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ICBC punished for fraud allegation.

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Bad Faith, Legal Update | 0 comments

ICBC punished for fraud allegation.

On March 1, 2016, the BC Supreme Court ordered ICBC to pay $350,000 in punitive damages for malicious prosecution after alleging that the plaintiff acted fraudulently following a pedestrian collision. In Arsenovski v. Bodin, 2016 BCSC 359, the plaintiff was walking with her husband when he was struck by a vehicle.  The plaintiff was not struck by the vehicle but did fall down and suffer some modest injuries during the incident and she reported this to ICBC.  Specifically she told ICBC that “the last thing I remember was stepping off the curb...

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Trial adjourned due to uncertain prognosis.

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Injury Awards, Legal Update | 0 comments

Trial adjourned due to uncertain prognosis.

On February 16, 2016,  the BC Supreme Court granted an application to adjourn a personal injury trial in the face of uncertain medical evidence about the plaintiff’s prognosis. In Gee v. Basra, 2016 BCSC 427, the plaintiff was injured in a 2011 motor vehicle accident for which the defendant admitted liability.  The plaintiff suffered chronic headaches and the her physician was uncertain as to her prognosis, noting that a course of Botox injections may prove helpful, stating that: Jodene [the plaintiff] is now four years post injury and...

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Manulife applied to have me disqualified from suing them, and lost.

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Insurance, Legal Update, Manulife Cases | 0 comments

Manulife applied to have me disqualified from suing them, and lost.

On November 30, 2015, the BC Supreme Court dismissed arguments by the Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Company, attempting to have me disqualified from acting as plaintiff ‘s counsel in a breach of contract claim against them.

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If causes are not “divisible” damages will flow.

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Evidence, Injury Awards, Legal Update | 0 comments

If causes are not “divisible” damages will flow.

Ms. K. suffered whiplash type injuries in a 2007 car accident. Her pain became chronic and she became depressed. The consensus of the medical experts at her trial was that “her chronic pain is unlikely to resolve and the focus of her treatment should be on pain management, not cure.” Ms. K. admitted that she had a troubled childhood. also, a few years after her accident she experienced a torn rotator cuff, then shoulder surgery and then a frozen shoulder which were all unrelated to her accident. In K. v. Galasinao, 2015 BSSC 1532, Mr. Justice...

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ICBC doctor a “very unhelpful medical witness”.

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Evidence, Legal Update | 0 comments

ICBC doctor a “very unhelpful medical witness”.

On December 23, 2015, the BC Supreme Court criticized a defence expert witness for crossing the line into advocacy. In Ferguson v. McLaughlin the plaintiff was injured in a 2009 collision caused by the defendant.  The defendant’s insurer hired a physician who presented evidence largely discounting the connection of the plaintiff’s complaints to the collision.  In rejecting this evidence Madam Justice Griffin made the following pointed comments: [63]         The defendant called the...

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$3 million “diminished capacity” award for brain injury.

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Injury Awards, Legal Update | 0 comments

$3 million “diminished capacity” award for brain injury.

On December 14, 2015, the BC Supreme Court assessed damages of $3 million dollars for a plaintiff who sustained a brain injury in a vehicle collision. In Grassick v. Swansburg the plaintiff, who was 16 at the time, was a pedestrian and struck by a vehicle driven by the defendant.  The plaintiff suffered a moderate to severe brain injury which impacted his cognition and was expected to have permanent repercussions. The Court found that the plaintiff was an ambitious and hard working young man who, but for the brain injury, would have had a...

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Expert did not meet with, examine or interview plaintiff = NO WEIGHT.

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Evidence, Legal Update | 0 comments

Expert did not meet with, examine or interview plaintiff = NO WEIGHT.

On November 30, 2015, the BC Supreme Court rejected the opinion of a defence retained doctor who “did not meet with, examine or interview” the plaintiff but nonetheless authored a report opining on the plaintiff’s injuries. In Preston v. Kontzamanis Mr. Justice Parrett provided the following critical comments for medico-legal practices: [125]      The defendant provided and relied upon what purported to be an independent medical report (IME) by Dr. Boyle. [126]     Dr. Boyle readily...

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Jury can know about all defence medical examinations.

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Evidence, Legal Update | 0 comments

Jury can know about all defence medical examinations.

On November 27, 2015, the BC Supreme Court confirmed that it is fair game for plaintiffs to testify that they attended a defence medical exam where no report was produced and the defence is not relying on opinion evidence from their expert. In Norris v. Burgess the plaintiff alleged injury as a result of two collisions.  The defendants denied any injury occurred.  In the course of the lawsuit the plaintiff attended a defence medical appointment with a psychiatrist.  The defendants “chose not to obtain a medical opinion from the psychiatrist”...

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“Inconsistent” jury award requires a new trial.

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Evidence, Legal Update | 0 comments

“Inconsistent” jury award requires a new trial.

On November 26, 2015, a judge of the BC Supreme Court ordered a retrial in a personal injury lawsuit after a jury awarded special damages but denied the plaintiff damages for his non-pecuniary loss. In Harder v. Poettcker , 2015 BCSC 2180, the plaintiff requested a jury trial after suffering injuries in a motor vehicle accident.  The jury found the plaintiff 85% at fault for the crash and awarded a total $5,100 in damages (all based on out of pocket expenses) and then awarded nothing for non pecuniary damages.  After applying the split of...

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Insured injured 2 days before end of waiting period denied coverage.

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Insurance, Legal Update | 0 comments

Insured injured 2 days before end of waiting period denied coverage.

On November 20, 2015, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench held that there was no coverage for insured who suffered injury two days prior to expiration of waiting period for coverage under group disability policy. In Funk v. Blue Cross Life Insurance Co., the insured sued his insurer with respect to a group disability insurance policy. The insured had started a new position as a truck driver. One of the benefits offered to him was a group health plan including disability insurance. In order to qualify for coverage one of the provisions...

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