I have extensive experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance disputes both at trial and on appeal.
In addition to my courtroom experience, I have many years of expertise advocating for clients involved in mediation and arbitration. I was honoured to have been appointed a Queen’s Counsel in December 2018. My effective representation of clients includes taking cases to trial for people who have sustained brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Whether my clients need help negotiating a compensation claim or taking the matter forward to trial, my knowledge and ability as an advocate have produced positive outcomes for my clients.
I work out of the firm’s Kelowna office along with paralegal Cathy Davies and I am the contact lawyer for the firm’s Vernon office.
My Philosophy and Approach
I understand the immediate and long-term impact that a severe injury has on individuals and their families. My first concern is to ensure access for my client to the full range of appropriate treatments to assist recovery. I have many years of experience dealing with people who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries. Aside from the obvious and immediate devastating physical and emotional consequences for the injured person, these types of severe injuries also have a definite long-term impact on family dynamics. Therefore, the recovery process should include acute care treatment, rehabilitative therapies and counseling for the injured person and family members who need to learn how to help injured loved ones cope with a new reality and how to deal with their own feelings about the situation.
My approach includes taking steps to ensure that my clients are aware of the full range of opportunities available to assist in an optimal recovery plan. My job also necessarily includes helping to arrange for the financial resources to cover the costs of implementing that plan.
Once I’m satisfied my client has what he or she needs to focus on recovery I can begin to address the legal issues associated with the case and consider what appropriate compensation might look like. From my perspective, adequate compensation must include consideration of a client’s immediate financial needs as well as their long-term interests. A serious injury has repercussions that can last a lifetime and frequently impact the financial future of the family unit.
After a recovery plan is in place, my next goal is to secure fair and reasonable compensation. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, wage loss, long-term costs of care and treatment, costs associated with accommodating a permanent disability, financial planning to meet family obligations and address vulnerabilities as well as lost opportunities and future earning capacity, are all things that need to be factored into determining fair and reasonable compensation for a serious injury.
Sometimes appropriate compensation is best achieved through a negotiating settlement, sometimes not. For that reason, I treat each file as if it were going to trial so that I’m prepared to advance my clients’ interests in either setting. Whether we are negotiating or going to court, I make a point of keeping my clients up-to-date on the status of the claim, and I make sure there is someone available to answer questions. I care about how my clients are doing and feeling. I want to know if they are anxious or worried about some aspect of their case so that I can help them understand the process.”
- UBC, LLB, 1992
- UVic, BA, 1989
- Member, British Columbia Supreme Court Rules Committee
- Board of Governors, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC)
- TLABC Representative, Access to Justice BC Leadership Group
- Former Director of Brain Trust Canada
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
Disclaimer: The outcome of every legal proceeding will vary according to the facts and unique circumstances in each individual case. References to successful case results where the lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP have acted for clients are not necessarily a guarantee or indicative of future results.
Bill Dick and Keri Grenier acted for a plaintiff who was 17 years old when she was struck in a crosswalk by a pickup truck driven by the defendant. The plaintiff’s principal issues following the injury included ongoing dizziness, headaches, anxiety and depression. At issue was whether the plaintiff suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, and whether her ongoing complaints were related to the accident or to other psychosocial stressors in her life as alleged by ICBC. After a two week trial the Court awarded damages totalling $347,581. The judgment included damages for loss of future earning capacity of $175,000.
In the News
Murphy Battista’s Kelowna office is participating in proposed class action over miscalculation of veterans pension benefits
February 27, 2019
Peter J. Driscoll and Bill Dick, Q.C. are working on a proposed class action lawsuit concerning an accounting error in the calculation of disability awards and pensions at Veterans Affairs. The error ran undetected for eight years and resulted in shortchanging more than 250,000 former soldiers, sailors and aircrew. We…Continue Reading
Bill Dick Appointed to Queen’s Counsel
December 14, 2018
We are delighted to announce Bill Dick’s appointment as Queen’s Counsel. Read the news coverage here: Okanagan lawyer honoured by appointment to Queen’s Counsel…Continue Reading
Bill Dick discusses social host liability with CBC in wake of costly West Vancouver house party
March 15, 2018
A West Vancouver incident where a teenage girl rented a home using her parents credit card and threw a party causing $20,000 worth of damage, serves as a warning to think about protecting yourself against liability for bodily injuries to guests, particularly in the age of the new shared economy…Continue Reading
Know the Limits: Teen Grad Parties and Social Host Liability
June 7, 2016
To host or not to host? Arranging gatherings for your teens at home can be riddled with questions. However, in the past decade parents face a much more difficult decision, whether or not to include alcohol among the appetizers. This poses a much larger issue at heart with hosting teen…Continue Reading
Social Host Liability and Grad Season
May 24, 2016
As we head into Grad Season, parents of teenagers face that age old question of whether to allow alcohol at year end parties. As a parent of teenagers myself, I will be addressing this very issue at a Vernon District School Board event scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 at Vernon…Continue Reading
Punitive Damages: A Brief Overview
May 29, 2015
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…Continue Reading
- Continuing Legal Education (CLE) BC – Non-Pecuniary Damages, June 2017
- TLABC – Dancing with the Devil: Managing Disability Insurers During the Life of a Personal Injury Claim, October 28, 2016. Written for the TLABC Litigation Update Seminar, 2016. Click HERE to read the paper.
- Okanagan Medical-Legal Group of Occupational Therapists – Medical Legal Overview, April 2016
- TLABC – Ethical and Practical Considerations in Billing Clients, April 2016
- TLABC – Punitive Damages in Negligence Claims: Practical Considerations, May 2015
- TLABC – Loss of Future Earnings in the age of the Oil Sands, Nov, 2014
- TLABC – The Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Owners’ In British Columbia, 2012
- TLABC – Morality of Fault, 2011
- BC Patient Safety and Quality Control – S.51 Evidence Act, 2009
- Pacific Business and Law Institute – Third Party Bad Faith Claims, 2009
- Continuing Legal Education (CLE) BC – Highway Maintenance Claims, 2005
- Continuing Legal Education (CLE) BC – ABCs of Head Injury Claims, 2003
Dominique Ritchie5Bill Dick was my lawyer at Murphy Battista LLP for over 5 years during a very complicated and messy personal injury case. I can’t speak highly enough of his professionalism and guidance during these extremely difficult years of my life. Bill was thorough and well-spoken. Cathy Davies, his assistant, was kind and personable. She was caring and talked me through many processes. Cathy provided insight at all steps along the way. They made this process bearable. Thank you Murphy Battista for helping me get my life back on track after a terrible accident. A quick thank you to Juan for the original referral to Bill Dick, and also to Danielle for being incredibly helpful during times when Cathy was away or unavailable. Everyone on the team was a pleasure and if I am ever in need of legal services again I am loyal to this firm.
tom terrific5Shopping for a lawyer? Please give my review a glance before you commit…5 years ago I was involved in a MVA resulting in a fairly serious single injury.During the next few immediate days as |I interacted with the various health care providers ( ortho surgeons, nurses and even the attending accident scene police) one thing they all said to me was ” get a lawyer:” I decided to at least look into this and see what I could learn. One of the first smart moves I did was to at least shop Vernon for a lawyer that I liked. I made 5 different appointments. I was to learn a bit about greed. 3 out of 5 law offices already had my contract drawn up for me ready to sign as soon as I walked in the door (!) without actually even meeting the lawyer. Yeah no thanks. One of them even asked me to initial a “special clause ” allowing them to charge me up to 40% if they should “go over their budget. (legal max fee is a third) Then one day, one of the rehab personnel mentioned a lawyer that would actually come to the facility to see how his clients were doing. After a short interview the next smart move I did was to hire the Lawyer Mr. Bill Dick and his excellent team,in particular his Paralegal Secretary Cathy Davies Endless patience is just one of Cathy’s skillset as she fielded my innumerable phone calls. You want someone knowledgeable there when you phone. And you will phone…. First and foremost this well known and very popular lawyer is a family man. Caring and understanding, he knows exactly what youre saying when you say your injury has affected your earning potential and your life. This excellent Vernon lawyer was just very recently accredited with the prestigious title of Queens Counsel. Awarded to only 7% of BC lawyers, its an award that does not come easily. Necessary qualities you must possess are Integrity, Honesty and Skill to name a few. (and just a general all around good dude, that’s MOST important) Everybody in Vernon should be damned proud to have him in our community. So after almost 5 years my case came to a satisfying end. Thank you so very much Bill and Cathy for all your excellent professional help. Obviously my name isn’t tom terrific, its Tim and if youd like to chat with me personally wander into the bean scene around 730 am. Thanks for reading.
Exceptional service, professional attitude and extremely polite, caring and understanding. Went beyond what was required. I would definitely recommend Bill Dick as the ultimate solution for any legal services. The process was explained and he provided me the assistance needed. I could not say enough of Bill and Cathy Davies support, knowledge, professionalism and consideration. I would highly recommend this law firm to family, friends or anyone seeking the need of an extremely professional and compassionate lawyer, you will not regret it. I am very grateful for the excellent service.
Bill and Cathy of Murphy Battista are two of the most intelligent, pleasant and compassionate persons we’ve ever know. We felt totally welcome and were put at ease by them the first time we met and always felt informed and up to date on the many legal twists of dealing with our USA rear end accident of 2013. We would and will recommend their skills and that of Murphy Battista to anyone that requires the legal services to battle the opposing lawyers of insurance companies. They delivered far more than either of us could have envisioned at the onset of our assocation with them! Their billings were always very reasonable.Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for all the help and support you provided! We wish you all of the very best.
Bill Dick and his Paralegal Cathy Davies were a life line for us. We knew right from the start that we were in good hands and were dealing with an outstanding group of Professionals. They were so caring, compassionate and took care of everything which In turn relieved us from all our stress and worries. I can’t say enough good things about this firm. A World Class Operation and I would not hesitate to recommend the Murphy Battiista Law Firm.
T. Severin CBD Advocate5
I cannot say enough about the staff at this location Bill Cathy and Matt were instrumental in my son getting back on his feet …their compassion and hard work throughout the last four years cannot be repaid with a simple thank you . Grateful Mom
Help2Heal Holistic Health5
I can’t thank Bill and his team enough for fighting for my sons rights.
I’ve worked with Bill Dyck at Murphy Battista, he is very professional, personable, and results foccused. I’d recommend using their services.
Had a very complicated case and am 100% satisfied with the results. Bill was not only professional but was patient explaining things I didn’t understand…over and over and over. I will never go to another firm after my experience at Murphy Battista.
In addition to my courtroom experience, I have many years of expertise advocating for clients involved in mediation and arbitration. My effective representation of clients includes taking cases to trial for people who have sustained brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Whether my clients need help negotiating a compensation claim or taking the matter forward to trial, my knowledge and ability as an advocate have produced positive outcomes for my clients.
Ultimately, my most important role is to secure fair and adequate compensation for my client while trying to minimize the stress associated with a personal injury claim and the litigation process.