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How to improve chances of getting out of the MIG

How to improve chances of getting out of the MIG

I have noticed an increasing trend whereby insurance adjusters in accident benefit claims are denying treatment beyond the $3,500 under the MIG on the basis that there is no compelling evidence that the injuries fall outside the MIG (see s. 18(2) of the SABS above) without reference to an IE. Simply put, adjusters are making decisions on the basis of their own review of the medical documents without the benefit of a medical opinion.

How to improve chances of getting out of the MIG

How to improve chances of getting out of the MIG

I have noticed an increasing trend whereby insurance adjusters in accident benefit claims are denying treatment beyond the $3,500 under the MIG on the basis that there is no compelling evidence that the injuries fall outside the MIG (see s. 18(2) of the SABS above) without reference to an IE. Simply put, adjusters are making decisions on the basis of their own review of the medical documents without the benefit of a medical opinion.

10 Ways to Improve Your Chances at Success at a Hearing

10 Ways to Improve Your Chances at Success at a Hearing

I was recently retained as counsel to conduct a personal injury hearing at the Licence Appeal Tribunal.

When preparing for the hearing, it became apparent that one reason an insured’s claim is unsuccessful is due to the information relied upon by the insured’s expert was inaccurate (the insured failed to accurately convey evidence) or that the doctor did not conduct a thorough assessment due to a lack of documentation (key documentation was missing or lacking).

Proving Your Case: Theory v. Reality

Proving Your Case: Theory v. Reality

A theory is likely the most important step at the beginning of a personal injury matter.  The theory must be developed early since it is the blueprint from which to develop a case.  A theory will determine how the case is handled, what claims to make, witnesses necessary to call, experts to be called and what documentation to rely upon.  None of these decisions can be made intelligently without a theory.  Essentially, the purpose of a theory is to simplify the trial of the matter in order to obtain a favorable result.  Without a theory, a case will simply become unwieldy and disorganized. 

Your Life Becomes an Open Book in a Personal Injury Action

Your Life Becomes an Open Book in a Personal Injury Action

When you are injured in an accident or make a claim for benefits, your life becomes an open book.  This means that if you think an insurer cannot or will not find out what your medical history was like before the accident, then think again.  What is curious is that many injured people are not aware of this and how it can impact their claim.   

Statutory Deductible Increases in 2022

Statutory Deductible Increases in 2022

Unfortunately, the new year brings about the annual increase to the statutory deductible for motor vehicle accidents in the Province of Ontario. Due to the increase in inflation (4.4% according to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario or FSRA), it is significant this year. 

Videoconferencing and Examinations for Discovery

Videoconferencing and Examinations for Discovery

At the start of the pandemic lockdown, many in-person discoveries were cancelled on the assumption that the lockdown would be temporary. Of course, this did not come to pass and lawyers, in order to keep matters moving, had to move to video conferencing. Of course, many lawyers had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. In a brave new work, the current generation of lawyers usually have the most difficult time living in it. As the pandemic continued, the reasons for an in person discovery were shown to be, for the most part, anachronistic.

Case Law Review: Nelson (City) v. Marchi

Case Law Review: Nelson (City) v. Marchi

This case involves the interplay between what is a core policy versus what is the operational or government activities, which attract liability for negligence.    Operational implementation is subject to private law principles of negligence whereas core policy decisions are immune from such principles.  This decision was made in the context of a slip and fall accident caused by snowbanks on a public road.

The Supreme Court of Canada provided a structured framework for determining whether a government decision is a core policy decision.  The framework is as follows...

The Trouble with Litigation Loans

The Trouble with Litigation Loans

In Davies, the remaining plaintiff Zuber was ordered to pay $3,434,000 in costs to the defendants. Unfortunately for the plaintiff, he took out litigation loans totaling $500,000 but with accrued interest, this totaled more than $6,000,000! The defendants sought payment from the litigation loan providers on the basis that it was their loans that were the impediment to settlement and resulted in the trial of the action. Justice Edwards, in finding that the non-party loan providers did not have to pay costs, did note the following...

Wrongful Death Caused By Car Accident In Ontario

Wrongful Death Caused By Car Accident In Ontario

Wrongful death refers to the death of a person due to injuries suffered in an accident due to the negligent actions of another person. Wrongful death lawsuits commonly involve someone fatally injured in a car accident.  A lawsuit can be brought against anyone who is responsible for the death. 

Why does experience matter?

Why does experience matter?

I keep harping on my experience in the personal injury field as one of the fundamental reasons for retaining me in a personal injury matter. 

My over 20 years of experience in the personal injury field has allowed me to build a wealth of knowledge.  As a result, many of my peers in the personal injury bar consult me on their files for input and guidance.