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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. ...

What Should I Look for When Picking a Personal Injury Lawyer in Markham?

Starting Your Search for an Excellent Markham Injury Lawyer Suffering an injury causes you emotional, physical and financial distresses. Because the wrongful actions or negligence of a company or individual caused your personal injury, it is in your best interests to maximize your chance of monetary recovery. Retaining a lawyer highly experienced in personal injury cases is essential. Without thorough prepa ...

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Preparing to Interview Injury Lawyers – Pickering, Ontario

Facing a court battle can be emotional and stressful, especially the first time. Preparing yourself before walking into a lawyer’s office for an interview can go a long way toward reducing stress. To ensure you maximize the time, think about and write down your important questions. Remember that the purpose of the interview is to decide whether the lawyer suits your needs, not to get legal advice or solve y ...

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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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5 Ways to Evaluate a Personal Injury Lawyer

A qualified lawyer can make a huge difference in the outcome of a personal injury case, so it’s important to make the right decision. Most personal injury lawyers will specialize in one side of a particular case. They’ll be better on the plaintiff’s side (the person who was injured) or on the defendant’s side (the person who allegedly caused the injury). If you want to start a personal injury lawsuit, then ...

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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 coverage), then you get a letter from them saying that they have simply denied the claim.  Sometimes a doctor that they hand-selected and hired said you weren't entitled anymore and other times you are completely in the dark about the ...

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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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Not wearing your seatbelt can hurt your car accident injury lawsuit too

For one reason or another people sometimes don't wear their seat-belts when they are in a car.  The failure to wear a seat-belt can sometimes affect your claim for car accident injury damages in a lawsuit.  However, sometimes there are legitimate and understandable reasons for not wearing one. Sometimes the evidence in a lawsuit shows that a seat-belt wouldn't have made any difference at all - I had a trial ...

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Who pays for treatment after a car accident injury in Ontario?

I am often asked about how the priority of payments works for treatment costs incurred after a car accident injury.  People often have accident benefits through their own car insurance company, perhaps they are named under another car insurance policy, maybe they were also an occupant of a car that had a car insurance policy too, and maybe they even had extended health coverage under theirs or a related per ...

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Four Good Reasons to Speak Up About Workplace Safety

Although many companies in Ontario maintain an open-door policy on workplace safety concerns, many employees are still reluctant to come forward with their concerns.  Perhaps you have noticed a few things in your own workplace that have made you stop and think twice.  Maintaining a safe workplace is everyone’s responsibility, and you should never feel dismissive about your own concerns.  Speaking up is the ...

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How Health Canada is Looking Out for You During Flu Season

Flu season is back in Ontario.  As the weather cools down, and the first hint of winter makes an appearance, Canadians are rolling up their sleeves at clinics all across the country in the hopes that they can make it through the season without catching that dreaded flu.  Vaccines have become a hot topic on daily talk shows and online forums.  Many people have strong opinions on the effectiveness of the flu ...

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