July 19 2018

Mediating Your Personal Injury Claim – What Is It and Why Do It?

What is Mediation?

Mediation is an interactive process that involves bringing you and your lawyer together with the insurance adjuster and their lawyer to try to resolve your claim with the assistance of a Mediator. A Mediator is a neutral third party, usually a personal injury lawyer or retired judge, with special mediation skills. The Mediator will try to help you and the insurance company negotiate a settlement of your personal injury claim. The goal of Mediation is to  resolve your claim.

Preparation for Mediation

Your lawyer will meet with you well before the date scheduled for Mediation, to prepare you. Continue reading

July 9 2018

Claims for Concussion Injuries in Sports: The Trickle-Down Effect

The University of Calgary’s Integrated Concussion Research Program has recently released exciting research that has led to the development of a tool that will allow doctors “to accurately and rapidly measure proteins and small molecules known to indicate an injury that is present in the brain”. This tool is set for clinical trials, with the goal that the device will be able to detect brain injuries hours after the trauma occurred.

While this research can potentially revolutionize treatment for those with brain injuries, I wanted to explain to those seeking compensation for concussion injuries that there has been a “trickle-down” effect. Continue reading

June 27 2018

Bicycle Accidents: Who’s Liable and Riding Safely

June is bike month in Edmonton, when the City encourages everyone to enjoy the benefits of physical exercise, exposure to the great outdoors, and pure fun by increasing the amount they bike, whether for recreation or as transportation to school or work. Along with the benefits of biking come some potential hazards, however, and it is essential to keep safety in mind at all times. As experienced plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers we offer the following insight into factors that affect liability (who’s at fault) for a cycling accident and some tips to ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy biking experience. Continue reading

May 9 2018

Compensation for loss of consortium. When an accident injures your partner and kills your sex life, can you be compensated?

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

May 1 2018

Finding the best personal injury lawyer for your car accident claim

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

April 10 2018

Compensation for Helping your Injured Loved One

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