|Minimize risk of Personal Injury while Jet-skiing and Boating
|| Water related activities like boating and riding jet skis are a lot of fun and safe when boaters are careful. However, there are potential risks if safe boating is not practiced. Learn about your legal right to compensation when negligent actions result in personal injury.
||May 07, 2016
|Proving a Motor Vehicle Injury Claim
||In a civil claim for compensation for injuries arising from a car accident, a plaintiff may need to prove the other driver was negligent in causing their injuries, and must also provide evidence of their financial and other losses resulting from their injuries.
||May 03, 2016
|Public Safety and Liability for Dog Bites
||Dog owners are strictly liable for the injuries that their dogs cause to others, according to the Dog Owners' Liability Act.
||May 01, 2016
|The Challenge of Claiming Long-Term Disability Benefits for Mental Illness
||There are challenges associated with making a long-term disability claim for mental illness as insurers sometimes dispute the severity of symptoms and impact on a person's ability to work.
||Apr 29, 2016
|Changes to the Process for Resolving Accident Benefit Claim Disputes
||Effective April 1, 2016, the process available to claimants whose accident claim is disputed by their insurer is changing in Ontario.
||Apr 27, 2016
|Recovering from Acquired Brain Injury
||Acquired brain injury occurs far more often than most Canadians realize. The recovery process can be long and is often challenging for the victim and their loved ones.
||Apr 25, 2016
|How Multiple Car Accidents may complicate the Claims Process
||Personal injury claims involving multiple injuries from different events separated in time can make it more difficult to apportion fault and award compensation.
||Apr 20, 2016
|Uninsured Drivers cost Ontario Millions
||Ontario insured drivers and car owners pay the cost of uninsured drivers, and can make claims against their own insurance policy when hit by an uninsured driver.
||Apr 18, 2016
|Three-Wheeled Vehicles coming to Ontario Roads
||Three-wheeled vehicles are coming to Ontario roads via a 10 year pilot program beginning March 2016 that is focusing on safe integration of these new vehicles for all road users.
||Apr 16, 2016
|Injured man awarded almost $1 Million in Undefended Trial
||An injured man was awarded almost $1 Million in an undefended case as a result of the defendants failure to file a Statement of Defence
||Apr 13, 2016
|Proving Damages for an Unsafe Product
||Manufacturers and retailers can be found liable for injuries sustained by consumers after purchasing damaged products
||Apr 11, 2016
|Ontario's Electric Vehicle Incentive Program: EVIP
||Ontario is introducing an Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
||Apr 09, 2016
|Diagnosing Fibromyalgia after an Accident
||The symptoms of fibromyalgia, often experienced after a car accident, can have a serious long-term effect on the life of an injured person.
||Apr 06, 2016
|Four Way Stops often a source of Accidents and Pedestrian Injuries
||Drivers who are inattentive, aggressive or unaware of the traffic rules are more likely to cause accidents and injury to pedestrians at four way stops.
||Apr 03, 2016
|Resolving an Insurance Claim Dispute
|| In Tut vs. RBC General Insurance Company, the courts ruled that RBC could not deny coverage to the plaintiff despite the fact that the accident involved a family member who was a novice driver with a concentration of alcohol in his system.
||Apr 01, 2016
|How Social Media affects Personal Injury Claims
||Insurance companies are using social media as an investigative tool to obtain evidence against plaintiffs in court.
||Mar 31, 2016
|Rollover Accidents and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's)
||Rollover accidents usually result when a driver loses control, but SUVâ€™s are more prone to rollovers due to their higher center of gravity.
||Mar 28, 2016
|Whiplash: a Complicated Injury
||Whiplash injuries most often result from rear-end collisions, but can also be caused by sports accidents, physical assaults and other types of trauma. For some accident victims, whiplash injury symptoms such as neck pain and headaches can persist for many years.
||Mar 25, 2016
|Snowmobile Accidents are a Frequent Cause of Serious Injury
||Snowmobile collisions resulting in serious injury are on the rise in Ontario, which raises a concern as to what measures can be taken to reduce these largely preventable accidents.
||Mar 22, 2016
|Driver Dash Cameras expose Reckless Ontario Drivers
||An increase in the use of driver dashboard cameras sometimes unintentionally exposes reckless Ontario drivers.
||Mar 19, 2016
|Pedestrian Hit By Snowplow raises Concerns about Pedestrian Accidents
||An incident involving a Toronto pedestrian hit by a snow plow draws attention to the issue of pedestrian-vehicle accidents, and what can be done to reduce the occurrence of these often fatal incidents.
||Mar 16, 2016
|How do you measure Pain and Suffering: the History of Non-Pecuniary Damages
||Non-pecuniary damages are awarded to seriously injured accident victims, for their pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment in life. This form of compensation has evolved in Canada in terms of the amount that may be awarded and what makes a victim eligible for non-pecuniary damages.
||Mar 11, 2016
|Skiing Accidents and Waivers: What You Need To Know
||Skiing is an active sport that involves some inherent risks. Due to these risks and the common occurrences of skiing accidents, ski resorts take protective measures in order to avoid liability for an accident involving injuries.
||Mar 10, 2016
|Holding Drunk Drivers Responsible for their Negligence
||There are two systems in Ontario for holding drunk drivers accountable for the injuries they cause: the criminal courts and civil law proceedings. Accident victims and their families may provide testimony in criminal proceedings against a drunk driver, but ultimately the Criminal Court determines fault and sentencing. In a separate action, accident victims may sue the negligent driver for any losses resulting from the accident.
||Mar 08, 2016
|Adequacy in Attendant Care Benefits
||Attendant care benefit compensates for the cost of hiring an aide or staying in a medical facility. Attendant care benefit is available under all Ontario vehicle insurance policies but is limited to a maximum and subject to several qualifiers. Attendant care expenses may be claimed in a civil suit and these awards are more generous for catastrophically injured accident victims.
||Mar 03, 2016
|Your Liability when Someone Borrows your Car
||The owner of a vehicle is liable for any property damage or injuries that may result from an accident that is caused by someone who borrows their vehicle.
||Mar 01, 2016
|Denial of Travel Insurance Benefits
||Insurance companies often deny travel health insurance claims if the claimant made a mistake on their application or failed to reveal an preexisting condition.
||Feb 26, 2016
|Understanding Special and General Damages awarded in a Personal Injury Suit
||Special and general damages are common types of compensatory damages awarded to an accident victim in a personal injury claim. The purpose of these damages are to compensate the injured person for losses that they experienced due to their injury.
||Feb 23, 2016
|Vehicle Features and Ontario Regulations aimed at Vehicle Safety
||Motor vehicle safety covers a broad range of issues and types of vehicles in Ontario, but all have the objective of making Ontario roads safer for road users. Drivers and vehicle owners are obligated to ensure that their vehicle and occupants comply with vehicle safety regulations.
||Feb 19, 2016
|Hockey Injuries sometimes Exceed the Normal Risks of the Game
|| If you or your child was seriously injured in an organized sport such as hockey, the organizers, coaches, referees or arena may have been negligent in contributing to the injury. Some types of injuries are anticipated as part of â€˜normal playâ€™ in a game such as hockey, but some injuries occur because the responsible party allowed an unsafe circumstance that put players at risk. And when this happens, an injury claim can be made against the â€˜at faultâ€™ person(s).
||Feb 17, 2016
|Edgar Latulip Loses Memory for 30 Years after Falling
||Formally from Kitchener, Edgar Latulip recently regained his memory after he fell 30 years ago and suffered amnesia as a result. Slips/trips and falls are a leading cause of brain injury in Canada, but rarely result in such a dramatic memory loss and later recovery.
||Feb 16, 2016
|Watch for Signs of Driver Fatigue
||Every day in Ontario, hundreds of individuals get behind the wheel while feeling drowsy. Here we discuss the serious risks of driving while fatigued and steps to avoid it.
||Feb 14, 2016
|Calculating Future Care Costs in Personal Injury Claims
||Accident victims who suffer disabling injuries in an accident caused by a negligent party can claim damages for the projected cost of their future care. Persons with catastrophic injuries generally required more substantial care and the amount of damages to which they are entitled is on par with the magnitude of their injuries and needs
||Feb 10, 2016
|What if I get into an Accident in a Rental Car?
||Rental car accidents are more likely to occur if we donâ€™t familiarize ourselves with the car and applicable traffic laws. A car accident can easily ruin a vacation or business trip, particularly if we are uninsured or under-insured.
||Feb 07, 2016
|Unacceptable Delays in Paying needed CPP Disability Benefits hurt Canadians with Severe and Permanent Disabilities
||Canadaâ€™s Auditor General criticizes the federal program for processing CPP disability benefits and handling disputed denials as being inefficient and tedious and for taking far too long to pay needed benefits.
||Feb 05, 2016
|Waterloo Police catch Motorists in Violation of School Bus Safety Rules
||While accompanying students on two school bus routes, Waterloo Region police identified and charged several distracted drivers and others who failed to stop as required for school buses. These driver actions renew concern about the safety of students as they get on and off of buses.
||Feb 04, 2016
|'Tis the Season for Slips on Icy Pavement
||Pedestrians need to take extra care while walking during winter conditions. In the event you suffer serious injury from a slip and fall on an icy surface, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses
||Feb 02, 2016
|Deadlines for Filing an Injury Claim
||Individuals who sustained injuries in any type of accident need to be aware of the time limits for commencing a claim for compensation as defined in the Limitations Act. There are also time restrictions for notifying your car insurance company if you want to make a claim for accident benefits arising from a car accident.
||Feb 01, 2016
|Are Roundabouts Safer?
|| Research shows that while roundabouts are safer and more efficient in the long-term, there is often an increase in car accidents in the first years of installation. Driver confusion over roundabout traffic laws is a likely factor in many of these car accidents.
||Jan 29, 2016
|Who is at Fault in a Parking Lot Accident?
|| Drivers need to obey traffic rules that apply in parking lots and be aware of their potential liability if a car accident occurs. Pedestrian accidents in parking lots can result in serious or fatal injuries as recently occurred in two Brampton area lots.
||Jan 28, 2016
|Soft Tissue Injuries often result from Automobile Accidents
||Soft tissue injuries often result from a car accident and often cause long-term pain. Accident victims should seek medical treatment as soon as the symptoms of soft-tissue injury present themselves.
||Jan 26, 2016
|Avoid Car Accidents by Preparing for Hazardous Driving Conditions
||Prudent preparation and adjusting your driving speed for dangerous driving conditions such as ice and snow storms can save your life and the lives of loved ones.
||Jan 24, 2016
|Uninsured Motorist Coverage exists to Protect Injured Accident Victims in Ontario
|| All Ontario car insurance policies include coverage for damages resulting from a motor vehicle accident caused by an uninsured driver or a hit-and-run driver. In the case where no one involved in a car accident has insurance coverage, the Ontario â€˜Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fundâ€™ provides coverage for damages, as a last resort.
||Jan 22, 2016
|A Retrospective on Recent Changes to Ontario Driving Laws
|| In the past few years, Ontario has enacted several traffic laws in response to authoritative studies of car accidents, of which all Ontario drivers need to be aware.
||Jan 20, 2016
|Speeding Overtakes Impaired Driving as the Leading Cause of Accidents in Ontario
||Speeding is a problem throughout Ontario that often results in serious injury and substantial fines and increased insurance rates for the guilty party, as well as potential liability in a negligence suit.
||Jan 17, 2016
|Hands-Free Devices: How Safe are They Really?
||Ontario law prohibits hand-held electronic devices but allows the use of hands-free phones while driving, despite evidence that any use of phones while driving increases the risk of a car accident.
||Jan 15, 2016
|Driving with a Blood Alcohol Level in the 'Warn Range' is proven to increase the Risk of Car Accidents
||Studies have proven that even a small amount of alcohol can increase the likelihood of an accident and personal injury, which is the reason why many countries have established a maximum BAC of .05 for drivers
||Jan 12, 2016
|Punitive Damages are awarded to Punish Liable Persons for Reprehensible Conduct
||Unlike compensatory damages awarded to persons injured by a negligent party, punitive damages are only awarded when the defendant is liable for a particularly reprehensible action.
||Jan 09, 2016
|The Risks of Distracted Driving
||Serious and fatal injuries resulting from distracted driving are increasingly common in Ontario, particularly among young drivers. A recent tragic accident taking the life of an Ontario teen is alleged to have resulted because she was using her cellphone while driving.
||Jan 07, 2016
|Collision Reporting is Necessary Evidence for your Accident
||Reporting a collision where anyone was injured is required by law in Ontario, and the collision report also serves as important evidence if seeking compensation for injuries and damage to your car.
||Jan 05, 2016