Najma Rashid

Najma Rashid
Howard Yegendorf & Associates
Civil Litigation, Insurance, Personal Injury

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

Cuts to accident benefits affect all of us: Rashid

The Ontario Liberal government's proposed auto insurance changes are being met with “shock” and “disappointment” from Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid , who says if the slash in benefits moves forward, seriously injured individuals will suffer greatly. Read more

Relatives continue to provide care despite benefit limitations

When it comes to providing care to an injured individual, family members — not professionals — are most likely to move into a caregiving role, especially if the injury is not catastrophic, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid tells Law Times. Read more

Accident benefits for Ontario injury clients

By Najma Rashid . It seems like only yesterday that I wrote an article about the changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule that took effect on Sept. 1, 2010. The accident benefits available to accident victims had been slashed considerably at that time, with medical/rehabilitation benefits reduced by 50 per cent, from $100,000 to $50,000, as one example. Housekeeping benefits had been eliminated for non-catastrophically-injured victims, and, attendant care benefits were subject to harsh and, in my opinion, insurmountable pre-requisites. Read More at Howard Yegendorf & Associates Blog Read more

Cases highlight expansive approach to attendant care services

Two cases dealing with attendant care services support a broader application of what constitutes an “incurred” attendant care expense while also commenting on the nature of how such care is delivered in the digital age, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid writes in Lawyers Weekly. Read more

Statutory accident benefits for automobile accidents

By Najma Rashid . Most people don’t know what forms of assistance they have access to if they have been hurt in a car accident. There are two “schemes” of compensation that govern car accidents in Ontario. The first is the accident benefits scheme. If you have been injured, then irrespective of who is at fault, your own insurance company must provide you with accident benefits under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“SABS”) enacted pursuant to the Insurance Act. Read More at Howard Yegendorf & Associates Blog Read more

Westerhof restores law around opinion evidence admissibility

In a recent blog post for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association , Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid highlights five notable points from Westerhof v. Gee Estate, 2015 ONCA 206 (CanLII), the Court of Appeal decision clarifying the admissibility of opinion evidence given by non-expert witnesses in the context of 2010 amendments to Rule 53.03. Read more

Treatment providers not required to comply with Rule 53.03: OCA

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has ruled participant experts and non-party experts may give opinion evidence without complying with Rule 53.03 of the Rules of Civil Procedure , overturning two previous decisions on the matter, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid . Read more

'Surprising' trial decision highlights importance of disclosure

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decision highlights the importance of courts complying with disclosure obligations under the Rules of Civil Procedure , says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Najma Rashid . Read more