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Achieving Justice – weekly news column since January 2007


  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

We are moving in the right direction with recently announced changes to ICBC premiums. But we could do so very much better. ICBC premiums are being adjusted in a way that, to some extent, will increase accountability for those who [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

The two boys, aged 9 and 11, are sorry. But what about accountability? They were playing with a lighter in the Wilden area of Kelowna. Apparently “experimenting with fire.” Almost a thousand homes were put on evacuation alert. Thankfully, fire [...]

  • 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,

Going quadding? You’re not as protected as you might think. I’m referring to insurance, not helmets and body armour. Though the use of helmets and body armour does highlight the importance of insurance in that fun, recreational activity. It really [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Should a “you break it you bought it” type accountability apply to dog attacks? It does in Ontario, where they have enacted a Dog Owners’ Liability Act. You can access the act through this link. Legislation can be difficult to [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

We love our furry friends. But they can cause harm. We try to keep our children safe by cautioning them not to approach dogs they are not familiar with, but from time to time bad things happen. A recent example [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

“He was asking for it”. “Got what he deserved”. Comments like those were made in response to the news story about a “semi-streaker” (wearing only underwear and a jersey) who was flattened on the field of a BC Lions football [...]

  • 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 previous three columns might suggest otherwise, but cell phones are not the boogieman. One of my “fans” posted an online comment accusing me of being “…on a one man crusade to eradicate  use…cell phone”. I would have taken that as [...]