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  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Another injured victim goes uncompensated because of a waiver, despite clear negligence. This time, an adult snowboarder at Big White. Boarding from one of the easiest runs, Highway 33, down a known path to a parking lot. Access down the [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

If you lose your financial footing, how do you stop the circling vultures from peck, peck, pecking away at you? If you lose your financial footing, how do you stop the circling vultures from peck, peck, pecking away at you? [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Is a waiver worth the paper it’s printed on? It’s that annoying form you have to sign before doing fun things. Fun things that come with a risk of getting hurt. Or killed. By signing the waiver, you agree not [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Is there any sweeter justice than when someone tries to be nasty but it blows up in their own face? Even sweeter if the intended victim manages to benefit from the nasty conduct. Sweet justice was achieved after an animal [...]

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Here’s a “who are you” riddle. A car stalls in traffic; you lend a hand to push it off the road. A vehicle is stuck in snow; you help digging or pushing it out. Someone needs a boost; you pull [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“Clearly, a drunk can consent.” Dangerous words when pulled out of context from a judge’s acquittal of a cab driver, found by police with pants undone and an unconscious woman in his cab, the woman’s urine soaked pants and underwear [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Heck of a hunch! You’re staking out a residence as part of a drug trafficking investigation. You see a Mercedes-Benz SUV, and pull it over for a traffic violation. The passenger is vigorously rubbing his hands together and reaching into the [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer
Car Keys and Remote

Dealerships want to sell cars.  Financial institutions want to lend money.    People want to own cars. A financial outlook released mid-December, 2013, said that Canadians would take on record levels of consumer debt this year, in large part to buy [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

It can seem to be the worst of injustices:  The police do their job and catch a bad guy but his fancy lawyer gets him off on a technicality and the bad guy walks.  The technicality is usually based on [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

I am thankful to Paul Lacney, a retired insurance adjuster, for bringing the human rights concerns of Ed Rockburne, a retired RCMP officer, to my attention.  Human rights issues fall squarely within the “achieving justice” theme of this column.  Regular [...]