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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.

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

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

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