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Negotiating an ICBC claim

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  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Have you seen ICBC’s pitch to the B.C. Utilities Commission in support of their latest rate increase request? They point to an increase of injured victims hiring lawyers as one of the reasons for the increase. They commit to combat [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Is it cheating for an insurance adjuster to mislead you, or is deception fair game in a negotiation?  This is the third in a series of columns dedicated to the exposure of insurance adjuster deception. This time, my focus is [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

This is the second column of a series I am writing to expose common arguments that some insurance adjusters make that are so lacking a foundation in logic, science and law that I consider them an attempt at cheating. This [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Negotiating an injury claim directly with an insurance adjuster can feel intimidating. It should. You are facing a seasoned fencer, the likes of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride who dedicated his life to the study of fencing so as [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer
Shocking ICBC Claim Guideline

I’ve given the same ICBC claim advice over and over, consultation after consultation, for years.  I have joked about creating a series of videos so that I could just press “play”.  Perhaps that’s not such a bad idea! Injured victims [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer
Shoes walking on autumn leaves from rear

“This isn’t your neighbour, it is your baby!”, the lady said, emphatically.  As I continued walking away she continued: “Don’t you love her?  Don’t you love your daughter?!”  Just minutes before, the same lady challenged my wife saying: “This isn’t [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Negotiations, in my experience, are more of an art than a science.  Having embarked on an uninvited negotiation that started with some sort of spooge being squirted on my wife’s boots, I was less than impressed with the artistry of [...]

  • 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
Think before signing off on settlement

It irritates me when those holidaying in southern destinations giggle openly about leaving the cold behind, and those unable to escape it.  Please believe me that I am not giggling at your expense as I write this while on a [...]