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.

Free Legal Advice Before Speaking with ICBC

As a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver since 1995 I have always been open to providing a free initial consultation for people dealing with ICBC following a car crash . Getting no fee lawyer advice can be a lifeline and true asset at the beginning of an ICBC claim, just after the car accident. Hiring an experienced lawyer for a…

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How Much Whiplash Compensation from ICBC when Headrest Not Adjusted

Putting the true value on whiplash claims when ICBC and other auto insurance companies offer $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 or more can be a challenge for a personal injury lawyer in British Columbia, not to mention claimants without lawyers. Today’s  topic is how headrest use can impact the value of your soft tissue injury, or whiplash claim. This can be an important consideration when trying…

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Personal Injury Award of $4,000- Caught on Video Jogging Within a Month of Accident

In this caught on video personal injury case(2013 BCSC 172), the claimant was a pedestrian at the intersection where Keith Road intersects with Taylor Way in West Vancouver.  The driver was just in the process of releasing his clutch at about the time his car hit the claimant on his left knee, leg and his left…

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Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyer Specializing in Car Accidents- Location

I have worked as a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver since 1995 with my top-rated interest being ICBC car accident injury claimants. The City of Vancouver is home to the highest percentage of lawyers in British Columbia and is a hub of legal activity in the Province. When looking to find the right lawyer for a car accident personal injury…

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$35,000.00 Award a Win in Low Velocity ICBC Whiplash Claim

In this personal injury case Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, classified the collision as a low velocity impact case (Christoffersen v. Howarth,2013 BCSC 144).  Damage to the vehicles was minor.  Nevertheless, the Claimant said that she suffered unrelenting pain due to the car accident injuries .  ICBC urged the court to conclude that the claimant could not have been…

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$35,000 Award as Personal Injury Claim Evidence not Reliable after Car Accident

Evidence in ICBC personal injury cases dictate the money award as this personal injury claimant lacking evidence (Brown v. Raffan,2013 BCSC 114) case illustrates. Although the claimant was awarded only $35,000.00 after making a claim for over $230,000.00, it appears that ICBC, insuring the at fault driver, took the position that the claimant should only get $10-20,000.00.   The injury…

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Hit and Run Claim Succeeds against ICBC Despite Accident Occurring in a Field

In this ICBC pedestrian hit and run accident case(Nadeau v. Okanagan Urban Youth & Cultural Assn.,2013 BCSC 55) the personal injury claimant was dragged under a vehicle at the Bluffs outdoor music venue located on an Indian Reserve on the west side of Lake Okanagan, directly across the lake from the City of Kelowna. The…

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Average Contingency Legal Fee for Personal Injury Lawyers

Hiring a personal injury lawyer in British Columbia should not have to be a guessing game, especially when it comes to legal fees. That is why the Law Society strictly controls how much a lawyer gets for his or her percentage legal fees.  The median or average percentage is set organically by the marketplace and is often…

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Registered Owner of Vehicle Responsible for Injury Despite Licence Plates

Appellant wins as Court of Appeal overturned a trial judges decision defining the meaning of “owner” in the Yukon.( Aucoin v. Shepherd, 2013 YKCA 1) . The second owner purchased a motor vehicle from the first owner, who was the original  registered owner of the vehicle.  the first owner signed and gave the second owner the required transfer papers and the only set…

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Do I have to sign ICBC medical consent forms? Medical Authorization and Consent Forms Explained

Although NOT required to be signed to get Accident Benefits after a car accident the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, ICBC, will often ask the injury claimant to sign a medical consent form releasing medical information to ICBC. The standard ICBC authorization to provide medical information authorizes every medical practitioner to release to ICBC any and all records,…

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