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  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Disability insurance companies have all the power. Until a lawsuit pursued by a tenacious lawyer evens the playing field. Have you ever been unfairly denied disability benefits? Vanessa Godwin was, when applying for long term disability (“LTD”) benefits. She dealt with [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Improper headrest adjustments are one of many standard allegations ICBC makes against victims of negligent driving. The allegation is almost always made in a formal document called a Response to Civil Claim. A recent example: “The Plaintiff…failed to properly adjust [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

School bus drivers made the news last month with their complaints about drivers ignoring school bus warning lights. A little on-line searching led me to a public posting site that left me gobsmacked.  Here is one of the online postings:  [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“A person in your position should become a little better informed before writing such an ignorant article that tries to tarnish a whole industry”. Those biting words came to me from a reader of my last column, Dale, who has [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

You’re a designated driver for a group of friends.  You are driving on a highway, at highway speed.  One of your drunk, boisterous passengers grabs and cranks on the steering wheel, causing a crash.  You are seriously injured. Do you [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

This is the fourth and last episode of a series.  I started with a list of priorities for what to do at the scene of a crash.  I promised a similar list for what to do after you leave the [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer
Man blowing into breathalyzer

I am about to share something I recently learned about impaired driving laws. I feel the need to start with an explanation of why a lawyer who has been in practice for close to 20 years could possibly be so [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

My wife and I host a little pre-Christmas get-together every year to help get into the mood of the Season. The evening “activity” has a crew sitting around the piano with me taking requests from the Reader’s Digest “Merry Christmas [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

What message are we giving the public when we report that all occupants of a head-on crash excaped injury…on the strength of an ability to walk away at the scene…when the reality is that all occupants were very likely injured [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Five vehicle crash snarles Harvey I wonder how those who suffered injuries that may never, ever completely resolve would agree with the reporter’s words: “all injuries are considered minor”. The use of the word “minor” in news reports describing injuries [...]