Chris understands the insurance sector because he worked in it. He also understands how both defense and plaintiff strategies work because he has practiced on both sides. Now, Chris represents trauma victims based upon his years of experience and his special interest in brain trauma caused by collisions and other similar events. Chris is deeply involved in brain injury organizations both nationally and internationally.
Chris was called to the bar in 1993, and practices Personal Injury Litigation—Chris helps people who have been injured get their lives back on track. Early on, Chris recognized that insurance companies have a lot of resources to fight paying claims. In order for injured people to get justice, they need a strong knowledgeable lawyer, and a law firm with the depth of experience and resources to see the case from the beginning to a successful conclusion.
At Siskinds, we have both the people power, and the economic power to take on the insurance industry. That is why Chris moved to Siskinds in 2000. This move allowed Chris to focus on representing individuals who have been injured in car collisions and other personal injury situations. There are really 2 distinct parts to this: first, advocating for you to get the medical and rehabilitation assistance you need, and getting it funded either through insurance or some other funding source; and second, making sure you have the resources you need to have a good quality of life, despite the injuries.
Since coming to Siskinds, Chris has developed a particular interest and expertise in representing clients with traumatic brain injuries, and other serious injuries. Chris is a member of a number of brain injury associations and regularly travels to conferences across the province and internationally to keep up to date on the latest developments in the field of brain injury.
Chris is also a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association of Justice (American Trial Lawyers Association).
Whether your injury is from a car collision, slip and fall, road icing, products liability, or a disability insurance claim, Chris and the team at Siskinds can get results for you.
I just wanted to give you two [Chris Collins and Charlene Howlett] a huge thank you for everything you have done for me, I truly appreciate all the time and effort you invested in me throughout the years. You have both been nothing but kind, patient and helpful, and with that you have made a huge difference in my life and I wish I knew a better way to thank you. Wish nothing but the best to both of you. Thanks you so much again. – D
“I most definitely would recommend Siskinds and Chris, and his team.”
Traci suffered various injuries that hindered her ability to work following a motor vehicle accident. Chris provided the legal help she needed to continue to heal properly. See her story here:
“They did so much more for me than I thought was possible.”
Melanie Gillespie provides a compelling testimonial for Chris Collins.
“Finally, someone is there to help me…”
Trina provides a compelling testimonial for Chris Collins on behalf of her 3 year old son Dylan.
“We don’t know where we would be…”
We thank-you so much for your help through such a difficult time. Our lives have changed and because of your help. You were always there for us with help and encouragement. We don’t know where we would be if we had not had your help. There will never be enough words to say thank-you. Love Barb and Dan and Riley
“…brilliant in their handling of my case…”
In 2011, I approached Siskinds Law Firm to represent me after I was hit by a car while riding my motorcycle. The recovery time was a lengthy 2 1/2 years resulting in a change of occupation because of the severity of my injuries.
Throughout my association with Siskinds, I found lawyer Chris Collins and senior accident benefits specialist Charlene Howlett to be empathetic, quick to respond to my many questions, and brilliant in their handling of my case which resulted in a relatively short, out-of-court settlement.
They were particularly efficient at dealing with the third party insurance company, resolving most problems by day’s end. They also approached the insurance company on behalf of my handicapped son who resides with me ensuring his needs were met as well.
I was devastated about a previous case that was handled years earlier by another lawyer. Mr. Collins offered to go through the stacks of case files which was a 12-year ordeal and later consulted with me on that as well – pro bono. It was the first time in years that I was finally able to let go of their legal decision, and I thank him for that.
I highly recommend Siskinds Law Firm, in particular Mr. Collins and Ms. Howlett. They are experienced, professional individuals who work hard to get the best results for their clients. – S.R.
Chris regularly speaks on topics related to Brain Injury and the Law.
Chris is a member of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of London and Region, and co-chair of the association’s conference committee. Chris is also a member of the board of Orchestra London.
Notable Work & Decisions
Chris has represented clients at all levels of Ontario courts and Financial Services Commission Tribunals. This includes trials before Judges and Juries as well as FSCO arbitrators.
Chris has been successful in obtaining large Jury awards for his clients, including an award in excess of $1,000,000.00.
Brain Injury Association of London and Region;
International Brain Injury Association;
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association;
American Association for Justice;
Orchestra London Board of Directors.
"We are fortunate enough to have a publicly funded health care system. Unfortunately that funding largely stops at the hospital doors. After a serious injury, you will need far more care than is provided by the publicly funded system. Our role is to see that our clients get the funding they need to continue their recovery and to secure their future after a serious injury. Without assistance, many people never recover to their full potential, and live lives of poverty after serious injuries. With our assistance, the chances of recovery can be optimized, and futures can be made financially secure."