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Michael Yawney Q.C., Partner

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PRACTICE EMPHASIS

Michael is a Senior Litigation Partner and part of the management team at Nixon Wenger LLP. His practice focuses primarily on accident and injury claims with a particular emphasis on traumatic brain injury claims. With over 25 years of practice as a litigator, he has experience in a wide range of litigation matters. He has represented clients in the Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as in mediations, arbitrations and before various administrative tribunals.

In addition to his personal injury practice, Michael also represents clients in Litigation matters including estate litigation and commercial litigation matters.

Michael is known for his caring, but aggressive approach to representing his clients' interests. To further his skills and expertise in representing clients he went back to University and obtained his Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Ontario from 2009 to 2011, while continuing to practice full-time.

PRACTICE AREAS

Injury Law
Litigation

EDUCATION

B.A. (Crim) Simon Fraser University (1987)
Bachelor of Laws from University of British Columbia (1990)
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991
Master of Laws (LLM) from York University in Toronto, in 2011, specializing in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

 

PRACTICE DESCRIPTION

Injury Law - Michael has obtained excellent results for his clients in mediation, arbitration and in court. Among his many successes are a number of multi-million dollar awards for seriously injured clients.

Recent settlements obtained for clients include: 

• July 19, 2018, Michael Yawney QC was asked to represent a female passenger of a vehicle that was hit at high speed on Hwy 97A north of Vernon, BC.  Multiple vehicles were involved in the collision, including a transport truck.  The woman suffered multiple injuries that required surgeries and a long and extensive rehab program. The client, who owned a working farm with her husband, and who also trained and sold high end show horses, was not able to go back to work or most of the usual activities she enjoyed prior to the collision. Her life was turned upside down by debilitating chronic pain and limitations.  Just prior to trial, Mr. Yawney was able to resolve the complex claim for over $1.5 million, including costs.

• July 10, 2018, a Salmon Arm man in his early 50's was seriously injured when an Alberta driver was going too fast around a corner on Hwy 1 West of Salmon Arm, BC, and collided head on with his vehicle. He had to be extracted from his vehicle by firemen after the collision, and taken by ambulance to hospital where he had to endure multiple surgeries. He was referred to Michael Yawney QC, by a friend, to assist him in dealing with his injury claim.  After a lengthy rehab, and more surgeries, it was apparent that he would be unable to return to his job. His capacity to work had been significantly diminished.  Mr. Yawney was able to push the claim forward quickly and get it resolved just over two years after the collision occurred, forcing the insurer of the Alberta vehicle to pay approximately  $1,100,000.00,  including costs.

• June 26, 2018, Michael Yawney QC and partner Allyson Edwards took on a claim by a gentleman in his late 50's whose vehicle was written off in a collision on Hwy 97.  The man suffered soft tissue injuries that aggravated prior health issues, including back problems.  The defendant's insurer labelled him as having "pre-existing conditions" and refused to be reasonable.  Mr. Yawney and Ms. Edwards were able to settle the claim for a fair amount a few months before trial.

• June 18, 2018, a career woman in the auto industry in her late 40's was side swiped and forced into a concrete median on Hwy 97 when a large suv swerved into her lane unexpectedly.  She suffered back and neck injuries and was having difficulty recovering from her injuries. She was referred to Michael Yawney QC, by friends,  to help her deal with the defendant's insurer that was not paying for rehab or wage loss.  Mr. Yawney, after a hard fought claim, was able to resolve the matter before mediation for over $450,000.00 including costs.

• June 13, 2018, a take out food restaurant owner from Kelowna was injured when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle on the streets of Kelowna.  He was referred to Michael Yawney QC by friends.  He suffered debilitating neck and back injuries that impacted his ability to carry on his restaurant business. The claim was vigorously defended by the defendant driver's insurer, which claimed that the man's business wasn't making any money anyway.  The matter was scheduled for trial, but Mr. Yawney and fellow partner Ryan Irving were able to resolve the claim at mediation prior to trial, for over $400,000.00.

• June 4, 2018, a retired lady suffered soft tissue injuries from an accident that occurred on the city streets of Vernon, BC.  She retained Mr. Yawney because she was worried about the insurer of the vehicle that hit her treating her fairly.  Thankfully her injuries mostly resolved. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve her claim for over $90,000.00.

• May 22, 2018, a semi-truck driver in his 40's was referred to Michael Yawney QC after a vehicle collided head on with his tractor trailer unit on Hwy 97.  The other driver was killed and the evidence suggested that he may have veered into the truck driver's lane intentionally.  As a result of the collision, the truck driver suffered neck and back injuries, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.  Shortly before a scheduled trial date, Mr. Yawney was able to resolve the claim for over $500,000.00.

• May 17, 2018, a husband and wife from Dawson Creek, BC were visiting their family in Red Deer, Alberta when an inattentive motorist slammed into their pickup truck from behind.  The couple were referred to Michael Yawney QC and he handled their claims, dealing with an Alberta insurer. Because the accident happened in Alberta, the claim had to be prosecuted there.  The injuries from the collision had impacted both of them and their family owned business.  Mr. Yawney was able to resolve their claims after a full day mediation for $300,000.00.

• April 30, 2018, Michael Yawney QC resolved the claims for two sisters injured as young children when their parents minivan was hit from behind on Hwy 97 over 8 years ago.  They had forgotten about the claims that their parents had asked Mr. Yawney to take care of. They both were doing well, but there was evidence of several months of emotional upset and physical injuries after the accident.  Their claims were resolved for over $40,000.00.

• April 20, 2018, Mr. Yawney and associate Allison Jaquish settled the claim for a Vernon woman hit from behind and who had suffered soft tissue injuries.  Her claim was resolved for just over $100,000.00.

• April 2, 2018, a woman in her 50's was injured when she drove off the road trying to avoid a vehicle that was turning illegally on a highway in the East Kootenays near Creston, BC. The offending driver was a Manitoba resident in a Manitoba insured vehicle.  The client suffered soft tissue injuries that took her off work for several months. After extensive treatment she was able to return to work and her career in environmental engineering. Mr. Yawney, working with an Alberta lawyer that retained him to pursue the claim, resolved the claim for over $200,000.00.

• March 23, 2016, a retired teacher from Red Deer, Alberta was vacationing on Vancouver Island and was rear ended by a vehicle whose driver claimed had lost it's brakes.  The brakes malfunctioned because the owner/driver of the vehicle had failed to maintain them properly.  The client suffered neck and low back injuries that affected her retirement travel plans.  Michael Yawney QC and partner Allyson Edwards were able to resolve the claim for over $100,000.00.

• March 21, 2018 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Lumby, BC resident in her late 50's to help her with her claim for injuries from a rear end accident on a highway.  The defendant driver was not paying attention and struck the client's vehicle hard from behind.  The woman suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck and back that required extensive rehab and treatment. After several stints of rehab, she improved enough that her claim was resolved for $180,000.00 including costs.

• March 18, 2018 a Vernon woman in her thirties was referred to Mr. Yawney by her father after she was involved in a rear end accident. Her vehicle was written off and she was plagued by neck, back and hip injuries that limited her ability to work, ride horses and enjoy her usual hobbies.  Her ability to work was the most affected and she had to make multiple attempts before she could successfully return to work.  After obtaining assessment of her functional abilities, her future care needs and the assistance required to keep her working at her job, her claim was resolved months before trial for the sum of $590,000.00 including costs. 

• March 16, 2018 a 62 year old man was referred to Michael Yawney QC by a friend for assistance with an injury claim arising from an accident where a vehicle hit him while he was riding his motorcycle. The defendant vehicle did not see him. He suffered orthopedic injuries that limited his ability to work and enjoy his hobbies, like mechanics and fixing up older vehicles.  While he did recover a portion of his functioning, he was left with residual limitations due to his injuries and their combined affect with prior health issues he had had.  His claim was resolved shortly before trial for $275,000.00 plus costs.

• March 6, 2018 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a health care admin assistant from Armstrong BC to help her with a claim for injuries in an accident where  a vehicle pulled out in front of her and caused an accident.  She suffered a shoulder injury as well as an injury to her back, both of which affected her work, recreation and ability to maintain her home.  After a few years of various therapies, surgery helped to fix her shoulder and her back injury had significantly resolved. This client's claim was settled prior to trial for the sum of $150,000.00 plus costs.

• February 28, 2018 Michael Yawney QC and Allyson Edwards assisted a young lady from Vernon who suffered soft tissue injuries in an accident where she was a passenger in a vehicle. As a server in a restaurant her work exacerbated the effects of her injuries and made it difficult for her to recover. Our team assisted her with arranging rehab and therapies, helping her get to the point where she had substantially recovered. Her claim was resolved without a trial for over $95,000.00 including out of pocket treatment  expenses and costs.

• February 15, 2018 Mr. Yawney was retained by Alberta lawyers to assist in pursuing claims for two sisters injured as passengers involved in an accident in British Columbia several years ago.  Both women were seriously hurt, interrupting and delaying  their  plans for university.  Although both were able to eventually complete their studies, they were left with some residual functional impairment due to their injuries from the accident.  Both claims were settled for over $950,000.00, including costs

• February 6, 2018 Michael Yawney QC and Allyson Edwards were able to settle the claim for a man in his 50's where he had suffered soft tissue injuries and aggravation of prior back problems from a rear end accident in 2015. The claim settled for $97,000 plus costs.

• January 23, 2018 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Vernon woman who was seriously injured while a passenger in a vehicle.  Mr. Yawney was actively involved in ensuring that the client received the proper rehabilitation and assistance to promote recovery from her injuries, which included a moderate brain injury.  The matter was resolved prior to trial for $2.85 million including future care, future income loss, in trust claims for family members that had to assist the client, as well as the costs of pursuing the legal action to enforce her claim.

• December 13th, 2017 a man in his 40's that worked in the oil patch on drilling rigs was referred to Michael Yawney QC by a friend. The man had suffered a serious ankle injury that required surgery. He had a protracted period of recovery where he could not work, and his plans for further training to move up the chain of command on the oil rigs was delayed by a few years.  While he recovered well, he was left with residual discomfort that made the job much more difficult. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve his claim prior to trial for $350,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• December 6th, 2017 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a construction contractor from Salmon Arm BC who was involved in a bizarre accident on Hwy #1 where a transport truck side swiped his vehicle and then took off.  The client suffered a fracture to his orbital bone near his eye and vision and  imbalance issues.  The transport truck could not be identified and so the claim involved a hit and run scenario with limited insurance coverage available. Further, the client had to rely on his own underinsured insurance coverage, a process that required arbitration after a trial determined damages that exceeded the initial limited coverage under hit and run provisions.  Mr. Yawney was able to negotiate a resolution of the client's claim for $450,000.00 prior to trial.

• November 28th, 2017 a local motorcycle association referred a man from Alberta to Michael Yawney QC to assist him with his claim for injuries from an accident where a BC driver pulled out in front of him on Hwy 97 without warning.  The man suffered serious orthopedic injuries that required multiple surgeries and an extended stay in hospital. His injuries also affected his capacity to work as a mechanic, reducing the amount of work he could sustain post accident. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve the claim against the BC driver despite liability being contested and the presence of deduction issues regarding the client's own insurer. The claim was resolved for $750,000.00 plus costs and disbursements, and the client continues to receive disability benefits from his own insurer as well as coverage for physio and other future care items.

• November 9th, 2017 a retired woman from Sorrento BC retained Mr. Yawney to pursue a claim for injuries suffered when she was hit hard by an Alberta driver as she slowed for children crossing the street after getting off a school bus. The woman suffered soft tissue injuries and exacerbation of prior health issues which resulted in a prolonged recovery process, required extensive rehabilitation and impacted most of her recreational activities. Her husband of many years was required to assist her and take over many of the domestic duties in their home.  Her claim was resolved prior to trial for $185,000.00, including a claim for the husband's time and assistance that was required because of the accident.

• October 30th, 2017 a husband and wife from Kelowna retained Michael Yawney QC to represent them after they were rear ended in City traffic, stopped at a light.  Both suffered soft tissue injuries that required significant physiotherapy and massage, as well as pain medications. Their claims were settled collectively for over $175,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• October 17th, 2017 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a young lady from Kelowna who was involved in two separate accidents a few years apart. Her injuries included a mild traumatic brain injury that healed over time, as well as debilitating headaches, neck and back pain, and psychological injury (PTSD). The injuries affected her ability to pursue post secondary education and forced her to change her career plans. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve her claim at mediation for over $700,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• September 21st, 2017 A young man from Prince George BC retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim for injuries suffered in a roll over accident on the Yellowhead Hwy. The client was asleep at the time of the accident and there were issues in terms of who was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the roll over.  The young man suffered soft tissue, head and shoulder injuries in the accident. Unfortunately, he also suffered subsequent work injuries and injuries from a further motor vehicle accident that complicated the assessment of his injuries and damages. Fortunately, the client was able to return to work and substantially recover from his injuries. His claim was settled prior to trial for $200,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• September 20th, 2017 Michael Yawney QC and Ryan Irving pursued a claim through to a jury trial in Kamloops BC for a Shuswap resident who had been hit head on by an inattentive driver  while he was driving on a side road close to his home. The client was a tradesman and although he carried on working after the accident, the effects of injuries suffered in the accident impacted how much he could work and his ability to maintain his hobby farm. Past and future income loss, as well future care and out of pocket expenses due to the accident were in issue. The matter settled during the trial for over $500,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• August 28th, 2017 An oil patch worker that lived in the Okanagan and commuted to northern Alberta retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The client had initially retained different counsel, then was referred to Mr. Yawney to take over pursuing a claim. Michael and litigation associate Ryan Irving pursued the claim to a scheduled trial date where the matter could not proceed due to no judge being available. Prior to the next scheduled date for trial the claim was resolved for over $250,000.00.

• August 1st, 2017 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a BC resident injured in Alberta while driving home from fire fighting in Northern Alberta. He was a passenger in a vehicle where the driver, also a BC resident, fell asleep and went off the highway. The client suffered soft tissue injuries, and a suspected concussion in the subject accident. After extensive investigation and rehabilitation, the client was able to substantially recover and carry on working in fire suppression, including working on the Fort MacMurray fire. With the assistance of litigation associate Ryan Irving, Michael was able to resolve the client's claim prior to trial for $250,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• July 26th, 2017 A young university student from Kelowna retained Michael Yawney QC to represent her on a claim for injuries suffered while a passenger in a vehicle driven by a classmate. Unfortunately, the vehicle driven by the classmate was from Washington State and ended up not having any insurance on it. This complicated the claim. Thankfully the student's soft tissue injuries essentially resolved within a year of the accident and the claim was settled for just under $100,000.00. Knowledge and experience as to how to access insurance coverage where there is an uninsured vehicle was critical in this case. 

• July 24th, 2017 A young man from Lumby, BC was rear ended at highway speed while driving in the Kootenays. The female driver that hit his vehicle, bending the frame, admitted fault for the accident.  Michael Yawney QC was retained to pursue his claim for damage for the injuries he suffered in the accident.  His injuries impacted his career plans to be a mechanic, and while he was able to successfully pursue an alternate career, the impact on his life was significant. Mr. Yawney and litigation associate Ryan Irving were able to resolve his claim prior to trial for over $400,000.00.

• July 13, 2017 An Alberta couple from Calgary were referred to Michael Yawney QC by an Alberta lawyer to pursue claims against an Alberta driver that hit them from behind on Hwy #1 near Field, BC.  Because the accident occurred in BC, BC law applied and it was more beneficial to pursue the claim in British Columbia.  Prior to trial,  Michael and his team were able to obtain settlements for the husband and wife for soft tissue injuries ($132,000.00 plus costs, and $122,000.00 plus costs). 

• June 23, 2017 A middle aged woman from Enderby was involved in a significant collision on Hwy 97 when a young driver pulled out onto the highway in front of her without warning. Her vehicle was written off. Thankfully her airbags deployed and she only suffered soft tissue injuries due to the blunt force trauma of the accident.  Michael Yawney QC was retained to pursue her claim for injuries on her behalf. The claim was unique because the woman lived and worked on a farm with various livestock, and whose husband worked away for several months of the year.  Michael and his personal injury team was able to resolve her claim a week prior to a scheduled jury trial for over $300,000.00.

• May 17, 2017 Michael Yawney QC represented a Vernon woman who was t-boned by an Alberta driver in a large pickup truck who pulled out of a side street onto Hwy 97 without looking. The client suffered soft tissue injuries in the accident and was unable to drive for several months due to the trauma of the accident.  Fault was contested initially by the Alberta driver, but after legal steps were taken by Mr. Yawney, responsibility was admitted. A quantum trial to assess damages was set for July of 2017. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve the claim prior to that for over $250,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• May 11, 2017 A young woman from Alberta was injured in an accident on Highway 97 between Salmon Arm and Vernon. She retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue her claim for soft tissue injuries which included headaches, back and neck pain. The claim was complicated because it involved a US vehicle insured by a US insurer.  Michael and litigation associate Ryan Irving were able to negotiate a settlement and resolve the claim for over $300,000.00 prior to the matter going to trial.

• March 31, 2017, Michael Yawney QC was retained by a woman from Salmon Arm BC who was hit hard from behind on Highway 97 while stopped due to a left turning vehicle infront of her. She suffered soft tissue injuries that required extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Michael was able to resolve her claim prior to trial for $150,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• In March 20, 2017 Senior Litigation Partner Michael Yawney QC was retained by a young woman in her early twenties who was struck as a pedestrian while walking home from work in Vancouver. She was also involved in a rear end collision accident subsequent to that. She suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result of the accidents, including the loss of her spleen, chronic headaches and pervasive anxiety.  Her claims were settled a few weeks before the scheduled trial date for over $750,000.00. The accidents and injuries impacted her ability to work and her future prospects.

• December 22, 2016 an Alberta man was referred to Michael Yawney QC after he was injured in an accident on Hwy #1 west of Glacier Park Lodge. He was a passenger in an Alberta vehicle that was hit by another Alberta vehicle. Although liability was denied, Mr. Yawney was able to resolve the client's claim at mediation a month prior to trial for $490,000.00.

• November 17th, 2016 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Vernon man and mechanic who was knocked off his motorcycle by a motorist that did not see him. He suffered soft tissue injuries that impacted his ability to run his mechanic business. He was able to substantially recover and taking extensive physiotherapy. His claim was resolved without a trial for $170,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.

• October 28th, 2016 an elderly woman was injured while travelling on Highway 97 south of Vernon. She suffered serious injuries that rendered her incapable of caring for herself as she had up to that point.  Her family were referred to Michael Yawney QC and they retained him to pursue a claim to cover the extensive care and other costs caused by her accident injuries. Mr Yawney was able to resolve her claim relatively quickly, settling it for over $450,000.00.

• October 27th, 2016 Michael Yawney QC took over a claim being handled by a lawyer in Kelowna at the request of relatives of a woman injured while travelling in Washington State. The client suffered soft tissue and psychological injury in the accident. Liability and the quantum of damages were hotly contested by the defendants. Mr Yawney was able to resolve the claim months prior to trial for over $300,000.00.

• In October of 2016 Mr. Yawney settled two claims for a father and daughter hurt in a rear end accident in Kelowna. Both claimants suffered chronic soft tissue injuries which healed only to a point.  Settlements of $125,000.00 and $150,000.00 were obtained for the clients. 

• September 26th, 2016 Michael Yawney QC was retained by  a grieving husband who lost his wife in a single vehicle car accident. The client's spouse had a life insurance policy in place at the time she passed away but the insurance company refused to pay out on it. Mr. Yawney filed legal action and forced the insurance company to honour the policy that was in place. The client received over $100,000.00 plus costs and disbursements under the claim.

• In August of 2016 Mr. Yawney and his team settled the claim of a young man who suffered soft tissue injuries to his back when he was hit by a vehicle that drove into a restaurant.  The claim was settled for $180,000.00 to compensate for the damages suffered by the plaintiff.


• In July of 2016 Senior litigation partner Michael Yawney and his team resolved the claim of a man in his mid-fifties who had been struck as a pedestrian and who suffered significant psychological injuries as a result. The claim was settled just before trial for over $470,000.00. 

• June 24th, 2016 an elderly woman was injured while travelling in Arizona with friends. She was a passenger in a truck and camper when it was rear ended by an Arizona resident that had minimal insurance and no assets. The woman retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim for the injuries she suffered in the accident and to sort out what coverage was available.  Mr. Yawney also represented the other occupants in the vehicle.  He was able to resolve the claims prior to arbitration with their own insurer for a total over $200,000.00

• In June of 2016 Mr. Yawney and his team settled the claim of a young man just prior to trial for injuries suffered where the defendant had backed into him and hurt his leg.   The settlement, which totalled over $200,000.00 covered the pain and suffering endured by the client, as well as the impact on his career path.

• May 30th, 2016 Michael Yawney QC took over a claim for a BC man injured in Alberta and previously represented by Alberta counsel.  The client suffered serious injuries when an unidentified transport truck lost part of it's load, travelling at highway speed, into the client's lane of travel. The claim was complicated because of the unidentified transport truck and available insurance coverage, including having to fight with the client's own insurer for coverage.  The claim was resolved prior to arbitration for $530,000.00 including costs.

• In May 2016 Michael Yawney settled a claim for a client for $200,000.00 where the client had significant prior health and disability issues. The client was injured by an out of province driver and the claim was resolved just short of trial.

• May 18th, 2016 Michael Yawney QC was retained by a mother of two children who had had a number of health issues in her life. She was injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered diffuse pain and limitation, as well as exacerbation of her prior health issues. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve her claim through mediation for $200,000.00 including costs.

• In April 11th, 2016 a young man from North Vancouver was injured when he was rear ended while stopped in traffic. He suffered soft tissue injuries which required several months of physiotherapy and he missed some days of work. Mr. Yawney resolved his claim without a trial for $89,000.00 including costs.

• March 8th, 2016 a young woman from Salmon Arm suffered soft tissue injuries when her vehicle was rear ended on a residential street where snow plowing had not yet taken place.  She was able to return to work in her sawmill job, but had some months of discomfort and difficulties managing work and home.  Michael Yawney QC was able to resolve her claim without a trial for over $70,000.00 plus costs.

• In February 2016 Mr. Yawney and his team settled an injury claim for a woman who was hit by another vehicle in winter road conditions. Liability for the accident was the central issue in the case. Our lawyers were able to resolve the claim before trial for over $80,000.00. The client was happy, and relieved, to settle her claim.


• Senior litigation partner Michael Yawney settled a chronic pain claim for a woman in her mid-fifties for $250,000.00 in January of 2016 shortly before the matter was to proceed to trial. Despite numerous physiotherapy and other treatments, the client had not recovered from soft tissue injuries suffered in a car accident. The matter had to be pursued towards trial in order to obtain a fair and reasonable settlement.

• In late November 2015, Mr. Yawney settled a claim just prior to the trial commencing for a man in his 60’s who was injured when another driver turned in front of his vehicle travelling at highway speeds while he was on route to Calgary.  The man suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in the accident that affected his ability to carry on his home building business. The Plaintiff’s formal offer was accepted in the court room, minutes before the trial was to commence. The settlement, with costs, resulted in well in excess of a $1,000,000.00 to the injured Plaintiff.

• In the fall of 2015, Mr. Yawney settled the head injury claim  for a man in his 60’s who was experiencing ongoing difficulties that affected his ability to work and function around his home. The matter settled on the eve of trial, for over $1.3 million.

• In July of 2015 Michael successfully resolved a claim for a young man who suffered serious injuries at a drinking establishment in northern B.C. as a result of an unprovoked assault by known patrons of the bar.  After investigating the incident and pursuing legal action, Michael and his team were able to settle the claim for over $800,000.00.

• April 2015: Michael successfully settled the claim of a husband against his wife who hit a deer on a remote highway in B.C.. The man suffered extensive injuries but recovered well enough to return to his job and carry on his life. An accident reconstructionist engineer had to be retained to assist in pursuing the claim, along with several medical experts. The claim was complicated by the man’s prior medical history of seizures and other issues. The claim was resolved for over $200,000.00.

• In April 2015 Mr. Yawney resolved a claim for a retired lady who suffered facial injuries, including fractured teeth, in a fall that occurred in a grocery store parking lot which had an unmarked pot hole that caused her to trip and fall. Michael obtained a settlement for her of $99,000.00 including costs.

• March 2015: Michael resolved a claim for a young lady who was hit from behind by a driver that failed to see a line of cars stopped on Hwy #1. The woman had suffered soft tissue injuries that impacted her functioning for a couple of years. Her claim resolved for just over $100,000.00.

• In February 2015 Mr. Yawney settled the claim of a young man who was involved in a serious roll over accident 3 years prior, where he had residual limitations which affected his ability to perform heavy work. The claim was settled for over $700,000.00 plus costs.

• In January 2015, Michael settled a claim for a receptionist who suffered neck and back injuries in an accident in the fall of 2012 for the sum of $150,000.00 plus costs.

• January 2015: A motorcyclist who was blamed for causing an accident was able to settle his claim, thanks to Mr.Yawney’s efforts, for just over $100,000.00.
• $725,000.00 settlement for a female client hit by a vehicle while walking her dog.

• $600,000.00 settlement for a female client t-boned while waiting to make a left turn onto Highway 97.

• $265,000.00 settlement for a female client who injured her ankle after being hit by a drunk driver.

• $350,000.00 settlement for a client injured in a collision on Hwy #1 near Revelstoke B.C. A fellow passenger that Michael acted for in a parallel action received a settlement of $300,000.00 for neck and head injuries.

• A judgment of over $1.9 million for a client injured in a vehicle roll over accident.

• A judgment of $387,000.00 for a client hit from behind at high speed on Hwy 97 near Oyama.

• $300,000.00 settlement for a young woman who injured her arm in a roll over collision.

• $175,000.00 settlement for a woman suffering soft tissue injuries in a collision on Hwy 97.

• $400,000.00 (plus the cost of pursuing legal action) settlement for a young man involved in a tragic accident who was a back seat passenger in a vehicle that went off a back country road at high speed and rolled several times down a steep embankment. Besides significant physical injuries, the young man also suffered severe post traumatic distress disorder (PTSD) due to his having to witness the death of the driver in the accident. The claim was settled just prior to trial. 

Litigation - Notwithstanding his personal injury focus, Michael also represents clients in a diverse range of litigation and has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia.

TESTIMONIALS 

"I am so grateful for your professionalism, expertise and tremendous support over the past 2 1/2 years.  You truly care for the people you represent and your dedication and compassion shows in everything you do.  I will be recommending your firm to my family and friends or anyone needing legal assistance that wants the best representation and team anyone could ever ask for"

With highest regards,
An extremely grateful client

 

"My initial contact with Michael Yawney was very pleasant. Over and above addressing my personal injury claim, he was caring and concerned about my well being and treatment plan. As the work load of my case increased, he brought in Allyson Edwards to help. She too was always pleasant and concerned. Their work was exemplary and timely. And Spring Marzorini, the legal assistant that I worked with, stayed in very close touch with me and kept me up to date. Her manner was always prompt and congenial. I believe they worked hard to get me the best settlement possible. I would highly recommend Michael and Nixon Wenger to anyone. They are highly professional and their fees are very reasonable"

- B.Glasier

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC INTERESTS

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia - Board of Governors.
Executive Member, BC Brain Injury Association.
Canadian Bar Association - member.
Brain Injury Litigation Group - member.
Director of North Okanagan Brain Injury Society.
Interior BC Association for Injured Motorcyclists - long standing member.
Medical Legal Society of BC - member.
Coach of Youth Hockey, Soccer and Basketball.
Former President and Director of Vernon Hospice House.
Former Director of North Okanagan Handicapped Association.

 

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