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How this year’s CAT losses are trending

Source: Canadian Underwriters
July 3, 2019 by Adam Malik

Canada is well on its way to cracking the $1-billion threshold in insured catastrophe losses yet again as we enter the second half of 2019.  Catastrophe Indices and Quantification (CatIQ) told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday that the estimated catastrophic insured loss so far this year sits at $600 million. The updated number comes after the company pegged insured damage from Spring floods in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick at upwards of $208 million.

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David Eby announces cap on expert witnesses to address losses at ICB

Change to legal system comes after news the insurer lost $860M in just 9 months
CBC News ·
Posted: Feb 11, 2019 9:34 AM PT | Last Updated: February 11

Attorney General David Eby says it doesn't advance anyone's interest to have more than six expert witnesses for one vehicle injury claim. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

B.C. is capping the number of expert witnesses allowed in vehicle injury claims in an attempt to stem the worsening losses at ICBC.

Attorney General David Eby announced the changes Monday morning, explaining that parties to injury claims will each be able to use one expert report for fast-track claims, and up to three experts and reports for all other claims.

"The intent of these reforms is to avoid the costs and delays associated with the disproportionate use of experts and reports that we are seeing used today, without removing access to further expertise in situations where it's necessary," Eby read the article CLICK HERE

Minor injury caps coming to Newfoundland?
Source: Canadian Underwriter Canada
by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Public Utilities Board plans to “review the impact on rates and implications on claimants of monetary caps for non-economic loss of $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000…for the definitions for mild/minor injury currently in use in the other Atlantic provinces,” wrote Darlene Whalen, chair and acting CEO of PUB, in a letter in August to minister of service Sherry read the entire article CLICK HERE

Courts can award damages for mental injury without psychiatric diagnosis: Supreme Court of Canada
Canadian Underwriters - June 14, 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an argument by Insurance Bureau of Canada that a court should not award damages for psychological or emotional damage unless the plaintiff demonstrates the tort caused a “recognizable psychiatric illness.” read the entire article

Ontario should create ‘list of documents that must be produced’ in personal injury auto lawsuits: Marshall
Canadian Underwriters - April 13, 2017 

The Ontario government should consider allowing auto insurers to offer consumers more choices and come up with new rules for the tort system bearing in mind that personal injury auto lawsuits “seldom involve complex issues of law,” a special adviser to the finance minister suggested this read the entire article CLICK HERE

New Ontario financial authority should monitor auto insurers with ‘unusual number’ of LAT appeals: Marshall
Source: Canadian Underwriters - April 12, 2017

Neither the behaviour of personal injury lawyers nor “excess profits” of insurers are to blame for high auto premiums in Ontario, but the government should consider restricting lawyers’ contingency fees, a special advisor to the provincial government suggested in a report released read the entire article CLICK HERE

Unlicensed entity selling false proof of auto insurance: FSCO
Source: Canadian Underwriter April 5, 2017

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has issued a warning to consumers that an organization known as Switzerland Imperial Bank AG, or S I B AG Corporation, is not licensed to conduct insurance business in read the entire article

2017 PTSD Summit Making Progress on Prevention (REPORT)
Message from Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

It is my pleasure to let you know that the Ministry of Labour’s PTSD Summit, Making Progress on Prevention on October 25, 2016, was a resounding success. Bringing together workers, employers, and experts from a wide range of sectors, along with members of the Ontario Public Service, the summit provided a great opportunity to share different perspectives and consider emerging practices and approaches for mitigating and preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) read the entire report CLICK HERE

Denying catastrophic impairment status to Ontario auto claimant is not denying benefit: OIAA speaker

Source: Canadian Underwriters - February 8, 2017 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor
When an Ontario auto insurer notifies a claimant that he or she has not sustained a catastrophic impairment, that does not constitute the denial of a benefit for the purposes of the two-year limitation on filing a lawsuit, a lawyer warned claims professionals read the full article

Driving while drug-impaired case reaches Supreme Court of Canada over admissibility of police opinion evidence
Source: October 13, 2016 Canadian Underwriters

The Supreme Court of Canada heard Thursday an appeal over the admissibility of opinion evidence, in an impaired driving trial, from a police drug recognition expert, as to whether a defendant’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by read the entire article CLICK HERE

Supreme Court of Canada hears appeal over Nova Scotia auto family protection endorsement
Source: October 7, 2016 Canadian Underwriters

The Supreme Court of Canada heard Wednesday an appeal from a Nova Scotia auto accident victim whose future Canada Pension Plan disability payments were ordered deducted from the amount payable under his family protection read the entire article

IBC applauds Ontario government’s focus on auto insurance reforms
Source: Canadian Underwriter dated September 23, 2016

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is applauding the Government of Ontario for “continuing to make auto insurance reforms a priority” as the government released mid-point mandate letters for all Cabinet read the entire article CLICK HERE

Ontario to stop paying for high-dose opioids in push to reduce addiction
Source: The Canadian Press -  Posted July 25, 2016
Ontario will be the first province to stop paying for high doses of long-acting opioids as part of a push to reduce the “growing problem” of painkiller addiction in the read the entire article CLICK HERE

Finding that breast cancer is an occupational disease for hospital lab workers upheld by Supreme Court of Canada
Source: Canadian Underwriters  - Posted July 1, 2016
The Supreme Court of Canada recently upheld a ruling from the British Columbia Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal that breast cancer among hospital lab workers was an “occupational disease,” despite an expert report that did not find “any scientific evidence for the plausibility of a laboratory work-related etiological hypothesis” for the read the entire article CLICK HERE

Some motorists under the influence of marijuana believe they can drive safely: poll

Source Canadian Underwriters, Angela Stelmakowich Published on: May 18, 2016 
More than four in 10 polled Canadians who have driven under the influence of marijuana reported they believe there was no impact on their ability to drive safely, indicate results of a State Farm Canada survey released Tuesday.

Results – issued with the kick-off of National Road Safety Week – show that 44% of those polled who have driven under the influence of marijuana do not think that doing so impacts their ability to drive read the entire article CLICK HERE

Nurses excluded from PTSD bill ask, 'If we're not first responders who is?'

Late in 2014, Julie Prince’s life started to unravel.

After a shift at the hospital where she worked as a nurse in the labour and delivery unit, she would spend hours sobbing on the couch, haunted by images of dead babies.

Prince had worked as a nurse since 2002 in neonatal intensive units in seven hospitals in the United States and Ontario, and later in a labour and delivery unit in southwestern Ontario. Only a dozen years into a career she loved, she felt oppressed by the accumulation of death she had read the entire article CLICK HERE

'A great mistake to leave out nurses:' expert

MD claims WSIB fired her over medical opinion

Lawsuit claims employer and insurance board wanted doctor to ‘participate in a fraud’ regarding worker’s injuries.
Source: Toronto Star
By: Jacques Gallant Staff Reporter, Published on Thursday, April 12, 2016

A Hamilton-area physician is suing the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and her former employer for $3.2 million, claiming she was fired when she wouldn’t deliver a medical opinion that suited the WSIB.

Dr. Brenda Steinnagel, 50, is alleging in her statement of claim that she was terminated last April after the WSIB repeatedly demanded that her employer, Vaughan-based Workplace Health and Cost Solutions, change the medical opinion she authored on a hospital worker who was claiming benefits after suffering head injuries while trying to restrain a read the entire article

Vaughan, Ontario man charged following $63,000 insurance fraud investigation

Source: Canadian Underwriter, dated April 12, 2016  

Just days after the York Regional Police (YRP) announced that they have laid charges in connection with an alleged staged collision in the Township of King, Ont., police said on Monday that they have charged a 36-year-old Vaughan man in connection with insurance fraud and are seeking additional read the entire article

IBC congratulates police for laying charges in staged collision investigation in Ontario township

Source: Canadian Underwrite, dated April 7, 2016  

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is congratulating the York Regional Police (YRP) for laying charges in connection with an alleged staged collision in the Township of King, Ontario.

Investigators with the YRP Major Collision Investigation Unit laid charges against Fatin Elias, 46; Jourjeet Shahara, 52; Samid Shehara, 47; and Salam Shehara, 34; all of read the entire article

Ontario recognizes PTSD as work-related for first responders

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo says she’d like to see post-traumatic stress disorder coverage expanded to include nurses, special constables, bailiffs and parole officers.

Source Toronto Star
By: Queen's Park Bureau, Published on Tue Apr 05 2016

Police, firefighters and paramedics with post-traumatic stress disorder will no longer have to prove it was caused by tragedies they handled on the job, erasing a major roadblock to prompt treatment.

MPPs from all parties unanimously passed a law Tuesday recognizing the disorder as a work-related illness, which advocates hope will ease a spate of suicides among first read the entire article

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