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Published on: 6 Dec 2017 By ,

How Will My Personal Injury Settlement Affect My Family Law Separation or Divorce?

When a personal injury matter settles, there are two primary ways the settlement can be paid out for an adult claimant: a lump sum cash payment, or a structured settlement. A structured settlement is created when some or all of a personal injury settlement is deposited with a life insurance …

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Published on: 6 Dec 2017 By

Chris Collins comments on Globe & Mail article about insurance assessment firms and accident victim reports

The Globe and Mail has written another article about abusive practices in insurer’s examinations. The article has the headline, “Insurance assessment firms altered, ghostwrote accident victim reports“. A couple of the problems the article covers, are assessors taking comments out…

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Published on: 2 Dec 2017 By

Chris Collins comments on G&M article regarding independent medical examinations

Don’t accept insurer’s examinations without question: “Doctors are taking in millions of dollars a year by putting their names to accident injury reports for the insurance industry. Some of these reports unfairly discredit injury claims, leaving victims intimidated and exhausted.” Thanks to …

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Published on: 12 Oct 2017 By

What is an “Accident”: A Case Summary on Dittmann v. Aviva

The recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision of Dittmann v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada[1] provides an interpretation of what qualifies as an “accident” pursuant to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“SABS”). Subsection 3(1) of the SABS defines “accident” as “an inciden…

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