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Ontario auto insurer’s examiner gets day in court

September 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Last week’s court ruling against a prominent personal injury lawyer could give Ontario auto insurers’ medical examiners recourse if those doctors feel their conduct has been publicly maligned. Dr. Howard Platnick is a Toronto physician who does medical examinations for

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Should accident benefits for minor injuries be optional?

June 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Should greater choice in auto insurance for Ontario motorists include the ability of insureds to opt out of benefits for minor injuries? David Marshall, a special advisor to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, has questioned whether accident benefits should cover minor

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Paralegal license revoked for dishonest dealings with insurers

May 11, 2018 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s legal regulator has revoked the license of a Richmond Hill paralegal for professional misconduct, finding that he misrepresented himself to insurance companies in accident benefits claims. In addition, the Law Society Tribunal ordered Roland Spiegel to pay the regulator

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Belair court victory exposes how clinics can abuse auto claims system

May 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Belair Direct has succeeded in quashing an auto insurance claim that illustrates how rehab and assessment clinics can potentially abuse Ontario’s accident benefits law. In its ruling in Belair Direct Insurance Company v. Green, an accident benefits case, the Ontario

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How traumatized witnesses of van attack could make a case for accident benefits

May 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurers whose customers were witnesses to the April 23 van attack in north Toronto could be paying accident benefits claims if those witnesses have medical evidence that they suffered psychological injury, an insurance law expert suggests. Eight women and

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When a Canadian can collect accident benefits for fatal accident in Philippines

May 1, 2018 by David Gambrill

The SEF 44 Family Protection Endorsement in Alberta’s standard auto policy provides accident benefits coverage for accidents that happen outside Canada, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta ruled Monday. In Wage v. Canadian Direct Insurance, Leizle Wage was struck

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‘Countless’ accident benefits claims will arise from Toronto van attack

April 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Accident benefits claims arising from the April 23 tragedy in north Toronto could cost insurers millions of dollars, an insurance lawyer suggested Thursday. Eight women and two men were killed and at least 14 more injured Monday after a rental

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Despite late notice to claimant, court green-lights priority dispute between insurers

April 2, 2018 by David Gambrill

In a priority dispute between insurers over accident benefits payments, the claimant does not necessarily have to be notified about the priority dispute at the same time as the other carrier, the Ontario Court for Appeal has ruled. The major

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Checking a claimant’s auto case evidence? Ask for the LTD discovery transcript

February 26, 2018 by David Gambrill

An insurer in an accident benefits case has obtained a court order requiring a claimant to turn over the discovery transcript in a related long-term disability (LTD) claim arising from the same accident. Ontario’s rules for handling auto accident benefits

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How British Columbia will handle auto accident benefit disputes

February 14, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A new dispute resolution system for auto insurance in British Columbia will probably focus both on first-party accident benefit disputes and resolving claims from minor injuries, but the details have yet to be worked out, a spokesperson for the province’s

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Regulator weighs in on disputed ridesharing claims

December 20, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Disputes among Ontario auto insurers, arising from collisions involving vehicles used for multiple ridesharing providers, will likely be handled in the same way insurers handle priority disputes in accident benefits claims, Ontario’s insurance regulator told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. Aviva Canada

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Trial lawyers doubt standard treatment plans will help auto insurers

December 15, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Ontario’s call for standard treatment plans in auto accident benefits might well do the opposite of what was intended — increase claims disputes and provide no benefit to insurers, personal injury lawyers say. In his Fair Auto Insurance Plan, released