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3 Important Regulations for Injured Albertans

Accident injury law is extremely complicated in Alberta, requiring a high level of knowledge and experience to navigate successfully. While sound experienced legal counsel is the best way to claim damages and achieve a fair settlement, it’s still important for injured Albertans to understand the basics of injury law, as well as the laws and regulations that can impact their case.

With over 250 years of award-winning injury law experience, James H. Brown and Associates are a leading authority on Alberta injury law. We have a proven record of success in helping our clients navigate Alberta’s legal system and attain justice after serious injuries. Read on to learn more about the most important regulations for injured Albertans to understand, as well as how James H. Brown and Associates stands up for your rights after an accident.

Section B Benefits

Immediately after an accident, your first priority should be your health. Receiving a complete medical diagnosis and appropriate treatment is the first step on the road to recovery after any severe injury. However, even though Alberta healthcare may cover you initially, many accident victims and their families are often concerned about the costs incurred by long-term treatment.

In Alberta, motor vehicle accident victims are not responsible for the costs of their treatment. Under the Automobile Accident Insurance Benefits Regulation, your vehicle’s insurer is required to pay for up to 2 years of treatment after the accident.

Learn more about accessing Section B Benefits here.

Minor Injury Regulations and the Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols (“The Cap”)

One of the most discussed topics in Alberta injury law is “The Cap” and how it relates to accident settlements. Unfortunately, it is also one of the least understood.

In Alberta, the Minor Injury Regulations and the Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols serve to limit (or “cap”) the amount of compensation a person can receive for “pain and suffering” damages in accident settlements involving minor injuries. As of February 2022, Alberta’s minor injury cap for pain and suffering damages is $5488. This amount may be adjusted over time to account for inflation.

The Cap only limits “pain and suffering” damages. It does not limit other compensation accident victims can receive. For example, loss of income, inability to perform essential tasks, and long-term care expenses aren’t limited by the Cap.

Learn more about Alberta’s Minor Injury Cap here.

Motor Vehicle Accident Claims (MVAC) Program

In order to have an accident claim, you need to have a party who is responsible for your injuries. But what happens if the driver flees the scene or doesn’t have sufficient insurance to pay for your damages?

Alberta’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program is designed to protect victims injured by underinsured or unknown drivers. In accidents where the at-fault driver is uninsured or unknown, victims can sue MVAC to receive compensation for their injuries.

Learn more about how MVAC works here.

James H. Brown and Associates: Alberta’s Experienced Injury Lawyers

Injury law in Alberta is highly complex. When you’re injured, your best bet for receiving complete compensation for your injuries is to seek legal advice from an experienced Albertan injury law firm.

James H. Brown and Associates has proudly served Albertans since 1993, representing our clients’ injury claims and providing unrivalled support from start to finish. Today, we proudly provide comprehensive services and resources for accident victims and their families, including:

  • An award-winning team of experienced injury lawyers with an unrivalled record of success.
  • Complete accident investigation services, including accident reconstruction, evidence preservation, analysis, and more.
  • Access to medical and vocational professionals to fully diagnose your injuries, understand long-term consequences, and provide supporting documentation for your case.
  • Strong relationships with community organizations dedicated to supporting rehabilitation and recovery.

In addition to our comprehensive services, James H. Brown and Associates proudly partners with a variety of Alberta organizations dedicated to providing long-term treatment, rehabilitation, and support for accident victims and their families. No matter what the road to recovery has in store, James H. Brown and Associates is committed to supporting you and your family every step of the way.

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