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Personal Injury & Motor Vehicle Claims

Sidewalks: Do you have to shovel them?

Written by on January 21, 2019.

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 surrounding their property. As the owner of the sidewalk, the municipality is ultimately liable under Ontario’s Occupiers’ Liability Act[1] for any injuries that occur as a result of hazards, such as ice and ...

How Personal Injury Lawyers Are Paid

Written by on November 22, 2018.

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 party (a “plaintiff”) does not pay anything up front or out-of-pocket. This is because most personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency fee basis. The goal of contingency fees is to provi...

The Interaction Between Accident Benefits and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Written by on November 19, 2018.

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 individual injured in a car crash may be entitled to benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”). The Provincial government has recently made changes to the ODSP that will provid...

School’s Out: Play it Safe in Summer

Written by on June 25, 2018.

The Solstice was last week, Summer is here!!! That also means that School ends, and Summer Activities begin. Now, our pools, parks, patios and more are open and ready for enjoyment and gatherings. The increase of outdoor activities means more fun to be had, but also should mean a heightened awareness of best safety practices during outdoor activities like swimming, biking, camping, and other sports. Swimming Safety Swimming is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy, but caution is paramo...

New Hope for Brain Injuries: Pituitary Gland Testing

Written by on April 09, 2018.

At a medical conference I attended a few years ago, I recall one of the guest speakers said the only cure for a brain injury is avoidance.  He of course was referring to the school of thought that for the most part, neurons don’t recover after a brain injury.  While that may be open to debate, there is hope for improvement for some types of brain injury that often goes overlooked. The pituitary gland sits at the base of the brain, and is easily damaged with even a relatively mild i...

Video Testimonial – Motor Vehicle Accident

Written by on February 22, 2018.

Following a motor vehicle accident, our client suffered various injuries that hindered her ability to work. When the insurance company denied her claim, she met Chris Collins. Chris provided the legal help she needed to continue to heal properly. Now, our client recommends Siskinds and Chris to anyone who needs a lawyer. She tells her story here: [embed][/embed]  

Will My Family and Friends be Affected if I Sue?

Written by on February 13, 2018.

Introduction Personal injury plaintiffs are often concerned about the implications that starting a lawsuit will have on their loved ones. This concern should never prevent an injured party from pursuing their claim. Outlined below are the different roles friends and family members may play in a personal injury lawsuit. Direct Involvement In some cases, family members of the injured claimant will be named directly in a personal injury lawsuit. The two circumstances in which this may occur are:...

Video Testimonial – Motorcycle Collision

Written by on February 07, 2018.

Our client was driving a motorcycle when he collided with a car at an intersection. His active lifestyle changed immediately, and he knew he needed legal help. After receiving a recommendation to hire a personal injury lawyer, our client connected with Jim Mays. Jim provided the legal assistance he needed, and our client was very satisfied. He tells his story here: [embed][/embed]

Tactics Used by Insurers are “Borderline Harassment”

Written by on January 19, 2018.

Arbitrator Musson, in the recent decision SP and RBC Insurance, reviewed the conduct of Aviva Insurance (who bought out RBC Insurance) in adjusting an injury claim made by a young woman hurt in a motor vehicle collision. The decision concluded with a comment upon the behaviour and conduct of Aviva/RBC insurance staff which were observed as “borderline harassment”:[1] Further, the conduct and borderline harassment demonstrated by the Insurer as it related to some witnesses that the Insurer c...

Safety at Rail Crossings

Written by on January 15, 2018.

Jason Zsoldos lost both arms and a leg when he collided with a train in 1994. He was struck at a railway crossing where the railway tracks intersect a roadway at the same grade: a level crossing. He was 22 years old. In the trial that followed, the operators of the crossing acknowledged that they owed a duty to the public to keep the crossings safe. They argued that although they owed that duty, they did what was reasonably required to satisfy their obligations. They argued that they were not...