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How Can I Force ICBC to Pay for my Physiotherapy after a Car Accident Injury?

I have been a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver since 1995 and have witnessed the change in how the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC,  pays for physiotherapy. I have written and dealt extensively with ICBC accident benefits and explain how ICBC accident benefits work for people that are injured in car accidents in British…

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ICBC Accident Injury Claimant with Lawyer Wins Low Award for Disc Herniation and Soft Tissue Injury

The claimant was  injured in a car accident in Kamloops, B.C. (Power v. Carswell, 2011 BCSC 1672) which occurred in the intersection of Lansdowne St. and 3rd Avenue, which is controlled by traffic signals. The claimant was driving a Pontiac Sunfire going straight when she struck a Jeep turning left. Both fault for the accident and the quantum of damages…

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Retired Lawyer Represents Himself in Personal Injury Case and Receives Low Award

This case is another reminder of why it is important to hire a personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in a car accident( see: Pearlman v. Phelps Leasing Ltd.,2011 BCSC 1696). The Judge had a difficult time accepting the testimony of the claimant stating, “The plaintiff’s credibility from the onset of the trial before…

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What is the Deadline for my ICBC Injury Claim?

December 3, 2012- Deadlines and limitations periods have always been a concern for injury claimant’s contacting my law firm. As a personal injury lawyer in British Columbia since 1995 I have dealt with hundreds of injury claims against the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) all of which involve multiple important deadlines and limitation periods. Cases are…

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Injury Claimant Not Required to Provide Facebook, Twitter, and Personal Laptop to Insurance Company Lawyers

In this heart surgery medical malpractice case(Dosanjh v. Leblanc and St. Paul’s Hospital,2011 BCSC 1660) the claimant alleges suffering a stroke resulted in permanent physical and cognitive disabilities after open heart surgery to repair a hole in his heart. The claimant sued the doctor, nurse, technician, and hospital alleging an air embolism was allowed to enter…

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Car Accident Drivers Deny Liability and Court takes Personal Injury Case off Fast Track

  The injury claimant  sued for his losses after he was run down in a crosswalk  and later injured again when his vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by one of the defendants to the lawsuit.  The claimant applied for an order that the personal injury case be removed from Fast Track Litigation (Sandhu v. Roy, 2011 BCSC 1653), Rule 15-1 of…

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Injury Claimant Awarded Legal Fee Contribution as Judge Acknowledges Court Backlog

  This personal injury summary trial,(Parmar v. Lahay, 2011 BCSC 1628) pursuant to Rule 9‑7 of the Supreme Court Civil Rules, involved a motor vehicle accident that occurred one year before the hearing.  There was no claim for loss of wages or any future loss of capacity and the only question was how much compensation should be awarded for pain and…

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Reporting a Car Accident to ICBC Dial-a-Claim Will Create a Written Record

ICBC will often, through their lawyer in the personal injury litigation, cross-exam the injury claimant on any reports to the ICBC Dial-a-Claim service about a car accident. The Dial-a-Claim Representative interprets the information being conveyed over the phone and creates an internal document which is attached to the injury claimant’s file. I have found, in my…

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ICBC Reaches New Low By Denying Infant $742.00 for Massage Therapy after Car Accident Injury

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, refused to accept the decision of a BC Supreme Court Judge and had to be told the obvious by the Court of Appeal of BC-Massage therapy after a car accident injury is a mandatory ICBC benefit (Raguin v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2011 BCCA 482). The infant claimants were in…

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Car Accident Injury Claimant Compensated by BC Court for Private Health Care Costs

Personal injury lawyers in British Columbia are always being asked to help get the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, to pay for medical expenses that are not covered by the Medical Services Plan. In this private medical cost car accident injury claim(Engqvist v. Doyle, 2011 BCSC 1585)  Judge Rogers in Kelowna found that the injury…

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