The legal principles that are often raised at trial when the opinion of an expert is being challenged based on reliance of inaccurate facts are outlined in two leading authority from the Supreme Court of Canada. They are R. v. Abbey, 1982 CanLii 25 (SCC) and R. v. Lavallee, 1990 CanLii 95 (SCC). These cases […]Read more "Facts relied on or assumed – SCC cases to be aware of"
The anticipated decision from the BCSC in regards to the capped disbursements relating to personal injury actions arising from motor vehicle collisions in British Columbia has finally been released and published today on the BCSC website and has been deemed “of no force or effect”. The simple conclusion: I declare that s. 5 of the […]Read more "Capped disbursements – “of no force or effect”"
In 2018, I researched over a hundred cases on the topic of Summary Judgment and Summary Trial to learn and understand all there was to know about this very important process. I spent 5 months researching and over 20 pages of writing. It is a paper I am proud of and sadly to say, I […]Read more "Summary Trial – A Comprehensive Review"
BCSC Rule 11-6(6) deals with the supplementary report of own expert. Are you familiar with this rule? If not, we will share a few details that you should be aware of. Let’s begin with the actual Rule 11-6(6) which states the following: Supplementary report of own expert (6) If, after an expert’s report is served […]Read more "Supplementary Report of Own Expert"
In reading multiple personal injury cases, we note the focus must be on the change or impact that an injury has on a claimant when presenting a case. This article will identify the importance of collateral witnesses and offer some guidance in preparing witnesses for trial, and specifically the type of evidence that may be […]Read more "Evidence – Collateral Witnesses"
In a recent decision, the Court analyzes an intervening event and outlines the test. The decision is referenced as Bernatchez v. Chisholm, 2022 BCSC 105 and pertains to an MVA case which caused the Plaintiff injury, resulting in a significant wage loss claim. Defence argued that there was a break in the chain of causation, […]Read more "Intervening Event Principle"
Unless you are preparing and assisting for trial, the rules as it relates to medical records at trial may not be in the forefront of your mind. Therefore, here is an excellent outline from a very recent decision in 2022 which took place in Victoria regarding the rules and principles as it relates to use […]Read more "Use of medical records at trial – Review"
Timing Matters – Independent Medical Examinations Scheduling IMEs late during the process of litigation is never a good idea. Timing matters. The most important date to be aware of is the expert evidence deadline outlined in Rule 11-6 (3) which directs that an expert’s report must be served on every party of record 84 days […]Read more "Timing Matters – Independent Medical Examinations"
Wage loss benefits Are you eligible for wage loss benefits if you have missed time off work due to injuries you have sustained in a car accident? The answer may be found in the Insurance (Vehicle) Regulations, Part 7 – Accident Benefits. In particular, Sections 80 to 85 may be relevant. The appropriate tribunal that […]Read more "Accident Benefits – Are you eligible for wage loss benefits ?"
Are you familiar with the limitation deadlines related to accident benefits in BC? We will outline some key limitation dates to be aware of in this article. The key timelines to be aware of: Whether ICBC has denied payment to you; or Whether ICBC has failed to make payment to you for a claimed benefit. […]Read more "Part 7 Accident Benefits – Preserving the limitation date for benefits"