Wednesday May 15, 2019

Our Family Law Team

Posted in: Family Law
Our Family Law team focuses on resolving issues in families as quickly as possible, through either mediation or litigation. While we do our best to resolve matters through non-confrontational means, when it is necessary to pursue litigation, our Family Law Litigation Team has depth of experience.

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Wednesday April 17, 2019

Section D Limitation Period Issues

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

The decision in Barry v. Halifax (Regional Municipality), 2017 NSSC 180 (NSSC) demonstrates the pitfalls that can be faced by a claimant injured in a motor vehicle collision who fails to commence an unidentified or uninsured motorist claim against an insurer as soon as possible.

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Thursday March 28, 2019

Limitation Periods & LTD Claims

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

A common question clients often have is in respect to their rights when denied a long term disability (LTD) claim (under private or employment-related insurance policies) is when must an action be commenced.

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Monday January 21, 2019

Invisible Injuries - Chronic Pain and Depression

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

We often see clients who suffer from severe chronic pain, depression and anxiety conditions.

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Thursday August 9, 2018

In Memorandum - The Sullivan’s Pond Geese and Crosswalk Safety

Authored by: Luke C. Godin Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If you’re from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, August 9, 2017 might be engrained in your memory. On that fateful day, two resident geese were killed by a vehicle while crossing the street near their home at Sullivan’s Pond.

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Friday May 25, 2018

Cannabis Legalization in Canada and Drug-Impaired Motor Vehicle Operation

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Criminal Law Personal Injury

Proposed legislation to legalize (and regulate) marijuana use and sale (Cannabis Act) is currently before the Federal Parliament.

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Tuesday February 6, 2018

2018 Minor Injury Cap Announced

Posted in: Personal Injury

The Nova Scotia government has announced that the minor injury cap amount for 2018 is $8,579. 

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Wednesday November 29, 2017

Don't Forget to Look Both Ways - Crosswalk Safety

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Ensuring pedestrians are safe is the duty of both the driver and the pedestrian.

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Monday November 27, 2017

Southern Getaways and the Hazards of Plate Glass

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

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Tuesday October 24, 2017

Lost Wages Resulting from a Car Accident

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

What happens when you make a claim for lost wages as a result of a car accident, but you haven’t declared your past earnings for income tax?

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Friday September 1, 2017

Medicinal Marijuana Expense Health Insurance Coverage and Personal Injury Claims

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Prescriptions for medicinal marijuana are becoming more common, particularly for chronic pain patients. There is rising concern among physicians regarding opioid addiction, and some are now prescribing medicinal marijuana as an alternative pain treatment.

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Tuesday July 25, 2017

Driver Fatigue and Car Accidents

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If you’ve ever been on a road-trip, you can understand the fatigue that settles in after hours of being on the road. A 2007 survey has shown that most Canadians have driven when they were fatigued and of those, 15% had fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Thursday June 1, 2017

Top 10 Bicycle Safety Tips

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Riding a bicycle is a healthy, fun, and efficient way to get around and enjoy the outdoors. More and more people are choosing to cycle. If you find yourself on a bicycle, the following tips will improve your bicycle safety and reduce the chances of being involved in a collision.

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Thursday May 18, 2017

Car Insurance Telematics Device - Reduce Car Insurance Premiums but Beware of "Big Brother"

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Insurance companies have started offering reduced insurance premiums for drivers who agree to have a telematics device installed in their car. The device records driving habits and transmits them back to the insurer. There are, however, some concerns with these devices that you should be aware of.

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Thursday April 6, 2017

Sun Seekers and Injuries in Paradise

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

When taking a vacation to warmer climates, the last thing we think about is the possibility of getting injured. You may not realize however, that the laws in other countries dealing with regulating excursions and activities are very different or completely non existent.

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Thursday February 2, 2017

Some Good News for Victims Injured in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

The Supreme Court of Canada has finally put to rest an argument continually raised by insurers to reduce their exposure; CPP Disability benefits must be deducted when calculating an insured's entitlement under an SEF 44 underinsured motorist coverage policy.

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Tuesday January 31, 2017

2017 Minor Injury Cap Announced

Posted in: Personal Injury

The Nova Scotia government has announced the minor injury cap amount for 2017.

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Tuesday January 17, 2017

Did You Know That Snow on Your Car is an "Unsecured Load"?

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Leaving snow on your vehicle after a snowfall is not only a hazard to you, but a hazard to all other drivers on the roads. Failure to do so may also result in tickets and fines of up to $400 depending on the offense. It is important to remember to always clear your vehicle from any obstruction.

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Thursday October 13, 2016

How your Insurance can Help if you're Diagnosed with a Critical Illness

Posted in: Personal Injury

A diagnosis of breast cancer takes an enormous toll on a woman and her loved ones and may also result in a financial hardship making recovery even more difficult. Your insurance and health benefits are designed to help protect you in these types of situations and reduce the added stress.

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Friday August 19, 2016

Highway Driving This Summer – Stay Safe and Free From Tickets

Posted in: Criminal Law Personal Injury

Highway driving in the summer can come with its own set of safety hazards and opportunities to be ticketed. Knowing when to pull over for authorized vehicles and how to read construction zone signs can help keep you safe and free from tickets.

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Friday July 15, 2016

What Will a Car Accident Lawyer Charge to Take on my Case?

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If you have been involved in an accident and are seeking compensation for your injuries, it is important that you know your options before you take action. Personal injury and accident lawyers often work on something called contingency. In other words, your lawyer will not be paid until you are.

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Monday June 27, 2016

Water Safety & Parental Supervision - Lessons in Law

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

The issue of parental supervision that surfaces is something that does comes up in the area of personal injury law. While summer may be a great opportunity to get outside, water safety, particularly for young children, becomes an area of concern.

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Wednesday May 18, 2016

Avoiding Accidents and Injuries While Cycling at Night

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Both cyclists and drivers have certain duties that are imposed upon them by law which dictate how they are expected to behave on the road. In Nova Scotia, the law requires that when riding at night on a bicycle, at minimum you must use a white front light and red rear reflector or light.

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Wednesday March 9, 2016

What you Need to Know After a Slip and Fall Accident

Posted in: Personal Injury

A case is only as strong as its evidence. A person injured from a slip and fall accident obtains compensation by proving that someone else was ‘at fault’ for their fall. After obtaining legal representation substantial evidence will be gathered to prove your case.

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Tuesday March 1, 2016

Is a “Concussion” really a “Minor Injury”?

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If you sustain a concussion in a motor vehicle collision, is the injury considered to be “minor” and capped to $7,500 for pain and suffering? Whether a concussion is a sprain, strain or whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) has not been addressed by our courts.

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Friday January 15, 2016

Making Legal Tracks – Winter Pedestrian Safety

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Although some of us would rather curl up somewhere warm and sleep through the cold Nova Scotia winter, the reality is that we will all find ourselves braving the elements more often than we might like. This time of year it is especially important to use caution as a pedestrian.

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Tuesday November 17, 2015

Accessing Financial Aid After a Collision

Posted in: Personal Injury

Injuries caused by a motor vehicle collision often take a financial toll on the individuals involved. Whether or not you are at fault for the collision, and whether or not you are employed, you may have access to some financial resources to help you in the aftermath of a collision.

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Thursday November 12, 2015

Winter Tires and Driving Safety

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If this winter is going to be anything like the last it is important to get your vehicle ready. The weather can change quickly and we need to prepare for the unpredictable driving conditions. When we think of safety on the road, we think of air bags, maintaining focus, and the safety ratings of our

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Thursday October 29, 2015

Halloween Safety

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

Little is more exciting to kids than dressing up in wacky costumes and being set free in neighbourhoods to collect free candy. Halloween should be a fun time that is free of easily preventable accidents and injuries. A few simple considerations when planning costumes, decorating around your house,

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Wednesday October 21, 2015

10 Tips to Protect Yourself After a Motor Vehicle Collision

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

The last thing any driver wants to think about is getting into a car accident. However, in 2013 there were over 122,000 collisions in Canada . These accidents can range from fender benders to serious collisions. It is important to know what steps you can take to protect yourself if you ever were to

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Tuesday September 22, 2015

Mitigating Your Losses – A Win-Win Decision

Authored by: Luke Godin, Articling Clerk Posted in: Personal Injury

Unfortunately, many injury victims have a tendency to delay or forgo medical treatment after an accident. Whether it is out of optimism or dislike of having to see a doctor, avoiding medical treatment can be even more harmful. First, injuries that could have been treated early on can become even

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Thursday September 3, 2015

Barrier for Sexual Assault Victims Removed in Nova Scotia

Posted in: Personal Injury

As of September 1, 2015, the government of Nova Scotia has removed a potential barrier to justice for victims of sexual assault. It is well known that many victims of a childhood sexual assault are unable to come forward about their abuse at the time that it occurs. In fact, one study indicates that

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Friday August 28, 2015

Back to School Travel Safety

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

New backpacks, lunchbags and binders along with the change in Nova Scotia weather are all signs that it is time for children to go back-to-school. While it is an exciting time of year it is also important to go over some safety tips with your children for travelling to and from school. Whether they

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Tuesday August 11, 2015

Limitation of Actions Act, 2015

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If you are involved in a personal injury matter, whether it is a motor vehicle collision or a slip and fall, the time frame to commence an action is limited. As of September 1, 2015, new amendments to the Limitation of Actions Act (the “Act”) will come into effect. These new amendments to the Act

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Friday July 3, 2015

Essential Post-Accident Advice – Do you know who is calling?

Posted in: Personal Injury

After a motor vehicle collision occurs, you may get calls from many different insurance company employees or adjusters. It is important to understand the differences between the adjusters as soon as your phone starts to ring. This quick guide explains the different types of adjusters and can help

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Friday June 5, 2015

Bicycle Safety - What Should I do if my Child is Injured?

Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

With the winter finally behind us and HRM bike week running from June 5th-14th, it is a good time for you and your kids to get out on your bikes. It is also a good time to talk to your children about the importance of proper helmet safety. According to the IWK’s Child Safety Link, cycling is the

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Friday March 20, 2015

Say Cheese! Can Lawyers Get Their Hands On Your Private Photos?

Posted in: Personal Injury

If you are like most Canadians, you are longing to escape the winter and head south in search of white sandy beaches and maybe even a tropical cocktail. However, if you are in the midst of pursuing a personal injury claim, there are things you should know before packing your bags. The lawyer for

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Wednesday March 4, 2015

Take Heed: Waiting To Sue May Not Be Your Friend

Posted in: Personal Injury

Did you know there are time limits on how long you have to sue someone for an unlawful act they may have committed against you? In October 2014 the Nova Scotia Government reworked many of its legal limitation laws and the changes will soon take effect. The laws have established a basic two year

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Monday February 2, 2015

Winter Walking: Tips on Staying Safe as a Pedestrian

Authored by: Rilla Banks Posted in: Personal Injury

If you’re a pedestrian in Nova Scotia, you know that getting through winter can be tough: sidewalks can go unplowed for days, visibility makes black ice hard to see, and the biting sea breeze doesn’t help. What’s more, as a pedestrian you should always be alert to the potential danger of getting

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Wednesday June 4, 2014

Important Car and Pedestrian Collision Information

Posted in: Personal Injury

Car and pedestrian collisions in HRM are happening at an alarming frequency; it seems that every other day another incident is in the news. The number of pedestrian collisions since the beginning of 2014 is overwhelming. Halifax Regional Police are now reporting all pedestrian collisions in an

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