Helpful Tips, Advice, & More From an Edmonton Injury Law Firm

Are you looking for legal help related to your personal injury? Visit McCourt Law Offices in Edmonton. For over 25 years, we have been helping car crash victims get the justice they deserve. Our experienced team of injury and accident lawyers has successfully assisted clients with different personal injuries. You can read our blog to keep yourself updated with matters relating to personal injury laws and regulations.

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    Sorry, Insurance Lobbyists, but the Alberta Government Has Better Things to Do

    As noted in our last blog post a couple of weeks ago, some auto insurance lobbyists seem fond of fibbing -- and why not when it so clearly works for them? Fifteen years ago this month, by falsely claiming that injury claims were skyrocketing (they’d actually been in sharp decline for years) and that the insurance industry was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy (it was actually posting all-time record high profits), the insurance lobby secured government intervention in the form of an unnecessary regulatory scheme artificially capping compensation for Albertans who suffer relatively quickly healing sprains, strains or whiplash injuries due to the negligence of other motorists. Last year, Nötley Crüe threw more injured Albertans under the bus, adding those with certain jaw joint (TMJ) and psychological injuries to the list of victims barred from being fairly compensated by the insurers of the reckless &/or drunk drivers who hurt them.

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  • 01/10/2019
    The Minor Injury Regulation 15 Years Later: Time to Cut the Crap and Scrap the Cap

    For the last 15 years, the path between the offices of the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Alberta Finance has been short -- and well-worn. IBC, the amply financed lobbyist for the multibillion dollar, multinational insurance industry, has had little difficulty persuading bureaucrats and politicians (including those in the dearly departed, “one & done” NDP government) to restrict the rights of innocent injured Albertans so as to pad the profit margins of auto insurance companies. Fifteen years ago today, a provincial PC government past its prime enacted an unfair, unnecessary, unconservative regulation capping private auto insurance compensation for innocent Albertans injured by careless drivers. The regulation was implemented after persistent lobbying from an insurance industry whose pleas of poverty were, to borrow a phrase from philosopher Harry Frankfurt, "not germane to the enterprise of describing reality." In fact, insurance companies were enjoying all-time high profits prior to the cap, and have seen an eye-popping increase in profits ever since -- at the expense of Alberta motorists.

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    What the Cap? Part 2: Minor Injury Regulation in Alberta Continued

    Building from our previous blog post on the matter, under the Minor Injury Regulation, certain injured auto accident victims are no longer entitled to fair compensation for their pain.

    Most people hurt in car crashes suffer soft-tissue injuries - whiplash, sprains and strains to muscles, tendons and ligaments. If those are the only injuries you suffered in your accident, the soft tissue injury cap may mandate that you to receive only a small fraction of fair compensation for your pain.

    On the other hand, if you suffered physical or psychological injuries in this accident other than whiplash, tendon, or musculo-ligamentous injuries or if those acute soft tissue injuries have evolved into chronic pain (pain persisting beyond 90 days post-accident despite proper treatment); make sure your doctors and therapists document those injuries.

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  • 05/09/2019
    What the Cap? Part 1: What Changed in Minor Injuries in Alberta?

    The Alberta government has capped at about $5000 pain and suffering compensation for so-called “minor” injuries, stating that with government-mandated protocols treatments 90% of injured car crash victims should fully heal from their sprains, strains & whiplash within 90 days of the accident.

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    A Message from Your Edmonton Injury Lawyer: Compensation for Loss of Homemaking Capacity

    If, as a result of your accident injuries, you are less able to do your household chores and yard maintenance activities and therefore someone else is having to pick up the slack, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of homemaking capacity.

    Certainly, since the Alberta Court of Appeal’s 1994 Benstead v. Murphy decision, it has been settled law in our province that loss of homemaking capacity claims (both past and future) are legitimate and separate heads of damages in tort cases.

    Wendy Benstead was injured in a rear-end motor vehicle accident, and consequently was rendered less able to perform some of her usual household chores and yard maintenance activities. As a result, she received extra, gratuitous assistance in the performance of these tasks from her mom (Ms. Miller), husband Paul and son Chad.

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    Need an Edmonton Personal Injury Lawyer? Here’s What to Look For

    If you have been injured in an accident, Edmonton injury lawyers can assist you with your personal injury claim. But how do you decide which lawyer will be the best for you? What makes a great accident injury lawyer? This post discusses what you should look for when hiring a personal injury lawyer, explains some of the advantages of hiring a local Edmonton accident injury lawyer, and highlights what sets the team of personal injury lawyers at McCourt Law Offices apart from other Edmonton accident injury lawyers.

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  • 16/07/2019
    Get Your Voices Heard! Fight for Fair Auto Insurance Legislation in Alberta

    For 15 years, McCourt Law Offices has been at the forefront of the fight for fair auto insurance legislation and regulations, as discussed at Our efforts have included submissions to Alberta’s Auto Insurance Rate Board, including these submissions in 2009, 2010 and 2011:

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  • 24/06/2019
    A Message From Your Edmonton Personal Injury Lawyer: The NDP’s Secret Minor Injury Regulation Amendment

    With its defeat in the provincial election on April 16, 2019, the NDP became Alberta’s first ever one term government. Rachel Notley’s NDP took office after winning the previous election in 2015 with much promise to stand up for ordinary Albertans.  However, severely normal Albertans severely injured in auto accidents were left severely disappointed with the NDP.

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    I Just Had a Car Accident! What Do I Do Next?

    Most people know the basics of what to do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident: report the accident to the police, seek medical attention, and notify your insurance company.

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