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Get Legal Advice Before Calling ICBC Adjuster

Free legal advice after a car accident is available online. However, a single legal consultation does not replace hiring a lawyer. As a result, the initial consult should not be considered legal advice but rather legal information. This is called a free legal consultation. The First Legal Consultation There should be little or no charge…

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When to Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident

As a personal injury lawyer since 1995 my law firm and I have assisted thousands of claimants in search of a legal advocate after an injury. One of the most common questions: Do I need a lawyer?  Why?  Answer: To obtain better compensation without dealing directly with ICBC is often the reason a claimant hires a lawyer. To…

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Should I Talk to a Lawyer After a Car Accident

Legal consultations after a car accident are free at most law firms in Vancouver. A victim to a car accident and the family must decide whether to advocate by themselves or with a professional in pursuing necessary compensation following an accident injury. Call a lawyer if you meet the following criteria: Complex Case Depending on the complexity…

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Completing Online Forms for ICBC after a Car Accident

After 22 years as a personal injury lawyer I cannot strees enough how important it is that ICBC claimants avoid making misrepresentations or ommisions when reporting a car accident to the insurance company. This is almost never on purpose but as a result of a hasty reporting with little or no legal advice. However, ignorance…

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Joan Gadsby Ordered to Post $15,000 as Security for Costs

  Ms. Joan Gadsby, sole shareholder of Seaview Villa Estates Ltd., provided a covenant in respect of a mortgage. Joan Gadsby defaulted under the mortgage and foreclosure proceedings were commenced against Ms. Joan Gadsby and her company.   She never honoured the required payments and an order nisi of approximately $1,000,000 was granted and the property sold. (Gadsby…

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Medical-legal Report Not required But Claimant Only Awarded $100.00

In a surprise winning decision this personal injury claimant succeeds in his appeal against the dismissal of his injury claim.  Failing to file a medical-legal report is not a grounds for dismissal and the claimant was not provided with adequate notice. However, given the scant evidence he was only awarded $100.00. for his personal injury…

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Left Turn Car Accident Decision Questionable with Yellow Light

In today’s case the claimant is found 50% at fault for making a left hand turn, on a late yellow, causing the car accident which is the subject of this personal injury case. The assessment of damages was bifurcated from liability so this decision only addresses fault for the car accident. (Elima v. Dhaliwal,2017 BCSC…

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Surrey Residents Searching for Personal Injury Lawyer

Living in Surrey has its advantages although after a car accident personal injury lawyers must file suit in another city such as Vancouver. Surrey has an ICBC claim centre, convenient after a car accident, but does not currently have a Supreme Court Registry. The Vancouver Court building houses the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Registries. Here is…

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