Friday, 08 September 2017
There are more than 48,000 kilometres of railway tract throughout Canada, making it one of the largest systems in the world. Passenger and freight trains operate relatively incident free on a daily basis, but there were more than 1,000 railway accidents last year, including derailments and collisions. Of all railway accidents in Canada last year, 13 percent of them occurred at crossings and involved either pedestrians or vehicles being hit by trains.
Wednesday, 06 September 2017
When an accident victim meets with a Toronto lawyer to talk about filing a claim for compensation, a topic that must be touched upon is the difference between pain and suffering awards in the U.S. and Canada. News stories about multimillion dollar awards for pain and suffering in the U.S. simply do not happen in Canada. Actually, to be more accurate, they cannot happen because of a series of court decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada that have come to be known collectively as “the trilogy.”
Monday, 04 September 2017
The ability to earn extra money by renting all or a portion of your home, apartment or condominium through a simple, app-based process is the lure attracting many property owners and property renters to Airbnb. The company claims more than 627,000 people have used its service since it began operating in Canada in 2009 with Ontario being one of the two most popular provinces. People who have listed their properties with the service or who might be thinking of it should consider some of the risks associated with renting your property through Airbnb.
Friday, 01 September 2017
Civil cases and criminal cases each seek to right a wrong by using the courts, but other than that, the two types of cases are very different. Criminal cases, for instance, are brought by the government or the Crown against an individual, known as the defendant, accused of violating a law, such as the Criminal Code, prohibiting certain conduct or behaviour. The parties in a civil case are the plaintiff, the party seeking compensation, and one or more defendants. There are, however, other distinct differences between the two types of cases.
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
The principle behind personal injury claims is a simple one: Make victims of the negligence of other parties whole again. But, what happens in cases in which the victim has a condition that existed prior to the most recent injury? Someone ordered to pay damages to an accident victim who was more susceptible than others to injury because of a pre-existing condition could question the fairness of such an outcome. Courts in Canada have two rules they follow when determining compensation for someone with a pre-existing condition.
Monday, 28 August 2017
The number of products people use or come in contact with on a daily basis is staggering. From your coffeemaker in the morning to the car you drive to work and the countless food items, electronic devices and other manufactured products you use each day, the assumption is they will perform as promised. Products manufactured, sold and distributed in Ontario and throughout Canada must meet strict safety standards, but even those standards cannot protect you from being injured.
Friday, 25 August 2017
Doing something that causes harm to another person is what most people might consider when asked to describe negligence. Sometimes, it can be the failure to do something that could lead a court to award compensation to an injured victim. In either case, it is the negligent conduct of people that makes them liable for the harm they cause.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Canada is scheduled to become the first G7 country to legalize recreational use of marijuana under legislation scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2018. One area of concern is the effect it will have on highway safety in a nation where the leading cause of death and injuries is drivers violating the criminal laws against impaired driving.
Monday, 21 August 2017
The implementation of high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in Ontario is poised to begin as of Oct. 1. High occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on Queen Elizabeth Way have been designated as HOT lanes under a pilot project scheduled to run from two to four years. Opening HOV lanes restricted to vehicles with two or more occupants to vehicles whose single occupant is willing to pay $180 for a three-month permit has not been met with universal approval.
Friday, 18 August 2017
Suffering a broken leg or serious lacerations because of someone’s negligent or willful conduct are the types of injuries most people think of when discussing personal injury lawsuits. Proving the existence and extent of a physical injury can be accomplished through an X-ray or simply by looking at the injury. Lawsuits for mental anguish or mental distress seek compensation for injuries that are very real and troublesome to the individual suffering from them, but they can be difficult to prove in court.