Heads of Damage

Heads of Damage

I’ve been injured. What do I get compensated for? If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you are probably owed compensation. The type of compensation you get is categorized under different “heads” of damage. One head of damage is “pecuniary pre-trial...
Taxes on Personal Injury Claims

Taxes on Personal Injury Claims

Do you have to pay income tax on personal injury claims? If the injuries you have sustained in a car accident are preventing you from earning as much as you used to, you will have a claim for lost income. But, taxes still play a role. If you were making $100,000 a...
Do I need a lawyer after a minor fender bender?

Do I need a lawyer after a minor fender bender?

You won’t be surprised to hear me say the answer is ‘yes’! Just because you think a collision is ‘minor’ wait a few days. Often it’s not until days after an accident that you will begin to feel the physical (and emotional) effects. I’m...
Does Saying “Sorry” Make me Liable in an Accident?

Does Saying “Sorry” Make me Liable in an Accident?

There’s a Canadian rumour going around that says if you apologize to another driver in a collision you are automatically accepting liability. Is it true? Saying “sorry” to the other driver does not make you liable (responsible) for an accident....

What is a ‘Contingency Fee’?

Generally, all lawyers that practice personal injury law (i.e. fight on behalf of injured clients), offer their services on a ‘contingent basis’. This means the lawyer will be paid only if there is a successful outcome – i.e. there is either a settlement with or...
Jaw Injury – Is it ‘minor’? Minor Injury Regulation

Jaw Injury – Is it ‘minor’? Minor Injury Regulation

In 2004 the insurance industry convinced our government to implement the ‘Minor Injury Regulation’ (MIR). This scheme was intended to capture as many injured Albertans under the umbrella of the phrase ‘minor injury’ as possible. Fortunately there has been a case which...
Learn About Section ‘B’ Benefits in Alberta

Learn About Section ‘B’ Benefits in Alberta

What is ‘Section B’ insurance? Every automobile policy in Alberta has a Section ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. These Sections are standard and do not vary from policy to policy. Section ‘B’ deals with certain types of benefits for any treatment required after a car accident. It...