About Us | Lerners LLP Personal Injury Lawyers, serving Whitby Oshawa Ajax Pickering and Ontario
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, 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 joining the Toronto office, and is also regularly in the Durham area 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 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 provides free (no obligation) consultations to injured persons and provides flexible fee structures, including deferred and contingency fee arrangements.
What have Ontario’s Judges said about Steven Polak in their decisions?
“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 Judge]
“The solicitor [Steven Polak] has dealt with this file in an exemplary fashion and his position….does credit to himself and the profession” [Toronto Court Judge]
“The plaintiff [Counsel – Steven Polak] has been diligent and transparent” [Newmarket Court Judge]
“The plaintiff [Counsel – Steven Polak] continued to be co-operative, accommodating and entirely reasonable. The actions of the plaintiff throughout have been exceptionally diligent”[Oshawa Court Judge]
“Mr. Polak argued with great force and ingenuity” [Milton Court Judge]
“It was clear to me that Mr. Polak was entirely prepared for trial. He was accommodating in the extreme and had suggestions that would have cured any delay. I note that if anything he was overly fair, evidencing a clear desire to get this matter on.” [Oshawa Court Judge]
“I am indebted to both counsel for the excellent materials and thorough arguments”. [Milton Court Judge]
- Partner, Lerners LLP (2008 to present)
- Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2002-2007)
A Selection of Presentations/Publications
- Changes to the Insurance Act affecting car accident victims, published in Hospital News (2010)
- The 2010 Accident Benefit Amendments (Presentation to lawyers and car accident health care providers, Oshawa
- 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
- Bad Faith Actions: Goliath Meets the Sword of Damocles, Insight Publications (2004), Co-authored with Rodney Dale
- 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 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
- The Advocates’ Society
- The Canadian Bar Association
- Admitted to Ontario Bar (2002)
- Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (2001)
- Two years of undergraduate study at the University of Western Ontario
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.
“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.
I have seen many victims of very real injuries who are shocked to find that insurance companies, and doctors who are closely affiliated with insurance companies, do not accept their claims, respond to them, or protect their interests in the way that they expected them to.
They can feel victimized, alone and powerless. Those clients have told me about how significantly the insurer’s denials can affect them and about how much better they have felt once a lawyer is guiding them and protecting their interests. Sometimes, people are increasingly emotional and frustrated because they do not really know what the insurer’s obligations are, and that is why I make it a point to provide my clients with education about the system and the traps and tests that they may face.
Personal injury law often gets a bad name, because of a few bad apples. However, personal injury law is not about trying to create the facts to build the largest possible damages, it is about relying on the law as a tool to fairly and reasonably compensate those people who have been injured and wronged. It’s about trying to ensure that justice is done.”
“Thanks a lot for your excellent work on my case.” [G.G. Toronto, Ontario]
“I am very happy to say that this [the outcome to the case] has helped her enormously; not just the financial weight gone off her shoulders, but the fact that you were able to change her thoughts in knowing that what happened to her was NOT right, and not her fault. She realizes now that her life does not need to be on hold for anyone, and she has a re-gained sense of self respect and will power. Since the pre-trial, she has now achieved both of her goals in what she wanted to do…I guess on behalf of my entire family, we would just like to say thanks for showing her that she does not need to sit back and take direction form her accident, everyone always knew she was more than that, and now she sees it too. She has also seriously decreased her meds, and is doing just fine with it.” [BH Southern Ontario]
“Thank you very much for working on my case. I definitely will recommend you to whom ever needs this kind of assistance. You are an amazing committed lawyer and a very easy person to talk to. Once again thank you and your team for all your hard work.” [MD, 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]