Angry Dog Bites

The civil liability of dog owners in Ontario is governed by the Dog Owners’ Liability Act. Section 2(1) of the Act states that “The owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal.” The result of this section is the imposition…

Gavel and Dollar Sign Costs of Law

When a lawsuit goes to trial, the general rule is that the successful party will have at least some of its costs (legal fees) paid by the unsuccessful party. This can be a significant risk for a Plaintiff who does not have the money to pay. In the last several years, there has been a…

In the recent decision of Wardak v. Froom, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice had the opportunity to review the principles relating to the liability of a social host. The Court began by reviewing the 2006 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Childs v. Desormeaux. In the Childs case, the Plaintiff was paralyzed…

fastening a seat belt in the car

When a driver or passenger in a vehicle fails to wear a seat belt, they are clearly taking a risk with their safety. There might also be legal consequences if they are in a car accident and are not wearing their seat belt. The Ontario Court of Appeal has provided us with some guidance on…

neck injured in car accident

Being involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience. In the moments after an accident, adrenaline can take over and you might find that you feel okay while at the scene. However, once the initial shock from the accident wears off, you may find that you are injured or that you are in…

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