OCF-3: Disability Certificate
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What is the Disability Certificate (OCF-3)?
You must complete the OCF-3, also known as the Disability Certificate, and submit it to your auto insurance provider if you suffered an accident on or after November 1, 1996. Claimants must complete Parts 1 to 3, have their health provider complete the rest of the certificate, and then return it directly to the insurance company. Only the following authorized health providers can complete this certificate:
- nurse providers;
- occupational therapists;
- psychologists; and
- speech-language pathologists.
You can download the OCF-3 here.
What information does the OCF-3 require?
Claimants must complete Parts 1–3, which include the applicant’s personal information, insurance company information, and a description of the accident, and must then sign the certificate. We recommend you contact a personal injury lawyer who will familiarize you with anything for which you need clarification. Your authorized health provider must complete the remainder of the certificate and will outline:
- information on injuries and sequelae;
- disability tests;
- previously unreported examinations, investigations, or consultations (if any);
- additional recommended or required examinations;
- prior and concurrent conditions;
- pre-existing conditions or injuries;
- pre-existing disability benefits; and
How can a personal injury lawyer help me complete an OCF-3?
When you hire a personal injury lawyer to process your claim, they will ensure to submit all forms and correspondence by the required deadlines. For example, you have 30 days to complete and submit all the paperwork upon receiving it, and you may lose your right to accident benefits if you miss the deadlines. Furthermore, your health-care professional must complete the OCF-3 at least 10 business days from the date you submit your initial application. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you will also ensure that legal professionals manage your claim and guarantee to complete everything accurately and submit it punctually, affording you the peace of mind to focus on your recovery.
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The personal injury lawyers at McNally Gervan LLP understand the system and are here to help car accident victims in Ottawa get the support they need and the benefits they deserve.
If you have a question or need assistance, our team of personal injury lawyers is here to help. We know every personal injury case is unique and we work hard to make sure our clients are fairly compensated.
If you are unable to travel to our downtown Ottawa office, one of our lawyers or paralegals can come to meet you at your home or some other convenient location. During the free consultation, we will get to know you and to understand the nature of your injuries, as well as the impact the accident is having on you and your family. Contact us for a free Consultation. We know it’s personal.