Your Culture - Does your Lawyer Understand You?
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
A translator helps you understand what a person who doesn't speak English is saying.
But in order to really get a handle on what that person is trying to EXPRESS you need to understand their culture.
You see, culture underlies everything.
How people eat. How they dress. Who they live with. How they interact with their family. How they pray. Etc. Etc.
In short, I believe that it's pretty much impossible to understand a person if you don't understand their culture.
Now, if you're hurt in a pedestrian accident often your whole world changes. Every aspect of your life is affected.
So how can you expect a lawyer to understand how your life has been impacted if they don't understand your culture?
Maybe the doctor ICBCsent you to believes you'd be better off living in a a care facility. But your culture is all about the family living together.
Or maybe you can't kneel down to pray because of your injuries. In some cultures this might not be a big deal. But because of your cultural background you find this extremely upsetting.
It maybe that before your accident you did all the cooking, cleaning and yardwork. Because in your culture this was your way of "giving back" to your family. And now you feel useless because your injuries prevent you from contributing to your family as you did before your pedestrian accident.
These are just a few of the ways that I see a person's culture affecting the way in which their injuries impact their life following a pedestrian accident.
You see, as far as I'm concerned, in order to effectively represent a person who has been injured in a pedestrain accident I need to have a good handle on their culture.
Because if I don't understand their culture, I can't understand how they see and experience the world around them.
It's that simple.
Do you have a lawyer who understands your culture?
Are you interested in discussing how an understanding of your culture is important to properly presenting your ICBC injury claim ?
Call me at 604-255-9018 or send me an e-mail at [email protected]
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