Mixed news for plaintiffs following coffee spill victory
A woman’s success in proving her entitlement to accident benefits following a coffee spill brings good and bad news for plaintiffs, Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco tells AdvocateDaily.com.
In a recent Court of Appeal decision, the unanimous three-judge panel upheld a motion judge’s ruling that the woman was involved in an “accident” as defined by the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) when the hot drink she ordered at a drive-through spilled all over her lower body, causing serious burns.
Family of victim in fatal motorcycle crash in Kingsville hires a lawyer
The family of a Lakeshore man, who died in a motorcycle crash earlier this month, has hired a lawyer. On April 9th, 57-year old Paul Thompson was riding his motorcycle on County Road 27 and North Talbot Rd in Kingsville when the bike collided with a car. A passenger on the bike, a 54-year-old woman, also suffered serious injuries. Thompson died as a result of his injuries.The law firm ‘Paciocco and Mellow’ has been hired to represent Denise Lucier, the estate of Paul Thompson and their families.
Auto insurance covers funeral costs in fatal crashes
If someone dies as a result of an auto accident, funeral costs should not be a source of financial strain for the deceased person’s family members, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco. Many people may not realize that Ontario’s auto accident insurance benefits cover funeral expenses, as well as medical rehabilitation treatment for surviving family members in need of bereavement counselling or care, says Paciocco, partner with Paciocco & Mellow. “These are rights that most people don’t realize they have,”…
What if you are injured in Black Friday crowds across the border?
An influx of vehicle collisions and injuries are inevitable as shoppers rush for Black Friday deals across the border, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco. While Ontario auto insurance covers drivers in the event of a crash, it’s important for injured people to contact Canadian legal counsel who can help with the intricacies of cross-border lawsuits and accident benefits claims, says Paciocco, partner with Paciocco & Mellow. But, if someone is involved in a slip-and-fall, assault, or other injury in a Black Friday…
In a sense, personal injury law is a lot like playing cards: It tends to go better if you know what your opponent is thinking
At Paciocco & Mellow Injury Lawyers, Gino Paciocco and Jeffrey Mellow provide fearless and sophisticated legal representation to persons who have been injured as the result of an accident. The partners, who collectively boast nearly 25 years of experience practising law, enjoy the uncommon advantage of having spent time on the other side of the personal injury courtroom.
“For the first ten years of my career,” relates Mellow, who hails from Leamington, “I worked for a firm that represented the largest insurer in Canada, and that really gave me some insight into how to best handle a plaintiff file.”
“The experience we’ve had on the other side gives us a unique perspective,” adds Paciocco, a lifelong Windsorite. “We got to see how the insurance companies and adjusters felt about the approaches of many of the plaintiff personal injury lawyers in the city.”
WHAT HE’S WEARING (Gino Left): SUIT: Strellson SHIRT: Jack Lipson TIE: Dion Neckwear WHAT HE’S WEARING: SUIT (Jeffrey Right): Tiger of Sweden SHIRT: Stefano Brunelli TIE: Dion Neckwear
Impressively, Paciocco and Mellow regularly field referrals from healthcare professionals. “They know we’re going to take care of their patients,” explains Paciocco. “People have a misconception personal injury lawyers are ambulance chasers, but that’s not us. Our focus is the client.”
Indeed, Paciocco is very passionate about his area of practice. “Personal injury law is basically a meritorious system, because our clients don’t pay unless we’re successful,” he explains. “We like that we get an opportunity to think outside the box to prove that we can find creative ways to get our clients the results they need.”
Because Paciocco & Mellow is a local boutique firm, clients are guaranteed that the partners will be directly involved in their case. “We’re not delegating large parts of it to assistants or junior staff,” stresses Mellow. “When a new client calls, they’re going to talk to one of us.”
Away from the office, Paciocco is a well-connected musician and soccer player who loves spending time with his wife and family. Mellow is an active volunteer with several local heritage groups. He and his wife are the proud parents of two young children.
Serious accidents are rare at amusement parks, but a recent spate of them is shining a spotlight on ride safety, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco. In those cases, equipment failure or human error results in a catastrophic accident, but most incidents at fun parks occur when people aren’t paying close attention or are engaging in risky behaviour, he tells AdvocateDaily.com. “These places all have exhaustive lists of rules and safeguards that are in place to protect the public,” Paciocco explains. “Because they…
Fun and games until someone gets hurt: tips to reduce host liability
As the season of pool parties and backyard barbecues unfolds, hosts should take steps to enhance guest safety and minimize liability, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco. People may not realize the level of responsibility they take on for their guests when hosting a party, particularly when alcohol is served, says Paciocco, a partner with Paciocco & Mellow. “If you host a party, you have a duty of care to third parties who are injured by an intoxicated guest at your party,” he tells AdvocateDaily.com.
A deadly pit bull attack in Montreal serves as a grim reminder that dog owners hold full responsibility for the actions of their pets, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco.
Dog owners are “strictly liable” under the Dog Owner’s Liability Act, which means they will almost always be held legally responsible if their pet lashes out and hurts someone, says Paciocco, a partner with Paciocco & Mellow.
Are businesses liable when Pokemon GO players sustain injuries?
Business owners who allow Pokemon GO enthusiasts to enter their property in search of virtual treasures may be putting themselves at risk, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco. “Business and property owners have to be careful,” he tells AdvocateDaily.com. “The Occupiers’ Liability Act states that the premises have to be reasonably safe. Ifsomeone has a phone in their face and you allow them onto your property where they sustain an injury, you may be liable.”
Lawsuit Launched by Smulders, Lafontaine Family – AM 800
The families of Alyssa Smulders and Marc Lafontaine are launching a 2-million dollar lawsuit against the trucking company and driver in a crash on the 401 that took their lives. On May 10, 2014 the transport truck being driven by Leszek Urbaniak veered across the centre median of the highway and slammed into the small car being driven by Lafontaine. Earlier this month the 60-year-old truck driver was sentenced after being found guilty of careless driving and was fined the maximum $2,000…
Never mind 20/20 vision, doctors tell him he’s lucky he still has the eye.
A teenager and his family have retained a lawyer after he suffered a serious eye injury June 13 at a wild, drunken after-prom bash — attended by as many as 2,000 partiers — where five people were also stabbed. Eric Merschback, 18, has been told he might never regain sight in his right eye after glass from a busted bottle flew into his eye. “When I heard it, at first I’m angry,” said Dan Derikozis, Eric’s father. “I want to find out who did this. But it’s impossible. With the 1,000 or more kids that could have been at this party, I don’t think they’ll ever find out.”
Gino Paciocco practises personal injury law to his own beat
From playing the accordion for the likes of Al Pacino and ‘The Bachelor’ to playing soccer abroad, personal injury lawyer
“All of these life experiences — playing international soccer, performing various stages and interacting with thousands of people as a musician — have helped improve my time management skills, kept me well-rounded and allowed me to really appreciate our clients from all walks of life,” Paciocco, a founding partner of Paciocco & Mellow in Windsor, tells AdvocateDaily.com.
Mobile photos, video helpful in slip and fall cases
The best tool for documenting evidence after a fall may already be in your back pocket, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco.
Smartphones can be incredibly useful and important devices for victims who need photo and video evidence of conditions leading to slip and fall injuries, says Paciocco, founding partner of Paciocco & Mellow.
“If there is no video footage or photographs available, then you would get into a ‘he said, she said’ situation and it is hard to predict who will be believed,” Paciocco says. “You can help take that uncertainty out of the discussion if you have technology involved.”