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…

Car Accident

While driving northbound on Trafalgar Road with her young daughter, Suzanne Padt was suddenly faced with white-out conditions. She could not see where she was going and went off the road, rolling her car over and ending up in a ditch. Fortunately within a short period of time, four cars and a police officer stopped…

Young man with head injury - limitation periods on AB claims for minors

It is extremely important to understand what the limitation periods are with regards to minors receiving Statutory Accident Benefits (SABS). If your child was injured in a car accident, and is receiving Statutory Accident Benefits, then you might be interested in the February 2016 decision of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) in Moran v….

Man handing over car keys

Kristopher O’Connell (the insured) was 23 years of age and had been dating Jessica Smith for 5 months when she asked to borrow his vehicle in order to move her cat and some items to her new apartment. Kristopher knew that she had a driver’s licence because he had seen her showing it to gain entry…

Material and Emotional Damages

When you have been injured in an accident, your claim for damages is broken up into different “heads of damages” or categories.  The types of damages that may be claimed from the at-fault party vary from case to case. In most cases, the following broad categories of damages will apply: General damages refer to monetary…

business man with smashed car

Many Ontarians are unaware that, when you have car accident in Ontario, there is no automatic right to sue the person who caused the accident.  In order to be able to sue, the person who is injured in a car accident needs to be able to prove that they have a serious and a permanent…

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…

Man's Hand Putting Coin into a Car

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airbag deployed

In 2014, the Ontario government introduced the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Insurance Rates Act.  It’s purpose was to provide a fair and cost effective way to resolve accident benefits disputes between insurers and insureds.  It did so by taking away a person’s right to start a court action in any cases where the dispute involved entitlement…

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