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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.


John

  • 04/10/2018 0 Comments
    Social Media, Media, Testing & Distracted Driving

    What exactly is the definition of distracted driving? What are its effects? Our lawyers weigh in.


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  • 04/10/2018 0 Comments
    How Will the Legalization of Marijuana Affect Canadian Drivers?

    Our lawyers weigh in on what will happen for Canadian drivers when marijuana is legalized.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Online Defamation Just Got a Lot More Expensive

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    The Joy of Suing: When a Criminal Does You Harm

    Most lawsuits are not intended to punish people. Most legal actions are over negligence or breach of contract – a driver who swerved over a centre line or an employer who failed to pay a decent severance.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Omar Khadr and the Need for a Trial

    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).


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    How Social Media Use Can Result In Employment Termination

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Has Your Long Term Disability Claim Been Denied?

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    The Hardest Step – When a Survivor of Sexual Abuse Comes Forward

    There are a hundred reasons why people don’t claim for sexual abuse. Some are solid reasons, some are rooted in myths.

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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    The Dangers of Facebook

    I like Facebook. It is easy to use and handy for keeping in touch. It can also harm a personal injury lawsuit.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Denied Long Term Disability Benefits? Three Things You Should Know

    You care about right and wrong a whole lot more than your insurer does.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    The Joys of Being Under Surveillance

    I would say that in about half of our files, the insurer hires a private investigator. His job is to gather some video on our clients.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Bait (You, The Employee), Switch and See You Later – When Your Company Is Sold

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Of Floods and Blood Tests – That Maddening Insurance Policy

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    As Pure as the Driven Snow – When You Manage a Loved One’s Money

    Perhaps your child suffered a brain injury in a car accident and you are in charge of managing his settlement. Or perhaps your father is elderly and you hold his power of attorney of property, which entitles you to manage his investments.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Snooping Does Not Pay

    Let’s spice this up a bit and begin with a love triangle of sorts.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Why Time is of the Essence When You’re Injured in a Collision

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    The Grim Reality of Distracted Driving

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    New Auto Insurance Changes Coming To Ontario Effective June 1 2016

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    The Joy of Getting Fired

    “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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Car Accident Compensation

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    They Keep Charging You More for Less

    Insurance companies continue to earn massive profits. Yet they have once again convinced our government to slash your benefits even more. Here are some examples:

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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Dancing at Your Sister’s Wedding

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    A Pause to Reflect on the Rule of Law

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Knowing the Lay of the Land – The Advantages of a Local Lawyer

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Being a Great Plaintiff – A Short How-To Guide

    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.


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  • 17/05/2018 0 Comments
    Completely Avoidable Tragedy of Slips & Falls

    “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.


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