David Derfel

David Derfel
FIRM:
Derfel Injury Lawyers
POSITION:
Founder & Principal
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Personal Injury
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David Derfel, founder and principal of Derfel Injury Law LLP in Toronto, focuses on personal injury law.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in commerce from York University in 1995, before earning his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor in 2000. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.

Focusing on personal injury law, Mr. Derfel handles such cases as Canadians injured abroad, disability claims, criminal law, airline accidents, and underinsured claims.

Mr. Derfel has a background in criminal defence, commercial litigation, insurance defence litigation and corporate/commercial law, but now concentrates on plaintiff personal injury claims.

He has represented clients in jury and non-jury trials in the Superior Court and before administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

In addition, Mr. Derfel has been a presenter on legal issues related to personal injury at conferences and in hospitals on topics such as chronic pain, the Insurance Act, how to structure a personal injury settlement, and how to access alternative funding before a claim settles.

He is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Florida Justice Association.

David Derfel Posts

Structured settlements a good bet for most injury victims

Structured settlements are often in the best interest of seriously injured accident victims facing years of medical and attendant-care needs, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Patient fights off defamation claim by former surgeon

A woman sued by her former surgeon is relieved after successfully dismissing a defamation claim brought by the doctor, says her counsel, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Government’s proposed insurance changes a start: Derfel

The Ontario government’s plan to reinstate a $2-million default benefit limit for catastrophic injuries is welcome news, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Beware the legal implications of pot use in your home

People offering legal cannabis products to guests in their home should be aware of the potential consequences, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Leaving keys around isn’t implied consent: decision

Leaving vehicle keys in a visible spot in a home does not imply that all family members have permission to drive that automobile, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Injured and at fault — now what?

The degree to which a person is responsible for an accident will have a significant impact on the amount of damages they may receive, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Foreseeability of risks key to claims against sports leagues, coaches

There are limits to the risks sports administrators and volunteer coaches can be expected to anticipate, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Explaining options and risks key to informed consent

Giving patients options is key to informed consent for medical procedures, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Medical malpractice suits are complicated: Derfel

A review of how to expedite medical malpractice cases that currently take up to six years to settle is a step in the right direction, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfe l. Read more

‘Zombie Law’ should stay dead: Derfel

Ontario’s "Zombie Law" is dead and resurrecting the proposed legislation that would have tackled distracted walking isn't necessary, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Damages likely to be inadequate for victims of flawed drug tests

No amount of money can compensate for the damage caused to families ripped apart by faulty drug and alcohol testing, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Costs decision a warning to insurers to treat plaintiffs better

A judge’s decision to award a plaintiff more than 10 times her net damage award in costs should serve as a warning to insurers to treat injury victims with respect, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Fire in the OR: a lesser known medical risk for patients

The surprising incidence of surgical fires is a reminder to patients of the complexity of risks associated with medical procedures, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Changes to auto insurance need to ensure access to justice: Derfel

The Ontario government's newly released plan to make automobile insurance more affordable should also include better access to justice, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Who’s liable in the Las Vegas shooting?

While lawsuits examine the liability of a hotel and concert organizer in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel says what needs to be considered is how prepared both were for an emergency. Read more