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Wrongful Death Claims and the Family Compensation Act (Part 1)

When a death is caused by a motor vehicle accident or medical malpractice, there is a potential claim for Wrongful Death.  This is part 1 of a 3 part series about Wrongful Death claims in BC.  This 1st blog post will focus on the legislation (statute) governing Wrongful Death claims.  The 2nd will focus on…

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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – Highest Awards in BC for Loss of Housekeeping Capacity

In a recent ICBC case that proceeded to trial, our client was awarded $225,000 for past and future ICBC loss of housekeeping capacity which was one of the highest awards ever made in this province.  Other cases where substantial awards for loss of housekeeping capacity are as follows: $570,000         Xu v Balaski, 2020 BCSC 940:                  …

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Vancouver Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Chiropractor Negligence

As discussed in a prior blog post, informed consent is often a significant issue with a number of medical malpractice claims involving not only doctors, but also non-medical doctors such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapist and acupuncturists. Because most medical procedures involve some level of risk, all medical practitioners have an obligation to fully inform their…

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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – $200,000.00 for Chronic and Severe PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Post traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. When some people suffer from PTSD, it can be extremely disabling to…

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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – The Importance of Credibility to an ICBC Claim

At issue in every ICBC claim is the nature and the extent of the injured claimant’s injuries caused by the motor vehicle accident and the effect they have had and will have on his/her function.  The injured claimant has the burden of proving not only the injuries, but also whether the motor vehicle accident was…

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Vancouver Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Breach of Contract Claims

There is a wide array of medical services provided by doctors including specialized or elective procedures.  With any healthcare procedure, there is a degree of risk. Most cases involving medical malpractice are framed in negligence and battery.  Doctors can also be held liable for breach of contract in some exceptional circumstances. In a doctor-patient relationship,…

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ICBC Minor Injury Caps – Why Hire an ICBC Personal Injury Lawyer?

A high percentage of people purchase insurance without understanding the important details of the insurance policy.  This can turn into a nightmare when a claim is denied due to an exclusion in the policy that was unknown or misunderstood at the time the insurance was purchased. ICBC is no different.  Most people have no understanding…

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Vancouver ICBC Lawyer – $150,000.00 for Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome

In Jones v. Rossner 2020 BCSC 2056, the 42 year-old female injured claimant suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident when the vehicle she was driving was rear-ended without any prior warning.  Before the collision, she was in good health both physically and emotionally.  She regularly attended the gym and worked with a personal trainer. …

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Vancouver Medical Malpractice Lawyer – The Right to Refuse Treatment – Informed Refusal

In our prior blog posts we have discussed informed consent in medical malpractice claims.  As established by the Supreme Court of Canada, the key points to informed consent are: The doctor must disclose the nature of the treatment, its gravity, and any associated risks that would want to be known by a reasonable patient. The…

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