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Disclosure of Your Clinical History

By Perry Armitage, Partner In BC physicians and healthcare professionals are obliged to keep accurate records of every patient visit. Typically, this “clinical history” contains the patient’s complaints along with the doctor’s examination findings, their observations, and their recommended treatment plan.   Additionally, medical professionals can use the clinical history to identify and initiate future courses of treatment. A person making a legal claim for benefits or losses arising from a disability or injury, known as a claimant, often uses the clinical history to establish the need for coverage or compensation.  Advancing such a claim will almost always require disclosure of

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What Can Your Clinical Records be Used for at Trial?

Whenever a physician or health-care practitioner meets with a patient they are obliged to keep records of that visit. These clinical records contain the patient’s subjective complaints along with a physician or health-care practitioner’s objective observations, assessments and the specifics of the treatment plan that is prescribed. Therefore, clinical records are often relevant in personal injury and insurance litigation cases and usually play an important role in the course of litigation. At trial, clinical records are admitted as evidence under the “business records” exemption of the Evidence Act. However, the courts in British Columbia have held that clinical records may

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Estate Litigation: What Is Committeeship?

Committeeship is the authority granted by the Court which appoints one or more persons to attend to the personal and/or financial and legal affairs of an adult who is not capable of doing so (the “Patient”). This can occur because of lifelong issues, severe injuries from accidents, illnesses or the effects of aging. In British Columbia, committeeship is often required to assist individuals with aging parents who may no longer be mentally competent to care for themselves or to manage their own affairs. How Committeeship Works There are two basic methods for conferring adult guardianship through the process of committeeship.

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Parenting Time During COVID-19

During this trying time, some of the most popular questions our clients are asking us include: “How am I supposed to parent my children with my ex-partner during this COVID-19 crisis?” “Should I stop the parenting schedule for now?” “My Ex won’t let me see our children and is using this COVID-19 situation as an excuse, what should I do?” All of these questions are understandable, as parents’ concerns turn to their number one priority – their children.  But they can also result in avoidable stress and unnecessary disputes – particularly at a time when children are also already impacted

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COVID-19: Financial Support Programs & Assistance Available for Businesses

These are extraordinary and unprecedented times that require all of us to band together, as one community, to help individuals and businesses through this storm. Information and updates are coming fast and furious and it can be challenging to keep up with the latest financial aid programs and emergency measures being taken by the banks to help curb the economic impact of COVID-19 to businesses. We have provided a list of resources below with links to websites that contain valuable information for small businesses on financial programs and assistance available at this time. Check back regularly as we will continue

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COVID-19 Update: Message from McQuarrie

Dear valued clients and business partners: As the global situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold we want to assure you that we at McQuarrie are taking increased safety measures and precautions to protect our clients, employees, and the community. At McQuarrie, we understand the importance of our role as your trusted advisor. We believe that trust is the foundation of every good client-lawyer relationship and we value the trust that our clients place in our firm. Our lawyers work hard to earn that trust by responding to the needs of our clients with careful preparation, attention to detail, and the

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