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Drug offences and how to defend them

The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is Canada’s federal drug control statute. Passed in 1996 under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s government, it repeals the Narcotic Control Act and Parts III and IV of the Food and Drug Act and establishes eight Schedules of controlled substances and two Classes of precursors. It provides that “The Governor…

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How Does Distracted Driving Impact Your Personal Injury Case in BC?

On July 23, 2002, Scott Rollins, an off-duty police officer, was driving between mall parking lots when a driver named Mr. Lovely struck his vehicle. In 2007, the case, Rollins v. Lovely, went all the way to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.    Seconds before the collision, Mr. Lovely, the defendant, received a cell…

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How Does Distracted Driving Impact an Alberta Personal Injury Award?

If the driver of the vehicle who hit you was texting while driving then you could have a much stronger case. For one thing, RCMP now treats distracted driving as a form of impaired driving.    The penalty for driving while distracted is a $300 fine and 3 demerit points. Drivers don’t go to jail…

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Why You’ll Make More Money With a Personal Injury Lawyer’s Help

When many of our clients first hear about contingency fees they’re happy. They don’t have to come up with a massive retainer or pay exorbitant hourly fees. They can focus on healing.   Yet when the settlement is done they often start to ask themselves if they could have done better without a lawyer. After…

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If a Car Strikes a Pedestrian, Who Wins the Claim?

If you asked most people who would win a claim when a car strikes a pedestrian, they’d tell you that the driver of the car is clearly at fault and the pedestrian would easily win the claim. Yet they’d be absolutely wrong. The winner of the claim is based on the party who is at…

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How a Wrongful Death Case Works in Alberta

The death of a loved one is a tragedy, and no amount of money can help you manage the pain of grief. Yet the death of a loved one also comes with financial complications that can be very difficult to navigate. In Alberta, wrongful death claims exist to help you pay those expenses. Like most…

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How Product Liability Cases Work

A product liability case happens when a company puts out a defective or dangerous product that causes harm to customers even when they’re using the product correctly. The way the case will be handled will be determined by whether there was a contract involved in the sale or not. If there was no contract, certain…

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What is a Slip and Fall Case Worth?

Slip and fall cases sound like small matters. After all, you’ve probably tripped a few times at your own house.   Yet a severe, dangerous fall can do long-term damage. Elderly adults can even lose their independence from a serious slip and fall. They can have additional repercussions that create long term expenses you might…

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Why You Need a Truck Accident Expert

Truck accidents are by far the most complex types of personal injury cases. If you’ve been injured by a commercial box truck or delivery truck then you need to be very careful and deliberate as you choose your lawyer.   From the beginning this case will have twists and turns, and all of them will…

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Why Fault Matters in Your Alberta Personal Injury Case

The determination of fault is one of the issues that will take front and center in your personal injury case. It will determine whether you can recover funds in a claim, and it will determine how much of the claim you can cover.   Your personal injury lawyer’s job will be, in part, to reduce…

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