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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.

 

 

 

Brenda Hollingsworth Chosen as One of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs

Ottawa, CANADA – September 18th, 2014. Ottawa Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth has been chosen as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs by PROFIT/Chatelaine W100. This year, Ms. Hollingsworth, co-owner and head of the personal injury practice at Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation, ranked 88th in the 16th annual W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs, produced by PROFIT Magazine and Chatelaine.

Ranking Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, the W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business, the November issue of Chatelaine and online at PROFITguide.com and chatelaine.com, the W100 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women.

“This recognition says as much as of the dedication of the Auger Hollingsworth team as it does about individual entrepreneurship,” said Ms. Hollingsworth. “Any woman business leader knows that success is a group effort, and growth only happens when of all of the pieces of the puzzle come together.”

Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation, an Ottawa personal injury law firm, was founded by Ms. Hollingworth and Richard Auger in 2005. Over the years, Ms. Hollingsworth has established herself as top-tier lawyer in the field of personal injury law and a leader and role model for women in business in Ottawa. This year has been an especially successful one for Ms. Hollingsworth as Auger Hollingsworth expanded from 5 to 13 employees, and added a second office in the downtown core, all under her direction.

The fact that Ms. Hollingsworth is as passionate about entrepreneurship as she is about practicing law and serving injured victims has been demonstrated in the growth of her business. She has been committed to developing new marketing strategies, including the implementation of a sophisticated education- based marketing system. She has stayed on the cutting edge of technological change to help develop business in new and innovative ways.

“This year’s W100 represent the absolute best of Canada’s business community,” said James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of Canadian Business and PROFIT. “Female entrepreneurs are too often stereotyped as ‘mompreneurs’ pursuing part-time hobby businesses. But the W100 demonstrate just how vital they are to driving innovation and growth in the Canadian economy.”

About Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation

Founded in 2005 by Brenda Hollingsworth and Richard Auger, Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation is a personal injury and accident law firm based in Ottawa. Their clients include those who have been injured in auto, pedestrian, or cycling accidents as well as slips and falls and more.

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About PROFIT and PROFITguide.com
PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 32 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. PROFIT appears inside every issue of Canadian Business and is online at PROFITguide.com.

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a readership of more than 750,000, it is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Canadian Business provides concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.

About Chatelaine

The country’s leading women’s media brand, Chatelaine makes “Everyday Extraordinary” for Canadian women and has been doing so for more than 85 years. Today, Chatelaine is a six-platform brand: available on television, radio, tablet and smartphone, plus in print and online. Chatelaine has a lively presence on social media sites, and Chatelaine.com is Canada’s most engaged digital community for women 18+. With a team of “extraordinary” experts, Chatelaine brings together the very best of food (from The Chatelaine Kitchen powered by GE Café), style, decor, health and real life for women who want to look good, do good, feel great and make every day a little bit special. Chatelaine also has a line of retail products. Chatelaine is owned and operated by Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications.

 

Mind the money! Keep all receipts after a car accident in Ontario

After an accident it’s important to have a paper trail. A couple ways to do this are to make sure the police are called after your accident so a police report gets filled out, to visit your doctors so your injuries are documented, and to keep all receipts!

Yes, all those receipts from physiotherapy, housecleaning, and equipment to help with your injuries need to be kept. Even if you’re not sure you need to keep a receipt, do it just in case.

Why Keep Receipts?

Even if you are receiving benefits through your insurance there are other costs that may not be covered whether through them or OHIP. For example, if your injuries keep you from driving and you have to take a taxi instead, you’ll want to keep a record of your losses. Also, if you’re home needs to be refitted, or you need new equipment to help with your mobility, you’ll need to keep a record of how much this costs. All the ways that your life alters after an accident need to be written down, as well as the expenses that come with it.

Pro Tip!

Don’t worry about sorting through your injury expenses and receipts – bring them to us instead! Many people don’t know this, but when you hire a personal injury lawyer we go through all the paperwork so you don’t have to. Just store all your receipts in a bag or envelope, mark down what they are, and let us handle the rest.

Have a question about an accident you were in? Call us for a free consultation at 613-233-4529 and we’ll book a consultation with 24-48 hours.

Brain injury basics: Learn to recognize the signs of a concussion

We hear about concussions so often in sports entertainment and in our daily lives that it’s easy to think they’re no big deal. Quite the opposite, concussions are considered a type of traumatic brain injury  and are really quite violent.

What is a concussion?

Concussions are caused by a blow to the head or body that results in the brain moving rapidly back and forth. Your brain is made of a mushy substance that is easily damaged by this type of movement against your strong (and quite pointy) inner skull. This bouncing can cause stretching on the brain cells and can have various side-effects. Concussions are serious. Even though they are not usually life threatening, they can do damage!

What are the signs?

Some of the common signs of a concussion are:

  • confusion
  • clumsiness
  • forgetfulness
  • slow response time

Some of the medical effects can be:

  • headache
  • vomiting or upset stomach
  • vision problems

Head to the emergency room if someone has:

  • trouble speaking
  • pupils that are different sizes
  • passed out
  • seizures

What should I do?

Get the person to stop participating in whatever activity they are doing, and don’t let them return until they have been given the okay by a medical professional. Even if they aren’t experiencing emergency room symptoms, head to the hospital or your local medical centre to get them reviewed.

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, call Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 to book a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. 

Drowsy driving is impaired driving

Here’s the scary truth: according to the Canada Safety Council, 20% of Canadians have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel, even if just momentarily. Even scarier, according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation approximately 26% of all fatal and injury crashes are related to fatigued driving.

We spend a lot of time focusing on drunk driving in Canada, but driving tired can be just as bad. In a study done by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, 92% of Ontario police officers surveyed said that they had stopped a driver who they thought was impaired only to discover that they were tired instead.  Driving tired and driving impaired can look very similar, yet the repercussions are not the same. Currently there is no charge for tired driving, so if there are no secondary effects (such as negligent driving, zig-zagging, etc.), then all a police officer can do it tell someone to pull over to sleep. Needless to say, a warning isn’t very deterring!

Where’s the stigma?

Driving while fatigued can have serious consequences, yet drowsiness lacks the stigma of driving under the influence. Without a blood level or drink count to measure, or severe laws to make sure people toe the line, it’s hard to create a culture where driving tired is unacceptable. How do we measure how tired someone is? At what point do you tell a friend that it’s not okay for them to drive home? Driving tired may not be as black and white as driving impaired, but if you notice someone losing concentration, yawning, or showing other signs of tiredness, really think about telling them not to drive.

Drowsy driving needs to be taken seriously

In a recent article in the Montreal Gazette, one coroner recommended tougher penalties for tired drivers, and stated they should be just as severe as those issued to drunk drivers. The facts back this up! It’s estimated that someone who has not slept for 18 hours is just as impaired as someone with a 50 mg% blood alcohol level.  More importantly, driving tired is something that is in your hands. You can choose to get more sleep or not, so it’s an accident that can be easily avoided.

What do you think? Should Ontario laws get tougher on tired drivers? If your answer is yes, let your MP know! Laws only change when we encourage them to.

If you were injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, get the help you need to recover by contacting the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4519.

Serious Pedestrian Accidents in Ottawa Act as Reminder to Watch Out!

Last night there were two pedestrian accidents in Ottawa with serious injuries. Even more worrisome is that both of these accident happened in the downtown region.

The first incident occurred after 8:00 in the evening at the intersection of Rideau and Waller, an intersection that is unfortunately known for an earlier fatal pedestrian accident that occurred in February. In the event last night, the man was hit by an OC Transpo bus and suffered serious head injuries as a result.

The second accident occurred in Centretown around 10:30 in the evening and left the pedestrian unconscious and with serious head injuries as well as injuries to his neck and legs. Even worse, the driver of the car left the scene.

These horrible accidents are a huge reminder of the importance of watching out for pedestrians at night. We know they are hard to see at times, but they are out there. Make sure you stay on the lookout especially in the downtown areas that have heavier pedestrian traffic.

If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, call us for a free consultation with on of the Auger Hollingsworth personal injury lawyers at 613-233-4529. All consultations are booked within 24-48.

Need an Injury Lawyer in Ottawa? Look No Further

We have 5 great Ottawa personal injury lawyers dedicated to your Ottawa personal injury case

The only thing better than having your personal injury case handled is knowing that there is whole team that has your back. At Auger Hollingsworth, there isn’t just one lawyer on your case; there is a whole team of personal injury lawyers who can work together to figure out tough problems. Don’t rely on the expertise of one, get the whole team!

Our paralegals and law clerks are highly trained and spend all day every day doing personal injury law

One of the major benefits of being a personal injury firm is that everyone is experienced with what a personal injury case needs, and I mean everyone! From the moment you step in the door, everyone you meet from our office administrator to our law clerks, paralegals, and lawyers, all work for personal injury clients. This focus gives our team a competitive edge. Our experience means fewer surprises and a better outcome for you.

We have two convenient locations to serve you, or we’ll come to your home or hospital

On top of our experience and personal injury specialty, we are very client-focused. We know that hiring a personal injury lawyer is about making your life easier, rather than adding a new thing to your to-do list. This past year we added a second location in the downtown Ottawa area, so that we’ll be easier to access for client in the Ottawa core. Also, if you’re finding it hard to travel because of your injuries, we’ll come to your home or hospital. So don’t worry about travel, we’ll come to you.

To book a free consultation at one of our offices, or at your home or hospital, give us a call at 613-233-4529. We’ll do an initial intake, and tell you right away what your best options are. Come see us today, we book most consultations within 24-48 hours!

 

Picking a Car Accident Lawyer in Ottawa? Here’s What You Need to Know

Not all Ottawa personal injury lawyers have the same experience

Pick the right car accident lawyer. There are many Ontario lawyers who practice personal injury law as well as real estate law, commercial litigation, employment law and family law. You wouldn’t want a family doctor handling your specialized organ transplant. Why would you want a generalist lawyer handling your injury case? Ontario personal injury law is constantly changing and evolving, and you need someone who spends enough time working in the field to keep updated on the changes.

Not only that, but we have experienced a broad range of personal injury cases, and have seen a huge caseload. Because of this, issues are less likely to come up because we know how to prepare and what to look out for. It’s not our first rodeo, so there are fewer surprises.

Ontario insurance companies know the fighters 

Lawyers, especially those in personal injury, have reputations. There are the ones who are known to always settle, and there are the ones who will go to court to get you what you deserve.

At Auger Hollingsworth, we have a major advantage. One of our lawyers, Richard Auger, has a lot of experience in criminal cases and medical malpractice. Criminal cases go to court all the time, and do so much more often than personal injury. Ontario lawyers beware: Auger Hollingsworth has fighters!

There is no cost unless you win at trial or receive a settlement

Most personal injury clients choose to handle fees through a contingency retainer. That means that we get paid only if we win your case and you get paid. This is called a contingent fee because our fee depends on whether we win your case. If we do not win your case, then we don’t get paid. It’s as simple as that!

Have questions about an accident you were in? Call our offices today at 613-233-4529 and ask about our free consultations.

Get Your Personal Injury Questions Answered!

A Q&A Session with Brenda Hollingsworth and Richard Auger

Q: What can Auger Hollingsworth do for me?

A: During our consultation, our personal injury lawyers will tell you what steps we can take to access insurance money for you in the shortest time with the highest likelihood of success. If you agree, our accident lawyers will prepare the documents and details needed to persuade the insurance company to compensate you fairly.

Q: How can a lawyer help after an accident?

A: Hiring a lawyer means you can get back to focusing on getting better and let us take care of all the paperwork. When you choose Auger Hollingsworth it means there will be no more worrying about whether you are making a mistake on your case; wondering if the insurance company is treating you fairly; dealing with the insurance adjuster; or tracking down your records.

Q: Why is it important to choose a lawyer who focuses on personal injury?

A: There are many Ontario lawyers who practice personal injury law as well as real estate law, commercial litigation, employment law and family law. You wouldn’t want a general surgeon handling your specialized heart surgery. Why would you want a generalist lawyer handling your injury case? Ontario personal injury law is constantly changing and evolving, and you need someone who spends enough time working in the field to keep updated on the changes.

Q: What do you need to evaluate my claim?

A: Sometimes we meet with clients who have no paperwork. That’s okay! Here is what we’d like, ideally. Our accident lawyers need to know how the accident occurred. Immediately after the accident, you should write down all you remember. A police officer investigating the accident will write down some important information in the accident report. We will get the report. We will also need to see your medical records, or at least the records you have, if you are still being treated by your doctor.

Q: Can you help with expert witnesses and investigators?

A: Yes, we have qualified, experienced professionals we depend on in many different fields. No matter which experts we need to hire on your case, our personal injury lawyers take care of everything with no up-front costs to you.

Q: Will the insurance company pay for my injuries?

A: The answer depends on the type and size of your claim, as well as how quickly you take action. If you call our Ottawa personal injury lawyers, we’ll ask you a few simple questions over the telephone. Then we’ll explain how to protect your legal rights and the steps we should take to make the insurance company pay you the money you deserve.

Q: When is the best time to call?

A: Call us as soon as you notice injuries from an accident. Even if you think it is only a “minor” injury, if you notice that it is not healing or going away, get in contact with us. When it comes to injuries, it’s always better to act sooner than later.

Time is of the essence, but getting your questions answered is much easier than you might think. Auger Hollingsworth, and most law firms in Ottawa, offer free consultations. So if you are injured and have been thinking about speaking to a lawyer, take the step, stop worrying, and get the information you need today.

If you’re injured, don’t wonder if you need a personal injury lawyer, call the team at Auger Hollingsworth today at 613-233-4529 to ask about our free, no-obligation consultations. 

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When you sign up for Netflix you go through a questionnaire of the types of television shows and movies you have liked in the past. From there, Netflix recommends a list of shows and films you’ll love.

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Know of another subscription service our injured clients might enjoy? Let us know at info@personalinjuryottawa.ca

Have questions about an injury? Give us a call at 613-233-452 and ask about our free, no-obligation consultations.

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