We specialize in motor vehicle accident claims, personal injury claims, wrongful death claims and in general insurance litigation.
Jim Murphy also has almost forty years of experience and knowledge in general civil litigation and can provide you with advice regarding a broad spectrum of problems.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages and loss of your ability to earn income in the future.
If you were a driver at the time of the accident, a successful claim requires you establish that the other driver was at least partially at fault for the collision.
If you were injured as a passenger, you may be required to sue the driver of the vehicle you occupied. That person may be a friend or family member, however, in most cases an insurance company will be financially responsible for the costs and conduct of the lawsuit and not your friend or family member.
ICBC advertizes that you do not need a lawyer when dealing with their company and that adjusters will settle claims fairly with you on your time schedule. People mistakenly believe an insurance adjuster is looking out for their best interests when in fact the opposite is true. Insurance companies, including ICBC, make money by bringing in as much money as possible while paying out as little as possible. There is a direct conflict between your right to fair compensation and an insurance company’s goal to minimize your claim.
ICBC will often use a “team” approach to dealing with your claim which will ensure you don’t develop a one-to-one relationship with anyone in the corporation and will tire you out constantly re-explaining your concerns and problems to new people who are not interested in you. ICBC will not inform you of all your rights to treatment pursuant to your own contract of insurance with ICBC and will seek to minimize your treatment. ICBC will also often also unfairly blame an accident on an injured claimant in order to get out of paying them. When you are injured you are vulnerable to early settlement tactics and also less capable of finding out what your rights are and standing up for them. We can take some of the stress of this process away from you, allowing you to focus on recovering from your accident injuries. We will employ experts where necessary and help you obtain fair compensation.
We provide a free half hour consultation to people looking for help within one of our practice areas. We also provide a variety of payment options for people who retain our firm, including reasonable hourly billing rates or contingency fee agreements.
Jim was born in Winnipeg and raised in Calgary. As a high school dropout he spent the next two years working the oil patch in the Northwest Territories before deciding to return to school. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Arts Degree he entered UBC Law School in 1973. Following graduation he made one of his best decisions and came to Nanaimo in 1976. Following his call to the Bar in 1977 he has continued to practice in Nanaimo. Since 1998 Jim opened his own practice as Murphys Law representing individuals who have been injured in accidents and who have insurance claims. For a number of years Jim was a member of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, culminating in his being named President of that organization just in time to start the successful defence against no-fault insurance. In the year 2000 Jim was awarded the Provincial Bar award by the British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association for outstanding service to the profession of law.
Katherine graduated from the University of Ottawa LL.B program in 1996 and relocated directly to British Columbia. She became a member of the B.C. bar in 1998 and has extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Katherine’s experience includes several years working as a federal crown prosecutor. She has practiced almost exclusively in the area of personal injury law since coming to Vancouver Island in 2004 and was in-house legal counsel for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia for five and a half years before joining Murphy’s Law in 2013. Her interests outside of the office include, kayaking, hiking, sailing, motor-biking, wine appreciation and a deep and abiding love for Vancouver Island. You can learn more about me at my website www.kjwhitfield.ca.
Jim Graham is a former insurance adjuster with over thirty-three years of experience with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. He has extensive knowledge in claims handling, negotiations and the litigation process as well as holding a Certificate in Advanced Civil Mediation from Continuing Legal Education. Jim’s background includes fifteen years as an RCMP Auxiliary Constable; training as a Restorative Justice Facilitator; experience as Past President of both the Nanaimo Region and Provincial John Howard Societies, along with a variety of other community organizations. In his spare time he enjoys golf, the outdoors, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Murphy’s Law has an experienced and dedicated team of secretarial assistants. Carla and Jacqueline are expert at helping our clients with their litigation needs and liaising with the lawyers and insurance companies to forward your concerns and address your issues in a timely manner. Chris is our very capable receptionist and the front desk of our organization. She is happy to take your calls and greet you on your arrival at our office and ensures our clients are well looked after.