Our Areas of Expertise
Bronshtein Injury Law is staffed with experienced lawyers specializing in various fields, from automobile accidents to brain and spinal injuries. We understand that the post-accident experience is unique to each victim. That is why our lawyers expertly apply a specialized approach to every case, achieving the restitution clients and their loved ones deserve.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
Motor vehicle accidents can have many short and long term effects on your life if you are injured while operating a car or truck. If you are struck by a car as a pedestrian, your injuries can be all the more serious and sometimes deadly. Common injuries can be head or body trauma, broken bones, torn ligaments, or long term back, neck pain, headaches, body pain, chronic pain and fibromyalgia. We also see victims who develop psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, loss of sleep, driving phobia and mood disorders.
We may pursue the following types of injury claims on your behalf:
- Claim from your own insurer or the insurer of the car you are traveling in, or car insurance policy of any other vehicle in the accident – known as Accident Benefits claim
- Claim against the ‘at fault’ driver & owner of at-fault car – known as ‘tort’ claim
- In case where ‘at-fault driver is uninsured, claim against MVAC (motor vehicle accident claim fund)
- Claim against the municipality – in case where sub-standard road conditions contributed to the accident
PUBLIC TRANSIT ACCIDENTS
If you have suffered any injuries or trauma while being a passenger on one of the following means of public transportation anywhere in Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western or Central Ontario, our legal team is here to help:
- Buses, including TTC buses, other city owned buses, charter buses, motor coaches, and school buses
- Trains, including GO trains
- Airport shuttles
HAZZARDOUS & DANGEROUS ROADS ACCIDENTS
Roads that are dangerous need more maintenance and care. Neglecting to care for hazardous roads can create unsafe road conditions and lead to single-vehicle accidents, it can also cause multiple cars to collide. Situations that can lead to unsafe road conditions resulting in accidents include:
- Lack of clean-up after construction or road work
- Improper draining on the roadway
- Exposed drains or very uneven road surface
- Insufficient snow or ice removal in winter
If you, a family member or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident involving a defective road, you may be able entitled to a recovery.
MOTORCYCLE & BICYCLE ACCIDENTS
Accident involving motorcycle and bicycle riders often result in more significant injuries than those to vehicle occupants.
Common injuries include, head trauma, concussions, back injuries, brain injuries and broken bones, torn ligaments and permanent scarring to face and body. We represents riders who have been injured by negligent car and truck drivers. In cases of fatal accidents, we represent loved ones who have lost their family members in such accidents.
NEGLIGENT CHILD SUPERVISION
There is nothing more precious than our children. As we cannot always be there to make sure they are safe, we trust those who care for them in our absence to make sure they are safe. Caregivers, teachers, and other adults, including camps and guidance counselors, parents of other children may be subject to negligence claims where an injury takes place. Some common injuries have been known to happen at day care centres, schools, camps, swimming pools, amusement parks, and playgrounds as well as school football fields and school gyms
SLIP & FALL ACCIDENTS
Slip and fall accidents can occur when the premises on properties are hazardous or unsafe. Injuries can range from scrapes and bruises to serious head trauma, broken limbs and broken bones, eye trauma and more.
In Ontario, it is the legal responsibility of property owners, of commercial or private properties, to ensure that their premises are safe for anyone who happens to enter the property.
Some examples of slip and fall accidents happen because of:
- broken pavement
- wet and slippery walking surface
- loose carpet or other unstable floor surface
- driveways and walkways with ice or snow cover
We all love our 4-legged friends, but their bites can cause serious injuries to adults and children. The owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by this dog on another person or another animal. Dog attacks can cause damages including scarring, bite wounds and even psychological trauma in their wake.
PRODUCT LIABILITY AND DEFECTIVE GOODS CLAIMS
If you have been using a defective or dangerous product it can cause serious injuries or death. Some common examples include unsafe toys, electronics or appliances that over heat and blow up, and sub-standard food products. If you have suffered injuries from using such a product or good, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of these goods or products.
BAR AND TAVERN LIABILITY
Accidents involving drunk or impaired drivers can result in serious injuries. These accidents could have usually been avoided if the driver had made a different choice than to drive impaired . In some cases, the bar or tavern may be held liable for serving more alcohol than is reasonable in the situation. If you are injured in such an accident, we can help.
Medical malpractice suits take place when patients do not receive the standard of care they expect from a medical professionals. We retain leading medical experts to obtain professional opinions as needed to proceed with our client’s claims.
Common cases of malpractice may involve:
- wrongful death
- hospital, physician and nursing negligence
- pharmaceutical errors
- negligent pre-natal care
- surgical errors
STATUTORY ACCIDENT BENEFITS SCHEDULE (SABS)
in Ontario, victims of automobile accidents have the following benefits available to them through which they can obtain compensation:
Income Replacement Benefits (IRB): Cover 70 percent of your gross weekly income to a maximum of $400.00 per week, unless you purchased optional benefits, which may increase your benefit to $1,000.00 per week.
You may qualify for income replacement benefits if you were employed at the time of the accident, or have worked at least 26 weeks during the last 52 weeks prior to the accident, or were receiving Employment Insurance Benefits at the time of the accident.
For the first week of disability, no benefits are payable if you are claiming income replacement benefits.
Non-Earner Benefit: You are entitled to $185.00 per week, after 26 weeks from the onset of disability and only if you suffer a complete inability to carry on a normal life, and do not qualify for income replacement benefits.
Medical Benefits and Rehabilitation Benefits: Medical benefits pay for medical expenses not covered under OHIP or any other private plan, where rehabilitation benefits pay for treatment or other measures you have taken to heal your injuries or re-integrate into your family, society, and the labour market.
These benefits are subject to the following limits:For minor injuries, individuals are subject to a maximum of $3,500 for medical and rehabilitation benefits, which includes the cost of medical and rehabilitation assessments and examinations.
For non-catastrophic and non-minor claims, medical and rehabilitation benefits are subject to a $50,000 maximum for up to 10 years. The maximums for non-catastrophic claims may be increased if the optional benefits were purchased.
For catastrophic claims, benefits are subject to a $1,000,000 maximum over your lifetime; both are inclusive of medical and rehabilitation assessments.
Attendant Care Benefits: Pays for the services of an attendant or long-term care facility.
For non-catastrophic cases, and individual is subject to a $36,000 maximum for a two year period. The $36,000 maximum may be increased up to $72,000, if optional benefits were purchased.
For catastrophic cases, an individual is entitled to up to $6,000 per month to a lifetime maximum of $1,000,000.
Effective September 01, 2010, the following accident benefits became available to you, only if you purchased them as optional benefits under your policy or sustained catastrophic injuries. Conditions apply for each benefit depending on whether injuries are classified as non-catastrophic or catastrophic.
The following are based on the standard policy coverage:
Caregiver Benefit: In the event that you are the primary caregiver for a person in need of care, up to the age 16, or an older person under your care due to physical and psychological disability. If you are the primary caregiver and has sustained substantial disability to perform your caregiving activities as a result of the motor vehicle accident the maximum amount that you can claim per week is $250.00 with $50.00 extra for each additional child or dependent requiring care.
Housekeeping and Home Maintenance Benefits: In the event that your injuries prevent you from performing your regular housekeeping and home maintenance duties. The maximum amount you can claim is $100.00 per week.
OUTSIDE LEGAL COUNSEL WORK
In addition to serving our own, Bronshtein Injury Law clients, our firm recently started working as outside counsel to a well respected Plaintiff side law firm, PACE LAW. As outside legal counsel we offer our expertise in handling a wide range of first and third party cases as well as slip & falls and other injury cases. We treat all clients we act for, on behalf of other firms, same as our own clients and provide them with file handling from the time of the commencement of their case and up until the settlement or resolution of their case.
We are excited to offer our unique file handling approach and legal expertise to a wide range of clients across Ontario and are open to fostering relationships with other firms which would allow us to also serve their clients as outside legal counsel.