13 April, 2015
This article by Angela Comella, Lawyer practicing with Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers and OTLA Member, was originally posted on OTLA's Blog, February 2015
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Early this year we reported Michael Schumacher's terrible skiing injury, please view the article by clicking here. Schumacher, F1 racing legend was on a skiing trip in the French Alps in December 2013 when he sustained a serious head injury.
Charles Gluckstein, Immediate Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), took an early lead in the fight against restrictive Joint and Several Liability reform with regard to municipalities. Powerful interest groups lobbied for changes to the law -- changes that could have left victims of serious injury without sufficient compensation.
In the role as a competent representative of clients, the personal injury lawyer performs various functions. As an advisor, the lawyer provides a client with an understanding of his or her legal rights and obligations. As an advocate, the lawyer advances the clients position fearlessly and with vigour. As negotiator, the lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client relative to the realities of the case and the requirements of fair and honest dealings. As an intermediary, advisor and evaluator, the lawyer seeks to reconcile the interests of both parties. Competent representation, then, implies that the lawyer takes on the case with sufficient legal knowledge, skill and training to properly perform these numerous functions.