On June 8, 2020, Thomson Rogers trauma lawyer Darcy Merkur discussed the impacts of COVID-19 and lawyers being pushed into retirement in an article titled “Will COVID push more lawyers into retirment?” by Anita Balakrishnan of the Law Times.
“Our cases take three to five years to resolve — it’s often very much longer. And we don’t get paid until they resolve — it’s all contingency fee based…and right now, we have a total litigation hiatus,” says Merkur. “There are very few new cases, because nobody’s using vehicles…Lawyers who are normally busy and dealing with a lot of new cases — because it’s trauma season where the majority of their serious cases come in — they’ve got nothing to do. My suggestion is, well, this would be a perfect time to wind things down.”
Merkur continues to say that this doesn’t necessarily point to more opportunities in personal injury law for the next generation.
“If you have the older people sort of hanging it up early, I still think you have too many personal injury lawyers for the number of cases out there. What I think will probably happen is those younger lawyers who are considering getting into a career in personal injury law will switch pass very quickly and go to something that is likely to have post-COVID success like employment law, or wills and estates, or family law,” says Merkur.
Continue reading the full article on Law Times here.
Darcy Merkur is a highly regarded Ontario trauma lawyer helping accident victims such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, who have sustained catastrophic injuries.
Darcy is one of just four plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in Ontario recognized as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario, listed in peer-reviewed publications – Lexpert®, The Best Lawyers™ in Canada and AV pre-eminent Martindale-Hubbell ®. He is also a partner at Thomson Rogers, one of Canada’s Top 10 Personal Injury Law Firms as selected by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
Darcy can be reached at 416-868-3176 or by EMAIL.