Economica is a consulting firm based in Calgary (western Canada). Our area of specialization is the assessment of damages in personal injury and fatal accident litigation. We are typically hired by lawyers who are representing the plaintiff or defendant following a motor vehicle accident or medical malpractice. Our role in these matters is to prepare reports in which we offer estimates of the plaintiff’s loss of income (or a loss of dependency following a fatal accident). In addition to our reports, or as an alternative, we offer more informal advice to our clients over the phone, by email, or in person. We also provide rebuttal evidence in response to economic reports prepared by other experts. Our reports can also include estimates of the present discounted value of a plaintiff’s future costs of care, based on the evidence of a cost of care expert. Sometimes we provide evidence in court.
For more information about us and the services we provide, see the appropriate links. If you think you would like to retain us, we also have some checklists that outline the type of information we like to have in order to prepare various types of assessments.
Economica is staffed by four full-time economists: Christopher Bruce, Derek Aldridge, Kelly Rathje, and Laura Weir. We all have Master of Arts degrees in economics. Christopher Bruce (the owner of Economica) also has a PhD and is a full-time economics professor at the University of Calgary. We also hire independent consultants on an “as-needed” basis.
We offer a great deal of experience. Chris has been working in this field since the late 1970s, Derek since 1995, Kelly since 1999, and Laura since 2006.
The Expert Witness newsletter
Two to four times per year, we publish a newsletter titled The Expert Witness. The purpose of this newsletter is to present the results of our research into issues which are of interest to the personal injury litigator. We send the newsletter to more than 1,000 lawyers – mainly in Western Canada but also to readers in in other provinces and in the United States.
We began publishing the newsletter in February 1996. Since then we have published more than 120 articles, and every article from every issue is available on this Web site. If you want to find an article from a specific issue of the newsletter, follow the newsletter link. To see a list of all of our articles, sorted by topic, see the articles link. Some of these include articles that never appeared in our newsletter. You can also use an excellent Google-powered search function (top right of each page) to search our database of articles.
The calculation tables link leads to some easy-to-use calculation tables. First, we provide inflation-adjustment tables that can be used to estimate appropriate awards for non-pecuniary damages in Canadian civil actions. For example, you might want to determine what is an equivalent award in 2007 dollars, to an amount that was awarded in a 1993 judgment. To do this, you need to apply an inflation factor to the 1993 figure. We provide tables showing inflation factors based on Alberta’s consumer price index (CPI) as well as Canada’s. These figures will be updated monthly, as Statistics Canada releases its CPI data. In addition, We also provide a table of judgment interest rates (for Alberta) which can be applied to "special damages" costs that have been incurred over the pre-trial period.
Please contact us by phone or email, to discuss your case and the services that we can offer. Our contact information is below.
Our mailing address:Economica Ltd.
1660, 700 - 4th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T2P 3J4
Phone and fax:Phone: (403) 297-0012
Fax: (403) 262-5458
Email:Christopher Bruce: firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Aldridge: email@example.com
Kelly Rathje: firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Weir: email@example.com