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Rear end Car Accident Pain and Suffering Compensation

Average ICBC Rear Ender Payouts from the Supreme Court Getting hit from behind while stopped in traffic is a common occurrence, usually referred to as a rear-end accident. As a personal injury lawyer in British Columbia since 1995, I can say there have likely been more rear end car accident cases forced into court in…

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ICBC Rejects Settlement Offer and Punished by the Court

ICBC has been punished again for failing to accept a reasonable settlement offer. This offer coming from an innocent car accident victim that lost $85,000 just in past wages. The claimant offered to settle a car accident injury claim for $150,000, which ICBC rejected. The court said the injury claim was worth over $200,000, after…

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ICBC Blood Money: Insurance Rebate 2021

ICBC full no-fault insurance, soon to be law, gives absolute powers to the auto insurance monopoly ICBC. The government, starting May, 2021, will allow ICBC to value human suffering at zero ($0.00), giving no compensation to the injured.  The BC NDP will be taking money that should be used to compensate innocent victims and giving…

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Loss of Housekeeping Capacity and Injury Claims

  Often, the most common types of personal injury claims involving ICBC accidents, slip and fall accidents and private property accidents will include damages for: pain and suffering lost income future care costs special damages (reimbursement of out of pocket expenses). Another type of claim that is available to injured claimants is for loss of…

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ICBC Claims – Duty to Mitigate and to Follow Medical Advice

Injured claimants have a legal duty to mitigate their injuries and losses from motor vehicle accidents. What this means is that injured claimants have an obligation and responsibility to take reasonable steps to minimize their losses such as by following medical advice.  If it is proven that an injured claimant failed to mitigate their injuries…

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ICBC Settlement – ICBC’s Low Offer Scolded by Trial Judge

In Patterson v. Solymosi 2019 BCSC 1508, the injured claimant suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck and back, as well as a labral tear to her right hip, in a motor vehicle accident.  As a result of her injuries, she was limited in her ability to function as a special education teacher which involved…

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ICBC Settlements – Can you reject an offer you accepted from ICBC?

  If you do not have a lawyer and you are dealing with ICBC on your own, the playing field is extremely uneven in that it heavily favours ICBC.  This is because ICBC adjusters receive extensive on how to handle and settle claims to the benefit of ICBC, not you.  ICBC adjusters have a significant…

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ICBC Claims & Slip and Fall Claims – What to Expect for Pain and Suffering for Soft Tissue Injuries

The new ICBC minor injury caps passed by the NDP have been reviewed in several previous blog posts. In short, the term “minor” is extremely misleading because the list of injuries that are considered minor through this new law includes injuries that are not minor at all such as lifelong chronic soft tissue injuries if…

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ICBC Gives No Help to Injury Victims During the Pandemic

Auto monopoly ICBC and Attorney General David Eby are legally pocketing $158 million. ICBC is keeping the auto insurance savings arising from the pandemic. Mr. Eby reported on May 14, 2020 savings not shared with injury victims or premium payers. ICBC is not legally required to share the COVID-19 savings with the injured, Mr. Eby…

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Early Retirement Because of Injuries Suffered in a Motor Vehicle Accident

Injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident can cause some individuals to retire earlier than planned especially if the injuries interfere with the ability to continue working. Claims for wage loss from early retirement are often very contentious. ICBC and other insurance companies often will argue that it is impossible to know exactly what would…

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