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Community members who have been involved in car accidents that result in catastrophic impairments often face long and challenging roads to recovery. Survivors of motor vehicle collisions who are catastrophically impaired may feel the effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives. They may be forced to endure an ongoing series of difficulties and indignities that can be physical, psychological, and financial in nature.

The financial losses associated with catastrophic impairments can be difficult to quantify. Due to the permanent and severe nature of these accident-related injuries, motor vehicle collision survivors whose medical conditions meet the threshold of catastrophic impairment may be unable to continue pursuing their chosen career (or, indeed, to continue working in any occupation). This can result in lost wages and reduced future earning capabilities. Furthermore, catastrophically impaired accident survivors may require important and expensive medical treatments, ongoing physical rehabilitation, the services of a personal support worker, and other costly expenses they may no longer be able to afford.

However, regardless of who was at fault for the accident, any individual who sustained catastrophic impairments in a motor vehicle collision should be entitled to no-fault accident benefits. Possible claimants might include injured drivers, their passengers, motorcycle accident survivors, and pedestrians, cyclists, and other road-users injured in an accident.

In Ontario, the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) requires all auto insurance plans to include accident benefits coverage for injured motor vehicle accident survivors. These benefits provide financial support to people struggling to afford the costs of their injury-related expenses. The amount of benefits to which claimants are entitled and the duration of their payment period depends on the severity of their injuries.

The SABS standardizes the accident benefits coverage that must be included in all basic auto insurance plans throughout the province. The different tiers of mandatory coverage are as follows:

  • $3,500 in medical and rehabilitation benefits for accident victims who sustained minor injuries
  • $65,000 over 5 years for the combined total costs of medical, rehabilitation, and attendant care benefits for accident victims who sustained non-minor, non-catastrophic injuries
  • $1 million for life in combined medical, rehabilitation, and attendant care benefits for accident victims who sustained catastrophic injuries

Catastrophically impaired accident survivors are entitled to higher levels of coverage. The SABS provides a specific definition for what injuries meet the threshold of catastrophic impairment. If a survivor’s injuries meet this definition, they should be able to receive a catastrophic impairment designation and receive appropriate accident benefits. Per the SABS definition, medical conditions that should qualify a car accident survivor to receive accident benefits commensurate with catastrophic impairments include:

  • Paraplegia or Tetraplegia
  • Severe impairment of ambulatory mobility or use of an arm; or Amputation
  • Loss of Vision of Both Eyes
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) meeting the Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended (GOS-E) criteria
  • Physical Impairment or Combination of Physical Impairments (which results in 55% or more of whole person)
  • Mental or Behavioural Impairment (excluding Traumatic Brain Injury) Combined with a Physical Impairment (which results in 55% or more impairment of the whole person)
  • Marked impairment in three or more areas of function that precludes useful functioning; or an Extreme impairment in one or more areas of functioning due to mental or behavioural disorder

However, insurance companies may dispute or disregard medical evidence submitted by claimants’ physicians. This can result in delayed or withheld payments of appropriate accident benefits. Insurance companies might also use coercive tactics to pressure claimants into accepting lower settlement amounts than what they are fairly owed.

Our Lindsay catastrophic injury lawyers are committed to helping our clients receive fair treatment from their insurance providers. During a free initial consultation with our catastrophic injury lawyers serving Lindsay, you will have the opportunity to discuss your case, receive personalized legal feedback, and learn how we may be able to provide you with legal support throughout this difficult time. To schedule your cost-free, no-obligation first meeting with our catastrophic injury lawyers serving Lindsay, contact us today.

Call Our Offices Today for Your Free Initial Consultation

Do not let insurance companies take advantage of you. Instead, let our Lindsay catastrophic injury lawyers help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more, call our offices and receive your free initial consultation.


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151 Eglinton Ave W,
Toronto, ON
M4R 1A6
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4145 N Service Rd
Burlington, ON
L7L 4X6
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2 County Ct Blvd #400,
Brampton, ON
L6W 3W8
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105 Consumers Drive
Whitby, ON
L1N 1C4
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92 Caplan Ave #121,
Barrie, ON
L4N 0Z7
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380 Wellington St Tower B, 6th Floor,
London, ON
N6A 5B5
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2233 Argentia Rd Suite 302,
East Tower Mississauga, ON
L5N 6A6
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1 Hunter St E,
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3W1
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459 George St N,
Peterborough, ON
K9H 3R9
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22 Frederick Street,
Suite 700
Kitchener, ON N2H 6M6
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116 Lisgar Street, Suite 300
Ottawa ON
K2P 0C2
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10 Milner Business Ct #300,
Scarborough, ON
M1B 3C6
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