Aneurysm, subarachnoid hemorrhage, vasospasm and stroke – a closer look. We have seen several cases in the Courts across Canada dealing with medical malpractice claims analyzing the issue of standard of care and causation relating to aneurysms and resulting stroke. Today we will share a few facts about this type of brain bleed. Typically symptoms […]Read more "Analyzing Aneurysms & Stroke"
This is a 2022 case that resulted in the maximum award under the heading of non-pecuniary damages in the sum of $414,000 due to the resulting catastrophic injuries. The Plaintiff was 48 years old at the time of this very unfortunate incident, living on her own, and operating a business from her home as a […]Read more "Life expectancy in catastrophic cases"
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"
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"
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"
As of May 1, 2021, British Columbia has moved to a no-fault system. BC residents are entitled to receive benefits for their injuries and wage loss after a motor vehicle crash regardless of who is at fault. An injured person, in most cases, will no longer recover damages from an “at-fault” driver through a law […]Read more "Part 7 Accident Benefits – Must be “necessary”"