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How COVID-19 Could Affect Your Personal Injury Claims

Published March 24, 2020

If you’ve been injured in a motor-vehicle crash or a slip and fall incident, the COVID-19 pandemic can be an extremely difficult time for you to navigate your personal injury claims. But rest assured, we are still an essential service at this time and that means we are still open for business.

With the Canadian and Ontario governments recommending social distancing, many companies, including treatment providers, have been putting work from home strategies in place to minimize in-person client or patient contact.

Though MG Law condones this as the safest course of action, this can mean that you and many of our clients are left without important treatment and management for an indefinite period of time. If left untreated, some injuries can regress which could lead to an increase in physical, cognitive and psychological symptoms, ultimately affecting your long-term health, wellbeing and potential recovery.

Furthermore, some services such as housekeeping, social work, and attendant care services may also be put on pause while our community does its part in minimizing the spread of the virus. Without these essential services, there is a strong likelihood that some clients will experience an exacerbation of their physical and psychological post-collision injuries and impairments.

The MG Law team can help you seek alternative treatment strategies with your healthcare providers to ensure that you continue to receive the treatment and health management you need. Technologies such as Skype, FaceTime or Zoom can allow your providers to keep in contact with you. This way, they can check in on your health and wellbeing. Keeping a detailed diary of your injury and impairment experience during this pandemic can also be helpful in ensuring that your healthcare team and your legal team are aware of your changing needs.

Navigating through these times can be difficult and stressful, which is why our team is ready to assist you. If you are an existing client, or someone who is seeking legal guidance, please fill out our online form or give us a call at (613) 730-8460. We are always here to help.

 


 

COVID-19 Pandemic Update: MG Law to continue to serve its community

Published March 17, 2020

We understand that these are tumultuous times and that the COVID-19 pandemic has become an important source of stress for our clients. This is why MG Law will continue to serve our valued members of our community at this time.

We’re taking the following measures to keep everybody safe:

  • In-person meetings are no longer available, but…
  • We are facilitating client interviews by phone, email, Skype and Zoom instead
  • Office staff members are working remotely and practicing social distancing

Have you been unable to contact your insurance adjuster or have your benefits stopped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly develop each day, many companies are adopting different strategies to address our current reality. Though we must practice patience during these times, our team at MG Law can assist you in reaching out to your insurance company in order to have your questions and concerns addressed. You can fill out our website form detailing your questions or concerns, which will be reviewed by one of our trusted staff.

 

Are you feeling stressed or anxious because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

It is normal for situations like COVID-19 to affect your mental health. As the situation continues to escalate with our constant exposure to news stories and social media, it can be overwhelming to know how to react, who to believe, and what to think.

It is important to gather information from reliable sources. Ottawa Public Health, the World Health Organization, and Health Canada are but a few examples of authoritative sources of information. You can check out their websites and their Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

If you are in need of mental health support, the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call them toll-free at 1-866-797-0000.

If you are concerned about your ability to get groceries during these times, champlainhealthline.ca have prepared a directory of local grocery stores that offer delivery in the Ottawa area. You can find it here.

 

How MG Law is here for you

Whether you are an existing client or someone who has recently been injured, you can give us a call or fill out one of our online forms to speak with a member of our team. Our team communicates in Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic, and will be pleased to address your questions and concerns.

MG Law continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic developments closely and will continue to accommodate our clients as the situation unfolds. Our team has our community’s wellbeing in mind and we hope to foster confidence and comfort during these trying times.

 


 

2020 Brain Injury Canada National Conference

Published March 9, 2020

*PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2020.

MG Law is the proud “Lunch Sponsor” of this year’s Brain Injury Canada National Conference!

Join us at the 2020 Brain Injury Canada National Conference! Taking place April 30th to May 1st, 2020 at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre, this event will bring together healthcare professionals, caregivers, and individuals living with acquired brain injury.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in pre-conference workshops, speak with exhibitors, and listen to dynamic speakers from across Canada. This year’s themes are “Navigating the Trends of Brain Injury” and “Healthy Brain and Well-Being,” guaranteeing there’s something for everyone.

Brain Injury Canada is just one of many community organizations that we are proud to support and advocate for. We look forward to networking with ABI professionals and connecting with brain injury survivors in Ottawa.

 

Conference Schedule

Navigating the trends of brain injury

Thursday, April 30, 2020

8:00am | Registration

8:30 – 8:45am | Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:30am | Title – TBD

Tim Feeney, Ph.D., Chief Knowledge Officer Belvedere Health Services Albany, NY The Mill School Essex Junction, VT

9:30 – 10:15am | Bridging Between Obstacles: Surviving the ABI Journey from Acute to Community Care

Judith Johnston, brain injury survivor and;
Shanda Hunter-Trottier, B.A., M.S., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO – Director and Founder of S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks.

10:15 – 10:45am | Break and visit exhibit tables

10:45 – 11:30am | Objective Assessment and Monitoring of Cognitive Function in Coma, Vegetative State, and Concussion: Assisting Healthcare from Hospital to Home

John Connolly, PhD. Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University, Co-Director, Language, Memory and Brain Lab, McMaster University.

11:30 – 12:15pm | New Normal: What does it mean to recover?

Ovey Yeung – brain injury survivor

12:15 – 1:15pm | Lunch and visit exhibit tables

1:15 – 2:00pm | Moving Ahead. Exploring Incidence, Consequences, and Supports for Women Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury in Intimate Partner Violence

Paul van Donkelaar, Ph.D. – Co-founder and Principal Investigator for SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research), and;
Karen Mason – Co-founder for SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research)

2:00 – 2:45 | Sex and gender implications for clinicians attending to patients with traumatic brain injury

Tatyana Mollayeva, MD, RPSGT, RST, PhD – Postdoctoral research fellow (Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy), University of Toronto, and;
Sara Hanafy, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

2:45 – 3:15pm | Break and visit exhibitor tables

3:15 – 4:00pm | Cannabis and brain injury: help or harm?

Dr Mark A. Ware MBBS MSc; Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth Corporation; and Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Anesthesia, McGill University

4:00 – 4:45pm | Building bridges and enhancing capacity: Improving client outcomes through collaborative programming between community rehabilitation and acute hospital settings

Presenters: Stacie Dertinger M.ADS, BCBA and Jane Savage MSW RSW, Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario

 

Healthy brain and well-being

Friday, May 1, 2020, 8am – 1pm

8:00am | Registration

8:30 – 8:45am | Opening remarks

8:45 – 9:15am | Challenging your limits

Shanda Hill, Ultra-athlete and brain injury survivor

9:15 – 9:55am | How nutrition can positively impact cognition, depression and anxiety following a TBI

Kylie James, B.Sc. (OT), CNP, RNCP

9:55 – 10:20am | Break and visit exhibitor tables

10:20 – 11:00am | Quieting the Mind: Natural Brain-Changing Treatments for Anxiety, Trauma and Sleep

Tom Diamond, PhD, Certified Neurofeedback Specialist, Registered Clinical Counsellor

11:00 – 11:40am | Discovering Day-to-Day Living Following a TBI

Pauline Hoffman, Certified Professional Organizer, Cleaning Specialist

11:40 – 12:05pm | Break and visit exhibitor tables

12:05 – 12:45pm | Yoga and meditation for brain injury: evidence, innovations, and ways forward

Shilo Zeller, RYT-200, Love Your Brain

 

We hope to see you there!

Purchase your tickets and register before April 24th, 2020: www.braininjurycanada.ca/ottawa-conference-2020

 

 


 

The deductible is increased to $39,556.53

Published January 10, 2020

What is a statutory deductible?

Pursuant to section 267.5 of the Insurance Act, when a plaintiff receives a jury award for general damages that falls below a certain monetary threshold, the judge must subtract a statutory deductible from this award.

On January 1, 2020, the monetary threshold increased from $129,395.49 to $131,854.01, and the statutory deductible from $38,818.97 to $39,556.53. A statutory deductible of $19,778.27 is also in place on claims made by family members.

Why does the statutory deductible exist?

The legislative intention behind the deductible aims to reduce motor-vehicle litigation by disqualifying cases by those with modest injuries and modest damages.

However, while the statutory deductible continues to rise with every passing year due to annual indexing, the jury awards for general damages stagnate. Importantly, juries are not told about this deductible nor that if they were to award less than $131,854.01, that the award would be automatically reduced. Furthermore, an award of general damages is not based on any special formula, or standard calculator, or medical guideline – nor is the jury always given precedents to this nature. Instead, the jury is asked to attempt to place a fair or reasonable value on something that most often cannot be valued. Yet, there is no evidence that jury verdicts have become more generous to keep pace with inflation.1

As Justice MacLeod noted in the 2018 case of A.B. v Waite: “[The deductible] illustrates the legislative intention that all but the most significant tort claims should be eliminated and injured motorists be largely confined to claiming no fault benefits under their own insurance policies.”2

What does this mean for plaintiffs?

It is important for plaintiffs to understand that their claims for pain and suffering under the Insurance Act will be subject to a deductible that only continues rise with time. As a result, some claims may no longer be financially viable to pursue as the deductible reduces their potential award for general damages to zero.

1 A.B. v. Waite, [2018] O.J. No. 1845
2 ibid.

Three of our lawyers become members of The American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Published January 10, 2020

MG Law is delighted to announce that three of our lawyers are now proud members of The American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Miryam Gorelashvili, Kyle Nayman and Allison Lubeck have now enrolled with the organization. This nonprofit aims to “promote a fair and effective justice system” for all.

Who is The American Association for Justice (AAJ)?

Ultimately, The American Association for Justice’s mission is to support lawyers. They ensure that anybody who is injured through misconduct or negligence can obtain justice.

Formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) until 2006, its roots can be traced back to 1946.

It was in Portland, Oregon where nine plaintiffs’ attorneys originally planned the organization. Here, they constructed a strategy for a national body to combat new threats facing trial lawyers nationwide.

Their original founding as the National Association of Claimants’ Compensation Attorneys (NACCA) paved the way for the current organization to thrive.

How does our AAJ membership benefit our clients?

In short, membership with The American Association for Justice empowers our lawyers to represent our clients the most effective way possible.

Miryam, Kyle and Allison now have access to a vibrant community of practitioners who consistently share knowledge, insight and experience.

The American Association for Justice offers a wide range of Continuing Legal Education programs. Therefore, our lawyers can learn about innovative techniques, tips and strategies to better represent you, our valued clients.

From February 8-11, 2020, Allison Lubeck will be attending the 2020 AAJ Winter Convention at Hilton New Orleans Riverside in Louisiana. She will be attending to explore new areas of law such as railroad and aviation litigation.

MG Law and Thomson Rogers issue a $500M lawsuit after fatal bus crash on Hwy. 401

Published December 12, 2019

MG Law and Thomson Rogers issued a $500M statement of claim following from a disastrous bus accident that killed three Chinese tourists and injured the vast majority of the 37 passengers on board on June 4, 2018. Injured passengers had to be transported for treatment by helicopter and land ambulance to various hospitals throughout the region including Ottawa, Kingston, Kemptville and Brockville.

On December 4, 2019, personal injury lawyers at MG Law and Thomson Rogers have submitted a statement of claim naming 39 plaintiffs consisting of 23 passengers and 16 family members who have suffered various traumatic and catastrophic injuries or who have been forced to deal with various losses directly resulting from the tragic event.

The bus driver in the crash has been charged while injured survivors have been left feeling “‘helpless’ in China”.

Included among the five defendants named in the lawsuit are the bus driver Jia Qi, and the travel company, Union Tour Express Inc.

The bus was transporting passengers on a 10-day tour of the Eastern United States and Canada and was travelling from Ottawa to Toronto at the time of the accident.

Click here to preview a PDF file of the claim issued by the superior court.

The OPSWA Supporting Frontline PSW Nations Capital Conference

Published August 22, 2019

MG Law will be attending the Nation Capital Conference

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21st because MG Law is attending the first ever Nation Capital Conference hosted by the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association (OPSWA). Fully titled the OPSWA Supporting Frontline PSW Nations Capital Conference, the event is taking place at:

Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa Kanata,
101 Kanata Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario
K2T 1E6

Early bird tickets are on sale now. Click here to buy yours. The event will run from 8:30am to 3:00pm with light breakfast, lunch and snacks provided too. Following the conference, OPSWA hosts an open dinner with conference attendees welcome to join them at Les Brasseurs (The 3 Brewers) from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at 565 Kanata Avenue.

We are delighted to be an event vendor this year and would love for you to come and visit us at the MG Law table. Subscribe to our newsletter and enter for your chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Prizes include:

Grand prize:

  • Nordik Spa-Nature gift certificate, bath and dinner access for two

Plus:

  • High Tea gift certificate for two at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  • Water Q Foot Spa gift certificates
  • Eight $25 Tim Hortons gift certificates (one per lucky winner)

The Ontario Personal Support Workers Association (OPSWA) exists to improve the professional status of personal support workers through advocacy for excellence and consistency in training, services, working conditions, and value to those they serve. The first ever Nation Capital Conference promises a fantastic day of community networking. Don’t miss out on:

  • Education and learning opportunities offered by inspiring guest speakers on autism, palliative care, long-term care, cannabis and other notable personal support worker topics
  • Opportunity for face-to-face conversations with Ontario’s most influential personal support workers. Celebrate the incredible difference they make in people’s lives
  • Opportunity to meet top employers with professionals from multiple sectors

Spaces are limited so confirm your place at this eagerly anticipated conference today. Click here to buy your tickets.

MG Law is proudly a member of three influential brain organizations

Published June 2, 2019

MG Law proudly supports three influential brain organizations

MG Law is proudly a member of three influential brain organizations

Honoured to be the main sponsor of Vista Centre Brain Injury Services’ (VCBIS) Brain Injury Awareness Day this year, we can’t wait to attend St. Elias Centre on Wednesday June 12, 2019 for a special commemorative event.

We believe Brain Injury Awareness Day is a great way to inform and educate the general public about brain injuries and the needs of people suffering brain injuries and their families. That said, the fight to provide mindfulness about brain injuries is an everyday task for brain organizations.

That’s why MG Law is proudly a member of these three influential brain organizations:

International Brain Injury Association (IBIA)

Dedicated to developing and supporting multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for victims of brain injury. Find out more.

North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS)

Established to address the needs to multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to brain injury providing education programs, scientific updates and a platform for communication and professional exchange. Find out more.

Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS)

Collaborates to disseminate brain injury knowledge by developing and sharing best practices, mentoring colleagues, advancing research and promoting prevention for the benefit of children, adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injury and their families. Find out more.

We encourage you to attend Vista Centre Brain Injury Services’ (VCBIS) Brain Injury Awareness Day event on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at:

St. Elias Centre,
750 Ridgewood Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 6N1

11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day Now Sold Out

Published May 29, 2019

11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day

Only a matter of days away from Vista Centre Brain Injury Services’ (VCBIS) 11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day, the hugely anticipated event is now sold out!

With MG Law proudly sponsoring this event where attendees will share, network and learn about brain injury, we’re thrilled at this tremendous public response.

Don’t forget, we will be exclusively giving away a FREE Apple iPad 128GB too so make sure to drop by the MG Law booth to say hello and discover how you could get your hands on this fantastic piece of tech!

All that’s left to say is that we look forward to welcoming you to St. Elias Centre in Ottawa on June 12 (8am to 3:30pm) and don’t forget, a free lunch will be served for all attendees too.

Stay Tuned…

For more legal updates, news stories, and helpful information, be sure to check out our Blog page. Don’t forget that we’re only a phone call away if you ever need any help navigating a potential case and understanding all your options.

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