Canadian Bar Association Applauds Landmark Decision Eliminating Alberta Cap on Insurance Compensation



    EDMONTON, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Bar Association is pleased with the
Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta's ruling against provincial legislation
capping soft tissue injury compensation. Compensation for pain and suffering
as a result of many automobile accidents was capped at $4,000 and has been
found in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
    "The Canadian Bar Association commends Associate Chief Justice Neil
Wittmann's decision as it supports Albertans' access to justice," said Tom W.
Achtymichuk of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. "This
decision is a victory for all Albertans and Canadians. Other provinces have
been anxiously awaiting this ruling."
    Improvement in the law and administration of justice are primary
objectives of the Canadian Bar Association. This includes access to
independent courts to decide what constitutes fair compensation for injured
persons.
    The Canadian Bar Association also recommends the creation of a government
regulator that employs its own independent actuaries and creates and enforces
specific rules for financial reporting by insurers for a true, clear and
consistent picture of insurer profits from auto insurance. The organization
looks forward to opportunities to work with government to develop fair and
reasonable new legislation.

    About the Canadian Bar Association

    The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is dedicated to helping lawyers do
their jobs better and advocating on their behalf, as well as to improving the
administration of justice and helping Canadians obtain access to the legal
system. More information on the CBA is available at www.cba.org.
    The Canadian Bar Association is a national association which supports
access to justice, including access to independent courts to decide fair
compensation for every injured person.





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