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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.

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

Medical Breakthrough – Paralysis May Not Last Forever

In a stunning medical breakthrough, a team of medical researchers at the University of Louisville and the University of California-Los Angeles restored some voluntary movement to four men who were told they would never move their legs again. The findings were published in the April 4th, 2014 issue of the journal “Brain” which is a [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:03+00:00 April 16th, 2014|Medical - Legal Issues|0 Comments

Common-Law or Interdependent Partner and a Fatal Accident Claim

When can a common-law partner, known in Alberta as an “adult interdependent partner,” bring a claim for loss of financial support on the death of his or her partner? 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 [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 April 8th, 2014|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Spinal Cord Injury and Future Treatment Costs

Spinal cord injuries very often lead to paralysis. A spinal cord injury involves damage to the nerves within the bony protection of the spinal canal. Motor-vehicle accidents are a common cause of spinal cord injuries (responsible for 42 percent of spinal cord injuries). The spinal cord itself does not have to be severed in order [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments