Consumer Legal Funding On the Rise in Canada July 23, 2018 Consumer, Public
Much attention has been paid recently to the thriving Consumer Legal Funding industry in the United States. But the United States’ neighbor-to-the-north is also experiencing a Consumer Legal Funding boom, thanks to rising disbursement rates and insurance companies playing hardball when it comes to settlement negotiations.
As reported in the Law Times, plaintiff-side lawyers in small personal injury claims are turning to litigation funders to help pay the bills, and to fight back against the insurance industry whose willingness to pay out is growing stingier by the year.
Thanks to the Ontario Insurance Act, the deductible for damages in automobile accidents is growing every year. Currently the threshold is set at $37,983.33, however that number is set to increase. That means it’s more difficult for injured parties to recover general damages from motor vehicle accidents than it would be in any other injury case. Additionally, recovery of future healthcare-related costs is also dependent on meeting a threshold – this one much higher: $126,610.07. That number is also set to increase every single year. Click to read full article