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June 2017 Archives

Not all personal injury lawsuits involve car accidents

In British Colombia, victims of incidents resulting from another person's negligence may pursue financial relief by filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. Apart from car accidents that result in many such claims, boating accidents, dog bites, slip and fall incidents, assaults, sexual abuse, product liability and more can also cause damages. Regardless of the event that caused the injuries, the types of damages that could be included in a claim need not all be physical.

What does ICBC have to pay upfront? A discussion on Part 7's

ICBC Accident Benefits, also known as, Part 7's are the "no-fault" benefits payable to individuals injured in a car accident. A Part 7 claim is called a no-fault claim because the victim of the car accident is not required to prove that anyone else was at fault for the accident prior to receiving any benefits.

Spinal cord injuries can cause much more than paralysis

Some car accident injuries lead to long-term -- or even life-long -- medical problems. Spinal cord injuries are some of those, and victims can face multiple serious medical conditions along with paralysis. Although falls, violence and sports cause many such injuries, studies have shown that car accidents in British Columbia and other provinces and territories play by far the primary role, and to make this statistic even worse, one in four spinal cord injuries involves alcohol impairment.

Acquired brain injury can cause long-term medical expenses

Sometimes, a person suffers an injury without realising it, but if it is left untreated, it can affect the victim's health and quality of life in the long term. One such an injury is an acquired brain injury, which -- according to the World Health Organization -- is a brain injury that does not have a congenital, hereditary or degenerative cause. According to ThinkFirst Canada, more than a million Canadians, including some in British Columbia, have to cope with the consequences of acquired brain injury as part of their daily lives.

Car accidents: When should senior drivers quit driving?

In the lives of most people in British Columbia and other provinces and territories, driving is an important part of their independence. Unfortunately, as drivers age, there may come a time when they endanger their own lives and those of others in car accidents. However, compared to other age groups, the majority of senior drivers are likely the safest operators of vehicles on the roads because they are typically meticulous about wearing their seat belts, avoid driving in bad weather and after dark, observe speed limits, avoid busy intersections and drunk driving.

I was injured in a car accident in BC during work. Now what?

As there are many people who drive as a part of their employment, it is probably no surprise that car accidents are a leading cause of worker injury and fatality in British Columbia. However, did you know that if you are injured in a car accident while working you may have an option to choose, or elect, between an ICBC claim or a WorkSafe BC claim, depending on the specific circumstances of the people involved in the accident.

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