Weather-Related Pedestrian Injuries in Alberta

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

Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs): What you need to know

If you are injured in an accident and have started a lawsuit against the person you believe is responsible, your ultimate goal is to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries and losses. A key consideration in determining the appropriate amount of compensation you are entitled to is the extent of your injuries and how they affect your life. Often, these elements will be contested by the at-fault party, who may believe your injuries are less serious than you claim.

It is important for both sides to have a clear understanding of what your injuries are, what your prospect for improvement is, and what type of treatment you will need in the future. Continue reading

Common Myths about Personal Injury Claims in Alberta – Part 2

In the age of social media, you may hear many myths and contradictory stories about what it’s like to pursue a personal injury claim. It can be hard to figure out what is true and what is false, which can be distressing if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident.

Unfortunately, car accidents are a daily occurrence on Alberta roads. In a previous blog post, we discussed 10 Myths about Car Accident Claims in Alberta. In this post, we tackle some additional misconceptions people may have about the personal injury claims process in Alberta.

Myth: You must settle your claim within two years.

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Can I Still Receive a Damage Settlement If I had Pre-existing Medical Issues?

You may be concerned that having pre-existing medical issues before being involved in an motor vehicle accident may preclude you from claiming compensation for your accident injuries. Most people carry the residue of some prior injury or illness. Many of us have suffered a broken bone as a child or have work or sport-related injuries. Some people may be dealing with more serious health problems or chronic medical situations that require ongoing treatment. The good news is that having pre-existing health concerns doesn’t mean you cannot receive a damage award if you suffer new injuries in an accident or if a pre-existing condition is made worse. Continue reading

10 Myths about Car Accident Claims in Alberta

Car Accident Statistics in Alberta

According to a 2020 report from Alberta Transportation, almost 95,000 car accidents occurred in Alberta, causing more than 200 deaths and injuring more than 11,000 people. That means an average of nearly 260 accidents happen in Alberta each day!

No one anticipates a car accident and you’ve probably heard different opinions about how to handle your claim, whether it’s from family and friends or from information on the internet.

In this blog post, we share some common myths surrounding car accident claims. Understanding the realities of motor vehicle claims will help you prepare in the event you or a loved one is involved in an accident. Continue reading

Alberta Minor Injury Cap – Update 2023

The Superintendent of Insurance Interpretation Bulletin 09-2022 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, 2023, the maximum minor injury amount of $5,488 will be adjusted by six per cent, to $5,817. The new amount is applicable to minor injuries resulting from automobile accidents that occur in Alberta on
or after January 1, 2023.

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