Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Spring is on the way, and snowmobiling enthusiasts are enjoying the last few rides of the season. Unfortunately, it has been a fatal winter for 13 sledders in Ontario; the OPP recently reported that there have been 11 fatal accidents to date. At this time of year, with waterways beginning to thaw, the OPP notes […]

The past few months have held many ups and downs for former rubber industry workers and surviving family members in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The good news began late in 2018, when the WSIB announced it would review many previously denied claims, including those from rubber workers. More welcome news followed in January, when the government […]

Hit and run collisions are very serious. In addition to injury, hit and runs can cause enormous trouble and uncertainly for the victim. Coping with injury and recovery is hard enough without the added difficulties related to an unknown at-fault driver, who has committed a crime by failing to remain at the scene of the […]

Listeners of CBC’s Sunday Edition recently heard Michael Enright’s short but scathing essay on pedestrian deaths in Canada’s large cities such as Toronto. In it, Enright suggests that the problem with road deaths is that “nobody cares”. “The politicians who run the police department don’t care. If they did, they would put more cops with […]

Finally, some encouraging news for Ontario workers suffering from occupational cancer, and the families of those workers who have died of their illnesses. The Ministry of Labour has announced it is launching a review of occupation cancer, with a report due by the end of 2019. The government named Dr. Paul Demers to lead the […]

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, and the contents are grim: globally, 1.35 million people die every year in road traffic crashes. Warning that drastic action is needed, the report notes that “the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist.”  […]

Things have not been looking up for the WSIB lately. In addition to shocking claims being rejected (this one from last week was unbelievable), there have also been many calls for the WSIB to review past denied claims, such as the Peterborough GE workers and Kitchener rubber workers affected by alarming rates of cancer. (You […]

The holiday season always brings a heightened awareness about the risks of impaired driving, and this year is no exception. Earlier this week, the federal government brought into force stricter impaired driving laws (Bill C-46) that give police officers more power to catch drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and impose stricter penalties […]

We’ve written before about the WSIB’s new chronic mental stress policy and how it covers workplace harassment. The policy was an overdue addition to Ontario’s workers’ compensation regime, but a recent audit conducted by the WSIB shows that the rate of approved claims is abysmally low. According to the Toronto Star, the audit revealed that […]

Now that we’ve got a bit of snow here in Ontario, you may be itching to kick off winter with the first snowmobile ride of the season. But the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is reminding snowmobilers that although it’s tempting, none of the official OFSC trails are open yet. The safest thing to […]