#BellLetsTalk, personal injury victims, and their families

What is the Bell “Let’s Talk” Campaign

As many of you may have noticed, Bell’s “Let’s Talk” initiative is set to run on Wednesday, January 25th.

“Let’s Talk” is intended to promote awareness of mental illness and jumpstart action(s) to help people access the treatment they need. The campaign is based on four pillars:

  • Fighting the stigma that is often (wrongly) associated with mental health issues
  • Improving access to care for people facing mental health challenges
  • Fostering workplaces that support mental wellness
  • Supporting ongoing world-class research

In case you don’t know how it works, Bell will donate 5¢ towards mental health initiatives in Canada, for every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and Snapchat geo filter on January 25th, regardless of your cell phone carrier. 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

A Warning to Auto Insurers from the Superintendent of Insurance

The Government of Alberta Superintendent of Insurance fired a shot across the bough of some Auto Insurers recently, issuing a warning that there are potential fines for insurers who wrongly deny accident disability benefits to their insureds:  Read more:

PURPOSE: This Bulletin is being issued to advise automobile insurers that I consider failing to provide automobile insurance total disability benefits in accordance with the provisions of legislation, automobile insurance policy forms and interpretation Bulletins to be an unfair act or practice. BACKGROUND: One of the major objectives and coverages of the Insurance Act (Act), the Automobile Accident Insurance Benefits Regulations (AAIB) and automobile insurance policy forms is income replacement for those that are disabled as the result of injuries sustained in automobile accidents. Continue reading

Supreme Court of Canada Trilogy Cases set precedent for Damages in Personal Injury Cases

Personal Injury Handbook

Why should you hire Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP as your personal injury lawyers?  Because we have been helping injured clients since 1962.  We have over 150 years of combined experience helping accident victims and our firm of Edmonton Injury Lawyers has set the Canadian precedent for injury damages in two of the trilogy of cases decided in 1978 by the Supreme Court of Canada.  We literally helped set the standard that all injury lawyers follow when assessing damages.

You can hire any lawyer you like, but if you have been seriously injured, why wouldn’t you hire Cummings Andrews Mackay LLP?   Continue reading

NEW NAME, Same Service

Effective November 1, 2014, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) changed its operating name to Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (SCI Alberta). The Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta), a name that has endured for over 50 years will fade gracefully into history with a fond and grateful farewell. The torch has been passed and Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, through our committed staff and stakeholders, will continue to help Albertans with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other physical disabilities as well as their loved ones, to adjust, adapt and thrive – whether dealing with a new injury or struggling with the ongoing challenges of living and aging with a physical disability. Continue reading

A Warning from the Government of Alberta to be Careful when using Uber ride share service

The following is from the Government of Alberta:

Today The Government of Alberta issued an online bulletin warning Albertans of ride share risks.  The link to this bulletin can be found at http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=383502BD794B4-A4A5-8BA8-DD523635E34F0FD8.

The bulletin references the Superintendent of Insurance Notice, also posted today, with respect to cautioning Albertans on the risks of not having access to insurance protection and accident benefits if participating in Uber ride sharing. The link to the Notice & an Infographic can be found  http://finance.alberta.ca/publications/insurance/info_consumer_ride-sharing-services.html.

[The Government] would appreciate it if you could share these communications with your members. [ACTLA]

If you have any questions about either of these documents, please contact David Sorensen at 780-427-8896 or [email protected] . Continue reading