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  • Ottawa Hockey Injury Lawyers - Ottawa Sports Injury Lawyers


    Published on: Tuesday February 14, 2012

    Ottawa Hockey Accident Lawyers

    At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we have handled many personal injury cases in Ottawa and eastern Ontario involving children and adults injured in various sporting activities, including hockey.

    It is not difficult to be injured participating in a sport or sporting activity. Injuries suffered while playing sports occur on a daily basis at schools, gyms, fields and training facilities. Sporting injuries involving hockey tend to be the most severe, due to the high number of head injuries causing concussions, catastrophic injury and spinal cord injuries. We have handled many sporting accidents causing a wide variety of injuries such as head injuries (such as severe concussion or hematoma), neck injuries, back injuries, paralysis and fractures.

    Not all cases of sporting injuries result in the right to sue and seek compensation. If the athletic facility involved failed to provide safe, functional equipment, liability can follow. As with all personal injury claims, it is important to keep in mind that in order to succeed in obtaining compensation, there needs to be a wrongdoer, someone who was careless or negligent and caused the accident and injuries.

    All circumstances must be taken into account when assessing liability.
    Contact us at (613) 563-1131 or 613-315-4878 for a free consultation.
    Ottawa Sports Injury Lawyers

  • In most personal injury and accident cases, an injured person needs an Ottawa accident and injury lawyer. This brief article explains why.


    Published on: Monday February 13, 2012

    In most personal injury and accident cases, an injured person needs an Ottawa accident and injury lawyer. This brief article explains why.

    Unfortunately, justice is not automatic. This is so even in cases where someone is clearly injured due to another person's carelessness or negligence.
    As your Ottawa personal injury lawyers, there are a number of issues we address in order to protect the legal rights of our injured clients. We must carefully consider and properly address things like:

    Determining notices and time periods to meet.
    Taking steps to meet the notice and time lines.
    Determining the legal deadlines to meet.
    Taking steps to meet the legal deadlines.
    Nature and extent of proper notices to provide.
    Maneuvering through the insurance company mine-field.
    Locating all possible insurance policies (both injured person’s policy and third party policies).
    Assessing entitlements and benefits under various laws.
    Assessing entitlements and rights under various possible insurance policies.
    Assessing the positive and negative facts of each case.
    Obtaining all relevant medical and other evidence.
    Determining the applicable laws and legal principles in each case.
    Determining the full extent of injuries.
    Determining the value of each head of damages applicable.
    Providing timely accurate legal advice.
    Assessing damages and losses.
    Retaining experts to assess losses.
    Commencing court actions within the limitation periods.
    Properly prosecuting a court action.
    And much much more....

    All of these issues can be quite complex and time consuming. Errors made at any stage can be extremely costly to our injured clients. As personal injury lawyers, we have extensive Knowledge of all applicable laws. We also have a clear understanding of the applicable court cases (judge made law); we understand how the courts system works and know how to properly read court decisions and how they have been interpreted. We know how to apply the proper personal injury laws and other laws to each case, including the common law and statutory laws.

    Inexperienced lawyers make mistakes, such as failing to comply with a legal time deadline or legal notice requirement (many are found in insurance policies or under a statute) and missing or undervaluing certain heads of damages. In an instant, an injured person can lose their right to make a claim.

    If the wrong information is provided to an insurance adjuster, this may have a significant harmful effect on the claim. Proceeding without the legal advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer can be very risky. The system is stacked against injured persons who are not represented by a personal injury lawyer.

    Keep in mind that insurance companies are in business to make money. As a business, they will want understandably to reduce any payments or, if possible, not pay at all. Insurance companies have highly skilled and trained adjusters on staff and they hire very experienced and knowledgeable lawyers. They are very familiar with the insurance system and the legal system and they know how to take advantage of the systems.
    Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer levels the playing field. Your Ottawa injury lawyer will take the steps needed to protect your interests and rights so that you can maximize the compensation you deserve.

    As your Ottawa injury lawyers, we handle all of the steps for you. While you concentrate on recovery and returning to your day-to-day life, our Ottawa accident lawyers handle the complicated legal issues for you. We have experienced injury lawyers, paralegals and law clerks. Our team is ready to fight for you. Our personal injury team will protect your rights and work hard to get you the most money possible so that you are fairly and justifiably compensated for your injuries sustained due to another person's negligence or wrongdoing.

    Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP - Ottawa injury and accident lawyers - Free consultations at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131. NO Fee Until You Win.
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  • Ottawa elevator and escalator lawyers - top Ottawa injury lawyers helping victims of accident in Eastern Ontario


    Published on: Sunday February 12, 2012

    Ottawa Elevators and Escalator Injury Lawyers

    The lawyers of Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP have extensive experience handling cases for individuals who have suffered personal injury as a result of elevators and escalators, whether it occurred on private or public property. The law regarding preventing accidents occurring as a result of elevators and escalators is complex. Choosing a qualified Ottawa elevator and escalator accident lawyer is vital to obtaining fair compensation. Choose the wrong lawyer and you can lose thousands of dollars in compensation.

    Ottawa has hundreds if not thousands of elevators and escalators in public and private buildings. Each year escalator and elevator machines are required to be inspected for safety by the TSSA and experts in the industry. The Province of Ontario regulates the design, installation and maintenance of elevators and escalators.
    Despite all the safeguards in place, some owners ignore their legal responsibilities and each year people are seriously injured in Ottawa and Ontario as a result of defective, inadequately inspected, or poorly maintained elevators and escalators. In some cases, the accidents result in wrongful deaths. In most cases, the accidents could have been avoided.

    As large mechanical machines, elevators and escalators can cause serious and permanent injuries. Our law firm has extensive experience handling catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, including many cases of injuries occurring on escalators and elevators throughout Ontario. We have handled cases such as escalator accidents caused by:

    Improper installation
    Missing parts
    Sudden stoppages
    Loose or missing parts
    Inadequate maintenance
    Inadequate supervision
    Side entrapment involving footwear

    In many cases, young children, who are attracted to the moving parts on the escalator, are injured because they fail to appreciate the dangers of escalators and elevators.

    We have also handled cases of injuries caused by elevators such as:
    Elevator falls
    Elevator drops
    Improper door movements
    Defective safety strips on doors
    Defective equipment
    Uneven car landing, either above or below designated floor
    Improper design
    Improper maintenance
    Negligent supervision

    Escalator and elevator accidents are extremely complex cases to handle. It requires experience and knowledge of the operation of these types of machinery and its interplay with the many legal principles of negligence.

    Because owners typically try to get the escalator or elevator fixed as soon as possible after an accident (and thereby getting rid of the evidence), it is important to promptly hire a qualified and experienced elevator and escalator accident lawyer so that we can immediately undertake a prompt factual investigation, identify and contact witnesses, preserve essential evidence, take photographs and deliver notices of claims.

    Our lawyers have significant experience handling complex personal injury and wrongful death cases, including complex escalator and elevator accident cases. Our firm has the experience, the knowledge and the resources to best handle any elevator or escalator accident case resulting in personal injury or wrongful death.
    Initial consultations with our law firm are always free, and our cases are handled on a no fee until we win your case basis (called contingent fee basis). Please call us at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131.

    Choosing the right personal injury lawyer who has experience with these cases is vital to successfully obtaining compensation. Personal injury is our specialty, which is all we do, every day. We are considered one of the best personal injury Boutique law firms in Ontario.

    Call us for a free consultation at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131. Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers of Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP (Marc N. Quinn). There is no fee until we recover money for you.

  • Ottawa Playground Accident Lawyers


    Published on: Saturday February 11, 2012

    Ottawa School and Playground Injury Lawyers

    If your child has been injured in a playground, your child may be entitled to compensation. Negligence is not always apparent and as injury lawyers, we can determine if the accident was caused due to the negligence of another party.

    The area of playground injury law has changed considerably in recent years. While the basis of the claim still lies in Occupier's Liability or Premises Liability, it often interplays with negligent supervision allegations and legal principles.
    Parents, teachers and lawyers are now more aware than ever that playground accidents are often the result of poor playground construction or design or as a result of lack of supervision.

    There are ways in which schools, school boards, municipalities and private schools can make playgrounds much safer for children. Many of these changes are inexpensive and still allow children the ability to use playground structures constructively and freely. We have handled cases of child injury on playgrounds where the allegations centered on poor and negligent design, lack of maintenance and/or lack of supervision.

    In many cases, accidents are simply accidents and there is no one to be sued. As parents, teachers and supervisors, we cannot prevent every accident. In other cases however, a child is injured due to the negligence of another. When children are injured in playground accidents, it is often school negligence that is the root cause. We investigate the reason(s) why an accident occurs and if a party or parties are at fault, we pursue that party or parties on behalf of our clients. We have succeeded in all school and playground negligence cases we have handled to obtain compensation for our clients.

    Ottawa serious injury and playground accident lawyers - Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP - We have a special interest in personal injury, accident and disability cases. There is no fee unless we recover money for our clients. Our consultation is free and confidential.
    Call us for a free consultation at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131.

  • What is damages for loss of quality of life? What is damages for loss of enjoyment of life? Ottawa accident lawyers explain


    Published on: Saturday February 11, 2012

    What Is Loss of Enjoyment of Life?

    In any personal injury or accident cases, there are different types of damages which may be recoverable from the person who caused the injury, the at-fault party. They include special damages such as lost wages or lost income, out of pocket expenses and medical costs. There is also a type of damage called "pain and suffering damages" which is also sometimes referred to as non-pecuniary or general damages. Loss of enjoyment of life is part of the general damages an injured person can claim as a result of an injury or injuries sustained in an accident.

    When a person suffers an injury, their lives are affected in various ways. Every injury impacts on the enjoyment of and quality of life of the injured person. In some cases it is temporary and minor, but in other cases, it is profound, life altering and permanent such as a serious head injury, spinal cord injury, brain injury or other serious injury. The more serious the injury, the more catastrophic the injury, the more this head of damage is relevant and significant. Loss of enjoyment of life is considered a general damage, such as pain and suffering damages.

    Calculating the amount of damages for the loss of enjoyment of life, however, is not an easy task and your lawyer uses his or her legal skills to make an assessment in this regard. Your personal injury lawyer will use medical and other evidence, research case law and discuss with you the various ways the injury or injuries has affected your life and those of your family to arrive at an amount that would fairly compensate you for this head - type of monetary damages.

    Therefore, you need experienced personal injury lawyers who focus their law practice on injury law. Our firm has this experience and the track record of success you need.

    Ottawa serious injury and accident lawyers - Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP - We have a special interest in personal injury, accident and disability cases. There is no fee unless we recover money for our clients. Our consultation is free and confidential.

    Call us for a free consultation at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131. Ottawa accident and injury lawyers.

  • Ottawa serious injury lawyers explain what a life care plan is and why lawyers need it for their clients.


    Published on: Saturday February 11, 2012

    What is a Life Care Plan and why is it needed?

    A life care plan is documents prepared by a health care expert as a way to assist injured persons assess their various medical needs. The written plan outlines the steps in an organized thought out and professional way which are needed to fulfil the care needs of an injured child or adult. It provides details on what specific medical and other care is needed, which professionals will provide the care and sets parameters like time lines so that an effective managed care program can be implemented by the various health care providers involved.

    A life care plan is essential because it assists the injured person and their lawyers to accomplish two main goals: the first is to develop a care program which can assist the injured person deal with all life issues arising out of the injuries sustained such as type and nature of care services needed and the costs associated with those care services; and secondly, it assist the injured person’s lawyer in arriving at the proper and adequate compensation needed to implement the care plan. Properly assessing medical needs and all of the expenses that arise after a life-altering injury is greatly improved with a life care plan.

    The various issues addressed in a life care program include but are not limited to:

    assessing and listing care services required
    assessing and listing expert care services required
    setting time lines for implementation of care services
    assessing impact on schools and education activities
    listing needed medical equipment and devices
    assessment of needs regarding social interaction
    assessing home modification needs
    addressing respite care needs
    assessing physical therapy needs
    assessing other various needs
    setting out an implementation strategy

    Life care plans are usually used in serious personal injury cases such as serious orthopedic injuries, head injuries, brain injuries, spine injuries and other profound and serious injury cases.

    Creating a life care plan with advice from both medical experts and legal professionals is a means to protect our clients against unexpected care and other costs that can appear in the future. There is much less chance of missing an important expense when a life care plan is created by a qualified professional. There is a greater chance of obtaining higher compensation settlements and court awards with a life care plan in place.

    Ottawa serious injury lawyers - Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP - We use life care plans to protect our seriously injured clients. Call us for a free consultation at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131. There is no fee unless we settle your Injury case.

  • Best Ottawa Injury Lawyers - We are a team of Injury Lawyers


    Published on: Friday February 10, 2012

    Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers -Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP.

    We are a team of Ottawa accident and injury lawyers working as a law firm focussing only on personal injury, accident and disability law matters. We have helped many clients in Ontario who have suffered injuries due to a variety of accidents. Unless other lawyers, we do not simply dabble in injury law, injury law is all we do.

    We assist accident victims and their families every day. We provide legal advice and service needed to obtain fair compensation for our clients who suffer injuries sustained in accidents.

    We have a team of dedicated Ottawa personal injury lawyers who have a special interest in injury cases. Most of our clients come to us from referrals from other lawyers or past clients.

    If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury as a result of an accident, we provide free legal consultations and can answer your questions. We also work on the basis of contingency and charge no fees until we recover compensation for you.


    This Ottawa Injury and Accident Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa lawyers Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP who report on news and provide information about accident victims and their rights throughout Ontario.

    Call us for a free consultation at 613-563-1131 or 613-315-4878. Visit us at www.ottawapersonalinjurylawyernetwork.com.

  • Ottawa Orthopedic Injury Lawyers - Fractures, Broken Bones and More


    Published on: Thursday February 09, 2012

    Orthopaedic Injuries: Fractures, Broken Bones and More - Ottawa orthopedic injury lawyers


    Orthopedic injuries (typically fractures - broken bones) are often caused by car accidents and falls. In many cases, the fractures heal and there is little or no long term consequences to the injured person. In other cases, the fractured bone heals, but there is residual long term pain, suffering and in some cases significant permanent disability. In every case, injured persons are entitled to advance a claim for compensation of their injuries are the result of someone else’s wrongdoing or negligence.

    Many victims find that their function has been impaired to some degree even after they have healed from a broken bone. Many of our clients explain that they continue to experience discomfort, pain or disability, long after their surgeons and physicians tell them the broken bones have healed. The long term consequences of fractures and other orthopedic injuries can be significant, disabling and permanent, depending on the extent of the injury or injuries.

    The personal injury lawyers of Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, represent people who have suffered serious orthopaedic injuries, whether the injuries have resulted from trip and falls, slip and falls, car accidents or any other type of accident. Our accident lawyers fully assess and review every aspect of orthopedic injuries and take all necessary steps to obtain full compensation for our clients.

    We understand that the full range of adverse affects of orthopedic injuries such as physical pain, emotional and psychological pain and suffering, arthritis, chronic pain, stress, anxiety, fatigue, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and regional pain syndromes, must be fully considered when assessing what is fair compensation. We understand that, like any injury, orthopedic injuries can affect someone's ability to function and work. Orthopaedic injuries can result in a requirement for extensive medical assessment and treatment, rehabilitation and has great impact on lifestyle. We take great care to consider all possible head of losses, expenses and damages.


    We have experience handling many types of orthopaedic injury cases including:

    simple bone fractures
    complex fractures
    bone injuries
    back injuries
    spinal cord injuries
    knee injuries
    shoulder injuries
    arm and wrist injuries
    hand injuries
    leg, knee and ankle injuries
    damage to soft tissue affecting bones
    ligament damage and injury
    cartilage damage and injury
    muscle damage and injury
    tissue damage and injury


    We work very closely with various medical and non medical experts such as medical professionals, engineers, accountants, economists, care assessors and more to assess and determine the full extent and scope of damages sustained by our clients. We then fully pursue all of the possible compensation our clients deserve.


    If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious orthopaedic injury due to another person's negligence or wrongdoing, please contact one of our injury lawyers at 613-563-1131 or 613-315-4878 for a free consultation.

    No Fee Until You Win - Ottawa orthopedic injury lawyers

  • Ottawa psychological injury lawyers


    Published on: Wednesday February 08, 2012

    Psychological Injuries - Ottawa psychological injury lawyers

    In many cases, especially when the physical injuries are clear, the psychological and emotional impact on the injured person and their family is overlooked. In some cases, the psychological and emotional impact and trauma is secondary to the physical injuries sustained but is nevertheless compensable. In other cases, the injury itself is fully psychological and/or emotional and is the main injury.

    If you are suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or any other psychiatric or psychological disorder, it is important to explore your options with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

    We provide experienced and effective representation in civil cases dealing with psychological injuries. Our lawyers have the skills, experience and legal resources necessary to effectively and comprehensively represent clients’ interests in cases involving psychological injuries such as:

    • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Depression and stress
    • Anxiety
    • Nervous shock
    • Sleep and other disorders

    At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we have the experience needed to address psychological injury cases fully and comprehensively. We have represented many clients in personal injury and other accident cases where the psychological injuries are severe, prolonged and permanent.

    We work closely with various medical experts, including psychologists and psychiatrists, in order to identify the treatment needs of our clients as well as the full extent of damages and compensation that flow from psychological injuries. On behalf of our clients, we retain and rely on medical experts to provide professional medical legal assessments and opinions. We also hire and rely on various non-medical experts such as actuarial experts, economists, engineers, rehabilitation experts, accountants, tax experts and life care specialists such as certified life care planners. Our experts assist us in properly assessing past and future needs of our clients and also assess the financial cost of fulfilling those needs. We hire experts in every field necessary to full assess our client's needs.

    We assign a team of lawyers and law clerks to each injury case. Our strength lies in the fact that we have teams of lawyers and legal professionals who can work toward the common goal of advancing our clients' interests in these complicated cases.
    Our lawyers are strong legal advocates. Each case is assessed fully from a liability perspective and from a damages-compensation perspective; and a strategy for achieving positive results and success is formulated in every single case. We apply winning proven strategies and techniques to mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, such as judicial pre-trials and settlement conferences. We first focus on reaching maximum compensation through non litigation means. If necessary however, we are not afraid of the courtroom and we do take cases to trial.

    At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we assess all costs associated with the short and long term medical and non-medical needs of our clients. When someone suffers from a psychological injury, they suffer greatly and their family members also suffer greatly. We also focus on ensuring all family members are full compensated. We advance claims for loss of care, guidance and companionship, for care services, expenses, loss of income and more.

    Call one of our experienced injury lawyers at 613-563-1131 or 613-315-4878.

    Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP – We level the playing field between insurance companies and injured persons throughout Ontario. Our law firm has the resources, knowledge and experience required to obtain compensation in psychological injury cases. To arrange a free consultation about your injury case, please contact us by e-mail at mquinn@pqtlaw.com or call us at 613-315-4878 or 613-563-1131.

    We represent clients throughout Ontario, with a special focus on eastern Ontario and Ottawa in particular.

    Ottawa Psychological and Psychiatric Injury Lawyers

  • Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyers - not every personal injury lawyer is qualified to handle complex spinal cord injury litigation


    Published on: Wednesday February 08, 2012

    Spinal Cord Injuries - Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyers - Why you need experienced injury lawyers to handle your spinal injury negligence claim.

    Spinal cord injuries are among the most catastrophic and complex injuries anyone can suffer. There is no part of life which is not adversely affected by spinal cord injuries. Quality of life is affected beyond imagine and lack of, or serious reduction of, mobility has a profound impact on every facet of life for the injured person and their family.

    Spinal cord injuries can occur from many activities and often occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, or in combination with head injuries. Spinal cord injuries usually mean a lifetime of rehabilitation and specialized medical care, requiring the long term assistance of various health care providers and other life experts.
    Not all lawyers appreciate nor understand the legal, emotional and medical complexities of spinal cord injuries and the financial burden it causes injured persons and their families. The various types of financial and non-financial losses must be fully analyzed before considering any settlement. There can be no rush to settlement in spinal cord injury cases.

    We understand that spinal cord injuries affect injured persons differently. It can result in partial paralysis. In others, the result is complete paralysis. The degree of paralysis depends upon the level and the extent of injury to the spinal cord.

    There are various bodily consequences of spinal cord injuries, other than paralysis and loss of use of arms and/or legs, which can be devastating such as loss of sensation in certain areas of the body, severe muscle spasms, severe pain and loss of certain bodily functions.

    At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we have the experience needed to address spinal cord injury cases fully and comprehensively. We have represented many clients in personal injury and other accident cases where the injuries are severe, prolonged and permanent, including head and spinal cord injury cases. On behalf of our clients, we retain and rely on medical experts to provide professional medical legal assessments and opinions. We also hire and rely on various non-medical experts such as actuarial experts, economists, engineers, rehabilitation experts, accountants, tax experts and life care specialists such as certified life care planners. Our experts assess past and future needs of our clients and also assess the financial cost of fulfilling those needs. We hire experts in every field necessary to full assess our client's needs.

    If the case proceeds to trial, we use technical evidence such as demonstrative evidence, graphic evidence, photographs, enlarged medical test results such as films and scan results, animation software and more. In many cases, we hire experts in the field of life assessment and have them prepare day-in-the-life videos which have proven very successful in depicting the day to day challenges of persons injured. This level of complex analysis and legal work is absolutely required in spinal cord and head injury cases.

    We assign a team of lawyers and law clerks to each injury case. Our strength lies in the fact that we have teams of lawyers and legal professionals who can work toward the common goal of advancing our clients' interests in these complicated cases.
    We have handled many cases involving paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, sciatic nerve injuries, radiating pain and related injuries and neurogenic pain injuries.

    Our lawyers are strong legal advocates. Each case is assessed fully from a liability perspective and from a damages-compensation perspective; and a strategy for achieving positive results and success is formulated in every single case. We apply winning proven strategies and techniques to mediation and other forms of dispute resolution, such as judicial pre-trials and settlement conferences. We first focus on reaching maximum compensation through non litigation means. If necessary however, we are not afraid of the courtroom and we do take cases to trial.

    At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we assess all costs associated with the short and long term medical and non-medical needs of our clients. While the obvious costs such as medical care expenses, rehabilitation expenses, assistive aid expenses, medical device expenses and similar expenses must be fully assessed, we focus as well on the less obvious costs such as the impact on social and family relationships, pain and suffering from every conceivable angle, loss of income and benefits and the short and long term impact on quality of life.

    When someone suffers from a spinal cord injury, they suffer greatly and their family members also suffer greatly. We also focus on ensuring all family members are full compensated. We advance claims for loss of care, guidance and companionship, for care services, expenses, loss of income and more. In cases of motor vehicle accidents having caused the spinal cord injury or injuries, we work on obtaining statutory motor vehicle accident benefits for the injured person and any eligible family members.

    Call one of our experienced injury lawyers at 613-563-1131 or 613-315-4878.
    Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP – We level the playing field between insurance companies and injured persons throughout Ontario.

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