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Assessment of fault

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Consider apologizing if you are the cause of a life altering injury. Acknowledging fault in the form of an apology does not have any affect on your insurance coverage, nor is it taken into account when determining liability.

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The two boys, aged 9 and 11, are sorry. But what about accountability? They were playing with a lighter in the Wilden area of Kelowna. Apparently “experimenting with fire.” Almost a thousand homes were put on evacuation alert. Thankfully, fire

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Should a “you break it you bought it” type accountability apply to dog attacks? It does in Ontario, where they have enacted a Dog Owners’ Liability Act. You can access the act through this link. Legislation can be difficult to

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We love our furry friends. But they can cause harm. We try to keep our children safe by cautioning them not to approach dogs they are not familiar with, but from time to time bad things happen. A recent example

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“He was asking for it”. “Got what he deserved”. Comments like those were made in response to the news story about a “semi-streaker” (wearing only underwear and a jersey) who was flattened on the field of a BC Lions football

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A recent small claims decision highlights a common misunderstanding about our rights. And that ICBC doesn’t jump to clear up the confusion. I feel for the Claimant, Frank. He went step by step through the process outlined by ICBC to

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The RCMP are not speculating about the cause of the horrific crash before gathering and analyzing all the evidence. Nor should they. But I will. I think it’s important, particularly while the horror of the crash is still fresh and

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Is there any onus on pedestrians to avoid falling on slippery surfaces? I made a case for safe and passable sidewalks in my last column Are you liable if someone slips on the sidewalk in front of your home? One

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It’s downtown Vancouver.   Eastbound lanes of traffic are at a complete stop for a red light. The driver of an eastbound pick-up truck illegally veers into the westbound lanes to skip ahead to a left turn lane.It’s downtown Vancouver.