Weather-Related Pedestrian Injuries in Alberta

May 2, 2024

Pedestrians are more vulnerable to injury in winter and early spring in Alberta due to the accumulation of snow and ice on roadways and sidewalks and surprise “second winter” events. If you or a loved one suffers a fall and gets injured, you may wonder if there is a right to compensation, and who to address your claim to.

Liability for injuries suffered in outdoor slip and fall accidents is governed by either the Municipal Government Act or the Occupiers’ Liability Act, depending on who has care of the property where the accident occurs.

Accidents on Municipal Sidewalks

In most cases, municipalities bear ultimate liability for slip-and-fall injuries resulting from snow or ice on sidewalks. Continue reading

CAM LLP proudly supports the Glenrose Hospital Foundation 2024 Courage Gala

March 19, 2024

The Glenrose Hospital Foundation 2024 Courage Gala will take place on April 12th, 2024, at the Edmonton Convention Centre. The Glenrose Hospital is the only hospital in Alberta dedicated to rehabilitation. The hospital receives over 100,000 patient visits annually and provides complex care for patients of all ages after a serious accident or illness and to those living with lifelong conditions. The Gala is a key fundraiser that supports this critical work.

The Glenrose Hospital Foundation and CAM LLP believe everyone deserves an opportunity to reclaim their lives and regain their physical and mental well-being regardless of circumstances. The Hospital’s determined pursuit of advancements in rehabilitation enhances the quality of care it can provide. Continue reading

Winter recreational injuries: When can you claim damages?

March 11, 2024

Winter in Canada provides opportunities for plenty of thrilling outdoor activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fat biking, and pond hockey. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is much to enjoy. But many of these activities also involve a degree of risk, and injuries are unfortunately not uncommon. If you or a family member gets injured during winter activities, is it possible to seek compensation?

The answer is: sometimes. There are a number of factors influencing whether someone else may be liable for your injuries, including legislation, any waivers you may have signed, and the specific circumstances surrounding your accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist you in evaluating how those factors may operate in your situation. Continue reading

Damages for Emotional or Psychological Injuries

January 22, 2024

If you are injured in an accident, one of the first things you will likely do is see your doctor to get treatment for your injuries. Physical injuries are often easy to see and might take the form of cuts, bruises or broken bones. By contrast, emotional or psychological injuries from an accident may not be so readily apparent and can sometimes take time to manifest.

A study published in 2018 found that individuals involved in car accidents are at increased risk for a variety of psychiatric disorders, and that post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”) in particular can be a concern for people involved in motor vehicle accidents. Continue reading

Alberta Minor Injury Cap – Update 2024

January 8, 2024

The Superintendent of Insurance Interpretation Bulletin 09-2023 confirms the annual increase in the Minor Injury Cap; the amount for non-pecuniary damages for minor injuries sustained in car accidents in Alberta.

Effective January 1, 2024, the maximum minor injury amount of $5,817 was adjusted by 4.2% to $6,061. The new amount is applicable to minor injuries resulting from automobile accidents that occur in Alberta on or after January 1, 2024.

Questions about the Minor Injury Cap and how it affects you?

We are always happy to help people understand their options regarding an injury claim. Contact us if you would like a free consultation to get answers about your specific situation. Continue reading

Personal Injury Settlements: Things You Should Know – Part 2

November 23, 2023

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may choose to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver or their insurer to recover compensation for losses you have suffered. Although the common perception is that this type of claim will involve going to court, the reality is that most personal injury claims are resolved through a settlement.

In a previous blog post, Personal Injury Settlements: Things You Should Know, we discussed some common questions about why to settle and how the settlement and negotiation process works. In this post, we supplement that information by discussing factors that may affect the dollar value of any settlement you might be able to reach with the opposing party. Continue reading