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Why does experience matter?

Why does experience matter?

I keep harping on my experience in the personal injury field as one of the fundamental reasons for retaining me in a personal injury matter. 

My over 20 years of experience in the personal injury field has allowed me to build a wealth of knowledge.  As a result, many of my peers in the personal injury bar consult me on their files for input and guidance. 

Hurt in an accident? Read this before making any decision.

Hurt in an accident? Read this before making any decision.

When you have been injured in an accident or had your LTD (long-term disability) denied, you need someone with the experience and knowledge to assist you with your claim.  ​​​​​​​

You would be shocked to learn that many people who are injured or had their LTD claim denied do no investigation of their own when selecting a lawyer. 

19-012095 Reconsideration Decision

19-012095 Reconsideration Decision

I would like to congratulate and thank Maka Metreveli, a licenced paralegal with my office, for assisting me in resisting the insurer’s attempt to overturn the decision of the LAT adjudicator. 

Rant On: Beware of Retaining Any Lawyer

Rant On: Beware of Retaining Any Lawyer

So, I have another story that reminds me of the old C+C Music Factory song: “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm…” 

I received a call from a relation of a former client. He called me because his lawyer stopped working on his file. He was given a copy of his file and left to fend for himself. He asked me to look at the file and to see if there was anything I could do. Unfortunately, there was really nothing I could do because the file was not handled in a manner which I expect a file to be handled.   

Do not speak to the other side's insurance adjuster

Do not speak to the other side's insurance adjuster

I received a call from a person who was injured in an accident. 

She reported the accident and she thought nothing of speaking with the at-fault party’s insurance adjuster and giving a statement. 

While giving the statement, she provided not one but three locations where the accident occurred. When she came to me, the insurer had advised her that she could not prove where she fell and it would not be paying her any damages for injuries she sustained.

Can I Sue For A Sports Injury?

Can I Sue For A Sports Injury?

I am often consulted about sporting injuries and whether there is the potential for recovery. There are two type of claims that arise in my experience.  The one I will focus on is one where someone is injured by another player during a game or practice.

Real-Life Slip-And-Fall Story: What do you do?

Real-Life Slip-And-Fall Story: What do you do?

I recently received a telephone call from a former client who called me about her recent accident.  She had been in a slip and fall accident earlier and suffered personal injuries.  Nothing seemed broken when she called, but she was in excruciating pain.  She was unable to move her arm and her shoulder was throbbing.  She wasn’t sure what to do.  The following were some simple steps I advised her to take to assist her.

How To Maximize Your Compensation

How To Maximize Your Compensation

You have been in an accident.  Now what?  The following are some simple tips that will help you maximize your compensation when pursuing a personal injury claim. 

Can Lawyers Work Remotely?

Can Lawyers Work Remotely?

One of the first questions I am always asked when a personal injury client consults me is if they need to come to my office. My office is based in downtown Toronto and this often is a concern to people living outside of the GTA. The inconvenience of travelling to Toronto and paying for parking to meet a lawyer is not something that people like to do.

LAT Decision

LAT Decision

I would like to congratulate Maka Metreveli, a paralegal that works with my office, on her success at the LAT on behalf of our client who had his treatment plans denied by his automobile insurer.  Please see the attached decision.  Ms. Metreveli successfully argued that Aviva Insurance failed to comply with s. 38(8) of the Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule as the insurer failed to provide the medical and other reasons why it considered the goods and services submitted not to be reasonable and necessary. 

Can delay now become the basis for striking a jury notice?

Can delay now become the basis for striking a jury notice?

In the recent Court of Appeal of Ontario decision in Louis v. Poitras, 2021 ONCA 49 (ontariocourts.ca), the Court overturned the Divisional Court’s decision and restored the motion judge’s order striking the jury.  The decision in important not only for the Court of Appeal’s somewhat blunt comments vis a vis intermediate courts of appeals court and their role in case management but also for comments on whether delay in obtaining a trial date is an appropriate basis to strike a jury notice.