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April 2019

Autonomous Ride Sharing Fleets

Public transit is the safest mode of transportation in Canada carrying over 2 billion passengers per year. Fully automated trains and bus networks are the future of safe public transportation in the Lower Mainland. However, autonomous fleets, such as Waymo, may have already hastened in a new era. An era of driverless ride sharing. Fleet…

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ICBC Minor Damage Defence Fails

This injury claim first denied based on minor vehicle damage has been overturned by the Court of Appeal. The conclusion that minor car damage means no injury has therefore been debunked by our highest court. In a car accident, just because there is minor car damage does not mean there is no injury. Also, common…

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Experts Limited in Medical Malpractice

Life saving surgeons and medical practitioners assist the court with informed opinions in medical malpractice cases. However, the government has imposed limits on the number of expert and expert reports permitted. Therefore after February 1, 2020 medical malpractice cases will have new challenges. Many medical procedures are beyond the courts understanding. Educating the judge is…

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Big Changes to ICBC Injury Claims

The 2019 changes to ICBC benefits not only affect car accidents after April 1, 2019 but also all accidents before April 1, 2019. These changes affect claims in different ways. Ask your ICBC adjuster to explain in writing how the changes to ICBC affect your claim for ICBC benefits. Take time to read and understand…

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Suing the Driverless Car

Canadians are starting to purchase vehicles that claim to reduce the burden of driving. Tesla claims to be selling, for example, vehicles with “full self-driving capability”. In addition, Tesla claims the Model 3 will recognize and respond to traffic lights and stop signs providing automatic driving on city streets. In the small print Tesla, However,…

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How to Stop Unfair Lawsuits

Being sued unfairly for expressions in the public interest costs thousands of dollars. Improper or bad faith lawsuits meant to bully, torment and terrify can result in serious mental injury. Stop the lawsuits immediately with an innovative court application for Protection of Public Participation ( 3P Application). Before learning how to stop your unfair lawsuit…

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Getting to Injury Settlement with a Store

Injured while shopping in a grocery store or retail store can be embarrassing. However, slip and fall injuries can lead to serious life long disabilities. These cases often require handcrafted injury settlements, given the unique facts. Notwithstanding, there are three elements required to attain successful settlement of an injury claim against a store. Proving Duty…

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Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice

What is informed consent? In negligence, informed consent is essentially a duty of disclosure. A doctor meeting the right standard can still be found negligent if they don’t properly disclose the risks of treatment to the patient. Negligence versus Battery Lack of patient consent engages both the tort of negligence and the tort of battery.…

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