Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for this important event. It will be held on May 8 and 9, 2014, at the Hamilton Convention Centre. We encourage all ABI Rehabilitation Professionals, Psychologists, Physicians, Program Planners, Insurance and Advocates to attend. You can obtain a copy of the brochure by clicking on the link below: ABI_Broch2014_mailer_final_lo
The recipient of the 2013 Smitiuch Injury Law Assumption College Legal Studies Scholarship is Ms. Arnisa Morina. This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 27, 2013, during the Graduation ceremonies held at Assumption College in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of Assumption College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the Assumption College community beyond the minimum requirements. *** For more information contact: Michael Smitiuch / [email protected] / 416-621-1551
The recipient of the 2013 Smitiuch Injury Law St. John's College Legal Studies Scholarship is Ms. Daphnne Chacon. This year's winner was announced on Thursday, June 27, 2013, during the Graduation ceremonies held at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in Brantford, ON. The $250 scholarship is awarded to a student of St. John's College who has successfully completed the Grade 11 Law course and who is involved in extra-curricular activities either inside or outside the St. John's College community beyond the minimum requirements. The annual scholarship was established in 2006 by Smitiuch Injury Law's Principal, Michael Smitiuch, and Litigation Coordinator, Arthur Ryan. Both Mr. Smitiuch and Mr. Ryan are alumni of St. John's College. *** For more information contact: Michael Smitiuch / [email protected] / 416-621-1551
The Spring 2013 issue of the Smitiuch Injury Law newsletter, disclosure, is now available.
On February 9, 2013, more than 400 children, parents, grandparents and friends enjoy a magical experience eating breakfast with well known Disney and cartoon characters. The annual Storybook Breakfast was held at the Rossini Lodge in Brantford, Ontario. Proceeds from this event go to Kids Can Fly and are used to support early child development and parenting. Smitiuch Injury Law is pleased to be a participant and donor of this event. Kids Can Fly is an independent charitable initiative, unique to Brant County, which exists to support early child development and parenting and to help all children maximize their potential. "The first six years of life set the stage for lifelong learning, behaviour, health and well-being." Dr. J. Fraser Mustard. *** Contact: Michael Smitiuch; [email protected], 416-621-1551 For further information about Kids Can Fly, contact Sharon Brooks, Executive Director; [email protected], 519-448-1713 www.kidscanfly.ca
Disclosure Newsletter - Summer 2012 issue Facebook Poll Winner Chantalle Barkovich, Registered Massage Therapist, Kneaded Care Inc., Brantford is the winner of a $150 Keg Steakhouse Gift Certificate. Congratulations Chantalle, thanks for voting!
With school out and summer in full swing, the number of kilometers your teenage son or daughter will be driving is going to increase. The message to young inexperienced teenage drivers; DRIVE SAFELY! and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Here are some harsh statistics from MADD Canada: 1. Of all young drinking drivers killed or seriously injured, the smallest percentage is 16 years of age and the largest is 19 years of age. 2. 40% of teenage drivers killed in road crashes have been drinking. 3. Young males account for 87% of fatally injured drinking drivers and 89% of the seriously injured drinking drivers. 4. 32.4 % of young drinking drivers are killed in the summer versus 8.0% in the winter. 5. 40.8 % of young drinking drivers are injured in the summer versus 11.4% in the winter. Go to MADD Canada for more statistics. According to the American Automobile Association, 70% of the deadliest days for teenage drivers occur during the summer months. As parents, it is our responsibility to promote safe driving and "increase their focus on safety during the school-free months ahead." Read the full Globe and Mail article.
It's bicycle season! The weather is getting warmer (and dryer?) and the end of school is in sight, perfect reasons to dust off the old wheels and take to the road. But before our kids do, we as parents need to remind them about bike safety and wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet is not just a matter of having something on your head, it needs to fit properly and it needs to be worn correctly. The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (www.otla.com) started an initiative in 2002 called "Helmets on Kids". The program is intended to put a helmet on every child who needs one, provide safety education and awareness about bicycle helmet use. Participating OTLA members distribute, free of charge, new helmets through their local community partners. Since 2002, over 12,000 helmets have been distributed and this year 250 helmets while be distributed in Brantford by Smitiuch Injury Law and the Children's Safety Village of Brant (www.csvbrant.ca). Wearing a bicycle helmet is important. According to OTLA: • Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of a brain injury by up to 88%. • It is the law in Ontario that children under the age of 18 MUST wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle on the road or sidewalks. • Helmets more than 5 years old should be replaced because they lose their protective abilities over time. • You should replace your helmet if it has been in a hard fall or crash or has been dropped on a hard surface even if there is no visible damage. • Baseball caps, hats, headphones, large hair clips, and other such items should not be worn under a bicycle helmet. So before your children take to the streets on their bicycles this summer, make sure they are wearing a helmet!