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partner jennifer bezaireToday at 3 p.m. is the 2021 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Virtual Award Ceremony. This annual event (usually held in person in Toronto) honours and presents distinguished awards to exceptional members and safety leadership organizations in Ontario.

Today’s event is special because our partner Jennifer Bezaire is this year’s recipient of the Dean Edgell Award. This prestigious award is given to a lawyer who has promoted the goals of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association through significant contribution and excellence in legal writing, continuing legal education and leadership activities.

Congratulations Jen! You are amazing and we are so proud of you!

civil lawsuitsOn Monday, October 18th, partner Jennifer Bezaire took part in the CBC Radio One show Windsor Morning with Tony Doucette.

Jennifer was joined by Krystal Mann, a car accident victim she is representing whose civil trial has been delayed for several years due to COVID-19 and a backlog of cases.

In 2014, Krystal sustained life-altering injuries after a truck hit the side of the vehicle she was riding in. Despite surgery to correct her fractured pelvis and injured tailbone, she can no longer work because of chronic pain from the T-bone collision. She is unable to sit, stand or walk for an extended period of time. The doctors say nothing more can be done to help her pain.

Krystal has relied on government assistance to support herself and her two young children, which only covers about a third of her previous income. She has had to pay out of pocket for her therapy and remortgaged her house to survive. The entire situation for Krystal has been emotionally and financially taxing.

Her civil lawsuit – in which she is seeking $3 million in damages – is not expected to go to trial until 2023. Since the pandemic started, new trials have been put on hold or delayed, causing a backlog. The Ontario court system lacks the resources to move the cases through due to social distancing.

Jennifer has filed a motion for a judge-alone trial, a measure she hopes will help speed up the process. However, the defendants in this case have insisted on a jury trial. Insurance companies often use juries in a bid to try and avoid liability and deprive car accident victims of fair and just compensation.

“It’s time that the Ontario government steps in and removes civil juries,” stated Jennifer on Windsor Morning. “This is a car crash case. It’s a private dispute between two parties. There really is no need for a jury in this case and people like Krystal shouldn’t have to wait out the delay because of the jury.”

As Krystal awaits her day in court, she hopes to get the closure she needs and a positive outcome to regain her independence and support her family.

junior lawyer attending live online eventOn Wednesday, October 13th, Associate Irina Rosca will be chairing a live online event hosted by the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee (YASC) titled, “Top Mistakes in the First 5 Years & How To Avoid Them.” The event is being organized by Irina. Firm partner Jennifer Bezaire will also be in attendance as a speaker.

The event will focus on how Windsor junior lawyers and students can enhance their knowledge and skillset, prepare for the first five years of practice and what mistakes to avoid along the way in the profession, among other insights.

The live online event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free for members of The Advocates’ Society (TAS). Student attendees will also receive a complimentary membership to the TAS.

We are very proud of Irina and Jennifer and look forward to the event.

partners greg monforton and jennifer bezaireOur firm is proud to announce that partners Greg Monforton and Jennifer Bezaire have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada© for their work in personal injury litigation.

This is the 16th year in a row that Greg has been selected by his peers in the legal industry for this honour and Jennifer’s first year on the list.

Best Lawyers® continues to be a reliable, unbiased source for legal referrals. The publication compiles its list of exceptional lawyers by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys. Only those with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region are selected for inclusion.

This latest edition represents the top six percent of legal talent in Canada.

Greg and Jennifer were recently named to The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as leading personal injury lawyers, which is also based on a peer-review process.

Congratulations to Greg and Jennifer for their outstanding work and continued dedication.

experts on call show for am800 radioOn Saturday, August 14th, our partner Jennifer Bezaire will be a featured guest on the AM800 Experts on Call show, which will start at 3 p.m.

AM800 is a newstalk radio station in Windsor. The Experts on Call show helps feature local businesses in Windsor-Essex County and is a great outlet for companies looking to get the word out about their services.

Jennifer will be discussing various topics during the hour:

Jennifer was previously an Experts on Call guest in May where she discussed accidents involving uninsured drivers and what to do if an injury worsens after a settlement is reached, among other things.

Tune in this weekend to learn more about these topics.

ontario civil rules committeeWe are proud to announce that partner Jennifer Bezaire has been appointed to the Ontario Civil Rules Committee by the Honorable Geoffrey B. Morawetz, the Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The term is for three years and will begin on Wednesday, September 1.

The Ontario Civil Rules Committee was established to deal with the practices and procedures governing civil proceedings in the province. The committee is comprised of 29 members including lawyers, judges and court service representatives. From time to time, the committee provides information to the public and the bar regarding changes to any rules made or proposed.

Jennifer had this to say about her upcoming involvement in the committee:

“This appointment is an incredible honour and I am excited to be involved in a process which will directly affect how cases move through our court system”.

Jennifer’s previous appointment was as a sessional instructor for the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, where she continues to teach auto insurance law to second and third-year law students. She is also currently a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s (OTLA) Executive Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Jennifer on this professional achievement.

firm partner guest host for radio programOn Saturday, June 12th, our firm partner Jennifer Bezaire will be a guest on the Experts on Call show for AM800. The show will begin at 3 p.m.

AM800 is Windsor’s top radio station for news, business and community events. The Experts on Call show provides an opportunity for local professionals to inform listeners about their business and answer calls.

Jennifer will be discussing several different topics:

Jennifer previously made a guest appearance on Experts on Call last June to discuss COVID-19-related legal issues.

We look forward to having Jennifer provide legal insight on behalf of the firm.

lexpert directory recognizing leading practionersWe are proud to announce that two of our partners, Greg Monforton and Jennifer Bezaire, have been named leading practitioners representing plaintiffs in the prestigious 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

This list acknowledges lawyers based on reviews from lawyers and colleagues.

This is Jennifer’s first year on the list. She is being recognized for her distinguished work representing her clients, her contribution to the legal profession as an instructor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and as an executive board member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

Greg has been on this prestigious list for more than a decade. His advocacy skills are well known throughout the region and beyond. He is past president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and continues a lifelong passion to preserve the rights of innocent accident victims.

Read more about our lawyers here: https://www.gregmonforton.com/our-team/

Congratulations to Greg and Jennifer on this significant achievement. We are so proud.

chatman eye doctor suspended for misconductAn eye doctor with a practice in Chatham has received a four-month suspension as part of a resolution agreement with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Ophthalmologist Christopher Anjema has been accused of providing incompetent care for his patients and inappropriate billing.

Windsor lawyer and firm partner Jennifer Bezaire is slamming the outcome of this discipline hearing and calling it a failure of physician regulation in the province:

“For years Anjema has engaged in substandard practice while repeatedly putting his own financial interests ahead of patient safety and well-being. Dr. Anjema was one of the 10 highest billing doctors in Ontario. He overcharged his patients and the taxpayer funded OHIP system. In response the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons slapped him on the wrist. How is this acting in the public interest?”

Issues with Dr. Anjema and his practice were initially investigated over eight years ago. The eye doctor was required by the committee to complete continued education and retraining in 2013 and remediate his skills in 2014.

A reassessment two years later uncovered repeated deficiencies in his practice as well as patients being overbilled for services. Dr. Anjema also improperly billed the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) by ordering or conducting unnecessary medical tests. Many procedures performed were unjustified.

The eye doctor was even found to be double billing OHIP for services patients had privately paid for in a second assessment conducted in 2017. A former patient undergoing cataract surgery was charged hundreds more for an upgraded artificial lens but was given a standard, OHIP-covered lens. This patient is now legally blind after Dr. Anjema failed to diagnose glaucoma.

Despite blatant misconduct, only a short suspension was issued. Dr. Anjema was not asked to repay any funds he inappropriately charged his patients nor undergo further training. He did not lose his license and will resume his practice without active supervision. The eye doctor previously had to perform procedures under the guidance of a College-approved clinical supervisor.

Jennifer believes there are more patients victimized by Dr. Anjema and is advocating for the elimination of self-regulation for doctors. Greg Monforton and Partners is currently looking into whether a class action lawsuit should be launched against the eye doctor to help obtain compensation on behalf of patients who did not receive the proper care and treatment they needed.

webinar on capacity issues in civil litigationThis afternoon, partner Jennifer Bezaire will be moderating an Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) webinar titled, “Navigating Capacity Issues in Civil Litigation” alongside Philippa Geddie of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.

The webinar will run from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Registration is limited to OTLA members and is still open up until the start of the event. Participants can be eligible to receive up to 1.25 professionalism hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) credits.

Program highlights include how to represent an impaired victim, types of capacity and incapacity, the process of appointing a litigation guardian, the role of a guardian, power of attorney and trustee as well as common mistakes to avoid when dealing with cases involving diminished capacity.

As an OTLA member, Jennifer has nearly two decades of experience in the practice of personal injury law. She has previously led a webinar on establishing a catastrophic impairment and has had multiple articles published in the OTLA publication, The Litigator.

We are so proud of Jennifer and look forward to the event.