What is Contributory Negligence in a Calgary Car Accident?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | August 7, 2023

All Canadian provinces have a contributive negligence clause, and Alberta is no exception. Contributory negligence allows multiple parties in an accident or injury case to share liability. Many clients are surprised to learn that they themselves may be apportioned a percentage of negligence, even if they are the sole injured victim.   Contributing to Negligence:…

What is a Failure to Mitigate Loss in a Calgary Personal Injury Case?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | August 3, 2023

When you get injured after another person acts negligently, they have a duty to compensate you for those losses. Yet you have duties, too, even after you get hurt. Your primary duty is loss mitigation. That is, you must take reasonable steps to minimize the costs of your injuries, from the amount of medical treatment…

Can Creditors Take My Calgary Personal Injury Settlement?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 29, 2023

The province of Alberta has taken steps to protect personal injury victims from creditors. While your personal injury settlement isn’t 100% safe, Alberta law gives you breathing room that doesn’t exist in other places, such as the United States.   Creditors May Not Create Liens In Alberta, creditors may not create a lien against a…

How to Hire and Work with an Alberta Personal Injury Lawyer

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 21, 2023

You probably know you are entitled to compensation after an accident. When another party is negligent, Alberta law allows you to recover funds for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. If your attempt to recover these funds is to be successful, you will need help from an experienced personal injury attorney. Here’s how to…

When is the Best Time to Hire a Calgary Personal Injury Lawyer

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 15, 2023

Many people wait far too long before hiring a personal injury attorney. Some even wait until their two-year limitations period has run out. Many misconceptions exist about when you can hire a lawyer and when you should. For example, some people believe you must reach maximum medical improvement before hiring a lawyer or that they…

Motorcycle Injury Claims in Calgary, AB, When the Rider Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 7, 2023

It is illegal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Alberta. Our province has a mandatory helmet law requiring all riders and passengers to wear a helmet that meets the safety standards set by Alberta Transportation. Failing to wear a helmet brings all sorts of terrible consequences, from fines and penalties to increased injury…

How to Choose the Right Car Accident Insurance Policy in Alberta, CA

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | July 2, 2023

In practical terms, a personal injury victim can only recover a limited amount of money. The at-fault policyholder’s liability limits cap those limits. While the driver is responsible for any funds their insurance company doesn’t cover, collecting anything more from them is usually functionally impossible. When purchasing a policy, you need to plan for two…

Boating Accidents in Alberta

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | June 30, 2023

Operating a boat? You have the same duty of care to other people and watercraft you’d have while driving a car in Alberta. Your first duty is always to take whatever actions you can take to avoid causing accidents and injuries. If someone else’s irresponsible boat behavior harms you in some way, you have the…

Hunting Accident Injury Cases in Alberta

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | June 26, 2023

If you’re like most Albertans, you love our gorgeous natural environment. Yet whether you’re a hunter or not, there are plenty of hunters out there. The Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association notes that over 150,000 people hold a hunting license in Alberta. Roughly 14 or 15 hunting-related incidents were reported to Alberta Fish and Wildlife…

If I’m Not Wearing My Seatbelt But Get Injured in an Alberta Car Accident, Can I Still Claim Compensation?

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | June 21, 2023

All drivers and passengers must wear occupant restraints when traveling in a vehicle—it’s the law. There are exceptions, but they rarely apply to most car accident cases. Alberta still allows you to sue the at-fault driver, but you can bet that driver’s insurance company will bring up the fact that you weren’t wearing a seatbelt.…

Advice for Motorbike Passengers Injured in Alberta

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | June 16, 2023

Most people know what happens when you’re the driver in a motorcycle accident who gets injured in a crash. Most people understand what to do if they’re a pedestrian struck by a motorcycle. Few people understand their options or rights when they’re injured passengers. Do not assume you don’t have rights or that no help…

Ski-Doo Accidents in Edmonton, AB

By Donald I.M. Outerbridge | June 11, 2023

Every year, Alberta sees roughly 73,000 snowmobile registrations. Snowmobiles are a lot of fun, but they can be dangerous, too. There are roughly 14,000 snowmobile injuries every year. Approximately 200 accidents result in deaths. It may surprise you to know you can bring forth a personal injury or wrongful death suit on a snowmobile accident.…