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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 and Jury Trials – Injured Claimant Avoids Trial Rescheduling

  In response to the health concerns from Covid 19, the BC Supreme Court cancelled all jury trials up to and including September 7, 2020.  What this means is that if a jury trial is scheduled to take place during this time period, then the trial will be adjourned and rescheduled to a new date. …

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ICBC Hit & Run Claim Dismissed at Trial due to Failure of Injured Claimant to Question Hells Angel

If you are injured in a hit and run accident, it is not enough for you to simply call the police and report the motor vehicle accident to ICBC.  The law in British Columbia requires you to take certain steps to identify the driver who fled the scene.  If these steps are not taken, then…

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Injury Claims and the Impact of Unreliable Information Provided to Medical Experts

The assessment of an injured claimant’s credibility and the reliability of his/her evidence is pivotal in any personal injury claim. An injured claimant who accurately describes his/her symptoms and circumstances before and after an accident without minimizing or embellishing them can reasonably anticipate that the court will find his/her evidence to be credible and reliable.…

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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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Medical Malpractice & ICBC Claims – What Happens if your Injuries are Worsened by Incorrect Medication Prescribed by your Doctor?

Medication is often prescribed to claimants who are injured in motor vehicle accidents to help manage pain and to help control psychological injuries such as depression. What happens if your doctor prescribes a medication incorrectly and you suffer from additional or worse symptoms as a result? Is ICBC liable for the full extent of your…

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ICBC Claim for a Motor Vehicle Accident in the USA

*written by Vic Maan, Associate with Holness and Small Law Group If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in the US and the negligent driver was driving a vehicle with US licence plates, ICBC will not be involved in the tort injury claim even if your automobile insurance was with ICBC. There is…

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What Happens if a Judge Awards you Less than ICBC’s Settlement Offer?

In a previous blog article, we discussed what happens if you make a formal offer to settle to ICBC prior to trial and you beat that offer in that you are awarded the same or more than this offer by the judge. But what happens if ICBC makes a formal offer to settle and you…

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Judge Criticizes ICBC For Failing to Pay Promised Part 7 Benefits as part of ICBC’s New “Enhanced Care Coverage”

The NDP have rolled out new ICBC policies including new Enhanced Care coverage. This “care based model” is advertised by the NDP as providing British Columbians with increased care such as payment for treatment ongoing indefinitely into the future despite settlement or judgement at trial. The NDP and David Eby are asking us to trust…

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Can ICBC Deny Your Claim For Not Wearing a Seatbelt?

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, ICBC cannot outright deny your claim for not wearing your seatbelt, but ICBC can argue that you were contributorily negligent by relying on a seatbelt defence. Contributory negligence is a legal defence that ICBC uses to reduce an injured claimant’s compensation.…

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