In the last few years, quite a lot of auto injury lawyers actually feel that there is a substantial trend towards legislation which is actively deteriorating the rights of those who are currently injured in accidents with motor vehicles. There have been quite a lot of different changes.
Regulation 34/10 – the New SAB’s
SABS stands for statutory accident benefit schedule and it was introduced back on the 1st of September, 2010. It amended the impairment definition for catastrophic injuries and reduced the non-catastrophic and catastrophic benefit limits as well as the benefits for non-earners.
Changes made from the FSCO to the AABS/SLASTO/LAT
Now, there are changes made in different regards as well. The LAT (License Appeal Tribunal) replaced the FSCO. It has already eliminated the convenient option for mediation when it comes to accident benefit disputes. There is no option to launch a lawsuit against the actual insurance company. Some professionals are firm when it comes down to it and believe that it’s about ethical as well as informed taking of serious decisions.
In the past, when there were major changes to legislation regulating automobile insurance – the Government of Ontario would actually seek out the serious input from a range of different industry professionals. These included advocates of consumers, stakeholders, and legal professionals. A lot of the current policy changes, however, come as a definitive blindside to those who represent the rights of people who have been injured in car accidents.
The law of Ontario requires that all of the motorists have proper auto insurance. This is designated to protect the drivers as well as the passengers in case there is an accident. However, when the actual legislation reduces the benefits as well as the rights to compensation substantially to a point in which the proportions become particularly alarming – a lot of people are actually left wondering whether those laws are meant to protect them or the corporate insurance companies.
A lot of the times the legislators would say that a lot of the new laws are directed towards the reduction of automobile insurance premiums. Thus, they are supposed to be beneficial to the customer. However, if you pay slightly less and get a lot less than what you used to, this is definitely not putting you in a position that you want to be. In any case, the truth is that the best thing you can do, if you find yourself in a situation in which you’ve been injured and wonder whether or not the insurance will cover it. It is best to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as quickly as it is possible. They will not only represent your rights but help you get justice.