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Sued Doctors Can Disclose Medical Records

The Court of Appeal has upheld the dismissal of a bizarre medical-legal malpractice case. The appellant alleged that he was mistreated and assaulted by hospital staff. His claim included defamation, malicious prosecution, battery and physical assault, and intentional infliction of harm. (Universe v. Fraser Health Authority, 2019 BCCA 234) The lawyers representing the doctors were…

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Is My ICBC Claim Capped 2019?

British Columbia now has a cap for minor injuries sustained in car accidents after April 1, 2019. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident some of your ICBC compensation might be capped or reduced if you have private insurance. There is no injury cap for car accidents before April 1, 2019. How Much My…

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ICBC Settlements and Collective Agreements

An employers’ duty to accommodate can impact the amount of ICBC injury claim settlement. In this case review, a car accident injury was claimed to have been settled on the mistaken understanding that the employer was willing to accommodate the injury. About a month before the trial of the car accident claims, the claimant sent…

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Personal Injury Lawyer Hiring Tips

The key to healthy lawyer-client relations is trust. Trust builds the confidence needed to make the best decisions in the case. It is therefore important to ask the lawyer whether they work for ICBC or any other insurance company. Ensure the lawyer’s loyalty is undivided. Start your Search Here Auto injury claims are treated differently…

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No Witness Adverse Inference in ICBC Trial

Blaming innocent victims for not calling expert witnesses sounds unfair. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia defends guilty drivers. The guilty drivers blame claimants for not paying doctors to testify at trial. Then they ask the court to draw an adverse inference. The current government changed the expert rules to help the state run auto…

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Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Frequency of Falling Injuries Slip and falls account for 32% of all reported emergency room visits in Canada. This, according to Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Slip and fall lawyers, the most common type of falls resulting in injury were slipping, tripping and stumbling. Hip fracture was the most common injury, responsible for almost…

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How Much ICBC Payouts are Worth

ICBC Injury Caps ICBC settlement payouts after April 1, 2019 have changed. Compensation for pain and suffering is limited to $5,500 for cases of minor injury. Learn right away whether ICBC will label you as a minor injury. The $5,500 cap does not apply to wage loss or case expenses. There are however other payout…

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Waiver Form No Bar to Injury Claim

This claimant signed a membership waiver before being injured in a jiu-jitsu competition. He claimed the Jiu-Jitsu Academy was negligent in allowing him to compete in a higher weight class. The defendants however denied negligence and relied on two signed waiver forms preventing this slip and fall claim. The first waiver form was part of…

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