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Did you hear the story of Samuel Archibald? He’s a Canadian author who made headlines when he went public after his disability claim for depression was denied because the insurer said photos he’d posted on Instagram and other social media sites showed he looked active, in shape and happy. Unfortunately, as Mr. Archibald discovered when […]

For more than 30 years, April 28th has been observed in Ontario as the Day of Mourning: a day to honour workers who have died, been injured, or suffer from an illness due to their workplace. In 1991, it became a nationally observed day and this “Workers’ Memorial Day” is now observed in more than […]

It is no secret that temporary workers (there are 747,000 of them in Ontario) face vastly more dangerous working conditions than permanent employees. WSIB statistics show that temp workers in non-clerical environments such as factories and warehouses were “more than twice as likely to get hurt on the job in 2016 as non-temp counterparts.“. Understanding […]

Death and serious injuries are an unacceptable price to pay for speed on city streets. Humans make mistakes. Streets can be redesigned for safety and compensate for human imperfection. Those are the key premises of Vision Zero, which we wrote about last February. A year later, we are encouraged to see that Vision Zero is […]

In a recent appeal decision from B.C. called Barta v. DaSilva[1] the court was asked to consider whether the mild traumatic brain injury suffered by a securities trader in a motor vehicle accident caused him to make poor financial investments, to the tune of $5 million in losses. The accident victim, Barta, was involved in […]

For those Ontario workers who have Workplace Safety Insurance (WSI) claims arising from a workplace accident, the process of submitting a claim can be confusing and harrowing at the best of times. This is especially true if the claim is ultimately denied; an unfavourable outcome can add “insult to injury,” as the old saying goes. […]

In a recent WSIB Appeals Tribunal case Decision No. 1599/17, 2017 ONWSIAT 2025, a 59-year old electrician attended at his doctor’s office on October 5, 2011, complaining of injuries he had sustained in a workplace accident the day before and indicated that he had fallen off a ladder when installing a pot light in a […]

Any person who makes a claim for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits must supply medical evidence that he or she has a “disability” within the governing legislative definition. This is routinely done through expert evidence provided by a qualified, impartial doctor to whom the claimant has been referred by other treating physicians. But what […]

Summer is the season for family vacations, with many people choosing to enjoying time at a cottage. But summer is also the prime season for boating accidents. These can happen in a split second, but the repercussions can be tragic and long-lasting. They may even result in personal injury litigation which can take years to […]

In a recent case called Cvetkovski v. Canada (Attorney General), a 50-year-old man who had applied unsuccessfully for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits. He had a long history of psychological disorders which made it difficult to relate to others, and left him with low energy or motivation to do his job.  To try to cope […]