Iacobelli Law Firm wishes you and your family a safe and happy Canada Day. Our staff will be enjoying the holiday with family. We will be returning to regular business hours on Wednesday July 2, 2014.
A 72 year old man was tragically killed as a result of pedestrian accident that occurred on Highway 7 and Pine Valley Drive in Woodbridge, Ontario. This pedestrian accident occurred on Friday March 14, 2014 in the early morning, at approximately 6 a.m. According to early reports, a red Ford Ranger pick-up truck had been travelling westbound on Highway 7, when it struck the male pedestrian.
Iacobelli Law Firm offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man that died as a result of this Vaughan pedestrian accident.
When a pedestrian is stuck and fatally injured in Ontario, family members have the right to bring a claim for compensation. The loss of a loved one is always difficult, and it is often much harder to accept when the loss, while both tragic and unexpected, occurs because of negligence. An Ontario lawyer that focuses on personal injury and wrongful death claims can help you get justice.
Among other damages, the family of a person killed in an accident may be able to obtain compensation for the loss of guidance, care and companionship of their loved one. Pedestrian fatality claims are generally paid by insurance proceeds available for the involved vehicle.
For a free consultation with a Vaughan wrongful death lawyer, call us toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here.
With young children in elementary school and pre-school, I have occasion to be in school zones and community school zones regularly. I drive my children to school in the morning. The areas around the school are clearly designated as school zones and community safety area, with reduced speed limits. There are elementary school kids and high school children walking to school in plain view. Despite the signs, and the presence of kids, some drivers continue to speed through the areas as if they are on a rural road. Many of these drivers are travelling at more than double the posted speed limit.
As a personal injury lawyer serving Toronto and the GTA, I have seen far too many tragic cases involving school children and other pedestrians struck by cars. There are good reasons for motorists to be warned to slow down and exercise caution near schools. One important reason is that kids simply are not as experienced as adults and, generally, kids are less able to protect themselves from the dangers of vehicle traffic. We all know that children do not appreciate and recognize dangers the same way that an adult does. In fact, a child's brain has not fully developed the capacity for good judgement. The responsibility in a school zone rests with the drivers - we all need to do our part to keep kids safe as they walk to and from school. Although most everyone would agree with this point, the reality is that cars and trucks speed near schools every day. Sometimes, when I see a speeding vehicle in the vicinity of school children, I silently wish a police car would be nearby to give a ticket or a warning. There are no police in sight. Is there any more important time or place for police to be patrolling speed than during those hours when kids are going to and from school? I don't think any driver is a fan of speed traps, but I would welcome police presence around schools ever single day when school is in session. Yes, police should be present in school zones every single day when school is in session - not on an occasional or random basis or as part of an awareness campaign. I think that if drivers regularly observed police near school and community safety zones, driver habits would change. Drivers would pay more attention to the school areas, and reduce speeds.
What do you think? Post your comments and let me know your thoughts.
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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition caused by the dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems, which can occur following trauma. Complex regional pain syndrome is frequently triggered by tissue injury and often, but not always, involves a nerve injury.
Some common features of CRPS include changes in the colour and temperature of the skin over the affected limb or body part, accompanied by intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, and swelling. Often, the symptoms associated with CRPS get worse over time, rather than better. CRPS most often affects one of the extremities (arms, legs, hands, or feet). The pain and other symptoms from CRPS injury can be severe and debilitating.
There is no cure for CRPS and, as such, treatment is often aimed at pain control. If you have any symptoms of CRPS, it is important to speak with your doctor. Often, if your doctor suspects CRPS, they will make a referral to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.
Iacobelli Law Firm is pleased to announce our that our App is now available on iPhone and iPad. The Iacobelli Law Firm app provides information about our Toronto and York Region personal injury law firm and injury and insurance practice areas. There are also features to request a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. You can also follow our Blog directly from the app and receive updates about recent developments in personal injury and insurance law in Ontario.
Existing clients of Iacobelli Law Firm can upload photographs or notes directly to our office. There is also a client only area with additional information and resources specifically tailored to clients.
We hope that users will find the app to be useful, and we encourage suggestions for additional features.
Many Canadian snow-birds travel to Florida every year. Given how cold and snowy this winter has been in Ontario, the Florida warmth and sun are even more appealing.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time, even when you are on vacation. For a Canadian visiting Florida, a car accident can be extremely stressful.
Fortunately, Canadians involved in a Florida car accident will often be able to access insurance benefits through their own Canadian insurance. In addition to obtaining accident benefits insurance payments from your Canadian car insurer, you may also be able to claim against the insurance company for the other involved vehicle.
If you are an Ontario resident, and injured in a car accident in Florida, there is a chance that the at-fault party may be uninsured or underinsured. That means, the Florida driver's insurance limits may not be sufficient to pay for your claim. Florida has lower minimum insurance requirements for drivers than Ontario. As such, you may be able to advance a claim in Ontario, Canada for the uninsured and underinsured benefits that form part of your Ontario motor vehicle insurance policy.
Florida car accidents involving Ontario and Canadian residents can be complex and you should not delay in consulting a Ontario personal injury lawyer to make sure your rights are fully protected.
Ontario personal injury lawyer, Andrew Iacobelli, obtained his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Michigan State University and he is licensed to practice law in the province of Ontario and in the State of Michigan and State of Florida. Andrew is also admitted to practice in the United States Federal Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal. Before returning to Ontario, Andrew litigated serious personal injury,wrongful death, and insurance bad faith claims in the United States.
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This Super Bowl Sunday will be a good time for many. Some will be getting together at the homes of friends and family to enjoy the game, while many others will be heading out to bars and restaurants. No matter what your plans are, make sure you plan ahead if you are going be drinking, and avoid drinking and driving.
If you need a strong deterrent, then you should know that the police will be out in full force this weekend looking for drunk drivers. The OPP has announced that they will be conducting RIDE checks following the Super Bowl.
Have fun this Super Bowl Sunday, and be smart - don't drink and drive.
Iacobelli Law Firm is pleased to announce our new app for Android™ devices. The Iacobelli Law Firm app provides information about our Toronto and York Region personal injury law firm and injury and insurance practice areas. There are also features to request a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. You can also follow our blog directly from the app and receive updates about recent developments in personal injury and insurance law in Ontario. Existing clients of Iacobelli Law Firm can upload photographs or notes directly to our office. There is also a client only area with additional information and resources specifically tailored to clients.
We hope that users will find the app to be useful, and we encourage suggestions for additional features. The new app is available for Android right now, and a similar app will soon be available for iPhone and iPad. We are already working on exciting new features for future updates of our app. Please download and try the Iacobelli Law Firm app and let us know what you think.
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The spine contains vertebrae and discs, which are the cushions or shock absorbers that sit between the vertebrae of the spinal column. The spinal discs are filled with fluid. A bulging or herniated disc occurs when a disc is damaged. Depending on the severity of the damage, the disc may either bulge or break open and leak the fluid material In some instances, a herniated or bulged disc can impact upon a nerve root. If the disc material pushes on a nerve, it causes pain that travels through the body. The pain from a herniated disc injury can be severe and debilitating.
The location and path of the radiating pain depends on what level of the spine in which the disc herniation occurs. When someone sustains a herniated disc injury, the pain is not in the disc area itself. The disc herniation impinges upon a nerve in the spine that causes radicular pain. This radicular pain may be described as a pain that shoots through the body, usually to one area. Herniated discs often occur in the neck or cervical spine, and in the lower back at the lumbar and sacral spine. A herniated disc in the neck/cervical spine can result in shooting pain in an arm, hand and/or fingers. A herniated disc in the lower back, often results in symptoms affecting one or both of the legs. Because the pain and other symptoms are felt in the extremities (arms/hands or legs), many people fail to realize that they may have seriously injured their spine in an accident.
Herniated discs can be difficult to diagnose, because the disc is not well visualized on an x-ray. As such, herniated discs are rarely diagnosed in the emergency room after an auto accident, as most hospitals will routinely order only an x-ray to rule out fractures. If you are experiencing pain or numbness in your arms, hands or legs following an accident, you may have a sustained an injury to one or more of your spinal discs. Is is important that you report these symptoms to your family doctor, because there are tests that your doctor can order to determine if you have a herniated disc. If your doctor suspects a herniated disc, he or she can order an MRI.
A herniated disc is a serious injury that may occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, or other trauma. A herniated disc injury is not always be diagnosed until well after an accident. If you have symptoms from a herniated disc following an accident in Ontario, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer about your rights. A herniated disc may result in life-long consequences and it is important to make sure that your rights are protected. For a free consultation with a Ontario personal injury lawyer call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here.
Below is also a video explaining more about herniated discs in the lower back.
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There have been several serious accidents involving bicycles on Toronto and GTA roadways this November. This morning, there are reports of another cyclist that was injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. This most recent bicycle accident occurred during the early morning on Friday November 22, 2013 in the Lakeshore Road and Dixie area. Earlier this week, Adrian Dudzicki, a Canadian Squash player, died as a result of injuries after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.
First and foremost, we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Adrian Dudzicki for their sudden and tragic loss. We also hope that the cyclist that was struck this morning, will make a speedy and complete recovery from his injuries.
Although bicycle accidents in Toronto and the GTA can happen year round, there is a greater risk for cyclist and pedestrian accidents when it is dark and the weather is poor. With the colder weather, pedestrians and cyclists tend to wear heavier and darker coloured clothing. With less daylight, it is also more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers need to exercise caution, particularly in urban areas, and be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists. At the same time, if you are walking or riding your bicycle, it is important to make sure you are clearly visible to drivers. Wear reflective or bright coloured clothing. Do not assume that a driver has seen you and will yield; try to make eye contact with drivers of vehicles.
What Rights Do You Have As a Cyclist if You Are Hit by a Car in Toronto or elsewhere in Ontario?
Cyclists and pedestrians that are injured in an accident with a car, may be able to claim compensation from their own auto insurance policy, if they have one, and from the insurance policy for the car that struck them. These claims are referred to as Accident Benefits from your own auto insurance policy and the Tort Claim against the at-fault driver.
What are the rights of family members of a pedestrian or cyclist who is killed as a result of an Ontario car accident?
In Ontario, when a pedestrian or cyclist is killed as a result of a car accident, the surviving family members may have a claim for wrongful death. A bicycle or pedestrian fatality claim is a civil claim and it does not assign criminal responsibility for the death. Most often the proceeds are paid by an insurance company from the vehicle that caused the accident.
Talk to a Toronto Bicycle Accident Lawyer About Your Rights:
If you were injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one, call us for a Free Consultation. We offer prospective clients a free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation with an experienced bicycle and pedestrian accident lawyer. To request a free consultation, call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093.
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