Insured injured 2 days before end of waiting period denied coverage.

On November 20, 2015, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench held that there was no coverage for insured who suffered injury two days prior to expiration of waiting period for coverage under group disability policy. In Funk v. Blue Cross Life Insurance Co., the insured sued his insurer with respect to a group disability insurance policy. The insured had started a new position as a truck driver. One of the benefits offered to him was a group health plan including disability insurance. In order to qualify for coverage one of the provisions of the policy mandated a “Plan Waiting...

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Court of Appeal confirms that insurer acted in bad faith.

On November 17, 2015, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld awards of both aggravated and punitive damages against a long-term disability insurer, but reduced the aggravated damages to $90,000, and reduced the punitive damages to $60,000, in Industrial Alliance v Brine, 2015 NSCA 104. On June 18, 2014, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia held, at 2014 NSSC 219, that the long-term disability insurer Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. (“Industrial”) must account for years of unfair treatment of its insured, Bruce Brine. The court ordered Industrial to pay...

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$60,000 for chronic back injury.

On November 16, 2015, the BC Supreme Court assessed damages for lingering injuries caused by two vehicle collisions. In Ali v. Rai, 2015 BCSC 2085, the plaintiff was involved in two collisions in 2011. He was found faultless for both. The collisions caused a lingering back injury which remained symptomatic at the tie of trial and the symptoms were expected. The Court found both collisions caused the injury and it was indivisible. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at $60,000 Madam Justice Duncan provided the following reasons: [134] On the whole of the evidence, I find the plaintiff suffered...

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$60,000 for soft tissue injury with headaches.

On November 10, 2015, the BC Supreme Court awarded non-pecuniary damages of $60,000 for chronic soft tissue injuries with associated headaches. In Hinder v. Yellow Cab Company Ltd., 2015 BCSC 2069, the plaintiff was involved in an intersection collision. The defendant denied liability but was found fully at fault at trail. The plaintiff suffered a variety of soft tissue injuries, some of which resolved. She continued to have neck symptoms with associated headaches at the time of trial (some five years later) which were expected to linger into the future. In assessing non-pecuniary damages at...

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Request for photos of plaintiff’s dancing dismissed.

On November 2, 2015, the BC Supreme Court dismissed a request for a plaintiff to produce various photographs. In Wilder v. Munro the plaintiff was injured in a 2010 collision and sued for damages.  In the course of the lawsuit ICBC reviewed the plaintiff’s social media accounts and obtained: “ten separate videos of the plaintiff dancing in rehearsals or shows in 2013, 2014 and 2015, photographs of the plaintiff performing dance moves, Facebook status posts discussing upcoming dance shows and auditions in 2011, photographs and posts about Ms. Wilder’s attendance at music festivals in...

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Manulife guilty of fraudulent concealment.

A judge of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench found The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (“Manulife”) guilty of fraudulent concealment in Atchison v. Manufacturers Life Insurance Company. The trial judgment is found at: Atchison v Manulife, 2002 ABQB 1121. Ms. Atchison’s husband was covered by a group life insurance policy with Manulife. He applied and paid for “excess” life insurance, in addition to his group coverage. The excess policy was issued, with coverage effective one month prior to his death in a boating accident. Manulife paid the...

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