July 29

When Does a Personal Injury Claim go to Trial?

The vast majority of personal injury claims don’t go to trial. Most get settled long before that in the months following the accident. In fact, well over 90 per cent of injury claims are settled without going to trial. This is good. Trials are stressful and uncertain. They take a long time. They are also.

July 16

How Not to Mess Up Your Personal Injury Claim

We care a lot about our clients. And we fight tooth and nail to get them the best settlement possible. But some clients are their own worst enemy. They hurt their chances of a fair and speedy settlement by doing silly things. Help your personal injury lawyer help you by doing the following: 1) Be.

July 9

Seeking Compensation for a Dog Bite Injury

Dog owners have a legal responsibility to keep their dogs under proper control. If they don’t, they may be liable for damages and their dogs may be ordered destroyed. In Alberta, the Dangerous Dogs Act gives courts the authority to order a dog destroyed if it’s deemed to be dangerous. A court can make this order.

July 4

Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are a common — and often tragic — fact of life in Canada. There were 2,227 motor vehicle fatalities across the country in 2010, according to Transport Canada. The number of people injured in motor vehicle accidents was much larger — 170,629. Of these, 11,226 were serious injuries. You can reduce your.

June 28

Can I Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer?

The cost of hiring a lawyer can seem out of reach for many people. Fortunately, anyone can get the professional legal assistance they need if they’ve been injured in an accident. This is because personal injury lawyers typically charge on a contingency basis. This means that the client pays nothing out of pocket. The lawyer.

June 24

Getting Insurance Information from an Uncooperative Driver

Most drivers know that if they’re involved in an accident they should get as much information as possible from the other driver. But what if the other driver resists giving you that information? Section 69 of Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act requires any driver involved in an accident to provide the following information upon request: name.

June 19

Personal Injury Compensation and Pre-existing Conditions

Let’s say you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence. What if you had a pre-existing condition that made the consequences worse for you than they would be for someone without that condition? Is the negligent person nevertheless responsible for all of those consequences? In general, the answer is yes. In such a situation.

June 10

Question for Injury Lawyer – When Will I Get My Settlement?

This is a common question. In fact, it’s probably the most common question asked of personal injury lawyers, along with, “How much will I get?” Wanting to get your settlement quickly is understandable. After all, if you’ve been in an accident, you’ve incurred unexpected expenses. These expenses might include over-the-counter medication, fuel for trips to.

May 22

Accepting an Offer for a Personal Injury Claim

The insurance company has made an offer for your injury claim — now what? Let’s say you’ve been hurt in a motor vehicle accident due to someone else’s careless actions. The other driver’s insurance company might contact you to offer a cash settlement. Should you accept? It might be tempting to say “yes.” At first,.

May 6

Calgary Injury Lawyer Talks About Hit and Run Accidents

What happens if you’re injured by a hit and run driver? Are you on your own, with little or no hope of compensation? Fortunately, there are provincial programs to help victims of hit and run drivers. In Alberta it’s called the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (MVAC). This program also ensures that victims of uninsured.

March 20

Municipal Liability for Slip and Fall Injuries

Municipalities have an obligation to maintain municipal roads and sidewalks. If you slip and fall on public property due to icy or snowy conditions, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim. However, there are a number of factors to keep in mind: In Alberta, municipalities’ obligations are set out in the Municipal Government Act..

March 11

How to Find and Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

Let’s say you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident or were injured in a slip and fall. To ensure full compensation for your personal injury, you want to retain a personal injury lawyer. But how do you find and choose one? Finding the names of personal injury lawyers is easy. For example, a Google search.

March 5

Common Whiplash Myths

If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident, you might suffer whiplash. This is especially true if your vehicle was rear-ended or side-impacted. Hundreds of thousands of people in North America suffer whiplash each year. It’s a general term used to describe bony and/or soft-tissue injuries caused by rapid acceleration-deceleration. The most common symptoms are.

December 18

A free guidebook on chronic pain

I am not normally one to “plug” products, but this is free and might be of help to people. Dr. Mary Lynch, professor at Dalhousie University and director of research at the Pain Management Unit, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax has released a free e-book: Surviving Your Personal Injuries Claim and Litigation: A.

November 20

Maximum damages and how much you can claim

I often have clients telling me, “Let’s go for a million,” or “I won’t settle for anything less than $300,000.” Well, in Canada, the Supreme Court set the limit on what one can receive as compensation for pain and suffering. The limit was set in a 1978 decision in Andrews v. Grand & Toy. The Court.

October 30

Fight the “Cap”

The so-called “minor injury cap” legislation, also known as the Minor Injury Regulation (“MIR”) has been in place in Alberta since 2004. It offers limited maximum damages for pain and suffering for “minor” injuries to $4,000 (subject to adjustment for inflation). In 2008, the “cap” was briefly overturned by the  Court of Queen’s Bench decision of Associate Chief JusticeNeil.

October 5

Some Thoughts About Wills

Alberta used to have a whole host of legislation that dealt with wills and related matters. Since February 1, 2012, the new Wills and Succession Act has been in effect, and I thought I would quickly touch on a few important highlights that are worth noting and/or might surprise people…. For years and years, the law was.

September 4

Section B Accident Benefits

There seems to be a great deal of confusion about so-called “Section B” benefits. Section B benefits are also known as “AB Benefits” or “accident benefits.” People are not sure exactly what they are entitled to, who pays, whether accessing these benefits counts as an insurance claim, and so forth. I will attempt to address.

August 8

The Distracted Driving Bugbear

There has been much discussion in the media lately about texting or talking on the phone while driving. Alberta recently introduced its own version of a “distracted driving law.” While reading the blog offerings of my colleagues around the country, I came across one by Nicole Kelly of Slater Vecchio, a British Columbia personal injury.

June 28

Dental Injuries and the “Cap”

Since 2004, the “minor injury cap” legislation has been in place in Alberta, which limits maximum damages for pain and suffering for “minor” injuries to $4,000. However, a new case has clarified the law around dental injuries. This case could set a new precedent for accident victims seeking compensation for dental injuries. The recent decision of Madame.

May 30

Drivers Responsible for Their Passengers

A young girl recently died when she was ejected from her vehicle when it was struck by another vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway. This happened near Valley Ridge in the Calgary area. The girl was not wearing a seat belt. I feel it’s important to draw some attention to this issue. In particular, I wish.

May 15

What’s a Capped Injury Claim?

In 2004 the Alberta Government enacted legislation that “caps” or limits damages payable for pain and suffering to a maximum of $4,000 for so-called “minor injuries” – whiplash-related injuries, strains and sprains – suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The “cap” is now around $4,500, adjusted for inflation. Injuries eligible for minor injury claims If.