It’s not what’s missing, it’s what’s there: Day 1 of the Paralympics in Sochi!

Posted by on March 7, 2014 under Community, News, Our Firm Comments are off for this article

The Paralympic games have officially begun!  Canadian athletes will again take to the ice and slopes in Sochi, hoping to bring back the gold to Canada. The Paralympic sports that Canadians will be partaking in are: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, para-snowboarding, wheel chair curling and the all-time favourite, sledge hockey.  Read more of this article »

The effect of living longer and working older

Posted by on February 6, 2014 under News Comments are off for this article

Economic loss calculations can be seriously altered by a wave of new retirement data

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By: Dale Orlando, McLeish Orlando LLP

Published in: The Lawyers Weekly Feb. 7, 2014 issue

In a typical personal injury case, there are a number of approaches to developing the theory of economic loss and a number of assumptions are made as part of that theory.  In cases where a person is unlikely to return to work or has returned to work but is likely to have to retire earlier than otherwise would have been the case, a major part of the theory revolves around the person’s expected retirement age, but for the accident.  While each case turns on its own facts, to some extent both plaintiff counsel and defence counsel will base their theories on a presumed retirement age.    Many defence theories are based on an outdated notion that people are embracing the idea of Freedom 55 and retiring earlier than in previous generations.  The recent data on this point clearly shows an upward trend in retirement age.  There are two very good reasons for this trend; people are living longer and saving less for retirement and people simply cannot afford to retire. Read more of this article »

Reporting Door Incidents: A Follow-Up

Posted by on January 8, 2014 under Cycling, News, Safety Comments are off for this article

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Good news for bike safety advocates; a new uniform system for data collection allows for Police to better track ‘dooring’ incidents.

As of November 5, 2013 a new records-management system has been implemented which allows Police to track the number of ‘dooring’ incidents across the City of Toronto. Prior to this new system and in light of the definition of collision changing to exclude ‘dooring incidents’, it was difficult for Police to collect ‘dooring’ information as there was no uniform manner to track ‘dooring’ incidents.

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Guidelines targeted at long-lasting concussion symptoms

Posted by on January 3, 2014 under Brain Injury, Medical News, News Comments are off for this article

Critical injury lawyer John McLeish

New guidelines reporting symptoms and treatment of post-concussion syndrome have been released which represent a positive step towards determining the effects of concussion, John McLeish, Partner of McLeish Orlando talks to Advocate Daily about what this means for diagnosis and treatment of post-concussion syndrome . Click here to read the article.

Ethical guidelines especially important in personal injury law

Posted by on January 2, 2014 under News Comments are off for this article

Rikin-MorzariaRikin Morzaria, Partner at McLeish Orlando talks to Advocate Daily about steps The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association is taking in developing standards of ethical conduct within the personal injury bar. Click here to read the article.

Hefty fines will make cheating daycare owners think twice

Posted by on December 4, 2013 under News Comments are off for this article

Patrick Brown personal injury lawyerWhile proposed legislative changes to give more power to daycare inspectors in the province are laudable, the changes don’t take away the fact power to shut down an unlicenced day care existed at the time of Eva Ravikovich’s death, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Patrick BrownRead more of this article »

Families seeking ‘adequate’ penalties in pedestrian deaths

Posted by on November 18, 2013 under News, Safety Comments are off for this article

Patrick Brown personal injury lawyerA feeling that sufficient steps have not been taken to punish the driver responsible is often the main reason families of pedestrians killed in collisions contact a lawyer, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells the Toronto Sun.

The entire article can be found on advocatedaily.com here.

Mental or Behavioural Catastrophic Impairment under Ontario’s Accident Benefit Regime

Posted by on November 14, 2013 under Accident Benefits, News Comments are off for this article

A recent arbitration decision in Mujku v State Farm provides a useful analysis for determining catastrophic impairment due to a mental or behavioural disorder under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule. The applicant, Mrs. Mujku, was injured in a rear end collision in November, 2005. The collision itself, by all accounts, was relatively minor: The vehicle sustained $703.34 worth of damage and Mrs. Mujku suffered soft tissue injuries. Following the collision, Mrs. Mujku’s pain steadily worsened and her mental health deteriorated. Eventually, Mrs. Mujku was diagnosed with a number of recognized mental and behavioural disorders, including, a major depressive disorder and a pain disorder with associated psychological factors.

Arbitrator Jeffrey Rogers decided that Mrs. Mujku met the definition of catastrophic impairment due to mental or behavioural disorder under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule. In order to be found catastrophically impaired, an applicant must have a marked impairment in one of four areas of functioning: 1) activities of daily living; 2) social functioning; 3) concentration, persistence and pace; or 4) deterioration or decompensation in work or worklike settings.  Read more of this article »

UPDATE: Ontario Automobile Insurance Dispute Resolution System Review – Interim Report

Posted by on November 13, 2013 under Automobile Insurance, Insurance Companies, News Comments are off for this article

An overwhelming demand for dispute resolution services has created a backlog of cases awaiting mediation at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. The 2013 Ontario Budget called for the appointment of an expert to review the system and propose changes. The Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa appointed The Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, QC, former Associate Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, to conduct the review of Ontario’s dispute resolution system. 

The Ministry of Finance called for submissions from stakeholders involved in the dispute resolution process. The Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham, QC reviewed the submissions and took part in stakeholder meetings to get a clear picture of the problems facing the dispute resolution process in Ontario.  Read more of this article »

A Weekend of Giving Back

Posted by on September 24, 2013 under Brain Injury, Charity, Community, News, Our Firm, Spinal Cord Injury Comments are off for this article

McLeish Orlando Supports BIST 5k Run, Walk and Roll and SCIO Wheelchair Relay Challenge

This past weekend, McLeish Orlando staff, family and friends came out to support two very important causes in our community. In spite of the rain on Saturday, there were close to 300 participants who finished the race for the 3rd Annual BIST 5K Run.

McLeish Orlando participated as part of The Personal Injury Alliance with a team of close to a hundred staff and supporters.

Through sponsorship, fundraising and registration, BIST generated over $50,000 that will go a long way in supporting programs, services and efforts to raise brain injury awareness.

The Brain Injury Society of Toronto supports brain injury survivors and family members. BIST aims to enhance the quality of life for people in the City of Toronto, living with the effects of brain injury through education, awareness, support and advocacy.

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As part of our weekend of giving back, on Sunday we participated in Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s Wheelchair Relay Challenge held at Ontario Place.  Read more of this article »