Ontario Taking Steps to Protect Survivors of Sexual Violence

Ontario Taking Steps to Protect Survivors of Sexual Violence

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.

How to Document Your Injuries, After a Personal Injury, and Why

How to Document Your Injuries, After a Personal Injury, and Why

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.

Concussion Research Strengthens Case for Youth Sports Safety Legislation

Concussion Research Strengthens Case for Youth Sports Safety Legislation

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.

Ontario Car Insurance Cutbacks

Ontario Car Insurance Cutbacks

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.

Protecting Yourself: Ensure You Have the Insurance Coverage You Need

Protecting Yourself: Ensure You Have the Insurance Coverage You Need

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.

HBIA 5K by the Bay

HBIA 5K by the Bay

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.

Martin & Hillyer Associates Had Fun Supporting the Sound of Music Festival’s Streetfest 2016

Martin & Hillyer Associates Had Fun Supporting the Sound of Music Festival’s Streetfest 2016

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.

Ontario Car Insurance Cutbacks Information Session

Ontario Car Insurance Cutbacks Information Session

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.

Cindy Lawrence presented with Safety Award for her work with Halton Children’s Safety Village

Laura Hillyer, OTLA Director; Cindy Lawrence, Halton Regional Police Service

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 Reality of a Publicly Traded Law Firm – How is a Car Crash Victim Served when her Lawyer is Focused on Share Price?

The Reality of a Publicly Traded Law Firm – How is a Car Crash Victim Served when her Lawyer is Focused on Share Price?

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 21st Annual Charity Bowl-a-thon

Martin & Hillyer Associates 21st Annual Charity Bowl-a-thon

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.

BE UBER AWARE!

BE UBER AWARE!

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.

Judicial vacancies pile up

Judicial vacancies pile up

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.

New auto insurance bill hurts drivers: OTLA

New auto insurance bill hurts drivers: OTLA

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.

ROM Exhibition raises awareness of fashion options available for those in wheelchairs

Photo courtesy IZAdaptive.com

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.

The Hidden Dangers of Swimming Pool Entrapment

The Hidden Dangers of Swimming Pool Entrapment

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.

“Beasley Bombshell” – Changes to Rule 53.03

“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.”

The Standard Automobile Policy: O.A.P. 1.

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.

Got salt? This winter, it might not be enough

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.

Sidney Crosby interview again focuses attention on Brain Injury Victims

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.

Helmet on Kids Campaign at Tecumseh Public School

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.

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