It has been just more than a year and a half since responsibility for adjudicating accident benefits disputes was transferred to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, which decides on claims and licensing regulations involving a number of provincial ministries.
The stated goal by the province in transferring jurisdiction from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, which regulates the insurance sector, was to resolve disputes over accident benefits in a more efficient manner.
While it is still a relatively short period of time since the transition took place, some lawyers who act for plaintiffs in these disputes are suggesting that the balance is tipped too much in favour of insurance companies and there is a financial disincentive built in against plaintiffs.
“LAT [Licence Appeal Tribunal] is supposed to be quicker. That has not proven to be the case at all,” he says.