Since 2010, Holness and Small Law Group has written over 1000 legal blog articles. We believe that staying informed and current with personal injury news and case developments is essential to providing proper legal services to our clients when advocating for their rights.

ICBC Cannot Deduct Loss of Housekeeping Capacity

ICBC homemaking benefits versus loss of housekeeping capacity ICBC, as a government auto monopoly, has special legal rights. These rights allow ICBC to deduct benefits they pay from any court award against a guilty driver. This means that car accident victims obtaining court awards against at fault drivers must deduct ICBC benefits from their money…

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Lawyers Using AI for Legal Research

Currently in Canada the use of Artificial intelligence to perform legal research and writing is unregulated. Likewise, the use of AI to interact with clients, the court and third parties remains a wild west for the legal profession. However, lawyers will be unlikely to escape liability for the legal opinions, research or human interaction of…

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Future Loss of Income Claim Reduced by Court of Appeal

  Personal Injury Claim for Loss of Future Earnings This claim involved a car accident which occurred in 2014, before the ICBC No-fault changes. British Columbia’s are now legally restricted from suing guilty drivers for  accidents after May 1, 2021. These changes were introduced by the NDP government to increase the profits of ICBC, a…

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Future ICBC Injury Benefit Deductions Clarified on Appeal

  In this ICBC personal injury appeal, ICBC appealed the amount of reductions made for future ICBC benefits. ICBC argued successfully that the contingency reduction was fatally speculative. There was no evidence of a risk that the claimant would not receive the benefits to which she was entitled.(Watson v. Fatin,2023 BCCA 82) Personal Injury Trial…

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Modern Brain Injury Scans Still Inadmissible in BC Supreme Court

Brain injury diagnosis and assessment in personal injury cases has changed in the last 30 years. Technology and new discoveries have  provided more accurate tools for evaluating the existence of brain injury. However, the British Columbia court system has been slow to recognize and utilize these new tools. Unlike Ontario, the BC courts have recently…

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ICBC Claim Dismissed for Failure to Appear

This ICBC injury claimant, without a lawyer, failed to appear at his trial. The Judge dismissed the claim. In this court application the claimant sought leave to appeal the order dismissing his lawsuit for damages. The case  arose out of a car accident that occurred in March 2015. He claimed that the defendants’ car rear‑ended…

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