How can McLeish Orlando’s Car Accident Lawyers Help You?

When you or a loved one suffer a personal injury as the result of a car accident, it is essential to contact experienced personal injury lawyers that can advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation that you are entitled to.

At McLeish Orlando, our Toronto car accident lawyers will connect you with a medical and rehabilitation team that is tailored to your needs so that you can work on getting yourself back to where you were prior to the accident, while we work on the legal issues involved in your case.

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Life-changing Results

At McLeish Orlando, we represent the victims of personal injuries and their loved ones. We strive for the best possible results for our clients. Below, you’ll find a sample of our past results and success stories.

  • $15.7 Million

    McLeish Orlando Lawyers were able to successfully settle the case of a spinal cord injury for our past client.

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  • $12 Million

    McLeish Orlando Lawyers worked diligently to get the highest possible car accident settlement for our client, totaling $12M. The money will help provide long term care for both him and his family.

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  • $12 Million

    McLeish Orlando Lawyers were able to successfully settle the case of traumatic brain injury and fracture/dislocation of the cervical spine for our past client.

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  • $10 Million

    Our lawyers were able to get over $10M for the quadriplegic injury settlement, giving this young girl a sense of financial security towards gaining an enjoyment of life.

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  • $9.8 Million

    The lawyers at McLeish Orlando were able to recover $9.8M in the motorcycle accident settlement for our client. This will not only help with ongoing medical treatments and therapies, but also ensure that his family will be financially supported despite a loss in their father’s income.

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  • $21 Million

    After motions before the trial judge and an order striking out the jury along with evidentiary orders, the case settled. The mountain biking accident settlement claim advanced for the boy by the lawyers at McLeish Orlando was $21M.

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*Disclaimer: Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. Amounts recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.


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At McLeish Orlando, we feel honored to represent the victims of car accidents and their loved ones.

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What Sets McLeish Orlando’s Toronto Car Accident Lawyers Apart?

Experienced Car Accident Trial Lawyers

Our firm has a reputation for its outstanding trial experience. We prepare every case as if it is going to trial, and we take every step required to ensure our clients receive the full compensation they are entitled to. Insurance companies know this, and we are often able to reach a fair settlement long before trial. When we believe that our clients are entitled to more than what is being offered as settlement, we are always prepared to proceed to trial and advocate on their behalf.

Contingency Fee Retainer Agreements

We enter into contingency fee retainer agreements with every client we take on. This means that we only get paid when your claim is successfully resolved. We then receive an agreed upon percentage of the funds you receive as payment for our services.

We will hire and pay the experts that are needed to develop the evidence in your case, be they doctors, engineers or life care planners.  You will never be asked to contribute to the cost of developing evidence in the case or pay anything towards legal fees until a settlement or judgment is received.  We use these agreements to ensure that every person who is seriously injured in a car accident can access justice, not just those who have money.

Quality Over Quantity – Toronto Car Accident Lawyers

At McLeish Orlando, we believe in providing top quality service to a smaller number of seriously injured clients, rather than taking on as many clients as we can. This means that we selectively consider every potential client that contacts our office and only accept clients that are seriously injured. By limiting the number of clients that we represent, we ensure that we can spend the time, energy, and resources required to provide you with the best possible service and results.

Extensive History of Helping Our Clients

For over 20 years, our Toronto car accident lawyers and staff have worked on car accident files every day. Every car accident file is handled by a specialized team comprised of a:

  • Partner
  • Associate Lawyer
  • Accident Benefits Coordinator
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Assistant

Your team will be in contact with you through every step of your car accident file, ready to answer questions and assist with all matters.

Types of Car Accidents We Have Helped With

Over the years, we have been exposed to a broad range of types of car accidents, including:

  • Highway collisions
  • Intersection collisions
  • Multi-vehicle collisions
  • Commercial vehicle collisions
  • Motorcycle and car collisions
  • Truck collisions
  • Head-on collisions
  • Hit and Run collisions
  • T-Bone collisions
  • Rear-end collisions

While no two accidents are the same, given our breadth of experience, it is likely that we have assisted a client in a situation similar to yours and will bring that invaluable experience to your case.

Dangerous Driving Habits that Cause Car Accidents

Car accidents are far too common in Ontario. The Ministry of Transportation Ontario reported a total of 23,689 fatal and personal injury collisions in 2020, and 34,130 in 2019. These collisions caused the death of 535 people in 2020 and 582 in 2019. Car accidents are common but they are often avoidable and should not be tolerated.

All drivers in Ontario owe a duty of care when operating a vehicle. This duty is owed to passengers, other road users, pedestrians, and roadside property owners.

Some of the common forms of dangerous driving habits that cause car accidents include the following.

Distracted Driving

The widespread use of cellphones, touch screens, and other technology related distractions while driving has significantly increased the number of distracted driver related car accidents. Ontario Government data shows that the number of fatal collisions due to distracted driving has doubled since 2000. If you or a loved one have been injured by a distracted driver, contact our office for a free consultation to discuss your next steps.

Impaired Driving

When an impaired driver causes a car accident that results in the personal injury or death of others, it generally results in criminal charges. However, criminal law provides punishment – it does not provide compensation to victims. While it is generally a straightforward task to establish an impaired driver was negligent, the driver’s insurance company will aggressively defend the claim for damages that result from the accident. Navigating the legal system on your own can be challenging, confusing, and result in under compensation. Contact our office for a free consultation if you or a loved one have been injured by an impaired driver.

Disobeying Traffic Laws and Aggressive Driving

In Ontario, the Highway Traffic Act creates numerous offences for unsafe driving practices in order to regulate safe driving. Some of these offences create a requirement to stop at stop signs, red lights, and crosswalks. The HTA also has offences aimed at aggressive and careless driving. When a driver is charged and convicted under the HTA in a car accident that you are involved in, the Evidence Act creates a presumption of wrongdoing against that driver in any civil action that you bring related to that accident. This area of evidence law is technical, but it can be beneficial to your case. Discuss these options with one of our experienced car accident lawyers during a free consultation.

Types of Serious Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Head injuries (traumatic brain injuries)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Severe Fractures and broken bones
  • Burns

Ontario’s Accident Benefit Coverage

What Accident Benefits Are?

Ontario has a complicated hybrid no-fault and lawsuit system for car accidents.  Everybody who suffers a personal injury in a car accident in the Province of Ontario is entitled to no-fault benefits. The accident benefits an injured person may be entitled to include income replacement benefits, non-earner benefits, caregiver benefits, medical and rehabilitation benefits, attendant care benefits, case management, expenses of visitors, housekeeping and home maintenance, and loss of educational expenses.

The severity of injury has a dramatic effect on a person’s right to claim medical, rehabilitation and attendant care benefits. A non-catastrophically injured person is entitled to a maximum of $65,000.00 for these expenses while a catastrophically injured person is entitled to a maximum of $1,000,000.00 for medical expenses.  Our car accident lawyers have a proven track record of success in obtaining a catastrophic designation for our seriously injured car accident victims.

How Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help?

Our personal injury lawyers have access to the most highly skilled rehab professionals in the province and will work with you to ensure that you make as full a recovery from your injuries as is possible.

The accident benefits regime is extremely complicated and can be difficult to navigate on your own. It is highly recommended that you contact an experienced car accident lawyer to assist you with navigating your right to accident benefits.

When to File a Lawsuit After a Car Accident?

The compensation received through the accident benefits regime for income replacement and medical and rehabilitation expenses provide immediate assistance to someone who has suffered serious injuries in a car accident but the no-fault system will not provide compensation for the lifelong implications of the injuries suffered.

A person who is injured because of a negligent operator in a car accident is entitled to sue the at-fault operator for a variety of damages including damages for pain and suffering, loss of income and the cost of medical care.

Time Limit to Start Your Car Accident Claim

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you should be aware of the Limitations Act, which sets out the time limit to commence a legal proceeding at two years from the day the claim was discovered, barring any exceptions outlined in the Act. While this may sound like a long time, there are many important steps that need to be taken before commencing a lawsuit. We recommend that you contact our office for a free no obligation consultation as soon as you are able to follow a car accident.

Our Toronto Car Accident Lawyers are Here for You

Proper legal representation is crucial in obtaining the proper designation under the no-fault rules and full compensation for damages in a lawsuit.

A key to our firm’s successful record in car accident lawsuits, is that we conduct a thorough investigation at the outset of every case. We then build an airtight case consisting of facts and expert opinions.

The car accident lawyers at McLeish Orlando have been voted by other lawyers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert directory. Our impeccable track record of success is built upon a dedication to ensuring that our clients receive the full compensation that they deserve. While most cases settle out of Court, we prepare each case for trial from the moment we are retained, ensuring that the insurance company defending the case understands the consequences of not offering a full and fair settlement.

Proper legal representation is crucial in obtaining the proper designation under the no-fault rules and full compensation for damages in a lawsuit.

The car accident lawyers at McLeish Orlando have been voted by other lawyers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert directory. Our impeccable track record of success is built upon a dedication to ensuring that our clients receive the full compensation that they deserve. While most cases settle out of Court, we prepare each case for trial from the moment we are retained, ensuring that the insurance company defending the case understands the consequences of not offering a full and fair settlement.

Car Accident FAQs

What to do after a car accident?

After a car accident, you should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer who can explain the workings of Ontario’s no-fault auto insurance system.  One key thing you will want to ask the lawyer you speak to is how to start a claim for accident benefits so that you can begin to receive treatment for your injuries and an income replacement if you are unable to return to your occupation.  The lawyer can also explain the various aspects of starting a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for causing your injuries and the various heads of damages that you can seek to recover.  Ultimately, speaking with a lawyer is an important step in making sure your future is secure.

How long do I have to file a claim after a car accident?

If you are over the age of 18, you have two years from the date of loss to start a lawsuit. If you are younger than 18, you have two years from the date you turn 18 to start a lawsuit. There are some minor exceptions to this rule, which is why it’s important to speak with a lawyer.

How long does a car accident settlement take?

Every case is different, and it depends on the specific facts of each case. Generally, when dealing with serious injury cases, a person will continue to recover for 18-24 months.  It is after this period of recovery that the medical professionals involved will provide a prognosis for the future and describe all of the limitations associated with the injury.  Armed with these medical opinions, we are able to assess the fair value of all of the damages in a serious injury case.

How to claim for whiplash after a car accident?

The claim for whiplash after an accident is the same as for any other injury. The first step is speaking with a lawyer and discussing the best steps to start a claim for accident benefits, and if necessary, a lawsuit for your damages.

Do I need a lawyer after a car accident?

For those that have suffered serious or catastrophic injuries, the answer is yes. You should take the opportunity to meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer for a free initial consultation to understand your rights and obligations following a car accident.

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