Paul was born and raised in North Vancouver. He obtained a BA from SFU in 2010 and a JD from TRU in 2014. He was called to the BC bar in 2015.
Exclusively acting for plaintiffs in civil actions, Paul has successfully run cases in both provincial and supreme court, and has significant experience with all aspects of litigation.
Paul’s focus is on personal injury cases in the areas of motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls, animal attacks, and other sources of injury. He has worked on files involving traumatic brain injuries, catastrophic physical injuries, chronic pain, emotional and psychological injuries, and significant soft tissue injuries. Among others, his clients include infants and elderly claimants.
In addition, Paul does work in the fields of commercial host liability, medical malpractice, dental malpractice, disability benefit denials, property insurance denials, life insurance denials, police liability, governmental liability (municipal, provincial, and federal), products liability, wills variations, and class actions.
Outside of work, Paul enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking and hiking, and keeping up with Game of Thrones.
Some of Paul's recent case results include:
- Niessen v. Emcon Services Inc., 2018 BCSC 1410: John Cameron and Paul Bosco acted for Mr. Niessen, who was the sole proprietor of a plumbing-and-heating company. Mr. Niessen sustained significant injuries when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle that crossed the centre line of a highway and these injuries affected all areas of his life. The main issue at trial was the degree to which Mr. Niessen's ability to earn income had suffered as a result of his injuries. ICBC took the position that there was a lack of documented evidence to support this loss. However, the court accepted Mr. Cameron and Mr. Bosco’s arguments that Mr. Niessen's history of skill and ability in his industry, his business records, and the witness called on his behalf including former co-workers and customers, all were sufficient to prove that a significant loss as occurred. In the end, the Court awarded over $840,000 for this loss of earning potential. Overall, the court awarded Mr. Niessen just over $1.2 million, which was almost triple the amount the insurance company had argued Mr. Niessen deserved..
- QP v. Bolton, 2018 BCSC 1090: Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein and Paul Bosco acted for an RCMP officer who was significantly injured in the course of his duties. The court accepted their arguments that his life was significantly impacted as a result of his injuries, he missed out on earning overtime income, his opportunity for advancement in his career may be limited, and that his wife was entitled to compensation for the care she provided by way of an in trust claim. The court also accepted their argument that he and his employer should be compensated for the time he missed from work, despite having been paid by his employer for this time, finding that it would be unfair to let the wrongdoer benefit from the generosity of the employer.
- Abdi v. Bottomley et al., (Jury trial) June 26, 2018: Scott Stanley and Paul Bosco represented a young woman who was the victim of horrible burns following an explosion at a backyard fire pit. The tenant poured a bucket of used motor oil on the fire, causing it to explode. The landlord, who happened to be the City of Burnaby, had been warned the tenant had fires in the past, which was contrary to their own bylaw prohibiting open fires, but did nothing about this. In the course of a month-long jury trial, the court accepted the arguments of Mr. Stanley and Mr. Bosco that (1) a duty of care was owed by the landlord to the victim, a visitor to the premises, (2) it was impossible for the victim to be found at all at fault for the incident and her injuries, and (3) only basic factual questions should be put to the jury for consideration. The jury ultimately awarded the victim a total of $4.56 million.
Read the Trial Summary of Abdi v. Bottomley.
- Zwinge v. Neylan, 2017 BCSC 1861 (Branch J.)
Kevin Gourlay and Paul Bosco acted for a 46-year-old tradesman who was injured in a head-on collision. He was initially denied benefits by ICBC who said that it was a WCB issue. Having overcome that defence, the plaintiff proceeded to trial and recovered damages of $724,000, including $150,000 for pain and suffering and $400,000 for lost earning capacity.
- Provost v. Bolton, 2017 BCSC 1608: Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein and Paul Bosco represented an RCMP officer who was significantly injured in the course of a pursuit after a thief stole a truck from a dealership lot. They successfully argued that not only was the driver at fault, but the dealership was as well for an employee having left the truck with the keys in the ignition, engine running, and doors unlocked in an unsafe neighbourhood. Prior to this, the law was on this issue was unsettled in Canada. They also successfully argued their client was not at all contributorily negligent for having removed his seatbelt prior to the collision in anticipation of pursuing the thief on foot.
- 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.
*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.
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