Pictured above: Michael Yawney (Partner), Brian Martin and Rebecca Barton of SunFM
On behalf of the Partners, Associates and Staff at Nixon Wenger LLP we were pleased to contribute a combined donation of $1,000.00 to the Annual SunFM Have a Heart Radiothon on Thursday April 26th.
Through donations from the community, this incredible fundraiser for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, raises money to purchase equipment needed in the Women’s and Children’s Health Services Unit.
This year’s goal is to raise funds for three NeoBLUE Radiometers and three CO2 monitors to support infants and children in hospital.
NeoBLUE radiometers provide a precise measurement of light in the blue spectrum, to ensure optimal phototherapy treatment for babies that present with newborn jaundice. CO2 monitors are used to closely observe the recovery of infants and children who have undergone procedures requiring sedation.
Stay tuned to hear how much was raised! What an incredible community we live in and we were so happy to be a part of this great cause.
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HARRIS vs. KRAUS
Ms. Harris was involved in a significant motor vehicle accident on May 27, 2012. At the time, she was a young mother of two and was doing her best to help provide for her family while caring for her young children. Unfortunately, the accident caused Ms. Harris to develop chronic pain into her neck, right shoulder, back and hips. The chronic pain caused her great difficulty in managing her home life and her job. She went from being a vibrant and energetic person to someone who was just barely getting by and surviving.
Ms. Harris retained James Cotter and Allyson Edwards to advance her claim for injuries against ICBC. Due to the soft tissue nature of her injuries, ICBC treated her complaints of chronic pain with suspicion. Ms. Harris was the subject of surveillance and her neighborhood was canvassed by investigators seeking information about her daily and domestic activities. This caused Ms. Harris incredible stress and embarrassment. Neighbors that she did not even know were told that she was bringing a claim for injuries against ICBC and were asked whether they saw her doing physical activities in her yard or outside of her home. These attempts to discredit Ms. Harris did not succeed because she was an honest and credible individual. She was forthright with respect to what she was able to do and how the injuries affected her.
Despite her injuries, Ms. Harris was able to re-train and she obtained a job that she enjoyed. Unfortunately, the nature of her injuries made it difficult for her to take advantage of overtime opportunities and to pursue advancement. She had an accommodating employer but she was concerned that if her employment circumstances were to change, she might find herself unemployed. She was fearful that if she had to find a new job, no employer would want her due to her chronic pain and back issues.
James Cotter and Allyson Edwards took this claim to a trial on January 23, 2017 for five days. Mr. Justice Betton rendered a decision whereby he found Ms. Harris to be a credible person, and awarded her damages for pain and suffering, past wage loss, future cost of care, and future earning capacity loss. These awards were made in order to replace what Ms. Harris had lost. The total amount of the judgement was $292,536.96. This amount was far greater than ICBC’s valuation of the claim prior to trial.
Pictured above: Chris Alveberg (Partner), with Nick Moffat of Nicholas Alexander Landscaping
On Friday March 10th the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosted the Annual Business Excellence Awards. These awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of our local business community, and Nixon Wenger LLP is proud to be a long standing supporter and sponsor of this event. This year we were pleased to present Nick Moffat of Nicholas Alexander Landscaping with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
For a full list of the winners, please visit the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce site here.
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To help combat a move towards a no fault tort regime, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, has started a campaign to promote more awareness around distracted driving and how it today is a significant cause of accidents throughout North America. The Trial Lawyers Association of BC, alongside community groups and professional associations from across the province, launched a public awareness campaign called the BC Coalition to End Distracted Driving. This recent news headline and article are an example why the TLABC and its members are taking a stand against distracted driving.
“A 20-year-old in Texas killed 13 people because he chose to text while driving” http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/truck-driver-20-said-im-sorry-i-was-texting-after-collision-that-killed-13-witness
Distracted driving is becoming a huge problem and one that is costing lives. It is now responsible for more motor vehicle deaths than drunk driving.
While distracted driving is responsible for countless serious crashes and devastating injuries every year, it is also driving up everybody’s insurance costs through the everyday fender benders that are caused by people thinking it’s okay to check their phones while driving in traffic. When society finally decided it was not “okay” to drink and drive and there was a significant social stigma attached to it (coupled with harsher penalties), drunk driving rates and fatalities went way down. We want the same thing for distracted driving.
As an active TLABC Board of Governor, I encourage you to please check out the website http://distracteddrivingkills.ca/ and have a look through some of the stories from people who have been affected first hand by distracted driving. Please also sign up for the email list and like it on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/distracteddrivingkills. Share the message with as many people as you can. The broader the message can be spread, the better.
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