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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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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May 28, 2019

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Murphy Battista

Underinsured Motorist Protection – An extra that’s worth the price of admission

Underinsured Motorist Protection – An extra that’s worth the price of admission

At Murphy Battista LLP it’s our job to constantly stay abreast of the intricacies of ICBC’s various insurance products and policies. Our depth of knowledge in this field means that we have an understanding of auto insurance that can benefit individuals prior to them actually being involved in an accident.…

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January 8, 2019

Matthew Van Nostrand

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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April 5, 2017

Kevin Gourlay

Kevin Gourlay

Distracted driving kills. It’s #Notworthit. Join the Campaign.

As personal injury lawyers we are reminded on a daily basis that distracted driving is a huge problem in our wired world and one that is costing lives. Distracted driving: the statistics and the neuroscience Distracted driving is now responsible for more motor vehicle deaths than drunk driving. The neuroscience…

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March 10, 2017

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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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May 29, 2015

Bill Dick

Bill Dick

Punitive Damages: A Brief Overview

What are Punitives Damages? I recently presented a paper on this topic for the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia entitled “Punitive Damages in Negligence Claims: Practical Considerations.”  I thought it might also be helpful to non-lawyers (including clients) to have an overview of what punitive damages are and how…

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April 7, 2015

J. Scott Stanley

J. Scott Stanley

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Personality Changes

Recently our firm was involved in a case that has received a fair amount of publicity, most notably from The Province and ABC News. Our client had suffered a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident that occurred while she was still in high school. As…

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August 18, 2014

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

You have the right insurance, but do you have enough of it?

The Mount Polley mining disaster of August 4, 2014, shows that even sophisticated businesses fail to purchase enough insurance.  In that case, the dam holding the tailings pond broke, sending 10 million cubic metres of debris into nearby lakes and streams.  The cleanup costs are expected to reach into the…

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March 25, 2014

Kevin Gourlay

Kevin Gourlay

The Seatbelt Defence — Lakhani v. Samson

An otherwise blameless plaintiff injured in an accident can be found contributorily negligent for failing to wear a seatbelt.  However, the burden rests with the defendant to establish a seatbelt defence.  As stated by Madam Justice Hyslop in Schenker v. Scott, 2013 BCSC 599, to establish a seatbelt defence a defendant…

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