Our Friendly Neighbourhood Family Doctor

As a personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer, I work with many doctors. In every one of my cases there is a doctor involved. In my experience over the past 16 years in almost every case a client’s family doctor is the unsung hero.

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Should We Turn On The Camera?

In September 2016, I wrote a blog for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in the wake of Edmonton judge, Justice Denny Thomson’s decision to allow television cameras inside the courtroom to broadcast his decision in the Travis Vader murder trial. 

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The High Stakes Cost of Litigation

$30,000 in damages and $151,045 in costs. $20,414.813 in damages and $237,017.50 in costs.

Litigation is expensive. We all know this to be a fact, but a couple of recent Ontario Superior Court decisions drive home the point. While at first blush one might think that awarding costs worth five and ten times the damages is outrageous, in both cases, the costs awards were fair and reasonable in the circumstances of each case. Had the trial judge awarded anything less, injustice would surely be the result.

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Distracted Driving: Ontario Introducing Tougher Penalties

It won’t be long before picking up your phone while driving, even if stopped at a red light, will cost you even more money.

On September 20, 2017, Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced that the Liberal government will introduce legislation to increase the fines for distracted driving from a maximum of $1,000 to up to $2,000 on second conviction, and up to $3,000 for a third or subsequent conviction as well as six demerit points for multiple offences.

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A Victory for Freedom of Speech and Injured Victims

A Victory for Freedom of Speech and Injured Victims

A recent Ontario Court decision has upheld the fundamental right in Canada for freedom of speech.

Justice Sean Dunphy granted summary judgment and dismissed Doctor Howard Platnick’s defamation lawsuit that he had brought against personal injury lawyer Maia Bent. Equally important was his finding that Dr. Platnick had likely altered medical reports that ultimately resulted in an injured person being denied needed benefits.

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A Big Step Forward for Victims

A Big Step Forward for Victims

On March 9, 2016, Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) 2016 received royal assent.

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Better Oversight for Health Clinics

Better Oversight for Health Clinics

On Thursday, May 5, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced he plans to implement 12 recommendations to bolster accountability, regulation, quality and safety in the increasing number of non-hospital health clinics in Ontario.

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