How will my health records be used in a trial?

Doctor gesticulates over printed health records

Personal injury litigation begins with the collection and sharing of all your health records with the lawyers and parties involved in your action. This article will explain some of the ways your health records will be used by the lawyers at trial.

Stretching the Limitation Period in Ontario

stretching a limitation period requires more than a broken clock

A couple of recent cases from our Court of Appeal confirm that a limitation period can be stretched beyond the usual two years, but only if it would not be appropriate for a plaintiff to start the legal action earlier. In Ontario, the Limitation Act, 2002 governs the time limits for when a legal action needs to be filed. In most cases the usual rule is that a civil action must be filed within two years of when the event occurred. However, the two-year time frame will not start until the claim is “discovered”.

What happens if I’m hurt on public transit?

Point of view from someone hurt on public transit

Accidents involving public transportation vehicles pose unique legal challenges, often leaving injured individuals unsure of their options. It is important to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an incident to discuss these options. Ontario laws governing the recovery of benefits or compensation for injuries sustained on public transit depend on several factors, including: the owner(s) of the vehicle(s), who …

7 Perfect Gifts for Lawyers

Gifts for Lawyers

Books make great holiday gifts for lawyers. We can read really quickly (from all the document review) and with our Type-A personalities we feel like we should always be working (even during leisure reading).
Here are my gift suggestions for the lawyer in your life.

Ontario to Provide Counselling Compensation for Traumatized Jurors

Hands nervously held together on the lap

A jury summons is a civil responsibility, not a voluntary invitation, and can expose jurors to disturbing details of a case. To help jurors cope with traumatic experiences in Ontario courts, the province is launching a program that will provide counselling services to jurors.

Seeing Through the Haze of Canadian Marijuana Laws

Canadian flag with maple leaf replaced by marijuana leaf

As Canada nears the likely legalization of marijuana for recreational use, a host of issues will impact on users for medical purposes. Presently, the possession, distribution and production of marijuana is illegal. An exception to this applies to medicinal use. Long-term medical, legal, and business effects of marijuana legalization remain clouded. Introduction of recreational marijuana legislation is expected in spring 2017. Until then, Canada holds its breath.