|Ontario Municipalities must meet Minimum Standards for Ice and Snow Removal
||In the interest of road safety, Ontario’s Municipal Act sets out minimum standards for winter road maintenance, which municipalities are obligated to meet. If a motor vehicle accident occurs in snowy or slippery conditions and the municipality failed to meet its standards, the municipality may be found liable for the accident.
||Jan 20, 2017
|Pedestrian Accident results from failure to obey Traffic Law
||Disturbingly, pedestrian accidents are at a high in Ontario, which means that road users need to exercise more caution. Sometimes, pedestrians cause accidents, such as a Halifax man who recently caused a crash when crossing against a red light. However, in many cases, driver actions such as inattention, speeding and impaired driving contribute to pedestrian injury or death.
||Jan 15, 2017
|Dangerous Road Conditions to blame for numerous Multi-Car Collisions on Hwy 401
||Numerous multi-vehicle collisions on Highway 401 on Saturday January 7th were caused by severe winter weather including whiteouts and slippery road conditions, but fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
||Jan 12, 2017
|Store Owner found liable when a Customer was Injured in his Store
||In Vykysaly v. Jablowski, a store-owner was found liable for injuries a woman sustained when she fell into an unmarked open stairwell in the store.
||Jan 10, 2017
|Long Overdue, Canada announces Asbestos Ban for 2018
||Every year, thousands of Canadians die from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. At long last, the Canadian government announced a plan to ban asbestos import, use and production by 2018.
||Jan 08, 2017
|Life-saving Tips if You're stranded in Winter Weather
||There are important steps we can take to prepare our vehicle and remain safe when our vehicle is stuck or stranded, to help prevent frostbite and keep ourselves and family members safe from injury during winter weather conditions.
||Jan 06, 2017
|Making an Injury Claim for Single Car Accident Compensation
||If you were injured in a single car collision, there may be several options available to you for obtaining injury compensation, both as a vehicle driver and passenger.
||Jan 04, 2017
|Proving 'but for' Causation in a Claim for Damages
||Successful injury claims generally rest on proving ‘But for’ causation. This means that, if not for the negligent actions of the defendant, the accident victim’s injuries would not have occurred.
||Jan 01, 2017
|New Year’s Resolutions for Driving
||Making a resolution to practice safe driving in the New Year can contribute to safety for all road users.
||Dec 30, 2016
|A Finding of Municipal Liability when Man injured by falling Post
||If someone suffers injury on municipal property because the municipality failed to take due care and allowed an unsafe condition, then the municipality may be found negligent. Among the most common circumstances resulting in injury are: slip and fall accidents on broken or improperly maintained walkways, and car accidents caused by an unsafe road condition.
||Dec 26, 2016
|Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
||Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) exhibits as persistent and unexplained fatigue, but sufferers also experience joint pain and various other symptoms that substantially impact enjoyment in life. CFS is not well understood but believed to result from several triggers, such as infections, immune system problems, hormonal changes and traumatic events such as car accidents.
||Dec 23, 2016
|Taking particular Care to Drive Sober over the Holidays
||For many Canadians, the holiday season presents multiple occasions for celebrating with friends, family and co-workers. Unfortunately, it also brings an increased risk of car accidents caused by drunk driving, but we avoid being part of the problem
||Dec 20, 2016
|Tragic Ottawa Car Crash results in two Fatalities
||Extreme winter road conditions have arrived early, and in Ottawa, icy roads are the likely cause of a tragic car accident that took the lives of two teen-aged girls and caused severe injuries to their mother.
||Dec 18, 2016
|Injured Workers not covered by Ontario Workers’ Compensation Benefits have Right to Sue
||Businesses have an obligation to keep anyone coming onto their property reasonably safe, including employees. Most Ontario workers are covered under Ontario’s statutory workers’ compensation plan and if so, must seek coverage for workplace accidents from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. However, if you are an uninsured worker, you have the right to sue your employer for injuries sustained while employed. In a 2016 case, Fleming v. Massey, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that it was against public policy to prevent a worker from seeking compensation through a liability waiver.
||Dec 15, 2016
|City of Sudbury found liable in Slip and Fall Accident
||A woman slipped and fell on a public parking lot that had not been cleared of ice and snow. The Court found the Municipality liable for her injuries, and did not accept the City’s defense that the particular parking lot was not maintained in winter because it belonged to a little used area of a public park.
||Dec 13, 2016
|Keeping your Home safe for Children over the Holidays
||The holiday season presents several additional dangers to children in the home, but as caregivers and parents, there is much we can do to keep our own children and any visitors to our home safe over the holidays.
||Dec 11, 2016
|Failure to disclose a Medical Condition can result in a voided Insurance Claim
||Honesty is the best policy when you are providing information on an insurance application. Your insurance contract is predicated on the information you gave and if you failed to disclose a pre-existing condition then your insurer may deny a future claim.
||Dec 09, 2016
|Why Ontario Drivers need Winter Tires
||Winter tires have been shown to be the most important vehicle feature to affect safety and reduce the risk of crashing in winter driving conditions. See common myths about winter tires de-bunked.
||Dec 06, 2016
|Do we have a Dog Bite Problem in Ontario?
||The incidence of dog bites has increased in some parts of Ontario, such as in Toronto, despite the 2005 ban on pit-bull breeds. This circumstance calls for better education of dog owners and the public, as well as better enforcement.
||Dec 04, 2016
|Complicated Legal Proceedings arising from a Parking Lot Accident
||When parking lot accidents occur, there may be complications in resolving an injury claim if the plaintiff alleges that the parking lot owner was contributorily liable or, as in the case, Shah v. Becamon, the defendant driver was not properly licensed, with only a G-1 licence.
||Dec 01, 2016
|The Challenges for Victims of Neurological Injuries such as Spinal and Brain Injury
||Accident victims who sustain neurological injuries such as spinal and brain injury face many substantial challenges in health care, recovery and functioning at home.
||Nov 28, 2016
|What type of Injury Benefits can I claim under my Vehicle Insurance?
||Cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers who are injured in any motor vehicle accident are eligible to claim various benefits under their vehicle insurance depending on the severity of their injury.
||Nov 26, 2016
|When may a Vehicle Owner not be held Liable for a Car Accident?
||Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, the owner of a vehicle is held liable for injuries except for unusual cases, such as in Thorne v. Prets, where the vehicle was taken without permission. Under such circumstances, the negligent driver can be held liable for damages and if uninsured, Ontario’s payor of last resort, MVACF, is responsible for payment.
||Nov 23, 2016
|Ontario Court decides that an Illegal Immigrant not entitled to claim Damages from MVACF
||In a 2016 trial, the Ontario Court of Appeal decided that a man who had been living illegally in Toronto for about a decade was not entitled to receive compensation from public funds for injuries sustained in a pedestrian hit-and-run accident.
||Nov 19, 2016
|Claiming Injuries from a Public Transit or Bus Accident.
||As a victim of a public transit or bus accident, whether as a passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for your losses.
||Nov 17, 2016
|Why Back up Cameras will soon become Mandatory for New Vehicles
||Transport Canada recently announced that rear cameras will be mandatory for new vehicles in May 2018. Backup cameras provide almost full visibility behind a vehicle, which is particularly effective in allowing a driver to see young children and others who may otherwise have been in the vehicle’s blind zone.
||Nov 15, 2016
|Learn about the New App to track Distracted Drivers
||A new app has been introduced and is available for anyone to record Distracted Drivers. The app will better help researchers to understand the circumstances under which distracted driving takes place.
||Nov 13, 2016
|Chronic Pain and Depression meet Threshold for Non-pecuniary Damages
||After damages have been awarded to a plaintiff, the defence may file a threshold motion to dismiss non-pecuniary damages because the plaintiff’s injury is not a permanent or serious impairment of an important function. In Cobb v Long Estate, the court agreed that the plaintiff’s chronic pain and psychological injuries met the threshold and as a result, dismissed the defendant’s threshold motion.
||Nov 10, 2016
|Female Walker assaulted in Toronto
||Although the highest risk for pedestrians is attributed to negligent drivers, every year pedestrians are assaulted while walking, jogging or running. The latest assault occurred on the evening of November 5th, but there were several earlier assaults on pedestrians in 2016. Walkers and runners can take a number of actions to reduce the risk of injury, but this doesn't in any way diminish the fault of the attacker in these incidents.
||Nov 08, 2016
|Preventing Playground Accidents
||Safe playground design and construction, and proper supervision of children can often prevent playground injuries to children.
||Nov 06, 2016
|Canada lagging in affordable and accessible Mental Health Services
||Many Canadians suffer from mental illness, such as anxiety disorder and depression, but for most Canadians, it can be difficult if not impossible, to get access to affordable mental health professionals and treatments.
||Nov 03, 2016
|Am I liable for my Injuries if I’m not wearing a Seatbelt?
||The Ontario Traffic Act requires everyone to wear a seat belt, and if you are injured by an ‘at fault’ driver, you may be found contributorily liable if not wearing a seat belt at the time of your accident.
||Nov 01, 2016
|Women at risk due to a Failure to adequately test Drugs on Women
||The fact that women and even, female mice are greatly underrepresented in drug and medical trials means that marketed medications may be ineffective or dangerous when used by women.
||Oct 28, 2016
|The Brain Project Exhibit comes to Yorkdale Mall
||"The Brain Project" is exhibiting brain art at Yorkdale Mall in the coming week, with the objective of raising awareness and research funding for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Dementia or age-related brain disease affects 750,000 Canadians, and about one million more are living with acquired brain injury due to accidents.
||Oct 24, 2016
|Recent Research warns Cigarette Smoking distracts Drivers
||A Government of Quebec study reveals that smoking while driving constitutes as a serious distraction.
||Oct 22, 2016
|Accident Victims who suffer from Depression
||Increasingly recognized is the fact that car accidents can result in psychological injuries such as depression that often has significant and long-term effects on accident victims. Even persons allegedly negligent in causing an accident may experience psychological symptoms as a result of the traumatic event.
||Oct 20, 2016
|Terrible Mississauga Car Accident results in fatal Injuries for Two Young People
|| In a recent Mississauga collision, a car crashed into a tractor trailer truck, resulting in the deaths of two young adults, 20 and 22 years old. It is yet to be determined whether speed was a factor in this tragic accident.
||Oct 15, 2016
|Tesla Accident raises Questions about Product Liability
||The recent Tesla accident which resulted in the death of a 40 year old driver, raises questions about who is at fault in an accident involving self driving technology.
||Oct 13, 2016
|Family Member Claims under the Family Law Act
||A family member may claim for losses under Ontario's Family Law Act when a loved one suffers a catastrophic injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
||Oct 11, 2016
|Post-traumatic Stress Disorder caused by Car Accidents
||Many studies of post-traumatic stress disorder have been conducted to determine causes and effects of this disabling condition. In many cases, PTSD is suffered by victims of motor vehicle accidents .
||Oct 09, 2016
|Pedestrian Collisions claim the Lives of Two London Residents
||Two recent and tragic pedestrian deaths in London Ontario highlight a concern that drivers need to always monitor for pedestrians and follow driving regulations aimed at keeping all road users safe.
||Oct 07, 2016
|Assessing Pediatric Catastrophic Impairment under Ontario's Statutory Accident Benefits
||When a child's injuries include brain trauma or muscular-skeletal impairment they may qualify for a higher level of benefits by being classified as having a "Pediatric Catastrophic Impairment" under Ontario's statutory accident benefits (SABS).
||Oct 05, 2016
|Reasons for Denial of Long-term Disability Claims
||There are several reasons why your insurance company may have denied your disability claim. In many cases, you were denied a legitimate claim for benefits and a revision to your application and disability lawyer can help get owed benefits.
||Oct 03, 2016
|Canada’s Parliament debates Bill S-201 to prohibit and prevent Genetic Discrimination
||Bill S-201 seeks to prevent discrimination against Canadians due to their genetic status. Currently, insurance companies and employers can use genetic information to deny insurance coverage or refuse hiring, and Canada is the only G-7 country that doesn’t protect genetic status.
||Oct 01, 2016
|Husband and Wife Motorcyclists injured in Amherstburg Hit-and-run
||On Sept 16, a couple were run off the road in a hit-and-run accident while they were riding a motorcycle on a local road in Amherstburg, Ontario, resulting in serious and critical injuries, respectively, to the husband and wife.
||Sep 27, 2016
|The Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario reports on the Outcomes for Brain Injury Victims
||Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of acquired brain injury and the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario is studying the life activities and outcome of accident victims suffering from brain injury.
||Sep 24, 2016
|Your Rights under the Consumer Protection Act
||In Ontario, the Consumer Protection Act details the rights of consumers and the responsibility of businesses.
||Sep 21, 2016
|The pioneering of Stem Cell Therapy to treat Spinal Injuries
||Clinical researchers in Ontario are currently investigating and pioneering stem cell treatments to regenerate spinal cord injuries.
||Sep 18, 2016
|Vehicle safety Innovations to reduce Personal Injury
||Read about the most important vehicle safety innovations in the past 50 years. These features have substantially reduced the risk of injury in an accident, however, driver negligence continues to be the primary cause of personal injury in Ontario.
||Sep 16, 2016
|How may Threshold Law affect my eligibility to make a Claim?
||Threshold Law states that an accident victim’s injuries must be a serious and permanent impairment of an important function in order to be eligible for non-pecuniary damages in a civil suit.
||Sep 14, 2016