Queen's University

Auto insurance reforms

2010-09-08

Queen’s University law professor Erik Knutsen is available to talk about changes to Ontario auto insurance that take effect on Sept. 1.

The insurance industry says the changes are needed to root out fraud, but Professor Knutsen, who specializes in the insurance law, says the reforms will make things more complex.

“Ontario’s no-fault car insurance system is tragically broken and that’s the problem. These reforms will just add more complexity and delays to the system,” says Prof. Knutsen, who has represented both insurance companies and accident victims in court. “You’ve got this incestuous relationship between the insurance industry and the government trying to administer a system that is supposed to be in the public interest. As a result, the government is heavily affected by what the insurance industry says it can and can’t afford.”

To arrange an interview, please contact Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca, or Kristyn Wallace at 613.533.6000 ext. 79173 or kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca at News and Media Services, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

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