UBC, LLB, 1992
UVic, BA, 1989
Bill Dick* has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance disputes both at trial and on appeal.
In addition to his courtroom experience, Bill is an outstanding advocate for clients involved in mediation and arbitration. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers Canada™ (2010-2018) and his effective representation of clients includes taking cases to trial for people who have sustained brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Whether his clients need help negotiating a compensation claim or taking the matter forward to trial, Bill’s knowledge and ability as an advocate have produced positive outcomes for his clients.
Bill works out of the firm’s Kelowna office along with paralegal Cathy Davies and is also the contact lawyer for the firm’s Vernon office.
200 – 215 Lawrence Avenue
Tel: (250) 979-7230
Fax: (250) 979-7228
Toll Free: 1 (888) 683-9621
201 – 2928 – 29 Street,
Vernon, BC V1T 5A6
Tel: (250) 549-1999
Toll Free: 1 (888) 683-9621
Ultimately, my most important role is to secure fair and adequate compensation for my client while trying to minimize the stress associated with a personal injury claim and the litigation process.
I understand the immediate and long-term impact that a severe injury has on individuals and their families. My first concern is to ensure access for my client to the full range of appropriate treatments to assist recovery. I have many years of experience dealing with people who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries. Aside from the obvious and immediate devastating physical and emotional consequences for the injured person, these types of severe injuries also have a definite long-term impact on family dynamics. Therefore, the recovery process should include acute care treatment, rehabilitative therapies and counseling for the injured person and family members who need to learn how to help injured loved ones cope with a new reality and how to deal with their own feelings about the situation.
My approach includes taking steps to ensure that my clients are aware of the full range of opportunities available to assist in an optimal recovery plan. My job also necessarily includes helping to arrange for the financial resources to cover the costs of implementing that plan.
Once I’m satisfied my client has what he or she needs to focus on recovery I can begin to address the legal issues associated with the case and consider what appropriate compensation might look like. From my perspective, adequate compensation must include consideration of a client’s immediate financial needs as well as their long-term interests. A serious injury has repercussions that can last a lifetime and frequently impact the financial future of the family unit.
After a recovery plan is in place, my next goal is to secure fair and reasonable compensation. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, wage loss, long-term costs of care and treatment, costs associated with accommodating a permanent disability, financial planning to meet family obligations and address vulnerabilities as well as lost opportunities and future earning capacity, are all things that need to be factored into determining fair and reasonable compensation for a serious injury.
Sometimes appropriate compensation is best achieved through a negotiating settlement, sometimes not. For that reason, I treat each file as if it were going to trial so that I’m prepared to advance my clients’ interests in either setting. Whether we are negotiating or going to court, I make a point of keeping my clients up-to-date on the status of the claim, and I make sure there is someone available to answer questions. I care about how my clients are doing and feeling. I want to know if they are anxious or worried about some aspect of their case so that I can help them understand the process.
*Bill provides legal services through William Dick Personal Law Corporation.
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Bill has participated in the following episodes of The Law Show: