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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.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Medical Break Through

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder The horrific carnage which occurs on our highways often results in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of the survivors, who see the terrible result of the negligent actions of drivers of motor vehicles at highway speeds. In civil litigation cases proving PTSD relies upon signs and symptoms and neuropsychological assessments all [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:03+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Medical - Legal Issues|0 Comments

Can You Secretly Record Conversations With Others With Your Smart Phone?

We are often asked if it is illegal to tape record a conversation that you are having with someone else. This question seems to come up more often given the widespread availability of recording devices on smartphones such as the iPhone. The picture below depicts an iPhone recorder which is very easy to use and allows [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:03+00:00 July 29th, 2014|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments

Tape Recording of a Medical Examination by the Defendant’s Doctor

When an individual is injured in a motor vehicle accident the defendant, more specifically the defendant’s insurance company, has the right to have the plaintiff victim submit to a medical exam by a doctor chosen by the insurance company. Recently the Alberta Rules of Court were amended to allow the plaintiff to have a third [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:03+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Medical - Legal Issues|0 Comments

What is a Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR)?

A Judicial Dispute Resolution (often referred to as a JDR) was for a time in Alberta a mandatory confidential dispute resolution process, however, recently the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, due to the understaffing of judges in the Province of Alberta, and the overwhelming demand for JDRs, sent a letter temporarily suspending [...]

Sophisticated Negotiation – How To Win At Mediation – Part 2

In my last blog post I talked about some of the finer points of negotiation and mediation in order to achieve a maximum settlement outcome, if you are interested in learning more about negotiating a settlement and or mediation I would recommend the following books. There is a bestselling book by Robert Cialdini, Influence: Science [...]

Sophisticated Negotiation – How To Win At Mediation

Mediation either with a private mediator paid for by the parties or Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) which uses a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta as a mediator has become highly popular and successful in Alberta in recent years. However the outcome your injury lawyer achieves for you is a function of [...]

General Damages for Pain and Suffering – How is it Determined?

Canada is very different from the United States when it comes to awarding general damages for pain and suffering. As the name applies, general damages for pain and suffering is a general award intended to compensate an innocent victim for the pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of amenities of life, and loss of enjoyment of [...]

13 Questions (With Answers) To Find a Top Personal Injury Lawyer

What are the questions you should ask when you are looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer in Alberta to handle your case? Our law firm has put together 13 questions with answers below: 1. Is your practice restricted to personal injury and fatal accident claims? Answer: Yes my practice is restricted to personal injury and [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:03+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments