To Our Valued Clients,
As of March 16, 2020 the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Health Services are asking all residents to take steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We all have a role to play in this and we want to assure you that our offices are adopting the recommended precautions to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The following precautions are in place at our offices:
- Any staff who have travelled outside of Canada will be self-isolating at home for 14 days;
- Any staff who have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has demonstrated symptoms of COVID-19 will be self-isolating at home for 14 days;
- Any staff who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 will be self-isolating at home for 14 days;
- Unless absolutely necessary, all client meetings will be conducted by way of phone conference or video conference;
- The elevator banks in our building are now locked off to the public during business hours.
You may have heard that the Alberta Government is looking to reform the province’s Auto Insurance system. An online survey has been set up to collect input from Albertans. No details have been provided on what the new system would look like, but there has been reference to moving to a no-fault system.
We encourage all Albertans to take part in the survey and let the Government know what you want (and what you don’t want). You can find the link to the survey at the bottom of this post.
Before you provide your input, it’s important to understand in practical terms what a shift to a no-fault system will mean if you, or a loved one, is seriously injured in a car accident.
What is the Bell “Let’s Talk” Campaign
As many of you may have noticed, Bell’s “Let’s Talk” annual mental health initiative is today, January 29, 2020.
“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
We are proud to have been chosen Edmonton’s Top Injury Law Firm, following a survey by Top Choice Awards ™! This is the seventh consecutive year we’ve been honoured with this recognition, and we want to express a sincere thank you to everyone who submitted a vote in support of our firm.
By choice we represent only the seriously injured, allowing us to dedicate the time and financial resources to the cases of our clients. Our goal with every client is to provide them with excellent service, and to treat them with dignity and respect. We believe this honour recognizes that dedication to our clients, and we are thrilled to be Edmonton’s Top Choice Award ™ 2020 winner! Continue reading
No one thinks twice about treating physical injuries that result from a car accident. First responders arrive at the accident scene immediately to assess and address any physical damage. If you have whiplash, you’ll likely visit a doctor or chiropractor multiple times until your pain becomes manageable. If you experience long-term health effects, you’ll continue to visit a physical therapist to learn coping strategies for returning to normal life.
However, unlike physical injuries, emotional injuries can be easy to ignore. We often tell ourselves we just need to “get over” the anxiety and PTSD that often follow a car accident, even though we would never tell ourselves to “get over” a broken leg or a brain injury. Continue reading
What is the cap for soft tissue injury compensation claims in Alberta?
The Superintendent of Insurance, Darren Hedley, has announced the 2019 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 $5,296 in 2020, a 1.8% increase from 2019.
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