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Expert medical evidence

Travel for the injured is rarely a fun experience. Airports, planes, taxi cabs, and trains are not geared towards disability. So as I sit in the Vancouver...

Want to be a lawyer?

Unlike some of my colleagues, I had no specific childhood aspirations of becoming a lawyer. I did not daydream of winning arguments in court, or putting the...

ICBC anti-fraud campaign

ICBC recently launched its anti-fraud campaign, and needless to say, I am less than impressed. At first I thought it was just a simple news article, but then I...

Should I sue?

Where injury or death is caused by a wrongful act (i.e. car accident, fall, assault, defective consumer product, or negligent medical treatment or care...

Concussion

A concussion is a brain injury. Something misunderstood by many, but with the release of the new movie, Concussion, on December 25, 2015, starring Will Smith,...

Trial required?

“Do I have to go to trial?” It’s a good question, and having recently finished a nine day personal injury trial, it seems an appropriate...

The chronic pain effect

I observe her despair as she recounts all the changes that have occurred in her life since her accident. She is no longer the strong, independent, patient woman...

5 Claim misconceptions

If you have been hurt in an accident or as a result of medical negligence you will likely look to your friends and family for some advice on how to deal with...

Before you sign...

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...

Not the lawsuit type

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...

Medical confidential?

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...

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

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...

What do I pay ICBC for anyway?

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....

Working under the table

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...

Is this a fair offer from ICBC?

“Is this a fair offer from ICBC?”…. “How much should I settle for?”… “What is my claim worth?” These are just...

Cost of an Injury Lawyer

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...

Why I practice Personal Injury Law

There is no shortage of news stories, novels, television series or movies portraying what the media believe lawyers (or “attorneys” if you want the...

Do I have an ICBC claim?

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...

Proving damages in an injury claim

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...

Proving causation in an injury claim

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...

Proving liability in an injury claim

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...

When should I settle with ICBC?

“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...

Minor accident - minor injury?

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...

ICBC says I don't need a lawyer

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?...

ICBC ought to include a warning

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...

Run over by a reindeer

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...

The skeleton in your closet

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...

The good lawsuit

Would the world be a better place without lawsuits? Your initial thought is probably, “YES!” The words “good” and “lawsuit”...

CYA for hosting BYOB

You have just finished the big game and it’s time to sit back, relax and share some post-game highlights. You pull-up a chair next to Big Foot and grab a...

Is it medical malpractice?

There I was, sitting on the operating table with my legs hanging over the side and my back curved to open up my spine, just as instructed by the...

Value of 'real housewives'

If you are a housewife or homemaker chances are that you are not living the extravagant lifestyle of the “Real Housewives” as depicted in the new...

Is ICBC watching me?

ICBC has recently demonstrated that biometrics is no longer just for Hollywood types like James Bond or Mission Impossible’s, Ethan Hunt. On February 16,...

Court quashes ICBC policy

ICBC was recently taken to task on one of its more commonly cited accident benefit policies, which is: “ICBC is not required to pay for massage...

Too late to sue?

Our lives are inundated with deadlines and time limits. Some time limits make events more exciting, such as the game show Minute to Win It where contestants...

Waiver Forms - what are they?

As a personal injury lawyer, it may come as no surprise that my friends and family joke about whether they need to sign a waiver form before entering my home....

Are you covered?

School’s out for summer, and that only means one thing: summer vacation! Many of us get caught up in the excitement of planning our vacation, including...

Facts your adjuster won't reveal

If you are injured in an accident, one of the first people you will have to deal with is your friendly neighbourhood insurance adjuster (insert...

What is your cycle savvy?

With the warm weather upon us, the cyclists are starting to come out in full force. If you are like most people when you drive, you feel like you have to be...

Bully for hire?

One of my favorite movies of all time, the Karate Kid, provides a classic example of bullying. Daniel Larusso (played by Ralph Macchio) moves to a new community...

Smart phones - dumb drivers

There are many great applications you can download for your cell phone these days but unfortunately, common sense is not one of them. Almost everyday in my...
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