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.