What Happens When Airbags Maim

What Happens When Airbags Maim

Airbags have been one of the most important safety developments for motor vehicles, saving thousands of lives and preventing catastrophic injuries. But at times airbags can maim and kill.

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Increased Insurance Premiums, Fewer Benefits: Auto Accident Victims Lose Again

Increased Insurance Premiums, Fewer Benefits: Auto Accident Victims Lose Again

On the heels of the report that auto insurers are making billions of dollars in Ontario, the Liberal government has announced further massive cuts to benefits guaranteeing that auto insurers will make billions more in insurance premiums! For those most seriously and critically injured, the changes are drastic — a 50% reduction in coverage. There will also be changes to make it more difficult for injured victims to qualify for the enhanced coverage. The reductions include:

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Accident Benefits: Auto Collision Victims Shafted

Accident Benefits: Auto Collision Victims Shafted

In late 2014, the Liberal Ontario government passed Bill 15, the “Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014”. The new law only benefits multi-billion dollar insurance companies while giving auto collision victims in Ontario the shaft when in need of accident benefits. Here are some of the new lows coming from the Bill:

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Tobogganing Ban: Much Ado About Nothing

Tobogganing Ban: Much Ado About Nothing

This week, the National Post ran a story with the headline, “Tobogganing under threat in the U.S. and Canada: Cities instituting bans after sledding injuries lead to lawsuits”. The story refers to communities in the U.S. and in Canada that are starting to restrict or, in places, outright ban tobogganing. As expected, the title of the article causes the public to believe that personal injury lawsuits are out of control and need to be restricted or limited. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Read the Fine Print Before Getting on the Plane

Read the Fine Print Before Getting on the Plane

When the calendar turns over to January 1, many Canadians pack up and head south. Once you are outside of Canada, most provincial healthcare plans will not cover your medical costs and expenses if you need medical help. The results can be devastating.

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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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