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LAW RESOURCES & NEWS
The circumstances under which a former employee could still make a long-term disability claim after leaving his or her position have not always been well defined. Specifically, whether an employee who was injured while under the policy, but only discovered the long-term effects of that injury after leaving that position, would still be able to claim LTD benefits has been unclear. The Ontario Court of Appeal provided some guidance for this in its recent decision of MacIvor v. Pitney Bowes.
Since January 1, 2015, anyone who has been issued a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee has been required to file the Estate Information Return (“EIR”) with the Ministry of Finance within 90 days of the Certificate being issued.As it is now just slightly more than 4 years since this requirement came into play, it seems as good a time as any to reflect on the process and what could be improved.
Periodically I am contacted by someone who has been a victim of a criminal offence. As a personal injury lawyer my job is to obtain compensation for the victim for the damages caused by the criminal. In addition to the civil remedies (e.g., filing a lawsuit, questioning the perpetrator at discovery, etc.) there is also a little-used section of the Criminal Code which can be very effective in obtaining at least partial compensation for victims of crime.
If the CAS calls you for an interview, do you have to speak with them? The short answer is, in most cases, no – however, if you don’t agree to an interview, this raises a big red flag, and the CAS has a range of options open to them to compel you to participate in their investigation, or to continue their investigation without your involvement.
Coping with serious injuries, along with a delay in getting care and/or wage loss benefits, can make a difficult situation that much worse. At Martin & Hillyer we believe it is critical to become actively involved in our client’s case as soon as possible.
I think most homeowners would just assume they have to clear the public sidewalks adjacent to their homes. My dad did it when I was growing up (I’m sure he still does). I see my neighbours doing it on my street (thank you!). As for me, once I had my own house, I just presumed I had a legal duty to do so. The actual, real answer to the question is a very typical lawyer answer. You MAY have to clear the public sidewalk…but it depends on the circumstances.
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If you are injured in a car crash and feel that you should be entitled to compensation for your pain, income losses, or other expenses, rest assured that in most circumstances, it will be an insurance company that is paying for your claim – not the individual person who actually caused the car crash.
The Dutch Reach is a simple, low tech, proven-effective technique which has the potential to make Burlington’s and all of Ontario’s roads safer for drivers and cyclists.
The Ontario Court of Appeal recently provided further guidance on the use of surveillance and Facebook in personal injury cases in its decision of Nemchin v. Green, 2019 ONCA 634.