Helen D.K. Friedman offers her clients expertise, value, innovation, and a wealth of experience in a practice focused on the defence of first-party insurance claims. Helen has built trusted industry relationships by representing insurers and providing strategic and technical advice in statutory accident benefits, coverage disputes and litigation of life and disability claims in the courts, regulatory tribunals, private arbitrations, mediations and across the boardroom table. She is a leader in Miller Thomson’s insurance industry practice.
By leveraging her knowledge of the industry and its key players, decision makers, and emerging trends, Helen provides value-added service including:
- Statutory accident benefits: tribunal hearings, appeals, judicial review, complex catastrophic impairment disputes, retroactive attendant care claims, post-104 income replacement claims, Bill 164 claims, structured settlements, and contractual and regulatory interpretation.
- Priority/loss transfer disputes: private arbitrations, multiparty/multijurisdictional disputes, dependency analysis, and fault determination/allocation, opinion, and analysis.
- Life and disability claims: factual/legal analysis, coverage opinions, extracontractual damage assessments, court proceedings, and mediation.
Helen has been counsel on a number of industry-leading decisions which have established precedents in the areas of catastrophic impairment, consent for examinations, collateral benefit setoff, limitation periods, fraudulent claims and disclosure of reserve information.
Helen enjoys speaking and writing on topics of interest to the insurance industry.