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January 2013

$35,000 Award as Personal Injury Claim Evidence not Reliable after Car Accident

  Evidence in ICBC personal injury cases dictate the money award as this personal injury claimant lacking evidence (Brown v. Raffan,2013 BCSC 114) case illustrates. Although the claimant was awarded only $35,000.00 after making a claim for over $230,000.00, it appears that ICBC, insuring the at fault driver, took the position that the claimant should only get $10-20,000.00.   The injury…

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Hit and Run Claim Succeeds against ICBC Despite Accident Occurring in a Field

  In this ICBC pedestrian hit and run accident case(Nadeau v. Okanagan Urban Youth & Cultural Assn.,2013 BCSC 55) the personal injury claimant was dragged under a vehicle at the Bluffs outdoor music venue located on an Indian Reserve on the west side of Lake Okanagan, directly across the lake from the City of Kelowna.…

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Average Contingency Legal Fee for Personal Injury Lawyers

Hiring a personal injury lawyer in British Columbia should not have to be a guessing game, especially when it comes to legal fees. That is why the Law Society strictly controls how much a lawyer gets for his or her percentage legal fees.  The median or average percentage is set organically by the marketplace and is often…

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Registered Owner of Vehicle Responsible for Injury Despite Licence Plates

  Appellant wins as Court of Appeal overturned a trial judges decision defining the meaning of “owner” in the Yukon.( Aucoin v. Shepherd, 2013 YKCA 1) . The second owner purchased a motor vehicle from the first owner, who was the original  registered owner of the vehicle.  the first owner signed and gave the second owner the required transfer papers and the only…

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Do I have to sign ICBC medical consent forms? Medical Authorization and Consent Forms Explained

Although NOT required to be signed to get Accident Benefits after a car accident the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, will often ask the injury claimant to sign a medical consent form releasing medical information to ICBC. The standard ICBC authorization to provide medical information authorizes every medical practitioner to release to ICBC any and all records,…

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Offer to Settle with ICBC- Explaining Without Prejudice Negotiations

As a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver since 1995 I have negotiated with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC,  for injury claimants on practically every type of car accident injury. One thing is common, genuine settlement negotiations are always “without prejudice”. What does without prejudice mean? This is the topic of today’s article.  Also watch my…

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Money Compensation for Stress After a Car Accident- Psychiatric Injury

  A claimants’s emotional pain from learning about the death of a loved one in a car crash is typically insufficient to make the legal connection for compensation with ICBC. In this article I am addressing injury claims that friends and family members of car accident victims make against ICBC for emotional trauma. Also watch my short video about…

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