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Keri Grenier*

Keri Grenier
  • Location: Kelowna, BC
  • Phone: 250-979-7230
  • Fax: 250-979-7228
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Education:

    University of Saskatchewan, 2000

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Keri Grenier is an experienced personal injury lawyer based at Murphy Battista LLP’s Kelowna office. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 2001, Keri’s practice focuses on helping people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents or due to the negligence of others.

Keri has over 15 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, Keri represents the families of people killed through accidents or malpractice, including children and older relatives. As a woman and mother, Keri’s personal and practical insight on how injuries impact a family are two of the reasons clients retain her legal services.

Why 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!

Keri’s Approach to Personal Injury Law

Keri understands the issues and anxieties facing people who have suffered injuries. She responds 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.

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.

An Okanagan resident since 2007, Keri has developed a wide range of resources and professionals to support her clients as they move through the recovery process. Her practice brings her into frequent contact with doctors (including specialists), physiotherapists, psychologists, massage therapists, counselors, economists, accountants and any other professionals who can either help her 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.

Keri is widely respected within the legal community for her professional activities which include acting as President of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and writing a monthly personal injury column (INJURYwise) for online Kelowna publication Castanet.net.

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Successful Cases

  • Birkich v. Cantafio, 2016 BCSC 40
    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 judgement included damages for loss of future earning capacity of $175,000.
  • Lafferty v. MacInnes, No. 86177 Kelowna (Jury Trial)
  • Oystryk v. FCT Insurance Company Ltd., 2011 BCSC 1686
  • Kotscha v. Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, 2011 BCSC 836
  • Kalashnikoff v. Martens, 2010 BCSC 1128
  • Bru v. AGM Enterprises Inc., 2008 BCSC 1680

Presentations

  • 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

Publications

  • “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.

Professional Associations

Community Involvement

Her 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.

Keri is very active in the Okanagan community with her children, counting Kelowna Minor Hockey and Kelowna Minor Basketball Association among the  many other activities that keep her family busy.