The Importance of Keeping Business Records For a Wage Loss ICBC Claim

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Many of our clients are self-employed labourers performing contract work. In these cases, when their injuries are affecting their ability to earn a living, we always stress the importance of creating a paper trail in order to prove their resulting wage loss.

For example, if a claimant has to turn down a job opportunity, he should confirm in writing with the would-be employer what the opportunity was, and how much it would pay.

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Interest on Disbursements: A Warning to Claimants

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In order to fight for your right to compensation with ICBC, lawyers must spend money on a variety of necessary services such as investigation, doctor’s reports, photocopies and court fees. These expenses are known as disbursements.

When you hire a lawyer for your ICBC car accident, you are typically charged an interest rate on these disbursements. This is to facilitate financing your case, as most law firms require a loan or a line of credit from a lending institution to operate their business.

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Mussio Law Group Wins BC Court of Appeal Decision After ICBC Used Liability Release to Deny Injury Compensation

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We are pleased to announce that the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled that ICBC must compensate for the injuries sustained by our client during a bus ride back from their zip line ride.

As reported by The Vancouver Sun, counsel for our client, Wes Mussio and Eric Goodman, were successful in convincing the Court of Appeal to reverse a decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia dismissing our client’s case against Ziptrek.

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Court Rejects Opinion of “Biased”, “Arrogant” and “Argumentative” ICBC Doctor

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Expert witnesses, such as doctors, who come to court to testify, do so in order to give evidence and opinion on complicated matters outside of the realm of the general knowledge of judges and juries.

The “Rules of Court” require that these witnesses give such evidence in a fair and balanced way and not advocate for either party, even if the expert was hired by one party to come to court on that party’s behalf.

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“Diminished Home-Making Capacity” Results in Court Award of $20,000

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A claimant may also be entitled to a court award for “diminished home-making capacity”, in addition to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and treatment expenses.

This was the case in Savoie v. Williams, in which a Plaintiff suffered injuries to her back and neck in a motor vehicle accident. While her injuries caused her to miss a minimal amount of time from work, she struggled to perform her daily household activities following the incident.

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Wes Mussio Featured in Lawyers Weekly

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As previously discussed, injured claimants must take reasonable steps to restore themselves to their pre-accident condition, which includes following the advice of their doctors.

In the trial of Warner v. Cousins, the judge found that the Plaintiff failed to mitigate her damages and reduced the award as a result.

The decision was appealed to the Court of Appeal, the result of which was profiled along with our lawyer Wes Mussio’s views in the publication Lawyers Weekly.

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