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Achieving Justice – weekly news column since January 2007


  • 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 [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

If you are texting or engaged in a cell phone discussion with someone you know is driving, should you share legal accountability if there is a crash? In a recent news story, an insurance and legal expert pointed to a [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

“Swimming against the current” is an understatement. Two of the most powerful and influential publicly funded organizations (the CBC and RCMP) are working against me. In my last column, I shared my renewed passion for a pet road safety topic [...]

  • 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 [...]