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High Snow Banks & Car Accidents

Winters in Nova Scotia bring significant snowfall that must be managed. Management of snow falls lies to landowners. Yes- be it snow direct from the clouds, from a neighbour who shovels snow on your property, or the dreaded snow plow, the landowner is reasonable to make sure the entrance and walkway of their property is safe for pedestrians and motorists. The city shares in this responsibility for its roads, public sidewalks, and other public areas. As winter goes on, many of us encounter a major problem when it comes to snow removal: where to put the excess snow. We can …

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Winter Car Accidents: Who Is At Fault?

Winter driving can often be hazardous because of poor road conditions. Car accidents peak during bad weather because of road hazards like black ice, heavy snow, roads that haven’t been cleared, and drivers who don’t respect weather conditions. Accidents will happen. Insurance companies will make some allowance for road conditions, but it remains the driver’s responsibility to avoid becoming involved in an accident. When bad road conditions are at play, the insurance company will take a hard look at the conditions and surrounding circumstances. For example, if you lost control of your car because of slippery surfaces and slid through an intersection and …

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Safe Winter Driving in Atlantic Canada

Winter tires should be compulsory given our normal winter weather in Atlantic Canada. So far, only Quebec requires drivers to change to winter tires to reduce accidents. A recent study from the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) found that 81% of Maritime drivers are using winter tires compared to 68% of drivers nationally. In Quebec, where the mandatory use of winter tires was instituted in 2008, one study found a 5% decline in winter driving accidents. This means that 574 people were spared personal injuries because of car accidents. The study also found a 3% drop in fatal injuries …

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Must Read: Suing for Your Ice Slip & Fall

Let’s paint the picture- you are walking to your office, you take the usual path along the sidewalk before arriving at your destination. Suddenly, you hit a patch of ice on the sidewalk and hit the ground hard. You can’t get up because your ankle, backside, and head are causing you significant pain. Your ambulance trip leads to a long wait time waiting for a doctor to see you at the hospital. You are eventually diagnosed with a broken ankle, bruises backside, and hip, and a mild concussion. You’ll miss work for at least a week, and won’t find yourself at the gym …

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What Boots are Best to Prevent a Slip & Fall on Ice?

Most people put great thought into swapping for winter tires when snow is sure to fall. But what about traction for our feet? Many consider winter boots to be a cure all against nasty winter weather, but how many of us have really thought hard about the anti-slip quality of our foot wear? If you’re still not convinced that a bad slip & fall could happen to you, just remember that over 21,000 people in Ontario alone went to the hospital after a slip & fall ice incident last winter. Just recently a research team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute released their findings regarding …

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Free Legal Information- Civil Law 101

Civil law affects Nova Scotians every day- whether we know it or not! Jeff Mitchell was recently on hand to provide a free presentation at the Keshen Goodman Public Library on the scope and processes of civil law. It was a lively and diverse audience- due in part to Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia’s interest and communication about the presentation!   Jeff Mitchell Civil Law Nova Scotia Presentation Jeff Mitchell Civil Law Nova Scotia Presentation This event and the larger Legal Information Series was created by the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS). Event partners include Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), Dalhousie …

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Is It Worth Buying Tenant’s Insurance?

Question: I was told that tenant’s insurance was a good investment and provides excellent protection. Is that true? Answer: Absolutely. If you are leasing an apartment or home the purchase of tenant’s insurance provides you with a number of benefits. Some of the most significant benefits are: The combined value of all of your belongings is likely quite high. Imagine if you had to replace everything you own at once– it would be nearly impossible. Tenant’s insurance protects you in the case that all of your belongings are lost due to a fire or types of water damage. Even more, insurance …

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What is an Insurance Adjuster?

Welcome to the world of insurance. While you have been involved in the sense that you pay for insurance products (Car, home, life, etc.) you may not have had the misfortune of dealing with a claim on your insurance policy. The first point of contact for nearly everyone is the front line person assigned to your file (usually called a “claim”). Your claim will have a person who has three specific roles. They go by various titled, perhaps the insurance company you’re dealing with refers to them as a claims adjuster, claim representative, or insurance adjuster. No matter which title they go …

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9 Warning Signs That You Need A Car Accident Lawyer

An earlier post on this site laid out the circumstances where it is smart to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your car accident claim. We admit, not all claims need assistance from a personal injury lawyer, but there are yellow flags which do require a second look. Here we are concerned about red flags that, in our opinion, require a visit to a personal injury lawyer with a dedicated practice in car accident claims. In the prior post, we encouraged you to at least seek out the advice of a lawyer. If your claim may involve any of the circumstances …

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9 Times To Talk To A Car Accident Lawyer

Some claims don’t need a car accident lawyer to be involved to bring about a resolution. The reality is, some claims are very straight forward, and the lawyer’s fee will eat into your car accident settlement money. However (and this is a big one), there are many situations where people assume that their injury claim is straight forward when it isn’t. If this happens to be your claim, you may be settling for cents on the dollar without knowing it. To protect against being short-changed on a car accident injury claim, you may want to seek advice from a car accident lawyer if your claim falls …