Claimant Abuse Costs Insurance Companies

A Saskatchewan judge recently gave a rebuke to all insurance companies who routinely refuse to pay legitimate claims or cause unnecessary hardship to their claimants

He awarded a cool $4.95 million – of which $4.5 million was punitive damages – with a message to all Canadian insurers.

The case involved a Canadian who was working in Krygyzstan when he was involved in a work accident.  An injury to his foot became aggravated and doctors told him it was untreatable.  He filed a suit against two insurance companies after failing to get a satisfactory offer. The judge accused the companies of flat out refusing to pay benefits owed and delaying tactics he described as ‘malicious’.

The odds aren’t even when you deal with an insurance company that has millions of dollars in resources when it comes to legal advice.  Add to that a penchant for underhanded tactics and you have recipe for disaster.

Who’s Looking Out For You?

A motor vehicle accident may be more or less serious but it doesn’t take a tragedy like this one to leave you with debilitating injuries.

Matters can become complicated. Different versions of events and various factors can make the outcome of any insurance or legal proceedings anything but clear cut. Your own legal representation will ensure that your interests are considered in any final arrangement.

In the case of injuries, you may not be – and probably won’t be – fully aware of the extent of your injuries immediately following an accident, even though the time you have to claim benefits is limited.

We Can Help

If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you owe it to yourself to get professional help. Even if the injury seems minor, you should contact your insurance company and a motor vehicle accident lawyer right away. The severity of soft tissue injuries common to car accidents is often only apparent some time later. Since the time you have to file a suit is limited, you want to be safe rather than sorry.

We Focus On Car & Motor Vehicle Accidents

Petrillo Law has been providing competent, caring legal advice to car accident victims in Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and across Ontario for over 20 years. We can evaluate a case to determine whether it meets the provincial threshold required to start a lawsuit as well as represent injured people who have been denied accident benefits by their own insurance company.

Call us today at (905) 949-9433 to schedule your free initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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