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On April 12th & 13th, Joe Pileggi once again attended the Motorcycle & Tattoo show.  A good friend of Thomson, Rogers, Brock Hansler brought vintage MCs - 1972 Norton 750 Commando and a 1969 883cc Harley Sportster. Thanks to everyone who came and entered our draw for the custom fit Bell Rogue Helmet. This years winner is Dave Kerr! Congratulations Dave!

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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 National Post reports. Two days later, the 24-year-old suffered...

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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, saying it could help...

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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 who...

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We are pleased to announce Deanna Gilbert and Stephen Birman are now partners with Thomson, Rogers.  

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The Ontario government recently blindsided the personal injury community with a further amendment to the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule (SABS) designed to essentially eliminate the possibility of friends and family members providing paid attendant care services to injured loved ones following a motor vehicle accident. The contentious change relates to the revised definition of ‘incurred’ within subsection 3(7)(e) of the SABS.  As of September 1, 2010, the definition of “...

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While a judge had commendable goals in declaring an end to lawyers’ practice of reviewing draft expert reports, her recent Superior Court decision may have the unwelcome consequence of affecting who counsel retain as experts. According to Justice Janet Wilson’s conclusions in Moore v. Getahun on Jan. 14, counsel’s practice of reviewing draft expert reports must stop and meetings with experts to go over the reports are no longer acceptable. In Moore, the plaintiff had developed compartment...

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An Ontario Superior Court justice has found a Peterborough surgeon negligent in his treatment of a six-year-old boy who, in having a pebble removed from his ear, suffered severe damage to his middle ear and facial nerve, causing hearing loss and facial paralysis, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Aleks Mladenovic. In September 2006, surgery was performed on the young boy, Stone Shearer, by Dr. Kenneth Sewchand at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Shearer v. Sewchand reads. Stone and his parents...

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