Can I make a claim for business losses for my new business?

This issue was recently dealt with by the Supreme Court of British Columbia: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/14/24/2014BCSC2429.htm Here, a part time accountant, who had plans to expand her business into a full time practice, was injured in a motor vehicle accident. As a result of the injuries she sustained in this accident, she was unable to expand her […]

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Should professional athletes who use steroids and other performance enhancing drugs be held civilly responsible for concussions?

The issue of concussions in professional sports has┬árecently become prevalent. Most notably, in October a group of former NHL players filed a lawsuit against the NHL in the USA federal court: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/former-nhlers-file-concussion-lawsuit/ Professional athletes as a whole have become faster and more powerful, and this has led to more injuries. A major reason for this […]

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What is the maximum award for pain and suffering in British Columbia?

The maximum award for pain and suffering (also called non-pecuniary damages) was set by the Supreme Court of Canada in January of 1978 at $100,000. Taking inflation into account this comes out to around $350,000: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/14/14/2014BCSC1404.htm#BookMark88 Keep in mind that this number is pegged to inflation and will increase as inflation increases. The idea behind […]

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What are the consequences of losing a personal injury case?

When choosing to go ahead with a personal injury case you should always consider the consequences of losing. In this recent Supreme Court of British Columbia case, the plaintiff was found to be 100% at fault for the accident (which involved a bicycle striking a truck). The Plaintiff was assessed court costs against him: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/SC/14/22/2014BCSC2294.htm […]

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