Practice Highlights

Esther received an Honours Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in 2006 following the completion of her senior thesis in visual and cognitive neuroscience. Esther graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011, receiving both her Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work.

Esther completed a practicum in 2010, working for the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, contributing to the Asper Centre’s intervention in the polygamy reference case at the B.C. Supreme Court. In the summer of 2010, Esther worked with low income litigants involved in the family and criminal court system in London, Ontario. In 2010/2011, Esther completed a practicum at The Hospital for Sick Children working with the Family Legal Health Program established by Pro Bono Law Ontario, as well as completing research for the Social Work Department regarding the involvement of children with complex health needs in the child welfare system.

Esther works with Thomson Rogers partners, L. Craig Brown, Stacey Stevens, and David Neill in the areas of civil litigation and personal injury. Her practice focuses primarily on helping clients who have experienced motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall injuries, injuries from medical negligence, sexual assault, and assault.

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  • Barber v. Humber River Regional Hospital

    Mark Barber died on February 17, 2006, at Humber River Regional Hospital in Toronto from pneumococcal bacterial meningitis. He was 46 years of age. The respondents, his surviving wife and two daughters, sued two emergency room physicians, the appellant Dr. Virat Joshi, and Dr. David John Shergold, in negligence, alleging that Mr. Barber’s death resulted from their failure to properly investigate, diagnose and treat his meningitis.

    Barber v. Humber River Regional Hospital, 2015 ONSC 1838 – Reasons for Decision

    Barber v. Humber River Regional Hospital, 2016 ONSC 897 – Responding to Dr. Joshi’s appeal to the original judgement of Justice Mary A. Sanderson of the Superior Court of Justice, dated July 7, 2015.

  • Thomson, Rogers Honoured to Receive OBIA’s Legal Fellowship Award

    Posted July 11, 2017

    While the focus of June was Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Ontario Brain Injury Association took the time to present Thomson, Rogers with their Legal Fellowship Award, recognizing our collaborative efforts with OBIA. Our very own Esther Roche was on hand to accept this honour on June 17 at the OBIA Annual General Meeting. Being … Continued
  • Hospital doctor’s negligence upheld after fatal meningitis missed, court rules

    CTV News Toronto | by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | November 28, 2016

    TORONTO — A hospital doctor who failed to detect meningitis in a patient who died from the infection was professionally negligent, Ontario’s top court affirmed Monday. In upholding a negligence finding against Dr. Virat Joshi, the Ontario Court of Appeal said the evidence clearly showed Mark Barber was displaying symptoms the doctor should have noticed and investigated. … Continued
  • Major Accident Benefits Changes Come into Effect on June 1st, 2016

    Accident Benefits Summary Charts (for accident on or after June 1, 2016)

    To help those in Ontario understand the major automobile insurance changes and the new reduced accident benefits limits, Thomson, Rogers has prepared two useful accident benefits summary charts. The first chart: Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule Summary (for accidents on or after June 1, 2016) highlights the accident benefits available for each of the three categories of … Continued
  • CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: WHEN DOES THE LIMITATION PERIOD CLOCK START TO TICK?

    Accident Benefit Reporter Updater | Issue 26 | June 2015

    Generally, civil litigants have 2 years from the date that their claim is “discovered” to commence a civil proceeding. Typically, the discovery date will coincide with the date the act or omission, on which the claim is based, occurred. The Ontario Limitations Act states that a claim is presumed to have been discovered on the day the act or omission, on … Continued
  • Incurred Expenses: Defining “Economic Loss” in Light of Simser v. Aviva

    Accident Benefit Reporter | Volume 14, Issue 1 | May 1, 2013

    Changes to Section 3 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“the SABS”) were introduced by the Government of Ontario on September 1, 2010. The changes require an insured to prove expenses have been incurred in order to receive attendant care, housekeeping, and med/rehab benefits. Section 3(7)(e) of the SABS states that in order for an … Continued