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Commerce ConneX @ Pushor Mitchell on September 19

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Join the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Pushor Mitchell LLP for Commerce ConneX on the Pushor Mitchell Roof Top Patio.

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Pushor Mitchell BRAINX 2019 Symposium on Brain Injury

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Register now for EarlyBird tickets to the 2019 BRAINX Symposium on June 6, 2019. The symposium follows a new TED Talk format and features an outstanding lineup of speakers including keynote speaker Martin Parnell and Pushor Mitchell employment lawyer Colin Edstrom: Learn More. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Government Creates 60 Day Deadline for Crash Victims to Submit ICBC Receipts

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
In the latest ‘reform of the law for collision victims in BC, the NDP have passed a new regulation shortening the time to submit receipts to ICBC from 2 years to a mere 60 days.

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BRAINx 2019 Symposium on Brain Injury on June 6, 2019

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Early Bird tickets are now available for BRAINx 2019 sponsored by Pushor Mitchell.

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Stricter Impaired Driving Laws Are in Force Next Week

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
Stricter Impaired Driving Laws are in Force Next Week

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Bill McKinnon’s Public Safety Report for Kelowna

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
Bill McKinnon was Kelowna’s RCMP Superintendent a number of years ago. He was tasked by Kelowna City Council to investigate and prepare this report.

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Pushor Mitchell Sponsors The Rossi Collection at Kelowna Art Gallery

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Pushor Mitchell is pleased to sponsor The Rossi Collection, the current exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery.

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It Is Time to Require Seatbelts on School Buses

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
It is time to require seatbelts on school buses.

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Case: Full Reasons

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
See the entire Federal Court of Appeal Decision here.

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Art Law, Determination of National Importance, Canadian Cultural Review Board Heffel Decision

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Art Law, Blog
On June 12, 2018, the Federal Court of Canada (the Court) rendered its decision in Heffel Gallery Limited v. The Attorney General of Canada.

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Pushor Mitchell/Brain Trust – BRAINX Conference. See videos of presenters.

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
On June 7, 2018 it was once again time for BRAINX Symposium on Brain Injury in Kelowna.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Routinely Overlooked in Emergency Rooms

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
A vast number of traumatic brain injuries go undiagnosed and untreated, particularly in hospital emergency rooms. According to a University of Washington study, 56 percent of mild traumatic brain injuries went undiagnosed in emergency room visits.

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Pushor Mitchell hosts Kelowna Chamber “Commerce ConneX” September 21

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Join the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Pushor Mitchell LLP for an evening of conversation, great food and drinks.

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Pushor Mitchell Sponsors Major Exhibition at Kelowna Art Gallery

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Pushor Mitchell is pleased to be a sponsor of the current exhibition, featuring Canadian Masters from the past 150 years.

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New ICBC Optional UMP Coverage You Must Have

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
New Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP) options are now available from ICBC. Learn why you should take advantage of this new option for UMP.

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Distracted Driving Kills: The BC Coalition to End Distracted Driving

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Distracted driving is a huge problem and one that is costing lives. It is now responsible for more motor vehicle deaths than drunk driving.

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“Dooring” Injuries on the Rise: Cyclists and Drivers Should Be Aware

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Incidents of “dooring” are increasing. Both cyclists and drivers need to read this article.

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Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Symposium on Brain Injury

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Early Bird tickets are now on sale for the Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Symposium on Brain Injury on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

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ICBC Third Party Liability Coverage: How Much is Enough?

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This article explains how ICBC third party liability works, and discusses the factors to consider in choosing how much coverage to buy.

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Compassion Fatigue Workshop by BrainTrust Canada on Nov 5th

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Firm News
Are you caring for someone and experiencing a depletion in emotional and physical energy? This is very common, and called “Compassion Fatigue” and there is help! Attend the Compassion Fatigue Workshop hosted by BrainTrust Canada, on Saturday November 5th at the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna.

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ICBC “Principal Operator”: All Car Owners and Drivers Need to Know This

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This article deals with the issues surrounding the definition of “Principal Operator” under an ICBC insurance policy, and the risks involved by not naming the correct person.

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Brain Injury Symptoms Form

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
This form is a concise list of potential symptoms arising from a brain injury or concussion.

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Surgical Safety in Canada: A 10-year Review

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
A 10-year analysis of approximately 3,000 malpractice complaints and settlements involving surgical “incidents” in Canada has just been released by the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

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Pushor Mitchell presents the Okanagan Symposium on Brain Health on May 12, 2016

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
This event being presented by Brain Trust Canada will be held at The Laurel Packinghouse on May 12, 2016.

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Retaining Evidence at an Accident Scene With Your Phone

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
After an accident critical evidence from the accident scene can disappear if it is not obtained immediately.

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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Far too many drivers don’t realize that driving while sleep impaired (drowsy driving) can be just as dangerous as impaired driving. Read the alarming statistics, and then send this article to your family and friends to warn them of the dangers.

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British Columbia Removing Financial Barriers for Persons with Disabilities on Assistance

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
Beginning Dec. 1, 2015, the amount of assets that people receiving disability assistance may hold without losing eligibility for assistance will rise.

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Over 240,000 Canadian Bicycles Recalled with Dangerous Front Wheel Quick-Releases and Disc Brakes

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Health Canada joins recall with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), on various bicycle manufacturers and distributors, for bikes sold from 1998 to July 2015.

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What To Do At The Scene Of A Motorcycle Accident

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
While out on the road, you see a motorcycle accident, or you may be involved in one yourself. What should you do, and how can you help?

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Dock Liability

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
What risks do you have if you own a waterfront property with a dock?

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Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference On Brain Injury, Hosted By BrainTrust Canada

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
BrainTrust Canada is hosting its 22nd annual brain injury conference - the Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury on Friday, May 8th, at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna.

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Parent’s Held Responsible for Child’s Damage to BC School: Must Pay $48,000

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Litigation
A recent BC case held parents liable for damages of over $48,000 caused to school property by their child. This case highlights the sometime harsh effects of s.10 of the BC School Act, which holds parents responsible for intentional damage to schools done by their children, even though the parents have nothing to do with their children’s conduct.

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Airbag Defect, Deaths Lead to Recall Involving 4.7M Cars

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
An airbag defect that’s blamed for at least four deaths has led the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall notice for more than 4.7 million vehicles. The latest recall brings the total number of cars recalled because of the airbag issue to 12 million worldwide, reports The Washington Post. The NHTSA […]

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Teen and Parent Car Use Agreement

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Teens are involved in many serious car accidents. Pushor Mitchell personal injury and ICBC claim lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C. has prepared a “Teen and Parent Car Use Agreement ” to assist parents in getting the message across to their teen driver about driving safely. This Agreement is free. Yes, free.

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Harley Davidson Recall

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Harley-Davidson has announced a recall of over 66,000 motorcycles due to a defect that can cause the front wheel to suddenly lock up. When the recall was issued, only five crashes had been reported and the injuries were minor, but the potential dangers of this type of defect are frightening. This is the second major […]

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Senate Reform: Supreme Court of Canada Reasons

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
The Supreme Court of Canada released their judgement on Senate Reform on April 25th, 2014. The Governor in Council referred the following questions to the Supreme Court of Canada, pursuant to s. 53 of the Supreme Court Act. 1.  In relation to each of the following proposed limits to the tenure of Senators, is it […]

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New BC ATV And Off Road Vehicle Legislation Proposed

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
The BC Government announced the introduction of Bill 13, the Off Road Vehicle Act, which seeks to change the Province’s system regulating the use of off road vehicles. Below is the BC Government’s press release: VICTORIA – Bill 13, the Off Road Vehicle Act introduced today, promises certainty, safety and regulatory structure for thousands of off-road enthusiasts. The proposed Off Road Vehicle – or ORV [...]

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Recall Notice: Mountain Bike Front Forks

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
A mountain bike suspension front fork used on many popular mountain bikes has been recalled as a result of potential failure issues, which could cause serious injury.Product description:  Fox Evolution 2013 Mountain Bike Suspension ForksThe recalled suspension forks are model year 2013, model number 32 and 34 Fox Evolution Series, with 120 mm to 160 mm of travel.  The Evolution name and logo are on a sticker on the front fork, [...]

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Residual Effects Of Sleep Medication On Driving Ability

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Most people are aware that sleep deprivation can have a dangerous effect on driving ability. In some cases sleep deprivation can impair your abilities as much as alcohol. Many people are not aware of the residual effects of sleep medications on driving ability the next day. Sleep experts warn that people should exercise caution before […]

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Guardrails May Be Dangerous

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Guardrails can be dangerously designed. Severe accident cases involving impacts with guardrails should always entail an analysis of the design of the guardrail, and whether the guardrail was properly designed and installed, given its intended use, and other guardrail design options that are available.

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Assisted Suicide: B.C. Court Of Appeal Case

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
This decision is important as it revisits the debate concerning the legality of assisted suicide in Canada, and appears destined for the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). In this case the Plaintiffs, Carter and Taylor, suffered from terminal and progressive diseases. Gloria Taylor was a resident of West Kelowna, They brought a civil claim challenging […]

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Motorcycle Accidents: Distance, Perception, And Reaction Times

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
I have acted for numerous motorcyclists who have been severely injured as a result of cars colliding with them when the motorcyclist was easily seen and clearly visible.

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Interesting Transaction – From Our Brain Injury Group

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Paul Mitchell Q.C. settled a serious brain injury case for a client in Vancouver. The Vancouver resident slipped on a piece of fruit in an aisle of commercial retail food premises in Vancouver, and sustained a very severe brain injury. The client and his family retained Mitchell to act their behalf. Mitchell commenced the law suit against the owner of the mall, and the commercial food retailer tenant. The issues involved the system of [...]

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Symptoms Of A Concussion; What You Need To Know

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Most signs or symptoms are evident soon after the traumatic event, while you may only become aware of others days or weeks later. This article by Paul Mitchell,Q.C. lists some common symptoms to be aware of, and special considerations relating to children.The following are the most common symptoms of a TBI:General

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MRIs Reveal Signs Of Brain Injuries Not Seen In CT Scans

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Hospital MRIs may be better at predicting long-term outcomes for people with mild traumatic brain injuries than CT scans, the standard technique for evaluating such injuries in the emergency room, according to a clinical trial led by researchers at UCSF and the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH).

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7 Winter Driving Tips To Keep You Safe

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Accidents in winter are often more serious because cars can’t slow down as quickly when they skate over ice. The key is to prevent the damage and injury by avoiding those accidents altogether. The problem, however, may not just be your driving. Other drivers can make poor judgements when winter driving. Others on the road […]

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Scans Spot Brain Changes In Patients With Concussion Syndrome

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
Researchers who identified brain changes in people with post-concussion syndrome say their findings may lead to improved detection and treatment of the disorder.Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, which occurs in 20 percent to 30 percent of people who suffer mild traumatic brain injury, include headache and memory and concentration problems.

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Counterfeit Air Bags Extreme Safety Risk

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit air bags. Car owners whose air bags have been replaced in the past three years may have had dangerous counterfeit bags installed. The Los Angeles Times reports, "Federal safety regulators are warning that counterfeit air bags are being installed by auto repair […]

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Whiplash Injury Much More Severe When Head Is Turned

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
People whose heads are turned at the time of a rear impact collision risk a much more serious whiplash injury, with potentially chronic symptoms, and a Yale School of Medicine study explains why.

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How Trampolines Can Ruin Your Life

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
A recent policy statement by a group of doctors highlights the inherent dangers of trampolines. Think a net makes them safe? Read how a trampoline can cause severe injury, and how it could ruin your life, even with a “safety net”.Trampolines are very dangerous. If you have one in your backyard, I would recommend you consider getting rid of it. The risk is just too great that someone will be injured, no matter what preventative [...]

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ICBC Shake Up After BC Government Releases Report On ICBC

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
ICBC is in a state of flux after the Government’s recent review of ICBC’s operations. ICBC CEO Schubert is “stepping down” in November. This has been quoted as a “mutual decision” between government and Mr. Schubert. The ICBC review report is available at: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/ocg/ias/pdf_docs/ICBC_Review_2012.pdf ICBC’s response to the review is available at: http://icbc.com/news/2012aug16-02 [...]

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New Study Finds Whiplash Caused Brain Injury In Over 20 Percent Of Cases

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Preliminary findings show that the connection between whiplash and brain injury is more significant than thought. While it has long been known that whiplash can cause injuries to the cervical spine, a new study published in the July issue of the journal Brain Injury, “Chiari and whiplash Injury”, co-authored by Ezriel E. Kornel, M.D. F.A.C.S., Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., and others) shows that whiplash may also cause anatomical [...]

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Structured Settlements 101

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This article describes how “structured settlements” are used in serious personal injury actions.Anyone with a serious injury claim should consider using a structured settlement.Mckellar Structured Settlements Inc. explains what a structured settlement is, and how they work, in this online article below.Our firm’s Personal Injury Group has successfully concluded numerous structured settlements on behalf of seriously injured [...]

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Mild Brain Injury 101, The Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury – #2

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
Mild brain injury cases are very complex. This series of 5 articles by BC brain injury lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury.Find out what is involved in these challenging and difficult cases, and separate fact from fiction.Myth # 2 A MILD TBI HAS IMMEDIATE SYMPTOMS, AND THEY SHOULD CLEAR UP QUICKLYFACTIt can take days or weeks for the effects of traumatic brain injury to become obvious to the [...]

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Mild Brain Injury 101, The Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury – #3

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
Mild brain injury cases are very complex. This series of 5 articles by BC brain injury lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury.Find out what is involved in these challenging and difficult cases, and separate fact from fiction.Myth # 3 A Clear MRI or CT Scan Means there is No Brain InjuryFACT ; A clear MRI or CT scan does not rule out a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

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Is Your Child In The Right Car Seat?

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Car crashes are the number one killer of children 1 to 12 years old in the United States and Canada. The best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the right seat, at the right time, and use it the right way. Read this article to help you make better-informed choices when choosing and using a car seat.

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Mild Brain Injury 101, The Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury – #4

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
Mild brain injury cases are very complex. This series of 5 articles by BC brain injury lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 5 Myths about Mild Brain Injury.Find out what is involved in these challenging and difficult cases, and separate fact from fiction.Myth # 4 You need to have an Impact to the Head to Have a Brain InjuryFACT

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Mild Brain Injury 101, The Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury – #5

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
Mild brain injury cases are very complex.This series of articles by BC brain injury lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 5 Myths About Mild Brain Injury.Find out what is involved in these challenging and difficult cases, and separate fact from fiction.Myth #5 You need to have a Loss of Consciousness to Have a Brain InjuryFACTThe diagnosis of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) in fact does not require a loss of consciousness (LOC).

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Brain Injury Rate 7 Times Greater Among U.S. Prisoners

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
Prisoners suffer disproportionately from past traumatic brain injuries.Researchers are hunting for the best tools to treat this population in an effort to help them reintegrate into society--and avoid re-incarceration.About 8.5 percent of U.S. non-incarcerated adults have a history of TBI, and about 2 percent of the greater population is currently suffering from some sort of disability because of their injury.In US prisons, however, [...]

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The Case For A New Wrongful Death Act In BC

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Many groups are lobbying for a change to BC wrongful death legislation. This article discusses some of the issues involved in this very emotional area of law. Should someone die as a result of someone’s negligence, their immediate family is entitled to sue for damages under the BC Family Compensation Act. The Family Compensation Act […]

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Medical Malpractice 101, The Top 7 Things You Need To Know About BC Medical Malpractice Cases – #1

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are very complex.This series of articles by BC personal injury and BC medical malpractice lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 7 things you need to know about  medical malpractice cases, including when a medical malpractice case should be commenced, the legal and medical issues involved, and why they are so hard to win.Find out what is involved in these difficult cases.#1 Quantifying Damages in [...]

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Merck Settles All Canadian Vioxx Lawsuits For C$37 Million

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Pharmaceutical giant Merck has agreed to pay up to CAN$36.8 million (US$36.3 million) to resolve all suits brought against it in Canada over its former hit painkiller Vioxx. Merck voluntarily withdrew the popular medicine, known by its generic name Rofecoxib, from the market in 2004 after interim clinical trials linked the anti-inflammatory drug to a […]

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Medical Malpractice 101, The Top 7 Things You Need To Know About BC Medical Malpractice Cases – #2

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are very complex.This series of articles by BC personal injury and BC medical malpractice lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 7 things you need to know about  medical malpractice cases, including when a medical malpractice case should be commenced, the legal and medical issues involved, and why they are so hard to win.Find out what is involved in these difficult cases.#2 Time Limitations in Medical [...]

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Distracted Doctors Linked To Medical Errors

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
Recent studies have diagnosed a growing problem in operating rooms: Distracted doctors and surgical staff are at times texting or surfing the web while performing patient procedures. It has led to medical errors and lawsuits. By Andrew Chow from Findlaw.com Recent studies have diagnosed a growing problem in operating rooms: Distracted doctors and surgical staff […]

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Court Rules Massage Therapy Is A Mandatory ICBC No-Fault Benefit

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Reasons for judgement were released recently by the BC Court of Appeal confirming that ICBC’s No-Fault Benefits Scheme (aka Part 7 Benefits) requires mandatory coverage of massage therapy benefits.  These reasons are useful as they contradict ICBC’s internal policy limiting the availability of coverage for massage therapy.

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Medical Malpractice 101, The Top 7 Things You Need To Know About BC Medical Malpractice Cases – #3

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are very complex.This series of articles by BC personal injury and BC medical malpractice lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 7 things you need to know about  medical malpractice cases, including when a medical malpractice case should be commenced, the legal and medical issues involved, and why they are so hard to win.Find out what is involved in these difficult cases.#3 WHAT ARE THE COSTS IF YOU [...]

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Medical Malpractice 101, The Top 7 Things You Need To Know About BC Medical Malpractice Cases – #4

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are very complex.This series of articles by BC personal injury and BC medical malpractice lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 7 things you need to know about  medical malpractice cases, including when a medical malpractice case should be commenced, the legal and medical issues involved, and why they are so hard to win.Find out what is involved in these difficult cases.

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Medical Malpractice 101, The Top 7 Things You Need To Know About BC Medical Malpractice Cases – #6

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are very complex.This series of articles by BC personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 7 things you need to know about  medical malpractice cases, including when a medical malpractice case should be commenced, the legal and medical issues involved, and why they are so hard to win.Paul Mitchell Q.C has successfully concluded BC medical malpractice cases for [...]

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Medical Malpractice 101, The Top 7 Things You Need To Know About BC Medical Malpractice Cases – #7

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are very complex. This series of articles by BC personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer Paul Mitchell, Q.C., will explain the Top 7 things you need to know about  medical malpractice cases, including when a medical malpractice case should be commenced, the legal and medical issues involved, and why they are so […]

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #1

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by BC personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C, will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC personal injury claim. The articles will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim. For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your ICBC personal injury claim is not prejudiced.

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #2

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by BC personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C, will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC personal injury claim. The articles will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim.

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #3

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by BC personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC personal injury claim. The articles will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim.For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your ICBC personal injury claim is not prejudiced.This month, Mistake # [...]

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Social Media: A New Jury Selection Tool

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
Facebook, Twitter, and other services have become a major resource for both prosecutors and defense attorneys, letting them glean more insight than they can get from jury questionnaires. They are also being used in civil jury cases. When jurors were chosen for the perjury trial of baseball star Barry Bonds last month, they were barred […]

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Guide To Mediation In BC

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog
This On-Line “Guide to Mediation in BC” describes mediation, and how it works. It  was prepared by the BC Ministry of Attorney General Dispute Resolution Office. Guide to Mediation in BC This document is designed to provide an introduction to mediation as a process for resolving disputes in British Columbia. The full guide is available […]

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #4

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by BC personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC personal injury claim.The articles will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim.For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your ICBC personal injury claim is not prejudiced.This month, Mistake # [...]

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Children Restraint Tips; How Booster Seats Save Children’s Lives ; A Must Read For Every Parent

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
I came across a video recently that is a must see for every parent and grandparent.The video was prepared for the Utah Primary Children's Medical Centre campaign on the need for children to use booster seats until they are tall enough to use an adult seat belt.It describes how using a booster seat, when your child has out grown their children’s safety  seat,  may possiblly avoid a serious injury to your child.

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The Perils Of Registering A Teenager’s Car In The Parent’s Name

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Should a parent register their teenager’s car in the parent’s name to save on insurance premiums? Some parents register a car to be used by their teenager in the parent’s own name, to save on insurance premiums. This article explains the tremendous risks in doing so. A parent should never…repeat…never… register a car to be used primarily […]

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10 Secrets To Cycling With Traffic

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
With spring arriving, there will be an increasing number of cyclists on the road.This article is a refresher on safe bicycling practices, and how to avoid an injury riding your bike.It is a good read for all members of your family who ride.Joe Travers at Biking Toronto has been posting a helpful series titled, “10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic”.Check out the full “10 Secrets to Cycling with Traffic” series, and ride [...]

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #5

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by BC personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC personal injury claim. The articles will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim.For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your ICBC personal injury claim is not prejudiced.This month, Mistake # [...]

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #6

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by Pushor Mitchell personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC claim. The articles will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim.For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your claim is not prejudiced.This month, Mistake # 6   Not [...]

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Justice Lambastes ICBC For Using A Doctor As An Expert Witness Who Was “Reprehensible”

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
ICBC and one of it's expert doctors were both lambasted in  a recent B.C. Supreme Court case.Many say the case is emblematic of ICBC using experts who they know are unreliable, merely to discredit a plaintiff with a legitimate claim.In the ruling Justice Dev Dley hammered ICBC's paid expert witness, the psychiatrist Dr.

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #7

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by Pushor Mitchell personal injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC claim. The article will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim. For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your claim is not prejudiced.

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #8

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by Pushor Mitchell personal Injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC claim. The article will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim. For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your claim is not prejudiced.Mistake # 8) Failing to have the vehicles and [...]

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #9

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by Pushor Mitchell personal Injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C,.will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC claim. The article will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim. For 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your claim is not prejudiced.

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The Top Ten Mistakes That Could Screw Up Your ICBC Claim, Mistake #10

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
This series, by Pushor Mitchell personal Injury lawyer Paul Mitchell Q.C., will explain the Top Ten mistakes to avoid with your ICBC claim. The article will give tips on how to ensure you do not make serious mistakes that could be fatal to your claim. For the next 10 issues of Legal Alert, Paul will focus on one mistake you should avoid, and what you should do instead to ensure your claim is not prejudiced.

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Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Hip-Replacement Devices Recalled in August

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Johnson & Johnson  is likely facing many lawsuits as a result of defective hip-replacement devices that the drugmaker stopped selling last month after defect reports surfaced.Officials of J&J and it's subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics said they recalled the devices, known as the ASR XL Acetabular and the ASR Hip Resurfacing systems, after researchers found many patients needed “revision surgery” after five years because [...]

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ICBC Accessing Claimant’s Facebook Pages

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
ICBC has been accessing sites such as Facebook, Blogger, MySpace, and other social newtorking sites in order to investigate injury claims.

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Personal Injury; Using Your Cell Phone At Accident Scene

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
A recent BC Supreme Court case hi-lites a creative use of cell phones at an accident scene ; using your phone to photo the accident scene evidence AND obtain a verbal recorded statement from the other driver.

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Social Host Liability Opinion

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Personal Injury
Supreme Court Case on Social Host Liability   I am concerned that many people may not know the details of this recent Supreme Court of Canada case, and may mistakingly believe that social hosts now have no duty whatsoever to their guests.

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BC Motor Vehicle and ICBC Claims: Frequently Asked Questions

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Personal Injury
Should I call a lawyer even if I may not have a case? Yes, you should call a lawyer as soon as possible. Lawyers are trained to know the law and how the law applies in different situations. Since there is generally no charge for an initial consultation, there is nothing to lose by calling. How long do I have to make a claim?

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No-Fault Automobile Insurance

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Personal Injury
You may not be aware ICBC is actively considering a no-fault automobile insurance scheme that will drastically reduce peoples rights and the rights of innocent accident victims. Essentially, no-fault automobile insurance would eliminate your right to sue for damages or compensation for injuries. The proposed system would be similar to a Workers Compensation Board type of system and would force innocent accident victims to accept whatever [...]

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Structured Settlements

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Personal Injury
A personal injury claim can either be settled by way of a lump sum payment or by way of a structured settlement or a combination of the both (i.e.

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Alert! Check Your Automobile Insurance Limits Now!

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Personal Injury
Several recent BC cases have once again shown the dangers of having low third party liability limits on your ICBC policy.Third Party Liability (TPL) is the amount that ICBC will pay out on your behalf should you be at fault in an accident and cause an injury to someone else (the "third party"). The amount of your TPL coverage is chosen by you when you take out or renew your automobile insurance.Of course $ 1million TPL is cheaper [...]

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Brain Injury Legal Guide

By Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
Categories: Blog, Brain Injury
1. DEALING WITH LAWYERS (a) CHOOSING A LAWYER Brain injury claims are complex and cause severe hardship on the survivor and their family. It is important to hire a lawyer who has experience in brain injury cases. Speak to professionals in the healthcare field who specialize in treating the brain injured (neuropsychologists and rehabilitation professionals) […]

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