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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. ...

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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Driverless cars? Who do you sue??

The future is here!  As of January 1, 2016, Ontario became the first Canadian Province to allow applications for testing of driverless cars on any road, street or highway in the province (see announcement by Ministry of Transportation noted in CBC News' January 5, 2016 article - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/programs/metromorning/detroit-auto-show-2016-driverless-car-1.338989). Aside from feeling li ...

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February 5, 2014 Snowfall results in multiple car accidents and injuries

Snow, blowing snow and adverse weather conditions are contributing to deteriorating driving conditions.  The OPP is reportedly dealing with one car accident per minute at present and numerous injuries have been reported.  Constable Clint Stibbe of the Toronto police traffic services division tweeted around 11 a.m. that drivers should consider staying off of the roads if possible. The snowfall comes on top o ...

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New changes to accident benefits for car accident victims

On December 17, 2013, the government announced new changes to the auto insurance benefits regime.  They appear to have made these changes without any consultation with the public.  It is unclear whether there was consultation with insurance companies and their lobby groups. The government set up new and significant barriers to the already vastly reduced accident benefits (AB) system.  People may recall that ...

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Judge Awards 3 Million in punitive damages against Disability Insurers in disability denial lawsuit

On April 8, 2013, The Globe and Mail reported on a ground-breaking recent decision in Saskatchewan where a judge awarded 3 million dollars in punitive damages against two insurance companies for failing to pay disability benefits to a 52 year old welder (Mr. Branco). In that case, it was reported that the insurance companies denied the plaintiff long term disability benefits and made inappropriate demands i ...

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“Ride Don’t Hide” | Support Mental Health Programming

Hello, my name is Steven Polak and I am on the board of directors for the CMHA York Region and South Simcoe.  I am working with the Board on organizing the Ride Don’t Hide bike ride in support of mental health programming.  This is now a national event, but it will be the first year that York Region and South Simcoe holds the event.  The ride will take place on June 23, 2013.   This is an initiative th ...

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The Latest Road Danger: Texting and Driving

These days, one of the biggest distractions for drivers is their electronic device – particularly their cell phone. While effective hands-free devices can make it possible for individuals to more safely hold phone conversations, text messaging and email is a favoured message of communication and it still poses serious risks on the roads. According to Transport Canada, distracted driving includes the followi ...

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Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems

It may seem like something from a sci-fi movie but Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems in vehicles could be common place in the next five years. These systems use video cameras, radar and lasers to monitor the speed of your vehicle, how close a driver is to another car, and can warn the driver if the speed is too high, too close to another car, or take action to prevent a collision. Depending on the situat ...

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Newly reported Ontario car accident decision

Tulloch v. Akogi is a decision of Justice Quigley, which considered the threshold under Ontario's Insurance Act. The issue bring considered was whether the injured person met the threshold of having a permanent and serious impairment of an important physical function. Although this case was decided under bill 59, the decision may well be important when considering cases that fall under bill 198. The injured ...

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New changes to the accident benefits – no-fault – car insurance system

On November 2, 2009, the McGuinty government announced a package of proposed reforms to the accident benefit (no-fault) car insurance system in Ontario. The proposed changes are expected to be implemented by the summer of 2010. The proposed changes will considerably reduce the standard benefits available to most people who have been injured in car accidents. Ontarians will still have the option of buying ex ...

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