The holidays are soon approaching, and for many of us, this will mean a welcome visit from our senior parents or grandparents. You may be concerned for their safety while driving long distances on the winter roads or in poor weather conditions. Statistics report that people 70 years of age and older have the second-highest accident rate per kilometer as compared to other age groups. Only young male drivers have a higher accident rate.
Driving concerns for seniors include:
- Delayed reaction time – this article indicates that a 65-year-old has a reaction time 22 times slower than a 30-year-old;
- Impaired eyesight – vision problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, can make it difficult to see clearly or drive at night, and may give rise to difficulties with depth perception;
- Age-related hearing loss – for example, reduced ability to hear a car honk or an approaching emergency vehicle or train can become issues;
- Growing forgetfulness;
- Range of motion issues such as shoulder checking and moving hands and feet.
What is the cap for soft tissue injury compensation claims in Alberta?
The Superintendent of Insurance, Nilam Jetha, has announced the 2017 soft tissue (minor injury) cap amount. Since 2004, minor soft tissue injuries, including minor sprains and strains, have been limited by the government. In 2004 the minor injury cap was $4,000 and that has moved up due to inflation to $5,020 in 2017.
Before 2004 a less severe injury that lasted 3- 6 months may have been worth anywhere from $5,000 – $15,000 for the pain and suffering. Since that time, the minor injury cap puts a limit on these less severe injuries and is set each year by the government. Continue reading
Every personal injury claim has different issues that will have an impact on the outcome of a case. To represent you properly, the lawyer you hire must know which experts are helpful and necessary to prove the essential elements of your case and how to use them effectively to achieve the best outcome for you.
The following list identifies five types of experts frequently needed to address specific questions. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know when such an expert is required, and, equally import, will know who to call on your behalf.
How did the accident happen?
If there are questions about how the accident occurred, and who is at fault, your injury lawyer may need to hire a Reconstruction Expert. Continue reading
Not all lawyers are the same
After a motor vehicle accident, many injured accident victims may be tempted to call any lawyer they happen to know, regardless of what kind of law that lawyer practices, to see if they can get advice regarding their injuries and their rights. Most general lawyers are smart enough to know what they don’t know and, if they don’t practice personal injury law, they will refer their client to a lawyer who has expertise in the area of motor vehicle accident claims. However, some lawyers dabble in personal injury law and may decide to keep the claim for themselves. Continue reading
It is not always exactly clear to an injury victim whether they have standing to file a legal claim following an accident. There are specific rules to this determination and many times it takes consultation with a personal injury attorney regarding potential material case facts. Regardless of the situation, it is always necessary to retain an experienced personal injury attorney when injuries are significant and the case could be a high-value claim. Personal injury claims are often strongly contested, and having an effective and knowledgeable attorney can be the difference in actually being made whole or merely receiving a low settlement offer from the respondent insurance company adjuster. Continue reading
It’s common for injuries not to reveal themselves until days or even weeks after a car accident. For some injury sufferers, it can be difficult to determine cause and effect of injury symptoms to the neck and back if they don’t surface until days after an accident. For anyone recently injured in a car accident, if you begin to experience any of the following injury symptoms, you need to seek medical attention to ensure your injuries are treated and to avoid to the risk of the injuries becoming more serious.
Neck Injuries – Whiplash Trauma
Whiplash trauma is one of the most common neck injuries following an accident. Continue reading