Conflict between Insurer and Insured following a Car Accident in Ontario
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
1w ago
For those unfamiliar with personal injury law, and more specifically, the law surrounding motor vehicle accidents (car crashes, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian-car accidents, bike-car accidents), the idea of what the law should be and how it works is perceived to be rather straight forward. Car accident. Innocent accident victim not at fault. They were in the wrong place, and the wrong time and sustained injuries. Those injuries ought to be compensated by the car insurer for the at fault driver. Case closed. Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work in Ontario. We have take an easy to und ..read more
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Dog Bite Cases begin and end with Insurance Coverage
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
2w ago
You have been bitten by a dog. The dog bite isn’t a small one. Rather, it’s quite a serious injury which will leave permanent and emotional scaring. Your local Animal Control Unit is investigating the case, and has filed charges against the Dog Owner. But the charges, and the potential conviction will not pay for your past or future care costs, let alone compensate you for the pain and suffering which you have endured. You retain a personal injury lawyer (hopefully one from Goldfinger Injury Lawyers) to help you get the compensation which you deserve. If your case went to trial, you would win ..read more
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How a criminal investigation will impact a personal injury case in Ontario
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
2w ago
Sometimes personal injury cases are investigated by the police. Sometimes, criminal, or quasi criminal charges will be laid on the Defendant (the at fault party). What does this mean for your personal injury case, and how will your personal injury case be impacted by these charges and the ensuing police investigation? Good questions! This edition of the Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog will attempt to answer those questions, and more! Criminal and quasi criminal charges happen in all types of personal injury cases. In drunk driving cases, people are charged with the criminal offense of impaired driv ..read more
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Eye Popping Theft Premium Surcharges on Auto Insurance Policies
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by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
1M ago
On June 22, 1990, the Ontario Government introduced the threshold for general damages in car accident cases. This meant that each injury needed to be deemed as a “serious and permanent impairment” of an important physical or psychological function. If the personal injury did not meet the medico legal threshold in the eyes of a Judge, then the case on damages for pain and suffering would fail,; regardless of fault. This seemed rather harsh to an innocent accident victim, but it was the new state of car accident law in the Province of Ontario. The reason the threshold was introduced by the Ontar ..read more
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Lawsuits & Litigation as Seen on TV vs. The Real Thing
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
1M ago
Law shows on television make the litigation process look so easy! Why can’t my personal injury case work like that? There’s generally a formula for legal dramas on television. That formula has worked for a very long time for shows like Law and Order. Within the first 5-7 minutes (or earlier) there is a crime or some sort of problem which requires police intervention. The next 8-15 minutes, that crime is investigated by the police at the scene of the crime and research is done at the police station. Witnesses are interviewed, different characters are introduced. The viewers are led to believe o ..read more
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BeLeaf in your Personal Injury Case
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
1M ago
I’m not a big hockey fan. But, I love watching the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I want them to win. But I really don’t care if they lose. I certainly don’t live and die by their wins, or by their losses. While I am somewhat indifferent to hockey, it’s always nice to see a winner in Toronto and to see frenzied Leafs fans. It’s nice to get caught up in the excitement. Yet, part of me smiles thinking that the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967; when the NHL had just 6 teams! Please don’t characterize me as a Toronto Maple Leaf hater. I’m not. As I said, I ..read more
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Distracted Driving Car Accidents
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
2M ago
Recently, a post went viral on Tik Tok of a York Regional Police officer checking out his mobile device while driving at what appeared to be a high speed. It would seem unfair that a police officer would be driving around in his police cruiser checking out his cell phone because if members of the general public did the same, they would be given a ticket. But is it? There is a caveat in then Highway Traffic Act which permits police, fire and emergency responders to use the mobile devices while driving. There are likely good policy reasons behind these laws, but I cannot say for certain what pol ..read more
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Weird things about car insurance claims in Ontario
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
2M ago
Car insurance, and making a claim after a car accident in Ontario should be simple and straight forward. But, as a personal injury lawyer with two decades of experience in the field, I can tell you that it’s not. Far from it! In fact, car insurance and accident benefit claims are complex and defy common sense. Here are a few items that our lawyers at Goldfinger Injury Lawyers along with our clients have always found rather strange when it comes to car accident claims in Ontario. Item #1 Regardless of fault, the first insurer to respond to the claim is your own car insurance company. Ontar ..read more
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Why “Doing Fine” is not good for a successful car accident case in Ontario
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
2M ago
The greater your injuries, the greater the value of your personal injury case. The same applies in the opposite. The less severe your injuries, the less value your personal injury case will have. It’s always good to have a healthy and high quality of life and a lower value personal injury case; as opposed to the other way around. Nobody wants a poor quality of life. Money is not a substitute for happiness or for having the inability to manage daily tasks. At some point in your personal injury case, an insurance adjuster, lawyer for the insurance company, or even a Judge might ask a Plaintiff h ..read more
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What happens when a litigant dies in a personal injury case?
Toronto Injury Lawyer Blog
by Goldfinger Injury Lawyers
2M ago
Imagine for a moment that you have a personal injury case with a fast approaching Pre-Trial or Trial date. In the case, liability (how then accident happened and whose fault it is) along with damages are both hotly contested issues. At trial, both lawyers for the Plaintiff and the lawyers for the Defendant expect their respective clients to provide contradictory evidence. It’s a case of s/he said vs. s/he said whereby the Judge and Jury will need to pick a version of events they like the best. What happens is before the trial one of those parties dies? This happens more than you might expect ..read more
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