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.

What to Say to ICBC after a Car Accident

Statements made to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, in writing, on the phone, online or in person are vital to a claim for accident benefits and can affect a subsequent claim of negligence. Any reply to the ICBC’s request for information must be accurate, and as is seen in a recent ICBC forfeiture of benefits…

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ICBC Blames City of Langley for Car Accident Personal Injury

In this ICBC sues Langley lawsuit (Simon v. McKinlay, 2013 BCSC 674) the injury claimant was a passenger injured in a single vehicle car accident on River Road in Langley. The car drove into in a ditch resulting in serious injuries including a brain injury. The driver was charged criminally with impaired driving causing bodily harm. However, the absence of road…

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ICBC Injury Claim Settlements for Pain and Suffering

As a personal injury lawyer in BC since 1995 I’m often asked  how to settle whiplash back injury and soft tissue injury claims with ICBC and how much a case is really worth. Rear end car accidents tend to be the number one culprit and ICBC has standard procedures for insurance adjusters to follow before payments…

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Best Outcome for Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Supreme Court of Canada

A $3.2 million personal injury award has been restored by our top court,the Supreme Court of Canada, helping to reinforce our modern approach to legal causation  in medical malpractice cases(Ediger v. Johnston, 2013 SCC 18) and personal injury cases generally. Personal injury lawyers assisting the injured will applaud the clarity and brevity of this decision. This…

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Taxes on Legal Fees- PST, GST and Personal Injury Claims in BC

As of April 1, 2013 HST no longer applies to legal fees and legal services in BC.  In personal injury cases no income tax is payable on lawyer negotiated settlements for  pain and suffering compensation with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, and other insurance companies. The Provincial change back to the PST and GST…

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Roadside Pedestrian Wins Personal Injury Case

This side of the road car accident injury case(Ruchelski v. Moore, 2013 BCSC 492) applies the rarely used Presumption of Negligence principle set out in the seminal Supreme Court of Canada case of Fontaine. Experienced personal injury lawyers in Canada have been aware for some time that Fontaine completely did away with the rebuttable presumption of Res ipsa loquitur(the…

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Winning Attacks on Injury Claimants Credibility- Uncertainty for Car Accident Victims

In Canada most believe that innocent victims injured in car accidents should obtain some amount of compensation, however minimal, for pain and suffering and other losses without an attack on the victims credibility- In British Columbia this money usually comes from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, on behalf of the at fault driver- However in two personal injury appeal…

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Do I have to Report my Car Accident to ICBC?

Yes, notifying ICBC is a requirement if you are in a car accident anywhere in Canada and the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and intend to claim accident injury benefits. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, provides medical and disability benefits to insured following motor vehicle accident related injuries. Find out more and…

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Brain Injury after a Car Accident- Help Understanding Symptoms

As a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver I have the good fortune of having a Brain Surgeon as a father. In this exclusive video, Dr. R.O. Holness, Neurosurgeon since 1975, touches on the symptoms of brain injury after car accidents.  Family members are often the first to contact my personal injury law firm for help after…

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