What we do
We build strong client relationships. At Jarvis McGee Rice, we pride ourselves on representing our clients with compassion, understanding, and strength. We recognize that personal injury litigation is a partnership between the lawyer and client and we work to maximize your recovery and the value of your claim. We have successfully resolved thousands of claims through negotiation and litigation, including claims related to soft tissue injuries, orthopaedic injuries, neurological injuries, chronic pain, brain injuries and fatalities.
How we do it
As a client of JMR Law, you access the full legal resources of our firm, including our extensive network of the top specialists and experts in the province. We work with the best experts in the fields of medicine, rehabilitation, engineering, accounting and economics to ensure that you receive full value for your claim. At JMR Law we deliver effective, responsive, and personalized legal representation. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning our clients pay no upfront legal fees. Our account is paid from the settlement proceeds. If you recover nothing, we take no fees.
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Recent Trial Results
Johal v. Meyede, 2014 BCCA 509
ICBC appealed the trial judge’s award of $611,000 for loss of capacity and $90,000 for loss of future care. John Rice and Mike Elliott argued the matter at the Court of Appeal with Cody Wagner providing instrumental help in preparing the matter for appeal. The Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the trial judge’s award for loss of capacity while rejecting ICBC’s argument that there was “insufficient evidence before the judge to allow him to reasonably infer that there was a sufficient likelihood that Ms. Johal could achieve the positions of general manager and operations manager and so treat it as a positive contingency.” The Court of Appeal found that clearer reasons were required regarding the award for future cost of care and remitted the matter back to the trial judge for a clarification of that narrow issue. The full reasons for judgement can be found here.
Rajan v. Hudon, 2014 BCSC 1678
John Rice and Mike Elliott acted for Ashraf Rajan, an operating room nurse and married mother to two children who was injured in three motor vehicle accidents. The Plaintiff said the accidents, and especially the third accident, caused her significant injury, chronic pain, and a grossly diminished ability to continue working until retirement as a nurse. A few weeks before trial ICBC hired three different sets of defense lawyers to defend the claim against our lawyers in the courtroom. They alleged the Plaintiff was exaggerating her injuries and urged the trial judge to award very little compensation. Testifying in our client’s support were her husband, mother in law, her former and current supervisors from Burnaby General Hospital, colleagues from a private surgery centre with whom Ashraf worked, along with a number of medical specialists and occupational therapists. The trial judge awarded Mrs. Rajan almost $430,000 in damages plus costs and disbursements. While finding that the Plaintiff’s injuries were not as significant as she alleged, the damages award included among other losses $90,000 for pain and suffering and $225,000 for lifetime loss of income earning capacity, which amounted to about three years of gross earnings for an operating room nurse. The full reasons for judgement can be found here.
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Damages Upheld by BC Court of Appeal
In December of 2013, Mike Elliott and Cody Wagner acted for Lisa Johal, a 30 year old hotel front office manager. Ms. Johal was injured when her car was rear ended by the defendant. Prior to the accident, Ms. Johal had experienced minor pain, numbness, and tingling in her right arm. As a result of the accident, Ms. Johal suffered a permanent aggravation of these symptoms as well as new soft tissue injuries to her back as well as headaches. Although Ms. Johal eventually returned and maintained full time employment following the accident, she remained limited in her ability to carry out all of her duties associated with her job position. We argued that Ms. Johal had suffered a permanent partial disability that would affect her ability to work at her current level and negatively impact her career path, including her ability to be promoted to higher paying positions. ICBC defended the case and argued that all of Ms. Johal’s problems were related to her pre-accident symptoms and that she had suffered no loss of ability to work. The trial judge accepted our argument and awarded Ms. Johal $795,570 in damages, including $85,000 for pain and suffering, $90,000 for future care, and $611,000 for loss of capacity to earn income.