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Brandon Souza

Brandon Souza
  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Phone: 604-683-9621
  • Fax: 604-683-5084
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Education:
    • Thompson Rivers University, JD, 2014
    • UBC, Bachelor of Sociology, 2011
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Brandon joined Murphy Battista in May 2015 after completing his articles with the firm.

Brandon’s litigation experience includes working with senior counsel on several different trials for clients coping with catastrophic injuries including paraplegia and brain injuries.

When I’m able to pass on a piece of good news, like confirming ICBC Part 7 benefits are on the way or that the cost of the physio and massage that is making a client feel better are covered, it’s really rewarding. Although some of these things may seem small in terms of the big picture, you start to see it from a different perspective and you begin to really appreciate how sometimes what seems like a little thing makes a big difference to someone’s quality of life.

Brandon approaches a personal injury claim by first seeking to gain a full understanding of the challenges that a client is facing. The next step is to assess the options available to assist and taking care of the procedural aspects of the personal injury claim process, which may lead to a trial or a negotiated settlement. This work necessarily includes:

  • Researching points of law specific to a given case
  • Providing advice to clients on the likelihood of success and what they might expect to achieve
  • Drafting the documents necessary to start a claim
  • Dealing with witnesses and gathering evidence in support of a claim
  • Examinations for discovery and representing clients in chambers on applications necessary to move the client’s claim forward
  • Trial (if necessary)
  • Dealing with negotiating and formalizing settlements or court orders if the matter proceeds to trial

In addition to personal injury claims, Brandon also has experience advising and representing clients on WorkSafeBC matters, chambers applications on wills variation issues and handling default judgments.

Outside of work Brandon enjoys basketball, skiing, and snowboarding.

Successful Cases

  • Court awards $352,000 to professional business woman with significant ongoing neck pain, PTSD, and major depressive disorder after a motor vehicle accident.
    Bricker v. Danyk, 2015 BCSC 2404
    John Cameron and Brandon Souza acted acted for A.B., a 37-year-old professional resume writer who was injured in a rear-end motor vehicle accident.  The accident left her with significant ongoing pain in her neck along with post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder. Her symptoms limited her ability to work and grow her business as she had prior to the accident.  After a 3-week trial, the Court awarded damages totaling $352,000, plus costs.  The judgment included damages for the plaintiff’s future lost earning capacity of $170,000. Prior to trial ICBC’s best offer was only half of the compensation which A.B eventually received.
  • Millard v. Singleton, 2015 BCSC 1015
    This case involved two young girls, who were 15 and 11 at the time of the accident. Both sustained spinal fractures and one was rendered a paraplegic. Both girls were passengers in their mother’s vehicle which was struck by another vehicle that crossed into their lane during a snow storm. The driver that crossed into their lane was found 100% at fault for the accident.
  • Larsen v. Moffett, 2015 BCSC 222
    Case involving a 44-year-old general contractor who was injured in two rear-end motor vehicle accidents.  The accidents left him with significant ongoing pain in his neck and back that limited his ability to work as he had prior to the accidents.  After a 5-day trial, the Court awarded damages totalling $468,365, plus costs.  The judgment included damages for the plaintiff’s future lost earning capacity of $285,845.

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of BC
  • Canada Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers Association of BC
  • The Medical Legal Society of BC

 

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