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Victims of the OC Transpo/Via Rail crash and their families are eligible for Accident Benefits.

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Victims of the OC Transpo/Via Rail crash and their families are eligible for Accident Benefits.

Posted September 23, 2013

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Victims of the OC Transpo/Via Rail crash, along with their families, are eligible for Accident Benefits. (Photo: Wayne Cuddington/ Postmedia News)

Those individuals injured on the OC Transpo bus on Wednesday September 18, 2013 and the families of those who lost their lives are eligible to apply for and receive Statutory Accident Benefits or “SABS”.  These benefits may include death benefits, income replacement and medical/rehabilitation benefits.

Due to the priority payment rules in the Insurance Act, the application for accident benefits (OCF-1) must be submitted to the insurer that insures the injured person.  If the injured person is not insured under any policy of motor vehicle insurance then the application must be submitted to the City of Ottawa, Rick Management, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa K1P 1J1.  The city processes claims that are made in connection with OC Transpo.

 The OCF-1 form may be obtained from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario website (www.fsco.gov.on.ca/en/auto).

On behalf of Mann & Partners, LLP, Jonathan and I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy. If you need any assistance with the forms, we would be pleased to help at no cost.

Kevin Butler and Jonathan Wright are Ottawa-based lawyers practicing in civil litigation, including personal injury, motor vehicle accidents and insurance litigation at Mann & Partners, LLP. The articles on this blog are not intended to provide legal advice. Should you require legal advice, please contact Mann & Partners, LLP at 613-722-1500 or fill out our form to be contacted within 24 hours.

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