I noticed an interesting section at the end of a recent bulletin issued by FSCO regarding recent regulation changes that I reviewed in a recent post. Thrown in with the announcement of regulatory changes is a discussion on mileage expenses by health care providers.Read more →
Changes will always take place in any industry, but changes in Ontario auto insurance have not solved problems – instead they have created them.Read more →
Several new auto insurance regulations have now been approved by the Ontario Cabinet.Read more →
In the recently released decision of Equitable Trust Co. v. The Portage La Prairie Mutual Insurance Co., 2014onsc4767, Ontario Superior Court Justice Stewart affirmed the generally held view that an insured mortgagee is entitled to recover the outstanding balance owing…Read more →
Uber and similar ride-sharing services aren’t going anywhere. Consumers like these new services and that’s why there are using them.Read more →
The auto insurance focus of this year’s Ontario Economic Statement is consumer protection.Read more →
Checking my email today — amid the many “Happy Cyber Security Awareness Month” messages — was a notification from my bank. Like so many other shoppers, my credit card information was obtained “by unauthorized individuals” when I shopped at a…Read more →
The Superior Court has upheld an arbitrator’s decision, finding that loss transfer is subject to a two-year rolling limitation period. In Economical v. Zurich, the claimant was driving a car and was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a…Read more →
The IBC has now published the standard HCAI reports for the first half of 2014. The document provides over 75 pages of aggregate data collected by HCAI going back to 2011. HCAI was made mandatory on February 1, 2011.
The standard reports are published on an “accident half year” basis. In accident half year statistics, the experience of all claims with accident dates in the same accident half year is grouped together. The accident half years are defined as calendar half years, with January to June being the first half and July to December being the second half for each of the stated years.
The chart below breaks down the percentage of claimants receiving treatment per injury group. The data is further broken down by accident half year and the percentages are based on claims transactions between the accident date and June 30, 2014.
The injury group sizes have remained consistent since the HCAI began collecting data. The data suggests that there doesn’t appear to be any obvious erosion of the minor injury definition. At least 70% of claimants receiving treatment are being diagnosed under strains and sprains which fall under the minor injury definition. The diagnosis does change over time when you look at previous periods in a chart I posted earlier this year. There has been some drifting from strains and sprains to WAD III (PN) and third degree tears (FD). For example, for the first half of 2013, the SS injury group dropped 2.2% between the two reports while the PN and FD groups increased by 1.0% and 0.8%. This may reflect disputed claims and the time it takes to resolve disputes.
Cars changed the world and our cities in the 20th Century by freeing people of the limitations of their geography. People now have the freedom to live, work, shop and travel almost anywhere they want. The car industry has caused suburbs to grow, and made the development of road and highway systems necessary.Read more →
Monk v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Co. (Lindsay),  O.J. No. 3509, illustrates the importance of the policy language used. Ontario Superior Court Justice Koke summarily dismissed this action against both the insurer and insurance broker arising from an insurance coverage claim…Read more →
The Ontario Budget presented on July 14, 2014 will have little effect on car insurance. The Liberal Party had stated last year that insurance rates must be reduced by 15% but did not indicate how this would be accomplished. They…Read more →
On July 11th, 2014, the Ontario Court of Appeal in O’Byrne v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), dismissed the appeal from the insured’s claim for coverage for fuel oil contamination under an “all-risks” insurance policy. The decision is of interest because of …Read more →
In Amello v. Bluewave Energy Limited Partnership, 2014 ONSC 4040, Ontario Superior Court Justice Perell dealt with a number of issues including, of most interest, a party’s obligation to pay defence costs when it has agreed to include another party as an…Read more →