Caught on camera: Employee wins huge damages from insurer

Penncorp presented more than 140 hours of video evidence in failed effort to discredit bricklayer on long-term disability
By Yamri Taddese
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/17/2013

In a warning about the use of surveillance evidence, an Ontario Superior Court judge has awarded $300,000 in punitive and aggravated damages against an insurance company found to have demonstrated bad faith towards a long-term disability applicant.

In a March 22 decision, Justice P.B. Hambly ruled in favour of a Kitchener, Ont., man caught on surveillance video doing work his insurer said was sufficient to prove he didn’t qualify for total disability benefits.

The judge also slapped Penncorp Life Insurance with more than $500,000 in aggravated, punitive and contractual damages.