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Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP to Receive OBIA’s Legal Fellowship Award

We are delighted to announce Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP is the recipient of the Ontario Brain Injury Association‘s (OBIA) 2014 Legal Fellowship Award!

The Legal Fellowship Award is presented to those legal firms that have over the years made significant contributions to the development of services that are available to those living with the effects of acquired brain injury.

The award will be presented at OBIA’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

From Left: Joseph Falconeri, Gregory Tucci, Leigh Harrison-Wilson, Barry Munro, and Bryan Rumble

From Left: Joseph Falconeri, Gregory Tucci, Leigh Harrison-Wilson, Barry Munro, and Bryan Rumble

Take the Pledge

It may feel as if you’re in total control when glancing at your phone to send a text or to read an incoming message while driving your car. However, that assessment is far from accurate. In fact, according to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s research, “Text messaging, which had the highest risk of over 20 times worse than driving while not using a phone, had the longest duration of eyes-off-road time (4.6-second over a six-second interval).”1

Do those 4.6 seconds really make a difference? Consider this: The Ontario Ministry of Transportation says, “In three seconds driving sixty kilometres per hour you travel fifty metres — that’s the distance across half a football field. A momentary distraction can result in death or serious injury.”2

The Ontario Provincial Police states, “Distracted driving is cited as a causal factor in 30 to 50 per cent of traffic collisions in Ontario, but is probably much higher due to under-reporting.”3 Combine those statistics with those of the OBIA Impact Report 2012 which indicates, “40% of ABI survivors sustained the brain injury as a result of an automobile crash”4 and it’s easy to see that focusing on the road when you drive can significantly decrease your risk of sustaining a brain injury.

What can you do to help reduce the incidence of distracted driving? Take the “I D.O.N.T.” pledge. This pledge is an Ontario-wide brain injury awareness and prevention campaign which aims to remind drivers to stop texting while driving. The acronym stands for: Drive Only, Never Text. Take the pledge and spread awareness of the campaign during June’s Brain Injury Awareness Month. For more information, please visit: www.idont.ca

Sources:
1 Virginia Tech News
2 Ontario Ministry of Transportation
3 Ontario Provincial Police
4 The OBIA Impact Report

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

What is an Acquired Brain Injury? How many people in Ontario will sustain a brain injury this year? What can I do to reduce the risk of acquiring a brain injury?

These are some of the questions that will be answered on www.FMTlaw.ca throughout the month of June 2014 as Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP posts news and knowledge surrounding brain injury in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Below are the articles to watch for this month:

1. Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): Learn what an acquired brain injury is, 10 important facts about brain injury, and 3 things you can do to reduce the risk.

2. D.O.N.T. Take the Pledge: Learn what you can do to reduce the incidence of distracted driving.

3. Never Ignore a Blow to the Head: Discover the symptoms of concussion and what to do if you’ve sustained a blow to the head.

Diabetes Hope Foundation Invests in the Success of Youth with Diabetes

It was May 26, 2014, at the Evening of Hope gala event. 43 stellar young students (40 from Ontario and 3 from Nova Scotia) were being awarded with scholarships from the Diabetes Hope Foundation (DHF). These promising young individuals, with Type 1 Diabetes, were being recognized for their academic, sports, and community accomplishments.

There was excitement in the air as they gathered to celebrate their achievements and receive their scholarships. Elizabeth Dellio was one of the incredible young scholarship recipients. Elizabeth, from Mississauga, ON, was diagnosed with diabetes in 2000. Since then she has received the Diabetes Citizen of the Year award from the Hospital for Sick Children and the Cardinal Carter Alter Server award from the Archdiocese of Toronto.

An active volunteer in her community, and an honour roll student, Elizabeth aspires to become a lawyer. It was very fitting then that her scholarship—the Jeremy and Judith Freedman Family Scholarship—was presented by Joseph Falconeri (partner at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Hope Foundation) along with Emma Gregg (associate at Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP.)

From left: DHF Scholarship Recipient, Elizabeth Dellio with Emma Gregg and Joseph Falconeri

From left: DHF Scholarship Recipient, Elizabeth Dellio with Emma Gregg and Joseph Falconeri

Joe and Emma were pleased to be part of this special evening. It was a celebration of hope for young people living with diabetes. Hope in the knowledge that they can thrive in school and in sports, and live full and productive lives, while simultaneously managing diabetes.

The Diabetes Hope Foundation was founded in 1999. That first year, DHF awarded scholarships to four exceptional students with diabetes as part of their mission to help and support youth living with diabetes. They have since given out more than 500 scholarships!

From left: Elizabeth Dellio, Emma Gregg, Joseph Falconeri

From left: Elizabeth Dellio, Emma Gregg, Joseph Falconeri

Proud Supporters of the New Humber River Hospital

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP was delighted to be a sponsor of the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s River Ball on May 8, 2014. The incredible event—featuring a superb performance by RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles—helped raise over $650,000 which will go to support the equipping of the new hospital.

Joe Falconeri, Member of the Humber River Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors, says, “An enriched social responsibility campaign is one of our firm’s core values. Supporting the Humber River Hospital—and sponsoring the River Ball—gives us the opportunity to help bring a leading-edge healthcare facility to the community. We are honoured to be a part of it.”

The new hospital, now under construction, is scheduled to open October 15, 2015.

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP Proud Supporters of the 2nd Annual Revved Up Adapted Curling Bonspiel

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP was proud to support the 2nd Annual Revved Up Adapted Curling Bonspiel on April 12, 2014. Run by the students in the Kinesiology and Health Sciences program at Queen’s University, the bonspiel was open to people in wheelchairs, and wheelchairs were provided for able-bodied participants. Proceeds for the event went to Revved Up–an adapted exercise program designed for healthy adults with a mobility or developmental impairment.

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP Collaborates with Canadian Spinal Research Organization in Hosting the 18th Annual CSRO Charity Golf Tournament

We are thrilled to announce that Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP has collaborated with the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) in hosting the 18th Annual CSRO Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club on Monday, June 9, 2014. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to supporting the research efforts of the Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Research Network via the CSRO.

For more information, please contact Ashleigh Macaskill at amacaskill@shootforacure.org.

Rick Hansen Honours Barry Munro with the “Difference Maker” Award

From left: Barry Munro, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, and Rick Hansen.

From left: Barry Munro, Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, and Rick Hansen.

Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP congratulates Barry Munro on receiving the Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award on April 1, 2014. Difference Makers are individuals who share both the goal of an accessible and inclusive world and the vision of a time when people will not have to deal with permanent spinal cord damage or paralysis; instead, they will return to full physical function. Difference Makers apply that goal and vision in their daily lives.

“Barry,” said Hansen as he presented the award, “I’m so honoured to work with you. Your attitude, spirit, and philosophy is truly paving the way. You’re enabling so many people to get involved, to bring in new resources and steward those resources in an effective way here in the province of Ontario. Congratulations! I’m  honoured to give you a Difference Maker Award.”

Legal Terms Defined

During the litigation process, you may encounter legal terms with which you might be unfamiliar. Below are some common terms and what they mean.

Arbitration:
Arbitration is a dispute resolution process in which an arbitrator deems what the financial settlement to the plaintiff(s) shall be. The arbitrator’s decision is binding.

Arbitrator:
An arbitrator is an unbiased third party who is officially appointed to settle a dispute between two parties.

Damages:
Damages refers to the financial amount awarded to an individual who has suffered personal injury or loss.

Defendant:
The defendant is an individual or entity being sued or accused in a court of law.

Discovery:
Discovery is a pre-trial process for gathering information from both parties. This is the opportunity for the lawyers to ask questions of the opposing parties to find out what information they have about the about the issues.

Mediation:
Mediation is a dispute resolution process in which a mediator assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement. Unlike arbitration, it is non-binding.

Mediator:
A mediator is an unbiased third party who acts as an intermediary between the parties to assist them in trying to resolve the matter prior to going to court.

Plaintiff:
The plaintiff is an individual or entity suing or accusing in a court of law.

Statutory Accident Benefits (SABs):
The acronym SABs stands for Statutory Accident Benefits. This is the compensation for which the victim of a motor vehicle accident is eligible.

Tort:
A tort is a civil wrong which, as a result of negligence, causes someone personal injury or loss for which the court will allow the victim to recover losses financially in the form of action for damages.

Tort Claim:
A tort claim is the right to sue an at-fault party (an individual or identity) who caused you injury or loss.

The Team Approach and The File Review Process

The Team Approach:

With Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP representing you, you can rest assured knowing you have an entire team working on your behalf to get the best possible outcome for your case. The team consists of lawyers, our paralegal, law clerks, and assistants. We have also built relationships with—and have fast access to–carefully selected, trusted, and reliable medical experts to assist you both in your recovery and in your case.

You will interact with different members of your Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP team during the litigation process. You might meet with one partner during the initial meeting, another during meetings for discovery, another during mediation, and so on. Each partner—and member of the team—with whom you correspond is fully aware of all aspects of your file. This is part of our dedication to being thorough with every case and client we serve. 

The File Review Process:

We ensure your Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP team is informed and updated through our file review process. The team meets regularly to discuss what has happened with your case (assessments, medical appointments, correspondence sent and received, etc.) and where your file is in the litigation process. That means, while you may meet or speak with different members of the team from time to time, each member knows exactly what is happening with your case every step of the way. That’s part of the FMT Advantage.