Ontario children to be returning to school next week. Iacobelli Law Firm would like to remind all drivers to use caution and be aware of pedestrians, as more children are expected to be crossing the roads. This is particularly important when driving through school zones.
In York Region, the York Regional Police have announced that officers will be increasing enforcement near schools and in school zones as part of Operation ABC – Always Be Careful. Operation ABC is a traffic initiative, in partnership with the York Catholic and York Region District School Boards, to educate motorists, students, parents and teachers of the importance of pedestrian safety in school zones, especially during school hours.
In addition to enforcement at or near schools, officers will be actively looking for drivers who disobey the flashing lights of school buses.
To all of our Ontario teachers and students, we wish you a safe and enjoyable school year!!
A woman was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle on 19th Avenue near Highway 48 in Markham, Ontario. The vehicle that struck the woman failed to remain at the scene of the accident. This Markham hit-and-run bicycle accident occurred on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at approximately 7:30 am.
The cyclist, a 52-year-old woman from Toronto, was reported taken to hospital with serious injuries. First and foremost, we would like to offer our support for the woman that was seriously injured as a result of this hit-and-run accident. We hope that she makes a complete recovery from her injuries.
This Ontario hit-and-run bicycle accident, does raise many important questions with respect to legal rights for bicycle riders that are hit by a car in Ontario. We recently posted a blog article titled: What Happens iI am Injured in a Bicycle Accident in Ontario. Here, I will provide an overview of some of the legal rights that a person has if they are injured as a result of a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle in Ontario.
In Ontario, if you are injured in a bicycle accident involving a car or truck, you can receive Ontario no-fault auto accident benefits. You can also advance a claim against the owner/driver of the vehicle that hit you in order to recover your losses and damages. To learn more about Ontario no-fault benefits and tort claims, click here.
This Markham bicycle accident, also raises questions about an accident victim's rights when they are involved in a hit-and-run accident. The obvious question is, how can I bring a claim against the other driver's insurance company when I don't know who hit me?
Claims against unidentified vehicles and drivers, such as in a hit-and-run scenario, are allowed in Ontario. These are complex cases with respect to insurance coverage and priority issues, and it is wise to get the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer without delay. For purposes of this post, I will briefly note that, even if the identity of the other vehicles and persons involved is never determined, the injured victim and her family may still have recourse. There is usually compensation available through the injured persons own insurance, which provides coverage for unidentified vehicles following a hit and run car accident. Ontario also has a fund, which may be available to compensate for injuries where no other insurance is available.
With respect to this Markham, Ontario hit-and-run bicycle accident, we hope that someone will be able to identify the other vehicle involved. The York Regional Police are seeking public assistance in identifying the driver or vehicle involved this hit-and-run collision in Markham. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fail to Remain Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7703, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637).
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Ontario, call us for a free consultation with an Ontario bicycle accident lawyer.
Iacobelli Law Firm is pleased to announce a new office location in North York, Ontario. Our North York personal injury law office is located in the heart of North York, at Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. The office is easily accesible by public transit.
The North York law office will allow our firm to better serve our personal injury clients that reside in North York and Toronto. Iacobelli Law Firm represents individuals throughout Toronto, North York and the GTA that have suffered personal injury due to negligence.
Iacobelli Law Firm is Proud To Sponsor Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network Conference 2012
Iacobelli Law Firm is proud to sponsor the Toronto ABI Network Conference 2012. The bi-annual Toronto ABI Network Conference will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto on November 8 and 9, 2012. The conference features presentations and workshops relating to acquired brain injuries.
Among other things, the Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network assists people with acquired brain injuries in accessing publicly-funded health care and social services.
Iacobelli Law Firm is a dedicated personal injury law firm that provides representation for individuals with acquired brain injuries as a result of accidents including motor vehicle accidents, falls, and pedestrian accidents.
The York Regional Police have charged a man in connection with the fatal hit and run accident that occurred in Georgina, Ontario the evening of August 18, 2012.
Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with the family and friends of the young woman who tragically lost her life in this Georgina accident.
According to reports, a black Dodge Ram pick-up truck was travelling in an erratic manner southbound on Dalton Road near Black River Road. The vehicle apparently crossed the centre line and struck the teenage girl who was standing in the front yard of a residence. The driver of the pick-up fled the scene.
Police have announced that a 27 year old Georgina man has been charged with several counts including:
Dangerous Operation Cause Death
Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident
Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt
Fail to Report Accident
This fatal Georgina accident remains under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to contact the Collision Investigation Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.
When a person is injured as a result of a slip or trip fall in Ontario, they may be able to sue the party that negligently caused the circumstances or conditions that led to the injury. An injured individual can advance a claim in the form of a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the owner of the property where the fall occurred.
In order to bring a slip-and-fall claim, there must be some negligence on the part of the property owner or other party, which caused the fall and injury. In Ontario, slip-and-fall cases are vigorously defended. Often, the slip-and-fall lawyers acting on behalf of the property owner will attempt to defend by claiming that the property owner acted reasonably under the circumstances. Another common defence to Ontario trip-and-fall lawsuits is that the injured party bears responsibility for the incident. Determining whether you have a viable slip-and-fall case against a property owner in Ontario will usually require some analysis by an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer.
If you believe that you may have a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall claim due to ice or snow, slippery floors, uneven surfaces, or other defective conditions, you should not delay in speaking with an Ontario slip-and-fall lawyer. Early preservation of evidence and, in particular, site conditions is important.
Iacobelli Law Firm is a personal injury boutique firm. We offer prospective clients a free consultation. To schedule your free consultation, call us or complete our on-line contact form.
Toronto pedestrian accidents occur in roadways, crosswalks, intersections and often times in driveways and parking lots. The number of pedestrian accidents in Toronto increase with poor weather and poor lighting conditions.
Toronto accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists often result in severe injuries.
Other vehicles owe a duty of care to pedestrians. In most instances, when a pedestrian is struck by a car or other motor vehicle in Toronto Ontario, there will be a presumption of negligence against the driver of the motor vehicle. Nonetheless, pedestrian accidents are often vigorously defended by insurance companies and, as such, early preservation of facts is important.
If you were injured by a vehicle while walking or cycling in Toronto or the GTA, you may be entitled to recover your damages from the at fault driver.
As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have represented individuals with varying degrees of traumatic brain injury. While the effects of a severe brain injury may be obvious and result in immediate medical intervention, those individuals that sustain mild traumatic brain injury sometimes pass under the radar without appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
Mild traumatic brain injuries can have profound consequences that are anything but mild. A mild traumatic brain injury, including a concussion, can result in physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes.
Some common problems for individuals following a mild traumatic brain injury include slowing of cognitive processes, confusion, memory problems, chronic headache, posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.
Often, the injured person may not even be able to fully appreciate and recognize these symptoms. It is often family members or close friends that recognize that their loved one is not the same person following a head injury. If you suspect that a loved one has sustained traumatic brain injury, it may be a good idea to accompany them to doctor's appointments. A family member may be in a better position to communicate the symptoms such as memory deficits, personality and mood changes, and confusion.
Fortunately, there is support and treatment available for mild traumatic brain injuries once a diagnosis is made.
The antidepressant drug Zoloft, also known as sertraline hydrochloride has been linked in some studies to birth defects in children born to mothers who were taking the drug while pregnant. Many lawsuits have already been filed against the drug maker Pfizer. These lawsuits allege that Zoloft causes numerous birth defects, injuries, and other complications when taken by pregnant women during their first trimester.
Women who took Zoloft while pregnant and had a baby born with health problems may be able to advance a lawsuit.
Some of the common birth defects reported by woman who took Zoloft while pregnant in Canada, include the following:
- Clubbed Foot;
- Cleft Lip;
- Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension PPHN;
- Developmental Delay;
- Enlarged heart;
- Septal heart defects;
- Left outflow tract heart defects;
- Neural tube defects;
- Spina bifida.
Ontario Canada Zoloft Birth Defect Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been affected by Zoloft or sertraline hydrochloride, we may be able to assist. For a complimentary consultation with an Ontario personal injury lawyer, contact Iacobelli Law Firm.
According to statistics released by the OPP, a total of four people died on roads patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) this past Civic Holiday Long Weekend.
The OPP also reported numerous charges for various offences over the long weekend, including 6559 for speeding, 96 street racing charges, 432 seatbelt charges, 131 charges for driving while impaired by drugs or having a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of above 0.08, and 174 distracted driving charges. The OPP also reported 169 roadside license suspensions to drivers with a BAC in the warn range of 0.05 to 0.08.
According to OPP released statistics, the long weekend marks a 26 per cent increase in fatalities (within OPP jurisdiction) compared to the same time last year.