TOPIC: Navigating Capacity Issues from Hospital to Settlement
Lawyers Stacey Stevens and Adam Karakolis of Thomson Rogers will canvass issues with client Capacity from the time the client is injured in hospital to the time of settlement. This presentation will explore how client capacity is assessed and further how the person responsible for managing the client’s litigation, and their responsibilities, can change at different stages of litigation
About Stacey Stevens
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. She has also earned the highest peer rating of AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® for her legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.
- Civil Litigation
- Product Liability Litigation
- Sexual Assault
About Adam Karakolis
Adam started with Thomson Rogers in 2019 as an associate after clerking for Judges at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto for his articles.
Adam graduated from Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law in 2018. While at law school, he earned course prizes in Tort Law, Property Law, International Law, Business Associations Law, Securities Law, and Administrative Law. Adam also won the Fasken Martineau DuMoulin Prize in 2016, awarded to the first-year student who achieves the highest standing of all Ontario residents at the Schulich School of Law. He participated in the nationwide 2018 Davies’ Annual Corporate/Securities Law Moot where his team took fourth place.
Prior to law school, Adam graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science (Honours).
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, competing in track and field, and watching Olympic sports.
- Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Toronto (2015)
- Juris Doctor, Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law (2018)
PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)
- Member of the Law Society of Ontario
- Member of the Ontario Bar Association