"Thank you for the excellent settlement you negotiated for me. You accomplished in a few months what was not done in more than a year by my other lawyer. I would recommend you to my best friends."
"With everything that our son has gone through, he is very lucky to have someone like you to help him. He has nothing but great things to say about you. We truly appreciate everything you are doing to keep him on the straight and narrow and to point his life in a good direction. Your advice to him is invaluable."
"Everybody made me feel very comfortable. My lawyer got back to me right away so I never felt I was left hanging…and when my situation went to mediation, my lawyer was a lot more prepared than the other side."
Our law firm has more than 30 years of experience handling, negotiating, and winning personal injury and car accident (ICBC) claims in Kamloops and the BC Interior.
Our lawyers focus solely on Personal Injury Law. We facilitate cases ranging in severity from minor injury to wrongful death as a result of vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents.
Our clients' rehabilitation and treatment is top priority. We utilize experienced medical experts and therapists to monitor your recovery and establish how the injury has impacted your livelihood and lifestyle. If your current medical coverage does not cover these expenses, Zak & Decker will carry the cost until your settlement has concluded.
You don't pay anything until your claim is settled. Our fee is a percentage of the damages recovered. If there is no recovery, there is no fee.
Joseph grew up in southern B.C. in Boundary Country and attended the University of British Columbia graduating with a combined degree in commerce and law. He moved to Kamloops to begin his legal career and has remained in the city ever since. His practice is focused on helping clients who are suffering personal injuries or loss through motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, and faulty or defective products. Joseph represents many clients throughout BC and Alberta who have been denied coverage by their insurance companies. Incorporating mediations and settlement conferences are a routine part of what he does to advance the interests of his clients. He believes strongly in the principals of seeking fair justice for those who have been injured or wronged by the negligence of others.
Tara was born and raised in a farming community in Saskatchewan and moved to British Columbia to attend law school. While at the University of British Columbia she met her husband and, following graduation, returned with him to his home town of Kamloops. Tara articled with HMZ Law (now Zak & Decker Personal Injury Lawyers) where she continues to practice and is a managing partner. Her areas of practice include insurance litigation, personal injury law, and estate law. Always interested in sharing her specialized knowledge with others, she has been a guest lecturer at Thompson Rivers University’s Faculty of Law and has presented talks to the Canadian Defence Lawyers, brain injury organizations, and medical residents over the years.
After obtaining her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Victoria, Kelsey completed her articles at a large firm in Vancouver, gaining experience in complex commercial and insurance litigation matters. She returned to her home town of Kamloops to practice commercial and insurance litigation at a small, local firm. In 2014, she joined Zak & Decker (formerly HMZ Law) to shift her practice solely to personal injury litigation. Kelsey has represented clients in a variety of civil matters in both the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Provincial Court of British Columbia and Alberta. Her practice is largely focused on helping clients with personal injuries as a result of motor vehicle collisions and slip and falls, ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve. In her free time Kelsey is an active member of the Women Lawyers Forum and Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and enjoys skiing and travel.
Merv is new to our firm but not to our city. For the past 27 years Merv has dedicated his career to representing individuals throughout BC and Alberta who have sustained injury at the fault of others. The majority of his clients come to him as a result of being injured in motor vehicle accidents. As a motorcycle rider and enthusiast, he has a particular interest representing those who become injured while riding. His niche practice representing injured riders is rooted in his dual passions for riding and his 27 years of advocating for the injured. Merv has established a practice and a reputation of preparing each case from day one as if it is bound for trial. His “no short cuts” approach ensures that each case will be well prepared for trial if a reasonable settlement is not possible. Merv is a regular speaker and author of informative articles designed to educate the public about their rights should they become injured. He also speaks at motorcycle safety training courses for new riders. Away from the office Merv can be found exploring the many back roads of our province on his dual sport motorcycle.
Tracey grew up in Cranbrook and attended the University of British Columbia where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major in history and Canadian studies before moving to Kamloops where she achieved her Juris Doctor at Thompson Rivers University. Her academic background of Canadian studies and politics fueled her desire to pursue a career in law to advocate for people who need legal assistance. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and both the Kamloops Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. When not delving into legal work, she volunteers and enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
All cases are unique and not all injuries are immediately apparent. We work with experienced medical experts to establish the extent of the injuries—both physical and psychological. We also determine the impact that the car accident has had (and may continue to have) on your family's livelihood, lifestyle, and well-being. When these parameters are defined, a fair settlement can be negotiated.
It's common for an insurance company to offer you a quick settlement after a serious injury. It is not advised to accept this settlement, as it is difficult to appreciate the extent that the injury will impact future livelihood and lifestyle in the future. If you accept this settlement, you will lose your right to receive additional money, even if it is established that you may be entitled to more.
You will be contacted by ICBC for a personal or signed statement regarding your car accident. Without the advice or presence of a personal injury lawyer, you could say something in the statement which will negatively affect your case.
All details of the car accident need to be documented and witnesses need to be promptly interviewed. Key details include weather, driving conditions, and time of day. Take photographs of the vehicles and all damages including skid marks, road signs, and lights. A copy of the police report is also beneficial.