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Auto Insurance Groups Propose Changes To Injury Claims

Proposed changed on behalf of auto vehicle insurance companies aim to restrict the criteria for personal injury victims to bring a claim for compensation to court.

As outlined on the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association website, insurance companies are trying to persuade the Ontario government to implement changes that will make it harder to qualify for compensation.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to more compensation than what your insurance policy allows. Speak to a personal injury lawyer for a proper assessment of your losses and your legal rights. He or she will offer legal advice on how to pursue an adequate amount of compensation after your accident.

Proposed Changes Pose New Difficulties For Accident Victims

The changes were proposed as a compromise for insurance companies to lower their premiums and to make liability insurance more affordable to the public. The changes they are asking for include stricter criteria for making a claim, and creating an annual bench mark amount to award damages.

Meeting Specific Injury Criteria

The proposed stricter criteria suggests victims may only be allowed to bring a case to court if their injuries quality as a threshold injury. This means that victims may have to prove their losses or injuries are permanent.

Victims that may lose income over the course of their recovery, or endure pain for a number of years may not be entitled to losses should these new changes take effect.

Proposed Benchmark Amounts For Injury Claims

Another proposed change includes only bringing claims around $38,000.00 to court. This amount is also proposed to increase every year. Victims claiming less than this amount may not be entitled to receive any compensation.

If you have questions about your right to receive compensation, contact a personal injury lawyer for legal assistance. If you have concerns regarding these proposed changes to injury claims, contact your local member of government.

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