What exactly is the definition of distracted driving? What are its effects? Our lawyers weigh in.
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A Periodic Word to My Wonderful Clients
I am soccer obsessed. I play in a rec league twice a week and have a run at a puffers pickup game every summer Wednesday evening. I am not very good, but I aim for a couple of decent touches per game. I am trying hard to remain loyal to the Toronto FC as well, despite their Leafs' like record some years.
My favourite set piece play remains the corner kick. Some corners work, many do not. Some are hit too flat and bang off a defender, others are struck too close to the keeper for an easy save. But occasionally, one arcs in beautifully or is headed in by a teammate.
In these occasional postings, I hope to launch a decent corner kick every now and then. My musings may be about a specific case or some reflections on matters as various as the nature of pain, how to be a good plaintiff, the latest on head injuries, and why courts decide things the way they do.
If they help you, if the odd reflection ends up in the net, so much the better. Enjoy. I welcome your topic suggestions.
Our lawyers weigh in on what will happen for Canadian drivers when marijuana is legalized.
There are some nasty people out there who will go to any length to assassinate another's character. In the old days, such slander took some effort and time. Now all you do is type for a few seconds, hit send and you can defame someone from Chile to Africa.
Over 70% of all Canadians are very unhappy with the Khadr settlement. Last month, Canada paid him $10.5 million as compensation for the breach of his Charter rights (he was subject to forms of what some have called torture with Canada’s knowledge while imprisoned by Americans).
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media are common tools in our modern society. Companies use social media as an effective, cost-efficient means of advertising and individuals use it to connect with friends, sometimes around the world.
While social media can be a powerful communication tool, improper use can lead to damaged corporate reputations, fractured workplaces and upset co-workers. There are many documented examples of Canadian employees fired for posts made on social media.
It is an awful realization to discover the rejection of your long-term disability (LTD) claim. The very purpose of LTD insurance is to protect you financially when you need it because you can’t work due to an illness, injury or accident. If you’re in the process of determining whether to dispute the denial, consider some of the common reasons LTD claims are denied. With the legal assistance of a disability lawyer in Owen Sound, several disputes about your benefits can be resolved.
There are a hundred reasons why people don’t claim for sexual abuse. Some are solid reasons, some are rooted in myths.
You care about right and wrong a whole lot more than your insurer does.
Dave worked for the same construction company for years — twenty-seven years, as a matter of fact. Last year, the company announced that it was going through a reorganization and that Dave’s construction unit would be sold. The word went out that all jobs would be preserved, but there was one little hitch — employees had to sign this piece of paper.
It was a lovely Muskoka Spring day in 2013. Cheryl arrived to see her travel trailer upside down, a 5,600Ib smoker on its side and water in her basement. The day before, a wall of water had smashed into her home, ruining much of it. A tiny dam upstream of her property had burst and her lovely home had just paid the price. Thinking it was a no brainer, she made an insurance claim with help from her lawyer in Owen Sound. Denied. Peel Insurance argued that this specific type of flood was not covered by the policy.
For most people in Port Elgin and Walkerton, being in a vehicle accident brings feelings of anxiety and frustration. An accident certainly wasn’t on the agenda, and now you have this aggravation to contend with. More than just an inconvenience, though, vehicle collisions can change your life forever, especially if you or a loved one is seriously injured in the accident.
Did you know that distracted driving causes more fatal car crashes than impaired driving? In Ontario alone, the number of deaths caused by distracted drivers has doubled in the past 15 years. Statistics also show that one person is injured every 30 minutes as a result of distracted driving, and that you’re four times more likely to crash when unfocused and inattentive on the roads.
New Ontario legislation will soon impact Ontario drivers in an effort to reduce auto insurance premiums. Expect a new definition of catastrophic impairment, more optional coverages, modified coverage limits and new restrictions on driver rating. If you have an auto policy renewing on or after June 1, 2016 some of your coverages will be reduced and some options for increased coverage have been eliminated or changed. If your automobile policy has renewed or will be renewing before June 1, 2016 your policy will not be affected by the new changes until renewal. A car accident lawyer in Owen Sound can discuss with you how these changes will impact you.
“Getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” – anon
Sometimes a person loses her job out of the blue; she never saw it coming. But I have found that usually the employee has an idea of what is coming down, that he has been unhappy with the work for many years.
If you are injured after a car accident, you should consult with a lawyer to find out more about your legal options. A personal injury lawyer can help you with your accident benefits claim and a personal injury (tort) claim. You will want the best legal representation possible to represent you as injuries from an accident can be severe and result in a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Sometimes injured clients ask us whether it is smart for them to dance at their sister’s wedding or go on a canoe trip or be seen outside gardening. My advice for over 20 years has not changed: Live as rich and as active and as robust life as you can live, without regard at all for how it might affect your legal claim.
Seventy years ago this month, farm boys from Manitoba and steelworkers from Hamilton marched to liberate my parents’ homeland, the Netherlands. Thousands remained behind, their graves kept immaculate by Dutch schoolchildren. Under the occupation, judges were appointed by occupying forces, police chiefs became untrustworthy and the rule of law was systematically subverted by the ideology of National Socialism. My parents told me what it meant on a daily basis not to trust the very institutions we assume are there to safeguard our rights and promote justice.
It seems to me about once a month we inherit a client from another law firm located out of this region. These clients are almost always frustrated. They have had limited to no face-to-face communication with the law clerks working on the file, let alone the lawyer. We recently heard of a lawyer who could not bother to drive up here to discuss settling a very serious case and demanded that the client Skype in instead. Seriously. Given all the complexity of a personal injury claim, rarely can they be properly advanced when the lawyer’s office is three hours away.
With luck, you will only be a plaintiff once in your life. No one goes to school for this, and I have noticed that there really is not much literature on how to be a plaintiff. Lawyers somehow assume that clients will “get it” somehow and usually after a year or two, they do. But let’s try to frontload things for a change.
To that end, I offer my top four suggestions on how to be a terrific plaintiff.
“You should have watched where you were going.”
Last year, 21,000 Ontarians attended emergency wards after falling on ice or snow. Some were drinking. Others were wearing Crocs. Still others were running like it was a summer day. Some injured victims do attract blame. But thousands were injured solely due to the failure of store owners, apartment building owners or towns do to the decent Canadian thing: They failed to take a moment to inspect their walkway; they failed to shovel; and they failed to sprinkle salt and sand as needed.