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Maia Bent, president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, speaks on rising legal fees

Maia Bent, president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, practices personal injury law in London, Ont. She said it’s not clear why legal fees change; many factors come into play, from inflation to office overhead. In her practice, she’s noticed that it’s costing more to hire medical and engineering experts to give opinions on aspects […]

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Nursing home cases highlight need for better standard of care

The issue of violence in nursing homes has largely been focused on the residents themselves, but London personal injury lawyer Maia Bent says there needs to be attention paid to the homes and the people who work there. “What doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention is the violence or neglect by the people […]

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In Personal Injury Disputes, Your Metadata Is Fair Game

Anything you do or say may be used against you in the court of law. Increasingly, this includes what you may have shared online. Over the last few years, as sharing of personal information on social media has become more ubiquitous, many personal injury cases in Ontario are being decided on evidence gathered from plaintiffs’ […]

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How your social media posts could affect future personal injury lawsuits

Nowadays, we are no stranger to the notion that everything we do on social media can have a great effect on our offline lives. From examples of employees who have been fired thanks to inappropriate Facebook rants, to people who have had their homes robbed after advertising on Instagram that they were away, the real-life […]

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Maia Bent speaks on the most important accident benefits cases of the past year

Personal injury lawyer, Maia Bent, will provide an analysis of the most important FSCO and court decisions over the previous year and assess their impact on practitioners at the Osgoode Hall/York University conference “Accident Benefits 2016: What’s Current, What’s Important” being held February 19, 2016.

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Judge rules defendant can pay structured settlement broker fees

An Ontario Superior Court judge recently confirmed that a commission paid to the broker of a structured settlement can be claimed by a plaintiff as damages, London personal injury lawyer and OTLA president Maia Bent writes in Lawyers Weekly. Read AdvocateDaily.com article

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OTLA Presentation at the 2016 Ontario Legislative Assembly Pre-Budget Hearings

On February 2, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) President Maia Bent spoke at the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Pre-Budget Hearings at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. ‎OTLA continues to advocate fairness and justice for injured accident victims who must endure intrusive “insurer examinations.” OTLA also highlighted the need for greater transparency and accountability […]

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OTLA report attacks insurers’ low profit figures

Responding to widespread disappointment with the transparency process that was meant to clarify insurer profits, and the lack of political will to address the issue, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association has released an updated independent financial report that confirms allegations of overcharging and dubious accounting tactics by insurers. The resulting furor is destined to land on the desk of the newly appointed special advisor on auto insurance. Maia Bent, […]

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Costco crash driver Ruth Burger appealing convictions

The London woman who drove her car backwards into the front doors of a big box store, killing two children and injuring their mother and sister, is appealing her four convictions for dangerous driving. Ruth Burger, 66, is asking the Ontario Court of Appeal to quash her convictions and acquit her of all charges or […]

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Maia Bent receives Certified Specialist designation

Lerners is proud to announce that Maia Bent has been Certified as Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The Certified Specialist Program recognizes members of the Law Society who have met established standards of experience and knowledge requirements in one or more designated areas of law and have maintained exemplary standards […]

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