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Canadian Lawyer Magazine rankings for 2017: top ten Ontario regional Firms

Canadian Lawyer Magazine rankings for 2017: top ten Ontario regional Firms

On September 5, 2017 Canadian Lawyer Magazine released their annual lawyer ranking of the top ten regional Ontario Law firms see: http://www.canadianlawyermag.com/author/mallory-he ...

ODSP and OW exemptions: Major Changes to interplay with car accident and personal injury awards

ODSP and OW exemptions: Major Changes to interplay with car accident and personal injury awards

Recently released legislation appears to have made major changes to the law regarding ODSP and OW exemption limits for car accident and personal injury cases.  These changes appear ...

Woman who spills hot coffee on herself at McDonalds drive-through entitled to accident benefits

Woman who spills hot coffee on herself at McDonalds drive-through entitled to accident benefits

On July 24, 2017, Ontario’s Court of Appeal decided the case of Dittman v. Aviva.  The issue was whether a woman who was burned while buying hot coffee from a drive-through at McDo ...

Disability Insurance Denial – Fees and Strategy

Disability Insurance Denial – Fees and Strategy

It comes as a shock to most people: you are unable to work, you have been paying the disability insurance company regularly and on time (otherwise they would have cut off your cove ...

Insurance Assessors – Serious Concerns Raised

Insurance Assessors – Serious Concerns Raised

When you are injured in a car accident, there are usually two parts to your claim - (1) an accident benefits claim; and (2) a claim against the other driver (which is secretly defe ...

Feel less protected when driving recently??  You should, and you should explore steps to protect yourself…

Feel less protected when driving recently?? You should, and you should explore steps to protect yourself…

There are some very bad apples out there that cause car accidents - people who just do not seem to care and make no apologies for their negligence, despite causing horrible injurie ...

Are alligators safer than gorillas at law? Or just how powerful is the Disney brand?

Are alligators safer than gorillas at law? Or just how powerful is the Disney brand?

During the past few weeks we have seen a very powerful demonstration of the strength of the Disney brand and the importance of image when we compare two separate tragic incidents. ...

A Guide to Rising Auto Insurance Prices in Ontario

Anywhere people drive cars, accidents occur. However, the rate of accidents in Ontario is the lowest in Canada. Nonetheless, insurance rates keep rising, and in 2017 we've seen another major increase. What does this mean for you and how can you keep your auto insurance rates from spiraling out of control? What's Happening With Ontario's Insurance Rates? Life's not always fair - that's one of the ways to vie ...

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ODSP and OW exemptions: Major Changes to interplay with car accident and personal injury awards

Recently released legislation appears to have made major changes to the law regarding ODSP and OW exemption limits for car accident and personal injury cases.  These changes appear to have been made very quietly without any significant announcements. ODSP appears to have completely eliminated the exemption cap on pain and suffering awards in injury cases (the cap had been $100,000).  See the excerpt below a ...

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Woman who spills hot coffee on herself at McDonalds drive-through entitled to accident benefits

On July 24, 2017, Ontario’s Court of Appeal decided the case of Dittman v. Aviva.  The issue was whether a woman who was burned while buying hot coffee from a drive-through at McDonald’s, was entitled to accident benefits.  The question was whether her injury was as a result of the use or operation of her vehicle.  The link to the decision is here: http://www.ontariocourts.ca/decisions/2017/2017ONCA0617.htm ...

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Help! I’ve Been in a Car Accident in Scarborough: What Do I Do?

While being in a car accident is one of the most stressful experiences of modern times, it's far from uncommon. In fact, for those in need of a car accident lawyer, Scarborough is often where they call home. Studies have shown that Scarborough has one of the highest frequencies of accidents in all of Canada with a rate of 6.85% per 100 cars having accidents. While most accidents happen close to home, becaus ...

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Who’s to Blame for a Single Car Accident?

People commonly assume that a single-car accident is always the fault of the person behind the wheel. Although this is certainly true in many situations, it isn’t always the case. In fact, there are several situations in which the driver may not be to blame at all. If your single-car accident was the result of any of the following scenarios, contact car accident lawyers today to discuss your options. #1 – T ...

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I Lent Out My Car and It Was Involved in a Collision: What’s Next?

All throughout Canada, people find themselves wondering what they should do when their borrowed vehicles are involved in accidents. If you lent your car to a friend or family member and it was involved in a collision, you should first call car accident lawyers to help you with your claim. Here are some things you should expect should you find yourself in this predicament. Who Is Responsible for the Car?  Th ...

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GTA hit with 10-15cm’s from Snow Squall (December 15, 2016)

The GTA was hit with snow squalls today and approximately 10-15cm's of snow.  Environment Canada warned people not to drive if they didn't have to as a result of whiteout conditions. In the course of my practice as a personal injury lawyer, I often have to deal with injury claims involving car  accidents in bad weather. Car accidents and injuries tend to spike after winter storms and bad weather (snow, ice, ...

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Insurance Assessors – Serious Concerns Raised

When you are injured in a car accident, there are usually two parts to your claim - (1) an accident benefits claim; and (2) a claim against the other driver (which is secretly defended by the other driver's insurer).  Both of those companies have the right to not listen to treating doctors and to, instead, hand-pick medical doctors, pay them and send you to see those doctors for opinions.  Many insurer's ha ...

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Feel less protected when driving recently?? You should, and you should explore steps to protect yourself…

There are some very bad apples out there that cause car accidents - people who just do not seem to care and make no apologies for their negligence, despite causing horrible injuries.  But there are also a ton of "good apples" who have a momentary lapse of concentration - ie: a moment of inattention due to a screaming child, or a tired eye.  All of those people need to be aware that the government's recent l ...

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Car Accident Injury Benefits are changing again

While I have been knee-deep in the industry as a personal injury lawyer who frequently deals with car accident injury lawsuits for many years, it seems that the changes that are being made to car accident victims' benefits are almost at a rapid fire pace over the last few years. A new round of benefit changes, effective June 1, 2016 will make further changes to the Standard Auto Insurance policy and the ben ...

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