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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.

Low Speed Collision Issues

Low Speed Collision - Biomechanical Considerations Each low speed impact accident must be treated individually. There are too many factors to allow easy generalization. Dr. Herzog, who is the associate Dean of Research at the Faculty of Human Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, has criticized the "conventional linear momentum" approach used by accident reconstruction [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:18+00:00 June 3rd, 2013|Motor Vehicles and Collisions|0 Comments

Defending Medical Exam Consent

The defendant insurance company wished the plaintiff victim of a motor vehicle accident to attend for a so called independent medical examination (in reality a defence medical examination) pursuant to Rule 5.41 of the Alberta Rules of Court as Rule 5.41 does not refer to an “independent“ medical examination, but a medical examination “on application” [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:18+00:00 June 2nd, 2013|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Your Potential Liability When Renting a Motor Vehicle

This case involved whether or not a rental company is liable in an accident when the person renting the vehicle did not pay for or disclose that there would be additional drivers other than the renter. Terms of the rental contract stipulate under the heading “Additional Authorized Drivers” that “except as required by law none [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:32+00:00 June 1st, 2013|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

For Lawyers – Case Comment on the Alberta Court of Appeal decision in McLaren v. McLaren Estate

Case Comment on the Alberta Court of Appeal decision in McLaren v. McLaren Estate, 2011 ABCA 299 By Cheryl Yingst Bartel and Brent L. Handel, Q.C. We took this case to the Alberta Court of Appeal and one issue at appeal was the consideration, if any, to give to government funded care costs when considering [...]

Injured Victim Loses Case and Owes $250,000.00 in Costs

An injury victim pursuing a personal injury claim in Alberta and elsewhere in other provinces such as Ontario must be careful about having a legitimate claim. Costs can be awarded against the personal injury claimant and the personal injury lawyer potentially if the claim is dismissed by a court. The personal injury victim could be [...]

Structured Settlements in Large Personal Injury Awards

Victims who suffer catastrophic brain injuries or other serious injuries which impair their lifetime income earning capacity will receive a very large lump sum settlement. There is a mechanism called a structured settlement to invest a portion of the lump sum which will be considered tax free by Revenue Canada as it is an award [...]