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About Brent Handel, Q.C.

Mr. Brent Handel, J.D., Q.C. is the head of the Personal Injury and Fatal Accident Group at Handel Law Firm in Red Deer, Alberta.

My Spouse was killed – what do I do now for the children and the household?

My spouse took care of the household chores and our children but was killed in a motor vehicle accident In a situation where your spouse was at home either full-time or part-time taking care of the children and the household and is killed in a car collision, the surviving widow or widower and children have [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 December 16th, 2013|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Recovering Funeral Costs From A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

In a fatal motor vehicle collision in Alberta, you should contact your own car insurance company for payment of part of the funeral costs. There is a contractual provision under Section B of the Alberta Standard Automobile Policy which provides that your car insurance company must automatically pay $5,000.00 towards the funeral costs. There are [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 30th, 2013|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Alberta Fatal Accident Claims for Bereavement Increased

Bereavement Claims As of May 1st, 2013, the Province of Alberta under the Fatal Accidents Act, has increased the amount of bereavement surviving family members may claim for the wrongful death of a loved one in a fatal car collision. Bereavement is defined as the, “grief, loss of care, guidance and companionship of the loved [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Umbrella Insurance Policy

In my last post I recommended you purchase a minimum of $2,000,000 third party liability insurance. Until very recently in Alberta this was the maximum a private motor vehicle owner could purchase (commercial vehicles have been able to purchase $5,000,000 for several years now). However, now, if you make a specific request of your auto [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 11th, 2013|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

Alberta Auto Insurance – How Much Auto Insurance Liability Should You Carry?

You should carry a minimum of $2 Million of auto liability insurance on your car or truck. Third party liability insurance on your automobile is designed to protect you in the event that you are negligent and cause a collision which results in serious injuries or death to innocent victims. The old recommendation by insurance [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments


Our firm assists victims with civil actions obtaining compensation when a loved one is killed in a motor vehicle accident. However, at the same time the party at fault is very often charged with criminal offences as a result of his or her conduct. The criminal charge when the driver is speeding is often dangerous [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 September 9th, 2013|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

NFL Former Players Agree to Settle Concussion Lawsuit

The NFL Concussion Lawsuit 2014 The National Football League has agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players with dementia and other health problems caused by concussions playing football. The amount represents less than 3% of the $28 billion in media revenues the league will receive from [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 September 5th, 2013|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

Liability for Sports Related Concussions or Brain Injury

Concussions in Sports Liability for concussions in sports is a growing area in Canadian law, as it should be. For too long Canadian amateur sports organizations have been negligent with respect to caring for their athletes, especially very young athletes. Hockey Canada defines a concussion as a brain injury caused by the impact of the brain [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 July 31st, 2013|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Facebook and Other Social Media Evidence and Personal Injury Litigation Cases

Social Media As Evidence in Personal Injury and Disability Insurance Cases Plaintiffs who bring a claim for personal injuries or disability insurance benefits should be careful about the types of activities and comments they post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or other social media accessible to the public. The defendant insurance company will review your online [...]

By | 2017-07-17T18:04:13+00:00 June 11th, 2013|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Future Cost Of Care For Severely Injured Car Accident Victims

Basic Principles The basic principles in assessing future care costs in personal injury insurance claims were enunciated by the Supreme Court of Canada in Andrews v. Grand & Toy Alberta Ltd., [1978] Carswell Alta 214 SCC, at paragraph 25 where Justice Dickson states: “In theory a claim for the cost of future care is a [...]