Maia Bent

Maia Bent
Lerners LLP
Partner
Personal Injury

Maia Bent, partner and personal injury lawyer with Lerners LLP, is also past-president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) and a Skills Instructor with The Advocates’ Society.

Based in London, Ont., she was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Ontario in 1998, after receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in 1989 and her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario in 1996.

She specializes in plaintiff work, primarily serious personal injury, wrongful death and disability cases, fatality, and insurance cases for adults, children and their families.

Ms. Bent, who joined Lerners in 1998 and was named partner in 2005, has received several awards, including certification as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Ontario, named to 2014-2016 Best Lawyers in Canada for personal injury litigation, consistently recognized in the area of personal injury by Lexpert, named Professional of the Year by the Ontario Brain Injury Association in 2012, and honoured with the Women’s Caucus Award by the OTLA.

She is past-president of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southwestern Ontario and the Sarnia Brain Injury Association.

Ms. Bent is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Middlesex Law Association, The Advocates’ Society and the Brain Injury Association of London and Region.

Maia Bent In The News
Bent to provide commentary at OBA 'Anatomy of a Trial' event

London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  will share her insights on examining and cross-examining a plaintiff during the ‘Anatomy of a Trial: A Deeper Dive Into Jury Trials’ event later this month, presented by the Ontario Bar Association Insurance Law section. Read more

Bent to discuss ethical challenges in accident benefits practices at Osgoode event

London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  will share her insights on ethical and professional issues in accident benefits practice at an upcoming event in Toronto, presented by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

Bent to co-chair personal injury elder law session at 2019 OBA Institute

London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  will co-chair a program on personal injury and elder law at the upcoming Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Institute in Toronto. Read more

Courts moving toward test for social media production in PI cases

A recent decision shows that courts are moving toward articulating a test for social media production in personal injury matters, but there still isn’t much consistency when it comes to the factors being considered, London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  tells   Law Times . Read more

Case law unsettled around new adverse costs insurance products

Adverse costs insurance was developed with the idea of levelling the playing field between plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases — but as London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent tells AdvocateDaily.com , counsel and the courts continue to grapple with questions around disclosure, standard of care and potential conflicts of interest in this new area. Read more

Production of plaintiffs' private posts a growing trend

A recent Ontario Superior Court ruling is just the latest matter in which an injured plaintiff has been required to turn over material posted to a private social media account, and as London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  tells Law Times , the “zone of privacy” is getting smaller. Read more

Bent to share strategies for conducting effective examinations

On June 14, London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent will share her insights on how to structure and execute effective examinations, via a live webinar presented by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). Read more

Supreme Court says garage not liable for teen crash in stolen car

OTTAWA — A garage owner should not be held responsible for the terrible injuries a teen suffered when he and a friend stole a car from his lot and crashed it in a “tragic set of events,'' the Supreme Court of Canada said Friday. In a split 7-2 decision, the court overturned earlier rulings that found a garage in Paisley, Ont., was 37 per cent liable in the incident. Court records show the teens had been drinking, with some of the alcohol provided by the mother of one of them, and smoking marijuana when they trespassed on the garage property late one evening in July 2006. One of the teens, then 16, decided to steal a car even though he had never driven before. The pair found an unlocked vehicle with the keys in an ashtray. The duo headed to nearby Walkerton but crashed en route. The passenger was left with catastrophic brain injuries and his litigation guardian sued the friend, the friend's mother and the garage owner for negligence. The trial court found the garage 37 per cent liable and apportioned other liability at 23 per cent for the driver, 30 per cent to the mother and 10 per cent to the injured teen. The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the findings. The Supreme Court, however, found the garage owed no duty of care to the injured passenger. Writing for the majority, Justice Andromache Karakatsanis said the garage ought to have known about the risk of theft. “However, it does not automatically flow from evidence of the risk of theft in general that a garage owner should have considered the risk of physical injury,'' she wrote. “I do not accept that anyone that leaves a vehicle unlocked with the keys in it should always reasonably anticipate that someone could be injured if the vehicle were stolen. This would extend tort liability too far.'' Read more

Bent to co-chair Accident Benefits Spring Symposium

On April 19, London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  will co-chair the full-day Accident Benefits Spring Symposium, presented by Canadian Defence Lawyers. Read more

Recent rulings provide guidance for CAT cases under new LAT rules

Although no cases have been decided under the new definition of catastrophic impairment (CAT) at the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT), a number of matters recently adjudicated under the old definition do provide some guidance in a number of areas, London personal injury lawyer Maia Bent tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Bent to discuss sourcing reliable expert evidence at LSO summit

London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent will share her insights on sourcing reliable expert evidence at the upcoming Motor Vehicle Litigation Summit 2018, presented by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). Read more

Bent to speak at Osgoode Accident Benefits 2018 event

London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  will discuss the impact of the new catastrophic impairment (CAT) definition at the upcoming “Accident Benefits 2018: What’s New, What’s Important?” event, presented by Osgoode Professional Development. Read more

Privacy interests of plaintiffs on social media 'still not settled law'

As a recent ruling suggests, allowing several 'friends' to access the private section of a Facebook account does not always mean a plaintiff is giving up privacy rights to that information, London personal injury lawyer Maia Bent tells Law Times .  Read Canadian Lawyer Read more

Bent to discuss social media evidence in civil litigation at OBA Institute

London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent  will share her thoughts on evidence obtained on social media as part of a program on digital litigation at the upcoming Ontario Bar Association Institute in Toronto. Read more

Exemption limit boost helps injured Ontarians

The provincial government’s recent move to increase the exemption limits on compensation awards for loss or injury represents an important victory for injured Ontarians who receive social assistance, London personal injury lawyer  Maia Bent tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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