WAD Injuries

What are WAD Injuries?

WAD means whiplash associated disorder and is defined under the Alberta Minor Injury Regulation (MIR).

WAD 1 and 2 injuries are statutory defined by the MIR as soft tissue injuries (muscle sprain or strain) that do not result in a serious impairment. Major injuries are statutorily defined under the MIR as broken bones or fractures or a WAD 3 (neurological damage) or WAD 4 (a fracture or dislocation of the spine) injury.


A WAD 1 or 2 minor injury is subject to a “Cap” on pain and suffering damages. A major injury, namely a broken bone or fracture or a WAD 3 or WAD 4 injury is not subject to a “Cap” on pain and suffering damages.

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, call Braithwaite Boyle today for your free initial consultation and speak to one of our experienced injury lawyers to get the help and advice you need.

Information provided by Katherine Burt, BA, LLB.

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