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November 2010

Hit and Run Injury Claimant Wins- ICBC Allegations Struck Down by Court

In this hit and run motorcycle accident case (Nicholls v. Emil Anderson Maintenance Co. Ltd.) the  Insurance Corporation of British Columbia ( ICBC) lawyers were seeking  a court order dismissing an unidentified driver claim brought against it, on the basis that the injury claimant failed to take reasonable steps to ascertain the identity of the driver responsible for the…

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Personal Injury Lawyer Convinces Court two Injuries are Indivisible and Should be Awarded Jointly and Severally

The injury claimant in this personal injury case  had the misfortune of being involved in two motor vehicle accidents (Chalmers v. Russell).  In the first accident the claimant was driving on Dollarton Highway.  She had stopped at a red traffic light and then once the light turned green, was accelerating forward and passed under an overpass that was leading…

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Car Accident Settlement Puts $39,000 Expert Bill in Dispute- Court Applies Proportionality to Reduce to $20,000.00

In this car accident settlement case(Stapleton v. Charambidis) the injury claimant  was involved in two motor vehicle accidents.  Fault for the first accident was a big issue so the lawyers agreed to have a trial on the issue of fault.  The trial judge found the injury claimant 80% at fault and the other driver 20% at fault.  The judge also ordered that “Costs of this trial…

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Top Court Sends Personal Injury Lawyers in Vancouver back for New Trial on Car Accident Case

The British Columbia top court, Court of Appeal,  in this Vancouver filed car accident personal injury claim(Sobolik v. Waters) decided that the trial judge made an error when explaining the law regarding loss of earning capacity to the jury. This personal injury claimant, after winning a jury award of over $452,000.00, is now required to start…

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Car Accident Claimant Suffered Psychiatric and Physical Injury Denied by ICBC

In this physical and Psychiatric injury case( Jokhadar v. Dehkhodaei) the claimant was driving east along Marine Drive through the Lions Gate Bridge interchange when she suddenly saw headlights coming toward her. She braked and shut her eyes on impact. She recalls little of the collision, but says that when she got out of the car and walked to…

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Total Disability Defined for Personal Injury Lawyers and Claimants in Britsh Columbia

Personal injury lawyers  in British Columbia work  for many injury claimants that have been denied disability benefits by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC,  or other insurance companies on the grounds that their injuries are not totally disabling. Often the injury claimant is physically able to do a task but is advised not to engage in the activity. This…

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Brain Injured Infant Approved for 60 Day Personal Injury Trial

In this personal injury brain injury (Jones v. Donaghey)case the infant claimant was an aboriginal child living with his parents on a reserve.  The Director of Child Welfare took him into care, and eventually  placed him in a foster home.  The personal injury lawyer representing the brain injury infant claimed that he was  intentionally assaulted by the foster…

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Recognized Leaders Find “Specializing” for Personal Injury Lawyers not Improper Term

I have been a Vancouver lawyer specializing in personal injury law since 1995 representing car accident ICBC injury claimants and people injured through the fault of others . In British Columbia there is currently no special status or accreditation for lawyers with an expertise in personal injury law or for experts in the field of personal injury…

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Recognized Leaders Find "Specializing" for Personal Injury Lawyers not Improper Term

I have been a Vancouver lawyer specializing in personal injury law since 1995 representing car accident ICBC injury claimants and people injured through the fault of others . In British Columbia there is currently no special status or accreditation for lawyers with an expertise in personal injury law or for experts in the field of personal injury…

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Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyers Forced to Attend Court for Judge Hearings

 Personal injury lawyers in British Columbia best pay attention as you are now  required  by the rules of court to attend a Trial Management Conference( TMC) in Supreme Court if you plan to go to court. This amazingly also applies to litigants with no legal representation.  Judges have to attend the TMC and can make sweeping…

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