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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.

Occupational Therapist – A Crucial Expert Witness in a Personal Injury Case

Occupational Therapist Role A serious injury will result in an impairment to an individual’s ability to pursue employment and ability to perform housekeeping chores. The question is how do you prove to a court, an independent person, the true extent of the victim’s limitations or disability. Even in serious injuries such as pelvic fractures and [...]

By | 2017-06-26T21:02:27+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Medical - Legal Issues|0 Comments

Personal Injury Litigation Cost

To give you an example as to how expensive our civil litigation system in Alberta is we will quote a recent decision of Rudd-Birkenbach vs. Birkenbach Estate (2015) 2015 ABQB 178. Although this case did not involve a personal injury claim, but rather involved litigation around the distribution of money under a father’s will, the [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:47+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

Women May Be Less Prepared for the Death of Their Spouse

Everyone is well aware that women outlive men; in fact, the average is now nearly five years, 81.2 years for women versus 76.4 years for men. Yet because men earn more money, women are less prepared for this eventuality. Nearly half of women say their ability to make mortgage payments, pay college tuition, and pay [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:47+00:00 September 17th, 2015|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Limitation Period for Child Injury Claims

Limitation Period For Adults Many people are aware that after a motor vehicle collision there is a two-year limitation period in which one must either settle the claim or commence an action at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. As discussed in a blog post on July 22, 2015 there is a mechanism to have [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:47+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Personal Injury Claims to Minors

When a minor (in Alberta under 18 years of age) is injured in a motor vehicle collision, he or she cannot sign the release absolving the wrongdoer of any further liability upon payment of a settlement. This, of course, creates a problem for the wrongdoer and his or her auto insurance company as they want [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:47+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

J. Belzil Injury Judgment Overturned on Appeal

Sorochan vs. Bouchier, 2014 ABQB 37 The above citation is an Alberta Judgment of Mr. Justice Belzil on January 20th, 2014 which involved primary pain to the plaintiff’s lower back from a bulging lumbar disc. The plaintiff at the time of trial was 65 years of age and resides in Two Hills, Alberta as a [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:47+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

Causation: An Important Element of a Negligence Case

To establish negligence and thus fault in an Alberta motor vehicle claim there are four elements of the case. In this blog we will discuss the third element – causation. The first two are: 1) Duty and 2) Breach of the Duty. In a motor vehicle collision, the first element, duty, is almost always assumed [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:47+00:00 August 21st, 2015|Medical - Legal Issues|0 Comments

Update on Common Law or Interdependent Partners in a Fatal Accident Claim

In a previous blog post on April 8th, 2014 we wrote about common law partners, or now more correctly in Alberta called interdependent partners. The Adult Interdependent Relationships Act defines an interdependent partner as someone who has lived with the other person in a relationship of interdependence for a continuous period of not less than [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:48+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Advance Payment From Car Accident Injury Claim

In a serious motor vehicle collision with serious injuries the innocent victim is very often only able to work part-time or very often unable to work at all. Therefore, the bills add up very quickly and providing the basic necessities of life for him or herself and his or her family becomes a major problem. [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:48+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Limitation Periods in Motor Vehicle Collisions – Extension?

When you are in a motor vehicle collision, even if you have not suffered personal injuries, the standard Alberta automobile policy requires that you give notice of the collision to your insurance company within 30 days of the collision, and if that is not reasonable or possible, as soon as practicable after that. This is [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:16:48+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments