David Kwartler fingers at each other, which will also extend the time taken. How do you help your clients receive full compensation? We full-court press every case in litigation. We file defaults, preliminary motions and discovery motions as soon as possible to push these cases along. What we have found is that there is a percentage of cases that we press that settle quickly because we have put the defendant in a precarious position via a default judgment or motion, which gives us a great advantage moving forward in the litigation. What makes a successful slip and fall claim? Proving notices is the most difficult element of a slip and fall claim, meaning that most successful claims are ones You support clients through slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and cases of wrongful death. How does the general settlement process vary between these three injury types? Every case is different irrespective of its type. I often say to clients that every case is different, every insurance company is different and every adjuster within the same insurance company is different. Generally, the more complications a case has – such as cases with various defendants who could bear responsibility – would increase the time it takes for it to be resolved, which would generally not occur in car accident cases. Additionally, in slip and fall accidents and more complex cases the various defendants will often start pointing 20 LAWYERMONTHLYNOVEMBER 2022 My Legal Life Building a Life in Personal Injury Law Personal injury law occupies a different space from other areas of the legal sector, with its own unique complications in bringing cases to trial. Speaking to us this month on the subject is David Kwartler, an experienced personal injury lawyer with millions of dollars’ worth of awarded damages behind him. Here, he explores the considerations involved in litigating personal injury claims and what attracted him to pursue his own practice in the sector.