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Care Facility Under Investigation After Assault

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Nova Scotia Department of Community Services reports that a 56-year-old man was seriously injured in an apparent assault at a special care home. The incident occurred at the Quest Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Lower Sackville, and police say that the victim is in life-threatening condition.
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Estate of woman who died in hospital files suit

Victor Lewin
Monday, May 19, 2014

Nova Scotia residents may be interested to hear about the progress of a lawsuit following the death of a woman at a hospital. The woman's estate said that the hospital's negligence resulted in her death after she consumed hand sanitizer that was made available throughout the facility. The suit states that the hospital was aware of the problem of people entering the hospital to consume hand sanitizer but did not take sufficient measures to prevent it, nor did they treat the woman after she had consumed the product.
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Injured While at Work? Workers' Compensation Claim or a Tort Action?

Victor Lewin
Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently discussed the issue of whether a person, who has been injured while at work, can bring a workers' compensation claim and/or a tort action. In the case of Marine Services International Ltd. v. Ryan Estate, [2013] S.C.J. No. 44, two fishermen died off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador when their ship, the Ryan's Commander, capsized while returning from a fishing expedition. The estates of the fishermen commenced the action, after having received compensation under the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act (WHSCA), alleging negligence in the design and construction of the ship. This appeal raised the issue of whether section 44 of the WHSCA barred a negligence action.  ..

Woman on motorized scooter dies from accident injuries

Victor Lewin
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Pedestrian safety in Halifax is being questioned after a woman was struck while driving a motorized scooter across Thistle Street in Dartmouth. The collision happened at about 11 a.m. on May 3 as a pickup truck driver was turning onto the street from Victoria Road. The 57-year-old woman was transported to hospital, where she died later that evening. The police investigation is ongoing, and authorities did not say whether they will file charges against the pickup truck driver.
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Make Sure You Buckle Up!!

Victor Lewin
Monday, May 05, 2014

In car accident claims in Nova Scotia, even if the defendant is completely at fault, Nova Scotia courts will likely deduct a percentage from any damage award if you fail to wear a seatbelt. Usually the deduction is between 5-25% of the damage award. ..

Mercedes-Benz issues recalls

Victor Lewin
Friday, May 02, 2014

As record-breaking recalls from vehicle manufacturing giants, such as General Motors, Nissan and Toyota, have dominated headlines and affected consumers in Nova Scotia and across Canada, Mercedes-Benz noted a possible safety hazard in some of their vehicles as well. Recalls are on pace to set records in 2014. Approximately 13 million vehicles have been recalled this year. A previous high was set in 2004 when more than 30 million vehicles were affected by recalls.
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Birth Doctors Must Consider High Risk Pregnancies in Setting Up Pregnancy and Delivery Plan

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Many couples look forward to the most wonderful experiences of bringing a child into the world. No parent wants to encounter a birth injury with their newborn baby. Although most pregnancies carry a low risk of a birth injury or birth defect, some pregnancies are at a greater risk. It is important to realize that just because a pregnant woman is at a higher risk category, this does not excuse a doctor who is negligent with the care of the expected mother and unborn child. A doctor should be aware of the risk and adopt a pregnancy and delivery plan that reduces the risks. If a birth injury occurs because a doctor was negligent in the detection and treatment of a high risk pregnancy, the family and the child may have a medical malpractice claim and should contact a medical malpractice lawyer.
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Woman Facing Charges for Reportedly Striking Boyfriend with Car

Victor Lewin
Friday, April 25, 2014

A Nova Scotia woman is facing multiple charges in connection with her boyfriend's death. The fatal accident occurred on March 30 a little past 9 a.m. in Glace Bay on Leslie Lane. The boyfriend was struck by a vehicle and was taken to a Sydney hospital for treatment, where he died on April 5. Police responded to the scene after receiving a report of a man being hit with a car by his girlfriend, who had reportedly left the scene. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and took the woman into custody.
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