Criminal liability and novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know
In the COVID-19 pandemic world, many people are wondering about the ramifications that the coronavirus is having on criminal liability. For example, could a person be held criminally responsible in Canada if they infect another person? What could happen if that person dies or suffers from serious injuries or disabilities due to COVID-19? Can those… Read More
How to deal with an insurance litigation legal case
Insurance policies are commonly seen as an all-encompassing safety net. You take out insurance to protect yourself from various issues (health problems, property damage, car accidents, etc.) and hope that you never have to make a claim. If ever the worst-case scenario comes true, then the insurance policy can protect you financially. It can cover… Read More
Cannabis Legalization in Canada
With the Cannabis Act relaxing the rules around personal marijuana use, some may believe that this means the government will allow free rein. Just because cannabis legalization is taking effect, there are still penalties involved for certain acts involving cannabis. The purpose of the Cannabis Act is to help regulate the use, distribution, possession, and… Read More
Defining medical malpractice
The term medical malpractice is used to describe an incident when a health care professional or provider is neglectful in providing appropriate treatment for a patient, fails to take appropriate action or gives subpar treatment that results in the harm, injury or death of the individual. Defining medical malpractice – Canada’s situation In most cases,… Read More
A Word on Pain and Suffering
You may hear a personal injury or medical malpractice lawyer at Pollock & Company talk to you about receiving money for “pain and suffering”. What does this phrase really mean, and how does the personal injury lawyer know how much money should be awarded to you in your lawsuit for pain and suffering? There are… Read More
How Much Is a Case Worth?
How much is a case worth? Like so many answers in law, it depends. Damages, or compensation, can be awarded in a settlement, or ordered by a judge if the case goes to trial. Factors in shaping damages vary from case to case. In most situations, it is not possible or realistic for a lawyer… Read More
Check out the Manitoba Courts Website!
There are three levels of courts in Manitoba: Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench (includes Small Claims Court), and Court of Appeal. The Manitoba Courts website is a great resource for answers to common legal questions, offers guides for self-represented persons, and provides background and contact information for each Manitoba court level and locations across… Read More
Keep your eye on the (base)ball!
As Canada cheers for the Toronto Blue Jays as they march towards the World Series (I admit that I am a Los Angeles Dodgers fan though), have you ever considered whether or not the fan who gets hit by a foul ball and suffers injury has a claim for damages against the ballpark or the… Read More
Kapyong Barracks Decision Won’t Be Appealed Further
This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the federal government will not appeal a decision from the Federal Court of Appeal regarding the former Kapyong Barracks military site located in Winnipeg. The Federal Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that the government failed to consult four First Nations about the development of the Kapyong… Read More
Can Police Search Your Cellphone Without a Warrant?
Recent cases have considered new technologies and the issue of whether seizing a laptop, smartphone or cell phone requires a warrant before police can search it. A warrant is an official authorization that authorizes police to search and seize evidence that may be relevant to an offense. If it is found that police searched items… Read More