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Privacy Commissioner reaches impasse with SGI over collection of health information under province’s Insurance Act

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Saskatchewan says it has reached an impasse with Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) over three ‘breach of privacy’ complaints related to the collection of personal health information under the Automobile Accident Insurance

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Coping With Catastrophes: Preparing a response

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

A catastrophe is an opportunity for adjusters and insurers to outdo themselves and provide outstanding claims service. In this issue, we look at when and how catastrophe response services are set up. Defining catastrophe A catastrophe is a sudden disaster

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Change in occupation test not enough to overturn arbitrator’s order to pay IRB benefits

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

A change in the occupation test for determining Income Replacement Benefits (IRB) before and after a 104-week period of disability is not necessarily enough of a “change” of circumstances to warrant overturning an arbitrator’s order to pay IRB benefits. Ontario’s

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On The Scene (February 01, 2011)

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

MEA Forensic has appointed Xaine Bhatia as its business development specialist in Ontario.Bhatia has more than 13 years of experience in business development, project management and communications. She has a Masters degree from the University of Toronto.“This unique combination of

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DNA testing at the top of MPI’s list of top five frauds in 2010

February 1, 2011 by Claims Canada

DNA testing, CSI-style, ferreted out a fraud scheme in which a Manitoba driver vehemently denied crashing his car, causing his airbag to deploy. The attempted fraud made the top of Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)’s top five frauds of 2010. The

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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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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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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,

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Forecasting the Future

February 1, 2011 Craig Harris

Unraveling the complexity of future care costs and life care plans can be a challenging task for adjusters in today’s legal environment of high personal injury awards. Paying close attention to key factors, such as working with a qualified life care planner and understanding potentially problematic areas, can help adjusters navigate the waters of catastrophic bodily injury claims.

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Syndrome Versus Injury

February 1, 2011 Laura Kupcis

Both whiplash syndrome and whiplash injury cause pain to the injured party, but only one presents with a physical cause