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    Pedestrian Accident at Booth and Carling in Ottawa West

    A 47-year old man was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Carling Avenue and Booth Street on October 12, 2013, Thanksgiving Saturday.  The pedestrian was said to have suffered serious orthopedic injuries, as well as a head injury.

    The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m.

    What to expect after a serious Ottawa pedestrian accident?

    If you have been injured in an Ottawa pedestrian accident, your medical condition should be your top priority.  Attending the hospital as required, participating fully in prescribed therapy and pushing yourself to rehabilitate are the most important actions you can take.

    In order to allow yourself the chance to recover, consider engaging an experienced personal injury lawyer from Auger Hollingsworth to look after the insurance claim and other legal and administrative paperwork.  When you hire us while you are still in the hospital we can do the following for you:

    • Notify your auto insurer of the accident.
    • Provide you with the application for benefits and assist you to complete that application.
    • Help you and your family to gather and submit receipts for food, parking and other expenses.
    • Help you to hire an occupational therapist and other rehab team members who will help you with hospital discharge planning to get you home faster, but safely.  We will arrange for this team to be paid for directly by the insurance company.
    • Provide notice of a potential claim to the at fault driver.
    • Obtain the complete police report.
    • Obtain the medical records needed to prosecute your case.
    • Liaise with your medical team on an on-going basis.
    • Ensure that you obtain all income replacement benefits to which you are entitled.
    • Provide advice if you are asked to be a witness at a criminal or Highway Traffic Act trial.
    • Build your case and push it forward to settlement or judgment.
    • Negotiate a settlement with your accident benefit insurer, where appropriate and possible.

    If you need assistance with any of these important steps after an Ottawa pedestrian accident, call 613 233-4529.

    Westboro crash leaves Ottawa woman suffering head injuries.

    Serious head injuries at the scene of an Ottawa motor vehicle accident.

    June 30th 2013 – An early morning, 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of Richmond Road and Golden Avenue sent two women to hospital.

    When Police arrived on scene they treated a woman in her twenties for serious head injuries and rushed her to the Ottawa Hospital’s trauma center in critical condition.

    A woman in her sixties drove the second car.  She had to be removed from her vehicle with the help of Firefighters and the Jaws of Life. She was taken to the hospital in stable condition suffering chest and abdominal injuries.

    What should your next step be after suffering head injuries in an Ontario motor vehicle accident?

    After receiving emergency medical treatment, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer to consider whether you have a claim for compensation and to ensure you receive all of the medical benefits you are entitled to under the accident benefit regime.

    After an Ottawa or Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident where you suffer head injuries, you will want to make sure you get all the required medical attention to support your claim and case.  This may include seeing a neuropsychologist or neurologist. Neurologists, are medical doctors who specialize in all things related to the brain and nervous system. They examine the ways your brain and nerves have been affected by an injury post accident. After a neurologist has examined you, they will recommend treatment. This can include rehabilitation and surgery.  Neuropsychologists, study behaviors and psychological processes relating to the structures and functions of the brain. They will take your history, run tests and then write a report on their findings. This report can be used by your personal injury lawyer to support your case and show medical intervention.

    If you have suffered serious injuries after an Ottawa or Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident call us at 613-860-4529. We can tell you the appropriate “next step” to take, and assist you in applying for benefits that can aid you after your accident and during your recovery.

    Winchester Car Accident Hospitalizes Two Men

    Two drivers were hospitalized after a morning car accident on April 11, 2013 at about 6 a.m.  The accident happened on Highway 31, south of Winchester, between county roads 38 and 43.

    News reports indicate that both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and that both had serious injuries.

    The two drivers, both in their 20’s, were reported to have suffered head injuries, among other injuries.

    The Winchester car accident was described as a head on collision between a pick up truck and a mini van.

    Next Step After the Winchester CarAccident

    If you or your loved one was involved in a head on collision like the April 11th accident, there are important steps you should take to protect your legal rights.

    • Contact your own auto insurance company and request the forms for the statutory accident benefits.  These benefits will assist you with the expenses while you are in hospital.  They also provide income replacement benefits and other significant funding.
    • Keep track of all of your expenses (receipts, etc.)
    • Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer BEFORE you speak to a representative of the other insurance company.  At Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers we provide a NO OBLIGATION, FREE consulation before you speak to the adjuster.

    Please feel free to call at 613 860-4529.  We would be pleased to provide our advice.

    Unconscious at the Accident Scene?

    If you have suffered any type of car accident, a recurring quesion by the insurance company and your medical team will be about whether or not you were unconscious at the accident scene.  There are certainly many reasons from a medical standpoint why this is very important to know.

    From a legal perspective,  if you are unconscious at the accident scene, or in a period of time close to the accident, you may qualify for a higher level of accident benefits.

    If you have a Glasgow Coma Scale of 9 or below that is documented by the paramedics or other medical professionals, your accident may be termed “catastrophic”.  People who suffer catastrophic injuries are entitled to a higher level of accident benefits.  Glasgow Coma Scale is also referred to as “GCS”.

    For example, your medical / rehabilitation benefits increase from $50,000 to $1 Million.  Plus, they don’t expire after 10 years.  You will also be entitled to the services of a case manager to co-ordinate your rehabilitation.

    If you or a loved one has suffered a serious accident where you were unconscious at the scene of the accident or shortly after, Brenda will help you access this higher level of funding to facilitate the best recovery possible.

    Call Brenda at 613 860-4529 (office) or 613 851-4529 (cell).  We make home and hospital visits.

    Serious Car and OC Transpo accident in Nepean

    The Ottawa Sun is reporting a very serious OC Transpo accident in the area of Meadowlands between Indian Road and  Viewmount in Nepean, Ontario. The accident was on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 around 11 pm.   Three occupants of a car that collided with an OC Transpo bus were injured, one critically.

    The critically injured passenger was said to be unconscious at the scene of the OC Transpo accident.  The injuries were reported to include serious head injuries.  The extent of the other passenger’s injuries is not clear, although they may also be serious and include fractures and a possible spinal cord injury.  One of the passengers is said to have been partially ejected from the motor vehicle.

    The Sun article was not clear about the cause of the OC Transpo accident.  However, the CBC quotes sources suggesting that distracted driving may have been an issue.

    What happens in an OC Transpo Accident?

    An OC Transpo accident involving an actual collision with another vehicle is treated the same as a regular car accident.  Anyone injured in the motor vehicle accident will be entitled to Statutory Accident Benefits (no fault benefits).  This will include funding for medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as a small income replacement benefit (max. $400 per week).

    For passengers of either the bus or the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident, there may also be a claim for pain and suffering and other compensation.  A driver of a motor vehicle who is not at fault in the accident may also have a claim.

    The best course of action after a serious accident involving a collision between a bus and a car is to contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation and explanation of your rights and the process.  The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at happy to help you.  Call us at 613 860-4529.  We will come to your home or hospital to answer your questions.

     

    After An Ottawa Car Accident You May Need a Neuropsychologist

    According to statistics reported by Transport Canada, 172,883 people were injured in car accidents in Canada in 2009. This takes into account minor injuries like sprained ankles, burns, and bruises as well as major ones including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and internal bleeding. What it doesn’t consider, however, is the immense psychological impact being involved in an Ottawa car accident can have on victims. Physical injuries receive swift and comprehensive treatment while the mental health of the patient goes ignored. Whether it’s helping to diagnose a brain injury by evaluating cognitive abilities and personality changes or helping the patient cope with stress and anxiety, a neuropsychologist can be a valuable part of your medical team.

    Neuropsychologists study how certain behaviors and psychological processes relate to the structures and functions of the brain. The subset of clinical neuropsychology applies this knowledge to help in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients that have cognitive disorders, learning disabilities, neurological or psychiatric conditions, and physical or developmental issues that have cognitive or mental repercussions.

    Car accident survivors often suffer from anxiety and depression related to their crash. Fear of driving or even riding in a car can severely alter their ability to return to work and resume normal everyday activities. In serious cases, post-traumatic stress disorder can cause panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks, anger and irritability, and other major personality shifts. Chronic pain and severe physical injuries can also cause psychological distress.

    Assessment by a neuropsychologist can be sub-divided into three parts:

    • History Taking – This initial interview of the patient identifies the problems the patient is reporting, any cognitive or behavioral changes they have noticed, past developmental or psychiatric problems, and establishes an occupational and educational background. This overall picture of the patient’s history and general health is an important tool when interpreting testing data and forming a treatment plan.
    • Testing – Tests used to evaluate cognitive functions may cover personality, the ability to learn and remember new things, visual perception, spatial relationships, verbal function, analyzing concepts, motor function, and emotional stability. While none of the tests are painful, they can be anxiety-inducing in of themselves, so it’s important to choose a neuropsychologist the patient feels comfortable with and trusts.
    • Report– The final report written by the neuropsychologist outlines the history, findings from any and all testing, observations, and recommendations for future treatment. This report is not only for the doctors reference, but is also intended as a learning tool and roadmap for treatment for other doctors as well as the patient and the patient’s family. In cases where the patient was injured as a result of their Ontario car accident, this report can also be used by their accident lawyer as proof of injury and ongoing medical intervention.

     

    Cognitive and behavioral therapies, counseling, and relaxation techniques can help accident victims return to a life of normalcy.

    If you have questions about your Ottawa, Ontario car accident, teach out to the experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  We will provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions about compensation in your case.  Call our law firm today 613 860-4529.

    Three Women Injured in Orleans Motor Vehicle Accident

    The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that a two-vehicle collision in Orleans, Ontario injured three women in their twenties on August 11, 2012 in the afternoon.  Air bags deployed in both vehicles and there was significant damage to both vehicles.

    The door of one of the vehicles was removed by firefighters in order to grant access to paramedics access to a 24-year-old woman.  She appears to have suffered a head injury as well as a possible fractured pelvis.

    In a second vehicle, a 26 year old woman suffered a fractured collar bone.  A 27-year-old woman had shoulder and neck pain.

    The collision ocurred at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Boulevard and Old Tenth Line Road.  Our law office office has dealt with motor vehicle accidents at this location.  Visibility and an unusual lane pattern may contribute to accidents at this dangerous intersection.

    Accident Scene

    This intersection sees many accidents.

     

     

     

    Bad News for Accident Victims if Police Don’t Attend the Scene

    News reports on Saturday suggest that the Ottawa Police Service is planning to reduce its attendance at motor vehicle accident scenes in order to reduce police costs in this area.  The plan is, apparently, to have people attend a collision reporting centre.

    If this plan solidifies, it will be of vital importance that accident victims be very careful to document the location of the vehicles and how the accident happened with cameras and witness statements.  Currently, there is often little dispute about liability (who is at fault for the accident) because the police document what occurred, speak to by standers and generally invetigate the scene as required.  Without police attendance, there will be a lot more reliance on the honour system.

    Remember that if you are injured after a motor vehicle accident, you can still call the police, even if the injuries are or seem to be “minor”.  What seems minor at the time, may become much worse over the hours or days that follow.

    We believe that injured accidence victims will lose out on fair compensation if the police are not called to the scene.

    For more information about your rights after a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa, call us at 613 233-4529.

    Ottawa Judge Awards $6.1 Million After Rollover accident on Highway 401

    Ottawa Lawyer –  The Honourable Mr. Justice Quigley released his judgment yesterday in our case involving a man in his twenties who suffered a serious spinal cord injury, among other injuries, in a single vehicle rollover accident.  He was a passenger in the car.  The accident was near Brockville in early 2007.

    The award totalled $6.1 Million, including damages for pain and suffering, future medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of income, loss of housekeeping and family law act claims for certain family members.

    We had a great team of experts on the case:  occupational therapist Matilda Amos of Functionability, neuropsychologist, Dr. Catherine Gow, forsensic accountant Darrell Sherman from ADS, forensic engineer Peter Williamson,  labour market researcher Natalie Beck-Livingstone and life care planner Michelle Wagenberg of Carol Bierbrier and Associates.   His Honour (the judge) carefully reviewed all of this evidence when reaching his decision on damages.  This case is proof that putting together the right team is very important in order to get a fair assessment of your damages.

    If you would like to see what our team can do for you in your case, contact the Ottawa accident lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth 613 233-4529.  We would be honoured to meet with you.

     

     

     

     

     

    Catastrophic Injury? What is a Catastrophic Injury? Ontario Accident Lawyer

    In the contex of a motor vehicle accident, including a car-pedestrian, car-bicycle, motorcycle or truck accident, the term “catastrophic injury” has a very specific meaning.

    When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario, you are entitled to statutory accident benefits.  These benefits are usually paid by your own auto insurance company.   Since 2010, there have been three levels of benefits.  One of those levels of benefits is for people who have been deemed or found to have suffered a catastrophic injury.

    Some injured victims are automatically in the catastrophic category because of the injury they have suffered.  Those injuries include: paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputation, blindness and certain types of traumatic brain injuries.

    Other accident victims will qualify for catastrophic benefits if a specially trained medical practitioner (or more often a team of medical practioners) assigns an impairment rating of 55% or more.  This impairment rating is typically completed after 2 years, although in some cases it can be completed earlier.

    If the injured person is “catastrophic”, either because he or she has one of the listed injuries, or meets the impairment rating test, he or she qualifies for a higher level of accident benefits.  Most notably, the “medical- rehabibilitation benefit” jumps from $50,000 to $1,000,000.00 and there is an increase in the attendant care benefit. Certain benefits also last longer.

    Sometimes there is a dispute between the injured victim and the insurance company as to whether or not the injured person has been catastrophically injured.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you navigate that dispute through the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and / or the Ontario Court system.   If you would like to speak to Auger Hollingsworth about your claim and whether or not you qualify for catastrophic benefits, call us at 613 233-4529.

     

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