The insurer was found to have failed to act in good faith in the handling of the insured’s disability claim and the insured was awarded mental distress and punitive damages.
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The disability tax credit (the “DTC”) is a non-refundable tax credit designed to help defray the unavoidable costs associated with an individual’s disability. The DTC is available either to the person with the disability, or to a person supporting the disabled person. For the 2018 year, the federal disability amount is expected to be approximately $8,235, resulting in a maximum DTC of $1,235 ($8,235 x 15%), while the Ontario equivalent is expected to be approximately $8,365, resulting in a maximum Ontario disability tax credit of $422 ($8,365 x 5.05%).
In 2016, the Canadian federal and provincial governments (with the exception of Quebec) agreed to amend the Canada Pension Plan (“CPP”). The changes to CPP will soon come into effect. In this post, we discuss these changes and the steps that Canadian employers should take to prepare for them.
The Liberal government is spending more than $622 million to bail out the Canadian military's long-term disability insurance plan, newly tabled federal budget documents reveal.
Last February 6, 2018, the BC Government held a press conference where widespread changes targeting the rights of British Columbians to save ICBC money were announced.
In Micha v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and Group Disability Benefits Plan (Sun Life v. Group Disability), plaintiff John Paul Micha, M.D., was covered by a disability benefit policy through Sun Life which had been purchased by Group Disability, an employee welfare plan maintained to provide disability benefits to the employees of the medical group of which Micha was a part.
There are various conditions or types of injuries for which a person may make a claim for disability benefits for. In any given week, at least 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to mental illness/mental health problems.
The LAT CAT is now out of the bag with the recent release of one of the Licence Appeal Tribunal’s most comprehensive CAT decisions in A.R. v. Allstate (Tribunal File No. 16-003415, January 5, 2018).
A study conducted in Norway found that people treated for diabetes are at lower risk of experiencing migraines. It seems that there is a protective factor for both people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It is felt there could be a hormonal component and neurological component.
A recent arbitration decision by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has ruled that the Minor Injury Guidelines within the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) are unconstitutional.
Western Medical Assessments (WMA) provides expert medical assessment services to insurance companies, lawyers (both defense and plaintiff) and employers. Our reputation as one of Canada’s most respected disability assessment companies is premised on our trusted network of thousands of clinical experts — mostly specialists — across all medical disciplines (physical and psychological). We’ve been entrusted to complete 63,000 independent medical examinations (IMEs) as our clients appreciate our medical direction, evidence-based medical opinions and complete independence from any ethical conflicts of interest.