Renn A. Holness is a gifted lawyer and author to over 1000 legal blog articles. Married father of two daughters, son of a neurosurgeon and founder of Holness and Small Law Group

ICBC Not Entitled to More than One Examination for Discovery

When injured in a car accident the lawsuit requires that claimants attend an examination for discovery. The examination for discovery is a process in which the injured person is asked questions under oath. The transcript of questions and answers can be used at trial to cross examine the claimant. Often the insurance company lawyer will…

$125,000,000 Claim Against ICBC Dismissed

A dismissal of a claim against ICBC (Karbalaeiali v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2022 BCCA 223) was the subject of this appeal. The  ICBC claimant was injured in two motor vehicle accidents and settled his claims for damages and benefits. Before settlement of the claims, he had difficulty obtaining no‑fault benefits and negotiating a…

Jury Award of $600 for Pain and Suffering Increased by Court of Appeal

This personal injury appellant sustained injuries in a car accident when his Land Rover was hit from the rear by a Honda Civic. After a nine-day trial, a jury awarded him $19,000 in damages, including only $600 for his pain and suffering. The injury claimant appealed the jury’s verdict and wanted a new trial on…

ICBC Injury Benefits For Motor Vehicle Accidents After April 1, 2019

This article provides a brief overview of the steps to be taken in making a claim for accident injury benefits with ICBC. This guide only applies to accidents that occurred on or after April 1, 2019. Jurisdiction of the Civil Resolution Tribunal A Notice of Civil Claim can no longer be filed to preserve the…

Cyclist Wins New Trial: Witness Statement and Evidence Overlooked

This was a personal injury trial involving claims of  brain injury, whiplash and spinal fracture. The bicycle accident occurred on Broadway Street  in Vancouver, approaching the intersection of Broadway and Guelph Street. The cyclist was proceeded forward when a vehicle turned left hitting his bicycle.( Davis v. Jeyaratnam, 2022 BCCA 273)  The Witness Statement The…

Inequality Between ICBC and Injury Victim Recognized in Costs

Facts of this Personal Injury Case This personal injury trial involved four car accidents. The trial lasted 17 days. The state run auto monopoly ICBC admitted liability in three of the four accidents, disputing liability in one. The Supreme Court awarded $66,000 for pain and suffering, $40,685.92 for vehicle damage and treatment expenses, and $92,607…

ICBC Settlements 2022 for Personal Injury

Bad News for those Injured in Car Accidents Settlements with ICBC to compensate for pain and suffering are ending. The BC NDP has created laws to prevent innocent victims of car accidents obtaining compensation for these losses. The current government have extinguished individual rights in favour of increasing the powers of the auto monopoly ICBC.…

David Eby Misled the Public about ICBC No-Fault Insurance

 Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and David Eby, the Minister Responsible for ICBC Before Attorney General David Eby brought in ICBC no-fault auto insurance he told the public this would not happen. Mr. Eby said no-fault auto insurance would not be considered. Injury victims relied on Mr. Eby to be truthful and continued to pursue…

ICBC Power to Deny Injury Costs Overturned

Injury Claimants Now  Entitled to Fair Costs Auto insurance monopoly ICBC has lost the ability to deny injury claimants case costs in this dramatic Supreme Court ruling ( ICBC 6% rule overturned). ICBC claimants can now obtain more money to compensate for case expenses. Many of these injury cases have dragged on due to ICBC’s…