Soft Tissue Injury Cap Amount Announced by Alberta Government for 2017

What is the cap for soft tissue injury compensation claims in Alberta?

The Superintendent of Insurance, Nilam Jetha, has announced the 2017 soft tissue (minor injury) cap amount.  Since 2004, minor soft tissue injuries, including minor sprains and strains, have been limited by the government.  In 2004 the minor injury cap was $4,000 and that has moved up due to inflation to $5,020 in 2017.

Before 2004 a less severe injury that lasted 3- 6 months may have been worth anywhere from $5,000 – $15,000 for the pain and suffering.  Since that time, the minor injury cap puts a limit on these less severe injuries and is set each year by the government.   Continue reading

The Best TBI Sites Online: Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

The lifetime impact of a traumatic brain injury can be overwhelming, especially for someone who is just beginning their road to recovery. As a law firm, Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP is committed to not only defending their clients who are suffering from TBI, but also to supporting the Alberta non-profits and centres who play a critical role in the rehabilitation and caregiving of TBI sufferers.

In our efforts to continue supporting these groups and our clients in any way we can, we have created a credible list of TBI online sites for those who may need help in recovery and encouragement that things will get better. Continue reading

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Treatment

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury can be defined or described as damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. When the spinal cord is injured, the body can experience temporary or permanent damage to the sensory, motor and reflex messages – the communication between body and brain.

What’s the leading cause for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)?

The Mayo Clinic of physicians, scientists and researchers lists car accidents as the leading cause for spinal cord injuries. Vehicle rollovers and being struck by an automobile as a pedestrian or passenger in a vehicle are all opportunities for high impact and traumatic blows to the spine. Continue reading

2015: The Most Common Types of Car Accidents in Edmonton

As an Edmonton personal injury law firm, Cummings Andrews Mackay has represented a large number of clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. The injuries our clients have suffered are as varied as the mode in which each accident has occurred, ranging from rear-end collisions and ATV accidents to head-on collisions and being struck as a pedestrian.

For the public, it might be surprising to learn what types of car accidents are most common within the city of Edmonton and surrounding communities within Alberta. To explore this topic further, Cummings Andrews Mackay researched all available public facing information, primarily through the Alberta Police Report, and compiled a list of some of the most common types of car accidents that occurred within Edmonton and Alberta in 2015. Continue reading

How to Avoid Car Accidents at Christmas

Edmonton’s winter season has been balmier than usual, but that doesn’t remove the risk for car accidents. The mild temperatures mixed with snowfall and chilly overnight cooling creates icy, slick road conditions. Add Christmas parties and traveling long distances over the holiday season, and the risk for a car collision is much higher.

The following list highlights some of Alberta’s most common causes for car accidents. As we approach the Christmas break, it’s important to practice road safety, know the risks and know how to avoid car accidents this season.

Common, but avoidable causes for car accidents:

Speeding in Poor Road Conditions

The winter has proven to be quite mild this year with fluctuating cold and warm temperatures. Continue reading