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Pedestrian Injuries an Issue with Bike Lane Use in Vancouver- ICBC Statistics Unhelpful

A City of Vancouver report released July 20, 2011 found that the total number of collisions reported to ICBC on Dunsmuir Street is down since the introduction of the bike lanes. According to the report, “The Five years 2005-2009 saw between 144 and 193 collisions per year and an average of 164 per year. During the…

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Injury Claimant in Vancouver Found 85% at Fault for Car Accident on Oak Street

In a dramatic personal injury decision (Lutley v. Southern,2011 BCCA 299)the BC Court of Appeal overturned a judge’s finding that the injury claimant was only 40% at fault and found her 85% at fault. Take a read of my review of the trial judge’s decision in this flashing green light car accident case. The Court of Appeal found that the trial…

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Personal Injury Lawyers in BC Help with ICBC Car Accident Injury Claims- Three Top Tasks for Claimants

When you are injured in a car accident in British Columbia usually the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) will have to be notified. However before you, a friend, or family member contact ICBC there are three important tasks on your checklist that can be completed to give you the best opportunity to obtain accident injury benefits and the…

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ICBC Injury Claimant Gets to Have Employer Appear In Court by Video Conferencing

In this Kelowna car accident case ICBC requested a video deposition of a past employer of the injury claimant.(Seder v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia,2011 BCSC 823).  The personal injury claimant alleged that she suffered both physical and psychological injuries from a car accident  resulting in damages including loss of earnings.  At the time of the court…

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ICBC Injury Adjuster Denied Request to Attend Court By Phone in Place of His Lawyer

In this ICBC adjuster personal injury case( Luis v. Haw,2011 BCSC 815) the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia made a most bizarre request that the ICBC bodily injury adjuster attend at a mandatory trial management conference in place of the ICBC lawyer by phone.  This application was firmly dismissed by the Supreme Court requiring comment of the…

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Accident Injury Claims in Vancouver Lead to $201,000 Award for Loss of Mortgage Business

In this two car accident  low back personal injury lawsuit(Doho v. Melnikova,2011 BCSC 703) the main issues that led this ICBC case to not settle were: loss of opportunity to earn past income; reduction of  the injury claimant’s future earning capacity; ICBCs’ allegation that the claimant  failed to mitigate his loss; and the ICBC claim that the injuries did not impact the claimant’s earning capacity. ICBC admitted fault…

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Personal Injury at School,not Parent, Found to be Cause of Mental Disorder

In this Psychiatric personal injury claim (Hussack v. Chilliwack School District No. 33, 2011 BCCA 258) the 13 year old  injury claimant was hit in the face with a field hockey stick while playing the game at school.  He suffered a concussion which developed into a serious psychiatric illness called somatoform disorder.  This disorder has left him…

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Injury Benefits Lawsuit Severed from Claim of Bad Faith- Apply to ICBC Accident Benefits?

In this chronic low back pain disability claim (Brennand v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2011 BCSC 759)  Sun Life issued a group policy of insurance to Telus Corporation in which Sun Life agreed to provide group long-term disability benefits  for eligible Telus employees. The insurance claimant went off work as a customer service representative with Telus…

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Slip and Fall Personal Injury Upheld Due to Poor Maintenance Program

In this slip on ice personal injury case appeal (Foley v. Imperial Oil Limited,2011 BCCA 262) the injury claimant was injured at a car wash at an Esso service station in North Vancouver, British Columbia. the injury claimant  slipped on a small patch of ice near the car wash and fell backwards hitting his head and suffering a serious…

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Car Accident Claimant Awarded Legal Fees Despite Low Personal Injury Award

In British Columbia car accident injury claimants that bring their lawsuit in Small Claims Court are not entitled to a contribution toward their legal fee even if they win the case. If an award for a personal injury is less than $25,000.00 the Supreme Court will not award a  contribution toward  legal fee unless the claimant…

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