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Personal Injury


Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

The opioid crisis: High cost to pay Hand pouring out pills

In 2018, B.C. had 1,546 opioid-related deaths, followed by Ontario at 1,473 and Alberta at 833. The numbers average one Canadian opioid-related death every two hours. It’s an epidemic that has received widespread media attention in North America in recent months as a result of the lawsuits that have ensued. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 3:19 PM

E-scooters are coming: So are the lawsuits Three escooters

When the Ontario government announced plans to oversee a proposed five-year pilot project that would allow electric-powered scooter on public roads, the devices were touted as an environmentally friendly option to reduce congestion on roads.The rollout of e-scooters in other jurisdictions, however, has created headaches for municipalities and has raised concerns that the devices are dangerous for pedestrians and users alike. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 8:13 AM

NEGLIGENCE - Motor vehicles - Liability of owner - Consent to possession

Action by Block for damages for personal injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. ... [read more]

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 10:31 AM

Giving consideration to plaintiffs’ right to sue Man falling

When the evidence in a personal injury action suggests that one or more of the parties were working when the accident occurred, insurers and defence counsel should turn their minds to whether the action is suitable for a Right to Sue Application. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 7:52 AM

CIVIL EVIDENCE - Expert evidence - Criteria for admissibility

Appeal by the defendant Purtill from the trial judgment in the plaintiffs’ action for damages for personal injuries. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 1:03 PM

Lerners adds 10 associates

Lerners LLP announced the following have joined the firm as associates: Jennifer Amer, Renée Zatzman Stein, Amy Zhang, Jennifer O’Dell, Alec Yarascavitch, Cassidy Johnston, Spencer Jones, Ashley Boyes, Jennifer Hawn and David Isaac. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

Delay: Jordan’s big effect on civil litigation spiral_clock_sm

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. Jordan 2016 1 SCC 27 has had a big impact, not only in the context of criminal law, but also in civil actions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 08, 2019 @ 3:06 PM

Court refuses to grant summary judgment in roof fall occupier case Stick figure falling

Summary judgment can be a helpful pretrial mechanism to dispose of an action. At times, however, especially where there are disputed facts at issue, this pre-trial motion may not necessarily prove helpful to achieve a dispositive outcome. ... [read more]