It depends. A number of factors can influence the amount of an actual settlement, including (but not limited to):
- The severity of your injuries;
- The cost of any medical care and related expenses (e.g., medication, transportation, medical devices, etc.); and
- The long-term physical, financial, and even emotional impacts of your injuries.
Because Canadian courts in general (and Alberta courts in particular) tend to be more conservative, there are upper caps on certain types of compensation:
- The Supreme Court of Canada has set approximately $330,000 as the maximum compensation for pain and suffering; and
- Alberta has set the maximum compensation for certain types of soft tissue damage at $5,202.
Although the caps are strict, they are not extensive; certain types of injuries fall outside the scope of the Alberta soft tissue cap, and additional compensation can be awarded for lost income, cost of future care, and loss of opportunity. Injury law is complex, and a personal injury lawyer can help you negotiate a settlement on your terms to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.