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Volvo Loses Appeal on $4.8 Million Mental Injury Award

  In this personal injury case Volvo was found 100% liable for negligent manufacture, negligent design and failure to warn for a Volvo 780 truck purchased in 2007. The appellants, Volvo Trucks North America Inc. and National Truck Centre Inc. dba Pacific Coast Heavy Truck Group, appealed an order that they pay damages to the…

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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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Rear Ending Vehicle Not Faulted for Agony of Collision

In this unusual car accident case the claimant was driving west on Marine Way in Burnaby approaching Byrne Road when a vehicle driving east lost control of his car, went over the median and collided with the claimant’s vehicle. Another vehicle was travelling west on Marine Way behind the claimant and rear-ended the claimant’s vehicle. The claims…

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Retroactive Increase in ICBC accident Benefits Bad for Victims

At first glance, the increase in ICBC accident benefits from $150,000 for each vehicle accident to $300,000 appears to be a positive change for innocent victims of auto accidents. In fact this change will only benefit those drivers that are at fault for causing the car accident injuries. How is this possible? Read on. Important to…

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Caps on ICBC Pain and Suffering Awards an Obstacle to Justice

This is an appeal of an order dismissing a constitutional challenge to the requirement  to pay daily hearing fees in civil trials.(Cambie Surgeries Corporation v. British Columbia (Attorney General),2018 BCCA 385). This case outlines a few of the issues the BC government will face in trying to justify the denial of rights to the injured with ICBC injury caps,…

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ICBC Statements Result in $1.1 Million Injury Award

This ICBC claimant sought compensation for brain injury which he said was caused after he was thrown from his bicycle with no contact with the vehicle. There were several statements given to ICBC both in writing and by email which the court had to consider in determining fault. The issue regarding liability was whether the driver caused the…

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$1.1 Million Awarded to Teenager with Somatic Symptom Disorder

In this personal injury case the claimant suffered injury in two motor vehicle accidents for which she was not at fault. The claimant was a 16 year-old high school student, enrolled in Grade 11 when the first car accident occurred.  It requires the capital asset approach to assess the value of personal injury case when…

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What are You Entitled to in a Car Accident Settlement

There are significant negative changes after April 1, 2019 that will limit and reduce victim compensation. In 2018 the NDP coalition government passed laws to secure the monopoly ICBC has over auto insurance and increased ICBC’s power to deny compensation to innocent victims. Speak to a lawyer about the facts of your case before you settle.…

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Cocaine Use After Car Accident Reduces Injury Award

This car accident claimant had his injury claim reduced by 20% for failing to follow medical advice and abusing Percocet and cocaine, which interfered with his recovery. The claimant was riding his motorcycle west on Marine Way in Burnaby, BC  approaching a strip mall known as Market Crossing when a  vehicle in the lane beside him changed…

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New Lawyer for the Injured

Profound legal changes in 2018, effective April, 2019, empower the auto insurance monopoly ICBC to cap claims for pain and suffering. Progressive injury lawyers need to understand ICBC injury caps and complex accident benefits regulations. Early and inexpensive legal advice can now be obtained in a variety of forms for a variety of personal injury claims.…

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