Practice Highlights

Michael has experience as counsel for several insurance companies and The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee but has now restricted his practice to the representation of accident victims and their families.

Michael has authored publications on insurance law and has presented to other lawyers and representatives at The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee on subjects concerning benefit entitlements, the rights and responsibilities of insurers and accident victims.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of McGill (1995)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (1998)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Board member with the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton

Additional Information

*Michael L. Bennett Law Professional Corporation

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  • Greer et al v. Kurtz et al

    On March 2, 2003, Donald Greer’s life tragically changed forever when he was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident on an icy highway near Hamilton.  Mr. Greer was catastrophically brain-injured in the collision.

    “The trial judge simply held that Mr. Kurtz should have slowed his vehicle more than he did and that his failure to do so meant that the speed of impact was greater than it otherwise would have been.” [para.10]

    “Finally, the trial judge’s impugned negligence finding is not related to avoidance of the accident.  As we have said, it is directed to Mr. Kurtz’s failure to slow his vehicle adequately, the result of which was to make the force of the collision greater than it otherwise would have been.  This is negligence.” [para.11]

  • PIA Law Lawyers Launch Innovative New Personal Injury Module

    December 11, 2015

    Recently, lawyers representing all three of the PIA Law firms worked alongside LexisNexis Canada to help create the Lexis Practice Advisor’s Personal Injury (Ontario) module. The module was designed as a comprehensive guide on how to prepare a personal injury case. Lawyers from across Canada will now have an opportunity to access documents prepared for … Continued
  • Supporting ABI Car Accident Survivors, Family Members and In-Patient Rehab Teams

    Darcy R. Merkur, David F. MacDonald, Michael L. Bennett, Supporting ABI Car Accident Survivors, Family Members and In-Patient Rehab Teams, presented at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare on May 7, 2014.

  • Attendant Care Benefits Update “Incurred Expenses”

    presented at St. John's Rehab Hospital

  • The Role of the Occupational Therapist

    presented at the OSOT Annual Conference

  • Hot Topics in Rehabilitation

    presented at the Back-to-School II with Thomson, Rogers conference

  • Finding Solutions to Key Challenges

    presented at the Navigating the New SABS: Practical Solutions conference

  • Future Care Costs

    presented at The Canadian Institute's 8th Annual Forum on Personal Injury Settlements

  • Admission of Accident Reconstruction at Trial: Winning Strategies and Tactics

    presented at Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development CLE - Managing and Litigating Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

  • Public and Private Partnerships for Client-Centred Care: Auto Insurer Funding for the Delivery of Private Rehabilitation and Attendant Care in and out of Hospital

    Presented at Credit Valley Rehab Centre

  • Crossing the Threshold

    National Judicial Institute

  • Adapting to the Changes in the Acute Care Setting

    presented at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre