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ICBC No Fault Insurance = WCB/Worksafe for Car Accidents

The recent announcement by the NDP of a complete overhaul of ICBC into no fault insurance is not fully understood by most British Columbians. In fact, the NDP has completely duped the public into believing that this is a good thing. Only ICBC and the NDP will benefit from no fault insurance. One of the…

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Medical Malpractice Claim Not Too Complex for a Jury

Howe v. Hwang 2018 BCSC 90 involved a medical malpractice claim where the injured claimant alleged that not only the wrong surgery was performed on her by the defendant doctor, but that the wrong surgery was done incorrectly resulting in life threatening complications and additional surgeries to save her life. The parties agreed on quantum…

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The ICBC Fraud of No-Fault Insurance- Blame the Innocent

No-Fault auto insurance means ICBC will profit by letting guilty drivers get away with killing and maiming the innocent. The history of no-fault auto insurance in other jurisdictions shows a callous disregard for human life. Profit over quality of life. If you are a bad driver and cause of your own disability and the disability…

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$110,000 Pain and Suffering Award for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Chronic Pain

In this car accident case (Winick v. Goddard 2020 BCSC 4), the 27 year-old female injured claimant was involved in 3 collisions. In the 1st car accident, the injured claimant sustained soft tissue injuries to her neck and back with pain radiating into her hip and legs that were aggravated by the 2nd car accident…

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ICBC’s Flagrant Ignorance of Trial Orders Criticized as Deserving of Sanction and Rebuke

As was reported in a recent blog post, ICBC in 2019 rolled out its new policy of withdrawing settlement offers and replacing them with unreasonably low settlement offers. The result has been two-fold. First, ICBC is now dragging out claims for as long as possible in hopes that an injured claimant will give up and…

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Driver Found At Fault for Colliding with Cyclist in a Bike Lane

Dedicated bike lanes are now a commonplace in Vancouver. In fact, it has been 10 years since the first dedicated bike lane on Burrard Street Bridge was opened to much controversy after 2 prior unsuccessful attempts. With cycling becoming a more popular form of transportation, there is more potential for accidents to occur with vehicles.…

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Injured Claimant Suffering from Imbalance, Tinnitus and Other Injuries Awarded $170,000.00 for Pain and Suffering

As discussed in a prior blog post, when a trial judge makes an award for pain and suffering (also referred to as non-pecuniary damages), the law is clear that in determining what is reasonable each case must be assessed individually depending on the nature of the injuries sustained by the injured claimant and on an…

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ICBC Fails to Unfairly Force a Limit on the Value of an Injury Claim

There are various levels of court in British Columbia including the Provincial Small Claims Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. For motor vehicle accidents which occurred before April 1, 2019, ICBC claims are heard in either the Provincial Small Claims Court or the Supreme Court. The value of the ICBC claim will…

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Future Loss of Earning Capacity Awarded Despite Injured Claimant Continuing to Work

If an injured plaintiff returns to work after a motor vehicle accident and continues to work despite having injuries that will, at some point in the future, restrict or even prevent him/her from working entirely, is there a claim for loss of future earning capacity? The courts have held in many cases that the answer…

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