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Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers is a leading Toronto personal injury law firm. Our lawyers feel it is their responsibility to help you discover the government and health organizations who can also assist you in your road to recovery. To the right of this page are valuable Canadian health and government resources that relate to personal injury law in Canada. We also provide you with a directory of other Toronto lawyers who can provide legal assistance to you outside of the scope of Neinstein.com areas of expertise.

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Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Resource Centre

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers is a leading Toronto personal injury law firm. Our lawyers feel it is their responsibility to help you discover the government and health organizations who can also assist you in your road to recovery. To the right of this page are valuable Canadian health and government resources that relate to personal injury law in Canada. We also provide you with a directory of other Toronto lawyers who can provide legal assistance to you outside of the scope of Neinstein.com areas of expertise.

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We have provided links to the Auto Insurance Claims Forms (OCF Forms) here on the website for your convenience.

Why do I need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Why do I need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer will provide their client with support, get them access to the medical attention they need and make sure that they are properly compensated, their bills are taken care of, their families looked after, and that they can eventually resume some sort of normal life.

Why do I need a specialist in Personal Injury Law?

Why do I need a specialist in Personal Injury Law?

The advantages of a Personal Injury Lawyer that specializes in only one area because they’ll be able to properly understand all the aspects and details involved in your case and they will have a better infrastructure of rehabilitation workers, case managers, and doctors to help facilitate your recovery process better than a general practitioner.

When should I hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

When should I hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Ideally, you will want a Personal Injury Lawyer to be involved from the outset of the case to assist in coordinating your legal matters. When a person is first injured, insurance companies will send over a lot of documents that need to be looked after immediately. If we are involved from the beginning that burden can be lessened, we can make sure that you are just focusing on your care and while we are taking care of the insurance company’s needs, filling out the paperwork and coordinating your care. However, a lawyer can be involved at any stage of the process but ideally, you would want one to be involved from the start.

How much will the legal process cost ?

How much will my personal injury case cost?

Initially, when we discuss a case with someone and we believe that they have a case that is worth proceeding with, we provide a fee structure which is called a contingency agreement. This means that if we take on the case we agree to finance the case, taking on the risks of the case means there is no financial obligation on the victim or their families until the case is resolved. If the case does not settle or does not get resolved there is simply no legal fee.

Will I have to go to Court?

Will I have to go to court for my personal injury case?

The number of personal injury cases that actually go to court is low and the more serious cases where the injuries are clear and uncontroversial rarely if ever go to court. It is the more disputable cases such as those surrounding liability where the Canadian Health Act is in doubt or where the nature of the injury is in doubt that will often require you to go to court.

How much contact will I have with my Personal Injury Lawyers?

How much contact will I have with my Personal Injury Lawyer?

Our clients are free to call us anytime that they have concerns. We have a policy that all calls will be returned the same day or within 24 hours. We encourage our clients to communicate with us as often as they feel is necessary. We do not want our clients to feel like we are a corporate lawyer that sends a bill every time they call.

How should I look for a Personal Injury Lawyer?

How should I look for a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Find a lawyer that specializes exclusively in personal injury law because the advice you’re going to get from a specialist is much more detailed and geared towards what you need. You should also find someone that you are comfortable with, someone that knows how to listen and address your concerns, but also someone who knows how to ask the right questions because, in the beginning, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask or what you’re entitled to. It is important to have someone to be receptive, responsive, and compassionate to your needs.

What can I be compensated for ?

What can I be compensated for after a personal injury?

In addition to the medical and rehabilitation, you are also entitled to loss of income compensation for pain and suffering because of the injuries you sustained and your family is also entitled to compensation for the loss of care guidance and companionship that they have sustained because of your injuries.

What if I can't go back to my old job?

What if I can’t go back to my old job after a personal injury?

If you are seriously injured and can not go back to the occupation you had before your injury, we arrange to have you tested and retrained into an occupation that works for you and that you may experience some degree of enjoyment for the remainder of your working life.

Why should you choose Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Law Firm?

Why choose Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers Law firm?

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers has a team compiled of people that all share one common trait, they are all caring individuals that are very sympathetic to the needs of our clients. We differentiate ourselves by being a small firm that works together by bounce ideas and problems off each other, we do not work in isolation we work as a group. Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers pride ourselves in providing a level of service to our clients that we would expect when dealing with any professionals, we expect you to have every answer and every concern met at a time that you feel is appropriate.

Our team has an excellent reputation because we care and look after our clients as well as their family and their future. We never sell the client out for fast fees, we really get connected with our clients and become a member of their family. We feel what they feel and we know what they’re going through so we’re really trying to make life better for them.

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Proposed impaired driving bill hits roadblock in Senate

The federal government’s bid to enact strict new impaired driving rules alongside its marijuana legalization bill hit a major snag last month when the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee voted to remove a key provision in the legislation. The move divided lawmakers, legal experts, road safety advocates, and Ontario personal injury lawyers.

Bill C-46 was introduced as a companion to Bill C-45, the bill to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in Canada. In addition to addressing issues around marijuana-impaired driving, Bill C-46 proposes allowing police officers to conduct random roadside breathalyzer tests without probable suspicion of impairment.

The provision is controversial, as Ontario personal injury lawyers can understand. Some legal experts believe it violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and “would lead to a decade of Charter challenge litigation,” according to Sen. Denise Batters, who proposed eliminating the provision. Activists have also suggested it would enable police to unfairly target minority communities.

Supporters of the bill see it as essential to ensuring safety on Canadian roads following the legalization of recreational cannabis. According to the National Post, more than 40 countries have enacted random roadside testing programs and experienced reductions in impaired driving fatalities of up to 36 per cent. When Conservative MP Steven Blaney proposed similar legislation in 2016, it received near-unanimous support in the House of Commons and praise from Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Many personal injury lawyers in Ontario believe the policy could significantly improve road safety in the province.

Some of the bill’s supporters believe that politics, not constitutional concerns, inspired the committee’s decision. The Conservative Party of Canada has emphatically opposed the Liberals’ efforts to legalize marijuana, and it was Conservative senators who spearheaded the committee’s vote. Indeed, Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais, who voted to eliminate the roadside testing provision, was an early and vocal proponent of Steven Blaney’s bill just two years ago.

“It appears as though obstruction of the policy agenda of the government of Canada is of higher priority than consistency of policy position,” said Sen. Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate.

“This is shocking,” added MADD CEO Andrew Murie, according to the Post. “You kind of wonder if this is based on what they say is legal concerns or is this politics being played out?”

After much debate, the Senate voted in June not to reinstate mandatory roadside testing. The amended bill will now move to the House of Commons, where it will likely be rejected and returned to the Senate. This cumbersome process may delay the bill’s passage, meaning Bill C-45 could be passed without accompanying impaired driving legislation, which puts road users at risk.

If you’ve been injured in an impaired driving accident, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers’ team of Ontario personal injury lawyers to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you understand your legal situation and provide guidance as you pursue fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.

 

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Who is responsible for rising pedestrian fatalities?

Almost every Toronto personal injury lawyer has, at some point, fielded an inquiry relating to a vulnerable road user being struck by a vehicle. In Canada’s biggest city, cyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicles all share limited space on the roads. As the city has grown, this arrangement has led to tensions and, unfortunately, a rising number of serious injuries and fatalities.

City planners, local politicians, and victims’ advocates have all proposed solutions to Toronto’s road safety woes, including increased funding for public transit programs, infrastructure updates, harsher penalties for dangerous driving, and stricter enforcement of existing traffic laws. Several months ago, Liberal MPP Yvan Baker even proposed the “Phones Down, Heads Up Act,” a so-called ‘zombie law’ targeting pedestrians who use their smartphones in crosswalks.

The Phones Down, Heads Up Act was an outlier; safety measures designed to protect vulnerable road users rarely target pedestrian behaviours. But in a recent Toronto Star editorial, contributor Royson James suggested that maybe they should.

Pedestrians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) “exhibit a wanton disregard and disrespect of the car as a killing machine,” Royson writes. He posits that a healthy fear of automobiles and a sense of responsibility for one’s own safety would contribute to a decrease in pedestrian injuries in Toronto.

“Narrow sidewalks. Poor street design. Lack of safe cycling space. Insufficient speed controls. Inattentive drivers. These are some of the frequently cited reasons for the carnage on our streets when pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles converge,” Royson says. “We should loudly, boldly resolutely address another, less politically correct reason – the culture of pedestrian disrespect of the car as an agent of danger and death.”

However, in a separate Star editorial, Edward Keenan points out that the stats don’t back up claims that pedestrians are ultimately to blame for their injuries. He cites a May 2018 report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an American organization, that found that problematic road design and an increase in large passenger vehicles were primarily to blame for spiking pedestrian fatalities in that country.

If you were to ask a Toronto personal injury lawyer, they might tell you that the best solution to surging pedestrian fatalities is a mix of infrastructure updates, changes to the rules of the road, and public messaging campaigns that promote awareness among pedestrians. Blaming vulnerable road users for the dangers they face may be irresponsible, but asking them to take reasonable precautions is not.

If you have been injured in a road accident in Toronto, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Toronto personal injury lawyer. Our team can help you understand your legal options and put you in touch with leading medical and rehabilitative care providers. At Neinstein, your recovery comes first.

 

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