Fatal Accidents: Compensation for the Loss of a Family Member

Fatal accidents are never a pleasant topic but with Mother’s Day just past and Father’s Day approaching, we as personal injury lawyers are reminded of our many clients who have lost a mother, father, spouse, or child through the negligence of another.

What happens when the victim of a fatal accident is a parent, child or spouse?

In addition to CPP death benefits and Section B death benefits (if the death is as a result of a motor vehicle accident), you may also be entitled to claim damages from the parties who were at fault for the accident. These damages consist of:

  1. Bereavement Damages

Bereavement damages are for the loss of the guidance, care and companionship of the deceased and are mandated by legislation. Continue reading

Manic Motivation Monday!

You can tell that we have staff who grew up in the 80’s by their response to their favourite songs about Monday.  The top three songs came from the Bangles, Duran Duran and a late 70’s song from the Boomtown Rats.  You can decide for yourself by reviewing the volume of Monday songs at http://antonk.com/music/songs-about-monday/ but our staff liked the following:

  1.  Manic Monday, The Bangles  https://www.youtube.com/embed/SsmVgoXDq2w
  2. New Moon on Monday, Duran Duran  https://youtu.be/ij-xKuYotOk
  3. I Hate Mondays, Boomtown Rats https://youtu.be/-Kobdb37Cwc

If I didn’t know better I would think that our staff doesn’t like Mondays, but that can’t be the case?  Enjoy! Continue reading

Celebrating 100 years – Lillian Ruby Clements

On September 10, 2015 several members of our firm were honoured to attend the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association’s celebration of Lillian Ruby Clements.  She was called to the Alberta Bar 100 years ago and was the first woman lawyer in Alberta.

Guest speakers included the Honourable Madam Justice Joanne Veit, the Honourable Marguerite Trussler, Q.C., and Gail Cohen, Editor in Chief of Canadian Lawyer.  The Keynote Speaker was The Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Cote, the newest member of the Supreme Court of Canada.  These women shared their stories of growing up and carving out a path for themselves that not only led to their success but led to them achieving meaning and fulfilment in their lives.  Continue reading

The Best songs of 2015 (so far) as picked by our Staff!

The CAMLLP awards 😉 are around the corner so our staff have picked their favourite songs of 2015 to date.  If you have some of your own, please send us a note with your pick for top song of 2015! (Editor’s note- I cannot confirm that all songs were released in 2015 or at all)

Top songs of 2015 – in no particular order:

1. Bring Down the House – Dean Brody

2. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars

3. Dangerous – Alyssa Reid

4. Nobody Praying for me – Seether

5. Budapest – George Ezra

6. Sugar – Maroon 5

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Where is your least favourite Edmonton intersection?

The old saying goes that there are two seasons in Edmonton: winter and construction season.  With construction season coming to a close we asked our staff to tell us which intersections they hate the most and you may not be surprised by the list. Here it is:

1.  124 St and Stony Plain Road

2.  97 St and 137 Avenue

3. Claireview Costco Exit

4.  50 St and 137 Avenue

5.  118 Avenue and 135 St

6.  Bellamy Hill and 97 Avenue

7.  Windermere Boulevard and 170 Street

8.  Baseline Road/Wye Road/Yellowhead Trail going into Sherwood Park.   The constructions will drive you Crazy! Continue reading

What Causes Canadian Road Rage: Survey

Let’s be honest, transportation infrastructure in many Canadian cities is often less efficient than driving, so many of us opt for getting behind the wheel instead of taking a seat on the train or bus for our daily commute.

Add urban construction, road work and an increase in population to the mix and you’ve got the perfect combination for all-out road rage, or so you’d think. If construction or heavier traffic isn’t the cause for road rage, then what is?

Last month, State Farm Canada released a Canadian Driving Habits survey to uncover just what’s causing Canadian road rage.

State Farm asked over 1,300 Canadians the following questions about bad driving, and here’s what they said:

Source: State Farm Canadian Driving Habits 2015 Driving Survey Continue reading