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Paul J. Bosco

Paul was born and raised in North Vancouver. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in 2010, then spent a year working at CTV News in Vancouver.

Paul obtained his Juris Doctor (JD) from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops in 2014 as a member of TRU Law’s inaugural graduating class. At TRU, Paul played an active role in several groups and committees, and participated in the 2014 Wilson Moot in Toronto.

Paul was called to the Bar in BC in 2015.

Paul is motivated by a desire to help people who find themselves in difficult situations.  During his time at law school Paul worked at Murphy Battista each summer and his experience during his articling year was furthered by working with senior counsel at the firm.

I enjoy working with people to help get back what they have lost. While litigation is not always the best solution, when it is necessary, I feel privileged to be in a position to fight for people who may not be able to fend for themselves against ICBC or anyone else.

Paul’s experience includes meeting clients to discuss the validity of a personal injury claim, their entitlement to insurance benefits, and the appropriate measure of compensation. He has worked with clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and paraplegia. Paul also has experience researching interjurisdictional issues that frequently arise in the context of motor vehicle accidents.

Paul has been involved in writing settlement proposals, appeals of claim denials, and drafting of litigation documents including applications, affidavits, and orders, and the preparation of opening, closing, and written arguments.

In addition to personal injury claims involving ICBC, Paul has represented clients in WorkSafeBC claims and has successfully made submissions to the Workers Compensation Appeals Tribunal (WCAT).

Paul’s advocacy work includes conducting trial management conferences, discoveries of parties and witnesses, and appearing for clients on Chambers applications including applications for alternative service, production of documents, payment of funds into court, will variation matters, court approval of settlements, and pre-trial examination of witnesses.

Outside of work, Paul lives with his girlfriend in downtown Vancouver. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and goes hiking and camping as much as time permits.

Successful Cases

Some of Paul's recent case results include:

  • Widdowson v. Rockwell, 2017 BCSC 385: Joe Battista, Q.C. and Paul Bosco represented a pedestrian plaintiff who sustained catastrophic injuries, including a brain injury, after being struck by a drunk driver. The driver had recently left a pub, and made several brief stops, including at his home, before colliding with the plaintiff. The law up to this point was that if a patron makes it to their home, by whatever means, the establishment would no longer be liable for injuries caused by the patron, full stop. The court rejected this proposition, and found the pub partially liable for the plaintiff's injuries. This decision effectively became the new law in BC on commercial host liability, expanding the responsibility owed by establishments, and creating a more favourable legal landscape for claimants who have been injured by intoxicated patrons.
  • Provost v. Bolton and Dueck Downtown Chevrolet, 2016 BCSC 2255: Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein and Paul Bosco represented a police officer seriously injured by a truck stolen from the Dueck car dealership lot in Vancouver. Dueck was sued in negligence for having left the truck unattended, with the engine running, doors unlocked, and keys in the ignition. The court dismissed Dueck's summary trial application in which Dueck argued they should not be found liable for injuries caused by the car thief.
  • Sangra (Guardian ad litem of) v. Lima, 2015 BCSC 2350
    Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein and Paul Bosco represented an 83 year-old plaintiff who sustained life-threatening injuries, including a brain injury and various fractures, when he was struck by a vehicle while standing at a bus stop. ICBC denied liability but court found that the driver’s testimony was “littered with enormous credibility issues.” The driver, who had fled the accident scene, was found fully at fault. The plaintiff was awarded over $800,000 at trial, including $315,000 for pain and suffering, over $400,000 for future care, and $55,000 in-trust for the care provided by his wife during his recovery.  Due to the plaintiff’s age and injuries, the case was brought to trial quickly, with the trial judgment being made less than 2 years after the accident. 

Publications

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyer's Association of British Columbia

Dog Bites: What you Need to Know About Proving Your Claim

Now that the good weather is upon us and people are flocking to the parks and beaches it is inevitable that the interaction between people and dogs will increase. This means a corresponding rise in dog bites. Dog bites can be both traumatic and cause serious injury.  In this blog post, I review some of…

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Rehabilitation Professionals like Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists are key Players on our Client Care Teams.

This past week, Murphy Battista LLP was pleased to sponsor Dr. Julie Wambaugh’s lecture on “Evidence Based Practice and the Treatment of Acquired Apraxia of Speech” at the 2014 Conference of BC Association of Speech Language Pathologists & Audiologists held October 23-25, 2014. Click to view Powerpoint of Dr. Wambaugh’s presentation. The festivities started Thursday…

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Joe Battista, Q.C. rises to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You may have noticed a certain trend sweeping the internet lately involving ice, buckets, and fully clothed people. In fact, as you’re reading this online right now, there’s no way you haven’t. Joe Battista, Q.C., is not one to shy away from a challenge, and his ice bucket challenge nomination was no exception. The ALS…

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Changes to the BC Limitation Act – What They Mean for You

On June 1st, 2013, the new Limitation Act came into force in BC. This Act sets out the time limits a person has to make a civil claim, most commonly performed by suing another person or company for money to compensate for a loss. The most significant change in the new Limitation Act is the…

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