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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.

Grieving Mindfully Seminar

We deal with many families of the victims of fatal motor vehicle accidents and the journey of grief is a very difficult and personal one. It is not the same for any two people because it is as unique as a person’s life and their relationships. How a person approaches this unfortunate but inevitable part [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:54:56+00:00 February 11th, 2016|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Alberta Auto Insurance Companies Fail To Provide Proper Disability Benefits

Alberta Disability Benefits Under the “Alberta Standard Automobile Policy SPF No 1”,  Section B, there are certain benefits available to you in an accident regardless of fault. These benefits are payable by your own auto insurance company and do not affect your future auto premiums. One of the benefits is a total disability benefit which [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:55:45+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Holiday Drinkers Beware: Tougher Sentences for Drunk Driving

Youth Drunk Driving Laws Noting that drunk driving causes more deaths and serious injuries than any other crime, the Supreme Court of Canada gave greater discretion to trial judges in sentencing young people with no criminal record who are convicted of drunk driving. This is particularly the case for people who are convicted of drunk driving causing death. [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:56:48+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Pedestrian Safety: Alberta Moves to Increase Pedestrian Safety

Alberta Moves to Increase Pedestrian Safety The NDP Government of Alberta has said it will look at legislation to better protect pedestrians in Alberta. In Calgary alone there have been 7 pedestrian fatalities so far this year in 2015, and province-wide in 2014 there were 45 pedestrian fatalities. Speed is a fundamental issue with pedestrian [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:57:27+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Motor Vehicles and Collisions|0 Comments

Uber Ride Share Insurance Issues

What is Uber? As many of you are aware “Uber” is a ride-sharing business which uses a smartphone whereby you may request a ride. The ride is provided by a private vehicle owner who has signed up to give rides in exchange for a fee. The business recently opened in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. However, [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:58:10+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Failure to Wear a Seat Belt – Civil Consequences

Seat belts have been hailed as the most significant automotive safety device since the automobile’s advent. However, with the fully electric car manufacturer, Tesla, now having  implemented in its cars partial Autopilot as of November, 2015, this claim may not hold true for much longer.  Statistics show front seat passenger car occupants who wear a [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:58:44+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Motor Vehicles and Collisions|0 Comments

Power of Persuasion at Mediation or Negotiation

Negotiation Stage Many personal injury claims are settled at the negotiation or mediation stage rather than an actual trial. In fact, statistically, approximately 98 percent of personal injury cases will settle without a trial. That does not mean many cases do not get close to a trial. In fact, in our experience, many of the [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:59:20+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

Cognitive Dissonance at the Court and Housekeeping Claims

In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values. In personal injury claims recent Alberta Judgments have clearly stated evidence from the victim about housekeeping [...]

By | 2017-06-26T20:59:51+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

Tesla video of auto lane change and blind spot monitoring and auto steer

Tesla AutoPilot video demonstrates its ability of auto lane change, blind spot monitoring and auto steer. This is the wave of the future now: the computer, cameras, radar, and GPS monitor the lanes of the highway, keep you in the center of the lane and allow the driver to be freed up to better monitor [...]

By | 2017-06-26T21:00:41+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Motor Vehicles and Collisions|0 Comments

80 Year Old Woman Awarded $1 Million Judgment for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury which caused early onset of Dementia

Wong vs. Towns, 2015 BCSC 1333 In this case Betty Wong was 80 years of age on June 24th, 2012 when she was rear-ended by the defendant. The impact was sufficient to write off both vehicles and cause the airbags to deploy in the defendant’s vehicle. Furthermore, the collision was sufficient to cause the plaintiff, [...]

By | 2017-06-26T21:01:34+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments