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Max limit for personal injury settlements restored to $2 million

It appears that the Ontario government has reinstated a previous default settlement amount for catastrophically injured personal injury victims. The default settlement limit was restored to it's previous amount of $2 million.

In 2016, the government decided to reduce the settlement limit to $1 million. However, legal professionals lobbied that was not a sufficient amount for their clients. Catastrophically injured clients include those that suffer from brain damage, as well as paraplegics and quadriplegics.

The reduction to $1 million was not seen as sufficient by many personal injury lawyers, as many families require more than this in order to cope with recovery.

The reason for allowing a $2 million settlement was for families who needed this money to restructure their lives to care for their injured loved one. Medical bills, physical therapy, renovations to their home, hiring professional care workers to help in ways families are unable to assist are just some of the expenses families run into. And that's not considering the long-term costs of maintaining their lifestyle arrangements as the loved one continues to recover.

According to the article in the Law Times, many personal injury lawyers see the restoration as a win. However, its noted that the definition of a catastrophically injured individual was not clarified. The term was redefined in 2016 when the settlement limit was reduced. According to the article, the new definition made it harder for lawyers and their clients to qualify as catastrophically injured.

Now that the settlement limit has been restored, lawyers are asking if the definition of a catastrophically injured person will be restored as well. If you have been severely injured in a personal injury, it's crucial that you speak to a personal injury lawyer right away. He or she will be able to advise you on what accident benefits and financial compensation you can pursue.

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