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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.

Distracted Driving Now the Leading Cause of Car Accidents

Although some people are aware of the statistics, the fact of the matter is, distracted drivers are quietly causing a huge amount of carnage on our highways. Distracted driving includes talking on a cell phone, sending text messages, reaching for an object inside the vehicle, eating food, or applying makeup. According to a study released [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:03+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Motor Vehicles and Collisions|0 Comments

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 [...]