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    Sheldon Fraser, Motor Vehicle Accident Client
  • How to Hire a Lawyer

    Hiring a lawyer after an accident is one of the most important steps you will take. A lawyer with knowledge of Ontario accident law will make all the difference to your case. In this section of the site we offer helpful information about how to choose the lawyer who is right for your case.

    Completing Statutory Accident Benefits Forms

    If you have had a motor vehicle accident, you will probably receive forms from your insurance company to complete.  Alternatively, you might download the forms from the FSCO website.  These forms relate to your application for Statutory Accident Benefits, also known as “no-fault” benefits in Ontario.

    In order to claim Statutory Accident Benefits, you MUST complete these three documents:

    • Application for Accident Benefits (OCF-1)
    • Employer’s Confirmation (OCF-2)
    • Disability Certificate (OCF3).

    You will also receive a Permission to Disclose (OCF5), and Expense Claim (OCF6), a Treatment and Assessment Plan (OCF18)  and a Treatment Confirmation (OCF 23).  These forms are not mandatory and are not needed to start your claim.

    Timelines for Completing the Statutory Accident Benefit Forms

    There are timelines for completing the statutory accident benefit forms, but being a little but late will usually not cause problems, especially if there is a good reason.

    The Application for Accident Benefits, OCF1, should be submitted within 30 days from the day you receive the forms.

    The Disability Certificate, OCF3, should be submitted within 10 days of the completion of the Application for Accident Benefits.

    Who Should Complete the Statutory Accident Benefit Forms

    The Application for Statutory Accident Benefits, OCF1, should be completed by the person applying for accident benefits.  That person is referred to as the “claimant”.  A lawyer or a paralegal can help the claimant complete the form.  Auger Hollingsworth regularly assists clients with this form.

    The Employer’s Confirmation, OCF2, has a section that is completed by the claimant.  The balance of the form is to be completed by the claimant’s employer.  If the claimant has had more than 1 employer over the past 52 weeks, each employer should complete a copy of the OCF2.

    The Disability Certificate, OCF3, has a section that is completed by the claimant.  The balance of the form is to be completed by a health practitioner.  This includes a physician, chiropractor, dentist, occupational therapist, optometrist, psychologist, physiotherapist, nurse practitioner and speech language pathologist.  We highly recommend whenever possible that your PHYSICIAN complete the form.  He or she can submit an invoice for completing the form together with the form.

    Where do you Send the Forms

    If you received the forms directly from your own auto insurer, the return address is probably stamped on the forms, or identified in the cover letter that accompanied the forms.  Send them there.

    If you downloaded the forms, you will have to determine where to send them.  Remember that where you send your forms is not dependent on who was at fault for the accident.  Consider:

    • If you have your own car insurance on your own car, send it to that insurer.  That is true even if your own car was not involved in the accident.
    • If you are listed as a driver on an insurance policy, send it to that insurer.
    • If you are dependent on someone or the spouse of someone who has his / her own insurance or is listed on an insurance policy, send it to that insurer.
    • If you do not have insurance and are not a spouse or dependent of someone with insurance, send the forms to the insurance company that covers the vehicle you were in at the time of the accident.
    • If you do not have insurance and are not a spouse or dependent of someone with car insurance and were struck as a pedestrian or cyclist, send the forms to the insurance company of the vehicle that struck you.
    • If you do not have insurance and are not a spouse or dependent of someone with car insurance and the vehicle you were in does not have insurance, send the forms to the insurance company for any other vehicle involved in the accident.
    • If all else fails, send the forms to the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund.

    Need Help Completing your Statutory Accident Benefit Forms?

    At Auger Hollingsworth we help accident victims complete Accident Benefit forms on a regular basis.  Why not give us a call to see if we can help you?  Call us at 613 233-4529 for a free no obligation appointment.

     

    How waiting too long to meet a lawyer can hurt your Ontario car accident case

    Many accident victims wonder how soon is too soon to call a lawyer after a motor vehicle accident.

    The truth is, after you have dealt with the police and secured medical attention, a call to an experienced personal injury lawyer is often your next best call.

    Speaking to a lawyer early in the process does the following:

    • Ensures you know how to handle your telephone call to the insurance company;
    • Ensures you know what notes to make in the days after the accident;
    • Ensures you have an opportunity to take the right photos before vehicles are disposed of an road conditions have been altered;
    • Ensures that you know how to preserve the motor vehicle’s “black box”.

    A lawyer can also help you to provide early notice to the insurer of the at fault vehicle.

    Even if you are not certain you want to make a claim, and even if you are not certain that your injuries are serious, getting early advice from a lawyer you can trust can make a very big difference to the outcome of your compensation down the road.

    To speak with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, at no cost or obligation, call Auger Hollingsworth at 613 233-4529.  We’d be happy to explain your rights, even if you decide you won’t ultimately hire a lawyer.

    Rollover Accident on Blair Road at the 417 Overpass

    Vehicle rollover accidents are among the most serious car accidents we see at Auger Hollingsworth.  Whether it’s a single vehicle accident or a rollover following a collision between two vehicles, it is rare for the driver and passengers in these serious accidents to all escape unharmed.

    Saturday, September 20, 2014 a mother and her two children were in a car that flipped after a collision on the Blair Road overpass.  News sources indicate that both children and their mother were injured in the accident, at least one of them seriously.

    Following a major motor vehicle accident like this one, it is important to consult with a local personal injury lawyer promptly.  Before making important decisions about one’s case, or one’s children’s case, it is vital to get unbiased information to help you deal with your own insurance company, as well as the insurance company from any other involved vehicle.

    How do you do that?  Most Ottawa personal injury lawyers offer free, no-obligation consultations to accident victims and their loved ones.  At Auger Hollingsworth, a lawyer will meet you at your home, in the hospital or at one of our two convenient locations– Woodroffe Avenue or O’Connor Street.

    Wondering what to do after a serious car accident?  Call our firm at 613 233-4529 and we will provide you with the information you need to protect your rights.

     

     

     

    10 Lessons for Settlement Success After an Accident

     

    Want to get the best possible settlement as quickly and painlessly as possible after an Ottawa car accident or slip and fall accident?  Check out these 10 tips:

     

    1. Accept the help your medical team offers.  Say “yes” to every offer of rehabilitation and every specialist referral.
    2. Follow your medical team’s advice about home exercise, medication and nutrition.
    3. If at all possible, try to go back to work if you get medical clearance to do so.  It is ALWAYS better for your case if you try….even if you don’t succeed.
    4. Don’t ignore the emotional / psychological aspect of your case.  Many, many injured people need help from a mental health professional.  Recognizing this and taking action helps you and your case.
    5. Don’t harass the police officer who processed your motor vehicle accident report.  After the report is final, it is usually not a great idea to call the officer.
    6. Speak to a personal injury lawyer early after your accident.  Costly mistakes can be avoided if you get basic advice early on.
    7. Keep your medical and your legal team up to date on any significant changes to your health or work situation.
    8. Keep an eye on your marriage!  If you are married, an accident can take its toll on your relationship.  Both physical and emotional intimacy can be compromised.  if you need help, speak to a family therapist or your doctor as quickly as possible.
    9. Be honest and consistent when you fill out medical questionnaires, answer questions and speak to your lawyer and medical team.  Normally, the truth can’t hurt you but being caught in an un-truth really, really can.
    10. Hire the best possible accident lawyer to represent you in your case.  A lawyer who practices personal injury lawyer on a full time basis at a law firm that is dedicated to personal injury will always be your best bet to fight the insurance company for you.

    The personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth look forward to working with you.  Call for a free, no obligation consultation today at 613 233-4529.

    Cyclist, Two Teen Drivers Injured at Orchardview and Innes in Accident

    The Ottawa Sun is reporting that three teens were injured at the intersection of Orchardview and Innes Roads in Ottawa’s east end on Monday, October 14, 2013.

    The motor vehicle accident involved two cars, each driven by a 17 year old woman, and a 17 year old cyclist.

    All three individuals involved were reporting injuries.

    Steps to Take after a Bicycle – Car Accident

    1. Get appropriate medical care as soon as possible and follow up with your physician as required.  Initial medical care should be provided by a doctor.
    2. Notify your car insurance company, even if you were on your bicycle.  Let them know you were hurt and require an Application for Accident Benefits (OCF-1).  These benefits are available to you even if you caused the accident.
    3. Contact a personal injury lawyer for a free, no obligation consultation.

    The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation would be very happy to answer your initial questions after your accident.  For more information or to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers call 613 233-4529.

    Bank Street Cyclist dies in Ottawa Accident with Cement Truck

    July 30, 2013-  A tragic accident on Bank Street near Billings Bridge in Ottawa has resulted in the death of a 56 year old woman whose name has not been released. 

    Although the details of the accident are still emerging, it appears that the truck made a right hand turn while travelling south on Bank Street while the cyclist was traveling south through the intersection.  This is a common scenario for both bicycle and pedestrian accidents.

    Is there a claim after a fatal truck – bicycle Ottawa accident?

     

    After an Ottawa accident resulting in a fatality, the police typically perform a very detailed investigation to determine what happened.  Often the family of the deceased or injured person will also consult a forensic engineer to gather their own information about how such a accident occurred.  A personal injury lawyer can assist a grieving family in retaining and directing the engineer regarding what facts should be gathered for a future claim. 

    Similarly, a family considering a claim may wish to engage an investigator to gather witness statements.  Once the facts of the accident are clear, a personal injury lawyer can advise the family whether there is a claim for damages for the loss of their loved one.  In many instances where the claim involves a cyclist or a pedestrian, the motor vehicle driver will be held responsible for the accident.  This is because the Highway Traffic Act shifts the onus of proof onto a motorist to disprove negligence. 

    If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle – bicycle accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer for your free no obligation consultation.  Call the  Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for more information or to schedule a free consultation at 613 -233-4529.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Why should I hire an Ontario lawyer who has a focus in personal injury after my Ontario personal injury accident?

    When searching online or in the Yellow Pages for an Ontario lawyer after your Ontario personal injury accident,  a large pool of potential lawyers will be available. However, not all lawyers have a focus on personal injury cases.  The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office get asked by many accident victims looking for a lawyer why they should look for an Ontario personal injury lawyer and not a lawyer they know,  or one with a strong reputation in another field of law.

    For a personal answer to this case,  your best option is to call us at 613-860-4529.

    The field of personal injury is complex.   You want a lawyer who has a lot of experience dealing with personal injury cases and who knows the law.   Ontario has the most complex system for motor vehicle accidents due to the blended fault/no-fault system.

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about the importance of hiring a personal injury lawyer for personal injury cases on CTV Morning Live. Watch as Brenda Hollingsworth also answers a viewer’s question about lawyers who say you do not have a case.  Brenda explains why you need to make sure the lawyer you are talking to is a personal injury lawyer who handles a range of personal injury cases.

    The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office focus exclusively on personal injury and know the best professionals to use to support your case. Every doctor, insurance company, and therapist is different and you want a lawyer that knows which ones will support your case in the most effective way and which ones can be more challenging to work with.

    If you have suffered an Ontario motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 613-860-4529.

    Why should I hire an Ontario personal injury lawyer rather than handle my own case?

    When you consider launching a claim for compensation after an accident in Ottawa there are a lot of resources available to you if you want to handle your own case, including the information on this website.   However, you must ask whether that is the best course of action for you? There are times when you can handle you own injury case, but other times you should seek professional help from an Ontario personal injury lawyer.

    If you have been injured in an Ontario accident and would like advice on how you should go about handling your case,  contact the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office at 613-860-4529.  We will tell you if you should consider legal advice or handle the case yourself with guidance from an Ontario personal injury lawyer.

    What many people do not know is all the work that goes on behind the scenes in preparation for a case.    When dealing with insurance companies on more significant injuries, we believe they are more inclined to negotiate a fair settlement when you have a lawyer because they know that a lawyer will go to trial.

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth discuss this topic and why hiring an Ontario personal injury lawyer can be beneficial when it comes to preparing the evidence for your case on  CTV Morning Live.

    If you have been involved in an Ontario personal injury accident contact Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529.  We can provide you with the correct information to best handle your case.

    How do Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyers advance my case?

    Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyers – How we advance your case

    You have gone through the process of hiring the Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyer best suited to your needs. However, do you know what the next steps are when it comes to building your case? Not very many people know what happens after they hire a lawyer. For the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office this is where they find clients have the most questions. They do not know the exact role of a lawyer or the fact that they too, as the client, have a role in their case.

    If you have experienced a personal injury accident and have questions about what an Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyers role is in your case, call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529.  We can show you what a lawyer will be doing for your case and the proper steps needed to the legal process.

    After hiring your Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyer we need to build your case.  We need to convince the insurance company to pay the value of your injuries.  This process includes sending out requests for information to doctors, hospitals and physiotherapists to collect relevant evidence.

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth discuss what role an Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyer plays during your case and how you, as a client, have an important role too.

    If you have experienced an Eastern Ontario personal injury accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529.  We can guide you through the process towards legal compensation and determine the best steps to take for your specific case.

    Should I hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for my Ottawa accident?

    The benefits of hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your Ottawa accident.

    An increasing number of personal injury lawyers from big cities are advertising in Ottawa. You might be wondering why you should hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer after your Ottawa accident.  These accidents include, a  motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident.  Is a Toronto lawyer the best choice for your Ottawa case?

    The personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office focus exclusively in personal injury and know the best professionals to use to support your case. Every doctor, insurance company, and therapist is different and you want a lawyer who knows which ones will support your case, in the most effective way, and which ones can be more challenging to work with.

    You want to be able to pop in easily to your lawyer’s office for preparation for any meeting or examination by the insurance company.

    You want your lawyer to be familiar with the roadways and traffic patters in the area of the accident.

    Watch Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about the importance of choosing a local lawyer and the reasons why you should hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your Ottawa accident.

    If you have suffered an Ottawa motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers for a consultation at 613-860-4529.

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