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Summer road safety tips

May 19, 2017

Safety tips for all drivers, and co-pilots, to keep mind before heading out on the road.

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Safety Tips For Daylight Savings

Nov 07, 2016

Yesterday, the clocks turned back one hour.

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The Dangers of Diving Into Shallow Waters

Jun 29, 2015

The Canada Day long weekend is a time for outdoor fun and cooling off in the water.  There are many ways that people engage in water sports but often getting into the water means diving from a dock, pier, platform, balcony or boat.  These activities, while fun, can be fraught with hidden dangers when diving into unfamiliar waters.

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Proposed Change To Auto Insurance Could Diminish Benefits For The Catastrophically Impaired

Apr 29, 2015

The government is proposing significant changes to auto insurance that would significantly reduce the benefits available to those who have been catastrophically impaired.

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Calculating Future Care Costs

Apr 15, 2015

When you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash it is very important to seek the assistance of a lawyer as soon as possible.

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The Consequences of Avoiding Income Tax

Mar 25, 2015

It can be painful to pay income tax. As Canadians we see a very significant percentage of our income go the government.


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Risky Business - Unregulated Extreme Sports Are On The Rise, Along With Lawsuits

Feb 19, 2015

Extreme sports is a growing industry that is profiting from the human desire to experience the adrenaline rush associated with risk-laden activities.

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Its More Than Just A Lift Ticket - Ski Hill Liability

Jan 28, 2015

The leaves are gone and the snow has returned. Winter is back! With the return of winter comes the return of ski season.

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The War On Toboggans Is Not Due to Lawsuits Or The Court

Jan 21, 2015

Are municipalities getting nailed with lawsuits for kids and families tobogganing on city property?  Absolutely not! Are they held responsible when they know someone will get hurt, but do nothing about it?  Sometimes, but it is extremely rare.

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Travel Insurance: Learning from the Million Dollar Baby

Jan 14, 2015

By now, most people have heard the story of Jennifer Hucuulak-Kimmel. She and her husband travelled to Hawai’i on October 27, 2013, while Jennifer was 24 weeks pregnant.

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Children and Concussions - The Importance of "Brain Rest"

Jan 07, 2015

Recent research on concussions in children now indicates that even the mildest concussions need to be treated with “brain rest” to avoid injuries that can possibly have long-lasting effects on children.

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Drinking and Driving During the Holidays

Dec 31, 2014

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada (“MADD Canada”) estimates that 1,082 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Canada in 2010 due to impaired driving. MADD Canada further estimates that approximately 63,821 injuries occurred in impairment-related crashes in 2010 (roughly 175 per day).

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Office Holiday Parties and Liability of Business Owners

Dec 17, 2014

December is a festive time of year. Often times, company holiday parties are a way for company owners to show their appreciation to their staff and spouses for the work that they do all year.

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Dec 03, 2014

It looks like we are in for a lot of snow this season. Drive safe by following these easy winter driving safety tips.

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Permission Forms On School Trips

Nov 19, 2014

Schools will often provide field trips and activities to enhance the students’ enjoyment and interest in education. These trips can be fun and exciting for your child. However, these trips may come with a certain level of risk.

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What to Know When Planning A Special Event

Nov 05, 2014

Many of us will plan to host or attend a special event this holiday season. Whatever the celebration, it is likely that alcohol may be part of the festivities.

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School Bus Safety: Top 5 Tips For Sharing the Road

Oct 08, 2014

Now that we are well into the fall and another school year has started, seas of yellow school buses are once again active in our neighbourhoods. School buses can be quite large and make frequent stops, picking up and dropping off students at their homes and schools throughout the day.

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Recreational Sports Injuries

Sep 24, 2014

The benefits of living an active lifestyle are becoming ever more widely known. As a result, our community is increasingly involved in sports and recreation. Most of us understand that there is an inherent or acceptable risk of injury associated with playing sports.

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Seatbelts and The Law

Sep 10, 2014

The statistics are clear. Vehicle occupants who fail to wear a seatbelt are much more likely to injure themselves in the event of a crash than those who do.

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Designating Traumatic Brain Injuries

Jul 30, 2014

TBIs have become a pervasive feature of the Canadian social landscape. Where, 30 years ago, certain kinds of trauma to a person’s head would have been fatal, medical advancements now result in more people surviving. This, in turn, means that an increased number of Canadians live with the ongoing effects of a TBI.

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Is it possible to drown after you've left the pool?

Jul 02, 2014

Secondary drowning is difficult to detect because it comes on gradually. The victim will walk and talk as if there is nothing wrong, but sudden changes in personality, awareness, or energy levels after a near-drowning experience may indicate an underlying problem.

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Yikes, there is a fly in my drink bottle - Can I sue?

Jun 18, 2014

Manufacturers have a duty to take reasonable care to protect the consumers of their products from harm.

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Road Warriors

Jun 11, 2014

Enough of this war on our streets between drivers and cyclists. The real problem is that governments are not protecting everyone who uses our roads.

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Helmets do not prevent concussions

May 28, 2014

While helmets may not prevent concussion, they are an effective piece of safety equipment when participating in sports that take place on hard surfaces.

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Paediatric Brain Injuries

May 21, 2014

Early Diagnosis & Rehabilitation is the key to a successful future in Paediatric Brain Injuries.

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Bicycle Safety

May 07, 2014

Biking can be a great form of commuting, exercise, and recreation, there are some important things to keep in mind while cycling.

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Cruise ship liability

Apr 30, 2014

What rights do cruise ship passengers have if they get injured as a result of negligence?

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PIA radio interview on Classical FM

Apr 24, 2014

Bill Anderson from Classical 96.3FM interviewed Roger Oatley from the PIA on Thursday 24th April to talk about the PIA and how advertising for Personal Injury Law firms has changed over the past decade.

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Is Ontario's street racing legislation a real deterrent?

Apr 23, 2014

In Ontario, Bill 203 appears to have had a positive effect, the one thing that remains certain is that speeding remains the second most common contributor to motor vehicle fatalities.

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Get The Facts Campaign

Apr 16, 2014

Get The Facts about why you need a Personal Injury Alliance lawyer.

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Injuries suffered at birth

Apr 09, 2014

While some birth injuries are unavoidable, others can occur because of failure to respond to complications during a woman’s pregnancy or delivery.

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Cyclists, mind the gap

Apr 02, 2014

Be safe on the roads this spring, report any potholes and road damage to the city for repair.

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Distracted Driving

Mar 26, 2014

Distracted driving has been on the rise, now Ontario drivers face new penalties.

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The limitations of snowmobile coverage

Feb 26, 2014

What happens when an injury occurs outside the normal standards of snowmobile insurance coverage?

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Don’t put yourself at risk –get shoveling!

Feb 19, 2014

It’s a homeowner’s responsibility to clear ice and snow from their property to avoid the risk of injury.

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I’ve been summonsed for Jury Duty: What happens next?

Feb 12, 2014

Juries are a crucial part of the justice system and serving on one can be quite interesting.

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Stay safe and have fun this winter!

Jan 29, 2014

Helpful tips to keep you safe while having fun this winter.

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Helmets help to prevent ski and snowboard related fatalities

Jan 15, 2014

Will mandatory helmet legislation save lives?

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Winter Driving Safety Tips

Jan 08, 2014

Helpful tips to keep you safe on Ontario’s icy winter roads.

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Liability of Party Hosts

Dec 18, 2013

How liable are you as a party host? Read our blog post if you plan on having a party this holiday season.

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In Conversation with John McLeish

Nov 21, 2013

John McLeish, Partner at McLeish Orlando, talks to Peter Athanasopoulos of Outspoken! Magazine about what to expect after selecting legal representation.

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Safety Tips for Daylight Savings

Nov 01, 2013

Top tips for keeping safe when the clocks roll back this weekend.

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Bike safely at night

Oct 29, 2013

Cycling at night is dangerous without the following required safety equipment.

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What if your child is hurt at school?

Sep 26, 2013

Kids often get bumps and bruises at school but a serious injury can have a negative impact on a child’s future. Read on to learn what to do if your child is seriously injured.

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In Conversation with Roger Oatley

Sep 18, 2013

Roger Oatley of Oatley, Vigmond LLP, interviewed by Peter Athanasopoulos in Outspoken! Magazine, talks about selecting the right personal injury lawyer for complex spinal cord injury cases.

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Keeping safe on two wheels

Sep 11, 2013

Drivers and Riders are responsible for road safety, car and motorcycles alike.

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Drivers and Cyclists share equal rights to the road

Aug 21, 2013

A ‘bicycle’ is a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, which means cyclists and drivers share equal rights and responsibilities when it comes to the road.

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ATV Safe Riding Tips

Aug 14, 2013

Whenever you’re operating an all-terrain vehicle, the law firms of the Personal Injury Alliance have some helpful tips to keep you safe.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Aug 14, 2013

How safe is each major mode of transportation?

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What not to say to someone with a Brain Injury

Aug 07, 2013

9 things that will not help someone with a brain injury.

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Summer Swimming and Water Safety tips

Aug 02, 2013

Whether it’s up north to the cottage, or swimming in one of Ontario’s fresh water lakes the Personal Injury Alliance has some safety tips to keep in mind when in, on or around the water.

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Dangers of diving into shallow or unknown water

Aug 01, 2013

Look before you leap this August Bank Holiday Weekend!

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Accidents Benefits and Traumatic Brain Injury

Jul 24, 2013

Know your rights when it comes to Accident Benefits.

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Motorcycle Safety Gear

Jul 23, 2013

Motorcycle safety gear gets sophisticated.

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Visitor expenses and compensation

Jul 17, 2013

The cost of visiting someone injured in a motor vehicle accident is recoverable.

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Judge finds Cyclist Liable

Jul 10, 2013

Judge finds cyclist liable for injuring other cyclist during a charity ride.

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The Personal Injury Alliance's shared values

Jul 04, 2013

It’s important to the member firms of the PIA that all accident victims receive the best legal representation following a life-altering accident. To share this message, the PIA released a 30 second tv spot with Alan Farrer, the managing lawyer of the PIA, speaking to these shared values.

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Litigating out-of-province accidents

Jul 03, 2013

As temperatures rise, so will the number of Canadians driving vehicles out of town, read on for helpful information about litigating an out-of-province accident.

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Summer Boating Safety Tips

Jun 26, 2013

Whether you’re operating a sailboat, speed boat, jet ski or canoe, the law firms of the Personal Injury Alliance have some summer boating safety tips for you to follow.

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Swimming Pool Liability

Jun 24, 2013

As a pool owner, it’s time to consider the steps you need to take to protect yourself from liability.

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