10 years of justice

A baby-faced picture was published with my first column on Jan. 7, 2007, in the “Westside” section of the Kelowna Capital News. 

That yellowing column, along with the one marking my fifth anniversary, are framed and on display in my office reception area.

This one, marking my 10th, is soon to join them.

It was a former Capital News advertising consultant, Lori Welbourne, who encouraged me to “audition” for a weekly column by submitting a few samples.

Three years ago, in January, 2014, Castanet chose to carry my column as well.

I had never conceived of being a columnist, but felt I had a lot to say about “achieving justice” in the work I do as a personal injury lawyer, so I took up the challenge.

I am so very thankful, and esteemed, that the decision makers at the Capital News, and more recently Castanet, have found sufficient value in my column to publish it over the years. 

I recognize the privilege of such respected “soap boxes” from which to share my ideas and opinions.

There has been a gradual shift of focus over the over 500 columns I’ve written. Road safety topics surfaced early on, and I announced my “One Crash is Too Many” campaign with my fifth anniversary column.

I regularly share the reality that car crashes are almost entirely preventable. The deceptively simple answer is for us, the driving public, to give driving the same level of care and attention we give to other activities that can result in serious injuries and death.

Am I making a difference? I trust that even the drip, drip, drip of water can add up. 

I was encouraged by one reader who e-mailed me a few months ago, her e-mail starting with: “I would like to inform you about the tremendous positive impact you have had on my driving behaviour and that of my husband."

As much as being a columnist is a privilege, it does come with work. Each column takes me about two to three hours. 

Over the last 10 years, that’s the equivalent of more than seven months of 40-hour weeks. I am thankful to my wife, Terri, and my three children, who have tolerated the time this passion of mine takes.

I am also thankful to my father, a former high school grammar teacher, who has reviewed and provided feedback for every one of my columns. 

Thank you, Al!

After my first year, I marvelled that I managed to come up with so many topics to write about. Coming up with a new topic every week continues to be an exercise, but I now know that topics will continue to come. 

I can always use the help, though, so please e-mail me if there is a legal or road safety topic you would like addressed.

I have never “recycled” a column, and invite anyone interested to go to my web page where a complete archive of all 500 plus columns can be found on my website.

I wish all of you a safe and happy 2017. With your help, this can be an especially good year for justice and road safety.


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About the Author

Paul Hergott began practicing law in 1995, in a general litigation practice. Of the various areas of litigation, he became most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims. This gradually became his exclusive area of practice.

In 2007, Paul opened Hergott Law, a boutique personal injury law firm in the Central Interior, serving personal injury clients from all over British Columbia. Paul’s practice is restricted to acting only for the injured victim, never for ICBC or for other insurance companies.

Paul became a weekly newspaper columnist in January of 2007, when his first column entitled “It’s not about screwing the Insurance Company” was published. 

Please feel free to email or call Paul (1.855.437.4688) with legal issues you might like him to write about in his column, or to offer your feedback about something he has written.

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