Personal Injury

WSIB and motor vehicles: when are employers protected?

By Dale Orlando and Nicole Fielding The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is an Ontario government agency. Employers contribute to a province-wide insurance fund, from which injured workers may be compensated on a “no-fault” basis. In return for this compensation, however, the employer is shielded from any additional liability. This means that, in most cases, WSIB-registered employers are protected from civil lawsuits, and workers are limited to recovery through benefits under the workers’ compensation scheme. Read more

How safe are trampoline parks in Canada?

By Jasmine Daya . As temperatures fall and Ontarians begin to look for indoor activities, many are heading to indoor trampoline parks. There are over 1,000 trampoline parks worldwide. While these facilities promote fun and physical activity, injuries are occurring almost daily in trampoline parks across Canada, and the severity of these injuries are increasing as well. Read more

Kotak files notice of action on behalf of woman struck by falling concrete

Toronto personal injury lawyer Nainesh Kotak tells NEWSTALK 1010 he plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of a 24-year old woman who was recently struck in the head by a falling piece of concrete at a city transit station and suffered a concussion and other injuries. Read more

Access to justice: Criminal Injuries Compensation Board claims

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is a valuable avenue for victims of violent crime to pursue compensation in certain circumstances, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Andrew M. Lee. Read more

Explaining options and risks key to informed consent

Giving patients options is key to informed consent for medical procedures, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells Read more

The far-reaching impact of legal cannabis

Just because cannabis is now legal doesn't mean consumption in all circumstances is safe, Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Brown: hit-and-run drivers should face 'harsh criminal penalties'

Non-criminal charges under the provincial Highway Traffic Act for leaving the scene are never appropriate for hit-and-runs, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells the Toronto Star . Read more

Stiffer penalties for careless drivers in Ontario

By Jasmine Daya . Careless driving is a serious problem on Ontario roadways. Unfortunately, not all motorists drive with caution. Some drive recklessly and this may lead to motor vehicle accidents, and possibly severe injuries for innocent victims. Read more

Cannabis impaired driving – don’t take the risk

By Salvatore Shaw and Courtney Stewart. On Oct. 17, 2018, when The Cannabis Act becomes law, Canadians will be able to legally purchase cannabis. As cannabis becomes more accessible, Canadians should take time to consider the consequences of “drugged driving” – driving while under the influence of cannabis or other drugs. Read more

Personal injury implications of weed and impaired driving

With cannabis legalization just around the corner, Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya says impaired driving rates and social and commercial host liability will likely be impacted — at least on a short- to medium-term basis as people adjust to the new normal. Read more

Canada Pension Plan vs. long-term disability benefits

By Nainesh Kotak . There are several types of financial aid that may be available to you if you become disabled due to illness or injury and are unable to work. The two most common types of disability benefits available to Canadians are the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and long-term disability (LTD) coverage. Read more

Sweeping new law boosts protection for Nova Scotia cyclists, pedestrians

HALIFAX — A sweeping new law governing Nova Scotia's roads and highways would for the first time include pedestrians, cyclists and people who work along roadways as “vulnerable road users,” and double fines for accidents that seriously injure or kill them. Read more

Standards of care not breached in soccer melee: appeal court

A recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal that examined the responsibility of a soccer association, team and coach to prevent violence in a match will not displace any of the existing principles of the Occupiers’ Liability Act , says Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Read more

Similarities between injuries on the playground and the sports field

Organized sports administrators — like school boards — can’t be expected to anticipate every risk participants and students face on their watch, Toronto personal injury lawyer Jennifer Hoffman tells Read more

Safer streets: where are we now?

By Patrick Brown and Nicole Fielding. As we enter the final quarter of 2018, it is a good time to reflect on all that has happened this year, and all that remains to be done, in the realm of safety and advocacy for Ontario’s more vulnerable road users. Read more