July 18 2019

Schools out! Summer Safety Reminders for Drivers, Parents, and Kids

Summer is well underway, and school is out for elementary, junior and senior high school age children. The summer means more kids on bikes, skateboards, and on foot (plugged into their smartphones). It also means an uptick in young people learning to drive. All of these things increase the potential for injuries to children. For drivers, this means you need to tune up your “kid radar” and drive defensively with a view to doing your part to ensure their safety and to protect yourself against liability.

In Alberta, ss. 185 and 186 of the Traffic Safety Act create a reverse presumption against drivers, such that if there is a collision between a motorist and a non-motorist (for example, a collision between a car and a child walking or on a bike), the onus is on the driver of the vehicle to prove that the accident did not arise solely because of their negligent operation of the vehicle. Continue reading

June 27 2019

Alberta Traumatic Brain Injury Online Resources

The lifetime impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be overwhelming, especially for someone who is just beginning their road to recovery. As a law firm, CAM 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

June 18 2019

Brain Advancements and Technology Through the Ages – Brain Injury Awareness Month

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada, a time where we raise awareness about the impact of acquired brain injury and empower those who live with brain injury everyday, from survivors to their caregivers.

From the 4th century to modern day, there has been huge jumps forward in discoveries about the brain. Technology is transforming what we know about our brains, adding new discoveries, advancements, and breakthroughs on a daily basis.

We invite you to explore the infographic below, and discover some fascinating achievements in terms of exploring the human brain. If you’re on a desktop computer, and having issues viewing the infographic, you can click on it and it will open a new page that will allow you to zoom in. Continue reading

June 10 2019

No Two Brain Injuries are Alike – Brain Injury Awareness Month

Concussions are an increasingly hot topic because of developments in professional and amateur sports. As a result, the discussion of head injuries, and the knowledge about their consequences is everywhere. When a brain injured client comes in to see us we know that the treatment and management of these clients will be different in every case because no two brain injuries are alike. One client may have a relatively minor concussion and post-concussion syndrome while another may be bed-ridden in a semi-vegetative state.

The lawyers at CAM LLP have represented clients from across the head injury spectrum. To help clients and their caregivers prepare for the recovery process, we have gathered some observations about three general categories of head injury cases and what you can expect to encounter. Continue reading

May 23 2019

Confused About Alberta’s Minor Injury Regulation?

In 2004, the insurance industry successfully lobbied the Alberta provincial government to “cap” damages payable to motor vehicle accident victims for minor injuries. Since that time, some insurance representatives have argued that the top damage award payable under the cap, which in 2019 is $5,202, is awarded only to those who have suffered the most serious “minor injuries,” and they then attempt to bargain down from this minimal sum. Some insurance representatives may also take the position that your injuries clearly fall within the “cap,” when in fact they do not, either due to the nature of the injuries or because the injuries resulted in a serious impairment. Continue reading

May 9 2019

5 Common Questions about Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Treatments

Being diagnosed with a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be scary and overwhelming. You will have many questions, specifically about how to recover from this life changing injury. While your questions are better answered by a medical professional who knows you and your medical history best, we have put together a list of answers to common questions that those with a SCI may have on their road to recovery.

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. Continue reading