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.
This is an issue that arises somewhat of often in my practice. Can an injured party make a claim for a small business that they have not actually started yet. This issue was dealt with in this recent Supreme Court of British Columbia case: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/17/06/2017BCSC0644.htm The plaintiff in this case was a 59 year old […]Read More Claims for speculative business losses in personal injury claims.
As per this recent example, awards for whiplash injuries can be very high: http://www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2016/2016bcsc1122/2016bcsc1122.pdf The plaintiff in this action was awarded over $500,000. She retained a very knowledgeable expert in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Heather Finlayson. Dr. Finlayson, in her medical report, stated that whiplash injuries involve “rapid movements of the head and neck forwards […]Read More Whiplash: what kind of compensation are you entitled to?
Part 7 benefits, also known as “No Fault” benefits, are benefits owed to parties injured in motor vehicle accidents in British Columbia. These benefits are payable regardless of who is at fault for a car accident, hence the moniker “No Fault” benefits. These benefits will cover a portion or all of various treatment expenses. ICBC […]Read More Part 7 benefits and pre-existing injuries.
Care costs can be one of the biggest financial worries to an injured party. The cost of even simple treatments, such as physiotherapy and massage therapy, has increased dramatically. These costs can be especially burdensome to someone who is limited in their ability to earn income. For someone with a long-term or permanent injury these expenses […]Read More Future Costs of Care
The issue of future wage losses is a complicated one. It involves an assessment of future events that may or may not occur. The courts have typically quantified this head of damage by basing claims on events that have a “real and substantial possibility” of occurring. The courts dealt with this issue in a recent Supreme […]Read More Courts award an injured party Future Wage Losses even though his earnings increased.
New legislation will increase the power police have to pull over drivers who are obstructing the left or “passing lane” of a highway: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/give+police+power+penalize+left+lane+hogs/10855536/story.html As it stands now, there is already a $109 fine for driving in the left lane slow enough to obstruct traffic. Apparently, the problem with this old law was that it […]Read More The government of British Columbia is cracking down on highway driver’s….driving too slowly.