A settlement represents one possible resolution to a legal dispute. In personal injury law, a settlement involves the claimant accepting a final damages sum in compensation for their injuries. Settlements are “full and final”, meaning there cannot be any future requests for any more compensation relating to the same claim.Read More
Under the Liquor Licence Act, it is illegal for a commercial host to serve any person who is, or appears to be intoxicated. All for-profit liquor establishments like bars, taverns, clubs, restaurants are commercial hosts under the definition. A legal responsibility is also owed by the commercial host to any person who is reasonably expected to be harmed by the intoxicated patron. This includes the patron themselves, as well as any third parties they could be in contact with.Read More
Every person has a legal duty to prevent unreasonable injury to themselves. [i] This becomes an issue in personal injury cases where it is shown that the injured party is themselves partially responsible. In such instances, courts apply the principle of contributory negligence to apportion damages between the parties – the injured party included – whom contributed to the injury. The effect of a finding of contributory negligence for the injured party would be to reduce the total compensation they would otherwise be entitled to, by that percentage.Read More
A government amendment to the Statutory Accidents Benefits Schedule (SABS) came into effect on February 1, 2014. The amendment, titled as OR 347/13, made three amendments to the previous version of the regulations. The overall effect of the changes was to make it more difficult for injured plaintiffs to receive compensation in certain circumstances.Read More
Among the many classes of damages injured persons can claim for, one is for any pain and suffering which may follow from an injury. Any person suing under this damage heading should be aware that a cap exists as to the maximum amount that a court may grant in their favour.Read More
Winning a settlement may not be the end of the personal injury claim. You will have to decide how you would like to receive your settlement. With smaller claims, it may be best to get the money in one lump sum payment. However, as the compensation amount increases, a lawyer may urge you to look at a structured settlement that will benefit you for years to come. How do you decide which payment is best for your case? Allow your personal injury lawyer to walk you through the process.
What every injured person wants, is to be treated fairly. They are hurt. How they are treated should respect that.
Part of being treated fairly is to receive fair compensation for their injuries. We bring to the table our more than 35 years of experience for every person we represent. That experience guides us while we gather evidence (documents, records, reports, statements, etc.) to better present an injury claim. Knowing what the other side needs to assess the injury fairly, is critical.
There is a two (2) year time limit from the date of your accident, or injury, to file a claim in Court. If no claim is filed in Court, after the two year mark the right to make a claim will likely be lost. It is very important that you contact us as soon as possible after your accident, or injury, to make sure that the time limit is not missed.
There are a few possible exceptions to the two year time limit that are best explained by us. For example, if the injured person was under the age of majority at the time of the accident, or injury, you have two years from their 18th birthday. In some cases the date the time limit starts is not on the day of the accident, but the day a person of sound mind should have known they have a claim.
Because of the completely unexpected nature of these accidents, fairly serious injuries may occur. Potential “at fault” persons are the owner and tenant of the property where the fall occurred, and the municipality if the fall occurred on public property such as sidewalks and municipal parking lots.
At the outset the mediator will outline the terms of the mediation. He will explain that each side will be given an opportunity to present opening remarks, discuss the issues and often an opportunity for the clients to speak as well. The subject matter of what you will say at the mediation should be discussed with us in advance. At a later point in the mediation the mediator will take one side or the other and pull them away for a caucus. In the caucus confidential discussions will take place for developing a strategy to attempt resolution.
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Each personal injury case is unique, and requires dedication, professionalism, expertise and a personal, hands-on approach. If you have suffered injury due to the negligence of others or are being denied disability benefits, Tony Lafazanis will guide you through every step of the legal process, and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
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