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Through our blog, we provide you more information about aspects of personal injury law, answering some of the most pertinent questions that our clients have asked us over 30 years of practice. Since every personal injury case will have its own unique details, it’s important that clients know the proper steps they can take to strengthen their case and when to call a legal professional to help them.

What a client does in the time after an accident is crucial to determining a successful compensation claim. By offering this information in our blog, we hope you will be better informed on what you can do to receive your full and proper settlement.

If you do not see your concern here, or you would like to talk to a personal injury lawyer, please call one of our three Alberta locations to book your free initial consultation.

  • Pedestrian accident scene
    When a Driver Hits a Pedestrian

    Nobody wants to be involved in any kind of car accident, but a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian can be particularly traumatic, both for an injured pedestrian and for the driver involved. The consequences can be more dire than with an accident involving two vehicles, and the avenue to compensation for the victim is somewhat different than in a vehicle-vehicle accident.

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    ​Involved in a Motorcycle Accident? Protect Yourself and Your Rights

    Driving in general is an activity that carries notable risks. This is part of the reason why automobile insurance coverage is mandatory. Accidents occur frequently enough that, from a public policy standpoint, it is vital to ensure that victims of motor vehicle accidents can seek compensation for expenses that arise from being injured, including medical bills and income loss from time off work.

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  • 19/07/2018
    What to Look for in a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

    Choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case can be a daunting process. There are a number of factors to consider, including the complexity of your case, the lawyer’s expertise, how comfortable you are with the lawyer, and what the lawyer costs. If you are injured after an accident caused by someone’s negligence, hiring a good personal injury lawyer for your case will be an important decision for you.

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  • 09/07/2018
    Motor Vehicle Accidents: Who Can You Sue?

    If you or a family member have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, figuring out who you can claim compensation from can be confusing. Below is an overview of the types of compensation a lawyer can help you claim and who you can commence a lawsuit against.

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  • 19/04/2018
    When Cognitive Dysfunction Occurs

    Cognitive functionalities refer to the way we think, analyze, perceive and process information. If someone suffers from a traumatic injury or impact to the head, some neurological abilities such as memory, concentration, reasoning and understanding can be lost permanently. Cognitive dysfunction is life-altering and can thus be extremely frustrating resulting in emotional outbursts or drug dependence and abuse.

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  • 27/03/2018
    How Will the Minor Injury Cap Increase Affect You?

    The new cap for pain and suffering damages due to minor injuries incurred from an automobile accident in 2018 is $5,080. This is a 1.2 percent increase from the previous year, as per Alberta’s Minor Injury Regulations, which mandate that the cap is to increase each year in accordance with inflation. The cap on pain and suffering damages for minor injuries was originally set at $4,000 in 2004.

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  • 27/03/2018
    The New Cap for Pain & Suffering Damages for Minor Injuries - What You Need to Know

    In the context of minor injuries incurred from an automobile accident, $5,080 is the new maximum amount that can be claimed for non-pecuniary damages (pain and suffering) in Alberta, effective January 1, 2018. This cap was adjusted upwards by 1.2%, from $5,020 in 2017. The cap applies where the accident giving rise to the injuries occurred on or after January 1, 2018; the cap is not based on when a claim is actually filed with the courts.

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    Everything You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries

    The spinal cord is a critical component of the nervous system and is responsible for coordinating specific motor functions and providing sensory nerve information to the brain. The spinal cord extends from the back of your brain through to your lumbar vertebrae and sends nerve signals throughout the body.

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    Spinal Cord Injuries: Looking at Short Term and Long-Term Effects with a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Alberta

    Whether you have been in a vehicle collision or a different kind of accident, a spinal cord injury may be a cause for considerable distress. First, you must manage the immediate effects of such damage to your body, which can be stressful enough. Then, you may also be forced to live with the long-term results of the physical trauma. 

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    Do You Need a Lawyer to Handle your Slipped Disk Injury Accident in Alberta?

    Slipped disk (also referred to as a herniated disk) injuries occur in your lumbar spine and sometimes also occur in your cervical spine. The bones in your spinal column are cushioned by these discs and are intended to absorb shocks from activities such as walking, lifting and twisting. Each disk is comprised of a soft inner portion and a tough outer portion.

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    Sexual Dysfunction from Spinal Cord Injuries | Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Alberta

    In Canada, at least 1,500 new spinal cord injuries are reported every single year. Spinal cord injuries can be very traumatic for individuals and affect many aspects of their lives including the lives of their significant others.

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  • Man riding bike on city street with backpack
    Did the Bicyclist Cause the Accident?

    If you ride your bicycle often, the consequences of being struck by a vehicle will likely cross your mind. If you are struck and need compensation, who would be found responsible?

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  • Group of kids running at school
    What If Your Child is Injured at School or at an Offsite School Event?

    When your child is in the care of a school, there are usually several precautions in place to ensure the safety of students. Sometimes accidents still happen, however, including playground injuries, sports injuries, slip and falls, school bus accidents, food reactions and more.

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  • Female doctor pointing to skeleton’s spine
    ​How Spinal Cord Injuries Can Become More Complex

    Spinal cord injuries can arise from a variety of causes, most of which are a traumatic blow to the spine. Even if an injury did not start out as a spinal cord injury, treatments for some conditions (e.g., back pain) can grow into a spinal cord injury easily.

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  • Person wearing cast signing paper
    ​What is Car Accident Injury Compensation Supposed to Cover?

    If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, compensation is available to you to cover your losses. The amount and type of compensation available will depend partially on who was at fault for the accident.

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  • Doctor showing patient a skeleton’s spine
    ​How the Nervous System Can be Affected by a Spinal Cord Injury

    The spinal cord is perhaps the most fundamental component of the body’s CNS (central nervous system). The spinal cord runs from roughly your waist all the way up to your brain. Brain signals run the length of your spinal cord in order to allow other body parts to function. A damaged spinal cord can interrupt or thwart these signals, causing difficulties in other parts of the body.

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  • Woman doctor holding up images or brain MRI scan
    Living With a Brain Injury After a Fall or Car Accident

    Accidents happen - car accidents, slips and falls, and tripping on hazardous objects are fairly routine events. Unfortunately, an accident, major or minor, can sometimes cause considerable consequences. Trauma to the head can happen easily and can result in complicated injuries to the brain.

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  • Paper in the shape of head with puzzle piece of brain taken out
    What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is something no one wants to imagine happening. Brain injuries can result in considerable residual deficits of brain function and can affect your cognitive abilities for a short or long time or permanently.

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  • Woman holding a man’s shoulders
    Can a Caregiver Get Compensation from a Personal Injury Accident?

    Serious injuries that cause lasting, and in some cases lifetime effects, not only impact the injured person, but spouses and other loved ones who become caregivers for the injured person. An injury to a loved one can dramatically change a person’s life.

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  • Man looking at phone while driving a car
    When You Get Injured By a Distracted Driver

    In Alberta, distracted driving is a breach of Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act. Even if the driver’s performance did not appear affected, distracted driving can result in a $287 fine and three demerit points. The penalties alone do not ensure that the roads are safe from distracted driving, which evidently is outpacing impaired driving in Canada as a leading cause of injury and death.

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