Protecting Our Elderly from Harm: Long-Term Vision Needed in Long-Term Care

Long-Term Care Resident

Elizabeth Wettlaufer, a former registered nurse practicing in Ontario for over 21 years at several long-term care homes has been formally charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of 8 elderly residents. The alleged serial murders occurred between August 2007 and August 2014 through the suspected administering of an insulin overdose. Police have not ruled out other murder victims but investigations are ongoing. Seven of …

RIDE Program Begins Seasonal Crackdown on Impaired Motorists

RIDE check blurry night

The holiday season is here, which means the return of festive spirit, quality time with friends and family, and unfortunately… increased numbers of impaired drivers. The latest Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) program launched on November 24 in anticipation of the holiday season. By December, the random spot check initiative led by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had already resulted in over 100 impaired driving charges. Whether this year’s …

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.