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CBC Radio show with guest lawyer Steven Polak (Underage drinking permitted by parents) June  20, 2018

CBC Radio show with guest lawyer Steven Polak (Underage drinking permitted by parents) June 20, 2018

A CBC Radio Show (Ontario Today) exploring issues surrounding parents who permit underage drinking in their homes and at parties. Click here for link: CBC Radio (Ontario Today) sho ...

Long Term Disability Denial?  A Lawyer’s perspective

Long Term Disability Denial? A Lawyer’s perspective

By their very nature, corporations are soul-less, heart-less entities (they exist only as legally created entities). Decisions often appear to be dictated by targets, time-lines an ...

Discussing plaintiff car accident injury law defeats and what it can teach us

Discussing plaintiff car accident injury law defeats and what it can teach us

This article discusses a recent Court decision and the dangers that injured plaintiffs must consider and be aware of when seeking compensation for their injuries and damages. Too o ...

Brain Injury Decision-Glasgow Outcome Scale (car accident/catastrophic injury/benefits)

Brain Injury Decision-Glasgow Outcome Scale (car accident/catastrophic injury/benefits)

On January 12, 2018 the License Appeal Tribunal released its decision in A.K. and State Farm Insurance Company. The decision can be found here: CLICK HERE FOR DECISION In that case ...

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 ...

Discussing plaintiff car accident injury law defeats and what it can teach us

This article discusses a recent Court decision and the dangers that injured plaintiffs must consider and be aware of when seeking compensation for their injuries and damages. Too often in lawyer advertising in Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa Ontario you see taglines like "maximum compensation" and other similar expressions of strength and an uncomplicated rosy future. Too often people call me and say that anot ...

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Brain Injury Decision-Glasgow Outcome Scale (car accident/catastrophic injury/benefits)

On January 12, 2018 the License Appeal Tribunal released its decision in A.K. and State Farm Insurance Company. The decision can be found here: CLICK HERE FOR DECISION In that case, AK, a minor, was injured in a motor vehicle accident on October 2, 2014 when he was struck as a pedestrian. He applied for accident benefits (no fault benefits) through State Farm, a car insurance company. A series of disputes a ...

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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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