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December 2018

Top Personal Injury Law Changes of 2018

Pain free life is valued as part of the dream of the Good Life by most Canadians.  The elimination of auto victims rights in 2018 and the increase in the ICBC monopoly on car insurance is therefore a shocking embarrassment to our democratic principles in British Columbia. Minor Injury Cap passed 2018 will apply to all car…

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Government Auto Monopoly ICBC to Control Access to Medical Care

The growth of auto insurance giant ICBC has come at greater cost than just higher car insurance premiums. It has meant losing patient rights and control over access to proper medical care. Innocent victims of personal injury can expect less medical coverage after April 1, 2019, especially if they have been paying for the benefit of…

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Reasonable Offer to Settle vs. Offers that Ought Reasonably be Accepted

The Supreme Court has presented a new interpretation to offers to settle when it comes to ICBC settlement offers(Kobetitch v. Belski,2018 BCSC 2247). This personal injury lawsuit involved two motor vehicle accidents, the jury awarding the claimant $760,000.  ICBC sought costs of the trial based on offers to settle delivered before the trial began. The first ICBC offer…

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Occupational Medicine Expert Report Inadmissible in Jury Trial

The claimant was a pedestrian injured in a car accident. She hired a medical doctor specializing in occupational medicine to assist at the personal injury trial. In that capacity, Dr. B. was qualified as an expert “capable of providing expert opinion evidence with respect to the diagnosis, prognosis, rehabilitation, and functional and occupational, vocational and…

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Economist Reports Admitted Late in Personal Injury Case

The defendants objected to the admission of expert reports tendered by the claimant on two grounds including the lateness of two economists’ reports. Pursuant to Rule 11‑6(3), the economist reports should have been served 84 days before the trial. The report were 12 days late, being served 72 days before the trial commenced. This was a mistake. …

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Province Liable for $150,000 Sexual Assault Pain and Suffering Award

This injury claimant was sexually assaulted while on a tour of Oakalla prison in the late 1970s. He sought damages from a corrections officer and the Province of British Columbia. The essence of the claim was that as part of a probationary term the claimant was required to go on a tour of the jail. The corrections…

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Future Loss of Income Awarded Despite Prison and Criminal Conduct

This personal injury claimant was injured in two car accidents, the  first was a head on collision at  188 Street in Surrey,  and the second occurred at 192 Street at Number 10 Highway. The judge found that he suffered various soft tissue injuries. The defendants argued that the claimant’s original position was affected by fights that occurred when he…

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