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ICBC Alleges Injury Claimant Without a Lawyer Settled Case for $10,000.00

In this ICBC disputed settlement case (Varesi v. Cadelina,2011 BCSC 284),  an adjuster from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia offered the injury claimant  $4,216 to settle her car accident claim. He explained the circumstances in his affidavit: I offered her $4,216.00 in total in exchange for a signed release, which I explained would mean that…

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How to Win My ICBC Injury Claim for Free Without a Lawyer

This is a question I have been asked since I settled my personal injury law practice in Vancouver in 1995,and the answer really depends on your definition of winning an injury claim.  Do you want more money? a quick settlement? Your treatment covered?  Other than by fluke you may want to settle your case with the advice of a…

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Dismissal of Injury Claim Overturned as Claimant had an Excusable Delay

This dental injury claim in BC  involves  three lawsuits alleging  injury due to negligent dental treatment. This was an appeal from an order of a Master dismissing the injury claim.  The dismissal was based on the claimant’s failure to submit for a second time to a medical examination  and, more generally, on want of prosecution pursuant to Rule 22‑7(7). …

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Hit and Run Driver Escapes and Injury Claim Dismissed Against ICBC

In an unfortunate turn of events this innocent injury claimant was denied compensation against ICBC in a hit and run car accident in Abbotsford, British Columbia(Morris v. Doe, 2011 BCSC 253). The claimant was injured in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of South Fraser Way and Ware Rd. in Abbotsford when her husband was driving…

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Free ICBC Legal Advice for Car Accident Injury Claims- Myth and Reality

As a personal injury lawyer suing ICBC for injury claimants in British Columbia since 1995 I welcome calls from anyone anyone seeking help for injuries caused by the fault of others.  It is a myth that an injury lawyer can tell you what your case is worth by simply talking to you on the phone. That would…

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ICBC Denies Coverage But Court of Appeal Orders Payment for Car Fire Loss

The appellant, in this car fire loss claim(Swailes v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2011 BCCA 95), leased a new Chevrolet Corvette automobile. He insured it under a comprehensive policy with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC).  The vehicle was subsequently destroyed by fire. ICBC denied coverage under the policy, and the claimant sued ICBC  for…

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ICBC Dial-A-Claim Car Accident Injury Report- A Checklist for First Contact

When injury claimants contact my law firm after a car accident they have either reported the accident to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, or not.  As with most other insurance companies the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia requires that an insured file an injury claim within a certain time and in a particular…

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Bicycle Accident in Vancouver Results in Minor Back Injury Award to Car Accident Claimant

The injury claimant in this ICBC bike accident case (Dempsey v. Oh, 2011 BCSC 216) was riding his bicycle on 16thAvenue in Vancouver  when he collided with a panel van.  In addition to scrapes and bruises, the claimant said he suffered soft tissue injury which were so debilitating that he could not perform his work as a real estate…

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ICBC Settlement of Car Accident Injury Claims Overturned as Lawyer had No Authority

The litigants  in this multiple car accident ICBC injury case (Johnson v. Wells, 2011 BCSC 201) return to court to complete their arguments on whether there was a settlement of an injury claim with an ICBC adjuster. In an earlier decision in this ICBC car accident settlement case the  Supreme Court of BC ordered cross-examination of the Insurance Corporation of British…

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Mother in Car Accident Gets Compensation for Psychological Injury Upon Death of Her Daughter

A Vancouver mother was involved in a car accident  just east of Golden, B.C. while on her way to Banff on a holiday trip with her family and friends. She was in the right rear seat, and her daughter, aged nine, was in the centre of the rear seat.  Their vehicle crossed the centre line and collided…

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