April 30

Injuries on Public Transit

You’re on a crammed city bus. People are holding bags and various other items, and everyone is jostling for position. During rush hour most bus passengers are standing. If you’re lucky you’re within reach of a pole or strap. Meanwhile, the bus driver is navigating rush hour traffic. Sudden stops are to be expected, especially.

April 23

Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Cycling Safety

Personal injury lawyers don’t just assist vehicle drivers and their passengers. They also assist cyclists who have been injured on the road. Due to their lack of protection, cyclists often suffer particularly serious injuries following a collision with a vehicle. According to an article in American Family Physician, most bicycle-related injuries happen to the upper.

April 16

Hands-Free Devices Aren’t Free of Risks

Publicity around distracted driving is prompting many drivers to avoid texting or calling while driving. Some are opting to use hands-free devices instead, such as an earpiece, a dashboard system or a speakerphone. However, hands-free devices might not offer as much safety as people assume. As highlighted in a new infographic from the National Safety.

April 10

The Prospect of Self-Driving Cars Raises Many Questions

Self-driving cars seem to be a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’ As for when, it will likely take at least 20 years for truly autonomous vehicles to become common on our roads. In the meantime, there’s no question that vehicles are becoming more autonomous all the time. Safety features that alert drivers of obstacles (and.

April 2

The Personal Impact of an Injury Claim

A motor vehicle collision or slip and fall accident can have wide-ranging effects on your life. The obvious ones are the pain and discomfort of your injuries, both physical and mental, and the treatment that goes along with that. There are also many less obvious ways that a personal injury can affect your life. Keeping.

March 19

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Motor Vehicle Accident Award?

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, you might wonder if you will have to pay taxes on the settlement that is ultimately reached (or the damages award if it goes to trial). After all, a motor vehicle accident settlement can be in the range of tens of thousands or even hundreds of.

March 12

What is a Contingency Agreement?

There are two main ways to hire a lawyer — by signing a retainer agreement or by signing a contingency agreement. Hiring a lawyer on a retainer agreement basis means you pay the lawyer a certain amount of money upfront (the retainer). The lawyer holds these funds in a trust account. As they complete work.

March 5

Injury Lawyer Discusses Pros and Cons of Winter Tires

City council in Calgary recently debated whether to make snow tires mandatory for Calgary drivers. City councillors previously considered, and rejected, such a measure in 2010. It seems most councillors remain opposed to forcing drivers to swap out their all-season tires for winter tires once the snow starts to fall. Calgarians are likely to remain.

January 29

What’s Forbidden Under Alberta’s Distracted Driving Legislation?

The dangers posed by distracted driving have gained a lot of attention in recent years. As a result, all 10 provinces now have some form of distracted driving legislation. Provincial fines for distracted driving range from $100 to $400, depending on the province. In some provinces you also receive demerits for a distracted driving offence..

January 23

Will I Have to Testify in Court?

If you pursue a personal injury claim, whether for a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall, you might wonder how likely it is that you’ll have to testify in court. The typical person does not relish the prospect of doing this. Movies and TV shows certainly paint a dramatic picture of the grilling.

January 8

Common Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrian injuries are an unfortunate fact of life, particularly in urban environments. As personal injury lawyers, we often represent pedestrians who have suffered injuries caused by motor vehicles. As would be expected, these injuries are often severe. Many factors influence the severity of a pedestrian’s injuries if they are hit by a motor vehicle. Some.

December 18

Should I Call an Injury Lawyer After a Minor Car Accident?

Another driver hits your car. The damage to your car is minor and you don’t seem to have any injuries. Should you still call a personal injury lawyer? Here are a few reasons why it might be a good idea: 1) The call is free. We’re not aware of any personal injury lawyer who won’t.

December 12

Safety Tips for Winter Motorcycle Riding

Motorcycle riding can be dangerous at the best of times. A study by ICBC found that only two per cent of BC drivers were motorcyclists, and yet they were 15 times more likely than drivers of other vehicles to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. While winter driving conditions make matters worse for all.

December 4

Many Car Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue

Motor vehicle accidents have many causes. One that doesn’t get as much attention as it should is driver fatigue. But that’s starting to change. Calgary Police recently warned that they have seen an increase in the number of collisions caused by driver fatigue. As of early November 2013 they had responded to 96 collisions in.

November 27

Can I Fire My Personal Injury Lawyer?

The short answer is yes. You can switch personal injury lawyers anytime you want. There are a number of reasons why a client might wish to change lawyers. Perhaps you consistently have trouble reaching your lawyer. Perhaps your lawyer treats you in a hostile and rude manner. Perhaps your lawyer has made mistakes and you’ve.

November 20

What Will a Lawyer Ask Me About My Motor Vehicle Accident?

Below are some key questions that a lawyer will likely ask the first time you contact them about your motor vehicle accident. These questions help the lawyer determine whether they can assist you. 1) What happened? Basic details about the accident help the lawyer determine whether the other driver was entirely or at least partially.

November 15

Assessing Past and Future Income Loss

A recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision provides some insight into the assessment of past and future income loss in personal injury cases. In Minhas v. Hayden, the plaintiff (Minhas) had been injured in 2003 when the defendants’ car crossed the centre median and collided with his car. Minhas, who was 50 at the time,.

November 5

How Common is Surveillance of Personal Injury Plaintiffs?

It happens all the time. Defendants have a big incentive to investigate personal injury claims to as great an extent as is allowed by law. Tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars can be at stake. The larger the claim the more likely surveillance will occur. If an insurance company or any.

October 21

From Calgary Injury Lawyer: Researching Your Legal Rights

The information below applies mainly to those located in Calgary, Alberta. However, similar resources are likely available in your city and province/state. If you need legal advice, there is a lot of free legal information available. But you have to know where to look. These free resources might not have all the answers, but they.

October 10

From Calgary Injury Lawyer: How Do You Sue a Driver You Can’t Find?

Let’s say you were in a car accident where another driver hit your vehicle. You got all of their information at the accident scene — insurance, registration, driver’s licence number. So far so good. A few months go by. You’ve been getting treatment for your injuries. You’ve been communicating with the other driver’s insurer about.

October 3

Does the Colour of My Car Affect My Safety?

Vehicle colour does affect safety and car accidents. Various studies make this clear. But the precise findings might surprise you. One study found that drivers perceive red as the safest vehicle colour, probably because of its association with safety equipment. The same study found that drivers, paradoxically, also considered red to be the most dangerous.

September 23

Common Myths About Personal Injury Law

As with any profession, there is misinformation about personal injury law and the people who practise it. Below we try to dispel three common ones. Myth 1: Personal injury lawyers take advantage of their clients Some people believe that injury lawyers exaggerate their clients’ chances of success, and the size of the likely settlement, in.

September 19

Finding Fault in Personal Injury Claims

You slipped and fell while on someone else’s property, or perhaps another driver hit your vehicle. You have suffered injuries. But can you prove your injuries were the fault of the other person? Do you have a winnable personal injury case? To successfully pursue a claim for negligence, your personal injury lawyer will need to.

September 16

What to Expect From Your Personal Injury Lawyer

When you hire a personal injury lawyer, there are certain things you should be able to expect from him or her. These are some of the key ones: 1) Explain the Terms of the Agreement Most likely, you will sign a contingency fee agreement with your personal injury lawyer. This agreement should be written in.

September 8

Personal Injury Claims and Chronic Pain

Accidents such as motor vehicle collisions and slips and falls can lead to chronic pain. Chronic pain is a long-lasting condition that interferes with a person’s quality of life, their relationships and their ability to work. The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine defines chronic pain as follows: Pain that lasts beyond the term of an injury.

September 2

Are You Liable If Someone Uses Your Vehicle Without Permission?

If someone gets into an accident with your vehicle and they DID have permission to drive it, then you’re clearly liable. Your insurance company will have to defend the claim and your rates will likely go up if the driver of your vehicle is found at fault. But what if the driver did not have.

August 26

How to Avoid a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim

Here are a few suggestions to avoid a motor vehicle accident claim: Drive Defensively This requires a shift in mindset. Don’t think only in terms of what other drivers are likely to do, or what would be reasonable for them to do. Instead, think in terms of what is possible for them to do. The.

August 15

Insurance Companies and the Duty of Good Faith

Insurance companies are required to act in good faith. They are not supposed to fight tooth and nail to deny reasonable claims. If an insurance company does not act in good faith — if it behaves badly — a court can award punitive damages to the plaintiff. Punitive damages are also called exemplary damages. Punitive.

August 12

What is a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

First of all, don’t let the word “mild” fool you. All brain injuries are serious and can have long-term, meaningful impacts on your quality of life. A mild traumatic brain injury is defined as A traumatically induced psychological disruption of brain function. This disruption in brain function is manifested by at least one of the following:.

August 6

What Are Catastrophic Injuries?

As the name suggests, catastrophic injuries have a devastating impact on victims and their loved ones. They can be physical, emotional or mental injuries, or (as is often the case) some combination thereof. Catastrophic injuries include the following: significant brain injury quadriplegia paraplegia hemiplegia (inability to move a group of muscles in one side of.