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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – ICBC Hired Expert Rejected at Trial (AGAIN) for Faulty and Baseless Opinion

As discussed in prior blog posts, ICBC medical experts who are hired to provide opinions are required to be impartial, independent and absent of bias. If this does not occur, then the court may refuse to take into consideration the opinion of the ICBC expert because it is considered faulty or unreliable. In Davidson v.…

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Vancouver Assault Lawyer – $226,000.00 Awarded to Security Guard Assaulted by Private School Teacher

In previous blog posts, we discussed recent cases where damages were awarded for assault injuries. In Thomson v. Fraser 2021 BCSC 541, the injured claimant was a 21 year-old security guard at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.  The defendant was a private school teacher at the prestigious Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island.  Before the…

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ICBC Settlements 2021 for Personal Injury

How much ICBC pays for injury claims will plummet after May, 2021. Most will not have lawyers. ICBC settlements in 2021 will be unlike any other year in our history. Car accident injury claimants after May 1, 2021 will no longer be given compensation for loss of enjoyment of life. Let’s explain ICBC settlements for…

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Vancouver Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Failure to Follow and to Comply with Medical Advice

As discussed in previous blog articles, the paramount issue in all medical malpractice cases is causation.  The injured claimant must prove not only that the doctor failed to meet the standard of care expected of him/her, but also that this negligence caused the injury. The standard of proof is the “balance of probabilities” in which…

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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – Who is at Fault for an Inevitable Motor Vehicle Accident?

To determine if you are entitled to compensation from ICBC for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle, the first step is to identify who was liable or at fault for the collision.  This is known as liability.  Determining who was at fault for the accident is important because a claim for compensation is based in…

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Protection of Public Participation Act (PPPA) – Application to Dismiss Defamation Claim Unsuccessful

Lawsuits brought for an improper purpose to silence expression and financially punish critics are known strategic lawsuits against public participation (also referred to as SLAPP). The Protection of Public Participation Act (“PPPA”) came into force in British Columbia recently. The PPPA is BC’s anti-SLAPP legislation. Its purpose is to enhance public participation on important public issues.…

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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – VPD Officer’s Credibility Questioned at Trial

In a recent blog post, we discussed the impact an injured claimant’s lack of credibility had in the dismissal of his ICBC hit and run claim at trial.  Jacqueline Small, a partner with Holness and Small Law Group, was interviewed by Canadian Magazine on this ICBC credibility case. Credibility is always a paramount consideration in all…

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Jacqueline Small Interviewed Again by Canadian Lawyer Magazine – ICBC Hit & Run Claim and Credibility

We are pleased to announce that Jacqueline Small, partner with our firm, was recently interviewed again by Canadian Lawyer Magazine about an ICBC hit and run case which was dismissed at trial. Ms. Small wrote a blog article on this ICBC hit and run case where the injured claimant’s credibility was a key factor in…

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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – ICBC Hired Expert Rejected at Trial for Faulty Research

As discussed in a prior blog post, ICBC medical experts who are hired to provide opinions are required to be impartial, independent and absent of bias.  Furthermore, all medical experts are to disclose all facts, assumptions and research as part of their expert file which formed the basis of their opinion. In Barn v. Bird…

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Vancouver Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Negligent Omissions and Failure to Act by Doctors

If a doctor fails to provide necessary medical treatment this is known as a failure to act or a negligent omission.  An example is failure to diagnose a medical condition.  Another example is failure to provide medical treatment. As discussed in previous blog articles, medical malpractice causation is an important issue in all claims.  Causation…

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