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On Being a Female Lawyer

When representing people suffering personal injury in car accidents, there are fewer female lawyers than male lawyers. It is not clear why, since personal injury is in fact “personal” and involves both male and female victims. 

Also, in the North Okanagan, there are only a few experienced female personal injury lawyers (senior lawyers).

As a woman lawyer in Vernon, I am often approached by clients, both male and female, who are looking specifically for a female lawyer. Sometimes they feel that a female lawyer would understand their health, or that a woman lawyer would be easier for them to talk with.

Just as with doctors, it is good to have a choice, so that people can have a lawyer who is right for them. Being comfortable with your lawyer is important because you want to be able to talk openly about your injuries, your past, and what you need for the future.

You do not often see a woman lawyer owning her own law firm in personal injury law. 

I truly enjoy owning my own law firm and being able to employ five professional staff in Vernon. It is important to me to create a positive work environment where my employees know they are valued and can work for the benefit of our clients.  Our clients are the reason we are here and we work to get them the care and compensation they need.

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Big Changes coming to ICBC Effective April 1, 2019

As you may have seen in the News, ICBC is responding to financial problems by making major changes.   For crashes from April 1, 2019 on, ICBC is “capping” pain and suffering damages for “minor” injury claims at $5,500.00.    Most whiplash and psychological injury will fall within the definition of “minor injury” subject to this cap.   Only a few injuries are outside the cap (fractures, significant brain injury and serious/incapacitating injuries).  ICBC is replacing the courts with an  online tribunal for capped claim disputes.  While wage loss and some treatment expenses will be paid additional to the cap, and  up-front payments for treatment and wage loss benefits have finally increased (which is positive), nonetheless the changes will dramatically reduce the payments given to injured people for injury claims. There will be considerable uncertainty in BC as the new system takes effect and we will be watching it closely.

Personal injury claims that are not against ICBC, are not affected by the changes.

See FAQs for more information.  We will also update this website with new information.

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Vernon Women in Business – President’s Year complete

Melody Martin served the Vernon Women in Business for two years, as Vice President and then President, her term ending when the new Board was elected for September 2018.  This non-profit organization is the largest association of business women in Vernon and serves to support and educate as well as to promote networking and the sharing of ideas.  Melody is a big believer in the value of local business and of women entrepreneurs and continues her membership in the group now that she is its Past President.

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Selfless spirit keeps recipient from Vernon award ceremony

VWIB member Lacy Donald was almost in tears as she spoke of Burko at the awards ceremony.

“Her energy and her kindness, just her positivity, her willingness to do things like donate a kidney, and her service are part of the reason we chose her to receive this award,” said Donald, adding that Burko recruited her to join VWIB, a group that she too is very proud to be a part of.

The Jan White Memorial Award was created in honour of the VWIB founder who passed away in 2004.

Click on the link below to read the full article and see Melody’s video.


Watch the video here

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GOGA (Goat Yoga) Event

Martin Estate and Injury Law supported Hoofprints Barnyard in its fundraising efforts for the farm and rescued animals, by sponsoring attendance at a session of “goat yoga”.  An instructor led the group in yoga while the animals wandered around and joined in!  The event was particularly enjoyed by the children who had never seen goats do “yoga”.  Animal rescue is near to the hearts of both Melody Martin and paralegal Sandra Kahle who also brought vegan treats to share.

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Your Vernon feature in the Vernon Morning Star newspaper, online edition

The Vernon Morning Star interviewed Melody Martin about herself and her perspectives on Vernon, BC.  Read her comments here.


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