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Expert Rules Struck- ICBC Secret Financial Blunder Revealed

The limits on experts and expert reports introduced February 11, 2019 have been set aside by the Supreme Court. Orders under Rule 11-8 are also of no force or effect. The Supreme Court struck down these arbitrary limits on expert evidence (Crowder v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2019 BCSC 1824). Attorney General David Eby was…

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$150,000.00 Pain and Suffering for Somatic Symptom Disorder

Written by Ms. Jacqueline A. Small, B.A. LL.B In this personal injury case the ICBC injury claimant was rear-ended while stopped for traffic on the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver (Verjee v. Dunbrak 2019 BCSC 1696). At trial, the injury claimant argued that the motor vehicle accident caused her to suffer from ongoing chronic pain in…

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$100,000 Pain and Suffering for Rear End Soft Tissue Injuries

This ICBC injury claimant was rear-ended in 4 motor vehicle accidents within a 2 year period. The first whiplash injury occurred at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and 207th Street in Maple Ridge. She gave evidence that funding requests had been sent to ICBC for treatment but no funding was approved. The second accident occurred…

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ICBC Mediation and Future Settlements

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, insures all guilty BC drivers. ICBC also insures the injured claimant for purposes of ICBC accident injury benefits. The result is a mandatory state controlled insurance scheme. By law, ICBC has the monopoly on third party liability auto insurance. So it can be difficult to achieve a fair…

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ICBC Rear End Injury Award in US Dollars

This whiplash claimant was awarded $110,000 for pain and suffering despite an ICBC assessment of $5,000. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, was the insurer of the guilty driver. The claimant was a passenger in a car that was rear ended. The defendants’ vehicle sustained no damage. There was minor damage to the claimant’s vehicle.…

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ICBC $450,000 Rear End Accident Award for Chronic Pain

Evaluating how much your ICBC injury claim is worth for chronic pain will now depend on the date of the accident. Attorney General David Eby has artificially defined chronic pain as a “minor injury” for accidents after April 1, 2019 to save ICBC money. Mr. Eby has clogged the courts by encouraging ICBC to low…

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$125,000 Nervous Shock Award for Accident Witness

The claimant witnessed his wife get hit by a motorcycle as they jaywalked across Yates Street in Victoria. Although not hit himself, the claimant suffered a severe emotional reaction. He therefore claimed compensation for the mental injury. Nervous Shock : Legal Elements “Psychiatric injury” is the favoured term over “nervous shock” (see 1999 decision of…

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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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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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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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