‘The Law and You’ Spotlight Articles

Oatley Vigmond has partnered with Barrie Today to contribute a spotlight series of “The Law and You” articles.

The list of topics and links to these stories can be found below.

A friend borrowed my car and got into an accident – now what? [READ ARTICLE]
Troy H. Lehman, Partner, shares the risks and actions you can take to protect yourself

What happens if I suffer an injury from an item I purchased on Facebook Marketplace? [READ ARTICLE]
Karen Vigmond, Associate, offers advice for both online marketplace buyers and sellers

How to enjoy your cottage and not get sued this Summer [READ ARTICLE]
Lara Fitzgerald-Husek, Associate, shares what steps to take to ensure your cottage is safe for guests while protecting yourself from accident-related legal liability

Summer roadtrips – what happens if you’re injured outside of Ontario? [READ ARTICLE]
If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident outside of Ontario and need to make an injury claim, there are a few avenues you can take depending on the scenario. Kevin Henderson, Partner, explains.

How to avoid dangerous towing hazards and keep our highways safe [READ ARTICLE]
Towing a boat, RV or trailer can be hazardous if proper precautions are not taken. Before you hit the road, Adam Little, Partner, shares towing safety considerations to ensure everything goes off without a hitch

“Flight from Hell” story a stark reminder about inflight turbulence injuries [READ ARTICLE]
While flying is relatively safe, injuries can still occur. So, where does airline liability come into play? Liane Brown, Associate, explains.

After a minor auto collision, this could save you from injury and paying compensation [READ ARTICLE]
Troy Lehman, Partner at Oatley Vigmond LLP, shares what drivers should do at the first sign of trouble

Five ways real-life law differs from TV and movies [READ ARTICLE]
The lawyers at Oatley Vigmond separate fact from fiction and explain how TV and movie makers are guilty of not telling the truth.

About the Authors

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Troy Lehman joined Oatley Vigmond in 2006 and became a partner in 2010. As a personal injury lawyer, his greatest satisfaction comes from helping people through to the other side of a difficult time in their lives. “We’re here to help and relieve stress,” Troy says. “When I walk into a first meeting with a client, people are often scared and anxious. And for me, the best thing that can happen at the end of the meeting is that they say, ‘I feel so much better.’

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A born-and-raised Barrie resident, Karen knows and loves her community. She is proud to be a partner in one of Canada’s most successful personal injury law firms—right in her own backyard. Karen joined Oatley Vigmond in 2013 as an associate lawyer. She holds a BA from Queen’s University and her Juris Doctor from Bond University in Australia. Prior to being called to the Bar in January 2013, Karen articled at a well-known personal injury law firm in Toronto.

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As a partner at Oatley Vigmond, Lara Fitzgerald-Husek uses her empathy, creativity, and trial experience to connect with her clients and help them move forward after trauma. Lara focuses her practice solely on personal injury, and she is determined to get her clients the best possible outcome—the one they deserve.

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The son of a grocery store clerk, Kevin grew up outside of Perth, Ontario. He credits his humble beginnings with the development of his underdog mentality, an approach he has carried into his legal career.

He attended McMaster University for two years before being granted early admission to Osgoode Hall Law School. After being called to the bar in 2008, Kevin began practising law in Hamilton before joining a leading Toronto litigation firm, representing Canada’s largest insurance companies on personal injury actions. “I didn’t find it fulfilling,” Kevin recalls. “I was helping companies save money, when what I wanted to do was help the people going up against these major corporations.” Since joining Oatley Vigmond, Kevin has used his insurance-industry experience to protect his clients and recover the compensation they deserved. He’d been at Oatley Vigmond for two months when he settled a matter for a client at a mediation. “You felt the burden of the litigation, and her injuries, lifting off her. I wanted to help even more people experience the relief of having their uncertainty lifted.’”

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Adam Little earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in 1996. He graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2000 and was called to the bar in 2002. Adam was practicising on Bay Street for a leading Toronto litigation firm that represented doctors in medical malpractice claims when he realized that helping people through personal injury litigation was what he wanted to do. “I wanted to work for the best,” he said. A partner at Oatley Vigmond had written the best-known book available about addressing jury trials, which Adam had read and admired. He wrote to the partner, went through an intense interview process and became a partner at the firm in 2005.

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Liane is committed to representing individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries and to families who have suffered the losses of loved ones. Liane holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, where she received the Torkin Manes Cohen and Arbus award for combined academic achievement and service to the community, and the Charles J. Clark scholarship for academic excellence and involvement in community and volunteer activities. She was called to the bar in 2013.

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