Since 1959 – Preszler Law Firm has been representing individuals across Ontario with their personal injury claims. Whether you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, pedestrian accident or sustained injuries as a result of negligence, a defective product or from institutional abuse – we may be able to help you recover compensation for pain and suffering. This responsibility of ours also extends to individuals who have lost a loved one as a result of a wrongful death accident. We take our client's pain and suffering very seriously. In fact, our personal injury lawyers are committed to not only helping you recover the compensation you deserve but will also help you on your road to recovery by ensuring you receive the medical care and attention you need as you navigate your healing and wellness journey.
Let us help you on your road to recovery. Contact our personal injury lawyers today for a free initial consultation regarding your potential claim. This initial consultation is a free no-obligation consultation where our legal team will review your situation and advise you on whether you have a potential claim or not. The best part is – you don't pay anything unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. We are proud to serve Ontarians with their legal needs. Contact us now to book your free initial consultation.
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Off-road vehicles can be an exciting form of recreation and leisure, providing a high-octane rush to people exploring scenic nature views throughout the province. Unfortunately, because of the negligence of other all-terrain vehicle operators, this fun activity can lead to severe, life-changing injuries. If you sustained compensable injuries in an ATV accident caused by a negligent driver, click here to learn how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to provide you with assistance.
All drivers in the province are required to carry mandatory automobile insurance. In the event of an injury-causing collision, survivors of the accident might, therefore, be entitled to insurance coverage to offset the cost of certain injury-related expenses. To learn how an Ontario accident benefits lawyer may be able to help you get the maximum amount of coverage to which you are entitled, click here.
In both major cities and small towns throughout the province, people ride bicycles to commute to work, complete errands, get in some exercise, participate in a recreational activity, and get from Point A to Point B. Unfortunately, cyclists are extremely vulnerable to the dangers of the road, especially when they encounter negligent drivers.
Catastrophic injuries sustained during birth can have profound effects on the life of your newborn. If the damage was caused by the negligence of medical professionals, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover associated costs. Contact our Ontario catastrophic birth injury lawyers to discover how we may be able to help in your specific case. Learn more here.
No matter who was responsible for causing the collision, if you were injured in a car accident, you might be entitled to compensation. If your collision was the result of another driver’s negligence, our Ontario car accident lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Sustaining catastrophic injuries in an accident can be monumentally challenging. The process of readjusting to life with newly acquired disabilities can be emotionally difficult, isolating, and expensive. If someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain catastrophic injuries in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation.
The consumer products we purchase should be safe for regular use. That is why the companies that manufacture, test, package, advertise, and distribute non-commercial consumer items are beholden to a stringent system of checks and balances. Unfortunately, sometimes defective, potentially life-threatening products are released for sale to the public. If you were injured in an accident caused by a faulty and unsafe item, click here to learn more about how our Ontario defective products lawyers may be able to assist you.
Owning a pet comes with its share of responsibilities. Dog owners in Ontario are responsible for more than simply feeding and walking their pet; they have a legal responsibility to make sure other people are not harmed because of their dog.
Undergoing surgery to recover from a hernia is supposed to alleviate pain, not cause more of it. Unfortunately, sometimes the surgical mesh used to support damaged tissue can lead to medical complications, severe pains, and additional financial losses. If you were injured after undergoing hernia surgery, click here to learn how our Ontario personal injury lawyers may be able to assist you.
Hip implant surgeries can help extend a person’s life and mobility by years. But sometimes, the procedure has injurious, painful side effects. If you sustained injuries after undergoing hip implant surgery, whether your medical condition was the result of medical malpractice or defective materials, you may be entitled to compensation. Click here to learn more about how our Ontario hip implant injury lawyers may be able to assist you.
Physical injuries, chronic illnesses, and severe mental health disorders may make it impossible for certain people to perform the duties of their jobs. With insurance plans covering long-term disabilities, these individuals may be able to access much-needed income replacement benefits. But what should you do if your claim for benefits has been denied?
Motor vehicle accidents in Ontario are one of the province’s leading causes of injuries requiring hospitalization. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Preszler Injury Lawyers might be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.
While passenger vehicles have built-in safety features to protect their occupants in the event of a crash, motorcycle riders have only wearable gear to rely on during a collision. Because of that discrepancy, motorcycle accident victims often lose their lives or sustain severe injuries in collisions caused by negligent drivers.
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road-users. When negligent drivers violate the rules of the road, they endanger the lives of unsuspecting, unprotected pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents can culminate in severe injuries and, tragically, wrongful deaths.
Accidents can happen when you least expect them. Throughout the province, traumatic, violent, and preventable accidents hospitalize innocent, unsuspecting community members each day. No matter where your accident occurred, if you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation.
The negligence of property owners and occupiers can have serious consequences for unsuspecting victims of slip and fall accidents. That is why the owners and occupiers of commercial and residential properties in Ontario are required to regularly inspect their premises and address any potentially hazardous maintenance issues in a timely fashion.
There is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims in the province of Ontario. That means, no matter how far in the past your abuse occurred, you could still be entitled to pursue justice by filing a civil claim. To learn how our sexual abuse lawyers serving all of Ontario may be able to provide you with assistance, click here.
Affecting one in three women and one in eight men in Canada, sexual assault can have severe consequences on a person’s quality of life. If you have been targeted, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Ontario sexual assault lawyes to see how we might be able to help in your specific case. Learn more here:
Whether they occur on commercial or residential properties, slip and fall accidents can cause unsuspecting victims to sustain serious injuries. In many cases, these accidents are the result of another party’s negligence and most of the time, the at-fault party is not even present on-site when the accident occurs.
Many winter sports enthusiasts look forward to the snowy season all year long, eagerly awaiting their next opportunity to ride their snowmobiles. However, as thrilling as it can be to operate a snowmobile, riding one can be dangerous, especially when others engage in reckless, negligent behaviour.
When large commercial trucks collide with passenger vehicles, the outcome can be disastrous. Owing to the large discrepancies in size and weight between trucks and regularly sized passenger vehicles, truck drivers may be able to walk away from an accident without a scratch, but the occupants of the smaller vehicle could easily lose their lives or sustain severe injuries.
Surgical mesh may be used to help repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. However, in some cases, patients experience severe postoperative complications because of the use of surgical mesh. If you sustained compensable injuries as a result of complications arising from the use of vaginal mesh, click here.
Accidents can have fatal consequences. Because of someone else’s negligence, families can be torn apart, loved ones can be lost, and close relatives can find themselves in emotional and financial despair.
Treating heartburn, acid reflux, and other gastrointestinal conditions, Zantac and generic ranitidine were sold over the counter and as prescription drugs for years. Unfortunately, ranitidine can break down into what Health Canada classifies as a probable human carcinogen. If you developed cancer as a result of using products that include ranitidine, you may be eligible for compensation. Click here to learn more.
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A lawsuit is a formal court proceeding that ends in a settlement or a trial. Very few cases proceed to trial. Most cases are settled out of court.
A lawsuit has five main parts.
The first part is filing a Statement of Claim with the court. This is an official court document that describes who wronged you, how they wronged you, what your injuries and other losses are, and how much money you are asking for.
The second part of a lawsuit is an examination for discovery. This is often called a “deposition” on television and is a meeting where your lawyer asks the defendants questions about the case and the defendant’s lawyer asks you questions about your case. The meeting is recorded and typed into a transcript.
The third part of a lawsuit is gathering the evidence you need to prove your case. This includes gathering medical records, receipts, witness statements, and often reports created by medical and other experts who are hired by your lawyer to explain your injuries and losses.
The fourth part of your case is often a mediation, which is a settlement meeting with a mediator. The mediator helps both sides see each other’s point of view and brings settlement offers back and forth between the parties with the goal of settling the case.
The fifth part of your case is a trial. The trial is a formal court hearing that can take days or weeks. Both sides call witnesses and present their case to a judge or a judge and a jury who then renders a verdict.
Your case can settle any time. Many cases settle before needing to file a Statement of Claim, or before needing to attend an examination for discovery or a mediation. Very few cases go to trial.
If you are involved in an accident and it is not your fault, then you are entitled to compensation for all losses caused by the accident:
1. Pain and suffering damages: these compensate you for the change in your quality of life, taking into account the change to your health, your pain levels, the activities you cannot do anymore, how your emotional health and relationships are impacted, etc.
2. Out of pocket expenses: this compensates you for money you have already spent due to the accident or your injuries (keep your receipts!), such as parking expenses to see your doctor, physiotherapy costs, pain medication, etc.
3. Loss of employment or business income: this is income you’ve lost or will lose because of the accident or your injuries. You are also entitled to all future income loss, or an amount to account for the real and substantial possibility of losses to your ability to earn income in the future or be competitive in an open job market.
4. Housekeeping losses: you are entitled to compensation for your inability to do your housekeeping chores or yard maintenance chores in the past and for the remainder of your life, including a reasonable amount to hire people to do these chores for you if your injuries prevent you from doing them.
5. Future medical care: you are entitled to compensation for all medical care you will need for the remainder of your life as a result of your injuries.
6. Legal costs: Ontario has a “loser pays” system, meaning that the loser pays a part of the winner’s legal costs. If you settle your case or are successful at trial then you have won your case. Legal costs generally cover 25% to 50% of your lawyer’s bill.
Every case is different. Some cases can be settled quickly, in a matter of months. Some cases can take two to four years to settle.
A lawyer’s goal is to get you fair compensation. You can only settle your case once, so it needs to be for the right number. The main concern is not how you will be doing two months from now, but how you will be doing ten years from now.
Generally, a lawyer will not settle your case until you have recovered or they know how your injuries will impact your future. If you recover quickly, your lawyer may be able to settle your case quickly. If you do not recover quickly, your case could take two to four years to resolve.
Lawyers know limitation periods and ensure you do not miss them. Ontario law has many different notice and limitation periods, some of which start only 10 days after your accident. If you miss one, your case could be dismissed or barred.
Lawyers give you peace of mind. They take care of your case so that you can focus on your recovery. Put simply: it is your job to try and get better and it is your lawyer’s job to do everything else.
Lawyers help you get treatment. Physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment and counseling are expensive. Insurance companies often deny requests to fund your treatment. Lawyers fight these unfair denials to get you the physical and psychological treatment you need. Some treatment providers who will treat you upfront at no cost if you agree to pay them back when you settle your case, but only if you have a lawyer.
Lawyers know the value of your case. Knowledge is power. Never settle your case until you know what you are owed as a matter of law. If you have a long-term injury, it may cost you a significant amount of money over the remainder of your life. Lawyers give you advice on how much to settle your case for, though the decision to settle remains your own.
Lawyers even the power imbalance. Insurance companies are a business not a charity; they are not your friend. They hire insurance lawyers whose goal is to dismiss or settle your case for less than it is worth. A lawyer evens this power imbalance and is generally able to secure you a better settlement than you would on your own even after the lawyer’s fees are deducted.
You should see your doctor and tell them about all of your symptoms. Be honest and accurate. It is important that your medical record accurately records all of your symptoms.
Try and get better. Follow your doctor and other medical practitioners’ treatment advice.
Keep your receipts, no matter how small. You should receive every penny you are owed and this may not happen without receipts.
Talk to your lawyer about your case. Keep them updated on your recovery. Ask them questions when you do not understand something about your case.
If your lawyer cannot settle your case before starting a lawsuit, then you may need to attend an interview with the insurance company’s lawyer (called an “examination for discovery”) or a mediation, which is a meeting with the insurance company where we try and settle your case. In very rare cases, you may be required to attend a trial.
Your lawyer will want to know about your life before the accident. How was your health? How did you earn income? What were your life and career plans if the accident did not happen?
Your lawyer will want to know about the accident. When did it happen? Where did it happen? How did it happen? Whose fault was the accident?
Your lawyer will want to know how the accident impacted your life. What are your injuries? What are all of your symptoms? How they impact your personal life? Your work life? Your home life?
Ontario has a loser pays system. That means that if you lose the case at trial you are required to pay a part of the winner’s legal bill.
It is extraordinarily rare for a personal injury case to go to trial, let alone for the injured person to lose at trial.
Regardless, lawyers can generally arrange litigation insurance that pays the winner’s legal bill for you if you lose your case.
Many cases can be settled within months of retaining a lawyer. But cases with more serious injuries usually take longer.
Your lawyer may need doctors to write reports on how your injuries will impact your future before they settle your case. Your future is often the most important part of your case, after all.
It can take two years or more to reach the point of maximum medical recovery where doctors are able to know with any certainty what your future holds. This means you may need to wait two years before your lawyer can secure the medical reports needed for your case.
Ontario courts are severely backlogged. It takes one to two years to set a trial date and you must complete a number of other steps before you can set a trial date.
Insurance companies are businesses that focus on profit. Paying you less than you are owed increases their profits. Denying you benefits increases their profits.
Insurance companies are used to working in our legal system, which is an adversarial system. This means that insurance companies are accustomed to fighting against injured people in court. They are naturally suspicious and trained to look for weaknesses in someone’s case to try and defeat them in court. This kind of mindset does not make for healthy relationships.
People make mistakes and people operate insurance companies. The insurance adjuster may not understand your case. They may falsely believe you’re lying or exaggerating your case. Unfortunately, when an insurance company makes a mistake it can cause incredible harm to an injured person.
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Slip and Fall Accident
A woman was walking down fragile wooden stairs and sustained an injury that left her leg amputated. She also had pre-existing injuries that were further aggravated by this incident.
In this case a minor was sexually assaulted over a period of years. This abuse affected this individual's earning capacity throughout the course of his adult life.
In this case a family lost their father in a car accident. The settlement amount was made to the surviving spouse and children of the deceased.
An individual was walking across the street as a pedestrian and got struck by a drunk driver who fled the scene. The individual sustained catastrophic injuries.
An individual was riding a bicycle the wrong way on an on-ramp and got hit head on by a car. She sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of the collision.
A pedestrian was crossing the road and was subsequently hit by a car that was making a left hand turn. The individual sustained serious traumatic brain injuries and orthopaedic injuries.
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Sierakowski v. Grand, 2022 ONSC 3150
Facts of the Case On December 24th 2019, the Plaintiff, Peter Sierakowski (“Sierakowski”) was returning home to his rented room at 1790 Cedar Lane (“the Premises”) when he slipped on some ice and fell, breaking his right hip, requiring surgery the next day. At the time of the injury, Sierakowski was unemployed and on disability … Read More
Kalk v. Intact Insurance Company, 2022
Facts of the Case On August 16th, 2016, Ms. Kerli Kalk (“K.K.”) was involved in a motor vehicle accident when a drunk driver crossed the centreline and struck her vehicle head-on. She sustained significant injuries requiring multiple surgeries and spent nearly two months in hospital and in-patient rehabilitation. The insurance provider, Intact Insurance Company (“Intact”), … Read More
Waller v. Brown, 2022 ONSC 3510
Facts of the Case Jaqueline Waller (the “Plaintiff”) was injured in a motor vehicle accident (the “Accident”) on October 28, 2015. Ryan and Karen Brown (the “Defendants”) admitted liability at trial in 2021. However, they disputed the subsequent finding that Ms. Waller’s injuries surpassed the “threshold” of severity, entitling her to general damages. In this case, … Read More
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