Personal Injury Category Archives

Contingency Fee Arrangements

In Ontario, access to justice is an important issue that the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) take very seriously. In order to ensure access to justice for all, the LSO allows lawyers in this province to take on risky cases without being paid at the start. These arrangements are commonly called ‘contingency fees’, ‘no win no fees’ or ‘speculative fees’. They are one type of retainer between a lawyer and client.

What is a Neuropsychologist?

Most people know what a psychologist is. However, most people do not know that, other than an MRI that scans brain structures, one of the most vital instruments to measure the presence, or the extent, of a brain injury, is neuropsychological testing.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Applying for CPP Disability when receiving Long-Term Disability Benefits

Many individuals who find themselves unable to work as a result of a serious injury or illness have disability benefits available through a group policy with their employer or through private coverage they have purchased independently. These policies typically provide 66.6% of your salary if the insurer determines that you meet the definition of disability as outlined in the contract. If you don’t have this …

Changes to the Law since 2010

For most of us, driving is a necessity. All drivers in the province of Ontario must have car insurance. Paying these ever-increasing premiums is also a necessity. Despite the fact that premiums keep increasing, the car insurance policy is shrinking. Most injured people get only $3,500 in rehabilitation coverage. Even those with more serious injuries, including catastrophic injuries, have had their benefits cut in half. …

Saving Joint and Several Liability

What is Joint and Several Liability? Where more than one party is at fault and causes harm to someone, they are, in law, equally responsible to pay out the total amount of damages owing to the injured person. This happens frequently in car accident cases where an at-fault driver’s insurance policy limits are not adequate to cover the injured victim’s damages. If a municipality is …

Personal Injury Lawsuit: Self vs. Lawyer Representation

For a new personal injury client, a lawsuit can seem like a long and involved process. Clients often want a basic explanation of what needs to happen and when they will need to be present for their lawsuit. This article lays out the typical steps in personal injury litigation but of course there can be many twists and turns along the way. First of all …