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Personal Injury & Motor Vehicle Claims

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 and 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...

Welcoming Three New Partners – January 2018

Written by on January 04, 2018.

Siskinds LLP is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2018, Rasha El-Tawil and Michael Polvere were admitted as partners of Siskinds LLP, and Caroline Perrault as a partner of Siskinds Desmeules LLP, our Quebec affiliate. These lawyers have excelled in their respective areas of personal injury law, commercial litigation, and class actions, and will be a strong addition to our partnership team. An excellent way to start 2018!

Skiing Safely this Winter Season

Written by on December 28, 2017.

Christmas has come and gone, and we are excited to get onto the slopes, many of us with new skis and snowboards. For many families, the Christmas and March breaks mean heading to the ski slopes for fun, excitement, and building of great memories. Unfortunately, this also means that the emergency departments at hospitals near the ski hills also get busy. Here are ten things to think about to help make sure your trip home from the hill does not include a stop at the hospital: Wear a helme...

The High Costs of Drinking and Driving

Written by on December 20, 2017.

As the festivities of the holiday season continue, we see many reminders to not drink and drive. The cost of drinking and driving is an incredibly high one – in both human life and financially for those who are found guilty. According to MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. On average, approximately 4 people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. In 2012, there were 2,54...

Video Testimonial – Motorcycle Accident

Written by on December 13, 2017.

When our client struck a train that was occupying a crossing on a dark country road, he was left a triple limb amputee. He found himself in a situation where he was unable to represent himself. Jim Mays stepped in to guarantee the best outcome for him. He tells his story here: [embed][/embed]

How Will My Personal Injury Settlement Affect My Family Law Separation or Divorce?

Written by and on December 06, 2017.

When a personal injury matter settles, there are two primary ways the settlement can be paid out for an adult claimant: a lump sum cash payment, or a structured settlement. A structured settlement is created when some or all of a personal injury settlement is deposited with a life insurance company in exchange for guaranteed tax-free payments for a specific number of years or for the recipient’s lifetime. While it is common to structure the payments on a monthly basis, the structure can als...