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Paramedic Legal Protection

Date: 2024-03-02

Paramedic Legal Protection is included with any memberships stating "with Legal Protection" and includes the following:

  • Employment Disputes ($100,000)
  • Contract Disputes ($100,000)
  • Tenancy Disputes ($100,000)
  • Fault Determination & Total Loss Valuation Disputes ($100,000)
  • Drivers License Protection ($100,000)
  • Obtaining Statutory Accident Benefits from your Automobile Insurer ($100,000)
  • On-Duty Legal Defense ($100,000)
  • Bodily Injury ($100,000)
  • Property Protection ($100,000)
  • Tax Protection ($100,000)
  • Unlimited Legal Advice
  • Legal Document Review
  • Simple Legal Letter Drafting
  • Legal Document Centre

NOTE: Aggregate limit per annual period ($500,000)




Protect Yourself Now

We are proud to announce that a robust Legal Expense Insurance policy will now be included with the following membership types:

  • Full Paramedic (with Legal Protection)
  • Associate (with Legal Protection)
  • Alumni (with Legal Protection)

You can pay monthly or annually. JOIN NOW to become a legally protected member.


Background

Paramedics throughout Ontario and across Canada have been facing an increasing amount of litigation.

Beginning in 2014, the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa started providing Legal Protection to all paramedic members and associate members. In 2015, the Ontario Paramedic Association and their subchapters started providing the same insurance with membership.

Our research originally started in 2012 when we began to conduct an analysis and jurisprudence review of legal issues affecting paramedics across Canada. The evidence yielded two clear problems:

  1. Paramedics do not have adequate legal indemnification or legal protection whether they are on-duty or off-duty
  2. Whether on-duty or off-duty, paramedics are facing an ever increasing risk litigation where it is becoming too expensive to defend yourself

Over the last decade, paramedics have personally defended themselves at extraordinary costs. In each case, retainers for legal counsel started at $1,500-$2,500. The average lawyers fee is $350/hour. The average cost for individual court cases involving paramedics has been $16,000-$60,000 with higher profile cases costing up to $100,000.


Background - Options

We researched a number of solutions in order to determine the best means to adequately and promptly protect our members:

  1. Indemnity Clauses (do not prospectively fund litigation unless it is successful and only after it has completed
  2. Professional Liability (Medical Malpractice) Insurance (already provided by employers through the Frank Cowan Company)
  3. Legal Defense Funds (do not exist in most areas, takes years to build an adequate fund, does not protect against base hospitals, MOH, HTA, off-duty charges and does not protect non-union paramedics or office staff)
  4. Legal Expense Insurance (provides immediate legal consultation, paralegal, paid lawyers and will provide paid legal representation against base hospitals, MOH, HTA drivers license protection, contract disputes, property protection, employment disputes, fault determination, total loss valuation, statutory accident benefits, driving other vehicles, bodily injury, tax protection and protects against off-duty charges as well as non-union paramedics and office staff)

As this was being designed from scratch, we selected the best possible protection for Ontario Paramedics and that was "Legal Expense Insurance".

Due to the size of the Ontario Paramedic Association, we were able to establish very low group rates for Legal Expense Insurance from ARAG and North City Insurance Brokers. This insurance normally sells to individuals for over $700/year. Thanks to having a membership base in the thousands, we were able to establish group rates at less than $90/year and include Legal Protection with your OPA membership dues.

All chapters of the Ontario Paramedic Association now provide Paramedic Legal Protection to their members.



 

 

Ontario Paramedic Association

  • 1 Dundas Street West (Suite 2500)
    Toronto ON M5G 1Z3

  • 1-888-OPA-LINE

  • mail@OntarioParamedic.ca