February 5, 2013 by Thomson Rogers
Just as a common understanding of the term “catastrophic impairment” has been reached, its definition is being completely reworked with an aim for a more accurate and objective system, Toronto plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer Darcy Merkur recently discussed at the Back to School with Thomson Rogers and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Conference.
“Changes to the definition of the term catastrophic impairment are coming,” Merkur, partner with Thomson Rogers,...
January 10, 2013 by Thomson Rogers
On November 23, 2012, David MacDonald's presented at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). His seminar topic "Succeeding on Mediations and Arbitrations"is available for viewing.
November 23, 2012 by Thomson Rogers
The Ontario Automobile Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force has released its final report outlining nearly 40 recommendations, such as expanding the power of the province’s industry regulator (FSCO), greater public disclosure on the part of insurers, and licensing health clinics.
Read the full Canadian Underwriter article here.
Read the FSCO Report here.
July 6, 2012 by truser
FSCO has released a new guideline regarding Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) - July 2012.
See link below:
New Guideline for HCAI
October 26, 2011 by Stacey Stevens
The criteria required to meet the statutory definition of catastrophic impairment remains unsettled. The Court of Appeal is set to hear the appeals in Pastore v. Aviva and in Kusnierz v. The Economical Mutual (rejecting the combination of physical and psychological impairments to achieve 55% WPI) later this year.
On October 23, 2011, FSCO released its first decision with respect to meeting the statutory definition of catastrophic impairment under then section 21(2)(g) of the SABS...
September 29, 2011 by Darcy Merkur
From a legal perspective, the most fundamental problem with the CAT Expert Report appears to be a misconception by some of the Panel members about the impact of a CAT designation. A declaration of CAT does not mean automatic entitlement to benefits! The SABS process, whether CAT or non-CAT, is a needs based system, wherein accident victims are eligible to make claims for reasonable and necessary expenses, up to certain limits.
This fundamental misunderstanding of the implications of...
May 17, 2011 by Thomson Rogers
Submissions on Changes to the Definition of CAT Impairment
Thomson Rogers is one of Canada's pre-eminent law firms representing injured people for the past 75 years. This experience has provided us with valuable insight into how Ontarians are affected by the protection they receive under their automobile policies when injured in an accident. In addition to representing our clients we have tirelessly and actively advocated for the rights of injured people.
As part of the Ontario Government's 2010...
May 16, 2011 by Thomson Rogers
The proposals of the Panel unfairly and without any justification reduce access to prompt and valuable medical treatment to the most seriously injured Ontario consumers, those with 'catastrophic injuries'.
There is no evidence that the current methods of assessing catastrophic impairment are failing Ontario consumers. Despite requests, the automobile insurance industry in Ontario has not revealed any information in support of its reason(s) for changing the insurance product,...
April 19, 2011 by Thomson Rogers
An information session will take place to address questions about the Catastrophic Impairment Report.
Date: April 28, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
RSVP by April 21, 2011 to email@example.com.
You may submit written comments or suggestions regarding the report to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario by May 13, 2011.
For more information please visit the FSCO website.
April 18, 2011 by Thomson Rogers
The Financial Services Commission has now published the Final Report of the Catastrophic Impairment Expert Panel to the Superintendent of Insurance.