Cannabis Survey Reveals Misconceptions among Canadian Users

  • February 13, 2018
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • cannabis, car accident, car accident lawyer, impaired driving, marijuana, road safety, Will Davidson LLP,
The Canadian Cannabis Survey, conducted by Health Canada between March and May, 2017, and released in December, revealed some troubling misconceptions held by Canada’s marijuana users. In particular, it found that ‘only half of respondents who had consumed cannabis in the last year felt that marijuana use affects driving,’ the National Post reported.  The findings
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Legislative changes decriminalizing impaired driving are a possibility in Ontario

  • February 6, 2018
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • car accident, drunk driving, impaired driving, Ontario car accident lawyers, Personal Injury Lawyer, road safety, Will Davidson LLP,
In 2010, the British Columbia government enacted legislation that partially decriminalized drunk driving. Police officers were given power under the new rules to decide whether to file criminal charges or levy administrative sanctions against individuals who blew over the limit. Most first-time offenders were not charged, but had their licenses suspended for 90 days. After
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Ontario Superior Court Improves Protections for Brain Injury Victims

  • January 30, 2018
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • brain injury, brain injury lawyer, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, Will Davidson LLP,
As any experienced brain injury lawyer can attest, each traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unique, and the symptoms of TBIs vary widely from case to case. Brain injuries can cause severe physical effects, such as comas, loss of consciousness, loss of sensation in the body’s extremities, increased risk of stroke and seizure, loss of balance,
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Can Cities and the Province do more to Protect Cyclists?

  • January 23, 2018
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • bicycle accident, cycling accident, cycling injury lawyer, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, Will Davidson LLP,
Every Ontario personal injury lawyer is familiar with the frequency of car accidents and the grave injuries they cause. In particular, accidents involving vulnerable road users – cyclists and pedestrians – can result in serious, enduring injuries. Cycling has become a favourite mode of transportation in many of Canada’s largest cities. As more cyclists have
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What you need to know about hernia mesh

  • December 19, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • hernia mesh, medical product liability, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, product liability lawyer, surgical mesh, transvaginal mesh, Will Davidson LLP,
Last week, we looked at the risks associated with transvaginal mesh and discussed how a product liability or personal injury lawyer can help. Today, we’ll look at a similar but distinct subject: hernia mesh. What is hernia mesh, and how is it used? Hernia mesh is a medical device that is surgically implanted with the
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What you need to know about transvaginal mesh

  • December 12, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • hernia mesh, medical malpractice, medical product liability, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, product liability, product liability lawyer, surgical mesh, transvaginal mesh, Will Davidson LLP,
In November, we published a blog about the potential complications associated with the use of transvaginal mesh in surgeries and how a product liability lawyer can help injury victims. Today, we’ll look more closely at this subject to understand what transvaginal mesh is, the complications it can cause, and how Will Davidson LLP may be
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Liberal MPP proposes ban on walking and texting

  • December 5, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • car accident, news, Ontario personal injury lawyers, pedestrian safety, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, road safety, vulnerable road user, Will Davidson LLP,
A new law proposed by Ontario Liberal MPP Yvon Baker has elicited competing responses from law enforcement officials, fellow politicians, road safety advocates, and Ontario personal injury lawyers. The “Phones Down, Heads Up Act” was tabled in response to rising pedestrian fatalities in Toronto. It aims to improve road safety by imposing fines on pedestrians
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Ontario personal injury lawyers worry Law Society policy is step towards non-lawyer ownership

  • November 28, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • Alternative business structures, Law Society of Upper Canada, LSUC, Ontario personal injury lawyer, Personal Injury Lawyer, personal injury lawyers, Toronto personal injury lawyer, Will Davidson LLP,
In September 2012, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) formed its Alternative Business Structures (ABS) Working Group to explore alternative options to permitted law and paralegal firm structures. In general, ABS’s – which are legal in England, Wales and Australia, but not Canada – allow individuals without legal licenses to own organizations that provide
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Should your kids play hockey?

  • November 21, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • brain injury, brain injury lawyers, concussion, CTE, hockey, Ken Dryden, personal injury, personal injury lawyers, Will Davidson LLP,
With the NHL and youth hockey seasons now underway, parents across Ontario are grappling with an important question: is hockey safe enough for my child to play? A growing body of evidence suggests that Canada’s national obsession puts kids at risk of various injuries, especially concussions. As a result, a diverse group of stakeholders including
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After decisive public debate, Toronto City Council approves Bloor Street bike lanes

  • November 14, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • bicycle accident, bicycle accident lawyer, bicycle lanes, Bike Lanes on Bloor, car accident, car accident lawyer, infrastructure, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, Toronto, Toronto bicycle accident lawyers, Will Davidson LLP,
On the morning of October 18, 39-year-old David Delos Santos, a recent immigrant to Canada from the Philippines, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Toronto’s downtown Parkdale neighbourhood. This type of event is all too familiar to bicycle accident lawyers in Toronto, and to Parkdale residents: two pedestrians were killed in separate
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The product liability lawyers at Will Davidson LLP are currently retaining clients who have suffered injuries from the use of transvaginal or hernia meshes, common surgical tools used in tens of thousands of operations across Canada each year. Surgical mesh is a synthetic material commonly made from plastic-type substances like polypropylene. It is used in
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On September 22, Will Davidson LLP hosted members of the Ontario legal community for our Diversified Litigation Series Seminar, part of our Continued Legal Education program. The seminar featured more than a dozen speakers covering a range of subjects and was an excellent opportunity for lawyers to network and make connections. We hope to see
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Calculating future lost income: the basics

  • October 24, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • future lost income, lost income, Ontario personal injury lawyer, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, Toronto personal injury lawyer, Will Davidson LLP,
One of the purposes of financial compensation in personal injury lawsuits is to ensure the injury victim retains the same financial standing as if the injury had not occurred. As such, personal injury lawyers must ensure that the trial judge and jury understand the scope of their client’s existing financial position and potential lost future
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Ontario introduces new impaired driving laws ahead of marijuana legalization

  • October 17, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • car accident, car accident lawyer, drug impaired driving, impaired driving, marijuana legalization, Ontario personal injury lawyer, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, Toronto personal injury lawyer, Will Davidson LLP,
The Province of Ontario is preparing for the legalization of recreational marijuana in July 2018. In early September, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government announced plans to restrict province-wide marijuana sales to 150 LCBO-style dispensaries, prompting exhaustive debate. Then, on September 18, Queen’s Park unveiled “even tougher” impaired driving laws that have generally been applauded by
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Court of Appeal case reinforces protections against biased expert testimony

  • October 10, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
  • expert testimony, expert witness, Ontario personal injury lawyers, personal injury, Personal Injury Lawyer, personal injury lawyers, Will Davidson LLP,
Expert witness testimony can have a huge impact on personal injury trials. Members of a jury, after all, are unlikely to be proficient in the expert’s field, and as such must accept the witness’s testimony as accurate. Unfortunately, many Ontario personal injury lawyers have encountered biased or unfair expert witnesses at some point in their
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Ontario updates ODSP compensation limits

  • October 3, 2017
  • by Will Davidson LLP
Living with a disability requires overcoming countless hurdles, which is why public support plans, like the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), are so important. Until recently, however, the ODSP contained stipulations that many Ontario personal injury lawyers disagreed with, including strict eligibility standards and limits on compensation. This August, Queen’s Park took action to amend
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