McLeish Orlando LLP

McLeish Orlando LLP
Personal Injury

Based in Toronto, with consultation offices in Barrie, Hamilton, and Kitchener, McLeish Orlando focuses exclusively on personal injury law.

The firm’s lawyers handle personal injury matters such as orthopaedic, brain and spinal cord injuries, medical negligence or malpractice including delayed treatment due to missed or incorrect diagnosis, injuries from defective products or equipment, and wrongful death cases caused by negligence.

Using a network of case managers and rehabilitation professionals throughout the province, McLeish Orlando will assemble a team to handle cases for clients who have been seriously injured, and their families, and can offer assistance in many different languages.

McLeish Orlando LLP In The News
Uber insurance: what drivers and passengers need to know

Written By: Nick Todorovic and Danika Winkel, Summer Student . Whether you are an Uber driver or a passenger, it is important that you are aware of your level of risk on the road. As a driver, Uber’s automatic policy may not be enough to fully protect you from liability. As a passenger, the amount of coverage that your driver has may ultimately affect how much you can recover for your injuries. The following is a brief look at Uber’s auto insurance plan, so that people sitting in both the driver and passenger seats can become better informed and ultimately, better protected. Read more

Too hot for tot - the dangers of leaving your child unattended in the car this summer

Written By: Bryan Sansom  . After what felt like an endless winter, summer weather has been warmly welcomed. However, for our little ones, summer weather also poses a great risk for heat stroke and hypothermia. Although it may seem harmless to leave your child in the car while you quickly run into a coffee shop or grocery store , the summer temperatures mean that even five minutes in a locked car could have dire consequences for a child. This blog discusses the dangers of leaving your child in a car during hot summer days, as well as tips for how to prevent leaving your child by mistake. Read more

Recommendations for a fair and efficient physician complaint process

Written By: Lindsay Charles and Leah Burlock, Summer Student . In an attempt to streamline the process for submitting complaints through Canada’s largest medical regulator, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), Justice Goudge was retained by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to submit recommendations regarding the complaint process, wait times, and the overall efficacy of the process. The CPSO aims to reduce the number of hearings while maintaining a fair process. Justice Goudge released two reports, the first of which focused on the reform of the physician complaint process, and the second involving a review of medical liability. Read more

The role of artificial intelligence in the law

Written By: William Keele  and Brock Turville, Summer Student. As technology advances and grows, so does our fascination with artificial intelligence (A.I.). A.I., which is used in different technologies such as smartphones, video games, and even credit card fraud detection, is designed to think like a human, and respond to certain information. But what role could A.I. play in law, and more specifically, in the field of personal injury? Read more

Three common misconceptions about waivers

Written By: Michael Warfe and Joe Gaynor, Student-at-Law . People sign waivers every day. They sign them when they play sports or send their kids on school trips. They carry them on their winter coats on their ski passes. Waivers are everywhere that people participate in activities that carry with them the risk of injury. Unfortunately, so are the misconceptions about waivers. Read more

FSCO's new revised attendant care outline

Written By: Selina Andrello  and Krystal Leonov, Student-at-Law . On April 11, 2018, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) released a revised Attendant Care Hourly Rate Guideline aimed at clarifying the obligation of insurance companies to pay the Attendant Care benefits. Section 19(2) of the SABS directs insurers on how to calculate the amount of monthly benefits for injured clients. This section states that entitlement is to be calculated by taking the number of hours for each service and multiplying them by the rate set out in the guideline. Read more

Cost awards in Ontario

Written By: Nick Todorovic  and Joe Gaynor, Student-at-Law . Litigation can be expensive and, depending on the complexity and length, parties may incur significant costs pursuing or defending a claim. Costs include legal fees and disbursements incurred to work-up and progress the case. Read more

The Occupiers Liability Act reigns supreme: Ontario Court of Appeal gives effect to waivers of liability

Written By: William Keele  and William Harding, Student-at-Law . In late March, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its much anticipated decision in the twin cases of Schnarr v Blue Mountain Resort Limited and Woodhouse v Snow Valley Resorts (1987) Ltd . Both cases involved injuries sustained at a ski resort. The two cases were heard together as they both deal with the same issue of how a liability waiver affects the liability of the defendant ski resort. Read more

Medical malpractice and informed consent

Written By: Bryan Sansom  and Krystal Leonov, Student-at-Law . A physician’s obligation to fully inform a patient about potential side-effects or complications associated with medical procedures has been the subject of much judicial scrutiny. The legal issues include whether cases involving informed consent should fall under the umbrella of intentional torts or negligence, and whether the law should be guided by the standards set out by the medical profession. Read more

The double standard in truth telling: insurance companies allowed to deceive jurors

If you have ever sat on a jury in a motor vehicle case, it might surprise you to know that you were only given part of the story. The injured person in the case testifies and is properly expected to tell the whole truth, but the jury is not allowed to know that an insurance company is pulling the strings on the defence side of the case.  Read more

The social media effect: disclosure obligations in personal injury claims

Written By: Nick Todorovic  and Krystal Leonov, Student-at-Law. Today, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have dominated how people express themselves and interact with each other; whether it be by picture, video, status update or hashtag. This new-age form of human interaction does not discriminate based on age either. Even President Donald Trump, at age 71, Tweets more than the average teenager. Yet with this new wave of expressive digital content comes with it a caution; be careful what you post, because it may be used against you down the road. Read more

Die-in for safe streets

Please join us Monday, March 26 in front of City Hall for a die-in on Nathan Phillips Square with McLeish Orlando Partner and Bike Law Canada Founder, Patrick Brown. This is a demonstration that Torontonians are outraged about the ongoing traffic deaths in our city. We call on our leaders to stop the child killings. We call on them to stop the elder killings. We demand safe streets. Read more

Breach of confidence - an emerging tort

Written By: Selina Andrello  and William Harding, Student-at-Law . As our world continues to be changed by technology, so do our legal remedies. Technology provides instantaneous dissemination of personal information including data, photographs, and videos, to a vast (and sometimes unknown) collection of individuals. Problems arise when (1) the information disseminated is sensitive and extremely personal; and (2) it is disseminated without consent. In Doe 464533 v N.D. , 2016 ONSC 541, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recognized a new tort called “breach of confidence” to contemplate such scenarios. Read more

Thomson v Portelance: a victory in the fight against litigation delay

Written By: Lindsay Charles and William Harding, Student-at-Law . It is no secret that delay is a problem in Ontario’s civil court system. This is especially so for cases in urban centers. The large number of cases combined with limited court resources means that a typical personal injury action will often take many years to complete. Read more

Toronto permanently adopts Sittings Project procedure for motor-vehicle accident and personal injury cases

Written By: Lindsay Charles  and Joe Gaynor, Student-at-Law . Toronto Region has decided to continue the Toronto Sittings Project on a permanent basis for all motor-vehicle and personal injury jury actions (excluding medical malpractice) that are 2-3 weeks in length. Going forward there will be 2 sittings; classified as Spring and Fall. The sittings correspond with the month of June and the month of October, respectively, and will continue on a yearly basis. Cases that currently have prior trial dates assigned will be automatically moved to the correct sitting. Therefore, all cases with trial dates between January and June will be moved to the Spring sitting and all cases will trial dates between September and December will be moved to the Fall sitting. Read more

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