Know your Worth, before you Settle your ICBC Claim

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When you are in a car accident and you are in the midst of what you want to accomplish in life, will you still be able to pursue your dream despite your injury? Will your ability to earn an income be affected by the injury? These are issues that you need to seriously consider with…


ICBC Is Watching You

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ICBC’s practice of hiring private investigators to investigate claimants before trial is common. It is one of the ways ICBC protects itself from fraudulent claims. Such fraudulent claims can increase everyone’s insurance premiums. However, such investigative reports can also hurt legitimate claimants in the courtroom.  Should the claimant testify that his life has been ruined…


Why Do Personal Injury Cases Settle?

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Most cases settle before they ever get to trial and there are good reasons why. This article will discuss some of the reasons why many personal injury cases settle in B.C. The foremost reason is certainty.   If you are a plaintiff and settle, you know exactly how much money you will receive. If you are…


The 12 Days After Your Motor Vehicle Accident

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In the spirit of  The 12 Days of Christmas, I decided to write The 12 Days After Your Accident to provide a guide for what you need to know after your accident. The 12 days are used metaphorically and the timing, order and steps after your accident may differ. On the 1st day, do you…


Bike Safety Information For Parents and Guardians

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Many parents gave a huge sigh of relief as children headed back to school.  No more giving bored kids suggestions as to how to occupy their time, or finding caregivers for the kids.  Lots more juggling of schedules, and figuring out how to get the kids to and from school.  One healthy option is to…


How Much is Enough?

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In 1978, three cases were decided by the Supreme Court of Canada, which today still have an impact on the amount of money a person receives when they are injured by the negligence of another person. But how much is enough? Suppose you were in a car accident, or fell at a neighbours home, and…


Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell

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How often are you confronted by someone you know, who asks to borrow your vehicle? How often are you asked to take someone you know to one place or another and you say…. “here take my car/truck”…and hand them the keys. Have you heard of Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell? Has it ever occurred to you that…


Cost of Care

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We are lucky to live in a country where our fellow citizens believe that each of us has a right to basic medical care.  This includes doctor’s visits, hospital care, medically necessary surgeries, and some continuing care outreach services.   The Pharmacare Plan assists with the cost of medication.  This plan has a deductible and the…


Toxic Torts

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A relatively recent and developing area of personal injury law involves injuries from toxic substances – such as mould in apartment or office buildings, food toxins, pharmaceutical products, and pesticides or other industrial chemicals. Although claims for illness from these substances are often difficult to prove, they can have widespread implications for employers, landlords, food…


Going Public

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When is your private life yours to hold tight, or let go…or in some situations have it grabbed from you? We all like to think that our private life is private, but this is no longer true, particularly in the context of a personal injury action. A number of years ago, when I was defence…