC claim on the basis that his injuries were initially found be unrelated to the accident. Keri requested a review of the decision denying his neck injury, among other things. The Review Division denied the review. Keri successfully appealed on behalf of her client to the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) which confirmed that the worker’s neck injury arose out of the accident. WCAT also suggested that the Board should consider a permanent, partial disability pension assessment with medical treatment.
Bill Dick and Keri Grenier acted for a plaintiff who was 17 years old when she was struck in a crosswalk by a pickup truck driven by the defendant. The plaintiff’s principal issues following the injury included ongoing dizziness, headaches, anxiety and depression. At issue was whether the plaintiff suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, and whether her ongoing complaints were related to the accident or to other psychosocial stressors in her life as alleged by ICBC. After a two week trial the Court awarded damages totalling $347,581. The judgment included damages for loss of future earning capacity of $175,000.
In the News
Murphy Battista LLP, committed to supporting Brain Trust Canada’s Free Brain Injury Counselling Services in the Okanagan
October 30, 2019
Bill Dick, Q.C., Keri Grenier, Matthew Van Nostrand, and Peter Driscoll were recently profiled by BrainTrust Canada regarding the firm’s contribution to BrainTrust’s free Okanagan Brain Injury Counselling services. Bill, Keri, Matt, and Peter each have experience helping clients deal with personal injury claims involving brain injuries. Supporting free counselling…Continue Reading
- TLABC – Co-Chair, “Life after Caps: “Minor Injuries,” May 10, 11, 2019
- Continuing Legal Education (CLE) BC -“The Principles of Causation,” June 2017
- TLABC – “Psychological injury – the Legal Matrix,” January 25, 2017
- TLABC – “The Great Escape – Setting Aside Settlement and Release Agreements,” May 2015
- TLABC – “Risk of Adverse Inference – Failing to Call an Expert Witness,” October 2014
- TLABC – “Maximizing Recovery in LVI Cases,” April 2013
- TLABC – “Is That a Fly in My Soup? Claims for Psychological Injury in the Post Mustapha Era,” October 2012
- With TLABC’s Female Past Presidents, The Verdict, Issue 157, Summer 2018
- “Minutes Mattered: Ediger v. Johnston – the latest word on causation by the Supreme Court of Canada,” The Verdict, Issue 136, Spring 2013.
- Co-author Employment Chapter in the CLE-BC Strata Property Manual.
- INJURYwise, personal injury column for Castanet.net.
Keri’s top priority is her three children, but she is also an avid martial arts fan who enjoys boxing and kickboxing along with playing soccer, basketball and other sports.
My daughter & myself spoke to Keri Grenier for about an hour @ this firm (@ no cost to us)regarding a sensitive issue She was very professional, understanding & knowledgable about our situation and laid out a plan of action. We felt very comfortable discussing our needs with her We look forward to a great realationship going forward
I cannot say enough about how Keri Grenier and helped me through the long and arduous path to a settlement with ICBC. She was knowledgeable, caring, truthful, understanding and was a pleasure to deal with. Her staff were equally impressive. I highly recommend Keri Grenier and her firm Murphy Battista.
My goal is to start helping clients right away, providing guidance and assistance with obtaining all appropriate insurance benefits available, including employment insurance and both private and ICBC coverage.
I understand the issues and anxieties people face when they have suffered an injury and have no idea what to do next. In my experience, it is helpful to start by providing practical information on the next steps of a case and to fully explain the litigation process so that a client does not feel like they are facing the unknown. My work for clients at this stage includes an objective assessment of their individual legal situation and how the courts will evaluate fair and reasonable compensation as it relates to the specific facts of their case.
As a case proceeds my role includes gathering the evidence needed to pursue settlement negotiations with ICBC or other insurers and prepare a case for trial if the compensation offered is not appropriate in light of the injuries my client has suffered.