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Personal Injury


Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Wellness: Think before you act on social media | Darryl Singer

Social media can be an excellent way to market your practice, meet a spouse or reconnect with old friends with whom you’ve lost touch. I have done all three and continue to do two of those (having already met my spouse). It is fast becoming the primary way to obtain the daily news. However, as we have seen from the events of the last year, it is also a way to let the entire world know your political, social and medical views. If, like me, you have teenagers in the house, you also know that social media can be used to waste copious amounts of time on nonsense. ... [read more]

Monday, May 03, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

Personal injury appeal clarifies tax treatment for assignment of future benefits, says lawyer Joseph Y. Obagi, partner, Connolly Obagi LLP, Ottawa

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in a personal injury case breaks new ground on the taxation of future benefits and confirms that successful plaintiffs should receive full compensation for their injuries, says one of the lawyers involved. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 2:52 PM

You say iguana, I say croissant, let’s call 911 | Marcel Strigberger

As Little Buttercup said in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. “Things are seldom what they seem, Skim milk masquerades as cream.” Ain’t it the truth. ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Budget cuts: Access to justice NOT just about lawyers | Jorgen Wong and Vivian Leung

In 2019, Doug Ford decreased Legal Aid Ontario’s budget by 30 per cent, effectively lowering its funding by an amount of $60 million to $70 million. In the meantime, the pandemic put additional pressure on Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) as the province experienced a sudden strong demand for legal services. As noted by the clinic’s then executive director Jack de Klerk, “the elimination of positions [within legal clinics] will be inevitable.” ... [read more]

Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 12:55 PM

New associate for McLeish Orlando

McLeish Orlando announced that Jonathan Farine has joined the firm as an associate. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 9:22 AM

Alberta bill would make COVID-19 lawsuits against health-care providers more difficult: professor Erin Nelson, professor and Katz Group chair in health law, University of Alberta

Alberta has followed the lead of other provinces by introducing legislation which would protect health-care providers from COVID-19 related lawsuits. The bill, which is being sponsored by United Conservative Party (UCP) MLA Richard Gotfried, would extend civil liability protections to Alberta Health Services, regulated health professionals and facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities who have followed public health orders and guidance throughout the pandemic. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 12:09 PM

Bill 218: The death of memory — six months later | Marvin Zuker

What lessons have we learned from the last six months and beyond about Ontario long-term care homes? And perhaps even more importantly, what has the independent Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission inquiry, chaired by former associate chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court Frank Marrocco, learned? ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 6:20 AM

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE - Accident benefits

Application by the defendants to deduct $165,801 in statutory benefits from the cost of future care award granted to the plaintiff in her personal injury actions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Alberta launches ‘long overdue’ review of occupational health and safety code Alberta Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping

The Alberta government is looking to update the province’s occupational health and safety (OHS) code to keep pace with workplace change and technological advances — taking place in an environment in which labour and employment lawyers say has required them to look at health and safety issues through a different lens. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Cops coming your way? Relax, we’ve got you COVID | Marcel Strigberger

Can I enter my law office during this stay-at-home order period? Many lawyers are concerned, asking what if the police show up? Certainly on the face of it, the government is sending a message prohibiting attendance, or putting it bluntly in the words of Yosemite Sam: BACK OFF! ... [read more]