Catastrophic Definition Changes for Auto Accidents On or After June 1, 2016

Author(s): David F. MacDonald

February 24, 2016

On August 27, 2015 the Ontario Legislature released the regulation with the changed definition for Catastrophic impairment determination which will affect those in accidents on or after June 1, 2016 or when their policy renews thereafter, whichever is later.

The goals of this paper are first to provide a brief overview of the changes to the definition.  Secondly, and more importantly, to provide an indication of the language within the proposed definition and the new tests which clinicians should incorporate into assessments and in preparing reports in order that relevant criteria are provided to assist in catastrophic impairment determination.

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