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Patrick Brown on The Agenda With Steve Paikin: Toboggan Hills & Lawsuits

Citizens are crying foul after the City of Hamilton posted signs at popular tobogganing spots warning that sledding was banned and violators would be fined up to $5,000. Cash strapped municipalities say they don’t want to be grinches, but they just can’t afford to expose themselves to potential lawsuits. The Agenda asks McLeish Orlando’s Patrick Brown if this is creating a liability chill, and if our court system has lost touch with reality.

Watch the segment on toboggan hills below:

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Risky Business – Unregulated extreme sports are on the rise, along with lawsuits

By: Patrick Brown | Published in: The Lawyers Weekly February 6, 2015 Issue |

Extreme sports is a growing industry that is profiting from the human desire to experience the adrenaline rush associated with risk-laden activities. Whether it is racing down a ski hill on a mountain bike, falling from a white water raft, or climbing up a rock face, there is an increased appetite for such thrills. Continue reading

Motorcycle deaths in Ontario could reach seven-year high

Patrick Brown Personal Injury LawyerThe OPP said as of August 18, 2014, 26 people – 25 motorcyclists and one passenger- had died in crashes within the force’s jurisdiction.  That compares with 29 motorcycle deaths in all of last year, and 26 the year before.

In an interview with AdvocateDaily.com, Toronto personal injury lawyer, Patrick Brown says motorists must use extra precaution when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists.

Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com.

Liberals revive bill to cut auto insurance rates

Patrick Brown, Partner of McLeish Orlando comments on the Liberals decision to cut insurance rates.  Ontario’s governing Liberals insist they can still reach their target of cutting auto insurance rates by an average of 15 per cent across the province, even though they’re only a third of the way there with just a year to go.

Read more of the article at AdvocateDaily.com

Top cases discuss expert reports, Facebook profiles

Patrick Brown recently presented at The Oatley McLeish Lecture Series: Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation and presented on the Top Tort Cases of the Year. AdvocateDaily sat down with Patrick and discussed the important decisions over the last 12 months, one being the disclosure of Facebook profiles.

To read more of this article visit AdvocateDaily.com by clicking here.

VIDEOS: Patrick Brown speaks to CTV News, Global’s The Morning Show, CTV Canada AM

If you missed the airing on CTV News channel interview with Merella Fernandez, you can watch Patrick Brown, Partner at McLeish Orlando speak on behalf of Eva Ravikovich’s Parents. Click here.

Global’s The Morning Show with Leslie Roberts and Kris Reyes can be watched here

CTV’s Canada AM Show with Marcia MacMillan can be watched here.

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Media Advisory – Toronto Parents Launch Lawsuit Against Province and Daycare Operators Following Daughter’s Death

Media Advisory
August 7, 2013

Toronto – The Ontario Ministry of Education and the owner/operators of a Vaughan home daycare have been notified of a $3.5 million lawsuit filed by the parents of a two-year old Toronto girl who died last month while in daycare.

What: Parents of Eva Ravikovich speak to media at news conference
Where: Offices of McLeish Orlando LLP, One Queen Street East, Suite 1620
When: Thursday, August 8th @ 10am
Who: Ekaterina Evtropova and Vycheslav Ravikovich & Patrick Brown, partner at McLeish Orlando LLP

For further information contact:
Danna O’Brien, dobrien@advocatepr.ca 416-500-0699
Patrick Brown, pbrown@mcleishorlando.com 416-366-3311

Safe streets concept could reduce fatalities

As seen on AdvocateDaily.com

Streets designed to take every mode of transportation into account – dubbed complete streets – are safer for the drivers, cyclists and pedestrians travelling on them, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown says in Law Times.

In the article, Brown discusses the 2012 cycling death review and the 2012 pedestrian death review, and the coroner’s office move to call for the adoption of complete streets.

“The complete streets concept has been around for a while,” Brown says in Law Times.

“It has been adopted in various jurisdictions in the U.S. Put simply, it provides that anyone involved in the construction, building, maintenance or design of any type of roads provide equal access and equal consideration for all users, especially in urban centres. Complete streets are designed to give cyclists and pedestrians their own space so they can avoid contact.”

The cycling death review examined all of the 129 accidental cycling deaths that occurred in Ontario between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2010, the article says, while the pedestrian death review examined 95 cases of preventable pedestrian collisions in 2010, including the 23 deaths that occurred in January of that year.

The Ministry of Transportation is currently in the process of developing a cycling strategy and is moving forward with implementing the coroner’s recommendations, the report says.

“We are hoping for a complete streets policy statement directing the road authorities to adopt the concept,” Brown, partner with McLeish Orlando LLP, says in the article.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if they do, we will have the safest roads in North America and a substantial reduction in fatalities.”

 

Helmets on Kids Campaign Aims to Head Off Dangerous Trend

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Toronto (June 11, 2013) – Hundreds of young cyclists will be safer on Toronto streets, thanks to this year’s Helmets on Kids campaign launched at Blake Street Junior Public School. Helmets have been donated to 500 students, as part of a campaign aimed at stopping a dangerous trend.

 “The reality is that too many kids injured in cycling collisions in Toronto, are not wearing helmets,” said Patrick Brown, critical injury lawyer at McLeish Orlando LLP, organizer of the Toronto Helmets on Kids Campaign, and director of Cycle Toronto. “Studies show that helmets reduce the severity of head injuries, and it just makes sense to have kids wearing helmets.”

  • In 2012, 51 cyclists between the ages of five and 14 were injured in cycling collisions in Toronto. Of those, only 13 were wearing helmets;
  • Between 2006 and 2011, an average of 80 cyclists, between the ages of five and 14, were injured each year in cycling collisions in Toronto;

Toronto’s Helmets on Kids campaign was launched in 2009 by McLeish Orlando LLP. Over the past four years, the campaign has donated helmets to more than 1,500 public school students across Toronto. The Ontario Safety League, Toronto Police, Eastview Boys & Girls Club, Cycle Toronto, the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher support this year’s campaign. Cycle Solutions has also generously donated its time and services, to provide free bike tune-ups at the event.

“The simple fact is that helmets save lives,” said Brian Patterson, President of the Ontario Safety League. “We’re very proud to support a campaign that helps improve cycling safety for so many young people. We’re urging parents to make sure their kids are wearing helmets.”

Ontario passed a law in 1995, requiring cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Parents can also be charged if they knowingly allow their children, who are under 16, to ride without a helmet on a roadway or sidewalk.

 

During this year’s campaign launch, Patrick Brown provided students with safe cycling tips that included the following:

  • Obey traffic signals and the rules of the road;
  • Ensure your bicycle has a bell, as well as reflectors and lights for night use;
  • Always yield to pedestrians, and use your hand signal for lane changes.

 

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McLeish Orlando’s Toronto Helmets on Kids campaign is part of a province-wide Bike Helmets on Kids program started by members of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) in 2002. Since its first event, held in London, Ontario, more than 19,000 helmets have been distributed to elementary school students. All helmets are purchased with funds donated by OTLA lawyers, their firms and other community sponsors.

In 2013, OTLA Bike Helmets on Kids events have taken place throughout May and June in Ottawa, Toronto, Aurora, Halton Region (Burlington), Peel Region, Barrie, Quinte West (Belleville and Trenton), Sudbury, Windsor, Simcoe County (Midland), and Thunder Bay. These events will help distribute an estimated 4,000 bicycle helmets this year to children in cities and regions across Ontario. For more information, visit www.otla.com.