How to book a consultation
You can book a consultation either by calling (416) 572-8527 or clicking on the “book a consultation” button. We’ll get back to you within one business day to arrange an appointment.
Frequently asked questions about consultations
Do you offer free consultations?
No. I charge $150 (+HST) for an initial consultation, so that I can afford to give you the same thorough care and attention I give my existing clients.
I set aside two hours for consultation appointments. In all but the most complex of cases, that’s enough time for me to get to know your claim, give you advice about your specific situation and, where appropriate, even provide you with some “brief services,” such as ghost-writing letters to the WSIB, your employer or your doctors, so you can move forward with your claim immediately, either on your own or with my ongoing assistance.
If you don’t have a viable claim or appeal, I’ll make sure you understand why, and discuss what other options are available to you.
If you retain me within 30 days of the consultation to act as your representative in an appeal, I deduct the cost of the consultation from my fee.
Other WSIB reps give free consultations, so why would I pay to consult you?
It’s true that some lawyers and paralegals doing WSIB work offer free consultations. But keep in mind that, for them, the primary purpose of a free consultation is to figure out if they want you as a client. It’s a kind of audition. And if they do like your case, the audition becomes a sales pitch.
However, when you come to me for a consultation, you are my client for the duration of the appointment. The focus is on you, and giving you real advice and assistance with your situation, so you can make an informed decision about what to do next—no pressure or sales pitches.
What should I bring to my appointment?
You should bring every document you have about your WSIB claim. This includes, if you have them:
- Your WSIB claim file (see below)
- All the letters the WSIB has sent you
- Any WSIB forms you have a copy of (e.g. your Form 6 and your employer’s Form 7)
- Medical reports and notes
- If your appeal is at the WSIAT, your Case Record and letters from the Tribunal
- Any letters from your employer about your accident and/or returning to work
- If you’re in a union, the contact details of your Local and the person who is supposed to help you (for example, your shop steward).
What is a WSIB claim file?
The WSIB keeps its information about you in a “claim file,” and you’re entitled to a copy of it free of charge.
Often it contains important documents you didn’t even know existed, such as medical reports the WSIB has gathered directly from your doctors, and information your employer is giving the WSIB about you.
If you don’t already have your WSIB claim file, you should ask the WSIB to send it to you right away. The WSIB has a special form for this, which you can download as a PDF from their website by following this link (it downloads automatically).
It usually takes the WSIB a few weeks to send your claim file to you, but if more than a month goes by after you send them the form, call them to find out what’s going on.
You don’t need your WSIB claim file to see me—there’s no need to delay if you want immediate advice—but it certainly does help if you can bring it with you.