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Social Host Liability – Injured Intoxicated Guests Suing Party Hosts

A social host is a person who holds a private party where alcohol is served and consumed by guests.  A social host is different from a commercial host which is a business establishment such as a restaurant or a bar that serves alcohol for profit.  Accordingly, the legal responsibility differs between a social host and…

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Injured Because of a Building Code Deficiency?

  What is the BC Building Code? The British Columbia Building Code governs how new construction, building alterations, repairs and demolitions are completed throughout our province.  It establishes minimum requirements for safety, health, accessibility, fire and structural protection of buildings and energy and water efficiency. It applies throughout the province except for some federal lands…

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Slip and Fall Accident on Public Property – Difficulties in Suing a City

*written by Vic Maan, associate lawyer at Holness and Small Law Group In a recent blog post, we discussed how the City of Burnaby was held liable under the Occupier’s Liability Act for the injured claimant’s injuries in a backyard fire-pit accident. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the law when an…

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Injuries Suffered in an Assault – Compensation for Aggravated and Punitive Damages

*Written by Vic Maan, associate lawyer at Holness and Small Law Group It is a common misconception that if you have suffered an injury as a result of an assault, your only recourse is through the criminal justice system. Depending on certain factors, this may not be the case and you may be entitled to…

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Slip and Fall Claim – The Importance of Not Missing Limitation Dates

A limitation date is a specific period of time that people have to start a legal proceeding when suing in the civil justice system which includes suing in slip and fall claims. In 2013, the current Limitation Act came into force which sets out the time limits for filing civil lawsuits. This new reformed act…

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Get Legal Advice Before Calling ICBC Adjuster

Free legal advice after a car accident is available online. However, a single legal consultation does not replace hiring a lawyer. As a result, the initial consult should not be considered legal advice but rather legal information. This is called a free legal consultation. The First Legal Consultation There should be little or no charge…

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When to Get a Lawyer After a Car Accident

As a personal injury lawyer since 1995 my law firm and I have assisted thousands of claimants in search of a legal advocate after an injury. One of the most common questions: Do I need a lawyer?  Why?  Answer: To obtain better compensation without dealing directly with ICBC is often the reason a claimant hires a lawyer. To…

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Should I Talk to a Lawyer After a Car Accident

Legal consultations after a car accident are free at most law firms in Vancouver. A victim to a car accident and the family must decide whether to advocate by themselves or with a professional in pursuing necessary compensation following an accident injury. Call a lawyer if you meet the following criteria: Complex Case Depending on the complexity…

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Completing Online Forms for ICBC after a Car Accident

After 22 years as a personal injury lawyer I cannot strees enough how important it is that ICBC claimants avoid making misrepresentations or ommisions when reporting a car accident to the insurance company. This is almost never on purpose but as a result of a hasty reporting with little or no legal advice. However, ignorance…

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