Mussio Law: Client Awarded $340,000 At Trial After Rejecting $83,000 ICBC Offer

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We are pleased to announce that, after our client declined ICBC’s pre-trial offer to settle for $83,000, we proceeded to trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and obtained an award of $340,000 for pain and suffering, wage loss and medical expenses.

In July 2009, our client was rear-ended by a drunk driver at high speed and pushed into opposing traffic.  As a result of the accident, she sustained soft tissue injuries to her neck, back, and right knee.  She also started exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and heightened anxiety and depression.  Aside from a brief period immediately following the accident, our client was not able to return to her job as an apartment manager.

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BC Court of Appeal Rejects ICBC’s Attempt to Remove Mussio Website

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As reported by 24 Hours Vancouver, we are pleased to announce that ICBC has lost for the second time in trying to convince our Court that the website belonging to Wes Mussio’s wife (icbcadvice.com) was infringing on ICBC’s trademark.

In 2012, the BC Supreme Court ruled in favour of Mussio; however, ICBC appealed the decision to the BC Court of Appeal.

ICBC’s primary argument was that the use of “ICBC” in a website domain name by a personal injury lawyer was misleading and in breach of ICBC’s intellectual property rights. In particular, ICBC argued that the average consumer would likely believe that ICBC itself was offering advice on its business, rather than an independent entity.

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Court Rejects ICBC’s “Common Sense” Injury Analysis

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Sometimes moderate or severe injuries can result from a relatively minor collision. In these cases, ICBC typically takes a hard line approach, arguing “common sense” dictates that a minor collision cannot result in anything but a minor injury. Unfortunately for ICBC, the laws of British Columbia and the laws of physics state otherwise.

Vehicle manufacturers design modern cars to crumple on impact. They do this in order to absorb the force that is being transferred from one body to another. Therefore, if there is more damage on impact, less force is being transferred to an occupant and more to the vehicle. However, if there is little damage to a vehicle, it does not necessarily mean that the impact was insignificant. A possible explanation is that the force from the impact was transferred elsewhere (i.e. to the occupants of a vehicle).

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Our Court Confirms No Double Standard for Cyclists

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Looking around the city during our recent spate of sunny weather, it is nice to see the numerous bike lanes in Vancouver being put to some use. The City of Vancouver installed these bike lanes to protect cyclists, so they should take advantage of them and ride in the designated areas whenever possible.

Of course, there are times when a cyclist must share the road with motor vehicles as well. In these cases, many believe that cyclists should not be held to the same standard of care as motor vehicle drivers, because it is the latter group who are more vulnerable.

However, the law holds a different view.

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The Importance of Keeping Business Records For a Wage Loss ICBC Claim

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Many of our clients are self-employed labourers performing contract work. In these cases, when their injuries are affecting their ability to earn a living, we always stress the importance of creating a paper trail in order to prove their resulting wage loss.

For example, if a claimant has to turn down a job opportunity, he should confirm in writing with the would-be employer what the opportunity was, and how much it would pay.

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Interest on Disbursements: A Warning to Claimants

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In order to fight for your right to compensation with ICBC, lawyers must spend money on a variety of necessary services such as investigation, doctor’s reports, photocopies and court fees. These expenses are known as disbursements.

When you hire a lawyer for your ICBC car accident, you are typically charged an interest rate on these disbursements. This is to facilitate financing your case, as most law firms require a loan or a line of credit from a lending institution to operate their business.

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