Some of us are just not “complainers” by nature. That is to say, if certain people are involved in a car accident, they will not complain or “make a fuss” about their injuries or pain. Of course, they will still seek medical attention. But they just are not the type to complain about any ongoing … Continue reading Rickett v. Sangra: Burnaby Judge Awards $355,000 to Man Injured in 2015 Car Accident
One of the risks in filing an ICBC claim is that the corporation may initially pay for damages to your vehicle following a car accident, only to turn around and demand repayment. This can happen when an ICBC adjuster decides your damages were unrelated to the accident in question, you exaggerated or falsified your claim, … Continue reading How is ICBC Repayment Handled?
One of the more common mistakes people make following a car accident is failing to contact the local police. B.C. law actually requires anyone involved in an accident to notify the police within 24 hours (or 48 hours in rural areas) if the estimated damages exceed $1,000. Even if you are unsure of the amount … Continue reading Do You Need to Get a Police Report After a Car Accident?
A motor vehicle accident can leave you with debilitating, long-term pain that makes it impossible for you to return to your previous job. For this reason, B.C. law permits damages for loss of an accident victim’s “future earning capacity.” Calculating this category of damages is often easier said than done. If the victim was regularly … Continue reading Proving Loss of Future Earning Capacity While in School
There are some personal injury lawsuits arising from car accidents in which both sides offer extensive expert testimony to bolster their respective cases. In other cases, there is little evidence available to the court aside from the testimony of the parties themselves and any witnesses at the scene. In these situations, the trial judge is … Continue reading The Importance of Witness Credibility in B.C. Car Accident Cases
A hit-and-run car accident poses unique legal challenges for the injured parties. After all, who do you sue if you never saw the driver who hit you? Fortunately, B.C. law provides an answer in most cases–namely, that ICBC is responsible for any hit-and-run arising from the “use or operation of a vehicle on a highway … Continue reading When is a Highway Not a Highway?
Not all multi-party car accidents involve two motor vehicles. In B.C., it is not uncommon for a car to hit a moose or another wild animal. In more populated urban areas, there are frequently collisions between cars and household pets such as dogs. If you are involved in a vehicle-animal collision, do not assume that … Continue reading Who is Responsible When a B.C. Motorist Hits a Dog?
Under the normal rules of the road, speeding and running a red light are the type of reckless acts that would make you liable for a car accident. There is a critical exception for emergency vehicles such as ambulances. Under B.C. law, the driver of an emergency vehicle may “exceed the speed limit” and “proceed … Continue reading Who is Responsible for an Ambulance Accident?
When you have been seriously injured in a car accident and are facing financial hardship, you may be hesitant to contact a lawyer about your case. But the fact of the matter is that attempting to serve as your own lawyer in a personal injury lawsuit, especially one where you are seeking a significant amount … Continue reading Do I Need a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Case in British Columbia?
Although pedestrian accidents are by definition a mismatch–a 1,500-kilogram car versus a human being–that does not mean the motorist is automatically liable for any injuries sustained by the pedestrian. As with any personal injury claim, a court must consider the relative fault of all parties involved. A judge may, in fact, decide that the pedestrian … Continue reading Is the Motorist Always Responsible for Pedestrian Accidents in B.C.?
When you are involved in a car accident, you know you need to file a claim with your insurance company, which for most B.C. residents is ICBC. If your vehicle was damaged in the accident due to another party’s negligence, an ICBC-approved repair centre will assess the cost of the repairs. By law, ICBC is … Continue reading When is ICBC Liable for an Unsatisfactory Repair Job?
Personal injury cases in B.C. usually involve accidents, such as a motor vehicle collision caused by someone driving recklessly or unsafely. There are also plenty of cases in which one party intentionally injures the other. Let us say a fight breaks out and one person seriously injures the other. The aggressor may be held liable … Continue reading B.C. Judge Awards Damages to Man Injured in Burnaby Starbucks Fight
It is a basic principle of B.C. law that an accident victim is entitled to recover the costs of past and future medical care related to his or her injuries. To give a simple example, if you are hit by a car and your doctor prescribes painkillers to help you manage the pain, the negligent … Continue reading Can a B.C. Accident Victim Claim the Cost of Medical Cannabis as Damages?
Truck accidents are not always the result of driver negligence. In many cases, the vehicle itself may have some sort of defect that causes a driver to lose control. Sometimes these defects are the result of shoddy maintenance by the truck’s owner. But the problem may also go all the way back to when the … Continue reading B.C. Court of Appeal Upholds $4.8 Million Volvo Personal Injury Award