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Injury Wise

Before you sign...

Jun 4, 2015 / 5:00 am

How many simple documents or forms do you sign each year without reading? When you sign, do you know what rights you are giving up? One of the most common myths about the law is that signing a document means nothing. But nothing could be further from the truth. Sometimes I hear people say, “I...

Not the lawsuit type

May 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

If I asked you whether you were the lawsuit type, chances are that your answer would be a resounding “NO”. Most people cringe at the thought of being involved in a lawsuit and if you don’t you are either a lawyer, judge or you have a different take on the world than...

Medical confidential?

Mar 26, 2015 / 5:00 am

If ICBC asks your doctor for your information you may wonder: Can ICBC ask my doctor for my medical information? Can ICBC request a medical report from my doctor without my consent? What is ICBC entitled to know? If you are like most people, you consider your medical information to be private and...

It's OK to say 'I'm sorry'

Feb 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

Stand-up comedians and sitcoms have been making fun of Canadians for being polite as long as I can remember. Being known for our niceness is certainly not a bad thing and I wish more Canadian businesses would adopt this philosophy when people get hurt on their premises. As a lawyer practicing in...

What do I pay ICBC for anyway?

Jan 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

If you have had ongoing dealings with ICBC as a result of a car accident than you have likely had the pleasure of dealing with at least two sides of ICBC. Initially the relationship starts off pleasant but as the relationship continues the lines of communication and mutual understanding fade. Now,...

Working under the table

Dec 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

They say there are only two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. Not exactly an uplifting thought, but true nonetheless. Some people try to avoid paying tax by “working under the table,” also referred to as “moonlighting” or working “off the books”...

Is this a fair offer from ICBC?

Sep 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

“Is this a fair offer from ICBC?”…. “How much should I settle for?”… “What is my claim worth?” These are just some of the questions I regularly get asked. If I could create an app that would answer these questions, many personal injury lawyers would...
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Cost of an Injury Lawyer

Aug 20, 2014 / 5:00 am

Let’s face it; nobody wants to pay for legal services if they do not have to, but if you have been injured in an accident you may have thought about hiring a lawyer to help you navigate your claim. If you have not hired a lawyer, one of the reasons might be that you think that lawyers are...

Why I practice Personal Injury Law

Apr 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

There is no shortage of news stories, novels, television series or movies portraying what the media believe lawyers (or “attorneys” if you want the US lingo) do for a living. While the media often depicts lawyers in a bad light, fortunately some portrayals are not only positive but also...

Do I have an ICBC claim?

Feb 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

I will often get calls or emails from people wondering “do I have an ICBC claim?” In most cases, these people actually do have an ICBC claim. What often surprises me is how often ICBC tells you that you that you do not have a claim, when you actually do (or at least that is what the...

Proving damages in an injury claim

Dec 7, 2013 / 5:00 am

This column is the last of three, for how to prove your personal injury claim. It is the piece de resistance of the trilogy, the Chuck Norris piece – the final say! As mentioned in the first two columns, there are three things you need in order to prove your injury claim: 1) Liability; 2)...

Proving causation in an injury claim

Nov 5, 2013 / 5:00 am

This column is the second of three, for how to prove your personal injury claim. I like to think of these columns as an epic PI trilogy – the likes of the epic sci-fi trilogy: Star Wars, only this trilogy is for fighting the insurance empire. As mentioned in the first column, there are three...

Proving liability in an injury claim

Sep 30, 2013 / 5:00 am

This column is the first of three for how to prove your personal injury claim and while this trilogy doesn’t contain the excitement of hobbits, elves or a ring for taking over middle-earth (some Lord of the Rings excitement for you J.R.R. Tolkien fans), the information might be considered...

When should I settle with ICBC?

Jun 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

“When should I settle with ICBC?” Now, this is a question I get asked a lot and it is often followed by the million dollar question, “How much should I settle for?” This second question however, I will save for another day. Lawyer or no lawyer, you should almost never...

Minor accident - minor injury?

May 4, 2013 / 5:00 am

If you imagine being in a minor car accident you probably don’t think about getting injured. Accidents happen all the time and the good news is that in most minor accidents, people don’t get injured. However, sometimes even small collisions do cause injury. If you sustain a serious...

ICBC says I don't need a lawyer

Mar 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

So ICBC has said: "you don’t need a lawyer" to help you with your personal injury claim. Initially it’s not a hard sell for ICBC, is it? Society has done a pretty good job of grooming you to not trust lawyers. In fact, if you Google “lawyer jokes” you will get over...

ICBC ought to include a warning

Feb 3, 2013 / 5:00 am

I have represented several clients involved in hit and run cases and in each case I have been routinely disappointed at what I perceive to be an unfair approach taken by ICBC. As it turns out, I’m not the only one that thinks their approach is unfair. In a 2012 decision called Springer v....

Run over by a reindeer

Dec 22, 2012 / 5:00 am

All signs this month indicated I needed to write about deer. First, there’s a funny story out of North Dakota where a woman called into a radio station and wanted to know why the government was posting signs encouraging deer to cross the interstate. Seriously? I’m really hoping this was...

The skeleton in your closet

Oct 5, 2012 / 5:00 am

Unless you grew-up in a bubble, chances are you have done a few things in your life that you aren’t jumping at the chance to post as your latest Facebook status. Sometimes these things are minor embarrassments (perhaps what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas) but in other cases they...

The good lawsuit

Aug 1, 2012 / 5:00 am

Would the world be a better place without lawsuits? Your initial thought is probably, “YES!” The words “good” and “lawsuit” do not go hand in hand, or so it seems. However, contrary to popular belief there are many benefits to lawsuits, besides making great...









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