Personal Injury

  • March 22, 2024

    Long-term disability benefits: What claimants in Ontario need to know

    Long-term disability (LTD) insurance serves as a crucial financial safety net for individuals facing extended periods of inability to work due to injury or illness. It serves an important role in providing financial support beyond the expiration of short-term insurance policies.

  • March 21, 2024

    Does subject matter expertise matter? | Avril Hasselfield

    The law is complex, with each area having its own nuances. It is in a client’s best interest to retain an experienced mediator to help them settle their disputes, but is it also necessary to have a mediator who is an expert in the subject matter being litigated?

  • March 21, 2024

    Understanding the scope of negligence claims in Ontario

    Negligence claims and cases have been integral to Canada’s personal injury and tort law for decades. In fact, while “miscellaneous negligence” as a specific claim type makes up only 7.5 per cent of personal injury lawsuit types in Canada, negligence factors affect almost every type of case, from motor vehicle incidents to slip and fall accidents, and even medical malpractice. With such an enormous amount of the personal injury space being affected by negligence, it’s important to identify their scope in Ontario law specifically.

  • March 21, 2024

    Case for amending Nova Scotia’s Fatal Injuries Act | Sean Davidson

    Nova Scotia has the most stringent limitation period for fatal injury claims in Canada. Among the 10 provinces and three territories, Nova Scotia and the Yukon are the only jurisdictions with a 12-month limitation period for fatal injury claims.

  • March 21, 2024

    Politicization of tribunal appointments worse than that of judicial appointments | Brian Cook

    Recent moves by the current government to politicize the process of appointing judges have caused significant concern. The process for appointing adjudicators who sit on Ontario’s adjudicative tribunals is much worse. The government has been criticized for making political appointments to the committee responsible for making judicial appointment recommendations. There is no such committee, and virtually no other form of oversight for appointments to adjudicative tribunals.

  • March 20, 2024

    Scope of proposed B.C. health care cost recovery legislation ‘incessantly broad,’ legal expert says

    The B.C. government has introduced legislation which says will give it the tools necessary to recover the costs associated with what it calls “health-care wrongs,” but some in the legal community are raising concerns that the proposals are overly broad and would significantly change established tort law.

  • March 20, 2024

    Montreal cosmetics firm fined $500,000 for marketing products containing ‘forever chemical’

    A Montreal-area cosmetics manufacturer is facing a $500,000 federal fine for marketing cosmetics containing a common silicone polymer classified as a “forever chemical.”

  • March 19, 2024

    Associate joins Harper Grey

    Harper Grey LLP announced that Rachel Wood has joined the firm as an associate. According to an announcement, Wood joined the health law, professional regulation and white-collar crime groups.

  • March 19, 2024

    Ottawa appeals declaration of constitutional requirement for timely federal judicial appointments

    “Stay in your lane” — those words might encapsulate the thrust of the federal government’s message to the Federal Court in Ottawa's appeal of a recent groundbreaking judgment, which declared that the prime minister and federal justice minister are constitutionally obliged to fix the lengthy federal judicial appointment delays that have for years bedeviled litigants, lawyers and judges.

  • March 18, 2024

    Court dismisses lip filler class action against Toronto doctor due to 21-year delay

    The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has dismissed a medical negligence class action due to a 21-year delay. The action alleged that a doctor used unauthorized products to perform lip injections on his patients.

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