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Optional Benefits: A Necessity

  Authored by: Alfonso Campos Reales If you drive a car in Ontario, optional benefits are a necessity to protect you and your family. When you are injured in a car accident in Ontario, you are entitled to accident benefits coverage. These include funding for your medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as funding to have a professional care for you after an accident. Because …

What If My Insurance Broker Doesn’t Tell Me About Optional Benefits?

As previously discussed on the OTLA Blog, everyone should consider buying optional automobile insurance Accident Benefits. In 2016, Accident Benefits were slashed by the Ontario Government.  But, consumers can buy back the old coverage levels (and more) by purchasing optional benefits. Instead of the “normal” $65,000 of Medical and Rehabilitation (Med-Rehab) and Attendant Care Benefits available to non-“minor” and non-Catastrophic injury victims and the $1M …

Making Sense of Your LTD Coverage

Frustrated by confusing LTD coverage, a man throws papers into the air

With life being as hectic as it is, it is just too easy to turn our minds from what appears to be the least-pressing issues at the moment. These issues may seem to include the fine print in your long-term disability policy. However, in the event that you become disabled, these mundane details can mean absolutely everything to you and your family. It is important …

Critical Disclosure in an Insurance Application

Disembodied hand completes Insurance Application

Completing an application for life or disability insurance can be daunting. An applicant faces questions about their health history, addressing medical issues that the applicant may not fully understand or be aware of. The applicant may be inclined to answer the questions as quickly as possible or rely on a third party to answer the questions to hasten the completion of the application. As a …

Challenging jury bias in Ontario automobile injury trials

car key with "insured" written on fob

Should people with auto insurance be excluded from juries in car crash trials? OTLA Director Kris Bonn argues that jurors familiar with car insurance might decide to reduce the victim’s award, in order to keep premiums from becoming more expensive. How is that fair to Ontario’s vulnerable and injured?

Ontario insurers continue to profit from victims of arson

A string of disturbing cases has highlighted a troubling trend of injustice for Ontario homeowners who are victims of arson. While homeowners rely on insurance to protect us when we are victims of a wrongful act – like arson – insurers continue to take advantage of consumers by placing exclusions in their policies that prevent just compensation.