Fewer medical negligence claims, higher awards

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision ordering a doctor to pay a stroke victim $15 million in damages highlights a trend in medical negligence cases where the number of claims is shrinking, but financial compensation to plaintiffs continues to grow, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Aleks Mladenovic.

Around Christmas 2008, Danielle Boyd was hospitalized for severe headaches, which soon turned to numbness, garbled speech and dizziness, the...


Drivers face higher set fine for distracted driving March 18

An Ontario court has hiked the set fine for motorists caught driving while using a cellphone or other prohibited device.

Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo of the Ontario Court of Justice has signed an order increasing the set fine to $225 from $125 starting March 18. That means drivers would face a fine of $280, including surcharges.

However, drivers who fight the ticket by going to court can face fines of up to $500 under the law.

Transportation Minister Glen Murray welcomed the move...


Client of Thomson, Rogers succeeds in long fight over weekly benefits claim at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)

To qualify for the weekly non-earner benefit under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), an insured person must meet the rigorous “complete inability to carry on a normal life” test (the “complete inability test”).  Accident victims who do not work at the time of the accident (and do not qualify for an income replacement benefit) will need to satisfy this test in order to qualify for a weekly benefit. Despite the stringent test for qualification, accident victims...