Aaron Atkinson is an associate in the Health and Insurance Law Practice Groups at Harper Grey.
Aaron advises and assists physicians with respect to civil medico-legal issues and disciplinary matters before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
Aaron’s insurance law practice comprises insurance defence, subrogation and coverage work and he provides legal services to a broad range of insurers and self-insured organizations. Aaron’s insurance defence practice includes property damage claims, construction deficiencies, bodily injury claims, general insurance disputes and professional negligence claims against home inspectors. Aaron has defended to trial and negotiated the settlement of numerous bodily injury claims involving occupiers’ liability, products liability, assaults, sports related injuries, commercial host liability, and motor vehicle accidents. Aaron has also acted as counsel for clients before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.
Aaron has represented physicians in matters involving professional negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and intentional torts.
Representative cases include:
- Counsel for physicians in medical negligence actions.
- Counsel for a physician on a successful application to dismiss an action for failure to disclose a triable issue: Castellanos v. Dr. Simon Triessman Inc., February 24, 2012, Kamloops Reg. 38699.
- Counsel for a physician at trial who prescribed an outpatient alcohol-withdrawal treatment program for an alcoholic patient: Friebel v. Omelchenko, 2014 BCSC 1039.
- Counsel for a physician at trial and subsequent successful applications at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal to have the plaintiff declared a vexatious litigant: Madzar v. Sullivan, 2013 BCSC 1049, M. M. v. Sullivan, 2014 BCSC 1217, and Madzar v. Sullivan, 2014 BCCA 266.
Aaron has acted in a broad range of insurance matters, including disputes involving negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional torts and statutory causes of action.
Representative cases include:
- Defending home inspectors against allegations of negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract regarding inspections of residential homes and commercial premises.
- Defending insurance claims involving property damage and bodily injury.
- Subrogated property insurance claims resulting from fires, floods, motor vehicle accidents and product liability.
- Counsel on appeal from a dismissal of an action against members of a strata council for allegedly committing a nuisance by starring into the appellants’ unit and defaming the appellants in a document distributed to the strata owners: Martin v. Lavigne, 2011 BCCA 104.
- Counsel at trial for a home inspector who allegedly failed to identify water damage in a condominium: Peloquin v. Rodriguez, 2012 BCPC 165.
- Counsel at trial for a home inspector who allegedly failed to identify structural deficiencies in a residential home: Thibeault v. Northwood Building Consulting Ltd., January 29, 2014, Surrey Reg. No. 69472.
- Counsel for a restaurant in successful applications to the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal regarding alleged commercial host liability: WCAT 2014-02456 and WCAT 2014-02457.
- University of British Columbia, J.D., 2009
- University of British Columbia, B.A., 2006
- British Columbia, 2010
- Contributor, Contemporary Canadian Insurance Law Casebook, 2015, Published by LexisNexis Canada
- Contributing Author – Harper Grey Insurance Law Update Newsletter
- Treasurer – Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch – Health Law Subsection
- Member – Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch – Insurance Law Subsection
- Guest Speaker – CAHPI (BC) – 2015
- Guest Speaker – CAHPI (BC) – 2014
- Guest Speaker – Comprehensive Medical Review – 2014
- Guest Speaker – CAHPI(BC) – 2012
- Guest Speaker – BC Society of Fellows – 2010
April 20, 2017
April 25, 2014
April 21, 2012
October 5, 2010
Published in: InsuranceWest, November 2009