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June 7, 2017

FORE the Kids Charity Golf Tournament - June 24, 2017, Granite Ridge Golf Club, Milton, Ontario

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be the premium sponsor of this tournament and a participant.

For 16 years a group of airline employees and friends have organized a golf tournament in the aid of a charity as a way to give back to our community. This year they are supporting Cardiac Kids, in support of SickKids Foundation.

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Cardiac Kids is a non-profit charity organization established in 2000 to raise much-needed funds for children who are suffering from congenital heart disease. 1 in 100 Canadian children are born with a congenital heart defect and more than half need surgery to survive. Over half of the patients who require surgery are under one year old, and almost a quarter are less than a month old. Congenital Heart Defects or CHDs are the most common birth defect. Funds given to Cardiac Kids are used to support the children and staff of the cardiology ward at The Hospital for Sick Children.

To find out more about Cardiac Kids visit their website at www.cardiackids.ca or to find out more about SickKids Foundation visit their website at www.sickkidsfoundation.com

For further information about the tournament or to register, contact the tournament director at, FOREtheKids@outlook.com


May 11, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: $1,000,000 Breach of Privacy Lawsuit Started Against the William Osler Health System and a nurse.

A $1 million breach of privacy lawsuit has been filed by Smitiuch Injury Law on behalf of Valerie Darragh against the William Osler Health System and a nurse. Darragh was recently notified by William Osler that her Brampton Civic Hospital patient identification number was allegedly accessed by "an employee" for "non-hospital-related" use. A nurse has been charged with using patient identification numbers to steal Percoset.

Valerie spent two months in intensive care at Brampton Civic Hospital last year. Another former patient told The Brampton Guardian that her information was accessed as long as seven years ago.

"When patients are in a hospital's care, they shouldn't have to worry about how their personal information is being treated," said Darragh's lawyer, Mike Smitiuch of Smitiuch Injury Law.

"The (alleged) illegal access of her file has created stress, confusion and concern as to how this could have happened and what personal information has been disclosed," Smitiuch said of Darragh. "The hospital says things are under control, but how can she be sure?"

Further details can be found by clicking on one of the media links below.

If you have any questions or think that your privacy may have been breached, contact Mike Smitiuch directly at, mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


May 1, 2017

A Brantford jury awards our client $2.4 million after a five week trial

A Brantford jury has awarded a driver $2.4 million in damages in a motor vehicle incident involving a snow plow. The driver, 37-year-old Greg McKnight of Brantford was driving home from work westbound on Highway 403 in Hamilton, when a snow plow at the Wilson Street overpass pushed snow and ice onto his car, smashing through the sunroof.

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McKnight suffered chronic pain and psychological distress. The two snow plow companies, contracted by the City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario, admitted liability in a case that has taken nine years to make its way through the courts.

On April 20, 2017, the jury awarded $2.4 million to the driver, including $600,000 for pain and suffering damages, $950,000 for loss of income, and $800,000 for cost of care and other expenses.

Contact Peter Cho at, peter@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551 for more details.


April 24, 2017

Michael Smitiuch discusses the Marshall Report and the vital role that lawyers play in helping injury victims fight for justice

The Marshall Report was written by former Workplace Safety and Insurance Board CEO David Marshall. In his report, Mr. Marshall states that although Ontario is the safest province in Canada to drive in, insurance premiums are the highest.

Click here to read Michael's full response on CBC to the 'Fair Benefits Fairly Delivered: A Review of the Auto Insurance System in Ontario' report.

The complete Marshall Report can be read by clicking here.

Contact Michael Smitiuch at, mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551 for more details.


April 6, 2017

Michael Smitiuch discusses the Madeleine Petrielli $4M lawsuit on Global News - The Morning Show.

Click here to watch Michael's interview on Global News

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Contact Michael Smitiuch at, mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551 for more details.


April 5, 2017

Family files a $4M lawsuit against the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel and others, after their daughter was killed while crossing the street.

On December 2, 2016, 15-year-old Madeleine Petrielli, was killed while crossing an intersection in Mississauga with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend safely made it across the street but tragically Madeleine was struck by an SUV and died shortly afterwards.

The lawsuit claims the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel failed to ensure the intersection was safe for pedestrians by maintaining proper street lighting.

"Not just one, but five street lights were out at the intersection on the night of this tragic collision and for several days leading up to it," says Michael Smitiuch, the lawyer representing the family. "The city and region have a responsibility to this family and the public to do their part to protect pedestrians. Fixing a few street lights seems a small price to save lives."

"It's horrible. My life is completely different," says Nicole Burnat, Madeleine's mother. "My daughter's not walking through the door again, she's not here to play with her little brother."

"Madeleine and far too many others have lost their lives at the hands of drivers while crossing the street," says Smitiuch. "We believe her tragic death could have been prevented."

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Nicole Burnat, Madeleine's mother and Michael Smitiuch, the family's lawyer, answer questions during a press conference on April 5, 2017.

Full details of the accident and lawsuit can be found by clicking on one of the media links below.

For further details contact Michael Smitiuch at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


April 3, 2017

Hamilton Health Sciences 24th Annual Conference on Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury - Gold Sponsorship

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of this important event. It will be held on May 4 - 5, 2017, at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

We encourage all ABI Rehabilitation Professionals, Psychologists, Physicians, Program Planners and Advocates to attend.

Click here for further details.


March 8, 2017

UPDATE - The Adam Bari Story - Changes to Accident Benefits entitlement adds to family’s struggle

On June 1, 2016, significant changes were made to the province’s Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS). The most significant one was changes to the definition of the catastrophic impairment scale and resulting reductions in benefits.

Take Adam Bari's motorcycle accident as an example. His accident was on June 1, 2016, under the old definition of the impairment scale, he would have been declared catastrophically impaired and been eligible for up to $2 million in benefits. However under the new definition, Adam was not declared catastrophically impaired and therefore is only eligible for up to $86,000 in benefits.

"My understanding from medical experts is this new scale is fairly restrictive," said Michael Smitiuch, Bari’s lawyer. "You’re going to see, likely, people who automatically would have been deemed catastrophic in the past under the old GCS scale, they’re not going to be under the new scale."

Click here to read the complete Adam Bari story online at The Simcoe Reformer.

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Adam Bari lies in hospital after a motorcycle accident on June 1 that put him in a coma for 13 days.

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Adam Bari is seen in hospital after a motorcycle accident on June 1 that put him in a coma for 13 days.

For further details contact Michael Smitiuch at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


February 15, 2017

Smitiuch Injury Law staff volunteers at The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

Fifteen staff and friends of the firm volunteered at The Law Society Foundation's Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. The volunteers helped serve meals to over 400 Toronto residents. The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program has provided hot, healthy community meals to Toronto residents in need since 1998. This important year-round program, providing more than 60,000 meals a year, is made possible thanks to generous donations to The Law Society Foundation and the work of committed volunteers.

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Further details about the Law Society Foundation's Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program can be found by visiting their website. http://www.lawyersfeedthehungry.ca/toronto.html


February 1, 2017

The Dangers of Wired Glass

Wired glass is used throughout our schools, hospitals and public buildings. It is in gymnasiums, hallways and many other places where children learn and play. Although it is thought to be stronger than regular glass, it is not. It is much weaker and has led to many horrific incidents and injuries.

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Image sourced from: http://safeglassforschools.com

Schools are probably the worst place to use it. Students are active and they are not always safety conscious. "It’s just a matter of time before children, being children, will impact the glass and be severely injured," says Michael Smitiuch, who is representing several injured students. It is estimated that one student per day is injured by wired glass in a Canadian school.

After being used for years, wired glass will be removed from the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) national building standards in February 2017.

Full details can be found by clicking on a link below.

Media Coverage:

For further details contact Michael Smitiuch at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


January 19, 2017

Father and son file $4M lawsuit against TTC over violent Union Station confrontation

Michael Smitiuch, the Gillmans' lawyer says all charges against the two men were dropped last month, and they've filed a damages suit against the two officers and the transit commission."Both the Gillmans and the public deserve assurances that this sort of incident won't be repeated," Smitiuch said in a statement.

Full details of the incident and the lawsuit can be found by clicking on a media link below.

Jamie (left) and Russell (right) Gillman have filed a $4 million lawsuit against two transit enforcement officers and the TTC, after a confrontation at Union Station in Jan. 2015.

Jamie (left) and Russell (right) Gillman have filed a $4 million lawsuit against two transit enforcement officers and the TTC, after a confrontation at Union Station in January 2015. (CBC)

Media Coverage:

For further details contact Michael Smitiuch at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


January 11, 2017 - Toronto Sun

"Reduced damages a tough fight for killer drunk driver"

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Micheal Smitiuch thinks that civil lawyers for killer drunk driver Marco Muzzo will have a tough time convincing a jury that damages being sought by the victims' family should be reduced.

In an article published today in the Toronto Sun, Smitiuch says, "a jury would certainly feel that almost any amount of compensation could not make up for this loss, but certainly they wouldn't agree to a reduction based on things that are being argued here."

Click here to read the complete Toronto Sun article.

Michael can be reached directly at, mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551, ext. 201


January 11, 2017 - CBC News Toronto

What should you do if you are in a car accident?

Michael Smitiuch answers the question in an article published by CBC News Toronto. Some key points to remember:

  1. Call police and any other emergency services needed.
  2. Carefully document the accident and take pictures.
  3. Contact your insurance company.
  4. If you cannnot work as a result of the accident, access workplace short-term or long-term disability coverage.
  5. Consider legal action against the driver who is considered to have caused the accident.
  6. Access accident benefits whether you are at fault or not.

Click here to read the complete CBC News Toronto article.

Michael can be reached directly at, mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551, ext. 201


December 23, 2016

50th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2016 Toy Donations

The employees of Smitiuch Injury Law are pleased to donate toys to the 50th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2016.

Close to 100 toys were donated.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!


December 14, 2016

Toronto Man Who Was Wrongly Convicted Files Suit Against Police

After spending five years, three months, and twenty days in prison for crimes he did not commit, a Parkdale man who was acquitted of all charges has filed a $4.5 million damages suit against Toronto police and the five officers he claims are largely responsible for his wrongful conviction.

"This is another case that raises serious concerns about the conduct and credibility of Toronto’s police force," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law, the lawyer representing 36-year-old Nosakhare Ohenhen. "This is about the malicious disregard for a young man's rights by those who are supposed to be upholding the law, not enforcing their own system of justice."

In 2010, Nosakhare Ohenhen was convicted of 17 charges including possession of cocaine, possession of a restricted firearm and assaulting a police officer following his 2008 arrest in Parkdale. He was sentenced to nine years in prison, with credit for time served while awaiting trial. Ohenhen was released in 2013. The Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a new trial in 2015, and this past September, an Ontario Superior Court Justice acquitted Ohenhen of all charges.

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Ohenhen's retrial was heard by Justice Michael G. Quigley. After reviewing the evidence, he found that the testimony of the officers handling the case was neither credible nor reliable, noting it was riddled with inconsistencies and memory lapses. In Justice Quigley's opinion, "The inability to trust the evidence of the officers aggravates the gravity of the violations and the very distinct possibility that the police planted drugs on Mr. Ohenhen ..." In acquitting Ohenhen of all charges, Justice Quigley concluded that there were no legitimate grounds for police to stop or arrest him and that Ohenhen's arbitrary detention, unreasonable search, and denial of counsel was a brazen and blatant violation of his constitutional rights.

"While Nosa can't get back those five years of his life, it's not too late to right a terrible wrong," added Smitiuch. "Toronto police need to be held to a much higher moral standard, so that what happened to this young man, doesn't happen to someone else."

Click here to listen to Michael Smitiuch discuss the Ohenhen lawsuit on Talk Radio AM640 with host Tasha Kheiriddin.

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For further information contact: Michael Smitiuch, mike@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551


December 12, 2016

Paralyzed in crash, man wins damages from City of Hamilton over faded stop line at rural crossing

A 2006 crash on a clear, sunny day made Michael Chiocchio a quadriplegic.

There's a good chance Michael Chiocchio Sr. would not be a quadraplegic today if the City of Hamilton had spent an estimated $100 repainting a stop line at a rural crossroads, according to an Ontario court.

The city could have spent "a meager $100" to repaint a stop line at Brock Road and 5th Concession West, Justice Antonio Skarica ruled Friday. The faded line at least partially caused Richard Ellis's car to collide with a minivan carrying Michael Chiocchio Sr., making him quadriplegic at age 37. Now the city will pay "significant" damages and losses.

This image shows Brock Road and 5th Concession West as it was in 2005. In 2012, the city added a four-way stop, but it was only a two-way stop when a collision injured Michael Chiocchio.

This image shows Brock Road and 5th Concession West as it was in 2005. In 2012, the city added a four-way stop, but it was only a two-way stop when a collision injured Michael Chiocchio. (Google Earth)

Michael Smitiuch, Chiocchio's lawyer told CBC news "I can say that given his injuries and ongoing needs, his losses and damages are significant."

Click here to read the complete Michael Chiocchio Sr. story online at CBC Hamilton.

For further details contact Michael Smitiuch at mike@sil.lawyer or Peter Cho at peter@sil.lawyer


October 14, 2016

Regulation changes deny accident victim adequate benefits, Bari family says

Click here to read the complete Adam Bari story online at The Hamilton Spectator.

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Adam Bari lies in hospital after a motorcycle accident on June 1 that put him in a coma for 13 days.

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Adam Bari is seen in hospital after a motorcycle accident on June 1 that put him in a coma for 13 days.

Click here to read the complete Adam Bari story online at The Hamilton Spectator.

For further details contact Michael Smitiuch at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


October 11, 2016

Michael Smitiuch discusses the impacts of recent auto insurance changes on CBC Toronto Metro Morning

Listen to Michael Smitiuch on CBC Toronto Metro Morning discuss how the recent changes to insurance limits in Ontario have directly impacted a family.

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Read the complete story online at CBC Hamilton.

Michael can be contacted directly at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


October 11, 2016

Michael Smitiuch discusses the impact of new insurance rules on catastrophic injury on CBC Radio Ontario Morning

Listen to Michael Smitiuch on CBC Radio Ontario Morning discuss the real life impact of new insurance rules on catastrophic injury with Ontario Morning host, Wei Chen.

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Read the complete story online at CBC Hamilton.

Michael can be contacted directly at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


October 3, 2016

The Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, Disclosure, is now available.

Can I sue a waiter or waitress or a restaurant if I am served food I am allergic to, even though I forewarned them about my allergy? Do you have a favourite Fictional Lawyer? Smitiuch Injury Law continues to "Fight for Justice".

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The newsletter is available online or email us and we will add you to our mailing list.


September 28, 2016

Peter Cho & Michael Smitiuch give talk about the Stilwell v. Corning case

On September 22, 2016, Peter and Mike participated in the Will Davidson Product Liability Conference. They spoke about the epic legal battle against corporate giant, Corning Inc.corning

This case has received much attention in the media and legal community as it is the first successful trial win against Corning involving Visions Cookware. Mr. Stilwell was seriously injured in 2000 and in 2013 a London jury awarded him $1.15 million. Corning appealed to the highest court in Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal, but their appeal was dismissed in 2014, so ending one of the longest single actions involving a personal injury in Ontario history.

For media coverage about the Stilwell case please click on one of the following links; Financial Post or London Free Press.

For further information, Peter can be reached directly at, peter@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551, ext. 204 or Mike can be reached directly at, mike@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551, ext. 201


September 26, 2016

New Associate Lawyer joins the firm - Mr. Matthew Nieuwland

Smitiuch Injury Law is very pleased to announce that Mr. Matthew Nieuwland has joined the firm as an Associate Lawyer.

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His journey to become a lawyer was completed on September 23, 2016, when he was called to the Bar of Ontario at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Matt completed his Articles with the firm and earned his law degree (J.D.) from Queen’s University's Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with Distinction from the University of Guelph.

He is bilingual and enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and working on home renovations in his spare time.

Matt will be serving clients in Toronto, Brantford, Simcoe and surrounding communities. His addition to the firm further enhances Smitiuch Injury Law's commitment to providing excellent customer service.

Matt can be reached directly at, matt@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551, ext. 209


September 22, 2016

Michael Smitiuch Co-Chairs & Speaks at The Law Society of Upper Canada Program

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On September 19, 2016, Mike co-chaired and spoke at The Law Society of Upper Canada program, "Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law Practice Basics 2016".

This program was aimed at those lawyers starting to practice in the area of personal injury law. Mike was part of a stellar line-up of speakers including, Peter Brauti (lawyer for Constable James Forcillo) and also former Attorney General of Ontario, Charles Harnick.

Mike’s co-chair was Bill Teggart. Peter Cho from Smitiuch Injury Law also participated in the program.

Mike can be reached directly at, mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


August 2, 2016

Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law

Miss. Caroline Stacey has joined Smitiuch Injury Law as a Student-at-law.

Caroline earned her law degree (J.D.) from the University of Windsor. Before studying law, Caroline completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from York University.

During law School, Caroline participated in many extracurricular activities abroad, such as completing courses regarding International Human Rights in Switzerland as well as representing the University of Windsor in a legal competition in The Hague. She also completed one semester of her law studies in France. While at Windsor, she was an executive of the International Law Society and mentored other students in oral advocacy.

Caroline enjoys learning languages and has studied Polish, French, Spanish, Russian and American Sign Language. In her spare time, Caroline spends time with family and friends, reads fantasy novels, and travels around the world.

Recently, Caroline successfully passed both the Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations.

Caroline can be reached directly at, caroline@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


July 28, 2016

Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law

Mr. Aaron Meng has joined Smitiuch Injury Law as a Student-at-law.

Aaron received his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo.

While in law school he was an active member of the community at Western Law. He volunteered at the Community Legal Services – a renowned legal aid clinic that is dedicated to providing legal services to low-income residents. Aaron also volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada where he helped underprivileged clients with small claims and family law matters. Prior to joining Smitiuch Injury Law, Aaron was a Claims Adjuster at one of the largest insurance companies in Canada.

Aaron is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, running marathons, and exploring the food scene.

Recently, Aaron successfully passed both his Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations.

Aaron can be reached directly at, aaron@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551, ext. 237.


July 26, 2016

We are growing again!

We are looking to hire a full time Law Clerk in our Tort department. At a minimum you require the following qualifications:

  1. Good working knowledge of the Rules of Civil Procedure.
  2. 2+ years of proven experience working in Plaintiff personal injury law.
  3. Experience with Time Matters, PCLaw, Primafact and MS Office.
  4. Excellent attention to detail.

If you have what it takes, please email your CV to: careers@sil.lawyer


June 30, 2016

Read Mike Smitiuch's article this week in Lawyers Weekly on increased use of video evidence in civil cases

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This article originally appeared in the June 24, 2016, issue of The Lawyers Weekly.


June 29, 2016

2016 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - St. John's College, Brantford, ON

The recipient of the 2016 Smitiuch Injury Law St. John's College Legal Studies Scholarship is Jordon Nichols.

This year's winner was announced on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, during the Graduation ceremonies held at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of St. John's College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the St. John's College community beyond the minimum requirements.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 by Smitiuch Injury Law's Principal, Michael Smitiuch, and Litigation Coordinator, Arthur Ryan. Both Mr. Smitiuch and Mr. Ryan are alumni of St. John's College.

For more information contact Michael directly at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551 or Arthur at: arthur@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


June 29, 2016

2016 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - Assumption College, Brantford, ON

The recipient of the 2016 Smitiuch Injury Law Assumption College Legal Studies Scholarship is Jackson Moran.

This year's winner was announced on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, during the Graduation ceremonies held at Assumption College in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of Assumption College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the Assumption College community beyond the minimum requirements.

For more information contact Michael directly at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


May 26, 2016

Michael Smitiuch discusses the changes to Ontario auto insurance that are happening on June 1, 2016, on CBC Radio Ontario Morning

Listen to Michael Smitiuch on CBC Radio Ontario Morning discuss the upcoming changes to auto insurance. Starting June 1, 2016, insurance payouts for a catastrophic car accidents will go down. It's part of the province's promise to cut auto insurance rates. Ontario Morning host, Wei Chen spoke with Michael.

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Michael can be contacted directly at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


May 24, 2016

Michael Smitiuch discusses auto insurance changes on CBC Toronto Metro Morning

Listen to Michael Smitiuch on CBC Toronto Metro Morning discuss the upcoming changes to auto insurance. Starting next week, insurance payouts for a catastrophic car accidents will go down. It's part of the province's promise to cut auto insurance rates. Guest host Helen Mann spoke with Michael.

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Michael can be contacted directly at: mike@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


April 18, 2016

Peter Cho Named Outstanding New Lawyer by OTLA

Smitiuch Injury Law’s very own Peter Cho has been named as the recipient of the Martin Wunder, Q.C. – Outstanding New Lawyer Award for 2016 by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA).

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The Martin Wunder, Q.C. – Outstanding New Lawyer Award is awarded to an OTLA member in recognition of exceptional commitment to and promotion of the advancement of OTLA’s Mission: To fearlessly champion through the pursuit of the highest standards of advocacy the cause of those who have suffered injury or injustice.

The award will be presented to Peter on May 25, 2016, at the OTLA Awards Luncheon.

Peter can be contacted directly at: peter@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551


March 1, 2016

New Office Opens in Downtown Simcoe

We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest office in the heart of downtown Simcoe. The new office is located at 16 Norfolk Street South.

Mike Smitiuch, the founder of the firm, has deep ties to Norfolk County having grown up in Waterford and worked in the area for many years, including the Town of Simcoe, the Canada Employment Centre and several local farms.

The new office will allow us to enhance our service for existing clients who live in the area and provide a convenient meeting place for potential new clients. The office will be staffed by local residents, Dr. Daniel Wilhelmus and Donna Wardell.

"The downtown is the heart of any community and it’s very much what we’re about as a personal injury law firm. We’re here to play an important advocacy role by speaking on behalf of those who need our help," says Mike Smitiuch.

A recent article in the Simcoe Reformer can be read online here: Simcoe Reformer - New law office for downtown Simcoe

For further information contact:
Michael Smitiuch, mike@sil.lawyer 519-426-9332
Dr. Dan Wilhelmus, dan@sil.lawyer 519-426-9332


February 10, 2016

Family Whose Son Died in Muzik Shooting Files Suit Against Nightclub

Lawsuit seeks $2.5M in damages and claims Muzik didn't have enough security in fatal August 2015 shooting.

"Family members are still struggling to understand how this could have happened," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law. "They’re looking for answers, accountability and assurances that it is not business as usual." "The family is hoping that Duvel’s death is the last at Muzik nightclub," added Smitiuch. "It’s a tragedy that can’t be erased by a fresh coat of paint."

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The complete article can be read online at the Toronto Star.

Further Media Coverage:

For further information contact:
Michael Smitiuch, mike@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551


February 5, 2016

Ontario Reports - February 5, 2016

The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program thanks Smitiuch Injury Law for its generous sponsorship of the meal on November 18, 2015.

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For further information or to be a sponsor contact:
Amanada Ross, lsfmeal@lsuc.on.ca


January 30, 2016

The Dangers of Wired Glass

Even though wired glass is linked to ‘horrible injuries’, it can still be found in schools, arenas and other public buildings throughout Ontario. Used in windows and doors it is weaker than normal glass. School board insurers have paid out millions in claim costs.

Wired glass is problematic in schools because school-aged children and teens are so active. "It’s just a matter of time before children, being children, will impact the glass and be severely injured, like they have already been," says Michael Smitiuch, Smitiuch Injury Law Principal, who is representing several injured students.

And although wired glass is blamed for severe injuries, it is likely to remain in Canadian buildings for decades.

Warning! The following Global News story includes graphic images intended for adult audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

Watch this compelling Global News 16x9 story and read the recent Toronto Star article for more details on just how dangerous wire glass is.

For further information contact:
Michael Smitiuch, mike@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551


January 4, 2016

Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law

Mr. Matthew Nieuwland has joined Smitiuch Injury Law as a Student-at-law.

Matt earned his law degree (J.D.) from Queen’s University's Faculty of Law. Before studying law, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science with Distinction from the University of Guelph.

While in law school, Matt was an executive of the International Human Rights Club and a member of the Faculty of Law's rugby team. During his undergraduate studies, he was a proud member of the University of Guelph's men's soccer team and a three time Academic All-Canadian. He was also employed as a student-athlete mentor and was tasked with helping his fellow student-athletes balance the rigors of varsity athletics and full-time studies.

Having been educated in the Francophone school system, Matt is fully fluent in French. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and working on home renovations.

Recently, Matt successfully passed both his Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations.

Matt can be reached directly at, matt@sil.lawyer or 416-621-1551, ext. 214.


December 21, 2015

49th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2015 Toy Donations

The employees of Smitiuch Injury Law are pleased to donate toys to the 49th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2015.

Close to 100 toys were donated.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!


December 10, 2015

Michael Smitiuch selected as a Legal Expert by Global Law Experts

We are proud to announce that Global Law Experts have selected Michael Smitiuch, Principal of Smitiuch Injury Law, as the legal expert in Catastrophic Injury Law in Canada and Smitiuch Injury Law as a global leading law firm.

Michael is a leading advocate in many areas involving public safety and catastrophic injury, including wired glass in schools, suicides in hospital psychiatric units and inadequate security at nightclubs. He was also selected by Global Law Experts for his successful trial verdict against Corning Inc. involving Visions cookware and a jury verdict against the Glen Eagle Golf Club for over $1.8 million.

Global Law Experts is the world's largest network of law firms boasting over 2000 high profile lawyers who are experts in over 50 specialist areas of law in over 140 countries.

Each lawyer selected goes through an intensive research process before being passed onto the Nominations Panel for final assessment and validation. Only then are lawyers invited to join Global Law Experts and thus be endorsed by Global Law Experts.

For further information contact:
Michael Smitiuch, mike@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551


November 20, 2015

Smitiuch Injury Law staff volunteers at The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

Fifteen staff and friends of the firm volunteered at The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. The volunteers helped serve meals to over 400 Toronto residents. The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program has provided hot, healthy community meals to Toronto residents in need since 1998. This important year-round program, providing more than 60,000 meals a year, is made possible thanks to generous donations to The Law Society Foundation and the work of committed volunteers.

Smitiuch Injury Law staff volunteers at The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program


November 18, 2015

Bola Damages Suit Against Toronto Police

Bola Damages Suit Against Toronto Police

Media Coverage Summary


November 18, 2015

Video Shows Toronto Police Punching and Kicking Man in Mistaken Arrest
Family Files $5 Million Damages Suit Against Police

Toronto (November 18, 2015) – The family of a 21-year-old Toronto man has filed a lawsuit against Toronto police, alleging he was violently assaulted by several officers during a mistaken arrest at a west end parking lot that was videotaped by a bystander.

"This young man did nothing wrong. He posed no threat to anyone," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law PC, one of the lawyers representing the Bola family. "We believe the video shows an appalling lack of judgment and excessive police force that cannot be justified under any circumstances."

On November 1st, 2015 at about 8:00 a.m., 21-year-old Santokh Bola was on his way to the family store, India Bazaar, to help his grandfather. He was getting out of his car at a parking lot at 2645 Islington Avenue, when two officers approached him at gunpoint. It’s alleged that officers, acting on information about an attempted burglary in the area, pinned Bola to the ground, delivering a series of kicks, knee strikes and punches to his face, head and body. He pleaded with officers to speak with his grandfather. Bola was treated at Etobicoke General Hospital for serious head injuries, emotional trauma and lacerations and abrasions to the face.

Smitiuch alleges in the Statement of Claim that the four arresting officers failed to follow procedure, that they violently assaulted Santokh Bola, applying excessive force without reasonable or probable grounds. It’s also alleged that officers failed to recognize that Bola has an intellectual disability and act accordingly. No charges were laid against Bola, who was eventually released from police custody.

"Video has become a powerful tool in holding police accountable," said Ken Byers, of Daley, Byers Criminal Lawyers, co-counsel for the Bola family. "Thanks to a bystander who recorded this disturbing incident, we’re able to see what happens when those in a position of trust cross the line."

The video is available at: http://tinyurl.com/SILYouTubeChannel

For further information contact:
Michael Smitiuch, mike@sil.lawyer 416-621-1551
Ken Byers, ken@daleybyers.com 416-864-0246
Danna O’Brien, danna@obriencommunications.ca 416-500-0699


October 27, 2015

The Fall 2015, issue of the Smitiuch Injury Law newsletter, disclosure, is now available.

What is Uber? Is it safe to use? Read our latest newsletter and get the pros and cons of using Uber.

Did you know it is illegal to name a pig "Napoleon" in France. It is. This is just one of the many strange laws throughout the world. Read our newsletter for six more strange laws.

Smitiuch Injury Law continues to "Fight for Justice". Read about three recent success stories and advocacy for postive change we have recently accomplished.

These are just a few of the interesting articles in this issue.

The newsletter is available online or to request a hardcopy please call 1-866-621-1551 or email us at info@sil.lawyer

Uber – Is it safe to use


September 16, 2015

We are pleased to announce the opening of an office in Hamilton!

To continue our goal of providing the very best in customer service, Smitiuch Injury Law has opened it's fourth office. The newest office is located in downtown Hamilton.

The office is located at: 1 Hunter Street East, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3W1

Telephone number: 905-777-7907

Map & Directions

Hamilton Office

For further information or to schedule a free consultation, please contact: Mr. Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551


September 2, 2015

Should Ontario's legal regulator ban lawyer advertising?

That is the question asked in a Financial Times article published on September 2, 2015.

In the article, Michael Smitiuch, Smitiuch Injury Law's Managing Principal thinks, "an outright ban would be out of step with the times, especially in the personal injury bar, it’s something that’s always discussed. It’s certainly a hot button issue," Smitiuch says.

"I personally don’t advertise on buses or on TV. But that’s not to say I have any problems with it, provided it’s not deceptive or misleading."

"It’s easy to dismiss the debate as merely a question of taste. Among other things, Ontario’s law society requires that lawyer ads be "consistent with a high standard of professionalism". That’s obviously open to a lot of interpretation. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,"" Smitiuch says.

The complete article can be read at the Financial Post.

For further information contact: Mr. Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551


September 9, 2015

Smitiuch Injury Law Accident Benefits Manager awarded OTLA's 2015 Outstanding Law Clerk Award

We are proud to announce that Chris Jackson, Smitiuch Injury Law, Accident Benefits Manager, is the recipient of OTLA's Outstanding Law Clerk Award for 2015!

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The Outstanding Law Clerk Award is awarded to the OTLA Law

Clerk who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and proficiency to the OTLA Law Clerk Section over the past year. The successful candidate has displayed generosity with their time and contributions in their assistance to their fellow Law Clerks, and has shown a dedication to those for whom we advocate.

The award will be presented at the OTLA Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, by OTLA President, Maia Bent.

Congratulations Chris!

The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) was formed in 1991 by lawyers acting for plaintiffs. Our purpose is to promote access to justice for all Ontarians, preserve and improve the civil justice system, and advocate for the rights of those who have suffered injury and losses as the result of wrongdoing by others, while at the same time advocating strongly for safety initiatives.


August 13, 2015

Family Whose Son Died in Muzik Club Shooting Mourns Loss and Looks For Answers

The family of 23-year-old Duvel Hibbert of Brampton who was killed in a double shooting at the Muzik nightclub, is trying to make sense of last Tuesday's deadly shooting.

"As a family, we're struggling to understand what happened at the club that night, and how our son could die so tragically," said Hibbert's mother Auline Lewis, a Brampton Developmental service worker. "No one deserves to die this way, under any circumstances."

Duvel

At approximately 3:30 am on August 4th, police were called to the packed Muzik nightclub at Exhibition Place, where Duvel Hibbert was found dead on the club's outdoor patio. A young woman found nearby with gunshot wounds, died in hospital. Three others were hurt in the gunfire. The club has now been the scene of three shootings in the past three years.

"Muzik has a responsibility to ensure its patrons are safe," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law PC. "The club's owner owes it to the public to do better, before anyone else is hurt or killed."

Duvel Hibbert, who lived with his mother in Brampton, was planning to make a new start and move to Windsor with his girlfriend, before the fatal shooting. Duvel was four when he arrived in Canada from England. Several family members from England are making arrangements to attend his funeral, which will be held on August 29th.

Smitiuch, who is advocating on behalf of Duvel Hibbert's family, is in contact with police and the provincial coroner's office, to find out more about the circumstances surrounding the young man's death."The family is hoping some good can come of this tragedy," added Smitiuch. "The onus should be on Muzik and the City's licensing services to make sure there's adequate security, especially when the club is crowded. Clearly people's lives depend on it."

For further information contact: Mr. Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551


August 13, 2015

Media Coverage - Family Whose Son Died in Muzik Club Shooting Mourns Loss and Looks For Answers


July 22, 2015

Victim Services of Brant - 9th Annual Golf Tournament

Smitiuch Injury Law is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Victim Services of Brant - 9th Annual Golf Tournament. 

Victim Services of Brant

This year's tournament is on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at the Paris Grand Country Club in the tranquil town of Paris, Ontario.

For more information please contact Victim Services of Brant at 519-752-3140 or via email at Victim Services of Brant

Victim Services of Brant is a non-profit, community based agency which assists police, fire and other emergency services in providing emotional and practical assistance to victims of crime, tragic circumstances and disaster.


June 29, 2015

Smitiuch Injury Law Legal Studies Scholarship

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to announce, that once again, it has awarded a Legal Studies Scholarship to a graduating student of St. John's College and Assumption College in Brantford, Ontario.

The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of St. John's College and Assumption College who has successfully completed the legal studies course during the 2014-2015 academic year. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate academic and extra-curricular excellence and must be pursuing education at a post-secondary institution.

We are pleased to announce that this year's winners are Ms. Gabrielle Camirand of St. John's College and Ms. Nicole Chwastyk of Assumption College.

For further information contact: Mr. Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551


June 24, 2015

Caledon Golf Cart Fatality Prompts Warning From Family

Case Raises Concerns About Golf Cart Accidents

The wife of a 52-year Mississauga man who died after being thrown from a golf cart in April, is hoping that her husband’s death will serve as a stark reminder to other golfers about the hidden dangers on golf courses that may cause injury or death.

"What happened to Jim could happen to any golfer," said Elly Smith, whose husband Jim Smith died after his golf cart crashed at a Caledon golf course. "My hope is that no one takes their safety on the golf course for granted."

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On April 27, 2015, Jim Smith, a father of two, was part of a foursome golfing at the Caledon Golf and Country Club. Smith was driving his cart down a steep, narrow cart path on the 14th hole, when his cart lost control. The cart crashed into a retaining wall, immediately next to the cart path, and both Smith and his passenger were ejected. Smith suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to St. Michael’s hospital, where he died the following day.

"While Smith’s fatal crash has been described as an isolated incident, it is anything but," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law. "The reality is that accidents on the golf course are far more common than people might think."

Each year, about 13,000 golf cart related injuries require emergency room treatment in the United States. Half of these injuries involve a fall from a moving cart, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. In 2000 there were 19 golf cart deaths in the U.S.. Similar statistics on golf course accidents are not readily available in Canada.

Smitiuch, who is advocating on the Smith family’s behalf, is in contact with police and the Peel Region coroner’s office, to find out more about the circumstances surrounding Jim Smith’s death. "The Smith family wants to better understand how this could have happened," Smitiuch added. "If this tragedy can help improve golf course safety through greater awareness, that’s the family’s goal."

For further information contact: Mr. Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551


June 24, 2015

Golf Cart Fatality Media Coverage


June 20, 2015

FORE the Kids Charity Golf Tournament

June 20, 2015 Granite Ridge Golf Club, Milton, Ontario

The FORE the Kids Charity Golf Tournament is in support of the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Supporting children and their families that have been touched by cancer.

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a sponsor and participate of this event.

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Many children of all ages within our region deal with childhood cancer on a daily basis. FORE the Kids Charity raises funds to support local families that have a child with cancer.

*** For more information please contact FOREtheKids@outlook.com or cstringer13@hotmail.com


June 16, 2015

Making the Links Charity Golf Tournament

June 16, 2015, Brantford Golf & Country Club, Brantford, Ontario

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a sponsor of the Making the Links Golf Classic in support of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.

HHSC


May 25, 2015

Psych Patient Hanged Himself While Nurses Attended Potluck, Family Alleges

Further Media Coverage

Sunday Star Article


May 22, 2015

Brampton Family Alleges Son Died While Hospital Staff Held Potluck Lunch

Further Media Coverage


May 22, 2015

Watch Canada AM Interview - Family alleges hospital staff ate potluck lunch as man died by suicide

"The family of a young Brampton man who died by suicide in the psychiatric unit at an Ontario hospital last year, is still demanding an inquest into the death, alleging that hospital staff were having a potluck party while the man died." CTVNews.ca Staff

Ontario hospital suicide


May 22, 2015

Brampton Family Alleges Son Died While Hospital Staff Held Potluck Lunch

The Statement of Claim in the Tiwari family’s wrongful death and breach of privacy suit has been amended to allege that staff was negligent by attending a potluck lunch, rather than closely supervising Prashant Tiwari. These allegations have yet to be proven in court.

Mike Canada AM May 22 2015

Michael Smitiuch appears on CTV Canada AM

Michael Smitiuch appears on CTV Canada AM Michael Smitiuch appears on CTV Canada AM

Michael Smitiuch and Rakesh Tiwari appear on CTV Canada AM

Michael Smitiuch and Rakesh Tiwari appear on CTV Canada AM


February 25, 2015

Further Media Coverage

Further Media Coverage of the Tiwari tragedy can be found at any of the following links:

Brampton Guardian


February 25, 2015

Widespread Media Coverage Family suing hospital for $12.5M in suicide of supervised patient

Mike CTV Canada AM

Michael Smitiuch appears on CTV Canada AM and discussed the tragic suicide of Prashant Tiwari while under hospital care in the in the psychiatric unit of Brampton Civic Hospital.

Media Coverage

Gautam Tiwari, Michael Smitiuch and Rakesh Tiwari answer questions posed by the media.

Media Coverage II

This important issue was covered extensively by the media.

Interviews

Gautam Tiwari answers questions posed by the media.


February 25, 2015

Brampton Family Files $12.5M Suit After Son Dies During Hospital Suicide Watch

Case Raises Concerns About Standard of Hospital Care

Toronto (Feb. 25th, 2015) – A family, whose son was able to commit suicide while he was supposed to be under close observation, has filed a $12.5 million wrongful death and breach of privacy suit against William Osler Health System and members of its staff.

Press conference

On June 26th last year, 20-year-old Prashant Tiwari of Brampton took his own life, while he was supposed to be under close staff supervision in the psychiatric unit of Brampton Civic, one of William Osler’s two hospitals. Although he was to be checked by staff every 15 minutes, Prashant was left unattended for over two and a half hours. His body was found later in the hospital washroom.

Osler

"Hospitals are considered safe havens for those at risk," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law PC, the lawyer representing the Tiwari family. "This family is raising questions and awareness about obvious short comings in the care of high risk patients."

For further information contact: Mr. Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551 or Danna O’Brien, 416-500-0699


February 2, 2015

Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law

Ms. Afsoun Amirsolaimani has joined Smitiuch Injury Law as a Student-at-law.

Afsoun earned her law degree (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law with a Specialization in Law and Technology. Before studying law, she completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York University.

While in law school, Afsoun was actively involved in giving back to her community by becoming the President of the Iranian Law Student Society as well as being a Pro Bono volunteer for the Canadian Legal Development Network. She has completed two internships with the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) where she was involved in doing legal research on cutting edge copyright and privacy issues. She has also travelled to San Juan, Puerto Rico to complete an intensive course in Art, Technology and Law at the University of Puerto Rico.

Afsoun has equally gained some insightful litigation experience during her legal education by participating in mock trials.

Recently, Afsoun successfully passed both her Barrister and Solicitor Licensing Examinations and acquired a Second Language Certificate for French from the University of Ottawa. She is bilingual and can speak conversational Farsi. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, photography, and travelling.

While articling at Smitiuch Injury Law, Afsoun will be working under the direct supervision of the firm's Principal, Mr. Michael Smitiuch.

Afsoun can be reached directly at Afsoun Amirsolaimani, or 416-621-1551, ext. 214.


Kids Can Fly - 8th Annual Storybook Breakfast - February 7, 2015

The Church of the New Covenant, Brantford, Ontario

Children of all ages enjoy a magical experience eating breakfast with their favorite storybook characters.

Proceeds from this event go to Kids Can Fly and are used to support early child development and parenting.

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a participant and donor of this event.

Kids Can Fly is an independent charitable initiative, unique to Brant County, which exists to support early child development and parenting and to help all children maximize their potential.
"The first six years of life set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being." Dr. J. Fraser Mustard.
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For more information contact: Sharon Brooks, Executive Director, Kids Can Fly / sharon.brooks@sympatico.ca / 519-448-1713 or www.kidscanfly.ca

Contact Michael Smitiuch for further information.


December 19, 2014

48th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2014 Toy Donations

The employees of Smitiuch Injury Law are pleased to donate toys to the 48th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2014.

Close to 100 toys were donated to the 48th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2014.

Merry Christmas to all!


November 18, 2014

Distracted walking awareness key to pedestrian safety

The old adage "Look both ways before you cross the street" may not be enough in today’s digital world, where most pedestrians are armed with distracting devices, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Peter Cho.

"While distracted driving often ends up in the spotlight, distracted walking is also a serious concern that calls for education and awareness," says Cho.

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This time of year tends to see a spike in accidents involving pedestrians, as darkness sets in earlier in the evening, the Toronto Star reports.

Recently, five pedestrians were hit by cars in separate incidents over a two-hour window, says the report. A woman was recently killed by a minivan, and another fatality occurred the next day on Don Mills Road, the article continues.

"But the focus in these tragedies should not lie solely with drivers," Cho tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Read the complete article at: Advocatedaily.com

Contact Peter Cho for further information.


November 12, 2014

Couple's 'long road' ends in $1.15-million legal win

"It’s over!"

Not a long sentence, but for Lanny Stilwell and his wife Mickey Neale, it was those words from their lawyer Michael Smitiuch, that ended their long 14 year ordeal.

Stilwell

On September 11, 2000, Lanny almost bled to death while washing the dishes. He was rinsing a Visions glass Dutch Oven when it broke into four sharp pieces, severing his arteries, tendons and nerves and causing him to permanently lose the use of his right hand.

On November 4, 2014, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a $1.15-million award that a London jury had determined against World Kitchen Inc. and Corning Incorporated on June 12, 2013, effectively ending 12 years of litigation.

"It's been a long road to justice for the Stilwell family," said Michael Smitiuch. "Not everyone has the strength and perseverance that it takes to go up against a corporation of that size for that long. We're delighted with the decision."

"The long road to justice, you finally made it," he told Stilwell and Neale. "You persevered and you should be so proud of yourselves."

For further information contact: Michael Smitiuch at Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551 or read further coverage at the Financial Post or London Free Press.


November 6, 2014

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a jury verdict

Successful Damages Suit Demonstrates Need For Consumer Product Warning Labels

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a jury verdict in favour of a London, Ontario-area man in the first successful North American lawsuit against the makers of Visions glass cookware, Corning Incorporated and World Kitchen Inc. The case is one of the longest individual lawsuits in Ontario history.

"It's been a long road to justice for the Stilwell family," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law PC, the lawyer representing 58 year-old Lanny Stilwell, who began his legal challenge 14 years ago. "Not everyone has the strength and perseverance that it takes to go up against a corporation of that size for that long. We're delighted with the decision."

In rejecting the cookware makers appeal, the three-judge panel ruled that if there had been adequate product warnings, Stilwell's wife would likely not have purchased the Visions glass cookware. On Sept. 11th, 2000, Lanny Stilwell, a married father of two from Beachville (outside London) was rinsing a Visions glass Dutch Oven, when it suddenly broke into four sharp pieces. Stilwell lost the use of his right hand, after his nerves, tendon and artery were severed, causing permanent damage. A London jury awarded Stilwell $1.15 million in damages on June 12th, 2013, after finding that the makers of Visions glass cookware, World Kitchen Inc., and Corning Incorporated, were negligent by not including labels warning consumers to stop using their glass cookware products, if banged or dropped.

"This decision confirms that when it comes to public safety, consumers have every right to know that the glass cookware they use in their kitchens every day, may not be as safe as they think," Smitiuch added. "We hope this case helps prevent another tragedy."

Since 1983, there have been more than two thousand reported incidents in Canada and the U.S., in which consumers were injured when their Visions glass cookware broke, in some cases, for no apparent reason.

For further information contact: Michael Smitiuch at Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551 or Danna O'Brien at Danna O'Brien, 416-500-0699.


October 2, 2014

Medical Consultant joins Firm

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Wilhelmus D.C. has joined the firm as a Medical Consultant.

Dr. Wilhelmus has been a practicing Chiropractor since 1995 and managed a large team of health care professionals in his home town of Simcoe, Ontario.

Due to a motor vehicle accident he was unable to continue in this role and turned to Smitiuch Injury Law, who represented him with respect to both his lawsuit against the at-fault driver, as well as his accident benefits claim against his own insurance company.

As Dan became involved with the firm he gained a keen interest in helping others who have gone through a similar loss due to personal injury. He is now the firm`s Medical Consultant while also maintaining a small Chiropractic practice in Simcoe.

As the firm’s Medical Consultant, he will be responsible for providing an analysis of medical documents and for enhancing the firm’s legal services in the Simcoe area.

Dr. Wilhelmus can be reached directly at Dan Wilhelmus, or 416-621-1551.


September 2, 2014

Steep distracted driving fines not likely to fix larger issue

Efforts to discourage distracted driving are well placed, but increasing fines and demerit points may not be the answer in creating the widespread awareness that’s needed to curb the dangerous practice, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Peter Cho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under new provincial legislation coming this fall, drivers who text while behind the wheel will face fines of up to $1,000 and see three demerit points added to their driver’s licence, the Toronto Star reports.

"It’s a very steep fine, and much higher than in other provinces in Canada," says Cho, associate with Smitiuch Injury Law. "If the goal is for public awareness, which is obviously the greatest concern here, there could be other things incorporated as well, like a graduated scale with a first offence, second offence, third offence and so on."

Read the complete article at: Advocatedaily.com

Contact Peter Cho for further information.


August 31, 2014

GlobeandMail

Industry experts question the safety of wired glass used in schools

Wiredglass

In a recent Globe and Mail article, engineers and glass industry experts warn that, "school boards are not responding quickly enough to replace a common but dangerous type of glass," and they go on to say, "that wired glass can lead to serious injuries."

Michael Smitiuch, Principal lawyer at Smitiuch Injury Law agrees, "It’s just not the case when someone says that there aren’t any other options. There are," Mr. Smitiuch said. "Either school boards just don’t want to spend the money or for some other reason … they’re jeopardizing student safety."

Read the complete article in The Globe and Mail.

Contact Michael Smitiuch for further information.


August 8, 2014

Victim Services of Brant - 8th Annual Golf Tournament

Smitiuch Injury Law is once again proud to be a sponsor and participant of the upcoming Victim Services of Brant - 8th Annual Golf Tournament.

Victim Services of Brant

 

 

 

 

This year’s tournament is on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the Paris Grand Country Club in the tranquil town of Paris, Ontario.

For more information please contact Victim Services of Brant at 519-752-3140 or via email at Victim Services of Brant

Victim Services of Brant is a non-profit, community based agency which assists police, fire and other emergency services in providing emotional and practical assistance to victims of crime, tragic circumstances and disaster.


July 14, 2014

Our Toronto office has moved!

Effective July 14, 2014, our Toronto office is now located at 3300 Bloor Street West, Centre Tower, Suite 2800, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 2X2

Same great service and personal touch, even our phone numbers remain the same, just a different address to serve our clients better. 3300 bloor

The new office is located on the corner of Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue. The TTC Islington Subway stop is conveniently located in the building.

For more information contact Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551.


July 2, 2014

2014 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - Assumption College - Ms. Georgia Athanasiou

Smitiuch Injury Law is very pleased to announce that Ms. Georgia Athanasiou was awarded the 2014 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship.

This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 26, 2014, during the graduation ceremonies held at Assumption College in Brantford, Ontario.

The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of Assumption College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the Assumption College community beyond the minimum requirements.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 by Smitiuch Injury Law's Principal, Michael Smitiuch, and Litigation Coordinator, Arthur Ryan.

Congratulations Georgia and best wishes with your future studies.

For more information contact Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551.


July 2, 2014

2014 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - St. John's College - Ms. Blerina Ago

Smitiuch Injury Law is very pleased to announce that Ms. Blerina Ago was awarded the 2014 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship.

This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 26, 2014, during the graduation ceremonies held at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, Ontario.

The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of St. John's College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the St. John's College community beyond the minimum requirements.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 by Smitiuch Injury Law's Principal, Michael Smitiuch, and Litigation Coordinator, Arthur Ryan. Both Mr. Smitiuch and Mr. Ryan are alumni of St. John's College.

Congratulations Blerina and best wishes with your future studies.

For more information contact Michael Smitiuch, 416-621-1551.


June 23, 2014

New Associate Lawyer joins the firm - Ms. Megan Self

Smitiuch Injury Law is very pleased to announce that Ms. Megan Self has joined the firm as an Associate Lawyer.

Megan articled with the firm for the past 10 months and she spent the summer of 2012 with the firm as a summer law student. Her journey to become a lawyer will be completed in June 2014, when she is called to the bar.

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Megan attended law school at the University of Windsor, where she successfully obtained her Juris Doctor law degree (J.D.). While in law school, she gained invaluable experience through her work at the local Community Legal Aid Clinic and her study of law abroad for a summer at Monash University in Prato, Italy.

Prior to attending law school, Megan attended the University of Western Ontario, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology and Minor in Psychology.

In her spare time, she has volunteered with the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in both Toronto and Windsor, and the Essex County Diversion Program, a youth diversion program.

Megan will be serving clients in the Toronto, Brantford and surrounding communities. Her addition to the firm enhances Smitiuch Injury Law's commitment to providing excellent customer service.

She can contacted directly at; mself@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551, ext. 209.


June 23, 2014

Smitiuch Injury Law Legal Studies Scholarship

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to announce, that once again, they will be awarding a Legal Studies Scholarship to a graduating student at St. John's College and Assumption College in Brantford, Ontario.

The $250 scholarship will be awarded to a student of St. John's College and Assumption College who has successfully completed the legal studies course during the 2013-2014 academic year. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate academic and extra-curricular excellence and must be pursuing education at a post-secondary institution.

Application forms are available in the Guidance Department of each high school. The winners will be announced at the Graduation ceremonies in June 2014.

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Contact: Michael Smitiuch; msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551


June 17, 2014

Kitchener Rangers Clarky’s Kids - FORE the Kids Charity Golf Tournament

Kitchener Rangers Clarky’s Kids - FORE the Kids Charity Golf Tournament

June 21, 2014 Granite Ridge Golf Club, Milton, Ontario

Come out and join FORE the kids and Clarky’s kids at their annual charity golf tournament. Spots are available to play as an individual or as a foursome.

The FORE the Kids Charity Golf Tournament is in support of the Kitchener Rangers Clarky’s Kids. A charity that supports children and their families that have been touched by cancer.

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a sponsor and participate of this event.

Many children of all ages within our region deal with childhood cancer on a daily basis. Clarky’s kids raises funds to support local families that have a child with cancer.

*** For more information please contact FOREtheKids@outlook.com or cstringer13@hotmail.com


June 3, 2014

Balance needed between interests of drivers, insurers

While the future of a bill meant to address pressing concerns in the auto insurance system is unknown, the issues persist, and drivers are still in need of cost-saving solutions, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Peter Cho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liberal government’s Bill 171, the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, passed second reading in April, and proposed making several changes to the auto insurance dispute resolution system. The bill is now effectively dead as the legislature has dissolved for the June 12 election.

Cho, associate with Smitiuch Injury Law, said he’s glad to see Bill 171 go by the wayside, but as long as auto insurance rates remain an issue in Ontario, another version of the bill is likely to be presented in the near future.

Read the complete article at: Advocatedaily.com

Contact Peter Cho for further information.


May 30, 2014

Carol Fagan – 2014 OTLA Safety Leadership Award Recipient

Smitiuch Injury Law is privileged to announce that Carol Fagan of Brantford, Ontario, is the recipient of the 2014 OTLA Safety Leadership Award. She was presented with the award on May 29, 2014, at the OTLA Spring Conference.

The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) established the Safety Leadership Awards to recognize and honour individuals and/or organizations who have made "remarkable and extensive contributions towards enhancing safety awareness in their communities in Ontario and helped to prevent injury to those around them."

Carol earned the award for her tireless efforts and outspoken advocacy against impaired driving.

On September 26, 2009, Carol’s 17-year-old son, Ciaran Milmine, was tragically struck and killed by a drunk driver. Another young man was also killed and two teenage girls were severely injured in the same incident.

Since the incident Carol has become an outspoken advocate against impaired driving. She has organized several fundraisers, including but not limited to, a walk and rally in Brantford, established FAID (Fight Against Impaired Driving) and is a member of the Brantford-Brant Impaired Driving Committee. Carol has also previously received the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory - Safe Street Saves Lives Award - Private Citizen and the Province of Ontario – Certificate of Award.

Congratulation Carol!

For more information on the OTLA Safety Leadership Awards visit: www.otla.com


April 29, 2014

Widespread Media Coverage of the Dangers of Wired Glass

Michael Smitiuch

Michael Smitiuch on CBC

Select any of the TV or newspaper links below to either view or read further details on the wired glass lawsuit launched against the Halton Catholic District School Board.


April 29, 2014

Breaking News – Lawsuit takes aim at wired glass in schools

TORONTO - A $5 million damages suit filed today against the Halton Catholic District School Board is raising alarm bells about the safety of wired glass, commonly used in elementary and secondary schools across Canada as a fire retardant.

Last May, Sean Lloyd, an 18-year-old grade 12 student at Assumption Catholic Secondary School in Burlington, was on his way to class when he tried to push open a wired glass hallway door. His arm went through the wired glass, which broke, severely lacerating the muscles, nerves and tendons of his right arm, requiring emergency surgery. Lloyd, an avid athlete in high school, has not regained the full use of his arm, which is badly scarred.

"This case raises serious concerns about the potential danger that wired glass poses for all students," said Michael Smitiuch, of Smitiuch Injury Law, "the reality is that Sean is one of far too many young people injured by wired glass in schools."

Head table

Dr. Doug Perovic, Professor of Engineering, U of T, Michael Smitiuch and Sean LLoyd address the media.

Media Coverage

Media coverage of Wire Glass press conference. Newspaper and television reporters were present to cover this safety issue.

For more information contact: Michael Smitiuch / msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com / 416-621-1551


April 16, 2014

Ontario to regulate tow trucks, require posted rates.

TORONTO - Provincial regulation of Ontario's tow truck and vehicle storage industry will better protect consumers from being ripped off by unscrupulous operators and help reduce insurance fraud, Consumer Services Minister Tracy Charles said Tuesday.

In an interview with AdvocateDaily.com, Toronto personal injury lawyer Michael Smitiuch applauded the proposed legislation.

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"This is very good news for anyone who has ever needed a tow and encountered an unscrupulous tow truck operator. There are too many stories involving aggressive tow truck operators, inflated prices and unsavoury towing practices. I am sure that all motorists welcome transparent pricing," said Smitiuch, founding partner of Smitiuch Injury Law PC.

"There are many reputable tow truck operators, but this is an industry with many issues that need to be addressed. We have all witnessed tow truck operators racing to the scene of an accident, trying to be first at the scene, or towing a vehicle to a destination of their choice, not necessarily the most appropriate location. Inflated prices, pressure tactics and aggressive driving by operators are all areas that can be improved."

Read all the details at AdvocateDaily.com


March 31, 2014

Law Times

Focus: Bar surprised at province’s moves on Cunningham report

While the final report on the auto insurance dispute resolution system authored by former justice Douglas Cunningham arrived in February with barely a ripple, the legislation tabled to implement it has caught the insurance bar and industry by surprise.

While many observers found the report fair and balanced and most of the recommendations palatable, critics describe the tabling of bill 171, which identifies the Licence Appeal Tribunal as the new location for the dispute resolution section of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, as "out of left field" and "mind-boggling."

Mike Smitiuch of Smitiuch Injury Law PC also has concerns. "In my view, I don’t think people are worked up about where it is located," he says. "Moving where the disputes are heard is just bureaucratic shuffling. It will be more of the same — a Band-Aid on a gaping wound — unless they address the systemic problems."

For Smitiuch, the speed at which the government introduced bill 171 came as a surprise. "One thing I found puzzling is that the government moved so quickly to pass legislation without taking into account the other pieces of information that are expected shortly. The auto insurance three-year review and a transparency and accountability report are both due out later this month."

Read the complete article in the March 31, 2014, issue of the Law Times.


March 18, 2014

The Winter 2014, issue of the Smitiuch Injury Law newsletter, disclosure, is now available.

Get the facts and the truth about some common Traffic Law Myths. Did you know that a traffic ticket cannot simply be dropped even if there was a mistake made on the ticket? Winter 2014 Newsletter Cover

Do you have a favourite lawyer joke? Is it in our list of PG rated jokes?

Although the annual number of impaired driving charges is down, it only takes one impaired driver to cause a traffic incident and destroy a family for life. Read about FAID and Smitiuch Injury Law's support of the Freeze the Keys campaign.

These are just a few of the interesting articles in this issue.

The newsletter is available online or to request a hardcopy please call 1-866-621-1551 or email us at info@smitiuchinjurylaw.com


February 24, 2014

Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law

Mr. Jacob Murad has joined Smitiuch Injury Law as a Student-at-law.

His ten month Articling term will conclude in December 2014, at which time his journey to become to a lawyer will conclude with his call to the bar in January 2015.

While articling at Smitiuch Injury Law, Jacob will be working under the direct supervision of the firm's Principal, Mr. Michael Smitiuch.

Jacob earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, in 2013, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History, from the University of Toronto. Currently, he is pursuing his LLM part-time at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

While in law school, Jacob gained invaluable experience through his work as a Senior Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and competing in national litigation competitions around the United States, such as the Case Western National Mock Trial Competition in Ohio and the Stetson National Pre-trial Competition in Florida.

In his spare time, Jacob volunteered with the Ypsilanti High School Student Court program in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and was a Mock Trial Coach for Saline Middle School in Saline, Michigan.

Prior to his Articling tenure at Smitiuch Injury Law, Jacob spent eight months with Steinberg, Morton, Hope & Israel as a student intern.

Jacob can be reached directly at, jmurad@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, or 416-621-1551, ext. 214.


January 30, 2014

FreezeTheKeys

We are proud to promote The Beer Store's #FreezeTheKeys contest. Enter to win a home entertainment system. http://www.thebeerstore.ca/contests

#FreezeTheKeys is a campaign initiated by The Beer Store to encourage sober driving and responsible party hosting. The effort comes in advance of Super Bowl Sunday and an anticipated spike in beer sales across the province.

The Beer Store, the OPP, Toronto Police and arrive alive DRIVE SOBER® are encouraging football fans to share tips on responsible party hosting.

Freezethekeys


January 23, 2014

More Changes to SABS on February 1, 2014

The Government of Ontario has announced upcoming changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), effective February 1, 2014.

These changes include:

A requirement that, in order for an insured with a minor injury to be considered outside of the Minor Injury Guidelines, documentation will need to be provided of, "...a pre-existing medical condition that was documented by a health practitioner before the accident...

Read more at AdvocateDaily.com


Kids Can Fly - 7th Annual Storybook Breakfast - February 8, 2014

Rossini Lodge, Brantford, Ontario

Children of all ages enjoy a magical experience eating breakfast with their favorite storybook characters.

Proceeds from this event go to Kids Can Fly and are used to support early child development and parenting.

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a participant and donor of this event.

Kids Can Fly is an independent charitable initiative, unique to Brant County, which exists to support early child development and parenting and to help all children maximize their potential.
"The first six years of life set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being." Dr. J. Fraser Mustard.
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For more information contact: Sharon Brooks, Executive Director, Kids Can Fly / sharon.brooks@sympatico.ca / 519-448-1713 or www.kidscanfly.ca

Contact Michael Smitiuch for further information.


October 18, 2013

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a sponsor and guest at the Hamilton Brain Injury Association's Annual Fundraising event.

The 7th Annual Fundraising Dinner is taking place on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

See http://www.hbia.ca/events/dinner for more details.

All the best and congratulations to the Event Planning Team on organizing a successful evening.


October 14, 2013

Law Times - Focus: Insurer rebuffed on attendant-care benefits

The Ontario Court of Appeal has shot down an insurer's attempt to tie attendant-care benefits to the lost wages of family members acting as caregivers in a move one personal injury lawyer says would have set accident benefits claims back two decades.

"Although it doesn't specifically address the issue of economic loss, I believe Henry v. Gore supports the proposition that any time missed from work will constitute an economic loss. That would be consistent with previous case law which says insurance coverage provisions are to be interpreted broadly, not restrictively," says Michael Smitiuch.

Read the complete article in the October 14, 2013, issue of the Law Times.


October 7, 2013

Plaintiff lawyers cautious about Ontario auto insurance rate cut

Michael Smitiuch speaks out about the Ontario government's plan to force a 15% cut in auto insurance premiums by 2015. For Ontario consumers since 2010, benefits have been severely restricted, but the majority of claimants are still paying the same premiums. "It's like they're still paying for a full tank of gas except now they only get it filled up halfway," Smitiuch says.

Read the complete article in the October 7, 2013, issue of The Law Times for all the details.

Law Times


September 28, 2013

Health Canada Urged to Review Cookware

Read the complete article in the September 26, 2013, issue of BLACKLOCK'S Reporter, Minding Ottawa's Business.

BLACKLOCKS Reporter


September 26, 2013

Michael Smitiuch discusses medical assessments on AdvocateTV. Go to the Smitiuch Injury Law YouTube channel to view the complete interview.

Michael Smitiuch discusses Medical Assessments

Smitiuch Injury Law YouTube Channel


September 24, 2013

Macleans magazine references the Stilwell v. Corning and World Kitchens Inc. case in recent article on forensic engineering.

Macleans

Click here to read the complete article. Macleans Magazine


September 4, 2013

The Fall 2013 issue of the Smitiuch Injury Law newsletter, disclosure, is now available.

Read more about the recent $1,157,000.00 landmark verdict against the manufacturers of Visions cookware.

Which legal novel is your favourite? The Merchant of Venice or maybe a Grisham novel?

Bullying can happen anywhere; in the workplace, in your neighborhood, at the local arena and in the classroom. Read what schools are trying to do to prevent it and whether they are liable when they can't.

These are just a few of the interesting articles in this issue.

The newsletter is available online or to request a hardcopy please call 1-866-621-1551 or email us at info@smitiuchinjurylaw.com


August 20, 2013

Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law

Ms. Megan Self has returned to Smitiuch Injury Law as a Student-at-law to complete her ten month articling term. Megan spent the summer of 2012 with the firm as a summer law student. Her journey to become a lawyer will be completed in June 2014, when she is called to the bar.

While articling at Smitiuch Injury Law, Megan will be working under the direct supervision of the firm's Principal, Mr. Michael Smitiuch.

Megan attended law school at the University of Windsor, where she successfully obtained her Juris Doctor. While in law school, Megan gained invaluable experience through her work at the local Community Legal Aid Clinic and her study of law abroad for a summer at Monash University in Prato, Italy.

Prior to attending law school, Megan attended the University of Western Ontario, where she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology and Minor in Psychology.

In her spare time, Megan has volunteered with the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in both Toronto and Windsor, and the Essex County Diversion Program, a youth diversion program.

Contact: Megan Self; mself@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551, ext. 209.


August 15, 2013

Breaking News - Product Liability Case - Jury Decision - June 12, 2013

Smitiuch Injury Law successfully represented their clients Mr. & Mrs. Lanny Stilwell v. Corning Incorporated, World Kitchen, Inc. et al. A jury rendered a decision in favour of the Stilwells on June 12, 2013. The Visions glass cookwares lawsuit is getting wide media coverage in North America from media outlets in Hawaii to Boston, including the Wall Street Journal & CNBC.

Further information and coverage can be found at Advocate Daily

The following are pictures from the news conference that was held in Toronto, Ontario on August 15, 2013.

Stilwell Global TV Interview

Lanny and Moira Stilwell being interviewed by Sean O'Shea of Global TV

Press Conference

Micheal Smitiuch and Lanny & Moira Stilwell answer questions from the media.

Press Conference 2

The news conference in action.

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For more information contact: Michael Smitiuch / msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com / 416-621-1551


June 28, 2013

2013 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - Assumption College

Summary:

The recipient of the 2013 Smitiuch Injury Law Assumption College Legal Studies Scholarship is Ms. Arnisa Morina.

Full Story:

This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 27, 2013, during the Graduation ceremonies held at Assumption College in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of Assumption College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the Assumption College community beyond the minimum requirements.

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For more information contact: Michael Smitiuch / msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com / 416-621-1551


June 28, 2013

2013 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - St. John's College

Summary:

The recipient of the 2013 Smitiuch Injury Law St. John's College Legal Studies Scholarship is Ms. Daphnne Chacon.

Full Story:

This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 27, 2013, during the Graduation ceremonies held at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of St. John's College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the St. John's College community beyond the minimum requirements.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 by Smitiuch Injury Law's Principal, Michael Smitiuch, and Litigation Coordinator, Arthur Ryan. Both Mr. Smitiuch and Mr. Ryan are alumni of St. John's College.

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For more information contact: Michael Smitiuch / msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com / 416-621-1551



June 4, 2013

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Law Clerks Section new Chair - Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson was elected Chair of the Law Clerks Section of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) on May 31, 2013, at the association's Annual General Meeting in Toronto. His term is for the 2013 - 2014 year.

Chris is the Accident Benefits Manager at Smitiuch Injury Law.

He can be reached directly at 416-621-1551 or cjackson@smitiuchinjurylaw.com


May 6, 2013

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to announce, that once again, they will be awarding a Legal Studies Scholarship to a graduating student at St. John's College and Assumption College in Brantford, Ontario.

The $250 scholarship will be awarded to a student of St. John's College and Assumption College who has successfully completed the legal studies course during the 2012-2013 academic year. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate academic and extra-curricular excellence and must be pursuing education at a post-secondary institution.

Application forms are available in the Guidance Department of each high school. The winners will be announced at the Graduation ceremonies in June 2013.

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Contact: Michael Smitiuch; msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551


April 29, 2013

23rd Annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb for WWF

Do you think you could walk up the largest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere?

On April 27, 2013, over 5000 people, including Michael Smitiuch, Principal at Smitiuch Injury Law did just that. Each of them climbed the 1,776 steps or 144 stories of the CN Tower in Toronto, all in support of the 23rd Annual Canada Life CN Tower Climb for World Wildlife Foundation.

Together they raised over $1.2 million dollars for the WWF.

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Further information can be found at www.wwf.ca


April 8, 2013

Hamilton Health Sciences - 20th Annual Acquired Brain Injury Conference
May 9 - 10, 2013, Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, Ontario

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a Gold sponsor of this prestigious annual conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Innovative Strategies for Issues Complicating Brain Injury". Close to three hundred Rehabilitation Professionals, Psychologists, Physicians, Program Planners, Insurance and Legal Representatives will be in attendance.

The goal of this year's conference is to:

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Further information can be found at www.hhsc.ca


Summary:

The Spring 2013 issue of the Smitiuch Injury Law newsletter, disclosure, is now available.

March 25, 2013

Full Story:

I think you will be surprised at some of the names on the list of famous people with law degrees.

Have you purchased any of the consumer products that have been involved in a lawsuit or major recall?

Did you know the maximum a person can receive for pain and suffering in Canada is $345,584? Read the article on Damages for Pain & Suffering to get all the details.

These are just a few of the interesting articles in this issue.

The newsletter is available online or to request a hardcopy please call 1-866-621-1551 or email us at info@smitiuchinjurylaw.com Summary:


Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefits Information Guide Available to Order

Full Story:

If you or a loved one has become disabled and cannot work you may be entitled to receive short term and long term disability benefits (STD/LTD). You do not have to be injured in a car accident to qualify, you only need a medical condition that prevents you from working. .

Our Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefits Information Guide is a valuable resource for those individuals who may be applying for benefits or have applied and have been denied benefits. The Guide outlines your rights and options during this difficult time. .

To request your free copy please call 416-621-1551 or 1-866-621-1551 or email us at info@smitiuchinjurylaw.com

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Contact: Michael Smitiuch; msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551 Summary:


Kids Can Fly - 6th Annual Storybook Breakfast

February 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Rossini Lodge
Brantford, ON

Full Story:

Children, parents, grandparents and friends enjoy a magical experience eating breakfast with well known Disney and cartoon characters.

Proceeds from this event go to Kids Can Fly and are used to support early child development and parenting.

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a participant and donor of this event.

Kids Can Fly is an independent charitable initiative, unique to Brant County, which exists to support early child development and parenting and to help all children maximize their potential.

"The first six years of life set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being."
Dr. J. Fraser Mustard.

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Contact: Michael Smitiuch; msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551
Contact: Sharon Brooks, Kids Can Fly Executive Director; sharon.brooks@sympatico.ca, 519-448-1713 www.kidscanfly.ca Summary:


Smitiuch Injury Law is very pleased to announce that Mr. Luke Hamer has joined the firm as an Associate Lawyer.

Full Story:

Smitiuch Injury Law is very pleased to announce that Mr. Luke Hamer has joined the firm as an Associate Lawyer. After articling with the firm for 10 months, Luke was Called to the Bar on January 25, 2013. He obtained his Juris Doctor law degree (J.D.) from Bond University in Queensland, Australia.

Prior to attending law school, Luke studied at the University of Toronto where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science majoring in Anthropology and English.

Luke will be serving clients in the Toronto, Brantford and surrounding communities. His addition to the firm enhances Smitiuch Injury Law's commitment to providing excellent customer service.

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For more information contact:
Luke Hamer/ lhamer@smitiuchinjurylaw.com / 416-621-1551, extension 211.
2012 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - St. John's College


Congratulations to Brendan Ryan, Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

The father of Arthur Ryan, Litigation Coordinator at Smitiuch Injury Law, was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal this past Saturday, October 6, 2012, at a ceremony in Brantford, Ontario.
Mr. Brendan Ryan is a retired educator and volunteers on multiple agencies and boards in the riding of Brant.

We extend our warmest best wishes to Mr. Ryan for this special honour!

Accident Benefits: Practical Issues for Health Care Professionals
Thursday, September 20, 2012
11:30am until 5:00pm

Managing Behaviourally Challenging Clients in Community Settings
HHSC ABI Program Crisis Management Team

Accident Benefits Update
Peter Cho - Smitiuch Injury Law

Open Forum with Expert Panel


Disclosure Newsletter - Summer 2012 issue Facebook Poll Winner

Chantalle Barkovich, Registered Massage Therapist, Kneaded Care Inc., Brantford is the winner of a $150 Keg Steakhouse Gift Certificate.

Congratulations Chantalle, thanks for voting!



Children's Safety Village of Brant recipient the OTLA 2012 Safety Award
Children’s Safety Village of Brant recipient the OTLA 2012 Safety Award

The Children's Safety Village of Brant is the 2012 recipient of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) Safety Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a local group or community organization within Ontario that helps to improve safety and enhance injury prevention in the community. In the photo: Constable Elana Emmons, School Safety Officer, Brantford Police Services and Gail Chambers, Administrator, Children's Safety Village accept the award from Keith Smitiuch and Arthur Ryan of Smitiuch Injury Law.


Michael Smitiuch, Principal, is quoted in a June 20, 2012, Financial Post article that is titled " Accidental death insurance is usually a bad investment".


Michael Smitiuch, Principal, is quoted in a July 10, 2012, Financial Post article that is titled " Lying on your insurance policy will lead to trouble come claim time".


2012 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - Assumption College

Summary:

The recipient of the 2012 Smitiuch Injury Law Assumption College Legal Studies Scholarship is Lucinda Ferreira.

Full Story:

The recipient of the 2012 Smitiuch Injury Law Assumption College Legal Studies Scholarship is Lucinda Ferreira.

This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 28, 2012, during the Graduation ceremonies held at Assumption College in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of Assumption College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the Assumption College community beyond the minimum requirements.

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For more information contact:
Michael Smitiuch / msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com / 416-621-1551


2012 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipient - St. John's College

Summary:

The recipient of the 2012 Smitiuch Injury Law St. John's College Legal Studies Scholarship is Ms. Claudia Volpe.

Full Story:

The recipient of the 2012 Smitiuch Injury Law St. John's College Legal Studies Scholarship is Ms. Claudia Volpe.

This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 28, 2012, during the Graduation ceremonies held at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of St. John's College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the St. John's College community beyond the minimum requirements.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 by Smitiuch Injury Law's Principal, Michael Smitiuch, and Litigation Coordinator, Arthur Ryan. Both Mr. Smitiuch and Mr. Ryan are alumni of St. John's College.

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For more information contact:
Michael Smitiuch / msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com / 416-621-1551


Kids Can Fly - 5th Annual Storybook Breakfast

Posted on February 6, 2012

Summary:
February 4, 2012
9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Rossini Lodge
Brantford, ON

Full Story:

Children, parents, grandparents and friends enjoy a magical experience eating breakfast with well known Disney and cartoon characters.

Proceeds from this event go to Kids Can Fly and are used to support early child development and parenting.

Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a participant and donor of this event.

Kids Can Fly is an independent charitable initiative, unique to Brant County, which exists to support early child development and parenting and to help all children maximize their potential.
"The first six years of life set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being."
Dr. J. Fraser Mustard.

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Contact: Michael Smitiuch; msmitiuch@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551

Contact: Sharon Brooks, Kids Can Fly Executive Director; sharon.brooks@sympatico.ca, 519-448-1713 www.kidscanfly.ca


Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law

Posted on January 16, 2012

Summary:
Mr. Luke Hamer has joined Smitiuch Injury Law as an Articling student to complete his ten month articling training.

Full Story:

Mr. Luke Hamer has joined Smitiuch Injury Law as an Articling student to complete the required ten month articling training. Luke's journey to Smitiuch Injury Law has taken him from Guelph, Ontario down under to Queensland, Australia and then finally to Toronto. Articling at the firm may even take him to the firm's office in Brantford, Ontario. His journey to become a lawyer will conclude when he is "called to the bar" in January, 2013.

While articling at Smitiuch Injury Law, Luke will be working under the direct supervision of the firm's Principal, Mr. Michael Smitiuch.

"The Hammer" attended Bond University, located in Queensland, Australia, where he successfully obtaining his Juris Doctor. During his two years at Bond, Luke was a member of the Student in Legal Skills Component. He has successfully fulfilled the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) and is a Law Society of Upper Canada articling candidate.

Prior to attending law school, Luke attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science majoring in Anthropology and English.

In his spare time, Luke has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and as a Camp Counsellor in Guelph.
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Contact: Luke Hamer; lhamer@smitiuchinjurylaw.com, 416-621-1551, ext. 211


45th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2011 Toy Donations

Posted on December 22, 2011

Summary:
The employees of Smitiuch Injury Law are pleased to donate toys to the 45th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2011.

Full Story:

The employees of Smitiuch Injury Law are pleased to donate toys to the 45th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2011.

Close to 100 toys were donated to the 45th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2011.

Merry Christmas to all!

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  • October 14, 2016 - Read the Hamilton Spectator story to find out how regulation changes are affecting an Ontario family
  • October 3, 2016 - The Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, Disclosure, is now available.
  • October 11, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch discusses the impact of recent auto insurance changes - CBC Toronto Metro Morning and Ontario Morning
  • October 3, 2016 - The Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, Disclosure, is now available.
  • September 28, 2016 - Peter Cho & Michael Smitiuch give talk about the Stilwell v. Corning case
  • September 26, 2016 - New Associate Lawyer joins the firm - Mr. Matthew Nieuwland
  • September 22, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch Co-Chairs & Speaks at The Law Society of Upper Canada Program
  • August 2, 2016 - Two New Articling Students Join Smitiuch Injury Law
  • July 26, 2016 - We are growing again! We are looking to hire a full time Law Clerk in our Tort department.
  • June 30, 2016 - Read Mike Smitiuch's article this week in Lawyers Weekly on increased use of video evidence in civil cases
  • June 29, 2016 - 2016 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipients Announced - St. John's College & Assumption College, Brantford
  • May 26, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch discusses the changes to Ontario's auto insurance on CBC Radio Ontario Morning
  • January 4, 2016 - Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law
  • December 21, 2015 - 49th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2015 Toy Donations
  • December 10, 2015 - Michael Smitiuch selected as a Legal Expert by Global Law Experts
  • November 20, 2015 - Smitiuch Injury Law staff volunteers at The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program
  • November 18, 2015 - Bola Damages Suit Against Toronto Police
  • November 18, 2015 - Family Files $5 Million Damages Suit Against Police
  • October 27, 2015 - The Fall 2015, issue of the Smitiuch Injury Law newsletter, Disclosure, is now available.
  • September 16, 2015 - We are pleased to announce the opening of an office in Hamilton!
  • September 15, 2015 - Should Ontario's legal regulator ban lawyer advertising?
  • September 9, 2015 - Chris Jackson awarded OTLA's 2015 Outstanding Law Clerk Award
  • August 13, 2015 - Family Whose Son Died in Muzik Club Shooting Mourns Loss and Looks For Answers
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Toronto Office
3280 Bloor Street West
Centre Tower, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M8X 2X3

Toll Free: 866-621-1551
Phone: 416-621-1551
Fax: 416-621-1558
Toronto Law Office Map

Brantford Office
330 West Street
Unit 6
Brantford, Ontario N3R 7V5

Phone: 519-754-1558
Fax: 519-754-1580
Brantford Law Office Map

Hamilton Office
1 Hunter Street East
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3W1

Phone: 905-777-7907
Fax: 416-621-1558
Map & Directions

Simcoe Office
16 Norfolk Street South
Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 2V9

Phone: 519-426-9332
Fax: 519-754-1580
Simcoe Law Office Map