Providing Expert Opinion: be the best witness you can be
Providing expert evidence is an essential part of the legal system, Judges and Juries place significant weight on your opinion. This article outlines the legal duties of an expert and suggests some strategies for making the best presentation in court. Overview The purpose of a trial is to al…Continue reading the post titled Providing Expert Opinion: be the best witness you can be
Concussions: No Longer Just “Getting Your Bell Rung”
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It will most likely occur from a direct or indirect blow to the head, face, jaw, or at the junction of the skull and neck. Stated otherwise, a concussion is caused by either a direct blow to the head or to another body region resulting in an abrupt a…Continue reading the post titled Concussions: No Longer Just “Getting Your Bell Rung”
To go or not to go? Left turn obligations
We have all been on one side of this dilemma or the other. You are the first car at a traffic light, patiently waiting to turn left with a sea of opposing traffic approaching. The light turns green. Do you move into the intersection or not? Common practice falls into one of two scenarios: Sc…Continue reading the post titled To go or not to go? Left turn obligations
Rehab First Breakfast Seminar Series Speech
On March 6th, Jim Mays gave a speech as part of the Rehabilitation First Breakfast Seminar Series. This article is a text of that speech. Jim joined Siskinds in 1987 and has been a Partner since 1992. He is the Personal Injury Practice Group leader. “I have to say that I feel a little bit...Continue reading the post titled Rehab First Breakfast Seminar Series Speech
Withdrawal of Life Support: What does the Cuthbertson and Rubenfeld v. Rasouli decision mean for patients and families?
The family of a patient requiring life support struggles with painful decisions over life and death. The difficulty of these decisions is intensified when the patient’s substitute decision-maker (usually a close family member) and attending physicians disagree as to whether life sustaining m…Continue reading the post titled Withdrawal of Life Support: What does the Cuthbertson and Rubenfeld v. Rasouli decision mean for patients and families?
Court of Appeal confirms that civil damages for bodily harm intentionally inflicted cannot be discharged by bankruptcy.
Rasha El-Tawil and Michael Polvere argued a successful appeal before the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Dickerson v. 1610396 Ontario Inc. and Radcliffe, 2013 ONCA 653 (MacFarland, Watt and Epstein, JJ.A.), regarding the application of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on damages suffered for…Continue reading the post titled Court of Appeal confirms that civil damages for bodily harm intentionally inflicted cannot be discharged by bankruptcy.
Winter Tires and Driving Tips
Are you ready for winter driving? Siskinds Associate Anna Szczurko has looked at the issue of safe winter driving and has a few important tips. A distinct wintery chill is settling into the Southwestern Ontario and London region as we approach our first winter storm of the season. It will no…Continue reading the post titled Winter Tires and Driving Tips
What are uninsured, unidentified and underinsured motorist claims?
I. Third-Party Liability Coverage: Who pays for damages if I am injured, but it is not my fault? In Ontario, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident you may commence a lawsuit against an at-fault driver to compensate for your injuries and losses. Usually, the at-fault driver’s o…Continue reading the post titled What are uninsured, unidentified and underinsured motorist claims?
Understanding OHIP: What health care services are covered outside of Ontario?
OHIP covers many health care costs when you are in Ontario. But what about when you are abroad or if you want treatment that isn’t available in Ontario but is available elsewhere in Canada? Siskinds lawyer Maciek Piekosz looks at how OHIP covers you and outlines the steps involved in getting…Continue reading the post titled Understanding OHIP: What health care services are covered outside of Ontario?
Beyond Branco: A Comparison Of Recent Decisions On Insurers’ Bad Faith And Punitive Damages
The recent decision Branco v American Home Assurance Company received a lot of attention for the high damages awarded against an insurer for acting in bad faith. Branco was just one of a series of cases dealing with bad faith damages in Canada over the last year. In this article, Siskinds lo…Continue reading the post titled Beyond Branco: A Comparison Of Recent Decisions On Insurers’ Bad Faith And Punitive Damages