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Honesty & your ICBC claim

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Honesty is not enough. I wrote last week about credibility being “everything” in a personal injury claim. And that being scrupulously honest is critical. But even scrupulous honesty is not enough. Imperfect memories can result in scrupulously honest people getting [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Credibility is important in our world. But in a personal injury claim, it is everything. The credibility I’m talking about shouldn’t be confused with the reputation you might have built over time in your spheres of influence. An excellent reputation in your [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“You’ve made your bed” is a saying fitting of some injury victims who have made it next to impossible to achieve justice. According to one internet source, the saying first appeared in a late 1500s Middle French proverb “comme on [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

I didn’t cause the crash. Why does it feel like I am the one on trial? Just because you am making an ICBC claim, that feeling is very much the reality. A trial isn’t needed to prove the fault of [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer
Lies Letterpress

“Liar”; “cheater”; “scammer”.  The very words leave an unpleasant aftertaste. A distaste for those who lie, cheat and scam is a common human experience.  Is it because each of us has been lied to, cheated, or scammed, and have felt [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer
Man changing his face

A judgment released May 10, 2013, following an eight day Supreme Court of British Columbia personal injury trial, reminds me of the saying: “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client”.  The decision reads like [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“Do not sign anything” is a stern warning I see or hear from time to time in marketing materials by some personal injury lawyers. Use that phrase as a google search criteria and the first page of results includes a [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

I sometimes wonder if those consulting with me are disappointed by the straight-forward legal advice that I give them. Some seem to be looking for clever tactical pointers.  Certainly, a personal injury lawyer must have a few tricks up his [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

With a legal practice dedicated to a very narrow area of law, I often feel like a broken record when I am giving advice to my clients. The same issues and procedures come up again and again and again because [...]