New Contingency Fee Rules

Effective July 1, 2021, the Law Society of Ontario implemented new requirements as part of its ongoing contingency fee reform. These requirements are intended to simplify and standardize the information that potential clients receive if they need to engage a lawyer or paralegal to assist them in a contingency fee matter…

Witness Tips for a Virtual Trial

Giving evidence in Court can be intimidating and nerve-racking. Most people have never been into a Courtroom let alone been forced to answer questions in front of a Judge. With the move to virtual trials, witnesses face different challenges when they are told they need to testify in Court. Here are some tips for getting comfortable with the process and presenting your evidence as clearly as possible.

Availability of Insurance in Fatal Accident Compensation Involving Reckless and Impaired Drivers

While the lockdown has seen a significant reduction in accidents, there has been an increase in the number of serious and catastrophic accidents caused by excessive speeding (including stunt driving) and, at times, driving while impaired. Incidents of stunt driving have increased dramatically since the pandemic, with the OPP often reporting on social media young drivers clocking speeds of 150 to 250 km/h on highways and roadways…

Framing the Argument for General Damages in Sexual Violence Lawsuits

This article aims to frame the discussion of general and aggravated damages merited in cases of sexual abuse or sexual battery (which for ease of reference will be referred to as “sexual violence lawsuits”). The undertone of sexual violence in the personal injury context augments the appropriate level of general damages in these cases. It is evident upon review of the jurisprudence, that claims for general damages in sexual violence lawsuits cannot be assessed in the same way as personal injury claims related to slip and falls or motor vehicle accidents. There is an added dimension to sexual violence lawsuits, which results in a particularly negative effect upon the plaintiff, and ought to be compensated accordingly…

Parental Liability: When Can a Parent be Found Negligent for their Child’s Injuries?

When children get injured and bring a lawsuit, their parent can often be named as a defendant on the basis that the parent failed to properly supervise the child. The parent can be sued by the injured child directly, or named as a defendant in a counterclaim or third party claim…

Construction Zone Accidents

In Canada, spring weather inevitably brings construction season along with it. Road construction dominates the streets in the warmer months. For drivers, this can cause complications beyond annoyance. Thousands of motor vehicle accidents each year occur in construction zones.