British Columbia Personal Injury Law Blog

ICBC personal injury lawyer Mr. Renn A. Holness explains the law, giving an understanding to ICBC injury claims and other personal injury claims. Guidelines and tips to help injury claimants obtain the legal resources needed to make the best decisions and hire personal injury lawyers right for the case.

Injury to Arthritic Hand Warrants $95,000 Pain and Suffering Award

The court concluded that prior to the car accident the claimant had a number of “quiescent but present conditions” in his hands and wrists that would likely have become increasingly symptomatic over time even if the accident had never occurred. This … Continue reading

$180,000 Award for Pain and Suffering in Chronic Pain Syndrome Case

This personal injury case arose from a car accident which occurred at the intersection of 140th Street and 74th Avenue in Surrey when the other vehicle turned left into the path of the claimant’s vehicle. She was 58 year old at the time … Continue reading

Brain Injury Award Reduced due to prior Cocaine Addiction

In a stunning personal injury decision the Supreme Court has reduced a damage award for a brain injured 27 year old claimant. The court has taken judicial notice that cocaine is highly addictive, with heavy users facing a significant long-term and … Continue reading

Shot Dead on Grizzly Bear Hunt and Signed Release no Bar to Claim

The deceased was shot and killed accidentally by a guide near Burns Lake, British Columbia while participating in a grizzly bear hunt. This is the wrongful death claim of the widow. At issue was a release of liability sign by the deceased … Continue reading

Offer to Settle Injury Case $100,000 higher than Award and Costs Against Claimant

This personal injury case the claimant was awarded a  total of $404,282.20. However the defendants made a formal offer to settle before trial for  $474,456.00 new money, plus advances of $15,669.40 for a total of $490,125.45, making it $101,475.74 higher than recovered.(Layes … Continue reading

Offer to Settle Better than Jury Award and Costs Awarded Against Claimant

This personal injury claimant did not accept a reasonable offer to settle and the award at trial was significantly less than the offer. The claimant was offered more than $400,000 to settle his personal injury case before court but he … Continue reading

Medical-legal Report Not required But Claimant Only Awarded $100.00

In a surprise winning decision this personal injury claimant succeeds in his appeal against the dismissal of his injury claim.  Failing to file a medical-legal report is not a grounds for dismissal and the claimant was not provided with adequate … Continue reading

Left Turn Car Accident Decision Questionable with Yellow Light

In today’s case the claimant is found 50% at fault for making a left hand turn, on a late yellow, causing the car accident which is the subject of this personal injury case. The assessment of damages was bifurcated from … Continue reading

$200,000 Pain and Suffering Award for Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Depression

This injury claimant was a front seat passenger travelling northbound on Highway 6, between the towns of New Denver and Playmor Junction in the Kootenay region of B.C. when the car went out of control nearing a corner, crossed the … Continue reading

ICBC Claimant to Blame for Alcoholism not Impecuniosity

ICBC arguments on the failure to attend recommended treatment, mitigation,  are often narrow and focused, as displayed in the following $150,000 pain and suffering injury case. ICBC argued that prior substance abuse should result in a low award but the BC Supreme … Continue reading