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Achieving Justice – weekly news column since January 2007


  • 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 [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Bring back photo radar? I made that suggestion at the tail end of my last column, which was about speed traps. Heck of a use of the word “trap”, by the way. The word is suggestive of unfair surprise. You’d have to [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Do speed traps piss you off? It’s like shooting fish in a barrel, set up along the safest stretches of road with ridiculously low speed limits. And along boring stretches of highway where a heavy foot causes your speed to [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

“You’ve made your bed” is a saying fitting of some injury victims who have made it next to impossible to achieve justice. According to one internet source, the saying first appeared in a late 1500s Middle French proverb “comme on [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Distracted driving penalties are increasing. Again. And immediate roadside driving prohibitions (like those for impaired driving) might be coming. Goodness. Much ado about distracted driving! Would it be fair for distracted driving penalties to be as swift and severe as those [...]

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer

Seniors will be hit the hardest (announced changes to ICBC). Take this with a grain of salt. Heck, a bucket of salt. I am directly, financially interested in the future of our injury claim system. Seniors occupy a significant portion of my [...]