Cases

Notable Cases

I have represented clients with a wide value of claims. Most claims settle but if the offer is not fair, you may need to go to trial. I am not hesitant to go to trial if it is in my clients’ best interests. Below are some notable decisions:

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Andrews v. Mainster, 2014 BCSC 541: I acted as co-counsel and represented Brenda Andrews who was injured in a car accident.  ICBC argued that most of Brenda’s injuries were due to health problems that existed prior to the accident.  The Court awarded Brenda more than $357,000.
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Budimac v. Bains, 2013 BCSC 654, 2014 BCCA: I represented Uros Budimac who was told by ICBC that he was entirely at fault for a car accident.  The Court found that the other driver was 100% responsible.  ICBC appealed and was unsuccessful.
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Wong v. South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, 2013 BCSC 1118: I acted as co-counsel and represented Yin Kung Wong who was injured on a bus.  Ms. Wong, a senior citizen, said that the bus driver pulled away before she had a chance to sit.  The bus driver disputed the claim.  The Court awarded Ms. Wong $115,000.
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Ludwig v. Frighetto, 2012 BCSC 1721 and Yip v. Frighetto, 2013 BCSC 1721:  I represented Chris Ludwig and Chuck Yip who were injured in a “low velocity impact” or LVI.  ICBC has used a LVI defence for many years to argue that people cannot be hurt in low speed collisions.  The Courts awarded both Chris and Chuck compensation for their injuries.
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Haczewski v. British Columbia, 2012 BCSC 380: I represented Albert Haczewski’s family in a tragic accident.  Albert was killed when a high speed police cruiser ran a red light at Kingsway and Royal Oak in Burnaby.  The defence argued that Albert was at fault for the accident.  The Court found that the police officer was fully responsible and Albert’s wife and parents received just compensation.
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softball

Arndt v. The Ruskin Slo Pitch Association, 2011 BCSC 1530: I represented Danielle Arndt who suffered a significant knee injury after stepping into a depression while playing softball.  The defence asked the Court to dismiss Danielle’s claim because she had signed a team roster which the defence said was also a waiver.  The defence was unsuccessful.  The decision was reported by the Vancouver Sun.
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Falati v. Smith, 2010 BCSC 465, 2011 BCCA 45: I represented Hourash Falati who suffered a broken leg after a car jumped the curb and pinned him against a wall.  Hourash was awarded more than $340,000.  ICBC appealed and was unsuccessful.
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Peake v. Higo, 2008 BCSC 265: I represented Penny Peake who was injured in a car accident.  Penny’s most significant injury was a torn shoulder muscle and frozen shoulders on both sides.
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Reyes v. Pascual, 2008 BCSC 1324: I acted as co-counsel and represented Maria Reyes who was injured in a car accident.
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Notenbomer v. Andjelic, 2008 BCSC 509: I represented Yvonne Notenbomer who was injured in a car accident.  Yvonne’s most significant injury was a disc herniation and ICBC argued that her injuries were minimal.  Yvonne was awarded more than $550,000.
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Thauli v. Corporation of Delta, 2008 BCSC 437, 2009 BCCA 455: I represented Ravinder Thauli who was injured in a slip and fall at a community centre.  Delta applied to have Ravinder’s claim dismissed because she did not provide proper notice.  Delta was unsuccessful, appealed the decision, and again, was unsuccessful.
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Sall v. ICBC, 2007 BCPC: I represented the Sall family who were told by ICBC that they had misrepresented the principal driver when they purchased their car insurance and as such, would not be covered for their loss.  The Court found that there was no misrepresentation of the principal driver.