Problematic marketing of legal services in Ontario – especially personal injury services – has been in the news a lot recently. Using problematic techniques to target injured people who are looking for a lawyer to help them at a difficult time is especially distasteful. So we’ve prepared this guide to legal marketing mumbo-jumbo to help you see through the nonsense and the jargon, and understand what does and does not matter when you are looking for a personal injury lawyer.
To receive short-term and longterm disability benefits, you have to qualify as "disabled" from working. What does this mean? We look at the different legal tests that commonly apply in LTD and STD insurance claims.
Recent changes in the exemption rules for people receiving ODSP and Ontario Works benefits will help seriously injured people recover fair compensation without jeopardizing the benefits they rely upon.
The Ontario government passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (aka Bill 132) in March of this year as part of its sexual violence action plan called "It's Never Okay." The new act brings in wide-ranging reforms to reduce sexual violence, and to protect and empower survivors. Learn about the reforms that have happened already, and find out what changes are still to come when the final provisions of this important legislation come into force.
Recovering from an accident can be a very overwhelming and stressful time. The lawyers at Martin & Hillyer Associates understand the impact that a personal injury can have. We are dedicated to providing you with quality care and guidance during your recovery.
During your recovery, taking small actions to get proper documentation can greatly affect the financial outcome of your case or claim. If you decide to proceed with a local personal injury lawyer or an insurance claim and you end up going to court, the more evidence you present the greater your chances of receiving compensation become.
New research published in the Journal of Neurotrauma provides compelling evidence regarding the long-term effects of concussion on the brain. The study compared the brains of athletes who had sustained concussions through sport with athletes who had not been injured in this way. The results are relevant and informative to all who have suffered a traumatic brain injury; they highlight the importance of moving forward with legislative initiatives such as Rowan’s Law, which will further protect those who engage in sport.
Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be a frightening and stressful experience. The lingering effects can have a negative impact on your physical, emotional and financial well-being for years to come. Although a motor vehicle collision is sudden, it’s important to be well-versed in the proper steps to take following an accident.
Recent car insurance cutbacks are greatly going to affect the amount of coverage Ontario drivers will receive. Effective June 1st, the cutbacks will affect the benefits a driver would receive in the event of a motor vehicle collision.
In the aftermath of recent cutbacks to car insurance coverage in Ontario, it’s more important than ever to make sure you have the protection you need in case your or a member of your family is involved in a car accident. There are a number of options you can add to your insurance policy to enhance the coverage available to you. Purchasing the right mix of optional benefits for you and your family will ensure that the insurance you pay for actually provides the protection you need.
Laura Hillyer of Martin & Hillyer Associates took part in the 11th annual Hamilton Brain Injury Association (HBIA) 5K by the Bay. Laura joined survivors of acquired brain injuries and their family and friends along with other members of the community to raise money and awareness.
Any Burlington resident will tell you that the Sound of Music Festival is something we look forward to all year long. At the Sound of Music you can enjoy lots of food, live musical performances, sidewalk sales, warm patios (this year was very sunny) and many unique vendors. Martin & Hillyer Associates were proud co-sponsors of the Sound of Music Festival’s Streetfest.
As they always say, children are the future! That’s why it’s so important to us that we keep them healthy, happy and as safe as possible.
On June 1, 2016, major cutbacks will be made to car insurance benefits in Ontario. Learn about the changes and find out how you can ensure that you and your family still have the protection you need. Join the personal injury lawyers at Martin & Hillyer for a free information session and Q & A.
The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) recently honoured Cindy Lawrence, Halton Regional Police Service with a Safety Leadership Award for her work with the Halton Regional Police Service Children’s Safety Village. The Halton Regional Police Service Children’s Safety Village is a miniature town with buildings, sidewalks, roads and traffic signals.
The Ontario government continues to allow insurance companies to erode coverage for Ontario motor vehicle accident victims. The draft Common Traffic Impairment (CTI) Guideline proposes to reduce available treatment to below critical levels.
The Martin & Hillyer Guide is a free quick-reference tool for healthcare providers who become involved in personal injury litigation.
Slater and Gordon is a massive publicly traded international law firm that recently made the financial news in Australia when its share price took a fall of more than forty percent. The company has been an aggressive proponent of Alternative Business Structures (ABS), a law firm structure that permits non-lawyers to own law firms.
Martin & Hillyer Associates is proud to present Nelson Youth Centres with a cheque for $16,325.15. The funds were raised during our annual charity bowl-a-thon. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, staff volunteers, and attendees, without you this event is not possible.
The Ontario government is proposing changes that will drastically reduce the benefits that you are entitled to claim from your insurance company if you are in a car accident.
Martin & Hillyer Associates and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) with its partners donated 90 bike helmets to the entire Grade 2 class at Tom Thomson Public School.
Hamilton General Hospital Foundation would like to acknowledge Martin & Hillyer Associates’ generous $6,400 donation toward critical accessibility upgrades to the Hospital’s Legal & Patient Resource Room.
Uber maintains it has sufficient insurance to protect customers of the popular ride-sharing program, but refuses to produce the paperwork to prove it. On March 9, 2015, Uber asked an Ontario Superior Court Judge for an Order to seal its insurance policy, claiming it is necessary to do so for “competitive reasons”.
At Martin & Hillyer Associates we are delighted to announce our partnership with Nelson Youth Centres – Burlington for our 2015 Bowl-A-Thon. We will donate all proceeds raised by this event to bowlathon 2 Nelson Youth Centres- Burlington. The Centre is an accredited children’s mental health centre that provides a rich array of therapeutic group programs for children and youth and parent support services to support the emotional and social well-being of children and youth while strengthening families in the community.
Uber is once again making the news due to concerns about proper insurance coverage – both for Uber operators AND Uber passengers. New facts uncovered by BuzzFeed focus on a California investigation, but may cause Ontario Uber users to question the company’s commitment to ensuring both its operators and passengers are adequately covered by insurance.
Despite Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith’s call for prompt judicial appointments, Ontario is approaching the end of the year with nearly 30 vacancies for federally appointed judges across the province and no new appointments since April.
The OTLA believes two key provisions of the new auto insurance bill will be harmful to accident victims, says Laura Hillyer. According to Laura Hillyer, an OTLA director and a lawyer with Martin & Hillyer Associates, the trial lawyers are in favour of the majority of the legislation. But they believe two key provisions will be seriously harmful to innocent accident victims.
OTLA is proud to once again be the provincial sponsor for Operation Red Nose, a designated driving program running throughout the holiday season in 10 communities across Ontario Canada.
The Royal Ontario Museum is hosting “Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting”, an exhibit highlighting adaptive clothing designs for men and women who use wheelchairs. The exhibit has been running since June 21, 2014 and will go until January 25, 2015. The exhibition showcases designs from Izzy Camilleri, a Canadian designer with an impressive list of clients including David Bowie, Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, and Meryl Streep.
Most parents are familiar with the usual dangers associated with swimming. However, little is known of the potentially very serious hazards associated with “swimming pool entrapment”. Children are particularly vulnerable to entrapment which occurs when swimmers become trapped at or against a pool or spa drain, due to pump suction. Hair, body parts, bathing suits and jewellery can lead to entrapment and the resulting injuries include death by drowning, evisceration and disembowelment.
“Recent changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure have dramatically changed the steps lawyers have to take to have expert witnesses testify at trial. The first application of the new rules was recently released in a case called Beasley v. Barrand and it severely restricts the admission expert witness evidence.”
This paper was presented at the OTLA Spring Conference 2010 in Toronto, Ontario. The O.A.P. 1 is a standard policy of insurance issued in respect of automobile insurance in Ontario. There have been a number of different versions of the policy issued over the last few years and the policy will have to be amended once again with the changes anticipated September 1, 2010.
Being an expert witness in a legal proceeding can be daunting, even for an experienced medical professional.
Here’s one way you can avoid having to hire the injury experts at Martin & Hillyer this winter.
The term “global warming” may seem like a misnomer when the temperature has been dipping to -20 C or lower. But whether you call it a cold snap, a polar vortex or climate change, let’s face it-we Canadians are getting some extreme cold this winter.
Brain injuries are often referred to as “invisible injuries” due to the limitations of brain imaging technology. That may be changing with the advent of Diffusion MRI technology.
Peter Mansbridge’s “One on One” Interview with Sidney Crosby once again reminded Canadians of the challenges faced by victims of traumatic brain injury. Sidney discussed his difficult recovery and described being unable to do basic things like read or watch tv. He was frustrated by his injury and even wondered whether he would be unable to return to professional hockey.
Come out and support our 20th Annual Charity Bowl-A-Thon! This year Martin & Hillyer Associates will be raising funds in support of BIAPH, the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton. BIAPH is a fantastic non-profit, charitable organization which exists for the needs of families and survivors of brain injury in the Peel and Halton Regions.
It was a beautiful sunny day outside, the sun was also shining inside the gymnasium at Tecumseh Public School! A group of 25 Grade 2 students were treated to a fun, interactive presentation about the importance of wearing bike helmets.