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Grillo Barristers Personal Injury Lawyers
Grillo Barristers is a prominent Toronto plaintiff personal injury law firm with over 30 years of experience.
We are prosecuting claims for injured victims throughout Ontario including Toronto, Newmarket, Brampton, Mississauga, Markham, Vaughan, Oshawa, Peterborough, Lindsay, Pickering, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Guelph, Kitchener and Barrie. We specialize in car accident claims, slip & falls, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, catastrophic determinations, product liability, and short term and long term disability claims.
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Vehicle / Car Accident Lawyers
The Highway Traffic Act imposes obligations on drivers to be mindful of their surroundings and to drive with care so as not to jeopardize the safety of other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of motorists are seriously injured on the road. These accidents are often avoidable and are caused by inattentive, careless or even reckless motorists.
The law permits anyone injured as a result of a car accident to seek compensation for accident benefits as well as damages in tort for their injuries for pain and suffering and monetary losses. Many people do not know that the law, including the Insurance Act and Accident Benefits Schedule, impose significant legal barriers to compensation for victims of motor vehicle accidents. These include a statutory threshold for compensation and a statutory deductible. For the most part, insurers continue to fail to fully disclose these legal barriers and the general public is kept in the dark.
Our team of lawyers have years of experience successfully overcoming the legal barriers and have helped our clients obtain compensation for their injuries. Our lawyers have argued complex legal issues in Court. A number of our lawyers have also had experience working as counsel for large insurers. We have the knowledge, experience, resources and proven track record to help you fight for your legal rights and to ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Every year, we hear about serious motorcycle accidents in the news. These accidents occur due to a multitude of reasons, often related to inattentive motorists as well as dangerous road conditions.
The law permits riders and passengers who are injured on a motorcycle to seek compensation for their injuries and losses. At Grillo Barristers, some of our lawyers are avid motorcyclists who, like thousands of motorcycle riders in Ontario, appreciate the vulnerability of motorcyclists and the importance of road safety. We have more than 30 years of experience handling serious motorcycle accidents and we are dedicated to helping those who are injured on the road in motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle riding is an extremely enjoyable and popular pastime, and becoming increasingly common as the summer weather approaches. However, sometimes we find that clients take for granted how dangerous motorcycle riding can actually be. Here at Grillo Barristers we want to ensure that our clients and riders can enjoy motorcycle riding safely and responsibly.
There are a variety of causes in a motorcycle accident, and the majority of the cases we see come down to driver negligence. Negligence on the part of car drivers, such as failing to pay attention or failing to yield, is especially prevalent as more motorcyclists and drivers share the road and drivers fail to account for the other users of the road.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents
Car drivers who fail to check their mirrors and notice approaching motorcyclists can sideswipe the victims, resulting in grave injuries.
As with all types of motor vehicle accidents, speeding increases the likelihood of an accident and the severity of one’s injuries.
Driving under the influence
DUI, both on the part of motorcyclists or drivers, is a criminal offence and one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in motor vehicle accidents.
Occurs when motorcycle riders attempt to split lanes of traffic.
Rear end accidents often occur during sudden stops of a motor vehicle in front of the rider due to slowing traffic.
Motorcyclists can become involved in collisions with other drivers or pedestrians during left and right hand turns, where right of way rules are not properly observed.
Dangerous Roads and Slips
Dangerous road and slippery conditions are difficult obstacles for even experienced riders and can increase the chances of an accident.
Sometimes, freak injuries occur when the equipment of the motorcycle or corresponding safety equipment fails.
The stakes for motorcycle riders are high as they lack the physical protection of modern automobile body frames, bumpers, or airbags and other safety features. Studies have shown that motorcyclists in Ontario are up to three times more likely to be injured in a collision than people in automobiles, and 10 times more likely to suffer “serious injuries” in an accident. Accordingly, the average cost for medical treatment of a motorcycle crash is ranked nearly twice as much as those of an automobile crash.
Using proper safety equipment while riding is imperative. Serious motorcycle accident injuries predominantly come from serious head injuries, and wearing a helmet can significantly decrease the risk of death in an accident. Statistics indicate that riders who do not wear a helmet are up to three times more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries. Also consider ensuring that your motorcycle is optionally equipped with the latest antilock braking technology, which can further reduce the rate of fatal crashes.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, dealing with the opposing parties and insurance claims can be an arduous and tricky process, no doubt in part due to a “risk factor” stigma that is associated with motorcycles. As a result, our best advice is that if you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, that they immediately contact a personal injury firm in order to scope their legal options and begin the process to legal and personal recovery. Here at Grillo Barristers we will not stop until we have fought for what is fair and you receive the just compensation you deserve in a timely manner.
Lawyers Specialized in Catastrophic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, one must first meet the legal definition of catastrophic injury in order to be able to gain access to maximum benefits.
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GSS) is often used to assess brain function. Depending on the score, one may be deemed to have sustained an acquired brain injury.
However, a combination of factors including physical, cognitive and psychological injuries are also often used to determine the degree of impairment. Determining whether injuries are deemed to be catastrophic is often complicated and is usually disputed by insurers.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Every year, many innocent people fall down and sustain serious injuries as a result of the negligence of others. We have represented thousands of individuals in Ontario who have sustained significant injuries as a result of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.
In Ontario, both common law and statutes like the Occupiers’ Liability Act and the Ontario Building Code impose important obligations and duties on occupiers like landlords, tenants, contractors, maintenance companies and their agents and employees to ensure they maintain a safe and clean environment for patrons to use. Despite the law, occupiers often neglect the safety and well-being of others, which is why slip/trip and fall accidents are very common. Unfortunately, these types of accidents can result in very significant injuries including fractures, tears, ligament damage, and neurological damage, which can result in life-altering functional impairments along with financial hardship to you and your family.
Our experienced legal team understands that the importance of conducting all necessary investigations in order to help prove your claim. This includes obtaining demonstrative evidence such as photographs and video footage, interviewing witnesses, obtaining relevant data, taking measurements and working with engineers and architects, to prove your claim.
Our team understands that your rights to healthcare services are paramount and we will ensure that you receive the medical and rehabilitative care that you require while we prosecute your claim for your personal injuries resulting from a slip/trip and fall accident.
Long-Term Disability Claims
Many employers offer private insurance benefits through a long-term disability (“LTD”) insurance provider. Some individuals purchase their own disability insurance policies. In either case, disability law involving access to benefits under disability insurance policies can be complicated. If you have sustained injuries that prevent you from returning to work, your disability insurance provider must compensate you for the time you are off work and unable to return to work, subject to the oftentimes complex policy wording.
An employee will usually qualify as being disabled if he or she is unable to perform the duties of their usual occupation. Meeting this requirement will trigger entitlement to disability benefits. Some policies will impose more difficult or stringent tests for disability.
In many cases, disability insurers fail to honour their insurance contracts and refuse access to benefits including payments for loss of wages, which can result in detrimental financial hardship.
If an LTD denial is successfully prosecuted, an agreement can be made to either reinstate the denied benefits with a retroactive payment or make a lump sum payment for all benefits available for the duration of the policy as negotiated. At times, litigation may have to be commenced through a law suit and by claiming damages for the insurer’s breach of contract and breach of their obligations to adjust your claim in good faith.
Medical evidence must be adduced to establish that injuries fall within the scope of coverage provided under an LTD policy and meet the specific definitions for disability to give access to benefits. A claimant who has a medical expert report will have a stronger claim than one who does not.
Our team of lawyers have more than 30 of years of experience prosecuting improper denials of benefits by short-term and long-term disability insurance providers. Our network of medical experts and healthcare professionals will also ensure that you receive the healthcare benefits you need to help you with your recovery while we fight for your rights.
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Our team of experienced and professional litigators, accident benefits specialists, and support staff are all dedicated to ensuring that you receive the highest quality advice and representation in your claim.
If you have ever sustained an injury in an accident or suffered any of the above losses, then you need to know your legal rights and remedies. At Grillo Barristers, we would be pleased to discuss your claim with you and provide you with the best legal advice and representation.
Our lawyers regularly appear before courts in Ontario including the Superior Court of Justice at Toronto, Newmarket, Brampton and Oshawa and have represented plaintiffs at all stages of litigation including civil trials.
Over the years, we have successfully prosecuted more than 15,000 claims and have settled more than 300 million dollars out of Court and from trial verdicts before the Superior Court of Justice. We have helped thousands of innocent victims obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, lost income and wages, lost career and advancement opportunities, unpaid benefits, healthcare, rehabilitation and attendant care costs, and expenses.
Our lawyers are not afraid to fight for your rights and represent you through to trial. We have successfully represented thousands of clients involving a variety of complex issues including catastrophic claims, traumatic brain injuries, hit and run accidents, wrongful deaths, fatal collisions, pedestrian run-overs, slip and falls, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents and long-term disability claims. We will never back down in our fight against big insurers, government agencies, municipalities, private corporations, and other institutions in the pursuit of justice.
You are not alone. Our team of personal injury lawyers are dedicated to each and every client and spend the time discussing your case and reviewing your rights and options with you and your family. We value strong legal foresight and preparation and believe that clear communication is the key to an effective legal strategy. We approach every case by first ensuring that we understand our clients’ needs and goals. We take the time to explain the legal issues and to develop a legal strategy that is best suited to the circumstances of each individual client.
Our Resources and Dedication
Over the past three decades, our personal injury law firm has worked closely with leading medical specialists in Ontario. We have built strong relationships with medical experts including surgeons, pain and trauma specialists, psychologists, counsellors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, vocational therapists, and rehabilitation specialists who are experienced caring for people seriously injured in accidents.
Our personal injury firm also works with leading accounting, business and forensic economic specialists as well as leading engineers including biomechanical experts, accident reconstructionists and data analysts to help our clients obtain the best possible representation.
Our network of social service providers and healthcare specialists will work closely with you and your family to help you receive the immediate and long-term care you need while you recover from your injuries. This can include in-home attendant care services and support with your personal care, housekeeping, home maintenance, transportation and interpretation, among other things.
Our network of rehabilitative specialists will focus on you as the patient, and use the most advanced medical and rehabilitative practices that have proven to be effective, combined with traditional techniques and procedures to provide you with supportive health services and help you recover from your injuries.
Many victims soon learn that insurers will retain their own “hired-gun” medical examiners to comment on a plaintiff’s injuries. A plaintiff will often be put at a disadvantage if they are not able to prepare any responding expert medical reports. Moreover, the law may require you to present expert medical evidence at trial. Our network of specialists includes leading medical experts including orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, chronic pain specialists, psychiatrists and psychologists.
Our independent experts will meet with you and review your file to help fully and properly investigate your injuries to ensure that your doctors, treatment providers and insurers fully understand the nature of your injuries including diagnoses and prognosis and fully appreciate the impact your injuries have on your life and well-being.
Our Team of Experienced Lawyers Have the Resources and Dedication to Help You Get The Compensation That You Deserve
We work on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay unless we win your case or settle your claim. We have a recognized track record and have the results and client testimonials to prove it.
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You Can Trust Our Expertise
Our experts are renowned leaders in their fields of medical practice and include medical professors who have years of experience working with victims of trauma and accidents. Our network of experts are impartial and have been qualified by the Ontario Courts as leading experts in their fields of practice. Our team of experts will stand in your corner in your fight against large and resourceful insurance companies.
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Additional Articles About Personal Injuries
According to RBC Insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD) rates are on the rise. They are expected to increase by 4.7% in 2018 compared to 2017. There are several reasons for this. Employers have been hard hit by the increased costs of LTD claims. Knowing that LTD rates are expected to rise is important information that you can use.
An employer is not permitted to fire an employee on the basis of a disability. Section 5 of the Ontario Human Rights Code (HRC) protects you from being discriminated against and harassed in your employment and in other areas solely based on your disability.
Traditionally, STD and LTD benefits would be taxed when you file your annual income tax returns. This meant income tax was not deducted during issuance of STD or LTD payments. From January 2015, CRA requirements are now that STD and LTD payments have to be taxed at the time the payments are issued.
One of our earlier articles explained the auto insurance settlement process. In response, one of the common questions we received was when one should accept an auto-insurance settlement. On the one hand, accepting a settlement allows a Plaintiff to move on from the case and gives them monetary compensation…