CASHING IN ON YOUR INJURY CLAIM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? THINK TWICE!

 

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With the holiday season finally here, a little extra pocket money won’t hurt this time of year. For those handling a personal injury claim on their own without a lawyer, that may mean taking a quick settlement with the insurance company to splurge a little bit more on gifts this holiday season.

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10 KEY LEGAL TIPS TO KNOW FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT

 

There are a number of important tips to be aware of afterMVA a car accident. The actions taken (or not taken) by you can go a long way in deciding the success of your personal injury case. Below are 10 Key Legal Tips to be aware of following a car accident.

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Think Twice Before Releasing the Hounds: Dog Bite Law in Ontario

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The joy and happiness of dog ownership has been proven time and time again. However, with dog ownership also comes legal responsibly. After all, dog breeds of all shapes and sizes have the potential to inflict harm to other people or dogs and the legal consequences must be taken seriously.

In Ontario, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter D.16 (the “Act”) governs the law in relation to dog bites and attacks.

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Injured on Municipal Property? Act Fast

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If you are injured on Municipal property in Ontario, there are immediate actions that must be taken failing which you may lose your legal rights to claim against the Municipality. Read more

Words of Wisdom from an Insurance Defence Lawyer: What every injury claimant must know!

Andrew P. Laviolette is an insurance defence lawyer practicing with Brown & Partners LLP

Andrew P. Laviolette is an insurance defence lawyer practicing with Brown & Partners LLP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawbubble.com  is privileged to present our recent interview with Andrew P. Laviolette, a brilliant legal mind blazing a trail in the world of insurance defence.  For those considering starting a lawsuit for a personal injury matter, this interview will provide you with critical insight from the perspective of the insurance defence lawyer. Mr. Laviolette says it like it is so take note and prepare to be informed:

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TRUTH ABOUT TRIALS: ARE THEY WORTH THE RISK?

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Contrary to popular belief, most legal cases will NOT go to trial. For those of you who expect a Hollywood style gut wrenching sweat-inducing drama to unfold every time a legal action is started, I’m sorry to disappoint you but you’re better off sticking to your television fantasies.

After all, more than 90% of cases will settle before trial in Ontario. Why might this be? Well, some of the risks of taking a case to trial may just be too great. Some of these risks are outlined below: Read more

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY, NOT TO FALL ON CONCRETE

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With the brisk winter season now upon us, it is important to be aware the dangers of slip and fall accidents particularly for elderly people who will generally face the greatest risks of injury. Each year seniors in Canada report approximately 180,000 falls where injuries are suffered.

By the age of 75, fall injuries are reportedly the leading cause of death among seniors and over 90% of hip fractures in seniors are the result of falls. Unfortunately, 20% of these senior hip fracture victims will die within a year of sustaining their injuries according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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NOTHING TO GAIN IF NO ONE TO BLAME

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As an injury victim, the law will generally allow you to recover damages for your injuries if you can prove that they were caused by the fault of someone else. To use legal jargon, someone must be “liable”.

Where nobody is liable for your injuries, you are unlikely to be successful in recovering damages for your injuries no matter how badly hurt you are. After all, why would a court order someone to pay you compensation for injuries they were not responsible for?

For example, if you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident after driving your car through a red light and crashing into another car that was obeying its traffic light, it would be very unlikely you would be successful in advancing a claim for damages against the other driver no matter how badly injured you are. Read more

WHAT IS MY INJURY CASE WORTH?

 

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The goal of the legal system is to compensate injured claimants for their loss as a result of an accident or injury whether it is for economic loss, pain and suffering or both.  In either case, there would also need to be a legally responsible party to blame for the loss/injury suffered before compensation can be recovered. Read more

Bringing a Personal Injury Claim: What am I really in for?

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Bringing a personal injury claim is a choice. When making this choice to sue for your injuries, you should be aware of some of the realities at play that many clients tend to be unaware of until well into the process.

Bringing an injury claim for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, can get very personal. There may be nothing more uncomfortable than sitting in a room being probed by another lawyer about the details of your injury and how it impacts on the many aspects of your life such as your marriage, sex life, social life, work life etc. However, if you are putting your life at issue as a result of an injury, then you must accept that certain privacy aspects of your life must be examined and tested in order to have your case dealt with as the legal system permits.   Read more