Steven Polak works out of the Lerners LLP personal injury Durham office. For nearly 20 years he has dedicated his legal practice to assisting personal injury victims with lawsuits and people who have been unfairly denied disability benefits.
Until 2008, his practice was split between representing injured/disabled plaintiffs and representing insurance companies/doctors who were sued. At this point, Steven dedicates 100% of his practice to representing injured/disabled individuals in claims against insurance companies. Steven refuses to act for insurance companies.
Steven has appeared as lead Counsel in License Appeal Tribunal hearings for disputed benefits, jury trial in Ontario's Superior Court of Justice, as well as Ontario's highest Court, Ontario's Court of Appeal. Steven regularly handles matters in Durham's Courthouse and is very familiar with the processes there and unique local features.
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, long term disability benefit cases, slip and fall lawsuits, and other injury cases. He has handled cases involving quadriplegia, paraplegia, orthopaedic fractures, connective tissue pain disorders, brain injury and concussion etc, as well as having particular experience with mental health fall out from the injuries. Steven was previously on the board of directors of a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
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.
Lerners LLP is a law firm that strives for a reputation of honesty, respect, fairness and justice and seeks clients that wish the same.
Steven was born and raised in York Region. Outside of office hours, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. In the past, Steven has been an elected representative of the national executive of a political party.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors, Canadian Mental Health Association – York Region and South Simcoe.
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.
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.
Partner, Lerners LLP
(2008 to present)
Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP
“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...
Clearly Mr. Polak is ahead of the game and has been throughout this litigation in relation to the efforts made to service his client.
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