Personal Injury for Paralegals and Legal Support Staff 2015

Course Date: February 20, 2015

Total: 4h 50min

Welcome and Introduction

Dominique Marcotte — Designated Paralegal, Lindsay LLP, Vancouver
MaryAnn Reinhardt — Designated Paralegal, MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP, Vancouver

BC Ambulance Worker Perspective

  • procedure of EMR crew
  • review of crew report
  • BC Ambulance records
  • interviewing ambulance attendants

Gordon Robbins  Paramedic Chief, Vancouver International Airport, Richmond

RCMP Accident Perspective

  • accidents and accident investigations
  • the order of RCMP arrival at the accident scene and order of responsibilities
  • deciphering codes on the MV6020
  • tips for requesting and reviewing RCMP records

Sergeant R.D. (Dale) Somerville  Program Manager, RCMP E Division Traffic Services, Surrey
Sergeant A.M. (Aaron) Sproule  Collision Reconstruction Program Manager, RCMP E Division Traffic Services, Surrey

Witness Interviews

  • importance of witnesses (scene, collateral)
  • timing: when should you speak to a witness?
  • interviewing tips
  • how to instruct your investigator

Dominique Marcotte  Investigator, Fast Track Investigations, Vancouver

Networking Break

Accident Reconstruction Engineer

  • what information to obtain
  • where to obtain information
  • instructions to engineer
  • scope of expert opinion

Craig Luker  Senior Forensic Engineer, Luker Forensic Engineering Inc., Richmond

Case Management and Organization

  • file organization
  • importance of checklists and timelines
  • managing the litigation
  • best practice tips

Julie Fredette  Designated Paralegal, RDM Lawyers LLP, Abbotsford
MaryAnn Reinhardt  Designated Paralegal, MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP, Vancouver

The View from ICBC

  • statutes and other considerations at the start of a file
  • the initial claims process

J. Kendal Paul  Pleadings & Counsel Assignment Manager, ICBC, Vancouver
Daniela Re Advisor, Injury Technical and Support, ICBC, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Document Production

  • list of documents
  • duty to disclose: default production and enhanced production
  • resisting production
  • consequences of not listing documents
  • lawyer supervision

Chris Watson  MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP, Vancouver

Expert Evidence

  • when and why you need expert opinion
  • how to choose an expert
  • communications with your expert

Art Vertlieb, QC  MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP, Vancouver

Worker vs. Worker Statute Barred Claims

  • when does s. 10 take away the plaintiff’s cause of action?
  • what is the role of the court when a s. 10 defence is plead?
  • what is the s. 257 WCAT process?

Robert C. Brun, QC  Harris & Brun, Vancouver

Networking Break


  • selecting a mediator
  • preparation for mediation
  • do’s and don’ts from the mediator’s perspective

J. Bryce Jeffery  MacDonald, Boyle & Jeffery, Langley

View from the Bench

  • chambers applications
  • Trial Management Conferences
  • the importance of settlement
  • trials

The Honorable Mr. Justice Peter D. Leask  Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

The Bill of Costs: Assessment

  • assessment of party and party costs
  • assessment of special costs
  • effective preparation and presentation of the bill of costs being assessed

Stuart Cameron  Registrar, Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks

Dominique Marcotte — Designated Paralegal, Lindsay LLP, Vancouver
Mary Ann Reinhardt — Designated Paralegal, MacKenzie Fujisawa LLP, Vancouver