Blog

Auger Hollingsworth – We Play to Win

auger  hockey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Alfredsson wasn’t the only one in Ottawa to take centre ice on Thursday. Auger Hollingsworth stepped out of the courtroom and onto the ice as part of a new winter television campaign to spread awareness of compensation after a collision, slip and fall or other accident.

After an accident, facing off against the insurance company can be discouraging. Not only are you in physical pain, but also emotional pains of lost wages and health care expenses.

As the temperature drops, the number of slips and falls rises. Despite taking proper precautions, winter’s wet and icy conditions are unpredictable, leaving you to wonder who is responsible for your injury. But being penalized by your insurance company because of an injury is what we call an offside.

Recently, Auger Hollingsworth settled a case involving a woman who slipped and fell at a superstore parking lot. The sidewalk was congested with people and shopping carts. Despite wearing appropriate winter footwear and taking caution in crossing the road, her foot slipped out from under her as she stepped onto the sidewalk -leaving her with a broken left ankle that required surgery.  Because of her age, costly accommodations were made to adapt to her current well-being.

For the following months after, she endured the following:

She was unable to walk- requiring walker and wheelchair rental.
She was unable to drive for five months- requiring chauffeurs.
She was unable to shop for food-requiring meals on wheels.
She was unable to properly maintain her vehicle-requiring expensive repairs insurance wouldn’t cover.
She was unable to wash by herself-requiring a bath handlebar, and personal assistance.

By working with Auger Hollingsworth’s personal injury team, she was able to receive a six figure settlement for her pain and suffering.

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall this winter, contact our team at Auger Hollingsworth for a free, no obligation consultation at 613-860-4529. Your goals are our goals, and we play to win.

Bill 15 Passes Third Reading- Bad News for Ontarians

On November 20th, the Ontario legislature passed a bill aimed at lowering the interest rate insurance companies have to pay on your pain and suffering.

See Bill: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=3007

Prior to the passing of this Bill, interest rates encouraged insurers to settle cases in a timely manner. Now, there is no need for insurers to move quickly, and so begins the process of dragging everything out. This allows for insurers to bank the money and profit from it, while accident victims wait longer for their compensation.

The prejudgment interest rate has historically provided incentive to settle cases in a timely manner. With the interest rate for pain and suffering damages in MVAs reduced from 5% to 1.3%, there will obviously be little incentive for insurers to deal expeditiously with claims for pain and suffering.

Instead, insurers will keep their money in the bank for as long as possible, make additional income from their investments, and starve out innocent plaintiffs.

Currently, insurance companies make 3% on their investments, and therefore they can expect to earn at least 1.7% profit holding on to an innocent victim’s compensation for damages for every year that they put off settlement. It’s really just simple math.

A second aspect of this Bill removes the accident victim’s right to sue relating to accident benefits. This loss will lead to duplicated effort and unnecessary costs. People who are injured in auto accidents may be forced to participate in two similar adjudicative processes – one at the Licence Appeals Tribunal for accident benefits disputes, and then a trial involving a Tort claim where the same issues may be litigated a second time, using the same medical experts!

*The potential waste with this change is huge.

Have a question about an accident you were in? Order one of our free accident guides or call for a free consultation at 613-860-4529 to book a consultation within 24-48 hours. 

Cantley Teenager Killed After Hit by Two Vehicles

A 17-year old female student died early on October 14 after being hit by two vehicles on Highway 307 near Rue Cardinal. The crash, which occurred near Cantley involved a young woman thought to be a student at CEGEP de l’Outaouais. The teen was hit by a pickup truck, which threw her into an oncoming lane where she was hit by a second vehicle. The second vehicle is believed to have stopped shortly before leaving the scene.

Anyone with information about this accident is being asked to contact investigator Bruno Lafleur-Larocque at 819-459-2422, ext. 3244.

Have you been injured in a hit and run?

After a hit and run your health should always be your number one priority, but here are some other aspects to consider.

  1.  Always call police. It’s important that police are contacted right after a hit and run so that they can review the scene of the crash, and get necessary details. Also, they will want to talk to any witnesses at the scene.
  2. Contact your insurance provider and let them know you have been injured in a hit and run.
  3. Keep track of all records, medical or therapy bills, loss of income, and any other expenses you have as a result of the hit and run.
  4. Contact a personal injury lawyer about your options.

If you have questions about a hit and run you were injured in, contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free, no-obligation consultation at 613-233-4529.

 

 

 

Bank Street Dump Truck Collision Causes Critical Injuries

Early in the morning on October 14th police were notified of a major collision on Bank Street and Isabella Street. According to reports, a dump truck sideswiped another vehicle at the intersection. The driver of the dump truck and the woman in the other vehicle were transported to the Ottawa Hospital. The woman in currently in critical condition with chest injuries.

For more information on this accident read the report from The Ottawa Citizen.

Want to prepare for an accident before it happens? When your adrenaline is pumping after an accident, it is helpful to have a guide telling you what steps to take. Order our free Crash Kit for your Glove Box, so you can have easy-to-access information when you need it.

Have questions about an accident you were in? Our personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are available for free consultations at 613-233-4529. Appointments can be booked within 24-48 hours.

Auger Hollingsworth’s Leading Lawyers Chosen Among Ottawa Life Magazine Top 25 People in the Capital

This month Brenda Hollingsworth and Richard Auger were featured in Ottawa Life Magazine’s Special Issue on The Top 25 People in the Capital. These leading lawyers even came in at number 2! Here’s what features writer Marie Waine had to say:

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 10.36.28 PM

Brenda Hollingsworth & Richard Auger: Legal Power Couple

Brenda Hollingsworth and Richard Auger are the power couple that make up Auger Hollingsworth, Ottawa’s personal injury law firm. The two met in law school and have been inseparable ever since. It was a natural decision to open up a law firm together. “We are a husband and wife law team,” says Hollingsworth. “There can be strain of what direction the firm should go in, but we work from the same pot so we are always watching out for each other. It’s a very nice way to practice.” And that practice has been booming. Over the last year, Auger Hollingsworth has grown, opening up a second location in the downtown Ottawa core. The firm has also welcomed two new associate lawyers. Hollingsworth says she hopes to add one or two more in the next year. “We are in expansion and growth mode,” she says. “It is a big time for us.” If this is not enough, the firm is also in the midst of becoming a paperless law firm, increasing the use of technology to improve client services. One of the client services Auger Hollingsworth prides itself on the most is its education-based marketing technique. The firm has published multiple books people can order for free off of the firm’s web site. “A lot of people don’t need a lawyer,” says Hollingsworth. “They just need some help and information.” She says providing free legal resources helps differentiate the couple’s law firm from others in the city. “People don’t usually associate lawyer with free,” she says. “It’s our way of giving back. From a business perspective, it’s good and from a community service perspective, it’s good.”

Read the rest of the article in Ottawa Life Magazine’s September/October Issue  .

Have you been in an accident and would like Brenda and Richard on your team? Call our offices at 613-233-4529 to book a free, no-obligation consultation.

School bus injuries in Ontario

One of the most common ways for children to commute to and from school is by school bus. Of those who bus, the two most common ways children are injured on busses is either through an automobile collision or commotion on the bus. If there is a traffic collision, children who are injured advance a typical motor vehicle accident (MVA) claim. With an MVA claim, an accident would be reported, your child would access accident benefits, and you would potentially have a claim against the at-fault driver. Children can also get injured through the movement of the bus, whether that’s going up on a curb, stopping quickly, or making a drastic turn.

Children Acting Rowdy on the Bus

Sometimes children dash cross aisles, and get rowdy, but where does the responsibility lie when bus-riding children aren’t doing what they should be doing?

Rowdiness on a bus becomes an issue when it is part of the normal bus behavior. If children are always standing up, and being rowdy, then the school needs to know. The school should then start thinking about whether they need more bus monitors to supervise the children on the drive home, as well as what training the monitors need to have. If your child is coming home with stories that make you question the safety of the daily bus ride, talk to the school and make sure it gets sorted out.

If you have any concerns about an injury your child sustained on their trip home, call our personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529. We will give you the information you need right away, or book you in for a free consultation if you have a more in-depth question.

Playing it safe: Playground safety tips for children in Ontario

Once your commute is planned, and your child is safe at school, the next thing to consider is playground safety. Here are three things to consider:

1) Play Structure Injuries

One of the most common accidents that happen on school property is play structure injury. We see lots of broken arms, and sometimes ankles, that get injured from either jumping or falling off of the play structure. The playground can be a rowdy place, but sometimes accidents can be avoided. At most schools that go from junior kindergarten to grade 6 or grade 8, there are several play structures that are made to suit the size of children. If your child is supposed to stay on the junior play structure make sure he or she knows why.

2) Repairs and Refills

Once your child knows the rules of the playground, make sure it’s a safe place. As a parent, take a look around the playground when you drop your kids off in the morning up pick them up after school. One thing we see with the clients that have come to our offices is that play structures don’t always have the appropriate amount of sand or cushioning. At the beginning of the season the grounds are usually prepped and ready to go, but by mid-season with all the wear and tear the wood chips or sand may need refilling. Same goes for the up keep around the school, such as basketball courts and cement walks. If you see something that makes you think, “someone is going to get hurt on that,” someone probably will! Tell your school’s principal.

3) What Should I Do?

The problem with a lot of school property issues is that everyone knows about unsafe areas, but no one does anything about it. If you notice something astray on the playground, whether it’s broken equipment or a dangerous area, let the principal of the school know. The school principal is ultimately responsible not just for the school but the schoolyard.

For more information on these types of injuries, catch Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth discuss schoolyard safety on CTV Ottawa Morning Live.

If you have a child that was injured on school property, learn more about your rights by booking a free consultation with the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-1529.

3 Safety Tips For Your Child’s Commute

Whether your children walks, bikes, or take the school bus, it’s always a good idea to review their commute with them to make sure they’re both following the rules of the road and staying safe on their way to school. The responsibility of keeping our kids safe is a group effort that includes parents, teachers, schools, and property owners. Help keep the school commute safe with some of these tips.

Getting to School

Whether your child is walking, biking or taking the bus, there are many safety precautions to consider. Cycling accidents, for example, tend to occur on the way home when both children and adult drivers are tired and ready to relax. One way to prepare is to ask your child about the path they take on the way home from school and go over any roads, stoplights, or other traffic signals that he or she need to pay attention toyou’re your child is younger, consider biking or walking the route with him or her to help them get familiar with the steps to take, and what to watch out for.

Helmet Safety

We all know that children should be wearing helmets, but as young teens move up into grade 7, 8, and 9, sometimes they stop listening to the safety rules and need a reminder. Lay down some ground rules. What are the consequences if you find out they weren’t wearing a helmet? Make sure they know what the repercussions are and that they take helmets seriously, even if their friends don’t!

Parking Lot Safety

We all look out for the school bus traffic arm that pops out when children are about to walk across the road, but what about near schools? Lots of accidents occur during the period when both buses and cars are driving up for pickup. Children can dash between buses, and stray from the crowd. If you live near a school zone, or pick up your child at the end of each day, be wary of any hidden corners or areas out of view.

It’s important to note that even if the injured child darted onto the road, or disobeyed traffic laws, it is usually ultimately the driver who is held responsible for an accident. So it’s really important to stay alert, and expect bikers and children on your commute.

For more tips to ensure your child has a safe commute, catch Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth discussing safe school commutes on CTV Ottawa Morning Live. 

If you have a question about an accident your child was in, or would like more information on the claims process. Call the Auger Hollingsworth offices at 613-233-4529 to book a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers.

Update: Transportation Safety Board says bus in VIA rail train collision was travelling over the speed limit

Investigations by the Transportation Safety Board into the OC Transpo bus that collided with a VIA Rail train last September in Ottawa killing 6 and injuring others have found that the bus was travelling over the speed limit at the time of the crash. Aside from speed, it was also found that the driver may have been looking at a monitor at the time of the accident, and was possibly distracted. The Transportation Safety Board has said that the bus was in working order at the time, but that breaks were only first applied 2 seconds before the accident.

The report states that there are many monitor screens in the driver’s cockpit, and though drivers are told not to stare at them, even glancing at them shortly can take their attention off the road. It is thought that glances to these screens may have been contributing to OC Transpo accidents.

Investigations are still ongoing and the final report will come later. Currently, the Transportation Safety Board is suggesting lowering speed limits near rail crossings and a review of the usage of monitors and screens in the driver’s area.

If you or a loved one has been injured on or by an OC Transpo bus, and you have questions, call our offices for a free consultation at 613-233-4529. Appointments can be booked within 24-48 hours.

Ontario Guide to Dog Bites: What to do and who to call

What do you do when man’s best friend bites? Get to know your Dog Owners’ Liability Act! In this article we cover some dog bite basics and answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

What you need to know as a dog owner

In Ontario we have the Dog Owner Liability Act that stipulates that if your dog bites someone else, you are held responsible. It doesn’t matter if the dog was being trained, if it was at the dog sitters, or if it escaped. The Dog Owner Liability Act is a strict liability statute.

For this reason, it is very important if you are a dog owner that you tell your home insurance or tenant insurance that you have a dog. If a situation arises where your dog bites someone, and that person needs compensation, you want to know for certain that you will be covered.

Steps to take after a dog bite if you are the victim

1) Collect names of any witnesses

2) Get the name of the dog owner and, if possible, collar information

3) Get medical attention ASAP

4) Take photos of your wounds

5) Call us 613-233-4529

Will the dog be put down after a dog bite?

A lot of dog lovers who have been seriously injured by a dog bite are hesitant to advance a lawsuit because they think the dog will be put down. Really, advancing a lawsuit is about compensation for your injuries. There’s nothing that happens in the lawsuit process that affects the dog. What bylaw or animal control determines about the dog, and what occurs in a lawsuit for compensation, are two different issues that don’t affect one another. Because of the Dog Owners’ Liability Act, if a lawsuit is advanced it is only going to result in an insurance claim, and will not impact the life of the dog.

Have questions about a dog bite? Call us up for a free consultation at 613-233-4529. We can answer your questions over the phone or in person, whichever works best for you.

« Previous PageNext Page »
  • Auger Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers representing injured people in Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Perth, Cornwall, Kingston, Renfrew, Lanark, Pembroke, Petawawa and Hawksbury, Toronto, Peterboroght, L'Orignal. Note: This Website Provides Information but not legal advice. Contact a lawyer for legal advice about your case. Every case is different.
  • Mailing Address: 1443 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2G 1W1 | Downtown Office: 304 O'Connor Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1V7
    Copyright © 2010-2015 Auger Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyers - Beers Design