Personal Injury

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

Enforcement key to reducing careless driving

Tougher penalties for careless driving are a step in the right direction but are only effective as a deterrent if enforced by police, Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco tells . Read more

Identify owner to pursue dog bite claim

Victims of dog attacks should take steps to preserve the evidence and identify the dog owner if they wish to pursue a claim, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Andrew M. Lee. Read more

Liability finding in Calgary LRT assault a ‘wake-up call’ for cities

A recent ruling that found the City of Calgary liable because it failed in its duty to protect a young man from an assault at an LRT station is a “wake-up call” to all provincial municipalities and transit agencies, says Kamloops personal injury lawyer Matt Ford. Read more

The dangers of underage drinking — on and off campus

Post-secondary students and institutions must realize the dangers and potential legal ramifications of underage drinking, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Jasmine Daya. Read more

Important steps to take after a slip and fall

By John McLeish and Courtney Stewart. You have been injured after a slip and fall – now what? If you have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property due to the negligent care of that property, you may be entitled to compensation under either the Occupier’s Liability Act or the Municipal Act, 2001. Read more

SCC clarification hoped for in medical malpractice case

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling provides some guidance for malpractice cases when a number of people are responsible for causing a problem and allows a way for the case to be presented, Toronto critical injury lawyer Rikin Morzaria tells Law Times . Read more

School zone safety should always be in session

With the school year back in full swing, drivers and pedestrians should be aware of safety issues, Toronto critical injury lawyer Salvatore Shaw tells Read more