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Post CICMA/CIAA Joint Conference Cocktail

April 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

Hundreds of insurance claims industry guests attended the 5th Annual post CICMA/CIAA Joint Conference Cocktail, The Big Mingle, held in the style of the television show Mad Men. The event, hosted by Giffin Koerth Forensics and Blouin Dunn LLP, was

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Common law spouse of husband who dies of injuries sustained in home fire cannot receive full home insurance payout until estranged children of spouse are contacted: judge

April 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

The widow of a common-law husband, who died without a Will as a result of injuries from a fire that engulfed their insured home, cannot receive the balance of the home insurance payment until her husband’s estranged children can be

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The Evolution of the Paper Staged Accident

April 1, 2011 The Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units (CASIU)

Auto insurance fraud is a multi-billion dollar industry that stretches around the globe. Like any other successful industry, it is innovative and market-driven, quick to take advantage of new opportunities and to adapt to changing regulations or threats to its

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Ontario Insurance Adjusters’ Association’s Professional Development & Claims Conference

April 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

More than 150 exhibitors from across Canada showcased the latest and greatest in the industry at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters’ Association (OIAA)’s Professional Development & Claims Conference in Toronto on Feb. 9, 2011. The event featured a trade show and

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Insured doesn’t know about policy cancellation if registered notification comes back as “unclaimed”: arbitrator

April 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

An insurance company cannot presume a policyholder knows his or her insurance has been cancelled when a registered letter informing the insured about the cancellation is stamped “unclaimed” by Canada Post, an Ontario arbitrator has found. Marcia Walker was injured

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Established Rates Shift

April 1, 2011 Joel Dagenais

Claims Assignments, Cost Trends Contain Powerful Lessons for Insurance Professionals; reliable information is vital to navigating unstable economy

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10 Coverage Decisions from 2010 That You Ought To Know About

February 1, 2011 Christopher Dunn

It was a relatively busy year in Canadian courts for insurers. While all was relatively quiet on the Supreme Court of Canada front, with the exception of release of the much-anticipated decision in Progressive Homes v. Lombard, the Ontario Court

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Nova Scotia projects 17 per cent claims cost increase from tripling auto injury cap

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board says the province’s decision to triple its minor auto injury cap from $2,500 to $7,500 will result in a 17 per cent increase in third party liability-bodily injury claims costs, and the industry-wide

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Analyzing Weaknesses in Income Loss Reports

February 1, 2011 Michael Sigsworth and Darrell Sherman

Insurers and plaintiff lawyers call upon forensic accountants to provide expert reports, which set out the income loss suffered by individuals as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. There are many factors involved in preparing these reports and

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ICBC loses appeal in hit-and-run case

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has lost its bid to appeal a case in which a gas station owner was injured after a customer filled up her car with gas and attempted to drive away without paying. Parminder

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Minor Injury Caps

February 1, 2011 Christa M. Brothers and Joseph A. Chedrawe

Early cases offer some guidance as to when a claim will fall within the cap in Nova Scotia, Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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Nova Scotia has right to recover nursing home costs against insurer in an auto accident case

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

Nova Scotia’s Department of Health does have a subrogated right to claim against an insurer for nursing home costs arising from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, according to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. In Slauenwhite v. Keizer,