SPEAKING UP FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES

ICBC’s financial woes and proposed reforms could have devastating consequences if you or someone you love is injured in a car accident. RHE partner John Rice speaks to the media about the insurance corporation’s mess and what change could mean for British Columbians. He and other members of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC believe our civil liberties are at risk of erosion.

04/24/2018
Would you trust ICBC to know when your injury is minor?
04/24/2018

Would you trust ICBC to know when your injury is minor?

BC’s attorney general proposes a cap on minor injury claims as a solution to ICBC’s financial woes. But who decides when an injury is minor? And what might the consequences be for those who are injured?

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04/23/2018
New legislation asks accident victims to pay the cost of damage done by reckless drivers.
04/23/2018

New legislation asks accident victims to pay the cost of damage done by reckless drivers.

The provincial government just introduced new legislation to help ICBC out of their financial mess. But are accident victims now expected to pay for reckless and distracted drivers who cause them harm? The legal rights of British Columbians are under attack.

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02/01/2018
Should ICBC’s “medical advisors” decide how serious your injury is?
02/01/2018

Should ICBC’s “medical advisors” decide how serious your injury is?

Do you trust ICBC to decide whether your injury is minor or more significant? If not, what will you do about it? The proposed changes will make it difficult for most accident victims to pursue fair compensation, unless they have the financial means to hire a litigator. Watch John Rice on Global News, sharing his concerns about the new system.

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02/01/2018
Until 2014, ICBC was “a crown jewel of government” making immense profits. What happened?

Until 2014, ICBC was “a crown jewel of government” making immense profits. What happened?

Now the corporation reports staggering losses. The shortfall is the result of numerous factors, but mismanagement and poor decisions by government play a part. Why should people injured in accidents be asked to shoulder the burden? Listen to John Rice interviewed on CFAX.

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02/01/2018
ICBC’s infamous “dumpster fire” is a lot of smoke. Our provincial insurance corporation can afford to be fair.

ICBC’s infamous “dumpster fire” is a lot of smoke. Our provincial insurance corporation can afford to be fair.

RHE partner John Rice calls for an independent review of the books, the honouring of election promises, and a balanced solution to injury compensation. Listen to his candid discussion with CKNW host John Daly.

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01/01/2018
ICBC projected a loss of $200-million. Just 3 months later they revised it to $1.3 billion.
01/01/2018

ICBC projected a loss of $200-million. Just 3 months later they revised it to $1.3 billion.

RHE partner John Rice sits on the Board of Governors/Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC (TLABC). The association doesn’t trust the corporation’s math. Rice believes they’ve made the numbers look worse than the facts are, and wants an independent audit before British Columbians are forced to accept drastic policy changes. Read the CBC story.

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08/01/2016
Judge penalizes ICBC for not playing by the rules.
08/01/2016

Judge penalizes ICBC for not playing by the rules.

Justice Gordon Funt took the unprecedented step of rebuking the crown corporation and extracting $155,000 in a special costs award for withholding evidence.

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06/01/2016
Irresponsible property owners and manager found liable in case of infant’s burns.
06/01/2016

Irresponsible property owners and manager found liable in case of infant’s burns.

A 10-month old was severely injured with burns to her face, mouth, and throat because of a dangerous electrical cord. The offshore homeowners and their appointed property manager have been found liable because they neglected to take reasonable precautions to ensure the residence was safe. The child, now nine years old, spent time in a medically induced coma and has endured multiple surgeries.

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