Practice Highlights

Adam’s career is built on getting outstanding results in difficult cases. He has secured millions of dollars in compensation for injured people from all across Ontario. He has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court and the Financial Services Commission, representing individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and orthopaedic injuries. He also represents victims of sexual abuse and police assault.

Adam graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2011. Prior to law school, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario.

During law school, Adam worked at a legal aid clinic, conducting criminal trials against veteran Crown Attorneys. Since graduating from law school he has continued to provide pro bono services to low-income clients. Adam won several awards for outstanding advocacy during law school, and was asked to coach the school’s oral advocacy team.

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A competitor in and out of the courtroom, Adam enjoys hockey, volleyball, squash and skiing. He also enjoys playing fetch with his dog Elvis. Occasionally, Elvis even returns the ball.

Adam’s commitment to community service led him to run for Toronto City Council in 2014. He finished second of fifteen candidates, trailing the first-place candidate by 1% of votes cast.

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  • Record Setting Case

    It was a rainy December day when our client’s friend offered to drive him home. The Christmas season had just ended, and New Year’s day was around the corner. It was that time of year when nobody is working, and nothing gets done. On that fateful day, the road crew responsible for maintaining the Trans-Canada highway just outside of Sudbury was short-staffed. This staffing shortfall had devastating consequences for our client and his family.A flash freeze hit the area. The wet roads turned into sheer ice. The short-staffed road crew failed to properly salt the roads. The Trans-Canada Highway became the Trans-Canada skating rink. The car in which our client was travelling lost control and hurtled head-first into oncoming traffic. Our client sustained a catastrophic, life-altering brain injury. He will never fully recover. He was 18 years old.

    Fast forward two years, and we obtained for our client, three separate settlements totalling, $11.7-million. It was the largest ever settlement paid by the Government of Ontario for the failure to salt a roadway. And it happened just minutes outside of Sudbury.

    There are two reasons that this case is worth noting: the record-setting payment, and the time in which it was achieved.

    So, what are the ingredients that you need for such a large settlement? Two of them (a seriously injured plaintiff and a defendant with deep-pockets) are obvious. However, there are equally important, though far less obvious ingredients.

    As the old saying goes: you need to spend money to make money. Nowhere is this adage truer than in serious personal injury cases. A lawyer prosecuting a large claim needs considerable resources. You must be able to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in disbursements; without batting an eye. We did not hire one or two private detectives. We hired a team of private detectives. They flew across the province to interview witnesses, police officers and paramedics. On top of the usual medical experts, we hired experts on everything from highway engineering to meteorology to road maintenance procedures.

    The right experts make all the difference. A case with damages this severe meant that we had to hire leaders in the field of neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. It also required an exceptional treatment team: to document ongoing difficulties, corroborate medical reports and provide comfort and support to the victim and his family. Proper valuation of the claim demanded a world-class team, including medical professionals, accountants and academics.

    Not all of these experts could be found in Sudbury. It is not unusual for our firm to hire leading experts from across the continent, from Toronto, British Columbia, Alberta, Harvard or California.

    The Ministry self-insures. It retains top-notch counsel and fights these claims tooth and nail. At discoveries, counsel for the Ministry promised that the case would never settle. They claimed that the Ministry would never be held liable. At the mediation of this matter, a high-ranking Ministry official commented that he had never before seen preparation this thorough. As a result, the Ministry offered to settle the case for more money than it had ever paid before.

    After you settle a case for $11.7-million, it is easy to look back at it as a “sure thing” from day one. It is tempting to re-write history and tell yourself that you were confident of the result the whole way through. It would be a mistake to do so here.

    From day one, we knew that our client was not wearing a seatbelt. Right off the bat, the Defendants were entitled to a deduction for contributory negligence. On their face, the Ministry documents showed that the accident site had been continuously salted all day (including minutes before the collision). Establishing liability was going to be an uphill climb.

    When we drilled down, we found contradictions in the Ministry documents. Upon receiving more documentation, we found more contradictions. Eventually, interviews with passing motorists and plow operators allowed us to completely undermine the Ministry’s self-serving documents. In fact, when our investigators went door-to-door in Sudbury, several Sudburians told them that this particular stretch of road was chronically underserviced.

    In the end, the result could not have been more satisfying. A few short years after retaining us, our client has the financial resources to start planning and living the rest of his life.

  • Parking Garage Collapses on Worker

    It was a typical Thursday. Our client showed up to work. He worked for a construction company. They were painting the side of a multi-level parking garage located at 1368 Ouellette Avenue in Windsor, Ontario. Suddenly, the ground literally gave way beneath his feet. A massive sinkhole appeared and he fell through the floor, landing a full story below. He suffered fractures to both feet, a fractured arm and a concussion.

    Usually, when an accident like this happens, a worker has to apply to WSIB for compensation. Unfortunately, WSIB compensation is extremely rigid and limited. Most importantly, WSIB legislation bars injured workers from commencing lawsuits in most situations. Left with WSIB, our client would have received very little money. Fortunately, the lawyers of Thomson, Rogers were able to find a loophole whereby our client was able to commence a lawsuit.

    As a result, we were able to get over $1.5 Million for our client and his family. Money that they have put to good use moving on from that terrifying day and getting on the road to recovery.

    See The Windsor Star: Gallery: Parking garage collapses

  • Fixing a Historic Injustice in Ontario Law

    Our client was an extremely dedicated father. He quit his career to be the full-time caregiver for his developmentally delayed son. Then, tragedy struck this family. The dad was injured in a serious car accident. As a result, he could no longer provide care for his son.

    Normally, if you are injured in a car accident, you can make a claim for your loss of income. However, historically, Ontario did not give significant awards to people who worked inside the home, such as our client. As a result, the insurance company argued that the father could recover only very little money. And, nothing for the cost of hiring a caregiver to provide the care that the father had previously provided for free.

    It took several courtroom battles, but eventually, the insurance company gave in. They paid our client and his family over $5,000,000.00. It was a satisfying result for those at Thomson, Rogers who worked tirelessly on this case. It was enough money that the father and his son would get the care they needed for the rest of their lives (and take a trip to Disney World of course!)

  • Little Girl Hit by Car

    Our client was 10-years-old. She was crossing the street. She had just been visiting her friend who lived across the road from her family home. It was the kind of situation that plays out millions of times on summer afternoons. Except, this time, it ended in tragedy. The little girl was hit by an inattentive driver. She suffered a traumatic brain injury.

    Her father hired the first lawyer he spoke to. Unfortunately, the lawyer he hired was a nice man, but he did not have the financial resources to pursue a paediatric brain injury case. As a result, this lawyer recommended a settlement of $25,000.00. Fortunately, the little girl’s father had the good sense to seek a second opinion. Thomson, Rogers agreed to take on the case.

    Thomson, Rogers spent over $200,000.00 of the firm’s money pursuing the case. In the end, we obtained over $2,000,000.00 for this little girl and her family.

     

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

  • ABR Updater: Kathleen Wynne Taketh Away, But Canada’s Top Court Giveth Back

    ABR Updater, Issue 42 | by Adam Tanel | November 2017

    Just months ago the Wynne government stripped tetraplegics, amputees and brain injury survivors of important benefits (at the request of the insurance industry). However, in more recent news, the Supreme Court of Canada just made it easier for Plaintiffs to advance claims for mental/psychological damages. In the B.C. trial of Sadaati v. Moorhead, released earlier this year, a … Continued
  • A Cyclist’s Worst Nightmare: ‘Dooring’ up 58% between 2014 and 2016

    Posted March 22, 2017

    Growing up, you may remember being taught to look both ways before you walk across the street. Now drivers and passengers need this same advice before opening their car doors when parking on the street. Cyclists in Toronto have always had a tough time getting around the city and their rocky relationship with drivers is … Continued
  • 27th Annual Toronto Motorcycle SPRINGSHOW 2017

    March 25th - 26th, 2017 | International Centre, Toronto

    Hey there motorcycle enthusiasts! The Toronto Motorcycle SPRINGSHOW is right around the corner. For most of us motorcycle enthusiasts, this show marks the beginning of spring and depending on the weather, the perfect weekend to get the bike out for the first time, fingers crossed. Join us on Saturday March 25th and Sunday March 26th … Continued
  • TR Out in Support of BIST 5K Run, Walk & Roll 2016

    Posted October 3, 2016

    On a rainy Saturday morning, at Wilket Creek Park, a small but eager Thomson Rogers team, as part of the Gold sponsor PIA Law team, took part in the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) 5K Run, Walk and Roll. The rain did not deter our lawyers Deanna Gilbert, Benjamin Brookwell, Adam Tanel and Adam Delva and staff … Continued
  • Bike lanes on Bloor Street, are they a safety concern?

    On Friday, August 12, 2016 Bloor Street will change forever, at least that’s what some cyclists are hoping. Over the next calendar year, the much-anticipated Bloor Street bike lanes (from Avenue Road to Shaw Street) will open to bicycle traffic. As the city struggles to keep up with the demand for more cycling infrastructure, opinions on … Continued
  • Beach Blast Volleyball Tournament in Support of ABI Survivors

    On August 15th, 2016, Thomson, Rogers’ personal injury lawyers Aleks Mladenovic, Adam Tanel and Darcy Merkur along with Lisa Bauer, Jennifer and Laura MacPhee gave their all at the Beach Blast Volleyball Tournament in support of individuals living with an acquired brain injury (ABI). All proceeds from the tournament go to various ABI survivor groups throughout … Continued
  • TR Out in Support of MADD Canada’s PIA Law Strides for Change

    Posted June 6, 2016

    This past Sunday, as members of PIA Law, Thomson, Rogers staff and friends braved the elements in support of MADD Canada.               Video and photos provided by Peter Bregg Photography Adam Delva, David MacDonald, Adam Tanel, Deanna Gilbert our running lawyers @maddcanada @PIA_Law #stridesforchange pic.twitter.com/ApugXSzDPW — Thomson Rogers (@thomsonrogers) June 5, 2016 Congrats to David … Continued
  • BIAN Conference 2016: Demystifying Brain Injury

    Thomson, Rogers is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the Brain of Association of Niagara’s 2016 conference. The focus of this year’s conference will be on Demystifying Brain Injury. DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2016 LOCATION: American Conference Resort and Spa | N8444 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Abe Snaiderman – Director, Neuropsychiatry Clinic, Brain … Continued
  • Consumers’ Rights: How to fight back when the “goods” are bad

    OTLA's The Litigator | March 2015

    Products must be fit for their ordinary use or their primary purpose. The Sale of Goods Act (SGA) was initially conceived as consumer rights legislation, meant to protect the masses from unscrupulous merchants. However, a survey of recent SGA decisions shows more sails than sales. That is to say that a plurality of reported SGA … Continued
  • TR Lawyers Feed the Hungry

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Thomson, Rogers lawyers served breakfast this morning as part of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program operated through the Law Society.

    If you would like more information about the program or would like to donate, please visit: Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto.

  • Adam Tanel running for Toronto City Council

    September 17, 2014

    Thomson, Rogers is proud to announce that Adam Tanel is continuing our firm tradition of serving the community by running for Toronto City Council in Ward 16.

  • Operation Christmas Child 2013

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Thomson, Rogers is happy to support Samaritan’s Purse Canada with its Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection.

    Each shoe box is filled with hygiene items, school supplies and toys and is given to children in need regardless of gender, race, religion or age.

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  • How to get help when you buy tainted food at a store

    TheStar.com (Written by Ellen Roseman, quoting Adam Tanel)

  • Insurers Keep Trying to Put the CAT Back in the Bag. Don’t Let Them.

    The accident benefits maze is difficult to navigate at the best of times. This is especially true for victims of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Ontario Government recognized this special vulnerability with a 2010 regulation that declared that any individual with a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) reading of 9 or less (as the result … Continued
  • Catastrophic SABS Amendments: How Catastrophic Are They?

    Brain Injury Association of Niagara Conference: Demystifying Brain Injury | October 27, 2016

    On June 1, 2016, significant changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) came into effect. These changes include: Cutting the combined limit for attendant care benefits and medical rehabilitation benefits from $2,000,000.00 to $1,000,000.00; Cutting off non-earner benefits after 2 years; Eliminating the GCS criterion for catastrophic impairment; The introduction of diagnostic imaging and … Continued
  • Major Accident Benefits Changes Come into Effect on June 1st, 2016

    Accident Benefits Summary Charts (for accident on or after June 1, 2016)

    To help those in Ontario understand the major automobile insurance changes and the new reduced accident benefits limits, Thomson, Rogers has prepared two useful accident benefits summary charts. The first chart: Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule Summary (for accidents on or after June 1, 2016) highlights the accident benefits available for each of the three categories of … Continued
  • It Is Open Season for Cycling, Not Open Season on Cyclists

    Accident Benefit Reporter Volume 16, Issue 1 | May 2015

    As the weather (hopefully) gets warmer, people across the province are dusting off their bicycles and getting ready for another season on the road. Cycling has enjoyed a real renaissance. It is a physically and psychologically healthy way to commute. And, as congestion worsens, cycling is becoming a more efficient alternative.Unfortunately, many cities have lagged in their response … Continued
  • An Inside Look at a Personal Injury Case – Alex

    Accident Benefit Reporter - Volume 16, Issue 1 | May 2015

    It started as a typical December day in Sudbury when Alex’s friend offered to drive him home. Alex, an 18-year old, healthy, young man was just finishing up high school. Christmas had ended and New Year’s Day was around the corner. It was that time of year when nobody worked and nothing got done. On this fateful day, … Continued
  • Insurers Keep Trying to Put the CAT Back in the Bag. Don’t Let Them

    published in the Accident Benefit Reporter, Volume 14, Issue 1