Ontario Accident Benefits and Catastrophic Injuries. Good news for Ontario accident victims.

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Ontario Accident Benefits and Catastrophic Injuries. Good news for Ontario accident victims.

What injuries are deemed a catastrophic injury?  What is the definition of a catastrophic injury?  Well, it has changed and changed for the better…In an interesting case  Pastore v. Aviva Canada,  the Court of Appeal of Ontario ruled that an injured victim does not need to be markedly impaired in more than one area of life to be deemed  “catastrophically impaired”. In this particular case, the injured party had been hit in a car accident in November 2002. As a result of the accident, her left ankle was broken and over time her ankle healed improperly. The injured victim had a number of surgeries and consequently, her right knee also required surgery due to the injuries in her ankle and the manner in which she now walked.  As a result of these injuries, the victim became dependent on others for everyday activities she once was able to perform on her own.  This dependency also affected the victim’s emotional and psychological well-being.

In May 2005, the victim Ms. Pastore applied to the Aviva insurance company to have her injuries deemed as a “catastrophic impairment”  and it was determined that she had a catastrophic impairment: “mental or behavioural disorder.”  It was deemed that Pastore had a class 4 or “marked impairment”  due to her daily living and she was rated with an overall assessment of class 3, which is a moderate impairment.   What this meant was that she was now meeting the threshold for a catastrophic impairment in one category.  A catastrophic impairment designation requires impairment in all four categories. The case was brought to the Court of Appeal and it was there decided that  Pastore’s position, according to the language in the Statutory Accident benefits did not require “marked impairments” in each of the four categories of a catastrophic impairment designation.

This is excellent news for Ontario accident victims. This decision allows for additional Ontario accident benefits for injured victims.  We have many clients who thanks to this decision, will be able to receive the help and support they need.  This is great news for Ontario accident victims and their families.  Many accidents leave people with physical injuries, but also injuries such as chronic pain, and emotional and psychological impairments. Thanks to this decision, there will be increased benefits for people suffering from these impairments.

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David Hollingsworth has been a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa since 1999. David dedicates himself to helping people who have been injured in an accident, including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, LTD claims, Accident Benefits claims and more. David and his team work closely with their clients and their families and help rebuild lives, following a traumatic accident. To learn more about David Hollingsworth, view his full profile.