Personal Injury Lawyer Vancouver
Since being called to the bar in 1994, Cathy has been practicing exclusively as a personal injury lawyer representing victims injured in motor vehicle accidents. Cathy’s desire to make a difference in the lives of others lead her to choose to become a personal injury lawyer. The primary focus of Cathy’s practice as a personal injury lawyer is on cases involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and significant orthopedic, soft tissue and psychological injuries.
Professional Experience/ ICBC Claims Settlements
As a senior personal injury lawyer with the Simpson Thomas team, Cathy has been with the firm since 1996. Cathy’s strengths include effective written and oral communication skills; a solution-oriented approach to problems, no matter how complex; and, her ability to empathize to ensure the best possible representation for her clients from inception of the case to its conclusion.
As a personal injury lawyer, Cathy has been counsel in many ICBC claims settlements involving complex and catastrophic injuries resulting in millions of dollars recovered for her clients. She is a skilled professional with experience in trial advocacy as well as mediation. She is meticulous in her attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned to ensure the best possible results are achieved for her clients. Cathy works closely with the victims and the families to ensure the client’s needs are looked after, including ensuring that the client receives the rehabilitation and disability benefits that he or she is entitled to pending settlement or trial.
Personal Injury Cases
Along with partners Bernie Simpson and Anthony Thomas, Cathy was one of the lead senior personal injury lawyers involved in one of the most complex and tragic motor vehicle accident cases in B.C.’s history involving the representation by Simpson Thomas of 21 injures victims, as well as the survivors of 6 deceased victims. Despite the complex liability issue, Cathy and the Simpson Thomas team were able to reach a mediated settlement with multiple defendants in 2010, resulting in millions of dollars recovered for the injured victims and the family members of the deceased victims.
In Ha v. Fritzke (November 12, 1997) Docket B954571 (B.C.S.C.), in which Cathy was co-counsel at trial, an elderly retired female, with no income loss, who sustained multiple injuries in a motor vehicle accident, was awarded in excess of half a million dollars. The decision was upheld on appeal.
In Kindra v Singh et al. (June 11, 2004) Docket MO116606 (B.C.S.C.), a jury trial, involving a female teacher who sustained soft tissue injuries and was able to continue with her teaching career after the accident, Cathy was able to obtain an award that was $ 109,000.00 inclusive of costs.
In Sandhu v John Doe  B.C.J. 1993 (B.C.S.C.), Cathy represented a female pedestrian who was jaywalking across a four- lane busy arterial road in Surrey when she was struck by a driver who was traveling below the speed limit at less than 30 kms per hour. In this case, the Defendant driver and ICBC were refusing to pay any monies in settlement to the injured pedestrian and asked the Court to dismiss the pedestrian’s entire case given the preceding facts. Despite the Court finding that the pedestrian was required to yield to the right of way of the Defendant’s vehicle, given she was not crossing at a cross walk, Cathy was successful in obtaining a judgment in which the Court found the driver who struck the pedestrian partially at fault for the accident, resulting in ICBC subsequently paying monies to settle the pedestrian’s claim.
Cathy received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1993, after having already completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees. During her studies at UBC, Cathy received various awards including a book prize and scholarships.
Memberships and Associations
Cathy has represented clients from many different countries and diverse cultural backgrounds. She is fluent in both spoken and written Italian and is a member of the Italian Cultural Centre Society. She also has a basic working knowledge of French.
Cathy is a member of the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia (TLABC), the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Law Society of British Columbia, the B.C. Brain Injury Association and Spinal Cord Injury B.C. She is also a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation, Senior Lawyers and Women Lawyers Forum subsections of the Canadian Bar Association. Cathy continues to attend seminars put on by the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia to keep abreast of the latest developments in the law. She has also traveled to Washington D.C. to attend a conference put on by the American Association of Justice.
When Cathy has time away from the office, she enjoys working out, theatre, opera, playing the guitar and singing.