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2019

Is ICBC Required to Compensate Injured Claimants for Used Sick Bank?

One type of claim available to a claimant injured in a motor vehicle accident is for past wage loss. Past wage loss refers to lost wages/earnings from the date of the motor vehicle accident until settlement or trial. To have a successful claim for past wage loss, an injured claimant must provide sufficient evidence. First,…

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Loss of Future Earning Capacity Awarded Despite Increased Income Post Motor Vehicle Accident

In this personal injury case (Watts v. Lindsay 2019 BCSC 2239), the 30 year-old female injured claimant suffered from soft tissue injuries, headaches, depression, flashbacks and anxiety due to a motor vehicle accident. The motor vehicle accident was particularly traumatic as the injured claimant was trapped in her vehicle after impact causing her difficulty in…

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Protection of Public Participation Act (“PPPA”) – Another Defamation Action Dismissed

Lawsuits brought for an improper purpose to silence expression and financially punish critics are known strategic lawsuits against public participation (also referred to as SLAPP). The Protection of Public Participation Act (“PPPA”) came into force in British Columbia earlier this year. The PPPA is our province’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Its purpose is to enhance public participation…

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ICBC Hired Gun – Dr. Marc Boyle Criticized Again by the Courts

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you must provide proof of the injuries you allege to have suffered through medical legal reports prepared by expert medical doctors. Both the injured claimant and ICBC have the opportunity to choose their own experts. Medical experts can either be treating doctors or independent doctors. Treating…

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Permanent Whiplash Injuries – $85,000.00 Awarded for Pain and Suffering

In a previous blog post, the new ICBC minor injury caps were discussed and explained. The ICBC minor injury caps, which apply to all injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents after April 1, 2019, limit the amount of compensation for pain and suffering to a maximum of $5,500.00 for “minor “ injuries. The label “minor”…

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Medical Malpractice Claim Dismissed Against Delivery Nurse and Hospital

As discussed in previous blog posts, medical malpractice claims are difficult to prove due to the complexity and the legal and evidentiary standards of proof required. To be successful in a medical malpractice claim, you must: prove that there was an error in judgment or practice on behalf of the medical practitioner or medical institution…

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ICBC Loses at Trial and Pays Double Costs for Failing to Accept Reasonable Offer

David Eby and his NDP government have been very vocal about ICBC’s financial problems. Instead of making changes to ICBC’s management who are responsible for its policies and procedures that are clearly not working, the changes made are directed at injured claimants by eroding their rights. Shouldn’t the ICBC executive who are responsible for how…

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Road Rage Victim Awarded Damages for Injuries

In Henderson v. McGregor 2019 BCSC 1964, the claimant sought damages for injuries resulting from an unprovoked assault and battery following a road rage incident. The road rage incident occurred on June 2, 2017 on Highway 99 near the entrance to the George Massey Tunnel. Before the incident, the plaintiff was driving from Delta to…

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Protection of Public Participation Act – SOGI Defamation Action Dismissed

The Protection of Public Participation Act (“PPPA”) came into force in British Columbia earlier this year. The PPPA is of utmost importance. It protects British Columbians from being sued for expressing their views on matters of public interest. This new law safeguards people from strategic lawsuits against public participation (known as SLAPPs) which aim to…

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