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ICBC needs to Review Injury Claim process in Light of Punitive Damages Award Against a BC Insurer

In this punitive damage award against an insurance company,(Sidhu v. The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company,2011 BCSC 1117), a family in Surrey, British Columbia, purchased fire insurance and their home was damaged by an accidental fire. Wawanesa refused to pay them for the loss because they alleged the claimants deliberately started the fire in order to recover the…

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How to Get the Highest Settlement in ICBC Personal Injury Claims

I have been a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver serving injury claimants all throughout  British Columbia since 1995 and have been asked this question about settling ICBC claims many times. I am going to discuss some practical considerations when considering settlement of your ICBC(Insurance Corporation of BC) injury claim. 1.  Does ICBC  have the medical information and opinion in order…

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ICBC not Required to Help Hit and Run Injury Claimant after Car Accident

In a stunning concession by our Supreme Court, the law apparently favours the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) having no legal obligation to inform hit and run injury victims of their legal rights(Morris v. Doe, 2011 BCSC 1053). The injury claimant was injured in a car accident at the intersection of South Fraser Way and Ware…

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Truck Accident Injury Claimant awarded over $1 Million for Traumatic Brain Injury

In this highway truck accident injury claim (Harrington v. Sangha, 2011 BCSC 1035) the at fault driver lost control of a tractor trailer he was driving north on Highway 97 at an “S” turn in the highway, near Sales Road, about 20 km south of Quesnel. He felt his truck slide across the road as the trailer…

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Personal Injury Appeal Successful, Judge Wrong about Car Accident Not Being Cause of his Disabling Pain

The British Columbia trial judge in this stunning Disc Disease versus whiplash injury case (Farrant v. Laktin,2011 BCCA 336) was found to be wrong after misapprehending the threshold issue of causation as an “either/or” proposition and further erred in failing to consider whether there was a substantial connection between the accident and the injury claimant’s disabling…

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Vancouver Car Accident Claimant Awarded $33,000 in Summary Personal Injury Trial

In this Vancouver car crash injury claim (Olianka v. Spagnol,2011 BCSC 1013) the ICBC injury claimant was seeking compensation resulting from injuries he suffered when the car he was driving was hit from behind at the intersection of King Edward Avenue and Valley Drive in Vancouver.  The other driver admited fault for the car accident and…

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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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