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November 2011

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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Personal Injury Party with No Lawyer Found at Fault for Faulty Guardrail Apartment Fall

  In this slip and fall serious personal injury claim (Jack v. Tekavec,2011 BCCA 464) the injury claimant fell three stories after leaning against a rotted, poorly repaired balcony railing.  The owner and manager of the apartment complex was found fully at fault in negligence as an occupier. The at fault owner and manager appealed the judgment awarding $322,000.00…

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Personal Injury Medical Examination Denied as No Special Circumstances

This was a personal injury case appeal from Master Taylor(Scott v. Ridgway, 2011 BCSC 1552), who ordered the claimant to attend for a second  medical examination regarding her functional capacity. I have reviewed several prior personal injury cases where ICBC has been denied second medical examinations. Anyone being asked to attend more than one medical examination for for…

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ICBC Hit and Run Injury Claim Dismissed Based on Weak Circumstantial Evidence

  In this ICBC hit and run personal injury case (Paguio v. Fraser, 2011 BCSC 1519)  the claimant was riding his motor scooter on Knight Street in Richmond heading to his workplace in south Vancouver. The injury claimant  had just purchased the scooter the morning of the accident and had not ridden a motorcycle in any meaningful…

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ICBC Disallowed Costs From Out of Town Personal Injury Lawyer

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) was required to defend a  car accident personal injury claim which occurred near Merritt, British Columbia(Wittich v. Bob,2011 BCSC 1471).The claimant retained a Coquitlam law firm to act for her and that firm commenced the civil lawsuit  in the New Westminster Registry.  After the lawsuit was  filed that provided for the place…

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Injured Car Accident Passenger Settles for $900,000 and gets Low Interest Award on Costs

The claimant was five years of age and was a back seat passenger in a car being  driven by his uncle. Their car was in the midst of making a left turn in the intersection of 49Th Avenue and Knight Street in the City of Vancouver when it was hit  by another car going southbound . This case involved issues…

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3 Million Dollar Personal Injury Award in Golf Club Wielding Brain Injury Case

A Maple Ridge man with no lawyer now owes over 3 million dollars after court finds that he intentionally hit the injury claimant in the head with a golf club resulting in a severe skull fracture and traumatic brain injury(Saether v. Irvine, 2011 BCSC 1497) . The  altercation occurred in front of a home in Maple Ridge, British…

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Personal Injury Claimant Awarded over $250,000.00 for Car Accident Injury

  The claimant was injured in a car crash in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast near Gibsons, British Columbia (Milliken v. Rowe, 2011 BCSC 1458). While the injury claimant  was turning left at an intersection the other driver attempted to pass on the left  striking  the driver’s side of the claimant’s car. The personal injury claimant  was 37 when she…

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