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Chris Dyson

Chris Dyson

Christopher P. Dyson was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1998 and is presently a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. His current practice is focused primarily on ICBC injury claims.

Chris has extensive experience representing and advising injured victims of motor vehicle accidents, including those with chronic pain, orthopaedic injuries, depression and traumatic brain injury. For more than a decade, he has provided caring and effective representation of injured clients against ICBC at mediation and all levels of British Columbia courts. He maintains an extensive network of medical experts, which are used as a resource to assist with the effective representation of his injured clients.

He also has experience dealing with WorkSafeBC and can offer assistance to clients suffering from a motor vehicle accident (clients in the course of employment at the time of the accident) who may have a choice as to whether to claim against ICBC or WCB.

In addition to his busy ICBC personal injury plaintiff practice, Chris also represents both employees and employers with respect to employment and contractual disputes, including union matters and disputed non-competition agreements at labour arbitrations, mediations, negotiations and court hearings.

Whether you are an injured victim of a car accident facing ICBC or the owner of a business seeking advice on an employment matter, Chris stands ready to provide you with caring, efficient and successful legal representation.

Chris’ Representative Cases

Mayervich v. Sadeghipour [2012] BCSC 1624 (CanLII)

ICBC and the Defendant argued that the appropriate award for damages was in the range of $30,000 - $45,000 for pain and suffering for the 72-year-old, retired plaintiff. The injuries involved carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain and depression.

The Court awarded $85,000 for pain and suffering plus compensation for the cost of future care for a total of $109,079.46.

Han v. Chahal [2013] B.C.J. No. 1902 (S.C.)

ICBC denied liability for this accident. The plaintiff was a pedestrian in a crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle owned and operated by the defendants. The collision occurred in the middle of the crosswalk. The defendant driver testified that she turned left and was unaware of the presence of the plaintiff when the collision occurred.

The Court ruled that the defendant driver was negligent in striking the plaintiff, as the plaintiff would have been visible had the driver exercised due care and attention. No contributory negligence was established, as it was not apparent that the plaintiff ought to have known she would not be granted the right-of-way, or that she could have reasonably avoided the accident.

The accident caused a serious injury to the plaintiff's femur and a moderate injury to her wrist, both of which healed. The plaintiff developed chronic pain and depression. ICBC’s final offer was $176,500. The Court awarded her the sum of $462,912. Read more about this case in the Vancouver Sun.

Nolette v. Tomlinson [2014] Doc. New Westminster M 132082 (S.C.)

In this recent case, ICBC took the position that the 62-year-old, part-time warehouse shipper/receiver had retired from work and would not have gone back to work in the absence of the motor vehicle accident. ICBC also argued that some of the plaintiff’s injuries were not related to the accident. At trial, the plaintiff was awarded $146,032.12 plus court costs. ICBC’s final offer was $50,000 plus court costs. Read the judgement.

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