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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.

How Serious is the Teenage Motor Vehicle Fatal Accident Problem?

Fatal motor vehicle crashes are by far the leading cause of death among people 13 to 19 years of age. The accident risk among teenage drivers is particularly high during the first months of them receiving their license. This underlines the importance of provinces such as Alberta which have adopted graduated licensing requirements. Teenage Motor [...]

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

Grief Related Heart Disease

Risk of Heart Disease Heart disease risk when grieving has been studied before and researchers have found a connection between heart disease and grief. However some recent studies have shed new light upon heart attack patients who have recently lost a loved one. Their recent findings have been quite shocking. What researchers have found is [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 February 19th, 2014|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

What is an Independent Medical Examination in a Personal Injury Claim in Alberta

It is common in a personal injury case for the Defendant insurance company to have the personal injury victim submit to a medical examination at the hands of a doctor or doctors of the insurance company’s choosing, usually a doctor from Edmonton or Calgary. The Defendant insurance company and their counsel like to refer to [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 January 6th, 2014|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

My Spouse was killed – what do I do now for the children and the household?

My spouse took care of the household chores and our children but was killed in a motor vehicle accident In a situation where your spouse was at home either full-time or part-time taking care of the children and the household and is killed in a car collision, the surviving widow or widower and children have [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 December 16th, 2013|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Recovering Funeral Costs From A Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

In a fatal motor vehicle collision in Alberta, you should contact your own car insurance company for payment of part of the funeral costs. There is a contractual provision under Section B of the Alberta Standard Automobile Policy which provides that your car insurance company must automatically pay $5,000.00 towards the funeral costs. There are [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 30th, 2013|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Alberta Fatal Accident Claims for Bereavement Increased

Bereavement Claims As of May 1st, 2013, the Province of Alberta under the Fatal Accidents Act, has increased the amount of bereavement surviving family members may claim for the wrongful death of a loved one in a fatal car collision. Bereavement is defined as the, “grief, loss of care, guidance and companionship of the loved [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 18th, 2013|Fatal Accident Claims|0 Comments

Umbrella Insurance Policy

In my last post I recommended you purchase a minimum of $2,000,000 third party liability insurance. Until very recently in Alberta this was the maximum a private motor vehicle owner could purchase (commercial vehicles have been able to purchase $5,000,000 for several years now). However, now, if you make a specific request of your auto [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 11th, 2013|Personal Injury Claims and Damages|0 Comments

Alberta Auto Insurance – How Much Auto Insurance Liability Should You Carry?

You should carry a minimum of $2 Million of auto liability insurance on your car or truck. Third party liability insurance on your automobile is designed to protect you in the event that you are negligent and cause a collision which results in serious injuries or death to innocent victims. The old recommendation by insurance [...]

By | 2017-07-14T18:17:17+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|Insurance Claim Issues|0 Comments