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JURY ACCEPTS MENTAL INJURIES AND GIVES VERDICT OF $1.8 MILLION TO MY CLIENT

On Friday July 21, following a three week jury trial, a jury accepted my argument that my client had a mental injury from a car accident, and issued a verdict of $1.8 million. This case was significant on several points. Firstly, the claimant was hit by a vehicle within months of coming to Canada, so …

CYCLISTS AND CARS – THE NEED TO SHARE THE ROAD

With the summer upon us there is a growing number of cyclists on the road. This sets up a situation of increasing risk for cars hitting cyclists and cyclists hitting cars. Under the rules of British Columbia, cyclists are considered “vehicles”, and thus, must not only behave like one, but also be treated like one. …

BC Vehicle Insurance System

With the upcoming election, there have been discussions about the possibility of changes to the way our automobile insurance works. In particular, you may have heard the discussions about a “no fault” insurance system. Currently, we have what is known as a “pure tort system”, which means that you, if injured by someone driving a …

Fatal Accident Claims – Flaws in Compensation

There remains an ongoing debate amongst those in the legal and insurance profession of the adequacy of compensation when someone dies as a result of the negligence of another. Under our current laws, the only individuals who can seek compensation for the death is the spouse, parents, and children. Siblings cannot make a claim. Further, …

Slip and Fall

Given the amount of snow and ice we had recently, injuries from slip and falls have occurred much more frequently than normal. If this has happened to you, or does happen to you, there are a few things you should know. If you are injured on city property, it is usually very difficult to obtain …

Estate Litigation

Estate litigation is a term describing when people – usually children – feel that they are getting less than they deserve from their parent’s Will, and challenge the contents of the Will. Normally, such challenges are brought under the provisions of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, which literally allow the court to change the …

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