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Recent and notable Decisions

Through the years, certain insurers have attempted to take advantage of personal injury victims. In court, Rob has fought for the rights of his clients and obtained positive results in a number of different circumstances, including the following:

  1. .Trial decision: Your defendant’s insurer is stopped at Trial from using survellance obtained at a private wedding and reception. In this case, the admissibility of surveillance taken from a church, schoolyard, private wedding & reception and was considered. 70.5% of the surveillance was deemed inadmissible for Trial: Rumney v Nelson, 2021 ONSC 5632 (Can LII).

  2. Trial decision: The first Court decision as to whether you should know about the statutory deductible for your MVA injury award: Rumney v Nelson, 2021 ONSC 5632 (Can LII).
  3. Your insurer’s refusal to pay income replacement benefits (IRBs) beyond an alleged two year limitation period: P.V. and Economical Insurance (2020) ONLAT 19-000069/AABS. This is the first IRB decision that gives you the right to sue for IRBs well after a “hard limitation” period has supposedly expired. In this case, P.V. was judicially allowed to pursue his IRB claim four and a half years following his motor vehicle collision. This IRB decision has reversed five previous Court of Appeal decisions, principal among them, Sietzma and Bonnacorso.

  4. Your insurer’s outright refusal to pay your genuine soft-tissue injury claims before Trial, even though it was obvious that they should do so: See Maxwell v. Luck here and here . In this Appellate decision, our client personally received an additional $50,000 award as a result of the harsh conduct of her insurer. This was the first award of this kind in this province.
  5. Your insurer’s arbitrary reduction of the coverage you paid for from $1,000,000 to $200,000 to limit what you should lawfully be paid for your injuries: See Yetman v. Marzec here and here . In this case, our client was awarded uncounted millions by the jury.
  6. Your insurer takes steps to strike out your claim when you did not know you had to give written notice to the city within 10 days and while you were hurt: See Blair v. City of Barrie . This is the first case where the 10 day notice period was successfully challenged and extended under the Limitations Act.
  7. In Dunk v Kremer, see here and here, the Defendant Insurer failed to recognize the significance of an ankle injury to a young individual. The jury returned with a verdict of uncounted millions, including additional award for pain and suffering. This is the highest pain and suffering award for a foot injury case in Ontario.
  8.  A center stone of any personal injury litigation is getting Canada Pension Plan Long Term Disability Benefits for badly injured clients. Once CPPD is approved, it increases what the client receives since the federal government has accepted the severity of their injuries. A major requirement is usually that the client is not working. How do you get them for someone that is? This unique decision explains how:   Marie Whitbread V Ministry of Employment, SST Decision - 2021-03-23

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