While the majority of Allevio patients are not victims of a personal injury, many of them do suffer from chronic pain and appreciate the struggle of not being taken seriously. When a patient is in chronic pain, injured from an accident or not, the challenges they feel and the resources they need can be substantial.
This recent decision by Ontario Arbitrator Jeffrey Shapiro and argued by counsel from this law firm is an important one, as it clearly states that if an accident victim can somehow validate their claim of having chronic pain, the patient can be removed from the most basic benefits program in Ontario insurance: the Minor Injury Guideline (the “MIG”).
Why is this important?
The MIG is a program that in theory offers relatively quick and efficient access to accident benefits for victims of an insured automobile accident. The program offers $3,500 in benefits to the patients who qualify and affords them the opportunity to seek help from registered allied health professionals for their minor injury.
Until now, a diagnosis of chronic pain was not considered enough to allow patients the opportunity to access more resources to support their rehabilitation or their adapting to a new permanent impairment.