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We are very excited about our firm’s ongoing success. We are continuing to grow with more lawyers and support staff joining us …read more

We are delighted to announce that Rose Leto has been offered Partnership with our firm. Congratulations Rose, we look forward to your many years of continued success …read more

Called to the bar in 1970, Gary Neinstein has been practicing almost exclusively in personal injury law from the start. He has always been a champion for the underdog. He has fearlessly advocated for survivors of trauma, and earned a reputation as a tenacious trial lawyer…read more

Greg Neinstein chaired another successful event. On June 14, 2012, legal and rehabilitation professionals, caregivers, family and friends gathered to raise awareness of brain injury by participating in the 8th Annual Mix and Mingle for Brain Injury…read more

We are proud to announce Stacy Koumarelas as the newest partner at Neinstein. Stacy has established herself as a diligent lawyer, skilled negotiator and dedicated mentor…read more

As the year ends, we wish for you and your family much health and happiness. May you have a festive season and great success in the New Year…read more

Once again, the Liberal government has quietly, without any input or debate from various stakeholders, such as plaintiff lawyers, health care providers and above all accident victims passed legislation that radically changes and restricts our clients’ ability to claim Attendant Care and Medical & Rehabilitation Benefits…read more

In “Brown and Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group”, the insurer demanded 5 in person assessments in response to our client’s application for catastrophic benefits (OCF­19). Greg Neinstein and Sebastian Gallagher rejected this approach and stated that this was a legal test…read more

This year’s holiday initiative was inspired by the spirit of doing a Mitzvah, the Hebrew word meaning a good deed or an act of human kindness. The idea was simple: to spread warmth to those who would be needing it most this season…read more

Neinstein LLP is excited to announce that Duncan Embury has joined the partnership and will be heading our Medical Malpractice Group…read more

Once again, Neinstein LLP is honoured to be nominated by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 10 Personal Injury Law Firms. This survey highlights firms from across Canada who have showed exemplary service throughout the years…read more

Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced further restrictions to Accident Benefits coverage in Ontario…read more

The Ontario government is proposing reducing accident benefits. Victims of a car accident will face more suffering if the Ontario government’s changes to cut auto insurance benefits are made…read more

Neinstein is proud to announce our partners recommended by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory…read more

Neinstein LLP wishes you a warn holiday seasons and a prosperous New Year…read more

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers is excited to announce the launch of our new website! We are very proud of our team of lawyers and the quality of work that we provide.…read more

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers is proud to announce that Gary QC., Greg, and Jeff Neinstein, and Duncan Embury have been voted into the 2016 edition of the prestigious Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.…read more

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How safe are Toronto’s streetcars?

In June, the Toronto Star reported on an analysis of data published by the Toronto police that focused on collisions involving vulnerable road users and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) vehicles. The article states that streetcars are disproportionately involved in these accidents, accounting for more than half of all fatal collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. The findings are sure to be of interest to any Toronto personal injury lawyer with expertise in accidents involving vulnerable road users.

The TTC is largely omitted from public debate on Toronto’s road safety issues, despite being the third largest public transit system in North America behind only the New York City Transit Authority and the Mexico City Metro. Fatal accidents involving TTC vehicles are relatively rare, after all, and public transit remains one of the safest forms of inner-city travel.

However, no discussion on road safety in Toronto can be complete without considering the TTC’s fleet of roughly 2,000 streetcars and busses, with special attention paid to the former. Between 2007 and 2017, 15 of the 29 fatal collisions between vulnerable road users and TTC vehicles involved streetcars, even though busses make up the majority of the fleet and serve more routes. Last year, streetcars averaged 7.61 collisions per 100,000 miles driven, more than double the rate for busses.

“Streetcars are heavy, don’t stop quickly and can’t swerve to avoid people,” TTC spokesman Stuart Green told the Star in an email. “Despite the training and best efforts of our operators to be defensive at all times, sadly, collisions do occur.”

From a Toronto personal injury lawyer’s point of view, individuals who are injured in collisions with streetcars have as much right to compensation as victims of crashes between private vehicles. However, determining liability in these scenarios can be tricky: When is the vehicle’s driver at fault for damages, and when does the responsibility fall on the municipality? Is the TTC itself ever to blame? As in most personal injury cases, the answer depends on the specifics of the accident. If you’ve been injured, collect as much evidence as possible from the scene and secure the contact information of potential witnesses. These proactive measures can mean the difference between accessing fair compensation and self-funding your recovery.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a public transit vehicle, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Toronto personal injury lawyer. Our team can assess your legal situation and provide guidance that helps you through your recovery.

 

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What to do After a Car Accident – A Toronto Lawyer’s Perspective

In 2016, nearly 2,000 Canadians died in car accidents and tens of thousands more were injured. While these numbers might shock casual observers, they will come as no surprise to personal injury and car accident lawyers who represent injury victims on a daily basis.  

The infographic above, created using statistics from the Government of Canada, aims to make drivers aware of the risks they face on the road and provide guidance for the vital moments following an accident.

Are You Part of an At-Risk Group?

As car accident lawyers know, certain Canadians are at greater risk of automotive injury than others. Senior citizens, for example, are involved in accidents at a higher rate than the general population, as are 25- to 34-year-olds. If you fall into one of these segments, take extra care to adhere to the rules of the road: always wear your seatbelt; avoid distracted driving at all costs; and never drive while intoxicated.

Interestingly, rural drivers are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents, while urban drivers are more likely to be injured. We’ve discussed both the unique risks of rural driving and the serious concerns around inner city road safety before – no matter where you drive, always be aware of your surroundings.

What To Do After a Car Accident?

Your actions in the moments following an accident can have a profound effect on your physical recovery and your ability to access compensation through a civil suit. The steps included in this infographic are simple but can help you maximize your chances of a full and healthy recovery.

The first thing to remember when you’ve been in a crash is to stay calm. Take a deep breath, check yourself for injuries, and ensure your passengers are safe. Don’t leave your vehicle until you’ve assessed yourself and the scene surrounding the accident.

Once you’ve safely exited your vehicle, take stock of the scene and collect as much information as possible. Take pictures of your vehicle, the environment, and poor road conditions that may have contributed to the crash. Collect names and contact information from other drivers and any witnesses to the event.

If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately. In the event of a serious injury, an ambulance should be called – be sure to ask for a copy of emergency responders’ reports.

Finally, be sure to call your insurance company and contact a car accident lawyer while the details of the accident are still fresh in your mind. If you’ve suffered an injury through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help assess your claim and guide you through the legal process.

Car accident injuries are an all-too-common issue in Canada, but the car accident lawyers at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help. If you’ve been involved in an accident, call us today to take your first steps on the road to recovery.

 

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