What is the duty of a bar owner to provide security for its patrons?

An owner of a bar or club has an obligation to make sure it is safe for its patrons to use.  This means, for example, ensuring that enough security guards are present, they are properly trained and that they do not use more force than reasonably necessary.  An owner only has to take reasonable steps… Read More…

Can I make a Family Law Act claim?

When a loved one is injured in a motor vehicle accident, the individual is not the only person affected by the losses suffered.  Family members are also affected, whether it be because their loved one is no longer the same person, or the family members have take on new roles and support the accident victim… Read More…

7 key aspects of the new Ontario’s Fair Insurance Plan

On Tuesday December 5 2017, Ontario’s Minister of Finance with the Attorney General announced their Fair Auto Insurance Plan. These reforms were recommended by David Marshall, whom back in April of 2017 released a report, urging that transformative changes need to be made. Regardless of Ontario having the lowest collision rate in the country, we… Read More…

Will my personal injury settlement be considered in my divorce?

A personal injury action that arises before or during your marriage can cause confusion when going through a divorce. What will happen to the money you receive from an ongoing or settled personal injury claim? While this question is fact specific and will depend on each person’s situation, here are three tips for guidance: Seek… Read More…

Read the press release for the auto reforms from Marshall’s report here:

  https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2017/12/ontarios-fair-auto-insurance-plan.html

Does your injury meet the threshold?

In order to obtain damages for non-pecuniary loss and past or future health care costs, the threshold provisions require not only that a plaintiff establish that the damages meet the “threshold” requirements of a “permanent” and “serious” impairment of an “important” physical, mental or psychological function, but also that the “damages for non-pecuniary loss” or… Read More…

Not too late to register!

Freda Vanopoulos is co-chairing and moderating this not to be missed Hamilton Law Association CPD Roundtable “Branding, Marketing, Referrals & Retainers” on May 9th. Details can be found at the link below: http://newsletters.cubiclefugitive.com/t/y-C32BC186153FC677

Come join Freda Vanopoulos who is moderating this fabulous Women in Leadership Panel

  The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has put together an exciting panel of leading women in Hamilton to bring attention to some diverse issues that affect us all. YEP Chair and Hamilton personal injury lawyer at Virk Law, Freda Vanopoulos, will be moderating this panel of 4 leading women.  You don’t want to miss it…. Read More…

Is your brain impairment enough to render a catastrophic impairment designation?

As of April 1, 2016, the way accident benefit disputes will be handled has changed.  The License Appeals Tribunal (LAT) will handle arbitration applications instead of FSCO.  On November 29, 2016, the LAT heard one of the first decisions on the catastrophic impairment designation.  The decision,  P.L.F.R. and Intact Insurance Company  (Tribunal File #16-000145/AABS) is… Read More…

Were you injured on your landlord’s property?

One of the most critical decisions involving limitation periods in recent history is the decision Letestu v. Rityln Investments Ltd., [2016] O.J. No. 5422 because the Court held that a personal injury claim involving a tenant and landlord is subject to the one year limitation period in the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) and not… Read More…

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