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Steven Polak works out of the Lerners LLP personal injury Durham office. He dedicates his entire legal practice to assisting injury victims and people who have been unfairly denied disability benefits. As part of the team of over 100 Ontario lawyers at Lerners LLP (Lerners started in 1929), he acts as an injury and disability lawyer for victims with motor vehicle accident lawsuits, accident benefits cases, disability benefit cases, slip and falls, and other injury cases. Focussing on one area of law allows him to stay on top of the legal developments and industry trends.

Steven’s approach to litigation is that if a hand is extended in good faith you shake it, but if someone pushes you, you push back.

He has a unique perspective, from, in the past, also having acted for insurance company defendants. Steven started his practice in the firm’s London office in 2002, before relocating to work out of the Toronto and Durham offices, working as a Whitby Personal Injury Lawyer.

He has acted, and continues to act, as counsel in lawsuits in a number of different cities in Ontario, including Toronto, Ajax, Whitby, Mississauga, Scarborough, Oshawa, Newmarket, Thornhill, Markham, Brantford and beyond. He has also represented injury victims and insurance clients in the Court of Appeal (Ontario’s highest court).

Steven provides free (no obligation) consultations to injured persons and provides flexible fee structures, including deferred and contingency fee arrangements.

Steven offers his injury and disability clients his respect, his calm and experienced guidance and his record for success in obtaining fair and just compensation for injuries and losses. He has represented clients with numerous conditions, including head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain disorders, TMJ, RSD, fractures, disc problems, whiplash associated disorders and a range of other physical and psychological impairments.

Personal Information:

Steven was born and raised in York Region. Outside of office hours, he enjoys spending time with his wife and sons. In the past, Steven has been an elected representative of the national executive of a political party.

Steven’s parents immigrated to Canada from Chile in the 1970’s. His family roots stretch back to Chernivtsi, Ukraine on his maternal side and Romania/Poland on his paternal side.

Steven has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe.

Steven has acted as a youth soccer coach in Richmond Hill and Vaughan for a number of years.

Education:

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2002);
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (2001)
  • Two years of undergraduate study at the
  • University of Western Ontario

Professional Experience:

Partner, Lerners LLP

(2008 to present)

Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP

(2002-2007)

Memberships:

A Selection of Presentations / Publications:

  • Changes to the Insurance Act affecting car accident victims, published in Hospital News (2010).
  • Quantifying Damages in Obstetrical Malpractice Claims, Insight Publications (2005), Co-authored with Rodney Dale.
  • Overcoming jurisdictional barriers and managing cross-jurisdictional claims (2005), presenter at the “Auto Insurance Claims Litigation” Canadian Institute conference: Scrutinizing catastrophic injury court challenges from the Supreme Court of Canada to the Alberta Court of Appeal (2005), presenter at the “Auto Insurance Claims Litigation” Canadian Institute conference.
  • The 2010 Accident Benefit Amendments (Presentation to lawyers and car accident health care providers, Oshawa).
  • Bad Faith Actions: Goliath Meets the Sword of Damocles, Insight Publications (2004), Co-authored with Rodney Dale.
  • The Admissibility of Computer Generated Visual Evidence In Civil Actions: “Demonstrative Uber-Evidence” Law Society of Upper Canada Publications (2003), Co-authored with Rodney Dale.

“Being an injury and disability lawyer is an emotional job because of all the heartache and tragedy that you see. You often see people who are on the verge of collapse and they turn to you as their last hope. Helping those people achieve the financial security to mitigate their losses is an incredibly rewarding part of my job.

Many people also suffer the after effects of injuries, including the psychological and emotional effects of being unable to engage in their normal activities, their inability to earn the same income for themselves or their families, and their inability to carry on with their relationships in the same way. That can be an absolutely devastating part of an injury. When you take away a person’s ability to live their normal life, you can rob them of their self-esteem, shatter their confidence and their sense of identity. Understanding all of the effects of an injury is an important part of representing an injured person...

Testimonials

Clearly Mr. Polak is ahead of the game and has been throughout this litigation in relation to the efforts made to service his client.

Oshawa Court

Thanks a lot for your excellent work on my case

G.G. Toronto, Ontario

You really did a great job on the case. The other Injury Lawyers that I spoke with in Toronto and Oshawa wouldn’t even talk to me. I am glad that I called.

RP, Oshawa, Ontario

I want to express my thanks for everything that you have done for me.”

AF, Whitby, Ontario

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