What is a loss of consortium and can I be compensated?
“Loss of consortium,” is a claim made for damages suffered by a spouse or family member of the person who has been injured or killed as a result of an accident. The amount of your damage award will vary according to the severity of the loss of society and comfort of your spouse. In cases where your relationship has been reduced to that of caregiver/care receiver, you might anticipate damages for “loss of consortium” ranging up to $40,000 and beyond. If the loss of your companionship with your spouse is of limited impact, or limited duration, damages for loss of consortium will be much lower, perhaps only ranging from $7,500 and above. Continue reading
If you have sustained injuries from an accident you may be asking yourself where and how to start looking for a personal injury lawyer in Edmonton. As an accident victim you are already suffering from the pain of your injuries, coping with getting the right medical treatment and dealing with insurance adjusters. It can get overwhelming, very quickly. Knowing that you have a personal injury lawyer that you can trust to explain what’s going on and help you through the process can make it much easier to focus on your recovery.
A good lawyer will have dealt with your type of injury before and has the experience to guide you through the claims process. Continue reading
When a loved one is injured, you naturally want to help. Many spouses, parents, and other family members really step up to the plate to assist by providing caretaking, companionship, nursing, childcare, and transportation. Many also contribute financially by, for example, taking time off work or quitting their employment to take care of their injured loved one, refurbishing their homes to make them accessible and provide accommodation, or perhaps even purchasing adequate accommodation to meet the enhanced needs of their injured loved one.
Giving up a job, expending money on home renovations or buying accessible housing each have a big financial impact. Continue reading
Walking on city sidewalks in Alberta in the winter and colder spring months can be treacherous. Many homeowners neglect to shovel the snow on city sidewalks in front of their homes following a snowfall, even though city and town bylaws require them to do so. In Edmonton, the city bylaw requires that a homeowner shovel the city sidewalk that runs alongside their property within 48 hours of the snowfall – in Calgary, the requirement is within 24 hours. Even if a homeowner shovels the city sidewalk, and perhaps also sands or salts, the sidewalk can remain treacherous, and pedestrians can slip and fall. Continue reading
In a recent blog post, we discussed how credibility is key in personal injury actions. In this blog post, we explore this further by citing examples where a plaintiff’s credibility has been seriously compromised by video surveillance.
Video Surveillance and Privacy Rights
Video surveillance seems to be especially prevalent in cases involving claims for chronic pain because the reporting of chronic pain to medical professionals is often seen by insurance adjusters to be “subjective,” and thus subject to challenge. It is not uncommon for the defendant’s insurer to hire a private investigator to “tail” the plaintiff and video their daily activities in search of evidence that may compromise the plaintiff’s claims of impairment. Continue reading
At CAM LLP we are proud to be good neighbours. Whether it’s a local sporting event, charities or community services, community involvement is important to us.
As personal injury lawyers we help our clients recover, often times from serious physical injury. The ultimate goal is to help our clients return to their pre-accident lives, where that is possible. Appropriate access to rehabilitation services is critical for achieving optimum recovery. Our community is fortunate to have access to some truly excellent community-based resources to help injured people recover and come to terms with post-injury life.
We are proud to support a number of these resources. Continue reading