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The Interaction Between Accident Benefits and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Written by on November 19, 2018.

Car crashes often cause serious injuries, which can be long term and require substantial treatment. Some accident victims unfortunately become disabled as a result of their injuries. In addition to what might be available through private benefits or through an automobile insurance policy, an individual injured in a car crash may be entitled to benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”). The Provincial government has recently made changes to the ODSP that will provid...

The High Costs of Drinking and Driving

Written by on December 20, 2017.

As the festivities of the holiday season continue, we see many reminders to not drink and drive. The cost of drinking and driving is an incredibly high one – in both human life and financially for those who are found guilty. According to MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. On average, approximately 4 people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. In 2012, there were 2,54...

What are Non-Earner Benefits?

Written by on October 19, 2017.

Part of your contract with your own auto insurance company includes the potential payment of Non-Earner Benefits. Non-earner benefits are accident benefits that are available to insured drivers in Ontario. Details of these benefits are found in Part II of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) of the Insurance Act. Non-Earner Benefits are intended to compensate you if you suffer a complete inability to carry on a normal life. They pay $185 per week after an appropriate waiting period. ...

Changes for Personal Injury Plaintiffs Receiving ODSP Benefits

Written by on August 08, 2017.

As of August 1, 2017, the amount of money personal injury plaintiffs who are receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”) benefits are eligible to receive as compensation for pain and suffering, for out-of-pocket expenses and future care costs, and for Family Law Act claims is no longer capped at $100,000. ODSP is a government program which provides income support and additional benefits such as prescription drug and dental care to disabled adults. Reg. 222/98 (the “Regulati...

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Written by on March 07, 2017.

In the context of a personal injury claim, alternative dispute resolution (also referred to as “ADR”), is a means for the parties to discuss a settlement of the claim without the need for a trial.  The term ADR can refer to mediation, arbitration or even formal settlement discussions.  ADR is becoming an increasingly popular approach to resolving personal injury cases in Ontario. In most cases, the parties’ participation in ADR is voluntary.  A common form of ADR is mediation.  Medi...

Looking Both Ways: Contributory Negligence of Children in Personal Injury Cases

Written by on February 23, 2017.

Unlike adults, children often do not have the maturity to know what to do when walking across or near roadways. Without adult supervision or an understanding of road safety, children may risk becoming involved in an accident and be found to share some responsibility. The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently released a decision, highlighting the discretion of judges with respect to the issue of contributory negligence of children.[1] Contributory negligence is generally a defence to a negligen...

Examinations Under Oath under the SABS: When Must I Attend?

Written by on December 16, 2016.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released a decision[1] which held that accident benefits insurers must provide reasons when requesting an examination under oath, pursuant to s. 33(2) of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“SABS”). During an examination under oath, an insured person who is claiming accident benefits (“a claimant”) is questioned by an insurance company representative, in the presence of a court reporter. In this case, the insurer argued that a re...

Top Ontario Accident Benefit Cases of 2016

Written by on December 13, 2016.

Anna Szczurko spoke recently at the Middlesex Law Association Personal Injury Conference. She spoke about the top accident benefit cases of 2016. You can read the paper here.

Accident Benefits and Insurance for ATVs and Snowmobiles

Written by on December 06, 2016.

ATVs and snowmobiles can be a source of endless entertainment. However, if you do not take the appropriate steps as the owner and/or operator to protect yourself, they can also be a source of liability or lead to a personal injury that leaves you with no means to pay for your recovery. This article briefly discusses insurance requirements, Statutory Accident Benefits (SABs) and tort claims in the ATV and snowmobile context. The Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. The Compulsory Automobil...

Injured by an Unidentified Driver? A Case Summary of Shapiro v. Doe

Written by on October 13, 2016.

Shapiro v. Doe[1] reiterates what a plaintiff must prove when they are injured by an unidentified motorist. The plaintiff in this case stated that he was struck by an unidentified vehicle while crossing the street. He claimed insurance benefits from his father’s insurer, Economical Mutual Insurance Company (“Economical”) or from the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (“the Fund”) and the Superintendent of Financial Services (“the Superintendent”). The plaintiff stated that fo...