Having a criminal record will not bar you from making a personal injury claim. However, a criminal record can affect your claim in multiple ways. Firstly, a judge must take into account the effect of your criminal record on your future job prospects when determining awards for future wage losses. A recent Supreme Court of […]Read More How does having a criminal record affect your personal injury claim?
Personal injury claims involving parking lots have a unique set of challenges. Most notably, liability is often disputed. Driver’s often back up out of spots, which makes it difficult for them to see other vehicles. Other challenges, such as pedestrians, obstacles, reduced visability, and tight spaces, are present. The driver of one vehicle will often […]Read More Who’s at fault for a parking lot collision?
How do the courts deal with pre-existing psychological disorders? The goal of the court process is to provide financial compensation to injured parties to compensate them for actual losses. Thus, the courts must take into account a plaintiff’s pre-existing psychological state. In this recent supreme court of British Columbia case, the courts were left with […]Read More Personal injury claims and pre-existing psychological disorders.
At one point, it was common for people to retire at the age of 65. As medical knowledge and financial obligations have increased, many people are working beyond this age, and retirement ages among individuals vary considerably. The courts are often left in a position where they have to estimate retirement ages for individuals, whose […]Read More Retirement age: making claims for employment losses past 65.
An “In Trust’ claim is a claim for past services provided by friends and family. The courts allow a plaintiff to make a claim for these services, typically provided for free, as though they had been paid services. As in, Bystedt v. Hay, 2001 BCSC 1735, the factors to be considered when making a claim […]Read More “In Trust” claims: financial compensation for care provided by family members.
The short answer is yes. This issue was dealt with in this recent Supreme Court of British Columbia case: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/18/12/2018BCSC1200.htm Here, a young woman and mother to 3 young children was injured in 2 separate motor vehicle accidents. The plaintiff intended to stay out of the workforce until her youngest child had entered school, which […]Read More Can stay at home parents make claims for wage losses?
In British Columbia new designated bicycle lanes appear every day. These lanes are designed to provide bicyclist with an exclusive place on the road, free from motor vehicles. As these lanes are relatively new, injuries caused by motor vehicles entering bicycle lanes and colliding with bicycles are unfortunately relatively common. For example, this happens often […]Read More You can be held liable for a cyclist’s injuries, even if you don’t actually hit them.