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Accessing Girlfriend's ICBC Database Results in Suspension

The complainant before the Insurance Council of BC had been the girlfriend of the petitioner, who was employed as a general insurance salesperson. After a row in which the police where called the petitioner used his insurance licence to access the complainant’s personal ICBC information. There was a  complaint made to to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC,…

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Accessing Girlfriend’s ICBC Database Results in Suspension

The complainant before the Insurance Council of BC had been the girlfriend of the petitioner, who was employed as a general insurance salesperson. After a row in which the police where called the petitioner used his insurance licence to access the complainant’s personal ICBC information. There was a  complaint made to to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC,…

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ICBC Accident Benefits Inadequate for Many Claimants

Voluntary payments made by ICBC to victims of personal injury is a signal that the current system is inadequate. Without ICBC advanced payments made on the basis of third party liability coverage many claimants would not be able to survive after an accident related injury. Here are 3 basic accident benefits you can expect if you…

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ICBC Must Pay Benefits Despite Prior Neck and Back Pain

This ICBC injury insurance Appeal case concerned the nature of the claim for injury benefits under Part 7 of the Insurance  Regulations and the interpretation of s. 96(f) of the Regulation when a claimant has a pre-existing condition . The case stands for the proposition that ICBC must prove that but for the pre-existing condition, the Claimant would not have become totally disabled(Kozhikhov…

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$250,000 Loss of Earning Capacity Award in Rear End Accident Upheld

The Court Appeal has made it clear in this personal injury case that an award for loss of future earning capacity reflects the exercise of judgment framed by clearly articulated factual findings. To require the trial judge to say more than he did in this case would be to impose an impossible burden on trial judges (Fadai…

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ICBC Lawyer Denied Social Media Vacation Photos In Personal Injury Claim

In this fast track personal injury claim the defendants sought an order for production of various documents and records, including photographs and videos from the claimant’s social media accounts or platform (Wilder v. Munro,2015 BCSC 1983). ICBC has been known to use social media photos against innocent victims of personal injury in an attempt to discredit their injuries. This…

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ICBC Accused of Fabricating Evidence to Support Charges

The court has allowed the late admission of policy guidelines as ICBC is sued for maliciously prosecuting charges of uttering false statements. The allegation is that the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, and its investigators ignored evidence, mischaracterized evidence, and fabricated evidence to support charges of uttering a false statement against the claimant and her husband…

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ICBC is Debtor to Successful Injury Claimant and Must pay Legal Costs

In this twisted car accident injury case the ICBC claimant asked for $3 million and received only $62,900 for his injury after a Supreme Cour trial.  He was also denied his legal costs. The claimant lost his appeal on the issue of quantum but  the Court of Appeal found that as the successful party he was entitled to…

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Passenger Grabbing Steering Wheel Insured by ICBC

ICBC has lost this important injury insurance law appeal, the court concluding that the word “use” includes the grabbing of a the steering wheel by a passenger(Felix v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia,2015 BCCA 394). This bold decision by Madam Justice Bennett brings insurance coverage to all British Columbia passengers that take control of a vehicle, when it…

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ICBC Claims Chart for Personal Injury

Seeking advice about the value of an ICBC claim? As a lawyer I am often asked whether there is list to go to find out how much a particular personal injury is worth. Essentially a list of body parts and corresponding compensation amounts for each area of the body. For example, $25,000 for whiplash to the…

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