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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.

    How to Prepare for a Defence Medical Assessment or an Insurer’s Exam

    Here are four easy steps to help you get a fair medical assessment by doctors hired by an insurance company in your Ottawa accident case.

     

    • Be very clear during the medical assessment about what your pain is in terms of how you describe it to the medical assessor. Use words like sharp, throbbing, dull, aching, constant, intermittent etc.  Think about how you are going to explain what aggravates your pain and what soothes it.  Organizing your thoughts and how you will express yourself before the examination is important.
    • Relatedly, if you are used to being asked to rate your pain on the pain scale (i.e. out of 10), try to be consistent from assessment to assessment.

     

    • Respond truthfully to all questions.  Do not deny prior injuries, prior accidents or past psychological treatment.  If you were having stress at work before the accident, it is likely documented somewhere.  Concealing it if asked will only look like you are being untruthful.

     

    • Email your Ottawa accident lawyer immediately after the assessment to describe the  actual physical examination, including how long it took.  If there are any questions that strike you as odd, mention that to your lawyer as well.

     

    • Keep in mind that the medical assessor or his / her staff will watch you  out the window before the appointment.  They will watch you in the waiting room.  They will compare how you are in the parking lot and waiting room to how you are during the examination to try to detect symptom magnification.  A classic sentence in a medical assessment report describes how the plaintiff’s movements were “guarded” in the assessment room, but that the plaintiff moved freely in the waiting room. That is insurance company “code” for: this plaintiff is exagerating.

     

    Apart from these pointers, every assessment is different so it is hard to predict how it will unfold.  Being truthful but not minimizing for symptoms are the key to success.

    If you have a serious motor vehicle accident case and would like to discuss your case with a lawyer, call the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  613 860-4529.  We will visit you at home or in the hospital.  We offer phone consultations as well.

     

    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.

     

     

     

    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.

     

    Ottawa Physiatrists- Who are Ottawa’s Physiatrists

    If you have been injured in an accident, your family physician may recommend that you see a physiatrist for a diagnosis and rehab plan for your injuries.  If you live in Ottawa, the College of Physicians and Surgeons identifies the available physiatrists as follows:

     

    Acharya,   Meenaxi Surendra Elisabeth   Bruyere Hospital
    43 Bruyere Street
    Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
    Phone: (613) 562-0050
    Fax: (613) 562-6312

     

     

    Besemann,   Markus Heinrich Canadian Forces Health Services HQ
    1745 Alta Vista Drive
    Ottawa ON K1A 0K6
    Phone: (613) 945-6600 Ext. 6515
    Fax: (613) 998-3924

     

     

    Blackmer,   Jeffrey Edwin The Rehabilitation Centre
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-7350
    Fax: (613) 737-9638

     

     

    Buenger,   Usha Rita The Rehabilitation Centre
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M5
    Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75627

     

     

    Dabee,   Vassant Children’s Hospital   of
    Eastern Ontario
    401 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8L1
    Phone: (613) 737-7600 Ext. 2832
    Fax: (613) 738-4878

     

     

    Dojeiji,   Suzan Samantha The Rehabilitation Centre
    505 Smyth Road
    Room 1104
    Ottawa ON    K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75306
    Fax: (613) 737-6877

     

     

    Dudek,   Nancy Lorraine 505 Smyth     Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-7350

     

     

    El-Sawy,   Reda Mohamed 381 Kent     Street
    Suite 505
    Ottawa ON K2P 2A8
    Phone: (613) 234-7780
    Fax: (613) 234-6636

     

     

    Finestone,   Hillel Moses c/o Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital
    Department of Physical Medicine
    And Rehabilitation
    75 Bruyere Street
    Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
    Phone: (613) 562-6094
    Fax: (613) 562-6312

     

     

    Khan,   Anjum Sarah Elisabeth   Bruyere Hospital
    Dept of Phys Med and Rehabilitation
    43 Bruyere Street
    Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
    Phone: (613) 562-6262

     

     

    Lentini,   Anthony Campallegio Suite   218
    223 Colonnade Road South
    Ottawa ON K2E 7K3
    Phone: (613) 792-1525
    Fax: (613) 792-3648

     

     

    MacGregor,   Susan Lynne The Rehabilitation   Center
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75596
    Fax: (613) 737-9638

     

     

    Marks,   Meridith Belle The Rehabilitation Centre
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2

     

     

    Marshall,   Shawn Calder The Ottawa   Hospital
    Rehabilitation Centre
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75590
    Fax: (613) 737-9638

     

     

    McCormick,   Anna Marie The Children’s Hospital
    of Eastern Ontario
    Rehab PSU
    401 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8L1
    Phone: (613) 737-7600 Ext. 2831
    Fax: (613) 738-4893

     

     

    McKee,   Alexander Carman Suite   2
    3635 Rivergate Way
    Ottawa ON K1V 2A4
    Phone: (613) 739-3459
    Fax: (613) 739-1471

     

     

    Quon,   Deanna Lee The Ottawa   Hospital
    Rehabilitation Centre
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75595

     

     

    Racine,   Francois 595 Chemin Montreal
    Suite 404A
    Ottawa ON    K1K 4L2
    Phone: (613) 745-7399
    Fax: (613) 745-9875

     

     

    Sreenivasan,   Vidya Anandhi The Rehabilitation Centre
    Room 1200
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75595
    Fax: (613) 737-9638

     

     

    Trudel,   Guy The Rehabilitation Centre
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75591
    Fax: (613) 739-6864

     

     

    Wiebe,   Scott Christopher The Ottawa   Hospital
    Dept of Physical Medicine & Rehab
    Room 1105C
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75596
    Fax: (613) 737-9638

     

     

    Wolff,   Gerald Keith The Rehabilitation Centre Ottawa
    Dept of Physical Medicine & Rehab
    Room 1105
    505 Smyth Road
    Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
    Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75598
    Fax: (613) 737-9638

     

     

    Yang,   Christine Ping Bruyere Continuing Care
    Physical Medicine & Rehab Service
    43 Bruyere Street
    Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
    Phone: (613) 562-6094
    Fax: (603) 562-6312

    Ontario Car Accident- Justin Bieber’s Grandparents Injured in Single Vehicle Accident

    Canadian musician Justin Bieber’s grandfather Bruce Dale was sent to hospital with broken ribs after rolling his SUV off a highway and into a ditch.   Justin Bieber’s grandmother Diane Dale was a passenger in the Hyundai Santa Fe which slid off a slippery road in Stratford,Ontario.   Mrs. Dale suffered a broken finger.

    By all accounts, there were no other vehicles involved in the accident which was blamed on Ontario winter driving conditions.

    Wondering about the insurance implications of this single vehicle accident?  Because the accident was in Ontario, both of Justin Bieber’s grandparents would be eligible for statutory accident benefits to cover their medical rehabilitation expenses and certain other losses.

    Passengers in a single car accident sometimes sue the driver who caused the accident, even if the driver is the passenger’s spouse.  This is common where the driver was negligent and where the passenger’s injuries pass the Ontario threshold.

    In the event that the roadway was not properly maintained and the lack of proper maintenance caused or contributed to the accident, Justin Bieber’s grandparents could consider suing the municipality or provincial entity responsible for the roadway maintenance.

    We wish The Biebs’ grandparents a speedy recovery.  If you have a question about a single vehicle roll over accident, call our firm at 613 233-4529.

    Making a Claim in a Hit and Run or Where there is No Insurance | Ottawa Lawyer

    If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident by another driver who does not have insurance,  or has inadequate coverage, don’t assume that you can’t bring a claim.

    In many cases, your own insurance or the insurance on the car you are riding in can provide benefits. This type of insurance is called uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance.  It may be available to protect passengers in your vehicle or when you or a family member is injured as a bicyclist or pedestrian.

    Even if you don’t have insurance yourself, you may be entitled to compensation from the person that hit you or from another insurer.  There is even an insurer of last resort that is administered by the province.

    Accessing uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage is not straightforward.  There are many issues that may impact your ability to obtain compensation.

    In a hit and run situation or a situation where there is no insurance or inadequate insurance, an experienced personal injury lawyer is a must.  Contact the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613 233-4529 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

    Struck by A Drunk Driver in Ontario? Ottawa Lawyer

    Ottawa Lawyer- If you are injured in a car accident or other motor vehicle accident in Ontario caused by an impaired driver, you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.  In that circumstance, you may have recourse not only to sue the impaired driver who caused the accident, but also a bar or tavern that over-served the alcohol to the impaired driver.

    An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether or not you have a claim against a bar or tavern, in addition to a claim against the driver who caused the accident.

    WARNING:  If the at fault driver in your case is a G2 licensed driver and has alcohol in his or her system, that driver may have violated the terms of their insurance policy.  Where that is the case, there may be a limit to the amount of insurance available to assist you.   In that case, a personal injury lawyer can help you access other insurance policies that may be available to you under Ontario insurance law.   We think this law is unfair to accident victims.  Maybe you do too.  Please consider contacting your MPP to let him or her know your views.

    For more information on bringing a claim for compensation against a drunk driver who caused an accident, contact Auger Hollingsworth at 613 233-4529.

     

    What Are The Components Of A Rehabilitation Program?

    The injuries that result from an Ontario car accident include fractures, sprains, chest or knee contusions caused by impacts with steering wheels, dashboard, or airbags as well as a wide variety of soft-tissue injuries.

    The treatment prescribed by a physiatrist or other specialist  could include following,  in addition to more traditional rehab measures such as physiotherapy and pain prescriptions:

    •Progressive exercises
    •Education
    •Massage therapy
    •Joint mobilization
    •Acupuncture
    •Acupressure
    •Postural alignment training.
    There are 159 physiatrists in Ontario, with many of the top practitioners in the Ottawa-area. Ask for a referral from your family doctor if you think this might assist in your rehabilitation. Physiatry services are generally covered by OHIP.

    If you have been injured in an Ontario accident and you would like a consultation with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, please call 613-233-4529, email  info@ottawalawfirm.ca or use our contact form to request a free consultation.

    Ottawa Car Accident: St. Laurent and Conroy

    OTTAWA- A man was sent to hospital in serious but stable condition after a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of St Laurent Blvd. and Conroy Road on Thursday afternoon.

    Crews were called to the intersection just before 5 p.m on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

    The collision involved an SUV and a minivan.  The driver of the minivan was treated for a number of injuries.  The driver of the SUV was reportedly uninjured.

    Also of significant concern, a  female cyclist who was travelling close to the intersection at the time of the collision was struck by one of the vehicles and suffered a fractured wrist and abrasions.

    For free information on what to do after a serious motor vehicle accident or bicycle accident, order Auger Hollingsworth’s free consumer guides.  There is no obligation whatsoever and no-one will contact you unless you request contact.


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