Practice Highlights

Stacey Stevens’ practice is entirely devoted to helping people with serious personal injuries. Her practice is restricted to ensuring people injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, slip/trip and falls, have been denied accident benefits or disability insurance benefits, as well as victims of sexual assault, receive full compensation.

Stacey joined Thomson Rogers in 2006 after gaining valuable experience working for ten years with lawyers and their clients in the area of plaintiff personal injury litigation. She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2005. Stacey is one of three national recipients of the 2003 Tom Wilcox Scholarship award for her academic achievements and dedication to insurance law. Stacey’s expertise and professionalism have been recognized and sought out in interviews on Canada AM, the Business News Network and CFRB Radio and in newspapers and magazines including the Lawyer’s Weekly, Law Times, The Litigator, and The Globe and Mail.

Stacey believes that achieving exceptional results in personal injury claims requires creativity, dedication, perseverance and hard work. She is committed to applying those qualities on behalf of all her clients. Although her office is in Toronto, Stacey maintains her “small town” roots. She and her family live in Central Ontario and many of her clients are from this area.

Stacey’s passion for justice continues through her volunteer work. She is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association. She volunteers as Legal Counsel for Spinal Cord Injury Action Canada, is on the Board of the Central East Brain Injury Association, and is a lawyer with the Family Legal Health Program at the Hospital for Sick Children. Says Stacey:

“No one plans on being in an accident. It happens in the blink of an eye and can turn a person’s life into a state of turmoil. The last thing they need is to have to fight an insurance company at a time when the focus should be on their recovery. That’s my job.”

Stacey has the honour of having been selected by her peers to be published in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading practitioner in the field of plaintiff personal injury litigation.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Sexual Assault

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (2004)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • LEXPERT® Ranked Lawyer
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association
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  • Fernandes v. Araujo, 2015 ONCA 571

    On August 10, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Fernandes v. Araujo confirming a motor vehicle owner’s liability under the Highway Traffic Act for its driver’s negligence is triggered solely based on the owners consent to possession and not the manner in which the vehicle was being operated.

    Stacey L. Stevens and L. Craig Brown successfully argued this issue before the Court of Appeal’s 5 member panel on June 18, 2015. In this instance, Ms. Fernandes was a passenger on an ATV which was involved in a single vehicle collision on a public highway. Following the collision, the ATV owner took the position that while he consented to the operation of his ATV on his farm, he did not consent to it being driven on a highway. The owner’s insurer, Allstate, brought a motion for summary judgment in an attempt to dismiss the Plaintiff’s claims against the owner on the basis that he was not vicariously liable for the driver’s negligent operation of his ATV. Stacey L. Stevens defeated this motion. Allstate appealled.

    As a result of Stacey and Craig’s efforts, the Court of Appeal overturned one of its previous decisions eliminating a long-standing conflict in this area of the law and preserving the rights of innocent accident victims to look to a motor vehicle owner for compensation for their injuries.

  • Tran v. 1109221 Ontario Limited

    February 21, 2012.

    View PDF of Case.

  • Quadriplegic Motor Vehicle Accident Trial (Spring, 2011)

    In the spring of 2011, Craig Brown, Darcy Merkur and Stacey Stevens were trial counsel to a motor vehicle accident victim who had lost control of his motor vehicle within days of his vehicle passing a safety inspection. The plaintiff was catastrophically impaired in the accident and was receiving catastrophic accident benefits from his accident benefit insurer. The claim was for in excess of $15 million. Three weeks into this jury trial, in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a resolution was reached between the parties. The details of the resolution are confidential. With permission of the plaintiff, you can review a copy of the plaintiff’s opening statement at the link below (to product privacy, all names have been redacted).

  • Giordano v. Royal Sun Alliance

    April 12, 2006

    View PDF of Case.

  • Ontario Adoption Information Disclosure Act

    September 19, 2007

    View PDF of Case.

  • Know Your Rights as an Unpaid Caregiver

    By Stacey Stevens

    Did you know that unpaid caregivers spend an average of 17 hours per week taking care of their disabled family members on top of their own work and personal responsibilities? Did you also know that caregivers often fund various additional necessities such as prescription medications, transportation and rehabilitation costs? In recognition of the burdens associated … Continued
  • Passing the Reasonable and Necessary Legal Test for Treatment Plans

    By Stacey Stevens

    More often than not adjusters are taking a deny first/approve later approach. Not only does this impact our client’s recovery, but it also impacts your ability to do your job. Here are some tips that will increase the likelihood of your treatment plan passing the elusive “reasonable and necessary“ legal test. Develop a relationship with … Continued
  • Winter Sports and Signing Waivers Require Caution

    By Stacey Stevens

    Do you know that when you sign a waiver you are giving up your right to sue for you and/or your family‘s damages in the event you are injured while participating in a sport regardless of who is at fault? In certain circumstances, fairness prevents the Waiver from being relied on. Our Courts have set … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers at the WLAO 100th Anniversary Gala

    Thomson Rogers at the WLAO 100th Anniversary Gala sponsoring 100 years of being an active voice for women in the profession.
  • Dangers of Daylight Saving Time

    On Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, clocks will fall back one hour. As much as we enjoy the extra hour of sleep, statistics show that when the clocks go back in the fall, pedestrians are more than three times as likely to be struck and killed in the hours after 6 p.m. Why? Because drivers are … Continued
  • 2019 Halloween Bash in Support of SickKids Trauma Program

    On Friday, October 25, 2019, don’t miss out on the Third Annual Halloween Bash in support of the SickKids Trauma Program! The event is being held at the Goshgarian Studio on 213 Sterling Rd, Toronto. Thomson Rogers lawyers who will be out and in costume in support of a great cause will be Stacey Stevens, Lucy … Continued
  • Electronic Insurance Slips Now Possible for Ontario Drivers

    As of September 5, 2019, Ontario drivers are permitted to carry their pink insurance slips electronically rather than having to rummage through the glove box to find a paper copy after being pulled over by the police. This follows the Government’s Putting Driver’s First plan set forth in the 2019 Budget and its goal to … Continued
  • Boating Safety

    It’s great to be able to say summer has finally arrived! Did you know that over 40% of adult Canadians participate in recreational boating each year? While you are outside enjoying our beautiful weather; you also want to be safe on our waterways. Despite best efforts boating and watercraft accidents happen. In July of this … Continued
  • PIA Law Practical Strategies Webinar – Medical Marijuana: What Health Care Professionals Need to Know

    On June 13, 2019, the member firms of PIA Law are hosting a FREE webinar for health care professionals on the topic of medical marijuana. The webinar will focus on the following: how to legitimize a medical marijuana claim; the use and abuse of medical marijuana; and, the legal issues surrounding medical marijuana. Panel includes: … Continued
  • Think Twice Before Lending Your Car

    How often have you lent your car to a family member, friend or colleague without giving it a second thought? Perhaps it’s time you did. Recently, I was consulted by a distraught woman named Lisa. Lisa had lent her car to her daughter, Susan, so Susan could take her friends to the movies. Unfortunately, what … Continued
  • To Lend or Not To Lend Your Car

    Accident Benefit Reporter | Volume 20, Issue 2 | Fall 2018

    How often have you lent your car to a family member, friend or colleague without giving it a second thought? Perhaps it’s time you did. Recently, I was consulted by “Lisa”; a very distraught woman who had lent her car to her daughter, Susan, so she could take her friends to the movies. Unfortunately, what … Continued
  • Join Us at the Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show 2018

    Join us on Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th at the Toronto International Centre for the Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show. Thomson Rogers will once more be showing three vintage Motorcycles – Nortons and a Triumph all of which will be entered into the vintage bike championships. Join Craig Brown, Leonard Kunka, Robert Ben, Ian … Continued
  • Considering the Future SABS Conference 2017

    Posted September 29, 2017

    Thomson Rogers, in collaboration with Community Solutions is proud to present Considering the Future SABS Conference. The conference will be taking place at Dalewood Golf Club in Port Hope on Friday, October 27, 2017. The morning is scheduled for challenging discussions followed by a luncheon and networking opportunity. The conference will focus on the following: How … Continued
  • Pedestrian Car Accident Claims – To Settle or Not To Settle

    Posted July 13, 2017

    Pedestrians involved in a car accident should be cautious when settling their claim. In particular, settlement of a catastrophic Statutory Accident Benefits(SABS) claim prior to the negligence trial can be risky.  The recently released decision in Cadieux v. Saywell, 2016 ONSC 7604 (CanLII) is a perfect example of why this may not always be advisable where … Continued
  • Claiming Economic Loss for Lost Opportunity

    Posted June 9, 2017

    In Tierney, Arbitrator Robinson was asked to consider whether Jocelyne Wilson met the definition of incurred pursuant to subsection 3(7)(e)(iii)B of the SABS by accepting a co-op position that paid less than one she believed she may have gotten but for the collision. If so, Mrs. Wilson was entitled to be paid $155,000 in attendant … Continued
  • Accident Benefit Reporter: Volume 18, Issue 1

    Posted May 5, 2017

    The Spring issue of Thomson Rogers’ Accident Benefit Reporter (Volume 18, Issue 1) is out. In this issue: Judge Condemns Practice of Ghostwriting Expert Reports by Stephen Birman Why it is Crucial to Complete and Submit a Disability Certificate (OCF-3) ASAP – An Important Message for Hospital Providers by Darcy Merkur Can an Insured be … Continued
  • 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory Rankings

    We are proud to announce that 14 of Thomson Rogers’ lawyers have earned the distinction of being listed in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. To be included in the directory is an acknowledgement of excellence by their peers. Congratulations to: DAVID NEILL – listed as  Repeatedly Recommended in Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation PATRICK SCHMIDT – listed as Consistently … 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
  • Getting to CAT: Best Practices for Dealing with Adult Traumatic Brain Injury

    Hamilton Health Sciences Centre | January 27, 2017

    Stacey Stevens, a personal injury lawyer and a partner with Thomson Rogers, will be presenting, “Getting to CAT: Best Practices for Dealing with Adult TBI in the New SABS Regime”, to health care workers at the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre on Friday, January 27, 2017. The Lunch and Learn is designed to help health care professionals … Continued
  • Meet Stacey Stevens – Personal Injury Lawyer

    Stacey Stevens was in Grade 6 when she realized she wanted to be a lawyer. Stacey pursued her dream and, after overcoming significant challenges in her life, Stacey was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005. Stacey learned very early on that hard work, dedication and an unwavering belief in fighting for what is right … Continued
    • Overcoming Obstacles at Mediation and Beyond

      Presented by Stacey Stevens at Ontario Bar Association's Motor Vehicle Tort Litigation: Critical Updates | October 22, 2019

      On October 22, 2019, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyer Stacey Stevens presented at the Ontario Bar Association’s annual review of the key developments in Motor Vehicle Tort Litigation. The presentation focused on a number of areas including: Getting the Parties to the Table Choosing the Right Mediator Being Prepared Inviting All Relevant Parties Identifying Your Goals … Continued
    • Premorbidity Conditions: How Does SABS and Tort Treat Them?

      Presented at Hamilton General Health Sciences Centre | Friday, April 6, 2018

      On April 6, 2018, at the Hamilton General Health Sciences Centre, David MacDonald and Stacey Stevens presented on the topic of, “Premorbidity Conditions: How does SABS and Tort Treat them?? In their presentation, they provide: A variety of case studies Clinician takeaways Information on Thin Skull and Crumbling Skull in a Tort lawsuit
    • Getting to CAT: A Roadmap for Health Care Professionals

      Toronto ABI Network Conference | November 10, 2016

      This paper is essential reading for any health care professional working with catastrophically (CAT) injured accident victims and interested in understanding the GOS-E. Personal injury lawyer Stacey L. Stevens provides a series of best practices to be followed in light of the recent changes to the catastrophic impairment definition ranging from the initial client interview … 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
    • Owners’ Liability Triggered by Consent to Possession Rather Than Consent to the Operation of the Vehicle

      Accident Benefit Reporter | Volume 16, Issue 2 | November 2015

      In a rare move the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned its previous decision in the 1955 case of Newman v. Terdik firmly closing the door on an automobile insurer’s ability to deny liability coverage to its insured when a negligent driver operates their vehicle in a manner prohibited by the owner. Read full article
    • Big difference between possession and operation

      The Lawyers Weekly | May 8, 2015

      This article offers important insight regarding the difference between possession and ownership when it comes to determining vicarious liability for owners under the Highway Traffic Act – and why it’s important to consider both sides of the story. Having devoted her practice largely to fighting for victims who have suffered injuries due to car, motorcycle and … Continued
    • The rising cost of driving digitally impaired

      The Lawyers Weekly | December 19, 2014

      Did you know that driving while talking on a cellphone is as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol count of .08; that drivers using cellphones in any manner fail to see up to 50 per cent of the information in their driving environment; or that a person is 23 times more likely to be … Continued
    • Drivers face higher set fine for distracted driving March 18

      AdvocateDaily.com | February 2014

      An Ontario court has hiked the set fine for motorists caught driving while using a cellphone or other prohibited device. Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo of the Ontario Court of Justice has signed an order increasing the set fine to $225 from $125 starting March 18. That means drivers would face a fine of $280, including … Continued
    • Optimizing the Use of Multiple Regimes: Paving the Road to a Successful Disability Management Process

      Disability Management in the Workplace Conference

    • Off-road and in the courts – ‘Tis the season for snowmobile accidents, and insurance questions

      The Lawyers Weekly | January 17, 2014

      In a vast, often snowy country such as Canada it is no surprise that off-road vehicles are so popular — chief among them, the snowmobile. Unfortunately, each winter also brings with it snowmobile accidents resulting from the numerous inherent dangers associated with this popular recreational pastime. On average, Public Health Ontario statistics show that over 40 people … Continued
    • The Ins and Outs of Conducting FSCO Arbitrations Conference

      The ADR Chambers

    • Incurred Expenses: Defining “Economic Loss” in Light of Simser v. Aviva

      Accident Benefit Reporter | Volume 14, Issue 1 | May 1, 2013

      Changes to Section 3 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“the SABS”) were introduced by the Government of Ontario on September 1, 2010. The changes require an insured to prove expenses have been incurred in order to receive attendant care, housekeeping, and med/rehab benefits. Section 3(7)(e) of the SABS states that in order for an … Continued
    • Legal & Medical Case Studies & Discussion

      Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators Conference "Ethics: When Lawyers and Experts Meet"

      Paper: The Tipping Point – Maintaining Independence from Retainer to Report Writing Claims made on behalf of people injured in car accidents rely heavily on medical expert opinions in order to advance their claim, especially when the person has been catastrophically injured. What happens when the court rules your expert is bias?
    • The Definition of Incurred Expenses Relating to Attendant Care

      Power Occupational Therapy Services Inc.

    • An Overview of Accident Benefit and Tort Claims

      BlueBalloon Health Services seminar "An Introduction to Accident Benefits and Motor Vehicle Litigation"

    • How to Protect the Needs of Your Brain Injured Client

      "Ripple Effect" Conference, in conjunction with the Brain Injury Association of Quinte District

    • Tort IME’s New Needs

      Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators "Business of IME's" Seminar | October 21, 2011

      Presented with Susan E. Gunter, and Dutton Brock.

    • How to Succeed before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario: Practice Tips from Mediation to Arbitration – The Insured’s Perspective

      Ontario Trial Lawyers Association's "FSCO Arbitrations & Accident Benefits: The Nuts & Bolts" Seminar | September 27, 2011

      Appearing before the Financial Services Commission (FSCO) presents counsel with the unique opportunity of litigating a case from start to finish within a world where alternative dispute resolution prevails over going to trial. Although similarities exist between FSCO and the Superior Court, proceeding by way of Arbitration is a stream-lined and costeffective process that is … Continued
    • How to Succeed before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario: Practice Tips from Mediation to Arbitration – The Insured’s Perspective

      Presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association's "FSCO Arbitrations and Accident Benefits: The Nuts and Bolts" Seminar | September 27, 2011

      Appearing before the Financial Services Commission (FSCO) presents counsel with the unique opportunity of litigating a case from start to finish within a world where alternative dispute resolution prevails over going to trial.  Although similarities exist between FSCO and the Superior Court, proceeding by way of Arbitration is a stream-lined and cost-effective process that is … Continued
    • Future Care Cost Reports for Children and Young Adults – The Use of Pediatric Life Care Plans Prior to Trial and Beyond

      Presented at the Back to School with Thomson Rogers conference on September 8, 2011