The Law of Torts

Every day in Ontario people suffer harm as a result of the activities of other people or businesses or governments. The harm is often to their person or to their physical property. The law of torts determines when a person or corporation who causes harm, the...

Law of Negligence

One of the main principles of law is the law of negligence. The main purpose of the law is to maintain and enforce expected standards of care in relationships between people. It is a fluid and dynamic law because it is always responding to current situations. What may...

The “Thin Skull” Rule

The “thin skull” rule is an old English rule of law which applies in Canada to acts of negligence (a tort) by one person (the tortfeasor) against another person causing personal injury. An example is a slip and fall in a shopping mall parking lot which is not...

Personal Injury Lawsuits

A personal injury lawsuit involves suing someone for financial compensation (“damages”) for injuries that a person has suffered. The injuries may be caused by a negligent act, such as a slip and fall on a greasy floor in a food store. Or the injuries may be caused by...

Negligent Police Investigation

In 2007, the Supreme Court of Canda recognized the tort (the wrongdoing) of negligent investigation by police officers. In this case, the suspect was investigated by the Hamilton police, arrested, tried, wrongfully convicted, and ultimately acquitted after spending...

Private Investigators

A private investigator was hired by an employer to surreptitiously investigate suspected theft and drug dealing at the employer’s plant in southern Ontario. Following the investigation launched by the employer, a 62 year old employee, who was a long-standing employee...