OUR REPUTATION IS EARNED BY RESULTS

We prepare every case for trial, relentlessly holding defendants and insurance companies accountable. We out-work and out-think our opponents, devoting ourselves to finding new and innovative ways to win in court. And we are responsible for numerous precedent-setting legal decisions.

We believe there is an unfair imbalance between large insurance companies and individual plaintiffs. With the right lawyer, a courtroom can be the great equalizer. Because of our determination, most of our cases settle before making it to the courtroom. We let our clients make the ultimate decision about whether or not to go to trial.

We are proud of our body of work. We invite you to review some of our most notable cases below.

Judgments

RHE wins almost $3 million for brain injured hit & run victim, including largest ever $100,000 punitive damage award in Canada against a negligent driver. 10/16/2017
RHE wins almost $3 million for brain injured hit & run victim, including largest ever $100,000 punitive damage award in Canada against a negligent driver.
10/16/2017
Howell v. Machi, 2017 BCSC 1806

RHE wins almost $3 million for brain injured hit & run victim, including largest ever $100,000 punitive damage award in Canada against a negligent driver.

John Rice and Hector MacDonald were trial counsel for Veronica Howell, a young UBC student who was struck by a hit and run truck while crossing the street mid-block, but the Defendant drove into oncoming traffic and was driving the wrong way when he hit her.

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RHE Lawyers involved in precedent setting decision for accident involving a stolen vehicle. 09/13/2017
RHE Lawyers involved in precedent setting decision for accident involving a stolen vehicle.
09/13/2017
Provost v. Bolton, 2017 BCSC 1608

RHE Lawyers involved in precedent setting decision for accident involving a stolen vehicle.

JMR Trial Lawyers Tony Leoni and David Eleff were trial counsel for Brandy Brundige, who was stopped at a stop sign with her 5 year old son in the back of her vehicle, when she was struck at a high speed by a large truck driven by a thief.

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RHE wins $1.9 million in damages for 25-year-old woman suffering from post-traumatic chronic pain. 08/18/2017
RHE wins $1.9 million in damages for 25-year-old woman suffering from post-traumatic chronic pain.
08/18/2017
Pearson v. Savage, 2017 BCSC 1435

RHE wins $1.9 million in damages for 25-year-old woman suffering from post-traumatic chronic pain.

Jon Harbut and John Rice were trial counsel for Jessica Pearson a young woman who suffered life changing injuries in a violent head on car crash on the Sea to Sky Highway when she was only 21 years old. 

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RHE wins $1,093,111 in damages for a case that is the first of its kind in British Columbia to consider the issue of causation of a stroke occurring weeks after an accident. 09/29/2016
RHE wins $1,093,111 in damages for a case that is the first of its kind in British Columbia to consider the issue of causation of a stroke occurring weeks after an accident.
09/29/2016
McKenzie v. Lloyd, 2016 BCSC 1745

RHE wins $1,093,111 in damages for a case that is the first of its kind in British Columbia to consider the issue of causation of a stroke occurring weeks after an accident.

A new decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court has found that a stroke sustained by JMR’s client 18 days after a minor motor vehicle accident was the result of a vertebral artery dissection caused by the accident.  The case is the first of its kind in British Columbia which considers the issue of causation of a stroke occurring weeks after an accident.

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RHE wins $120, 000 for ongoing Botox Injections to treat chronic headaches, largest award in British Columbia’s history. 09/20/2016
RHE wins $120, 000 for ongoing Botox Injections to treat chronic headaches, largest award in British Columbia’s history.
09/20/2016
Picton v. Fredericks, 2016 BCSC 1470

RHE wins $120, 000 for ongoing Botox Injections to treat chronic headaches, largest award in British Columbia’s history.

Trial Lawyers Michael Elliott and Hector MacDonald acted for Allie Picton, a 33-year-old hair stylist, who suffered injuries to her neck, back, and shoulders, as well as ongoing headaches, as a result of a motor vehicle collision. Ms. Picton’s primary ongoing complaint at the time of trial was persistent headaches which interfered with her recreational, social, and vocational activities.

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RHE wins $1,190,563 in damages for a young member of our community suffering from chronic pain and impaired lifetime work capacity. 08/19/2016
RHE wins $1,190,563 in damages for a young member of our community suffering from chronic pain and impaired lifetime work capacity.
08/19/2016
Chow v. Goodman, 2016 BCSC 1486

RHE wins $1,190,563 in damages for a young member of our community suffering from chronic pain and impaired lifetime work capacity.

Trial Lawyers Jon Harbut and John Rice acted for Wing Kit (“Rick”) Chow, a 40-year-old accountant who suffered serious injuries leading to neck surgery from two rear-end motor vehicle collisions on November 20, 2009, on July 5, 2011.

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RHE defends injured victim in a 20-day Jury Trial. 08/10/2016
RHE defends injured victim in a 20-day Jury Trial.
08/10/2016
Norris v. Burgess, 2016 BCSC 1451

RHE defends injured victim in a 20-day Jury Trial.

John Rice and Jon Harbut acted for Denise Norris who suffered disabling injuries after being involved in a vehicle accident in 2010. Central to the trial was hours of covert surveillance from 2013 and 2014 that was taken on behalf of ICBC and used to dispute medical evidence of Norris’s declining health. This case highlights a first in B.C., where a full contingency fee was ordered as special costs for misconduct by a litigant.

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Young lawyer injured in a motor vehicle accident awarded $177,177 in damages. 07/12/2016
Young lawyer injured in a motor vehicle accident awarded $177,177 in damages.
07/12/2016
Frahm v. Laci, 2016 BCSC 1162

Young lawyer injured in a motor vehicle accident awarded $177,177 in damages.

Michael Elliott and Cody Wagner acted for a 36-year-old lawyer who suffered injury to her back and neck, as well as headaches, as a result of a significant motor vehicle collision. At the time of the collision the plaintiff worked in a busy litigation law firm.

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North Vancouver property owners and property manager held wholly liable for infant’s electrical burns. 06/15/2016
North Vancouver property owners and property manager held wholly liable for infant’s electrical burns.
06/15/2016
Boyes v. Wong, 2016 BCSC 1085

North Vancouver property owners and property manager held wholly liable for infant’s electrical burns.

Michael Elliott and John Rice acted for Cora Boyes who, in 2007, was 10 months old when she suffered severe electrical burns while a resident at a rental property in North Vancouver.

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RHE wins $889,650 for client injured labourer involved in a rear-end accident. 09/22/2015
RHE wins $889,650 for client injured labourer involved in a rear-end accident.
09/22/2015
Bellaisac v. Mara 2015 BCSC 1247

RHE wins $889,650 for client injured labourer involved in a rear-end accident.

Michael Elliott and Cody Wagner acted for John Bellaisac, a 35-year-old labourer who was injured as a passenger in a rear end accident. Mr. Bellaisac was a recent immigrant from Columbia. Since his arrival in Canada, Mr. Bellaisac worked as a physical labourer in demolition and asbestos removal.

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Court of Appeal remits award for future cost of care back to the trial judge for clarification, trial judge rejects ICBC’s argument and upholds initial award. 09/22/2015
Court of Appeal remits award for future cost of care back to the trial judge for clarification, trial judge rejects ICBC’s argument and upholds initial award.
09/22/2015
Johal v. Meyede 2015 BCSC 1070

Court of Appeal remits award for future cost of care back to the trial judge for clarification, trial judge rejects ICBC’s argument and upholds initial award.

The Court of Appeal remitted the award for future cost of care back to the trial judge for clarification of this issue. Michael Elliott and Cody Wagner appeared on behalf of Ms. Johal at the hearing for this matter.

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RHE represents 17 year-old involved in a Bicycle Accident. 04/20/2015
RHE represents 17 year-old involved in a Bicycle Accident.
04/20/2015
Matkin v. Hogg, 2015 BCSC 560

RHE represents 17 year-old involved in a Bicycle Accident.

John Rice and Cody Wagner acted for the Plaintiff, a 17 year old cyclist involved in a collision with the Defendant, a motorist insured by ICBC. The collision occurred after sunset during “advanced dusk”. The facts of what happened in the accident were controversial. Our client and the Defendant driver had vastly different accounts of what happened.

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Young engineer awarded damages after suffering permanent, partial disability as a result of a horrific single vehicle roll over collision. 01/28/2015
Young engineer awarded damages after suffering permanent, partial disability as a result of a horrific single vehicle roll over collision.
01/28/2015
Valino v. Chu, 2015 BCSC 114

Young engineer awarded damages after suffering permanent, partial disability as a result of a horrific single vehicle roll over collision.

In a December 2014 trial, Jon Harbut and John Rice were proud to act for a 26 year old diamond mining engineer named Mary Valino. Mary was the belted, front seat passenger in a horrific single vehicle roll over collision on October 10, 2010 near Grand Cache, Alberta. Mary was removed from the vehicle by emergency services and ultimately flown by helicopter ambulance to the hospital in Grand Prairie. Mary was a 22 year old mining graduate student at UBC when she was injured.

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BC Court of Appeal – Judgment Upheld. 01/07/2015
BC Court of Appeal – Judgment Upheld.
01/07/2015
Johal v. Meyede, 2014 BCCA 509

BC Court of Appeal – Judgment Upheld.

ICBC appealed the trial judge’s award of $611,000 for loss of capacity and $90,000 for loss of future care. John Rice and Mike Elliott argued the matter at the Court of Appeal with Cody Wagner providing instrumental help in preparing the matter for appeal.

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RHE wins $430,000 in damages for injured client involved in three motor vehicle accidents suffering from chronic pain and diminished ability to work. 09/08/2014
RHE wins $430,000 in damages for injured client involved in three motor vehicle accidents suffering from chronic pain and diminished ability to work.
09/08/2014
Rajan v. Hudon, 2014 BCSC 1678

RHE wins $430,000 in damages for injured client involved in three motor vehicle accidents suffering from chronic pain and diminished ability to work.

John Rice and Mike Elliott acted for Ashraf Rajan, an operating room nurse and married mother to two children who was injured in three motor vehicle accidents. The Plaintiff said the accidents, and especially the third accident, caused her significant injury, chronic pain, and a grossly diminished ability to continue working until retirement as a nurse.

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RHE wins $145,852 in damages for client involved in a low velocity accident. 07/07/2014
RHE wins $145,852 in damages for client involved in a low velocity accident.
07/07/2014
Brunelle v. Yoshida, 2014 BCSC 1006

RHE wins $145,852 in damages for client involved in a low velocity accident.

Ms. Brunelle had a long-standing prior injury to her left shoulder which was symptomatic, yet stable, at the time of the accident. As a result of the accident, Ms. Brunelle suffered soft tissue injury to her neck, back, and shoulders which resulted in persistent headaches, difficulty sleeping, and occasional depressive symptoms and low mood.

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34 year old transport mechanic awarded $323,170 in damages, including $220,000 for past and future loss of earning capacity, after suffering a shoulder injury as a result of two motor vehicle accidents. 05/14/2014
34 year old transport mechanic awarded $323,170 in damages, including $220,000 for past and future loss of earning capacity, after suffering a shoulder injury as a result of two motor vehicle accidents.
05/14/2014
Hong v. Wagner, 2014 BCSC 373

34 year old transport mechanic awarded $323,170 in damages, including $220,000 for past and future loss of earning capacity, after suffering a shoulder injury as a result of two motor vehicle accidents.

Jon Harbut and John Rice represented Christopher Hong at trial, a 34 year old commercial transport mechanic and commercial vehicle inspector. Chis was injured in two car accidents, but all of his damages arose out of the first crash, a terrible “roll over” accident that caused him to suffer serious injuries, especially to his right shoulder, which required surgery to the shoulder some two years after the accident.

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Home Owners Liability – Home owners held partially liable after visitor falls down dangerous stairwell. 04/13/2014
Home Owners Liability – Home owners held partially liable after visitor falls down dangerous stairwell.
04/13/2014
Doucette v. McDaniel 2014 BCSC 42

Home Owners Liability – Home owners held partially liable after visitor falls down dangerous stairwell.

Jon Harbut represented Mr. Doucette, a guest visiting a cabin that was undergoing some renovations. In the cabin there was a stairwell leading to the basement with no guardrail. Our client was walking backwards in the cabin to take a photograph and fell into the stairwell to the basement below suffering serious injuries including fractures.

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Young client suffering soft tissue injuries as a result of rear-end accident receives $795,570 in damages. 08/13/2013
Young client suffering soft tissue injuries as a result of rear-end accident receives $795,570 in damages.
08/13/2013
Johal v. Meyede, 2013 BCSC 2381

Young client suffering soft tissue injuries as a result of rear-end accident receives $795,570 in damages.

Michael Elliott and Cody Wagner acted for Lisa Johal, a 30 year old hotel front office manager. Ms. Johal was injured when her car was rear ended by the defendant. Prior to the accident, Ms. Johal had experienced minor pain, numbness, and tingling in her right arm. As a result of the accident, Ms. Johal suffered a permanent aggravation of these symptoms as well as new soft tissue injuries to her back as well as headaches.

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RHE represents client held 100% at fault, Defendant reapportioned 75% liability. 05/13/2013
RHE represents client held 100% at fault, Defendant reapportioned 75% liability.
05/13/2013
Hall v. Timms (23 March 2013), M116545 Vancouver (BCSC)

RHE represents client held 100% at fault, Defendant reapportioned 75% liability.

Jon Harbut and Michael Elliott acted for Mr. Hall. The only issue in this trial was who was at fault for a motor vehicle accident. The accident occurred at an intersection where Mr. Hall was turning left and Mr. Timms was proceeding straight through.

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RHE wins 54 year old man suffering from partial disability damages including $85,000 for future loss of income earning capacity. 11/13/2012
RHE wins 54 year old man suffering from partial disability damages including $85,000 for future loss of income earning capacity.
11/13/2012
Johnson v. Kitchener, 2012 BCSC 1796

RHE wins 54 year old man suffering from partial disability damages including $85,000 for future loss of income earning capacity.

John Rice and Hector MacDonald acted for Dean Johnson, a 54 year old truck driver injured in two car accidents. In the first accident Mr. Johnson was rear ended by a flat deck truck. We alleged on Dean’s behalf that he suffered permanent partial disability which would affect him for the rest of his life and impair his ability to work until retirement.

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RHE wins high-water award for client suffering from chronic pain. 10/13/2012
RHE wins high-water award for client suffering from chronic pain.
10/13/2012
Cantin v. Petersen, 2012 BCSC 549

RHE wins high-water award for client suffering from chronic pain.

Kevin Jarvis and Jon Harbut acted for Ms. Cantin who was injured in a car crash on June 10, 2004. Our law firm took her case over from other lawyers. We argued on Ms. Cantin’s behalf that she developed disabling and severe chronic pain because of the car accident.

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57 year old care aide awarded significant damages for wage loss, as a result of injuries she sustained as a passenger involved in motor vehicle accident. 08/13/2012
57 year old care aide awarded significant damages for wage loss, as a result of injuries she sustained as a passenger involved in motor vehicle accident.
08/13/2012
Sharifi v. Chaklader, 2012 BCSC 685

57 year old care aide awarded significant damages for wage loss, as a result of injuries she sustained as a passenger involved in motor vehicle accident.

Keith McGee and Michael Elliott acted for Ms. Sharifi.  Our client was a 57 year old care aid and assessment worker with the Ministry of Social Development. Ms. Sharifi was a passenger in a motor vehicle that struck a left turning vehicle.  At the time of the trial Ms. Sharifi was continuing to suffer from ongoing pain in her neck, back, and shoulders, as well as headaches, nausea, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue.

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The Court of Appeal unanimously dismisses ICBC’s appeal, cementing in British Columbia case law long-term yoga care as a reasonable treatment modality for chronic pain. 05/13/2012
The Court of Appeal unanimously dismisses ICBC’s appeal, cementing in British Columbia case law long-term yoga care as a reasonable treatment modality for chronic pain.
05/13/2012
Clark v. Kouba, 2012 BCSC 1607

The Court of Appeal unanimously dismisses ICBC’s appeal, cementing in British Columbia case law long-term yoga care as a reasonable treatment modality for chronic pain.

Jon Harbut and John Rice represented Gloria Clark, a working mother of two and avid marathon runner. The Plaintiff was rear-ended in a car crash on June 8, 2006. ICBC defended the claim. Ms. Clark alleged she suffered neck and back injuries that impacted all aspects of her life.

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Largest chronic pain award in British Columbia. 08/13/2011
Largest chronic pain award in British Columbia.
08/13/2011
Zen v. Readhead, 2011 BCSC 190

Largest chronic pain award in British Columbia.

Kevin Jarvis and John Rice acted for Mr. Zen. Our client was a 45 year old high level executive injured in a heavy car crash on April 1, 2005 when the Defendant Readhead ran a stop sign. ICBC was the insurer for the Defendant driver at fault. Our client developed significant chronic pain that affected his ability to run his family’s group of companies.

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Jury awards young woman damages for pain and suffering, loss of income earning capacity, income loss, and treatment expenses both past and future. 07/13/2011
Jury awards young woman damages for pain and suffering, loss of income earning capacity, income loss, and treatment expenses both past and future.
07/13/2011
Birthwhistle v. Ames et al, 2011

Jury awards young woman damages for pain and suffering, loss of income earning capacity, income loss, and treatment expenses both past and future.

Jon Harbut and John Rice acted for the Plaintiff, Crystal Birtwhistle, a young woman who was injured in two violent car crashes, the first of which occurred when she was a young girl in elementary school. ICBC defended the case and opted for a jury trial.

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Injured client awarded damages for chronic pain. 05/13/2011
Injured client awarded damages for chronic pain.
05/13/2011
Juraski v. Beek , 2011 BCSC 982

Injured client awarded damages for chronic pain.

Kevin Jarvis and Michael Elliott acted for Ms. Juraski. Our client was a 46 year old single working mother with three children. The Defendant Beek rear-ended Ms. Juraski. She developed chronic pain in her neck, shoulder and low back that affected all aspects of her life including work performance as a realtor.

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Young father suffering from chronic pain awarded damages including $25,000 for loss of future income earning capacity. 06/13/2010
Young father suffering from chronic pain awarded damages including $25,000 for loss of future income earning capacity.
06/13/2010
Cabral v. Brice, 2010 BCSC 197

Young father suffering from chronic pain awarded damages including $25,000 for loss of future income earning capacity.

Kevin Jarvis and Jon Harbut acted for Danny Cabral, a 32 year old young man injured in a rear-end car crash on March 31, 2006. We argued Mr. Cabral suffered chronic pain because of the accident.

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RHE wins working senior citizen an award for loss of income earning capacity. 05/13/2010
RHE wins working senior citizen an award for loss of income earning capacity.
05/13/2010
Elgood v. Ellison, 2010 BCSC 442

RHE wins working senior citizen an award for loss of income earning capacity.

John Rice acted for Bob Elgood, a 65 year old husband and father who, like many British Columbians, needed to work well into his seventies to support himself and his family. He worked at a bingo hall and did other odd jobs in the community like landscaping. Mr. Elgood was injured in a car accident on January 10, 2006. ICBC admitted liability for the accident.

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Jury awards one of the highest awards in British Columbia for chronic pain and diminished future earnings. 09/13/2008
Jury awards one of the highest awards in British Columbia for chronic pain and diminished future earnings.
09/13/2008
Carlson v. Daudet, 2008 Action No. M044197 (Vancouver Registry)

Jury awards one of the highest awards in British Columbia for chronic pain and diminished future earnings.

Kevin Jarvis and John Rice represented Scott Carlson for injuries he suffered in a rear end car crash on November 23, 2002. ICBC defended the claim and opted for a jury trial. The Plaintiff was 27 at the time of the accident. He was an aspiring investment advisor and stock broker with Canaccord Capital.

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RHE wins $1,294,279 in damages for pedestrian hit in parking lot, including $1,150,000 in past and future loss of capacity. 08/13/2008
RHE wins $1,294,279 in damages for pedestrian hit in parking lot, including $1,150,000 in past and future loss of capacity.
08/13/2008
Samuel v. Levi, 2008 BCSC 1447

RHE wins $1,294,279 in damages for pedestrian hit in parking lot, including $1,150,000 in past and future loss of capacity.

Keith McGee and John Rice acted for the Plaintiff. Ms. Samuel was a PhD student in chemistry at UBC when she was knocked over as a pedestrian in the parking lot at the University of British Columbia by the defendant driver.

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Injured young woman awarded damages for her pain and suffering and reimbursement of her treatment expenses. 07/13/2008
Injured young woman awarded damages for her pain and suffering and reimbursement of her treatment expenses.
07/13/2008
Cameron v. Savory, 2008 BCSC 1708

Injured young woman awarded damages for her pain and suffering and reimbursement of her treatment expenses.

Jon Harbut and Keith McGee acted for the Plaintiff in a claim for damages arising out of a car accident caused by the Defendants Savory and Kwong. Our client was a 26 year old massage therapist. She suffered mild soft tissue injuries.

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RHE wins $206,915 in damages for injured Mill Worker who suffered chronic pain as a result of a serious rear-end accident. 05/13/2008
RHE wins $206,915 in damages for injured Mill Worker who suffered chronic pain as a result of a serious rear-end accident.
05/13/2008
Gold v. Joe, 2008 BCSC 865

RHE wins $206,915 in damages for injured Mill Worker who suffered chronic pain as a result of a serious rear-end accident.

Kevin Jarvis and John Rice acted for Leonard Gold, a 56 year old mill worker who was injured in a heavy rear-end car crash. He developed chronic pain in his neck and back and painful post-traumatic headaches. We argued his ability to work until retirement was greatly impacted.

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RHE wins liability trial involving a fatal motor vehicle accident. 07/13/2007
RHE wins liability trial involving a fatal motor vehicle accident.
07/13/2007
Creutz v. Winther, 2007 BCSC 1463

RHE wins liability trial involving a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Keith McGee and John Rice were trial counsel for Gustav Creutz. The trial of this matter related only to which of two men was driving a vehicle on a back country road on October 6, 2000 which swerved off the road and engaged in a violent roll-over crash, killing Mr. Winther and leaving Mr. Creutz […]

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Court of Appeal upholds the decision to award 16 year-old girl $30,000 for loss of future earning capacity. 06/13/2007
Court of Appeal upholds the decision to award 16 year-old girl $30,000 for loss of future earning capacity.
06/13/2007
Sinnott v. Boggs, 2007 BCSC 267

Court of Appeal upholds the decision to award 16 year-old girl $30,000 for loss of future earning capacity.

Keith McGee and John Rice acted for Kasey Sinnott a girl who was 16 years old and in grade 11 when the van she was driving was hit from behind by a pick-up truck being driven by the Defendant. Kasey suffered a whiplash injury to her neck and shoulders. She missed a week of school after the accident and it impacted on her ability to play sports and work at part time jobs.

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Injured couple’s award for damages upheld by the Court of Appeal. 04/13/2007
Injured couple’s award for damages upheld by the Court of Appeal.
04/13/2007
Djukic v. Hahn, 2007 BCSC 203

Injured couple’s award for damages upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Kevin Jarvis and John Rice acted on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Djukic. We were asked to take this case from another lawyer two months before trial. The clients were a husband and wife couple from Serbia who operated a successful deli business when both of them were injured in a car crash on June 15, 2000.

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Client injured in “low velocity impact” accident awarded $388,387 in damages. 05/13/2006
Client injured in “low velocity impact” accident awarded $388,387 in damages.
05/13/2006
Krzmaric v. Harada, 2006 BCSC 1421

Client injured in “low velocity impact” accident awarded $388,387 in damages.

Kevin Jarvis and John Rice acted for Ms. Krznaric a fitness and pilates instructor and mother of two children. The Plaintiff was hurt in what ICBC calls a “low velocity impact” crash on April 18, 2002. She developed chronic pain that affected all aspects of her life.

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Working mother awarded damages including income loss and loss of opportunity. 05/09/2006
Working mother awarded damages including income loss and loss of opportunity.
05/09/2006
Novakovic v. Wasylyshyn, 2006 BCSC 338

Working mother awarded damages including income loss and loss of opportunity.

Robert Burns and John Rice acted for the Plaintiff in a claim for damages arising out of two car crashes that occurred on March 31, 2001 and September 14, 2004. ICBC admitted fault for both of the Defendant drivers. The Plaintiff says the accidents caused pain and injury to her neck and back and contributed to depression.

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