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Rules governing Expert Witnesses in Personal Injury Claims

The amount of compensation and damages for which an accident victim is eligible is directly related to the severity of their injuries and their corresponding losses.  These losses may entail: income loss (past and future); medical, rehabilitation and attendant care expenses; housekeeping and home-maintenance expenses; out-of-pocket expenses for family members; and non-monetary losses such as […]

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Liability for Drinking Establishments that over-serve Impaired Patrons

A commercial or social host who serves alcohol or any substance that can impair their customers’ or guests’ ability to act in a safe manner can be held responsible if someone comes to harm after consuming alcohol or drugs in their business or home. The majority of liability claims in Ontario involve commercial establishments, such […]

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Medical Errors are a Leading Cause of Injury and Death

A recent study carried out by John Hopkins University analyzed medical death rates in United States over eight years.  The study concluded that over 250,000 deaths annually result from medical errors, which translates into 9.5 percent of deaths each year. This makes medical deaths the third leading cause of death in America, after heart disease […]

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Minor Accidents may result in Serious Injury

In September 2011, a 52 year old woman suffered seemingly minor injuries in a low-velocity collision, when she was a passenger in a car that was rear ended while stopped at an intersection. The woman experienced headaches and dizziness immediately after the accident, and then neck and back pain in the days following. She returned […]

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Liability for Sports Accidents: a Study of two Hockey Injury Cases

Individuals who participate in sports understand that there is an inherent danger in many of these activities that is a normal part of the game.  This is particularly true for contact sports, such as hockey, rugby, football and soccer.  However, when someone becomes injured by actions that are not deemed part of ‘normal play’ or […]

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Orthopaedic Injuries – Causes and Types

In September 1996, Andrea McIntyre, then a first year student at McMaster University, was struck and injured by a car driven by an impaired driver. The young woman suffered numerous physical injuries, including several orthopaedic injuries, as a result of the accident. More than six years after the incident, Ms. McIntyre was still suffering from […]

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Whiplash Injury Symptoms

Whiplash is a common injury that generally results from a sudden and forceful rear impact, most often the result of a rear-end collision. When a vehicle is hit from behind, the vehicle occupant’s neck and head are rapidly hyperextended backwards while their body is pushed forwards. The whip-like motion associated with an abrupt acceleration and […]

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Driver liability in a rear end collision

Rear-end collisions are somewhat unique in terms of fault determination.  Ontario courts assign 100 per cent fault to the rear driver in almost all negligence lawsuits.  This means that if you were seriously injured in a rear end collision, you likely have an excellent case for a finding of negligence on behalf of the other […]

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Drivers are Liable for Car Accidents caused by Distraction

In the fall of 2015, a woman was hit by a car and sustained severe injuries while she was riding her motorcycle near Peterborough.  The injured woman and mother of three, Linda Brown, alleges that the driver who struck her was distracted at the time.  Ms. Brown is actively trying to raise awareness of the […]

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