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Short-term Disability Benefits

If you have suffered an injury that has resulted in disability for a short period, you may have an opportunity to sue the person or the organization for causing harm and costing you income-earning opportunities. This will also allow you to seek compensation.

You can approach Kalsi & Associates personal injury lawyers to seek legal advice and know whether your situation qualifies you for short-term disability benefits. Some employers do offer short-term disability benefits to their employees. The length of time that you need to be unable to work in order to qualify for these benefits varies from company to company.

You should first acquaint yourself with the rules and regulations of your company on this topic and try and avail any benefits of this policy if they are available. For those, who don’t have short-term disability benefit, there is an opportunity to qualify for Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits.

Whatever be your situation, Kalsi & Associates personal injury lawyers will provide you sound legal advice and help you in knowing your entitlements resulting from a purchased policy or due to being a member of any organization.

You may also require legal advice if you have insurance coverage and the companies are unwilling to provide cover for your short-term disability. As you may know or have experienced, insurance companies can often have very convoluted procedures and rules which might be difficult for a layman to understand. In such situations, our team of lawyers will help you in navigating the labyrinthine maze of regulations and allow you to gain those benefits which you are entitled to.

Remember, while we never wish anyone to suffer even the mildest injury, one never knows when and how he could be affected by an accident. If you find yourself in such a situation, don’t despair thinking of yourself as alone and helpless, we will have your back.

PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS FROM PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

If you have suffered an injury in a public place or facility as a result of the negligence of public authorities, then you may have a good chance to claim compensation from those authorities. Kalsi & Associates personal injury lawyers would be happy to look into your case and offer you a proper legal advice.

Rules may vary according to different states. Also, unlike an accident, it may often be hard to prove the fault of authorities in a place like a park or a swimming pool in case of an accident. In order to successfully surmount these legal challenges and get proper compensation, you will require help from people who have experience working in this area. That is exactly what you will find on contacting Kalsi & Associates personal injury lawyers Toronto.

What is most difficult in such cases is establishing a link between the cause of your accident and the person responsible. Often such cases end up going nowhere because people keep shifting blame to the person above or below them. This culture of passing the buck is a hallmark of bureaucracies around the world and even in a well-administered place like the Greater Toronto Area where the bureaucracy functions much more smoothly and effectively than other parts of the world, you can run into this problem.

One thing you need to remember is that evidence is the key and collection of evidence is most easily accomplished the earlier you begin. Hence, it is important for you to act as soon as it is possible for you. The more time that you take, the more difficult would be the task.

But do remain assured that we would be committed to helping you. Our team of legal experts would review the situation and make you well acquainted with your legal options.

ROAD SAFETY MEASURES IN GREATER TORONTO AREA

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Toronto City News

Road safety has emerged as a major issue in the Greater Toronto Area. This is one of the side-effects of the growth that this part of Canada has been experiencing in recent times and is likely to do so in the future as well.

The decline in road safety has been seen in both the growing number of pedestrian fatalities as well as collisions of vehicles. The local government has decided to act on this problem by launching a ‘Vision Zero’ road safety plan for 2017-2021 which aims to make the roads of this teeming metropolis safer.

Fatalities thanks to traffic accidents have gone up in recent years. In 2016, 77 people died due to road accidents. 43 of them were pedestrians, the largest segment. Not surprisingly then, the main focus of the authorities has been on making the roads safer for pedestrians. The overall strategy would involve using technology, educating people about road safety and stronger enforcement of laws.

When it comes to pedestrian safety, the authorities will identify those roads and zones which have been most accident-prone and take effective steps like reducing the crossing distance, enforcing speed regulations, protecting turning points etc. to bring down the casualty rate.

While this program was launched last year, this year too, the mayor and local administrators have taken strong steps to end the menace of road accidents. In March, the then Mayor John Tory unveiled some of the steps taken in this direction.

The same month also saw the councilors of Toronto vote in favor of similar measures to reduce the number of traffic accidents. One proposal though has generated diverse opinions. This is about creating lanes exclusively for bikes. The councilors want lanes for bikes while the mayor wants these lanes on a parallel street.

Whatever be the outcome of this debate, it is very reassuring that the local officials are tackling this problem head-on.

Sidhu Gets Bail in Dangerous Driving Case

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Global News

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, accused of dangerous driving after his semi-trucks collision with the team bus of Humboldt Broncos on April 6, has been given bail against a surety of $1,000. As per the bail arrangements, Sidhu had to surrender his passport and follow a curfew that restricts him to his house and prohibits him from driving.

16 people died in the horrible crash of April 6 and the fatalities included players and other members of Saskatchewan junior hockey team. 13 more suffered injuries. Sidhu was remanded into police custody on July 6 and was arrested at 10:07 AM on that day from his home. The next hearing of the case will take place on August 21.

29-year old Sidhu is facing 16 charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily injury. Superintendent Derek Williams, officer-in-charge of the major crimes unit, said in a statement last week about the presence of “evidence that motor vehicle was being operated in a way that was dangerous to the public.”

Sidhu reportedly works for called Adesh Deol trucking company. This company does not face any charges at the present moment. Director of the company, Sukmander Singh, came forward to say that the driver had been working for his company for around a month when this tragedy took place. Singh is the only person who was working in this trucking company which was subsequently suspended for the course of this investigation.

Driver To Torontonian Bystander: ‘Looks Like Another Dead Cyclist’

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CBC Radio

After allegedly following a Toronto cyclist down a tight alleyway last week, an agitated driver blared his horn and declared, “Looks like another dead cyclist.”

Colin Powell claims the motorist was attempting to convince him from behind to steer his bicycle in another direction while approaching an alley close to Toronto’s Little Italy neighborhood. The driver’s constant screaming and honking eventually “rattled” Powell, who stopped his bike to collect himself after the alleged harasser yelled the aforementioned threat and began pulling into his garage.

“There’s no space to move. There’s definitely not space for a bike and a car to be next to each other,” Powell recalled to As It Happens CBC Radio host Carol Off.

The incident was immediately reported to Toronto police, who cited privacy concerns in declining to confirm whether an official report had been filed.

“This is a police matter and it’s not our job to tell the police how to do their jobs. But an act like that — a threat like that — needs to be followed up on,” said Toronto Coun. Mike Layton.

Oshawa Driver Arrested Following Fatal Dufferin and Briar Hill Crash

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Toronto Star

Toronto police last week arrested a 27-year-old Oshawa man now facing charges in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Jesse Petroff ended the life of a 50-year-old woman, later identified by family as Isabel Soria, when his Dodge Ram pickup truck struck her around 3 p.m. on June 11 at the intersection of Dufferin Street and Briar Hill Avenue. Police said surveillance footage and still, photos confirmed the driver left his stopped vehicle and approached the victim but immediately got back into his vehicle and fled the scene. Clear photos of the vehicle released Thursday accompanying a plea for citizens to provide any relevant information about its whereabouts and driver led to an arrest later that day.

Petroff now faces charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.

Collisions on Highway 17 leaves Two Dead

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South Western Ontario

National Post

On Tuesday, separate collisions in the Sudbury, Ont. Area, on Highway 17, claimed two lives. According to the OPP, in the morning West of Sudbury, a tractor-trailer collided with a rock cut.

It happened east of the Walden Township, claiming the life of a 33-year-old woman. She was a passenger in the transport truck. The driver of the vehicle was charged with careless driving.

Four hours later, another collision occurred. It involved an SUV and a transport truck, killing a 65-year-old woman. She was the driver of the sports utility vehicle.

The driver of the transport suffered minor injuries. The police closed the two sites for investigation of the collisions.

Firefighters Injured in Stittsville Blaze

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CBC NEWS

Brampton Guardian

On Monday afternoon, at 24 Snowberry Way, two firefighters got injured after falling through the floor that was collapsing. The two were volunteer firefighters who were fighting fire in a house in Stittsville, at the Southwest of Ottawa.

The Ottawa Fire Services say that the two fell into the basement, through the main floor. It is believed that the electric panel in the basement caused the fire after an electrical surge. But investigations on the incidence continue.

The two were rushed to a hospital and were listed as in stable condition. One of the firefighters who fell through the collapsing floor had to be rescued from the building. He was in an induced coma, but by Tuesday the Fire Chief informed the public that he was expected to recover, fully.

What Should you do, as a Cyclist if You collide with a Motor vehicle; Kalsi & Associates Explains

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THE STAR

It’s no surprise that many of us are long waiting for the snow to dissipate. A time to put back the winter clothes in the closest and get out our bicycles. The fact that you are on the road chances are, you may be involved in an accident.

We do not mean that you should expect one, but it doesn’t hurt to prepare; in case it happens. If a cyclist collides with a motorist, you may be entitled to coverage. If the crash is due to the fault of the driver, their auto insurance company may cover the damages.

In Ontario, in at-fault accidents, your homeowner’s insurance policy may cover you. If you are involved in a collision, report it to the police. Sometimes what appears to be minor injuries may get worse over time.

Remember to get the relevant information from the motorist. It includes name, license plate number, contact information, and insurance information. Seek medical attention and find a reliable personal injury lawyer to plead your case.

You may be able to receive compensation for your suffering. It often depends on the suffering and pain that a victim goes through, due to the accident. Reach out to our expert personal injury lawyers at Kalsi & Associates, at (844) 905-2993 or apply online.

We offer FREE consultation!

Kalsi & Associates Raises Concern over The New Insurance Plan in Ontario

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CTV News

THE STAR

A recent report on the state of Ontario’s Auto Insurance Systems shows that we have one of the least effective systems in play. While there’s a decrease in the number of accidents, the opposite is evident on the number of claims. They have gone up.

With the aim of reducing the insurance premiums, the government is working on introducing the “Fair Auto Insurance Plan.” It has been a topic of discussion since last year. This new plan aims at reducing fraud cases and costs in the Auto Insurance industry.

One of the areas of concern by many Personal Injury Lawyers and Kalsi & Associates included is the new plan will make it more difficult for one to qualify for a particular coverage, in case of an accident. Though the project will save the public regarding auto insurance premiums, it may be to the detriment of victims of accidents.

According to the plan, the treatment plans for common injuries that result from collisions will be standard. Also, medical assessment for those with severe injuries due to an accident will be by neutral and independent centers for examination. Now, you will not go to a family doctor or your specialist for assessment.

You will have to go to a designated assessment center. It may result in an assessment that is not comprehensive, thorough, or even well-reasoned. As we wait to see what measures the development plans for this new system will take; feel free to contact Kalsi & Associates at (844) 905-2993, for your Personal Injury cases, or apply online.