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  • Navigating Summer Road Trips and Auto Insurance
    Published on July 29, 2020
    As we head further into the summer season, your patience for sheltering in place due to COVID-19 may be wearing thin. You may be considering driving further than to and from your local grocery store as restrictions ease throughout the province. However, before taking off for any destination, it’s important to check government restrictions for the areas where you wish
  • 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
  • Elder Abuse & Wrongful Death Claims: Why You Should Speak to a Lawyer before Accepting Any Offers from Insurance Companies
    Published on June 24, 2020
    The COVID-19 crisis is a health and economic tragedy. Millions of individuals have been afflicted, and hundreds of thousands have died. In Canada, the virus has taken a heavy toll on our elderly population, especially those in assisted living and nursing home situations. Some nursing homes are clearly doing the best that they can to provide care in the extraordinarily
  • Statutory Accident Benefits for Car Accident Victims in a COVID-19 World
    Posted under Accident Benefits
    Published on June 18, 2020
    With the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, insurance companies have had to adjust their methods in dealing with their insureds. This is certainly true in Ontario for those who have been injured in a car accident. In the new norm of COVID-19, insurance companies need to be more flexible than ever in how they communicate with their customers. They also need to
  • 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
  • Review Your Estate Plan upon Marriage, Divorce, or Separation
    Posted under Wills and Estates
    Published on June 1, 2020
    If you fail to update your will and powers of attorney in the event of a change in marital status, there could be unintended consequences, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin says. He points to a survey conducted in 2018 which showed that only 35 per cent of Canadians said they have a will that is up to date, which is surprising to
  • Scrap the Failing No-Fault Insurance System
    Published on May 29, 2020
    Ontario should abandon its two-and-a-half decade old experiment with no-fault auto insurance, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin. In his recent report on the state of auto insurance in Ontario, David Marshall, the former CEO of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), delivered a withering assessment of the province’s regime after he was appointed by the government to study
  • Peddling Bicycle Safety Tips
    Posted under Bicycle Accidents
    Published on May 28, 2020
    It’s vital that children understand the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle, Barrie-area litigator Steve Rastin says at the kickoff of the Helmet on Kids program. With the arrival of good weather Rastin, managing partner with Rastin Trial Lawyers, has been visiting the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board, accompanied by the Barrie
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