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Personal Injury

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The families of people who have been catastrophically injured or killed need help in many ways. There is the immediate emergency and then the long-term implications: how will a young family cope without the breadwinner? How will a spouse cope without the help and companionship of the other spouse? How will a family cope with caring for a seriously injured child, spouse, or parent? The family’s future may depend upon the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit.

Personal injury is a very difficult and complex area of law. Our Personal Injury Group is one of the most experienced in Canada, providing a full range of legal services from investigation of the facts through to prosecution of personal injury cases, both trial and appeal. Such injuries may have been sustained in an accident, as a result of using defective products, on premises that were not properly maintained, or as a result of negligence.

Our Group has obtained substantial monetary awards for clients who lack the financial means to fund personal injury lawsuits. We have assisted clients with insurance disputes, including claims for long-term disability insurance. We are also experienced in the procedures and litigation involving the appointment of guardians for those who cannot make decisions on their own.

To ensure that much-needed compensation is obtained as quickly as possible, we provide free initial consultations, flexible retainer arrangements, up-front medical-legal investigations, and aggressive prosecution of viable claims. We also have the backing of a full-service law firm, so we are able to offer other legal services, such as will preparation and tax advice, as required.

The courts and the legal profession recognize Torkin Manes’ Personal Injury Group as leaders in the field of personal injury law. We are often retained by other lawyers as trial counsel or co-counsel on complex cases.

Some of our many personal injury cases have involved:

  • Catastrophic motor vehicle accidents
  • Work injuries
  • Accident benefits
  • Brain injury
  • Fatalities
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Product liability 

Sexual Assault

Sexual abuse is a particular form of personal injury, the effects of which can last a lifetime. Many survivors of sexual assault seek closure and a way to heal, often years after the abuse. They need a safe place where they can discuss their legal options with lawyers who have a special expertise in, and understanding of, their situation.

We have helped hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse, whether it was an isolated incident or a long-term situation. We help them sort through their legal options to find the way that will help them the most. If they choose to sue, we know how to prepare an effective lawsuit that will help them achieve their healing goals. Such a lawsuit can be brought against both the abuser and responsible individuals or institutions. We empower our clients to stand up for themselves, secure in the knowledge that they are protected by our extensive legal experience with sexual assault cases.

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Publications & Presentations


What Does #MeToo Mean for Lawyers?

The Litigator, March 2019 It has been over a year since the infamous tweet encouraged people to come forward and share their experiences of sexual harassment. This tweet ultima...
Apr 1, 2019

Credibility and Memory Issues in Sexual Assault Cases

Co-Chair - Sexual Misconduct in the #Metoo Era, Osgoode Hall Law School/York University Loretta Merritt spoke at Osgoode's Professional Development Legal Guide to Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era on February 7, 2019 in Toronto. In the ...
Feb 7, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Ontario Government Auto Insurance Reform

Torkin Manes LegalPoint On January 9, 2019 the Ontario Government issued a news release announcing that it is seeking input on how to make auto insurance more affordable. The...
Jan 14, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

The Problem with Class Actions for Historical Sexual Abuse Cases

Class Proceedings In Ontario, class actions are governed by the Class Proceedings Act[1], (the “CPA”). Class actions allow an individual t...
Oct 22, 2018

News & Media

In the News

Loretta Merritt interviewed by CTV's Your Morning and the Toronto Star about case involving Kenora C.A.S. where their lawyer says a 14 or 15 year old is a sexually mature woman

CTV's Your Morning, The Toronto Star A 14- or 15-year-old girl is not a child, but rather a “sexually mature young woman,” according to a lawyer for a Northern Ontario childre...
Mar 25, 2019
In the News

Torkin Manes recognized as the #1 ranked Ontario regional law firm by Canadian Lawyer

Canadian Lawyer We thank our clients, colleagues and peers for recognizing us with this distinguished honour.
Mar 4, 2019
In the News

Loretta Merritt quoted in the Law Times about opting out of class actions

"Loretta Merritt of Torkin Manes LLP says that distinction around injuries is an important one and can make class actions inappropriate for some circu...
Oct 29, 2018
In the News

Loretta Merrit comments on the London diocese sexual abuse case settlements

A decade-long court battle between the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and its insurance company has disclosed $15 million in largely secret settleme...
Jul 26, 2018


Loretta Merritt and Lisa Corrente to speak at Osgoode's Professional Development Legal Guide to Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era

Join Loretta Merritt and Lisa Corrente who will be speaking at Osgoode's Professional Development Legal Guide to Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era, ...
Feb 7, 2019


Sexual Assault: Is It Worth It To Sue? with Loretta Merritt - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Loretta Merritt discusses whether it is worth it to sue or not in a sexual assault case as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
Mar 31, 2015

Sexual Assault: When to Consider a Lawsuit with Loretta Merritt - Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Loretta Merritt discusses when an abuse survivor should consider a sexual assault lawsuit as part of the Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video Series.
Mar 31, 2015