“The goal of our personal injury team is to ensure our clients get the best medical care and the compensation they deserve.”
Anastase is a Partner and Leader of the Personal Injury Group at Watson Goepel LLP. With over 25 years of experience in the area of personal injury law, he has acted for thousands of injured parties at all levels of court in British Columbia. Anastase has a deep understanding of BC’s complex medical legal system, and has comprehensive trial experience.
Anastase grew up in Gibsons, BC and still considers it his home away from home.
LLB, University of British Columbia, 1990
British Columbia, 1991
The Plaintiff was a valued employee at a community services organization when she was injured in a car accident. The Defendant took the position that her previous struggles with depression and non-accident related traumatic events were the true cause of her symptoms. We successfully proved that the plaintiff’s losses were directly attributable to the accident. Based on the evidence, we established that the accident resulted in injuries that permanently impacted the plaintiff, making her unlikely to return to her pre-accident state. Ultimately, the court’s award vastly surpassed the amounts advanced by the defence, and included both loss of earning capacity and the cost of future care.
The Plaintiff was injured in a head-on motor vehicle collision when she was 27 years old. Prior to the accident, while attaining her Bachelors degree at SFU, she had developed an interest in law enforcement. We successfully argued that the Plaintiff would have attained a job with the Canada Border Services if not for her injuries. Future loss of earning capacity made up a substantial portion of the total award, which also included future care costs for fitness equipment and vocational counseling.
Ratelle v. Barton, 2017 BCSC 1262
A groundbreaking decision wherein the plaintiff in the case overtook a vehicle that suddenly turned in front of a motorcyclist on the Whistler highway. The court held the defendant entirely responsible.
Ranahan v. Iron Horse Enterprises & Logistics Inc., 2017 BCSC 759
Award $880,000. The plaintiff was injured in a serious motorcycle accident. The plaintiff had worked as a logger for almost 40 years and had suffered a severe blunt injury to the chest amongst numerous other injuries.
The claim sought to quantify the lost earnings of a self-employed logger. His earnings post-accident at times exceeded his pre-accident earnings. Notwithstanding, we were successful in proving substantial past and future wage loss damages.
Payne v. Miles, 2013 BCSC 1545
Award $1.630 Million.
The plaintiff, a young female, was brain injured at the age of 17 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. As is typical in brain injury cases, it takes time to determine the full extent and particular nature of any resulting disabilities. Further, people can continue to look and speak normally while still suffering various types of cognitive impairments. In this case, it took over 6 years before the full nature of the plaintiff’s injuries were known and the long term compensation needs could be properly assessed, at which time the matter went to trial. In this case, we were able to establish the estimated loss of income and the amount of support required to live a fulfilling life. The Award included childcare costs, career counseling, and loss of past and future income.
Peers v. Bodkin Leasing Corporation, 2012 BCSC 271
The plaintiff, a 56-year-old man, was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Prior to the accident, he worked as a boom operator in the logging industry. Initial assessments indicated that his injuries were minor. After we encouraged a referral to a medical-legal expert, and a private MRI, it was revealed that there were previously undiagnosed and permanent career-ending injuries to his spinal cord. This claim primarily consisted of loss of income and loss of Pension, as the accident rendered the Plaintiff essentially unemployable.
Milliken v. Rowe, 2011 BCSC 1458
Injured in a motor vehicle accident, the plaintiff worked full-time as the manager of a pizzeria while caring for her wheelchair-bound husband and teenage daughter. Her employer made numerous accommodations to keep her employed despite a serious shoulder injury. Even though she continued to work full-time, we successfully claimed for the loss of capacity to earn income. We also pursued a claim for the reduction in her ability to care for her home and husband.
Kasidoulis v. Russo, 2010 BCSC 978
Award $1.050 million.
The plaintiff, a recent education graduate, had gained an excellent reputation as a kindergarten teacher in her school and in the district, prior to a motor vehicle accident. Her dream was to work full-time in her own classroom. The defendant took the position that a mother of three was not likely to work full-time. We proved that the plaintiff’s career goals were fully compatible with her responsibilities as a parent, and well within her reach based on her training and teaching ability. Further, we proved that the plaintiff lost the opportunity to fulfill her dream as a result of the accident, and we were able to help her recover the full amount of her financial loss.
Publications and Presentations
- Selected as a speaker in numerous continuing Legal Education courses
* Practicing through a Professional Law Corporation.