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.

$200,000 Award for Carbon Monoxide Brain Injury

 This husband and wife suffered brain injuries from carbon monoxide (“CO”) emissions when maintenance of their living room fireplace was negligently performed. The fireplace had been removed and later reinstalled and serviced by the defendant heating company (Edwards v. Parkinson’s Heating Ltd.,2018 BCSC … Continue reading

Slip and Fall in Superstore Results in Brain Injury

This slip and fall claimant was awarded $175,000 for the pain and suffering arising out of a brain injury.  The claimant sought  damages under the Occupiers Liability Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 337 (“OLA”) for injuries suffered in a slip and fall that took … Continue reading

Brain Injury Led to Dementia after Car Accident

This injury claimant was awarded more than $1.2 million after suffering a traumatic brain injury. He was driving from Kelowna to Vernon when his truck  was side-swiped, forced into oncoming traffic and collided with a city bus. The paramedics found the claimant conscious but … Continue reading

MSP and PharmaNet History Printouts Not Required for ICBC Claim

It is not enough for ICBC  to simply plead a pre-existing condition in order to obtain a claimant’s medical history after a car accident. The obligation is still on the defendant, ICBC, to make the case in the evidence. Even with a prior … Continue reading

Breach of a Settlement Agreement Attracts $50,000 Punitive Award

The court has made it clear, where there is a blatant breach of a settlement agreement, a punitive damages award is appropriate in addition to the other awards. In this case the court was satisfied that an award of punitive damages … Continue reading

Injured Jogger Sues Young Cyclist and Loses

In this personal injury case the claimant was jogging when he came up behind three young girls riding their bicycles. Two were on the sidewalk and one was riding on the street adjacent to the curb. The jogger intended to pass the … Continue reading

Disturbing Sexual Injury Case Protects Counselling Records

The injury claimant, 42 years of age was sexually assaulted by her father and her personal injury lawyer outlined allegations of repetitive sexual abuse commencing when she was a child.  She also alleged that the Province of BC placed her back in the residence … Continue reading

Aggravated Damages Award Reviewed by Court of Appeal

Aggravated damages compensate a claimant for intangible injuries, such as distress and humiliation, which are caused by a defendant’s conduct. The appellants were found to have defamed the plaintiff and the judge awarded damages of $1,205,000 and special costs, and granted a … Continue reading

Better for an ICBC Injury Claimant to Have a Lawyer

  Even the best personal injury lawyers seek expert opinion to obtain the highest results for their personal injury cases. So, it is hard to imagine how an ICBC injury claimant could obtain a fair resolution of their claim without a legal advocate. … Continue reading