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  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education
  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education
  • FAIR – supporting auto accident victims through advocacy and education

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August 23, 2018

Auto fraud getting worse, insurer says

Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPI) is reporting an increase in auto insurance fraud, including false claims for income replacement benefits. 
 
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MPI cracks down on insurance fraud

Toronto, Ontario – August 20, 2018 — Manitoba public insurance (MPI) is tightening up its security measures when it comes to insurance fraud, hoping it will result in lower insurance premiums, as reported by the Manitoba Sun.  
 
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Canada: Auto Insurance Primer Part 4: Optional Benefits

Standard accident benefits ensure all Ontarians have a minimum amount of insurance coverage to protect them in the event of a car accident. However, changes to these limits in 2016 reduced these minimum levels greatly. In this final entry of our 4-part mini-blog series on auto insurance, we’ll suggest why purchasing additional optional benefits is a cost-effective way to keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of an accident. 
 
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Aviva Canada’s plan to decrease its exposure in Ontario auto

Aviva Canada is diversifying its portfolio of business to avoid exposure to deteriorating conditions in Ontario’s auto insurance market. 
 
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Public Interest Regulation: Governance Reform at the Law Society of Ontario 

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has launched a call for comments on potential governance reforms. Reform is long overdue. The governance of the LSO is archaic and in no way approximates the structure of a modern, effective board. To its credit, the LSO appears to recognize the problem and is attempting to move towards modernizing its governance. 
 
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‘It doesn’t heal as quickly as the bones’: trauma survivors group offers peer support

TORONTO — Wednesday marks one month since a gunman went on a shooting rampage on a bustling street in Toronto’s Greektown, leaving two dead and 13 injured. Yet for these survivors, the trauma related to that night of violence may go far beyond their physical injuries. 
 
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New Fitness to Drive Reporting Requirements

As a result of over 20 years of advocacy, the Highway Traffic Act was amended to provide more specifics around the types of medical conditions and impairments that are considered mandatory to report when assessing and reporting a patient’s fitness to drive.  Correspondingly, the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) Medical Condition Report form was  updated on July 1, 2018 to reflect this additional level of detail. 
 
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Common Myths About Long-Term Disability

Long-term disability is an option for some people. However, do you really know what it is? When many people think of long-term disability insurance, they often think of this as a supplementary type of insurance that they do not need. While we hope that this is something that a person never has to use, the reality is that many people end up needing to use LTD through no fault of their own. 
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Post-Concussion Syndrome and Disability Claims

Most people associate concussions with contact sports or combat, but a concussion could also occur as a result of a car accident, bicycle accident, slip and fall or an event that causes a blow t the head or violent shaking or movement of the head.
 
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SALMAN v. IPACS, 2018 ONSC 4803 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/htdb0

[1]               The plaintiff’s action against the defendants is for damages for alleged lawyer’s negligence arising out of a settlement negotiated by the defendant, Robert Ipacs (“Ipacs”), of the plaintiff’s tort claim for injuries resulting from a motor vehicle accident. The settlement was agreed to by the plaintiff at a pre-trial on February 8, 2012.

[2]               In her Amended Fresh as Amended Statement of Claim the plaintiff alleged that her interests were severely compromised by Ipacs’ negligent handling of her tort claim and his handling of the assessment of the final account of her previous lawyer Shawn Patey (“Patey”). Among the particulars of negligence pleaded in the statement of claim, the plaintiff alleged that Iapacs:

(a)           failed to give her proper legal advice and instruct her on the possible consequences of accepting the offer of settlement of the tort claim;

(b)         rashly advising the plaintiff to accept the tort claim offer when he knew or ought to have known that the offer was not adequate compensation for her injury, nor adequate to sustain her for the rest of her life; and

(c)           being an incompetent legal advisor lacking in reasonable skill and experience such that he ought not to have been rendering legal advice.

[3]               The defendants have brought a motion for summary judgment pursuant to rule 20 of the Rules of Civil Procedure dismissing the plaintiff’s action against them.

Background

[4]               The plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident on June 3, 2006 (the “accident”). The plaintiff initially retained a paralegal, Paula Stamp (“Stamp”), to handle her accident benefits claim arising from the accident. However the plaintiff retained Patey sometime in 2008 to assume carriage of the accident benefits claim following denials by the accident benefits insurer. 

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