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Keep safety in mind this Victoria Day Weekend

While many Ontarians look forward to Victoria Day weekend as an official summer kick-off, it is also the beginning of trauma season; the time when getting to and from the cottage can be a killer, Toronto critical injury lawyer Dale Orlando writes on Huffington Post.

“The Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s latest statistics show that in 2010, seven people died and more than 300 were hurt in over 1,300 collisions on Ontario roads on the Victoria Day long weekend,” the article says.

“A check with the City of Toronto’s traffic safety unit confirms that in Toronto alone, more than 130 people were hurt in over 400 collisions on this holiday weekend last year.”

Orlando, partner with McLeish Orlando LLP, says impaired driving is a major issue on holiday weekends, and notes it’s worth making the time to take safety precautions.  Watch Video

“If you can avoid the rush-hour cottage country drive, do so; you won’t be sharing the road with those who, no matter how many aggressive lane changes they make, will only arrive about 15 minutes ahead of everyone else who is keeping their cool,” he writes.

“And it may seem obvious, but step away from the cellphone. Put it in your briefcase or trunk and out of your hands so you won’t be tempted to check just one last email.”

When it comes to boating safety, take extra caution on the first time out, advises Orlando.

“Wear a life jacket, and while it’s obvious, leave the alcohol on the dock because it’s just as dangerous as drinking and driving,” he says.

Source: AdvocateDaily.com

New Lawyer Practice Series Part 3: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law

The third part of our blog series entitled: Developing and Funding  a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice.

In this post we will take a look into developing systems for document gathering and file development and its importance through the various stages of litigation.

File Development and Progression

In our office, we have dedicated a lot of thought and energy to developing systems for document gathering and file development.  If you are running your law firm like a business you will realize that it is very important for files to move as quickly as possible through the various stages of litigation.  This is what your client wants and this is also in your best financial interest as all or nearly all of your retainers will be on a contingency basis whereby you are not receiving fees or recovering your disbursements until the case in concluded.  In the majority of injury cases, you will not be able to get an opinion on the prognosis for the future from a physician until two years has passed from the date of injury.  You should plan to have your case at discovery at or near the two year anniversary of the incident to allow you to set the case down shortly after discovery. 

 The document gathering process in motor vehicle litigation is essential.  The documents are essential to prepare the client for discoveries and avoid inconsistencies and credibility issues at trial. Productions also provide the building blocks necessary to obtain complete and consistent expert opinion.   Continue reading