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  • Update on the Status of Personal Injury Trials in Ontario in the Current COVID-19 Pandemic
    Posted under Personal Injury
    Published on July 21, 2020
    Like just about everything else, the Ontario Court system suffered massive disruptions during the government-mandated shutdown that swept across Ontario in March 2020. While governments had little choice with respect to the drastic steps it took at that time, the profoundly negative impact on the administration of justice cannot be overstated. Lawyers were advised in a tweet on a Sunday
  • The Challenges of Seeking Compensation from Negligent Long-Term Care Facilities
    Published on June 17, 2020
    Last month, Rastin Law summarized the legal test required to prove negligence and how it would apply in forthcoming negligence-based lawsuits against long-term care facilities and the harmful spread of COVID-19 within the facilities. Taking a more fact-specific approach now, this blog will examine the specific challenges that arise for individuals seeking compensation for harm suffered as a result of
  • Expert Witness Battles Dragging out Personal Injury Trials
    Posted under Personal Injury
    Published on June 3, 2020
    The use of hired-gun experts has created trials that are too long and expensive, Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin argues. “A personal injury trial in British Columbia usually takes about a week, while in the United States they are done in three to four days,” says Rastin, managing partner of Rastin Trial Lawyers “In Ontario, it can take three to
  • Rastin Cautiously Optimistic about Simplified Procedure Changes
    Published on June 2, 2020
    Changes to Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure have the potential to boost access to justice, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. A series of amendments to Rule 76, which governs actions proceeding under the simplified procedure, will take effect Jan. 1, 2020, including the doubling of the monetary jurisdiction for simplified actions from $100,000 to $200,000, the imposition of a hard five-day
  • Government’s Power to Order Vehicle Recalls Long Overdue
    Published on May 27, 2020
    It’s “incredible” there was no system in place to allow the federal government to recall a dangerous vehicle until very recently, Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin says. The Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act “provides the federal transport minister with the power to order car companies to recall a vehicle to correct a defect, conduct tests, and fix a new
  • Insurers’ Excessive Profits Are a Symptom of Broken Regime
    Published on May 22, 2020
    A report showing Ontarians are still overpaying for insurance is evidence of the province’s broken no-fault insurance system, Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin says. The report, written by York University Professor Fred Lazar for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), concluded that the province's auto insurers have accumulated more than $5 billion over the last five years in pre-tax income. In 2016
  • Local Knowledge Matters when Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer
    Posted under Personal Injury
    Published on May 21, 2020
    Accident victims should think local when deciding which counsel to retain, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. As the managing partner of Rastin Trial Lawyers, he argues that choosing a legal representative is one of the most important decisions you can make after suffering an injury. “They should be looking for reputation and experience, but also for lawyers who practise
  • Ford Not Hitting on All Cylinders but on the Right Road
    Published on May 18, 2020
    Ontario’s Conservative government deserves praise for many initiatives announced in its first year in power, though it's at the risk of making serious missteps in some areas, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. “There's a lot that the Conservatives have proposed in their legislative agenda that will bring definite improvements, but the province appears to be considering some ideas that
  • Simple Standard-Form Contingency Fee Agreements Good for Accident Victims
    Published on May 12, 2020
    Accident victims would be best served by a simple standard-form contingency fee agreement mandated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin tells Law Times. The article discusses a plan for the regulation of contingency fees recently approved by benchers of the LSUC following a report by its Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group. “The concept of a
  • Key Questions to Ask before Retaining a Personal Injury Lawyer
    Posted under Personal Injury
    Published on May 11, 2020
    Accident victims shouldn’t be afraid to question prospective lawyers before choosing which counsel to retain, personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin says. Rastin, managing partner of Rastin Trial Lawyers, says that choosing a lawyer is one of the most important decisions a person can make after being injured in a serious accident. If an accident victim makes a hasty decision, their file
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