Najma Rashid

Najma Rashid
FIRM:
Howard Yegendorf & Associates
POSITION:
Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Civil Litigation, Insurance, Personal Injury
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Najma Rashid, a partner with the Ottawa law firm Howard Yegendorf & Associates, focuses on personal injury litigation.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English from Carleton University in 1993, Ms. Rashid went on to graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Laws in 1996 and a Master of Laws from Queens University in 1997. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Ms. Rashid concentrates exclusively on civil litigation, mainly plaintiff-side personal injury and insurance law. She is well versed in Ontarios Insurance Act and its Regulations, including the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule.

Ms. Rashid focuses on motor vehicle accident litigation, including catastrophic claims, as well as Statutory Accident Benefits disputes, long-term disability insurance disputes, disability-related workplace disputes, obstetrical malpractice, and handles insurance litigation property, commercial, and professional negligence.

She has also appeared in dispute resolution proceedings before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Ms. Rashid has written articles for several publications and she has presented at numerous conferences in Ottawa and Toronto on insurance-related topics.

As vice-chair of the Long-Term Disability section of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Ms. Rashid co-chaired a conference in 2015 devoted entirely to long-term disability Insurance.

She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society, and supports organizations such as REACH Canada, the Ontario Brain Injury Association and the Canadian Paraplegic Association.

Najma Rashid Posts

Don't cut lawyers out of accident benefits system

Removing lawyers from the accident benefits system would be bad for injured victims, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid. Read more

Limitations Act decision clears the way for tenant's action against landlord

Tenants who are injured due to negligence caused by their landlords can breathe easy after the Court of Appeal overturned a decision finding that a one-year limitation period applied, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid. Read more

A year of the LAT: the upside

A year on from the launch of the Licence Appeals Tribunal (LAT) process for accident benefits matters, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid has mixed opinions on what she’s seen so far. Read more

A year of the LAT: The downside

A year on from the launch of the Licence Appeals Tribunal (LAT) process for accident benefits matters, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid has mixed opinions on what she's seen so far. Read more

Marijuana legalization could pose dangerous risks for teen drivers

The legalization of marijuana will likely increase impaired driving and boating injuries,... Read more

New definition of 'catastrophic' hurting accident victims

Changes to Ontario’s auto insurance rules could have major financial con... Read more

Canada Pension Plan disability benefits – a primer

By Najma Rashid . The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is a federal government program that provides income support to individuals who are either disabled or retired. Many people are unaware that CPP provides disability benefits if they become disabled before retirement age. Read more

Judgment highlights issues of bias and fairness

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision that dismissed the defendant’s motion for an additional defence medical assessment on the eve of trial highlights issues of fairness and bias of experts, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid. Read more

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Aslan

By Najma Rashid . An April 13, 2016 decision by Justice Charles T. Hackland in Ottawa has provided further guidance on the notice requirements before an insurer can perform a s.33 examination under oath. A generic statement that the insurer requires an examination under oath to determine the insured’s entitled to statutory accident benefits will not suffice. Read more

'Everyone will suffer' from new auto insurance dispute system: Rashid

Sweeping changes to Ontario’s no fault insurance landscape will hurt access to justice for car accident victims, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid . Read more

Long-term disability benefits decision ‘changes the landscape’

A recent decision against the double recovery of disability benefits from the public purse marks a shift away from a principle that allows exceptions for people with private insurance, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid . Read more

Changes to accident benefits disputes

By Najma Rashid . The 2015 Ontario budget announced on April 23, 2015 brings sweeping changes to the auto insurance accident benefits system . Catastrophic and non-catastrophic funding limits were slashed, and drastic revisions to the definition of “catastrophic impairment” were proposed. There will be a huge procedural change as well; disputes under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) will no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). Instead, the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) will assume responsibility for accident benefits disputes under the SABS. Read more

Patients with chronic pain often face LTD claim denials

Patients suffering from such conditions as fibromyalgia often face uphill battles with insurance companies who claim there is no “objective evidence” of a disability, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Decisions clarify trigger of limitation period for LTD actions

For an individual denied long-term disability benefits, the limitation period for commencing an action against an insurer can be unclear if the insured has been led to believe that the claim will remain open for consideration indefinitely, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid writes in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Attendant-care system moving into digital age

Ontario’s attendant-care landscape has shown signs of evolution to align with today’s realities, but the system is still far from perfect, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid. Read more