Biography

I was born and raised in Vancouver.  I am a lawyer at Murphy Battista’s Vancouver office.  My practice focuses on personal injury, tort and insurance claims.  Exclusively acting for plaintiffs, I have successfully litigated complex claims in both the Supreme Court of British Columbia and Court of Appeal.

My focus is on personal injury cases in the areas of motor vehicle collisions, slip-and-falls, and other accidents. I have worked on cases involving traumatic brain injuries, psychiatric and psychological injuries, chronic pain, significant soft tissue injuries and other physical injuries.

In addition, I work in the fields of commercial host liability, property insurance denials, life insurance denials, disability benefit denials, and government and police liability.

Before my legal career began, I worked as a lifeguard and later in the security industry.  I have lived in Edmonton, Victoria, Bowen Island and Queensland, Australia.  I obtained his Bachelor of Arts (political science) from UVic in 2009, and my Juris Doctor from Bond University (Australia) in 2012.  I was called to the British Columbia bar in 2013.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, listening to masterpieces of 80’s popular music, and volunteering for social causes of conscience.

Education

  • Bond University, JD, 2012
  • UVic, BA (political science), 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Trial Results

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.

Jeff Nieuwenburg acted for the plaintiff on an appeal regarding a finding of contributory negligence on her part and failure to mitigate her damages. The appeal was successful in part with the court finding there was no evidence that the plaintiff failed to follow a treatment, that would have decreased her damages and the failure to mitigate finding was set aside. In the result, this meant that the plaintiff was entitled to recoup the 75% reduction that had been applied to her damages award for failure to mitigate.

Jeffrey Nieuwenburg acted for the plaintiff on an application by the plaintiff for production of documents from the defendant which include liability documents, privileged documents from its list of documents, and an affidavit of documents. The plaintiff also sought costs. There was a 15-day jury trial in this matter scheduled for February 2018.

Brian Brooke and Jeffrey Nieuwenburg represented a plaintiff, who was 19 at the time, who was injured while riding as a passenger in a friend’s vehicle when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. She sustained compression fractures to her thoracic vertebrae and a closed head injury. As a result of these injuries, the plaintiff developed a chronic pain condition and was unable to pursue her dreams of becoming a registered nurse. At trial, the defendant was found wholly responsible for the accident. The plaintiff was awarded damages of approximately $1.4 million.

The plaintiff alleged that the defendant municipality was negligent in its winter maintenance of the road where the accident that injured the plaintiff had occurred. The plaintiff claimed her injuries disabled her from working and most activities of daily living. While the Jury found the parties shared liability it awarded the plaintiff damages of $3,576,600. The Jury also found the plaintiff had failed to mitigate her damages. The plaintiff later appealed and was partly successful in that the BC Court of Appeal set aside the Jury finding that she had failed to mitigate her damages (see: Rhodes v. Surrey (City), 2016 BCSC 1880).

Brian Brooke, J. Scott Stanley, and Jeffrey Nieuwenburg were co-counsel for the plaintiff who was awarded $790,000 in damages as compensation for suffering a significant brain injury . The injury was the result of a shove in retaliation for the Plaintiff teasing the Defendant in the aftermath of a bachelor party. The BC court reviewed the law regarding liability in connection with stag parties and in the result awarded the firm’s client $790,000 in damages.

 

Kevin Gourlay acted for a young woman and mother of three who was injured in a motor vehicle accident. At the time of trial, she continued to suffer from mid-back pain as a result of the accident. The Court awarded damages of $91,700, including $60,000 for pain and suffering.

Insights

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

July 29, 2019

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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Insurance Disputes: What are household belongings worth?

November 10, 2014

People buy home or tenants insurance so they are covered if the unexpected happens. But even if damage is covered by insurance, will you and your insurance company be able to agree on the value of lost items and the appropriate cost of repairs? Today CBC’s Go Public reported about…

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Do I need a lawyer? ICBC’s ad campaign…what they don’t tell you.

December 17, 2013

You may have seen the new ICBC ads in a local paper, at a bus stop or online. ICBC’s new ad campaign suggests that those injured in vehicle accidents should make informed decisions about how to handle an ICBC claim. The ads encourage people to understand their rights. We couldn’t…

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How Social Media can affect your claim

May 14, 2013

For many of people, it is difficult to remember a time before social media.  Facebook, Youtube and Twitter have changed the way we communicate.  Social media has left its mark on the courtroom.  Below are questions and answers about how the Courts have made use of this new technology. Can…

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Videos

The Law Show: Ep. 36: Protecting Yourself from a Motor Vehicle Lawsuit and Vicarious Liability

On this episode of the Law Show Murphy Battista LLP lawyers Joe Murphy, QC and Jeffrey Nieuwenburg discuss protecting yourself from a motor vehicle lawsuit, vicarious liability, and what to keep in mind when you are looking for insurance to make sure you are adequately covered.

The Law Show: Ep. 35: Negligence, Liability from School Trips, Importance of Having Proper Insurance

On this episode of the Law Show Murphy Battista LLP lawyers Joe Murphy and Jeffery Nieuwenburg discuss negligence, and liability arising out of accidents on school trips, educational benefits vs. risk, and the importance of having proper insurance.

Hiring a Lawyer: What You Need To Know with Jeff Nieuwenburg

Jeff Nieuwenburg of Murphy Battista LLP’s Vancouver office provides an overview of what you need to know when hiring a lawyer. If you are looking for a lawyer to represent you after a car accident or other injury there are a few important things to keep in mind. Confirm the…

My practice focuses on personal injury, tort and insurance claims.  Exclusively acting for plaintiffs, I have successfully litigated complex claims in both the Supreme Court of British Columbia and Court of Appeal.

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