‘Tis the Season: A Refresher on Social Host Liability
Another year is coming to an end. ‘Tis the season of holiday parties with friends, family, and colleagues. Amid this festivity, a reminder about the law on social host liability is apropos. The leading case on social host liability is Childs v Desormeaux, where the Supreme Court of Canada…Continue reading the post titled ‘Tis the Season: A Refresher on Social Host Liability
Changes are Coming: 2020 Amendments to the Simplified Procedure
The new year will be ushered in with substantial changes to Rule 76 of the Rules of Civil Procedure relating to the simplified procedure, with amendments taking effect on January 1st, 2020. Related changes to the Courts of Justice Act have also been implemented. The amendments are part of a…Continue reading the post titled Changes are Coming: 2020 Amendments to the Simplified Procedure
OTLA Blog: Car Seat Safety Information that Every Parent should Know
Car collisions are the leading cause of death of children in Canada*. The correct use of car seats and booster seats can prevent or lessen these tragic outcomes by ensuring the safety of the most precious little ones in our lives. Anna Stoll lists additional ways to keep your child safe in h…Continue reading the post titled OTLA Blog: Car Seat Safety Information that Every Parent should Know
Ontario Government Moving Towards Further Auto Insurance Reforms
On April 11, 2019, the Ontario Provincial Government released the “Putting Drivers First” blueprint, which proposes a series of reforms to the auto insurance system in Ontario. While many details of the plan have yet to be released by the Government, some of the proposed changes include: All…Continue reading the post titled Ontario Government Moving Towards Further Auto Insurance Reforms
Ministry of Finance seeks to prevent insurers from improperly including HST in accident benefit limits
On March 13, 2019, the Ministry of Finance proposed changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“SABS”) under the Insurance Act to clarify that Harmonized Sales Tax (“HST”) is required to be paid by insurers in addition to the maximum accident benefit amounts limits. In Ontario, con…Continue reading the post titled Ministry of Finance seeks to prevent insurers from improperly including HST in accident benefit limits
Michigan Car Crashes and Available Insurance Benefits
After a car crash, your Ontario auto insurance should pay for medical care expenses, rehabilitation, attendant care, and lost wages, amongst other things. These benefits are available regardless of who caused the crash, and are available to you if your accident happened anywhere in Canada or…Continue reading the post titled Michigan Car Crashes and Available Insurance Benefits
Liability Waivers: Are they Enforceable?
Nearly every recreational activity offered today requires the participant to sign a waiver of liability. Skiing, spin classes, kid’s field trips- waivers have become so common place that people don’t think twice about signing them. But what effect do these waivers really have? If you or you…Continue reading the post titled Liability Waivers: Are they Enforceable?
Sidewalks: Do you have to shovel them?
Most homeowners are aware that they do not own the sidewalk that surrounds their property – the municipality does. But as winter sets in and snow starts to fall, what does this mean for you? Generally speaking, homeowners are not legally responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks surroundi…Continue reading the post titled Sidewalks: Do you have to shovel them?
How Personal Injury Lawyers Are Paid
People are sometimes reluctant to seek legal advice after being injured. They believe they cannot afford legal fees and expenses, particularly if their injuries have caused them to be off work. Contingency Fees In most cases, however, an injured person who files a lawsuit against a negligent…Continue reading the post titled How Personal Injury Lawyers Are Paid
The Interaction Between Accident Benefits and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Car crashes often cause serious injuries, which can be long term and require substantial treatment. Some accident victims unfortunately become disabled as a result of their injuries. In addition to what might be available through private benefits or through an automobile insurance policy, an…Continue reading the post titled The Interaction Between Accident Benefits and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)