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The deductible is increased to $39,556.53

Published January 10, 2020

What is a statutory deductible?

Pursuant to section 267.5 of the Insurance Act, when a plaintiff receives a jury award for general damages that falls below a certain monetary threshold, the judge must subtract a statutory deductible from this award.

On January 1, 2020, the monetary threshold increased from $129,395.49 to $131,854.01, and the statutory deductible from $38,818.97 to $39,556.53. A statutory deductible of $19,778.27 is also in place on claims made by family members.

Why does the statutory deductible exist?

The legislative intention behind the deductible aims to reduce motor-vehicle litigation by disqualifying cases by those with modest injuries and modest damages.

However, while the statutory deductible continues to rise with every passing year due to annual indexing, the jury awards for general damages stagnate. Importantly, juries are not told about this deductible nor that if they were to award less than $131,854.01, that the award would be automatically reduced. Furthermore, an award of general damages is not based on any special formula, or standard calculator, or medical guideline – nor is the jury always given precedents to this nature. Instead, the jury is asked to attempt to place a fair or reasonable value on something that most often cannot be valued. Yet, there is no evidence that jury verdicts have become more generous to keep pace with inflation.1

As Justice MacLeod noted in the 2018 case of A.B. v Waite: “[The deductible] illustrates the legislative intention that all but the most significant tort claims should be eliminated and injured motorists be largely confined to claiming no fault benefits under their own insurance policies.”2

What does this mean for plaintiffs?

It is important for plaintiffs to understand that their claims for pain and suffering under the Insurance Act will be subject to a deductible that only continues rise with time. As a result, some claims may no longer be financially viable to pursue as the deductible reduces their potential award for general damages to zero.

1 A.B. v. Waite, [2018] O.J. No. 1845
2 ibid.

Three of our lawyers become members of The American Association for Justice (AAJ)

Published January 10, 2020

MG Law is delighted to announce that three of our lawyers are now proud members of The American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Miryam Gorelashvili, Kyle Nayman and Allison Lubeck have now enrolled with the organization. This nonprofit aims to “promote a fair and effective justice system” for all.

Who is The American Association for Justice (AAJ)?

Ultimately, The American Association for Justice’s mission is to support lawyers. They ensure that anybody who is injured through misconduct or negligence can obtain justice.

Formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) until 2006, its roots can be traced back to 1946.

It was in Portland, Oregon where nine plaintiffs’ attorneys originally planned the organization. Here, they constructed a strategy for a national body to combat new threats facing trial lawyers nationwide.

Their original founding as the National Association of Claimants’ Compensation Attorneys (NACCA) paved the way for the current organization to thrive.

How does our AAJ membership benefit our clients?

In short, membership with The American Association for Justice empowers our lawyers to represent our clients the most effective way possible.

Miryam, Kyle and Allison now have access to a vibrant community of practitioners who consistently share knowledge, insight and experience.

The American Association for Justice offers a wide range of Continuing Legal Education programs. Therefore, our lawyers can learn about innovative techniques, tips and strategies to better represent you, our valued clients.

From February 8-11, 2020, Allison Lubeck will be attending the 2020 AAJ Winter Convention at Hilton New Orleans Riverside in Louisiana. She will be attending to explore new areas of law such as railroad and aviation litigation.

MG Law and Thomson Rogers issue a $500M lawsuit after fatal bus crash on Hwy. 401

Published December 12, 2019

MG Law and Thomson Rogers issued a $500M statement of claim following from a disastrous bus accident that killed three Chinese tourists and injured the vast majority of the 37 passengers on board on June 4, 2018. Injured passengers had to be transported for treatment by helicopter and land ambulance to various hospitals throughout the region including Ottawa, Kingston, Kemptville and Brockville.

On December 4, 2019, personal injury lawyers at MG Law and Thomson Rogers have submitted a statement of claim naming 39 plaintiffs consisting of 23 passengers and 16 family members who have suffered various traumatic and catastrophic injuries or who have been forced to deal with various losses directly resulting from the tragic event.

The bus driver in the crash has been charged while injured survivors have been left feeling “‘helpless’ in China”.

Included among the five defendants named in the lawsuit are the bus driver Jia Qi, and the travel company, Union Tour Express Inc.

The bus was transporting passengers on a 10-day tour of the Eastern United States and Canada and was travelling from Ottawa to Toronto at the time of the accident.

Click here to preview a PDF file of the claim issued by the superior court.

The OPSWA Supporting Frontline PSW Nations Capital Conference

Published August 22, 2019

MG Law will be attending the Nation Capital Conference

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21st because MG Law is attending the first ever Nation Capital Conference hosted by the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association (OPSWA). Fully titled the OPSWA Supporting Frontline PSW Nations Capital Conference, the event is taking place at:

Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa Kanata,
101 Kanata Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario
K2T 1E6

Early bird tickets are on sale now. Click here to buy yours. The event will run from 8:30am to 3:00pm with light breakfast, lunch and snacks provided too. Following the conference, OPSWA hosts an open dinner with conference attendees welcome to join them at Les Brasseurs (The 3 Brewers) from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at 565 Kanata Avenue.

We are delighted to be an event vendor this year and would love for you to come and visit us at the MG Law table. Subscribe to our newsletter and enter for your chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Prizes include:

Grand prize:

  • Nordik Spa-Nature gift certificate, bath and dinner access for two


  • High Tea gift certificate for two at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier
  • Water Q Foot Spa gift certificates
  • Eight $25 Tim Hortons gift certificates (one per lucky winner)

The Ontario Personal Support Workers Association (OPSWA) exists to improve the professional status of personal support workers through advocacy for excellence and consistency in training, services, working conditions, and value to those they serve. The first ever Nation Capital Conference promises a fantastic day of community networking. Don’t miss out on:

  • Education and learning opportunities offered by inspiring guest speakers on autism, palliative care, long-term care, cannabis and other notable personal support worker topics
  • Opportunity for face-to-face conversations with Ontario’s most influential personal support workers. Celebrate the incredible difference they make in people’s lives
  • Opportunity to meet top employers with professionals from multiple sectors

Spaces are limited so confirm your place at this eagerly anticipated conference today. Click here to buy your tickets.

MG Law is proudly a member of three influential brain organizations

Published June 2, 2019

MG Law proudly supports three influential brain organizations

MG Law is proudly a member of three influential brain organizations

Honoured to be the main sponsor of Vista Centre Brain Injury Services’ (VCBIS) Brain Injury Awareness Day this year, we can’t wait to attend St. Elias Centre on Wednesday June 12, 2019 for a special commemorative event.

We believe Brain Injury Awareness Day is a great way to inform and educate the general public about brain injuries and the needs of people suffering brain injuries and their families. That said, the fight to provide mindfulness about brain injuries is an everyday task for brain organizations.

That’s why MG Law is proudly a member of these three influential brain organizations:

International Brain Injury Association (IBIA)

Dedicated to developing and supporting multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for victims of brain injury. Find out more.

North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS)

Established to address the needs to multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to brain injury providing education programs, scientific updates and a platform for communication and professional exchange. Find out more.

Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS)

Collaborates to disseminate brain injury knowledge by developing and sharing best practices, mentoring colleagues, advancing research and promoting prevention for the benefit of children, adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injury and their families. Find out more.

We encourage you to attend Vista Centre Brain Injury Services’ (VCBIS) Brain Injury Awareness Day event on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at:

St. Elias Centre,
750 Ridgewood Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 6N1

11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day Now Sold Out

Published May 29, 2019

11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day

Only a matter of days away from Vista Centre Brain Injury Services’ (VCBIS) 11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day, the hugely anticipated event is now sold out!

With MG Law proudly sponsoring this event where attendees will share, network and learn about brain injury, we’re thrilled at this tremendous public response.

Don’t forget, we will be exclusively giving away a FREE Apple iPad 128GB too so make sure to drop by the MG Law booth to say hello and discover how you could get your hands on this fantastic piece of tech!

All that’s left to say is that we look forward to welcoming you to St. Elias Centre in Ottawa on June 12 (8am to 3:30pm) and don’t forget, a free lunch will be served for all attendees too.

11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day

Published May 2, 2019

Wednesday, June 12th is an important day as it marks the 11th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day established by Vista Centre Brain Injury Services’ (VCBIS). That day, join us for a special event marking the occasion at:

St. Elias Centre,
750 Ridgewood Avenue,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1V 6N1

On-the-day registration starts at 8am with the event running from 9am to 3:30pm. A free lunch will be served too. Entry admission is free for those who register so click here to sign up today.

We are more than honoured to be the main sponsor this year, and encourage you to attend. The event itself is a fantastic way of bringing the community together to share, network, and learn. In fact, a number of notable guest speakers are scheduled including: Jesse Winchester (former NHLer – Ottawa Senators), and Dr. Abraham Snaiderman (psychiatrist and director of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic in Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Neuro-rehabilitation program).

– Education and learning opportunities offered by incredible guest speakers (

– Opportunity for networking and face-to-face conversations with professionals from many different sectors

– Service and brand awareness created for sponsors or exhibitors who have valuable services and expertise to offer

– Reminder that despite suffering a brain injury, the opportunity to lead a productive and meaningful life remains

– Inspiration by those willing to share their stories and experiences, whether as survivors or dedicated professionals

With space being limited, only those fast enough to register could attend for free. Click here to register today.


Published January 13, 2019

MG Law expresses the deepest sympathy to the victims of the Ottawa OC Transpo bus crash at the Westboro transit station that took the lives of 3 people and injured 23.

The cause of the crash is unclear at this time. The Ottawa Police have said that they are preparing for a “long, detailed and complex” investigation in how the OC Transpo double-decker slammed into a bus shelter late Friday afternoon. No clear theories are offered by the Ottawa Police at this time and MG Law will be following the investigation closely.

Lawsuits which flow from catastrophic bus accidents are very complex and require lawyers with expertise and resources. Multiple parties are usually involved including provincial and municipal authorities. These types of cases may require Road Safety, Human Factors and Accident Reconstruction engineers to assist the lawyers with difficult liability issues.

The standard for professional drivers was articulated in a recent case decided by an Ottawa judge. In Gardiner v. MacDonald the court found that professional drivers should be held to a higher standard of care than the general public. The court said that the professional “looks ahead, thinks ahead, acts early and drives defensively”. It remains to be seen whether the OC Transpo driver involved in this crash met that standard.

MG Law has experience handling catastrophic bus crashes. We continue to represent 25 victims of the Union Express Bus crash that occurred on highway 401 in Prescott, Ontario on June 4, 2018.

We stand ready to assist any of the innocent victim of the crash. Hospital visits and home visits can be arranged by contacting us at (613) 730-8460.

It’s a New Year and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added someone to our MG Law family.

Published January 8, 2019

Kassandra Lawson is our newest paralegal

Kassandra Lawson is our newest recruit and licensed paralegal. She will be helping to facilitate the appeal process for accident benefits through the License Appeal Tribunal, as well as prepare court materials, request records, produce Affidavits of Documents and draft medical briefs.

Best of all, Kassandra is actually nominated for favourite paralegal of the year, courtesy of FACES Magazine. Don’t forget to vote for her as your favourite if you’ve had the pleasure of working with her.

We’re excited to have Kassandra on our team to start 2019, and wish her luck in the upcoming voting process.


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