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Pursuing recovery

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

“Should I be using my extended medical benefits if I’ve been injured in a car crash?” The short answer: Absolutely. This is confusing stuff. I’ll do my best to explain. An extended medical plan is an insurance policy. A premium

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Pain serves us well when alerting us to a burning hot surface. Not so much after a car crash. We naturally avoid unpleasant things. We recoil from burning pain. And take extra care to avoid the sharp pains we’ve experienced

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

My qualifications are in law, not medicine. But the bulk of what I do is reviewing and advising my clients about their medical care. Because if I don’t, many of my clients will face the legal consequence of achieving less

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Everyone’s a legal expert when it comes to ICBC injury claims. Or any other legal matter when alcohol starts to flow at a social gathering. All sorts of advice comes out of the woodwork. Some is helpful, but much of

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Keep your doctor happy

A family doctor recently shared her frustration with me about one of my clients. I had arranged the discussion. I asked if there was anything more my client could do to recover from her crash injuries. It is one of

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,
Exercise for knee

Find out what you can do to get better, and do it. It’s one of my key pieces of legal advice for those consulting with me after a crash. Legal advice?  Isn’t that just common sense? It actually takes me

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,
Failure to mitigate

In a recent court decision, Cyr v. Kopp, 2016 BCSC 679, the compensation award for the victim of a distracted driver was stripped by over $60,000 because of his “failure to mitigate,” or follow through with medical recommendations. The heavy-duty

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In last week’s column, I discussed priorities for what to do at the scene of a crash.  As promised, this week I am moving on to priorities for what to do after you have left the scene of a crash.

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You have to train for a triathlon that you didn’t sign up for, you get none of the fringe benefits and you don’t get to check it off your bucket list because you won’t be entering the race. I am

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Light bulbs

A court decision released the beginning of April, 2015, recounts the aftermath of one of the most common of motor vehicle collisions: the rear-ender. On August 10, 2011, a young man was stopped at a stop light when some bonehead