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Police Officer Negligence

$120,000 Award for Police Assault Dismissed in Last Injury Case of 2018

When starting a personal injury lawsuit against the police it is important to consider giving notice to the municipality employing the officers.  This $120,000 injury case was dimissed because the claimant failed to give the municipality notice of the claim within two months.(Lapshinoff v. Wray,2018 BCSC 2315). Section 286 of the Local Government Act, currently reiterated as s. 736…

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Police have no Duty to Warn of a Suicidal Car Chase

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal of a police offer found 20% at fault for injury and death caused by a suicidal individual who drove his vehicle into oncoming traffic killing himself and the other driver (Bergen v. Guliker, 2015 BCCA 283). This case establishes that there is currently no recognized duty of care owned to the…

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Injured Police Officer Entitled to Disregard Rules of the Road

When you are privileged you do not have to follow the rules of the road. This unanimous and successful appeal confirms that there is little room to find a  police officer negligent for a car accident which results from the officer responding to a vehicle travelling at such an excessive speed (Maddex v. Sigouin, 2014 BCCA…

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