Personal Injury | Watson Goepel LLP

31 March 2022

What are your rights when you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk? Are individual homeowners liable for icy sidewalk accidents in front of their houses?

By Ryan Chew

Anyone who has lived through a winter in British Columbia (even relatively mild Vancouver) has encountered an icy sidewalk that was not cleared properly or at all. According to statistics from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (, falls on ice are the most common cause of sport and winter injury hospitalizations in Canada, with…

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19 February 2021

Cell phone use while driving: A common-sense ruling

By Cassidy Gale

The use of cell phones or other handheld electronic devices while driving has been banned in BC since 2010, but defining what constitutes “use”, especially with the advent of Bluetooth technology that allows for increased hands-free capabilities, has created a legal grey area that the courts have been left to clarify. A recent Supreme Court…

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17 October 2019

The Power of Layperson Testimony in Personal Injury Law

By Janet De Vita

In personal injury cases, evidence is frequently given by witnesses who have first-hand knowledge of facts or circumstances related to the case that can help the court understand post-accident changes in a plaintiff’s life. This “lay evidence” provides a broader context for the court to properly assess the true extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. This…

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