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 …

Changing the Focus in Medical Negligence

Changing the focus in medical negligence: From protecting negligent doctors to providing effective victim compensation  For more than 25 years, the Government of Ontario has provided hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). The CMPA is the principal provider of defence legal services and indemnity payments for doctors in Canada. Over the last ten years alone, Ontario taxpayers have …

Tort Rights Eroded for Victims of Auto Accidents

Drunk, distracted and dangerous drivers – sit back and relax. Why? Because you don’t have to fully pay for your mistakes. The insurance companies that hire lawyers for you and defend you in court have spent millions of our premium dollars lobbying the government of Ontario to take away the rights of the people you injure when you are driving. Because of these efforts, the …

Seeking Fairness for Victims of Medical Malpractice

Reporter Sheryl Ubelacker reported on October 26, 2016 that 1 in 18 Canadian hospital patients experience harm from preventable errors (Read more). Ms. Ubelacker reports on a study that 138,000 Canadians admitted in a Canadian hospital in 2014-2015 suffered some kind of harmful event that could potentially have been prevented. Of these 138,000 patients, the study finds that more than one adverse event compromised their …

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 …