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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. ...

Car Accident Injury Benefits are changing again

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 be ...

New Study looks at effects of physical/mental injury/disability on labour market participation

New Study looks at effects of physical/mental injury/disability on labour market participation

A new study on Statistics Canada's website examines labour market participation rates among individuals who have a physical/mental injury that results in some disability.    The st ...

Deductible on pain and suffering (car accident injury) – RECENT NEWS

Deductible on pain and suffering (car accident injury) – RECENT NEWS

In Ontario, a "pain and suffering" award is only available to people who suffer a 'permanent and serious physical or psychological impairment or permanent and serious scarring'.  F ...

Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents in Your Business

Running a business is a tough job.  Between training staff and keeping your customers happy, you probably have your hands full.  However, in addition to serving your customers, you also have a responsibility to keep them safe in and around your place of business.  No business owner wants to find themselves dealing with a lawsuit.  If you run your own business, it is essential to make sure you have adequate ...

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Winter Weather Returns on April 15, 2014

Just as some people removed their snow tires and smiled at the prospect of smooth and clean summer driving, winter has returned and it may be the coldest April 15 on record according to the City News Storm Centre.  We can blame an arctic cold front that is passing through the GTA area that has plunged temperatures below the freezing mark. We have seen rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and snow.  There are re ...

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personal injury lawyers percentage fee for slip and fall and car accident injury claims

Potential clients often ask me what the "usual" percentage legal fee is for personal injury cases and lawsuits involving slip and falls or car accidents.  There is no "set" legal fee or "usual" legal fee - it's all subject to agreement. My own personal practice is to charge a percentage fee based on four factors: (1) the time expended on your case, (2) the complexity of the matters in issue, (3) the degree ...

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How do injury claims work when you slip and fall on ice in Ontario

Slip and fall accidents frequently occur on ice in Ontario Canada.  The Eastern region (Oshawa, Whitby, Bowmanville, Ajax) are often hit harder by winter weather than Toronto proper.  The recent ice storms and winter weather have increased the number of injuries.  There is case-law and legislation that helps to determine whether someone is entitled to compensation for a slip and fall injury This is a brief ...

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Ice Storm Wallops Ontario Drivers and Pedestrians in December 2013

A massive ice storm has turned roads and drive-ways into skating rinks and has downed trees and branches across Ontario.  Driving through Bowmanville I saw trees literally split in half, and some tied together with heavy rope to prevent them from falling.  In Oshawa and Whitby, a considerable number of car accidents and slip and falls have been reported.  The OPP responded to over 1,000 car accidents this p ...

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How do legal fees work in personal injury cases in Whitby Oshawa Ajax?

In most personal injury cases, clients choose to pay for their legal services by way of a "percentage fee" at the end of the case.  The main reason that clients typically choose to do this is because it is simply too expensive for them to pay their personal injury lawyer fees on an ongoing basis throughout the case.  Paying a percentage fee allows them to pursue their case without worrying about how much ti ...

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Who is responsible for slip and fall injuries on icy and snow covered sidewalks on residential streets?

Many municipalities in Ontario have by-laws that require residential home-owners and residents to clear the sidewalks in front of their houses.  Newmarket, in York Region, has a by-law that requires snow and ice removal within 24 hours of the weather event (http://www.newmarket.ca/en/townhall/resourcelibrary/1996-38RemovalofSnowIcefromSidewalks.pdf).  Municipalities in Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Oshawa, Whitby ...

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Slip and fall injury lawsuits in Ontario Canada – what is the law

Aside from car accidents, slip and falls are probably the most common types of injury-producing accidents that we see. One of the things that poses an issue for some clients we see are the notice of limitation periods. Basically those are rules that say that you have to notify the defendant within a prescribed period of time if you plan go after them for compensation. There are some pretty severe limitation ...

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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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How much is my car accident or slip and fall case worth?

That is a difficult question to answer. Ontario's car accident system is a lot different than some others like Quebec's. In Ontario there is no fixed amount for a particular injury. There are cases that lawyers and others can look to in order to determine a case's fair value. However, the exact amount that the case is worth is based on individual factors. For example, if Wayne Gretzky (former professional h ...

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