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What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational therapists provide a guiding hand to recovery

Most people who are injured in an accident instinctively know that they should immediately seek out the closest emergency department or a doctor. If injuries do not require hospitalization, then they are commonly referred to physiotherapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, or another practitioner of physical therapy. Many people do not know that a registered occupational therapist can be exceedingly helpful to their recovery, rehabilitation, and quality …

Thompson v. Intact Insurance Company, 2016 CanLII 60729 (ON LAT)

Released August 16, 2016 | Full Decision [CanLII] This is one of the first AABS decisions from the LAT. The applicant brought an AABS application to determine entitlement to a denied treatment plan. Prior to the hearing, Intact agreed to fund the treatment plan. Despite the settlement, the applicant sought to recoup its costs of preparing for the hearing. The LAT was forced to decide …

Bonilla v. Great-West Life Assurance Co. et al, 2016 ONSC 2249 (CanLII)

Medical Negligence: It’s Never an Open and Shut Case

When a person has suffered because of an obvious error by a health care professional, the comment often said to me is, “It’s an open and shut case.” When it comes to medical negligence litigation, there is no such thing. A medical negligence lawsuit is different from other personal injury cases in at least one critical way; the plaintiff is often already unwell before the …

Consent to Medical Treatment is Not a Waiver of Rights

With the holidays behind us, and all the full potential of the New Year before us, thoughts sometimes turn to our health. Now is the time to dust off the treadmill, avoid the sugary treats and maybe even see the doctor for a checkup. If there are any concerns, the doctor will likely recommend some form of treatment. Treatment can be as simple as a …

When it comes to doctor competence, ignorance is not bliss

At the beginning of October, Ontario’s Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, did a good thing. He demanded that colleges of all regulated health professions take concrete steps to increase transparency in college processes and decision-making, and to make more information available to the public. The colleges, which include the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”), have until December 1st to report back …