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Malpractice Lawsuit Dismissed for Late Filing

Medical malpractice claims are among the most complex, risky and unpredictable civil claims to bring before the British Columbia court. This Court of Appeal case reveals the extent to which timing a medical negligence claim with recovery can determine the successful outcome of the case (Bell v. Wigmore, 2017 BCCA 82). This claimant suffered tinnitus, dizziness and…

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Judge Says a Person who is his Own Lawyer has a Fool for a Client

In this  ICBC injury case the Judge had sympathy for the ICBC lawyer and the members of his law firm in having to deal with a claimant without a lawyer. The judge was of the view that if the claimant hired a lawyer to deal with the case, or even just seek some legal advice, the court and all…

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Settling your Injury Claim Under Duress Without a Lawyer

As a personal injury lawyer since 1995 I have had many personal injury claimants call and regret settling their ICBC injury claims without a lawyer. It is very difficult to re-open a case after a settlement agreement release has been signed by the claimant. If the injury claimant has sought the advice of a lawyer…

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ICBC Claims Lawyer to Report Auto Accident

With legal assistance after a car accident being critical to the successful outcome of most Insurance Corporation of B.C. claims the lawyers at Holness Law Group report automobile crashes to ICBC. As a lawyer in Vancouver I often help by first reporting a car accident to ICBC even if a client has already called dial-a-claim.…

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Get a Personal Injury Lawyer for Your ICBC Injury Claim

Need for a Personal Injury Lawyer- Luxury or Necessity? Why hire a personal injury lawyer when ICBC has agreed to pay accident benefits? My answer to this  question may surprise even my legal colleagues out there. I have been a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver since 1995 and when is comes to ICBC claims I have noticed…

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Zip Lining Injury Claim Dismissed Due to Signed Release and Waiver

In a Dramatic turn-a-round, on April 30, 2014, the BC Court of Appeal has overturned this wrongly decided waiver of personal injury case (Niedermeyer v. Charlton,2014 BCCA 165). Therefore the following principles no longer apply, unless changed by the Supreme Court of Canada or by statute. As of Signing a release and waiver of liability…

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Translator fees provided “at no cost to you” says Personal Injury Lawyer

Settled Personal Injury Case includes Cost of Mandarin Translation In this personal injury translation cost case(Jin v. Caleca,2013 BCSC 1614) settlement of the personal injury claim was reached but the defendant refused to pay the costs the personal injury lawyer had incurred in having his legal advice interpreted for the client. Having English as a…

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Translator fees provided "at no cost to you" says Personal Injury Lawyer

Settled Personal Injury Case includes Cost of Mandarin Translation In this personal injury translation cost case(Jin v. Caleca,2013 BCSC 1614) settlement of the personal injury claim was reached but the defendant refused to pay the costs the personal injury lawyer had incurred in having his legal advice interpreted for the client. Having English as a…

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Ignorant of Your Personal Injury Rights? The Serious side of Ignolegitis

I have been a Personal Injury Lawyer in British Columbia since 1995 and am witness to the profound lack of legal knowledge in our community respecting basic civil rights in cases of personal injury. Every legitimate personal injury claimant deserves proper legal advice if they’ve been hurt in BC. However, with the creation of the Insurance…

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