I am a member of the firm’s Personal Injury Department and Insurance Law Group. In 2003, I joined Watson Goepel LLP as an articled student. Since that time, I have worked almost exclusively in the area of ICBC injury claims.
I enjoy the challenges presented by the law. I provide keen insight into legal issues and take a creative approach to solving my client’s problems, whether it be by attending court or mediation. My clients are generally victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, assaults and defective products. I have appeared before the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Supreme Court Chambers and the British Columbia Court of Appeal on a variety of matters. I have also successfully assisted my clients by resolving their cases through negotiation and mediation. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my young son and husband, and large extended family. I also enjoy attending social events involving the legal community.
Background and Professional Activities
Prior to completing her law degree at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Ms. De Vita obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Simon Fraser University, with a major in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. Janet was called to the British Columbia Bar in August 2004. Ms. De Vita obtained temporary articles during her last semester of law school at the Law Centre at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. She worked on a variety of legal aid cases involving all areas of law, including family law, criminal law, wills and estate law and administrative law. Ms. De Vita is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association and of the Vancouver Bar Association.
Payne v. Miles, 2013 BCSC 1545 – 2013/08/26
Award $1.630 Million. The plaintiff was brain injured at 17. In brain injury cases it takes time to determine the full extent and particular nature of any resulting disability. Further, people can look and speak normally while suffering other types of cognitive impairment. In this case, we needed to wait over 6 years before the full nature of the plaintiff’s injuries were known and we could properly assess the plaintiff’s long term compensation needs. It was at that point we took the matter to trial. This case required establishing the loss of income and the support needed to live a fulfilling life. The Award included child rearing care, career counseling, and loss of past and future income.
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Milliken v. Rowe, 2011 BCSC 1458 – 2011/10/31
Award $230,000. The plaintiff worked full-time as the manager of a pizzeria while caring for her wheelchair bound husband and teenage daughter. Her employer made numerous arrangements to keep her employed despite her injured shoulder. Even though she continued to work full-time, we claimed for loss of capacity to earn income. We also pursued a claim for the loss of her ability to care for her home and husband.
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