July 7, 2021

Murphy Battista

Residential and Business Loss Insurance Claims: What You Need to Know and How a Lawyer can Help

Residential and Business Loss Insurance Claims: What You Need to Know and How a Lawyer can Help

The number one thing to understand about residential and business loss insurance policies is that, as the insured, it is YOUR responsibility to prove your losses. In other words, you should not rely on your insurance company or a contractor to prove your claim. Further, it is up to you…

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March 10, 2021

J. Scott Stanley

Disability claim denied? Consult a lawyer before you walk away.

Disability claim denied? Consult a lawyer before you walk away.

I have seen insurance companies do many terrible things to people over my 25 years as a lawyer. The cruellest thing I have seen is when a disability insurer wrongly denies a claim. It is absolutely heart-wrenching to learn that a hard-working person has paid their premiums only to have…

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July 29, 2019

Jeffrey J. Nieuwenburg

Revisions to ICBC Part 7 Accident Benefits – What They Mean for You

On April 1, 2019, many changes came into effect which alter how ICBC treats no-fault benefit claims (sometimes known as Part 7 claims). Among the most significant changes are increases to the wage loss, homemaker, and death benefit amounts available. Previously, the government increased coverage from $150,000 to $300,000 for…

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July 24, 2019

Matthew Van Nostrand

You’ve Been in a Cycling Accident Involving a Motor Vehicle – What do you do?

You’ve Been in a Cycling Accident Involving a Motor Vehicle – What do you do?

Summer has finally reached our beautiful province. However, with summer weather, bicycle accidents are at their peak. ICBC estimates that 740 cyclists are injured in car crashes from June to September every year.  Last year, cyclist Anthony Floyd was involved in a collision when a driver pulled into a cycling…

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January 8, 2019

Matthew Van Nostrand

Left Turn Accidents. What to Do if You’ve been Hit While Turning Left at an Intersection?

Left Turn Accidents. What to Do if You’ve been Hit While Turning Left at an Intersection?

You’ve been hit by a car while turning left at an intersection and ICBC has told you it’s your fault – what can you do? First of all, ICBC’s determination of fault is not the final word. Ultimately, it’s up to a judge to decide. But practically speaking, if ICBC…

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March 10, 2017

Murphy Battista

ICBC Part 7 benefits Q+A video

If you’ve been injured in a car accident (or any motor vehicle accident) in BC you may have heard people talk about ICBC Part 7 (no-fault) benefits. Sometimes they are called ICBC no-fault benefits, ICBC accident benefits and sometimes just “Part 7 benefits.” What they are, and how they work…

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June 23, 2015

J. Scott Stanley

What you Should Know about Litigation Financing

The process of litigating a personal injury claim can be an incredibly stressful experience. The physical consequences of an accident can disrupt your social life, create conflict with your work and family responsibilities, and can have a dramatic effect on your mood. Further, to attempt to litigate a personal injury claim…

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June 18, 2015

J. Scott Stanley

Complex Home Insurance Policies Aren’t Good For Anyone

The CBC recently contacted me to comment on a story that perfectly represents the growing problem of insurers hiding behind complex policies. The story is covered in full at the CBC Website. However, in brief it concerns a couple, Michael and Diane Uniac, who for the past 19 years have…

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March 24, 2015

Murphy Battista

Disability Tax Credit: Recent Changes and Things to Know

Last summer, the federal government passed the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act. A piece of legislation intended to “better protect disabled Canadians from the predatory practices of some disability tax credit promoters.” In addition to providing increased protection to disabled persons from unscrupulous consultants, the Act has been instrumental…

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November 20, 2014

J. Scott Stanley

Million Dollar Baby: Travel Insurance Gone Wrong

I was recently approached to comment on a story that has captivated online audiences. The story is fairly simple. Jennifer Huculak and her husband left for a Hawaiian vacation in October of 2013. At the time, Jennifer was 24 weeks pregnant. Planning ahead, the couple purchased travel insurance for…

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