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IF YOU ARE

INVOLVED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE SAAQ ADMINISTERS A PUBLIC SYSTEM WITHOUT TAKING LIABILITY INTO ACCOUNT.

Everyone in Quebec is entitled to compensation for physical injuries caused by a road accident, regardless of who is liable or where in the world the accident took place. Non-residents who are injured in a road accident in Quebec are eligible for compensation that is proportional to their liability, unless an agreement with their place of residence says otherwise.

YOU HAVE

THREE YEARS TO MAKE A CLAIM.

Your status at the time of the accident is very important because it affects the type and amount of compensation you are entitled to, as well as the compensation period. We have been advising and assisting members of the public with claims for 30 years. We work with a team of specialist physicians who can support you if you need to refute the SAAQ’s evidence.

WE REPRESENT OUR CLIENTS AT REVIEW AND CONCILIATION MEETINGS WITH CLAIMS AGENTS AND THE TRIBUNAL ADMINISTRATIF DU QUÉBEC (TAQ).
WHAT TO DO

IN THE EVENT OF A ROAD ACCIDENT

QUOI FAIRE
  • Call the police or carefully fill out a joint report.
  • See a doctor at a medical clinic or hospital as soon as possible. Make sure you mention any discomfort, pain or injury.
  • Call the SAAQ. They will send you a Claim for Compensation form.
  • Ask your doctor to fill out the SAAQ medical report form.
  • Make sure you obtain regular medical follow-ups. If necessary, ask to be referred to a specialist.
  • Find out your rights and obligations.
  • Be diligent about meeting all contestation deadlines.
  • Keep copies of all communications and documents, and request copies of your medical results to keep in your personal files.

SUCCESSFUL CASES

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General Motors of Canada Ltd. v. Boyer, 2017 QCTAT 3576

In this decision, the CNESST determined that our client died from sarcomatoid malignant pleural mesothelioma caused by occupational asbestos exposure that occurred when he handled brake pads while employed by General Motors of Canada Ltd. As a result of this ruling, compensation was paid to the deceased’s estate in accordance with the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

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Smith v. Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, 2016 QCTAQ 04765

In this ruling, the Tribunal Administratif du Québec upheld our client’s appeal by setting aside the SAAQ’s decision refusing to extend the decision review period. The Tribunal determined that the client’s requests were admissible after concluding that Ms. Smith had been diligent throughout her medical and legal process and that she believed in good faith that her SAAQ file had been closed as a result of the RRQ’s decision to deem her disabled.

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F.S. v. Retraite Québec, 2017 QCTAQ 10966

In this case, our client appealed a decision made by Retraite Québec refusing to recognize her as disabled. The evidence indicated that she had followed the treatments prescribed by her doctors, including a program for her fibromyalgia, and that she had consulted doctors specializing in pain management. The Tribunal determined that the balance of probabilities demonstrated that our client’s fibromyalgia satisfied the legal criteria for serious illness and her disability status was prolonged.