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How lawsuits arising from stolen vehicles could affect drone claims

February 7, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Liability risk for operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly known as drones) will be affected by past court rulings concerning parked vehicles, a lawyer suggested Tuesday during a claims conference. And based on precedents set in the vehicle cases, it

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Contractor immune from liability in botched demolition of burning building

February 7, 2018 by David Gambrill

A trucking and excavation company in Nova Scotia is immune from tort liability because it was acting under orders from the local fire department in a botched attempt to demolish a burning building, a Nova Scotia court has ruled. The

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How to start a kitchen flood claim with the wave of a paw

February 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Fancy kitchen faucets that start and stop with a wave of the hand–or a feline paw–have contributed to some curious flood claims. In his presentation about appliance fires and flood claims, Mazen Habash, president of forensic engineering firm Origin and

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A personal support worker seeking work? You’re an attendant care provider, arbitrator rules

February 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

A catastrophically impaired driver can claim expenses incurred for attendant care services provided by his mother, a personal support worker [PSW] who was not employed when she cared for her son at the time of his accident, an Ontario arbitrator

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B.C. to introduce auto insurance pay out limits next year

February 6, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government will implement a $5,500 cap on pain and suffering for pay-outs to vehicle accident victims in a move to save $1 billion a year for the province’s public auto insurer. Attorney General David Eby

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Two minor fender benders lead to $362,000 award for future care

February 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

A B.C. woman has received a court award for $362,102 in damages after developing a debilitating neck pain following two minor fender benders that occurred three years apart. Even though the court reduced the award from what the injured driver

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Disaster planning: How to get insurance funds to evacuees

February 5, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurance professionals should be planning in advance how they will get emergency funds into the hands of their insured clients during a natural catastrophe, a senior Intact Insurance executive told the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa Friday. Finding alternative ways

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Excluded drivers can still claim accident benefits, court rules

February 5, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Drivers excluded from coverage on their own policies can still claim accident benefits on the policies of other drivers, as long as they weren’t driving the vehicles from which they were excluded coverage, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled

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Is storm-ravaged Alberta insurable?

February 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

Alberta has experienced a disproportionate share of the extreme weather catastrophes in Canada over the past decade, causing insurers to question whether the province is a viable place to do business. The question was raised Friday at the C4 conference

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Cap on minor injury auto awards could be coming to B.C.

February 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s government is considering caps on awards, in auto insurance personal injury lawsuits, for pain and suffering for minor injuries, the province’s attorney general told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. With a cap on minor injury claims, Insurance Corporation of B.C.

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Arbitration filing deadlines trump law clerk “screw-up,” Ontario court rules

January 31, 2018 by David Gambrill

A law clerk “screw-up” is not an “extraordinary circumstance” that would allow an injured driver to circumvent the time limits for producing expert witnesses and documents in an auto accident benefits arbitration, an Ontario court has ruled. Margaret Cyr and

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How Ontario tribunal looks at professional attendant care providers

January 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) seems to have extended the categories of individuals who are found to be professional providers for the purposes of attendant care, Philippa Samworth, partner at Dutton Brock LLP, said on Tuesday. Speaking at the