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Achieving Justice – weekly news column since January 2007


  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Can unbridled passion go too far? I had the privilege of attending a TEDxYouth event on May 17th, 2018. Twelve incredible youth, aged 11 to 17, presented their ideas. One of them was my 12 year old son, Caden. What [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

A recent small claims decision highlights a common misunderstanding about our rights. And that ICBC doesn’t jump to clear up the confusion. I feel for the Claimant, Frank. He went step by step through the process outlined by ICBC to [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

ICBC has a video snippet of you frolicking on a Cancun beach with a margarita in your hand. It felt like they had rummaged through your underwear drawer, accessing and viewing private moments with family and friends. Read my column [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

In the old days it was the family photo album. And if ICBC wanted video footage they had to send a creepy “investigator” with a video camera. Now there are smart phones, Facebook, Instagram and whatever else that captures and [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“I was wondering, does the ICBC interviewer ask questions regarding how an individual’s life has been affected by the accident? And in particular, not just physical injuries, pain etc. but mentally (anxiety, lowered mood, trauma, anxiety/hypervigilance while driving or as [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“Please help us raise money for the players and families affected. Money will go directly to families to help with any expenses incurred.” As of Monday morning, this GoFundMe campaign had amassed $11.7 million of their $4.0 million goal. The [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

The RCMP are not speculating about the cause of the horrific crash before gathering and analyzing all the evidence. Nor should they. But I will. I think it’s important, particularly while the horror of the crash is still fresh and [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“The crash occurred because I was texting, not because I was drunk. Now pay me the money!” That’s my blunt paraphrasing of a small claims lawsuit against ICBC. And it makes me feel sick to my stomach. The lawsuit arose [...]

  • 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 [...]