Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims David Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers. The Ontario insurance regime is one of the most complicated insurance regimes in North America. When it comes to car insurance, you certainly don’t want to scrimp but you always don’t want to pay extra money if it’s not needed. Sadly, when it comes to choosing optional accident benefits, many people will automatically settle for basic coverage. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can tell you, this may be a huge mistake.
Now, the truth is hopefully you will never need to access your accident benefits . Great ! If you do however get injured in an accident, you may find yourself unable to work, injured, in a home that needs modifications and that’s when you want to make sure you have access to as much accident benefits compensation as possible. Sadly, most people don’t really know what their accident benefits insurance coverage is until they really need it.
A basic auto insurance policy in Ontario contains far less accident benefits coverage than a policy where the “top-ups” have been purchased. Along with this decrease in benefits comes a decrease in yearly premium payments. Many will opt for this. I would caution you not to. I urge everyone to speak with their broker and find out what optional benefits are available to you and at what cost.
For instance the Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits jump from $100,000 to $50,000 or possible even $ 3,500 if you have purchased the optional benefit.
If you purchase additional accident benefits, you can be entitled to Housekeeping Benefits and Caregiver Benefits , which have been eliminated in the basic policy.
Attendant Care Benefits are another optional benefits that can be purchased and allow you to have access to $72,000 instead of $36,000. You may have access to additional accident benefits through your work and in this case may not require purchasing additional accident benefits.
It’s important to know what options you have and choose what’s best for you and your family. Another important piece of information you need to know is that if you have more than one vehicle, you only need to purchase these additional accident benefits for one vehicle only.
In my opinion, the top up amounts are well worth it. An average vehicle can purchase most additional accident benefits for under $200 a year. That $200 a year translates to a significant amount of money if you need, when you really need it. I cannot tell you how many personal injury cases I have settled where people have given additional much need funds and they are so thankful that they purchased those additional accident benefits. Talk to your broker about what options you have and what accident benefits are available to you. To read about some of the accident benefits settlement amounts we’ve secured for our clients visit http://www.ottawainjury.ca/cases
Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. If you have been in an accident in Ontario and are injured, you will most likely need to access your Ontario accident benefits. Ontario accident benefits are provided through your insurance company or the insurance company of other vehicle involved in the accident. You begin by first informing your own insurance company that you have been in an accident. They will then send you an Ontario Accident Benefits package. By law your insurance company must provide you with these forms, and you have 30 days to complete the necessary accident benefit forms and return them to your insurance company. It is important you fill out these forms are properly filled out. When a new client comes to us and we act for them as their Ottawa personal injury lawyer, we always recommend that we fill out the forms for them as often times they can be somewhat confusing and challenging if you have never filled them out before. We have accident benefit specialists who can fill these form out for you in a comprehensive and detailed manner ensuring that there are no errors on your forms that could in turn delay your case. There are a number of Ontario accident benefit forms that need to be completed and depending on what your injuries are and the details of your accident, you may be required to fill out all of them. The primary forms that need to be filled out right away are:
Ontario Accident Benefit Forms: OCF Forms
- OCF-1 : Application for Accident Benefits
- This is the initial accident benefits form to be filled out when applying for accident benefits as a result of an accident . The OCF-1 form must be filled with your insurance company in order for your personal injury claim to commence.
- OCF-2 Employer’s Confirmation of Income
- The OCF-2 form applies only to those who are claiming Income Replacement Benefits. The OCF-2 form is completed by you and your employer. There are instances where several OCF-2 forms need to be completed. For example if you have been employed by more than one employer in the previous 52 weeks, you may need to fill out an OCF-2 form for each of your previous employers within the previous 52 weeks.
- OCF-3 Disability Certificate
- The OCF-3 form is to be completed mainly by your health practitioner. It needs to be as detailed as possible and describes the extent of your injuries as a result of the accident.
- OCF-5 Permission to Disclose Health Information
- The OCF-5 forms allows for access to your medical records and any previous medical information that can help determine your accident benefits eligibility.
You have been injured and you are suffering so its important that we get you help as quickly as possible. We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who can help you by ensuring that you receive all the services you need as well as ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Our accident benefit specialists will help you sift through the accident benefits process and will complete all the necessary Ontario accident benefit forms properly and in a timely manner, so as not to delay your case. We understand that these are difficult times and we are here to help. Our Ottawa injury lawyers can travel to you, your home or your hospital. All consultations are free.