Medical Negligence: Patients Need to Know

Medical Negligence: Patients Need to Know

As a patient seeing a doctor, I would like to know if the doctor has been previously investigated for improper conduct or medical negligence. Unfortunately, this information is generally kept secret from the public. In Ontario, doctors are a self-regulating profession. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”) governs and regulates all medical doctors. CPSO makes public on its website only complaints that end up being referred to CPSO’s discipline committee after an initial investigation has been completed. The registry can be found by clicking here.

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Legal Articling: Looking for Work with a Law Degree

Legal Articling: Looking for Work with a Law Degree

In Ontario, before a law graduate can practice law, they must first complete their “articles”, which is on the job training with a practicing lawyer. When I did my articles 12 years ago, we articled for 12 months. The time has now been shortened to 10 months. The law graduate also has to pass the bar admission exams that occur before and after the period of articling.

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Why Making Defendants Pay Serves Justice

Why Making Defendants Pay Serves Justice

This past week, the Ontario Liberal government publicly indicated that the government isn’t planning on changing the province’s law on joint and several liability. This is welcome decision for the rule of law in Ontario.

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In Defence of Juries

In Defence of Juries

In past Bonn Law Blawgs I’ve fully agreed with Toronto Sun Columnist, Alan Shanoff. I cannot support his most recent column from July 5, 2014 in which he writes that it is time to end civil jury trials. While I agree with many of his points, the jury is fundamental to our system of law. In Ontario a civil jury is made up of 6 individuals from the community (not 12 that is reserved for criminal cases only). At the most basic level, a jury is protection for everyone from state power. Judges are appointed by government officials.

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Google takes aim at how we drive

For years Google has been working on and developing a self-driving car. Last week it revealed how this new transportation vehicle is going to look and an idea of how it will operate. The prototype has no steering wheel or gas and brake pedals and the current model reaches a maximum speed of about 40 kilometers an hour. The car is not going to win any style awards:

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An Odd Twist in a Tragic Story

In the early hours of October 28, 2012, seventeen year old Brandon Majewski hopped on his bicycle with two friends to go out for hot dogs. As they bicycled down the road, a SUV struck the three cyclists from behind, killing Brandon and seriously injuring his friend Richard McLean. The other young cyclist, Jake Roberts was lucky to escape with only minor scratches. This tragic incident has sparked legal actions on both sides. Brandon’s family started a legal action against the driver of the SUV, Sharlene Simon. Recently, Brandon’s family was served with legal papers indicating that Ms. Simon is counter suing Brandon and the other two young cyclists for the emotional trauma she suffered that night.

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The Not So Independent Medical Examination

Doctors and other medical professionals play a critical role in an injured person’s insurance and legal cases. For the most part, doctors and medical professionals play a positive and helpful role, treating the injured person’s injuries and disabilities. Doctors and other medical professionals are also called upon to perform examinations that can greatly influence and even determine:

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Why Do We Blame the Victim?

In November 2012 Tom Samson, father of two young children, was tragically killed while riding his bicycle. Tom was killed by a van. The van left the scene of the collision. The police told Tom’s wife that he had illegally went through a red light. Tom’s wife could not believe that Tom would run a red light on his bicycle. Also, she didn’t understand why the van involved would leave the scene unless the driver was somehow at fault for the collision. She did not, could not, accept the conclusion that Tom had run the red light. She hired a lawyer to look into the police investigation.

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