We cannot thank you enough for all that you have done for us. The compassion, kindness, guidance and advice provided to us throughout the past six years will always be remembered.
The Elkin Injury Law Team always treated us with the utmost respect and dignity throughout our ordeal. We always trusted and believed that with your knowledge and remarkable mediation skills, that we would be successful in our claim.
It has been our pleasure to have known you both professionally and personally. We would recommend the team at Elkin Injury Law highly to anyone!
– J. & N. Y.
I retained the services of William F. Elkin to represent my brother, and my family, in a personal injury lawsuit as my brother was involved in a near fatal motor vehicle accident and was not able to do so himself at the time. Throughout our retainer with Bill, not only was I impressed by his advocacy skills, his knowledge of and experience in personal injury law, I was taken aback by the “personalness” of his representation.
Bill provided my entire family with excellent legal advice; strategic representation and the utmost care. Bill in a sense became an honorary member of our family. His care and concern for my brother’s medical, emotional, physical and financial well-being was naturally expressed in every step he took on his behalf. Bill always kept us informed about the case and treated us with a level of respect and compassion that far surpassed my expectations and we were pleased with the end result.
I would, without hesitation, recommend William F. Elkin’s services to anyone looking for a lawyer for himself or herself or for a loved one.
From the very beginning, Bill Elkin and his team meticulously explained all the implications of my slip and fall suit. If I had any questions (and due to the bad experiences with lawyers in the past, there were definitely a few!) they answered them all. The big surprise, however, was the amount of the settlement I received. It was far in excess of anything I expected.
I just wanted to take a few minutes out of a day and say Thank you! Which means that you too, must also set aside a few minutes to read this. It’s funny how that works out isn’t it?
D and I both want you to know that you did make the difficult, less so. And, that we appreciated that greatly.
It was an equal pleasure for us to deal with you on a personal level. For that reason we will always remember you well. In high regard that is.
– R.K. & D.K.
You’ve been helping me a lot to go through all these difficult years. Your help lift me up and my days from the lowest to high. You are a special person who cares, considerate. You made a difference in my life. From telephone calls, driving all the way from St. Catharines, work in the office, and all other work that I don’t even know about and my special thanks to you. Thank you very much, your help is much appreciated.
I had an accident in which I was hit from behind. I suffered neck and back injuries. I continue to have pain, and most likely always will. I can move on with my life due to the work of Fiona and William at Elkin Injury Law. I received a substantial settlement that will allow me to move on in my life with a little more piece of mind. A special thanks to Fiona who was kind and patient with me. Fiona answered all my questions and kept me informed every step of the way.
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all your efforts re: my recent injury claim. As you know; I was totally ignored until I contracted the services of Elkin Injury Law to put forward my position. You took on a huge offshore company and successfully concluded the claim with them accepting a large portion of liability and that was very important to me. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending your services to anyone finding themselves in my position.
Wow! Where to start. Thank you so much Mr. Elkin for taking on my claim. To Fiona, for spending countless hours listening and talking with me through some of my toughest days. To Steven, for guiding me through this whole process. And to Tanya for always being so sweet and doing whatever you could to help. I found such a wonderful team who all worked so hard for me, and I will always be forever grateful.
Just a note to say….Thank You! I will be forever grateful to you for all your help & support during this difficult situation. I don’t know what I would have done without you. Your friendship & understanding means more to me than I could ever express.
Your assistance with the complex aspects of a malpractice claim has been invaluable to me. I was truly overwhelmed with the possibility of negligence, in addition to dealing with ongoing pain issues. It was such a relief to talk to someone who genuinely knew what I was going through and seemed to sincerely care, and want to help. Your guidance with this difficult situation has helped me to determine that a claim would not be feasible. Mr. Elkin, you have been very generous with your time and knowledge and I cannot thank you enough. It will be my pleasure to refer you and your firm at every opportunity.
Law Clerk to Fiona Korolenchuk
Law Clerk to Fiona Korolenchuk
Law Clerk to Steven Venhuizen
Legal Assistant to Roelf Swart
Law Clerk to Roelf Swart
About Elkin Injury Law
At Elkin Injury Law, Barristers, Professional Corporation, we have built our reputation on more than 30 years of experience representing plaintiffs in Niagara who have suffered personal injuries as a result of the negligence of others. We handle all types of injury claims including fatal accidents, motor vehicle accidents, boating and snowmobile accidents, WSIB, unsafe products, dog bites, slip and falls, assaults, as well as many other types of claims. We also handle all types of disputes against insurance companies.
If you have been injured in an accident, you know how frustrating, confusing and stressful it can be. Our goal is to assist you in every way to obtain the highest compensation for your injuries, your income loss, and for medical and care costs. We also help to ease the frustrations and worries of dealing with insurance companies.
We understand that you are the victim of someone’s carelessness or recklessness and that your life has been significantly affected through no fault of your own.
We also understand the impact a serious injury or death can have on family members.
We are dedicated to providing you and your family with the highest standard of legal representation, while lending a compassionate ear and have made it our motto that “Your Personal Injury Deserves our Personal Care.”
Our team approach ensures that you get prompt and accurate answers to all your questions. There is always someone available in our St. Catharines location to talk with you concerning any problems arising out of your accident. We work with medical, rehabilitation, attendant care specialists and other experts to assess your needs and to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits and compensation to which you are entitled.
We provide strong and experienced legal representation to clients throughout Niagara and across Ontario and achieve results that are second to none. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury, we are here to assist you. We invite you to contact Elkin Injury Law today. We can help.
Elkin Injury Law was awarded The Community Votes Platimum award for Personal Injury Law and Lawyers (2023)
Elkin Injury Law is proud to announce that we have been honoured with a Employer Support Award of Excellence (Ontario) by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) in recognition and appreciation of our support of the Canadian Armed Forces (Cadets).
Areas of Practice
- All Bodily Injuries
- Neck and Back
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Paralysis (Spinal Injuries)
- Chronic Pain
- Soft Tissue
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents, no matter how severe, can have extensive consequences. Drivers, pedestrians and bikers who are victims of motor vehicle accidents can suffer a range of injuries. An accident that involves any type of motor vehicle, even if the person responsible was unable to be identified, may be grounds to initiate a claim. It is not uncommon for victims’ daily life to be adversely affected and injuries caused by car accidents usually require comprehensive treatment. Focusing on your recovery is of utmost importance; as such, Elkin Injury Law can burden the stress of legal disputes so you can focus on what really matters.
With regards to a motor vehicle accident, there are typically two options available to injured persons:
Accident Benefit Claims: This is a claim, typically to your own insurer, for benefit coverage. That said, a person who is injured who doesn’t carry their own insurance may be able to claim accident benefits under another person’s insurance depending on the circumstances. Some examples of the type of benefits you may be entitled to include “Income Replacement Benefit”, “Non-Earner’s Benefit”, “Medical and Rehabilitative Benefit”, “Attendant Care Benefit” and more. Each benefit has distinct requirements for an injured person to qualify, often making accident benefit claims tedious and delicate.
Tort Claim: The “tort” aspect of a motor vehicle accident claim is a civil lawsuit against the person responsible for your injuries. Given that insurance is mandatory in Ontario, in nearly all MVA cases, the other driver’s insurance company will be covering the liability. This claim focuses on collecting compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, housekeeping & home maintenance, and in some cases medical & rehabilitative compensation. Each tort case requires in-depth legal analysis based on the circumstances of the accident; no two cases are exactly alike.
Slip And Fall
Falls can happen suddenly, instantaneously, and almost anywhere. Slipping and falling can happen essentially anywhere, in buildings, on stairs, on sidewalks, and even in stores or restaurants. Since these types of incidents can occur almost anywhere, slip and fall claims typically have very unique circumstances that apply differently under the Occupier’s Liability Act and the Negligence Act. Generally, people in control of property have to ensure that you are reasonably safe from hazards that may cause you to slip and injure yourself. These types of incidents can lead to very severe injuries that have long-lasting effects. Even if you are unaware of what exactly caused you to fall, it is possible you still have a claim. Since every fall is different, the law needs to be navigated according to the details of how you fell. Our team is able to represent your interests and put forth a strong case based on our analysis of your claim.
Trips and Falls
Similar to slip and falls, trip and falls can happen almost anywhere. Whether you’re out for a walk, stepping over a curb or simply walking into a store, tripping hazards can cause serious injuries. Maybe you are walking on what appears to be a continuous floor that really ends up having a large gap or step between it. Trip hazards are also covered under the Negligence Act as well as the Occupier’s Liability Act and these Acts apply to trip and falls similarly in ways they apply to slip and falls. Many times, occupiers are aware, or ought to be, that these trip hazards exist. That said, they negligently have allowed a hazard to exist and cause someone injury. Like other claims, trip and falls have complex legal principles that apply to the circumstances around the fall. Trust Elkin Injury Law to meticulously analyze these principles and apply them to your case to effectively represent your interests.
There’s no handrail for the stairs, nails are sticking out of wood, and heavy objects hang dangerously overhead. It wouldn’t be surprising if anyone felt unsafe in such circumstances. In Ontario, property owners and occupiers (people in charge of properties or premises) that irresponsibly put people’s safety in jeopardy may be accountable for injuries arising from the unsafe premise. Under the Occupier’s Liability Act and the Negligence Act, premises must be kept reasonably safe for anyone entering the property and ensure that a dangerous condition does not exist that contributes to an injury. Often, unsafe premises claims that seem simple actually have underlying complexities requiring proper legal analysis. Elkin Injury Law has an experienced group of lawyers that can assess the details of unsafe premise cases with distinct precision and care.
Dogs aren’t always a “man’s best friend”. Being bitten or attacked by a dog can happen instantaneously and can cause significant physical injuries, but may also lead to serious psychological trauma. In Ontario, under the Dog Owner’s Liability Act, people in control of a dog who do not adequately ensure people’s safety around that dog may be found liable for injuries (both physical and psychological) that arise from a dog attack. Despite this legislation, violent dog attacks still occur frequently and often have dire consequences for a victim or their loved ones.
Companies sometimes compromise consumer safety for increased profit. Though saddening, it is true. Other times, dangers that arise from manufacturing procedures or design features of products are negligently looked over and the product is sold to the public. Companies that decide to risk consumer safety in this way should, and can be held accountable for their actions. Based on the circumstances of your injury and the product that caused it, the company who issues that product may be liable for your injuries.
Long Term & Short Term
Disability insurance is usually seen as a safety net for most families. If anything were to happen, disability benefits would help maintain order in a time of uncertainty. Can’t work? Incurring expenses? Supporting a family? In a situation where you become injured or ill, disability benefits help you keep your life from completely falling apart. Unfortunately, to be entitled to these benefits you must prove that your disability meets legal and medical criteria. Additionally, if you have the misfortune of suffering a disability for over 2 years, the criteria becomes significantly more difficult to meet. Sadly, it is not “simple” to meet the criteria. Proving you meet the criteria usually requires extensive evidence and a solidified legal argument; even then an insurance company may seek to argue the evidence and deny your claim. Over many years, the team of legal professionals at Elkin Injury Law has obtained powerful insights into handling difficult and complex disability claims to help our clients retaliate their unfair treatment.
Accident Benefit Issues
This is a claim, typically to your own insurer, for benefit coverage. That said, a person who is injured who doesn’t carry their own insurance may be able to claim accident benefits under another person’s insurance depending on the circumstances. Some examples of the type of benefits you may be entitled to include “Income Replacement Benefit”, “Non-Earner’s Benefit”, “Medical and Rehabilitative Benefit”, “Attendant Care Benefit” and more. Each benefit has distinct requirements for an injured person to qualify, often making accident benefit claims tedious and delicate.
Income and Economic Losses
Physical or psychological injuries aren’t the only losses that can cause significant distress to your normal life. In many occasions, personal injuries are accompanied by an inability to work, earn income, or a plethora of expenses. All of these aspects of economic loss can be recovered during legal claims. In some cases, you may have experienced what is known as a Loss of Competitive Advantage. In any event, if you are suffering financial burdens as a result of injury, Elkin Injury Law maintains a firm stance on recovering the lost income that you would have received should the injury had not occurred.
Insurance Company Disputes
Many of us have diligently paid premiums into our insurance companies for years. Not surprisingly, you expect that if it comes time to use your insurance policy you receive the same diligence in return. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. During times when you are relying on an insurance policy, whether it is due to an illness or disability, it can be frustrating to have an uncooperative insurance company. Even if an insurance company has made a mistake, they may seek to deny your claim to begin until an investigation has occurred. Facing denials can feel degrading to you and your family members, especially amidst a time where financial and emotional burdens may be prevalent. Elkin Injury Law can help even the scales against insurance companies, allowing you and your family to persevere in a time of adversity.
A regular visit to the dentist is a great way to maintain a pearly white smile. On the occasion, there are more serious concerns that require a higher level of dentist intervention. During all procedures, we put a lot of faith into our dentists. We expect them to care for us and our teeth with exceptionally high standards of care, as mandated by their profession. In spite of this, some procedures can go horribly wrong. Occasionally, trusted dental professionals break the oath that they swore, causing their patients to have lifelong injuries or pain. Some examples of dental claims could include infections after operating, surgical mistakes, complications arising from implantation or other insertion procedures, and even misdiagnoses. If you have experienced an irritating, painful injury as a result of the conduct by a trusted dental professional, you may have a claim that our team can effectively help you recover damages.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Basic Injury Questions
Q. WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER?
A. If you or someone you know or love has been injured, the last thing that you want to deal with is an aggressive insurance company. Let us do the work for you. With our expert team and years of experience dealing exclusively with personal injury law and insurance companies we are in a much better position to help you recover full compensation than you are on your own. Our team will be able to help you navigate your claim through today’s complex legal system and ensure that you get the help and compensation you deserve.
Remember, getting a great settlement from your personal injury is no accident.
Q. WHAT TYPES OF CLAIMS AND INJURIES DOES ELKIN INJURY LAW HANDLE?
A. We handle all types of accident claims for injuries including: falls resulting from slips and trips, unsafe premises, dog bites, unsafe products, motor vehicle accidents, income and economic losses.
Remember, our practice is restricted to personal injury and insurance law, guaranteeing that you are dealing with experts in the field!
Q. MY INSURANCE COMPANY HAS TOLD ME THAT I DON’T NEED A LAWYER. IS THAT TRUE?
A. Insurance companies often tell you that there is no reason to get a lawyer and that it is their job to be fair to you. In fact, this isn’t always true. The insurance industry is a profit driven industry, their goal is to make money by paying you as little money as possible when you have a claim. If you are in doubt, don’t simply accept the position of the insurance company, contact our legal team today. We will be able to provide you with a free initial consultation so that you can make the best choice in going forward with your claim.
Q. WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT A LAWYER?
A. It is recommended that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible following your injury or accident. Our job is to provide you with information concerning your rights to recover compensation from the at-fault party as well as no-fault benefits. Our initial consultation is free so you can feel comfortable contacting our office and speaking with our knowledgeable legal team.
Q. WHAT DOES “NO FAULT” AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE MEAN?
A. No fault insurance simply means that your own insurance company is responsible for providing you with certain benefits, called Accident Benefits, whether you are at fault for the accident or not. “No Fault” insurance does not take away your right to sue if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Q. IF I AM INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?
A. With the many changes to insurance law in Ontario, it is important that you get up to date information on the legislation itself and, on how you are affected. Our staff constantly trains to ensure that they are completely up to date on the latest amendments to insurance legislation so that your rights are protected. If you have been injured in any kind of accident, our knowledgeable lawyers and staff will advise you of all your rights.
Q. ARE ALL CLAIMS REQUIRED TO GO TO COURT?
A. No. In fact, the majority of all personal injury cases in Ontario are settled out of court. Our team is experienced with all types of dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, principled negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In most cases we are able to obtain an excellent resolution of your claim without going to trial saving you time and money. Please take a look at some of our recent successful claims at the headingVerdicts/Settlement.
Q. MY CHILD WAS HURT IN AN ACCIDENT. IS HE/SHE ABLE TO MAKE A CLAIM?
A. Yes. In Ontario the parents or legal guardians of a child are able to bring a claim against a negligent party on behalf of their child, the minor plaintiff. At Elkin Injury Law we know how hard it is to see your child hurt by the carelessness of someone else. Our legal team is prepared to offer you support and guidance through this difficult time and we will be prepared to aggressively advocate on behalf of your child.
Q. I AM A CANADIAN CITIZEN AND WAS HURT IN THE UNITED STATES. CAN YOU HELP ME?
A. Yes. Our proximity to the United States and our experience in all types of personal injury litigation will help you navigate the complexities of cross-border litigation. We will be able to take care of your needs in Canada with your own insurance company while working with one of our U.S. partners to help get you the compensation that you deserve.
Q. I AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND WAS HURT IN ONTARIO, CANADA. CAN YOU HELP ME?
A. Yes. We will be able to work with you and in conjunction with your U.S. legal representative to help you understand the Canadian legal system, including the “No Fault” insurance system. We will be able to pursue your claim in Canada and help you throughout the duration of your claim and ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. If you do not already have legal counsel of your own in the United States, we will be able to assist you by providing you with information to help you select a U.S. attorney.
Q. CAN I AFFORD A LAWYER?
A. Yes. The least you can do is come in for a free initial consultation where our team of experts will be able to advise you on how to move forward with your claim. At Elkin Injury Law we are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time and understand that your injury may have prevented you from working. We will use all our resources to help you recover your lost income. We will assist you every step of the way and in most cases there are no legal fees until settlement of your claim.
Q. WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVICE?
A. We are based in St. Catharines but we service clients in Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, Thorold, Wainfleet, Welland, West Lincoln and all across Ontario.
Remember, at Elkin Injury Law your personal injury deserves our personal care!
If you have any other questions do not hesitate to contact us.
Past Elkin Settlements
Due to solicitor and client privilege and the Rules and Regulations of the Law Society of Ontario, we are unable to publish our firm’s past successes.
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At Elkin Injury Law, our practice is restricted to personal injury and insurance law, this allows us to be experts in our field. When your client needs assistance after suffering a personal injury or need to file a dispute against an insurance company, we are the law firm to call. Ensure your trust in a company in Niagara with over 24 years of experience. We have represented many plaintiffs over the years and continue to see success, our goal is to provide clients with the highest standard of legal representation and work towards rightful entitlement.
Elkin Injury Law offers generous referral fees and this becomes increasingly more generous when you regularly refer clients to us. We believe in integrity and when one of your previous clients refer a case to us we want you to share in the compensation for the work you have generated for us. Elkin Injury Law is very grateful for referrals and continue to show our appreciation.
With referrals we will provide regular reporting, at your request. You decide how frequently you would like us to report to you on the status of your client.
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