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    Sheldon Fraser, Motor Vehicle Accident Client
  • 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.

    In an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident how am I compensated if I need to be retrained for work?

    If you are a victim of an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and you are left unable to perform your work duties, you may need retraining or modified tasks in your job.  Any time your livelihood is impacted by an accident, you should look to a personal injury lawyer for advice. The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office often get asked what compensation accident victims have when they cannot return to work.

    After an Eastern Ontario personal injury where retraining is required, you may have funding under the Ottawa no-fault benefits.  These benefits are also called SABS, ABs or Statutory Accident Benefits.   Retraining can involve working with a vocational rehabilitation therapist, an occupational therapist and several other health care professionals.

    When your career is jeopardized and results in a loss of income,  you may also be able to claim the loss of income in a law suit against the at-fault driver, provided that you can provide adequate proof of the loss and job path.  An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to build the income loss portion of your case.

    Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about income loss and Ontario accident compensation when a victim needs retraining for work.

    For more information you can also request a copy of our book Injured Victim’s Guide to Fair Compensation.

    If you have been left unable to perform work duties due to an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and want to have your case evaluated by a personal injury lawyer contact the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office at 613-860-4529 for a free consultation.

     

     

    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.

    When should I call the Police after an Ontario motor vehicle accident?

    After suffering a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa there are many things going through your mind.  Many people wonder when they should call the Police to the scene.  Is it only when there is significant damage to the car, or are there other considerations to keep in mind?

    If you have been involved in an Ontario motor vehicle accident and sustained injuries resulting in a loss of work or mobility call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529 for a free consultation. We can advise you on the best options for your claim and how to pursue compensation.

    There are a lot of considerations to take into account after an Ontario motor vehicle accident. The amount of damage on a car can be deceiving.  A trailer hitch for example can take a great deal of impact without looking overly damaged. However, the driver could have suffered significant impact from the hit.

    There is never a “bad reason” to call the Police when in a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa. If you feel any pain or think you may have suffered a personal injury,  call the police to attend the scene so that they will file a report. It will help you support your claim later on.

    Watch CTVMorning Live as Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth speak about personal injury claims after an Ontario motor vehicle accidents and when to call the Police.

    Have you suffered an Ontario motor vehicle accident? Call the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office for a free consultation. They can show you your rights and how to fight for fair compensation.

    6 steps you need to follow after you have been in an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident.

    Follow these 6  steps after your Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and you will significantly improve your case.

    As a victim of an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident you can be overwhelmed with the situation unfolding in front of you, and figuring out what you need to do next.  The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office often hear about accident victims not knowing the proper steps to take at the scene of the collision. Knowing these steps help clients move their case forward by providing supporting evidence for their claim.

    To best support your case follow the 6 steps below to ease your path towards the compensation you deserve.

    At The Scene

     

    1. Call the police to the scene because you need a police report.
    2. See a doctor as soon as possible, preferably in the same day.
    3. Try and obtain eyewitness names and contact info.

    During the case

     

    1. Keep going to the doctor and talking about your symptoms.
    2. Follow the doctor’s recommendations.
    3. Keep track of your injuries and how they are improving/ not improving

    Watch as Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about what to do after your Eastern Ontario accident on scene and during your case on CTV Morning Live.  These steps will make the process easier on you while supporting your side of the claim.

    If you have been injured in an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529 to learn your rights and your next step towards compensation.

     

     

     

    Why is Hiring an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Better Than Handling the Case on Your Own?

     Finding an Ottawa personal injury lawyer in the wake of your Ontario car accident can be a daunting task. After all, putting the outcome of your personal injury case in someone else’s hands requires a lot of trust and faith that the result will be in your best interest. Still, anyone considering handling their case on their own should give serious thought to the benefits a seasoned lawyer can provide before, during and after their personal injury case.

    Compensation

    An experienced lawyer knows all the when, what’s and how much’s involved in determining how you should be compensated for your injury. Timing is important, as even though you may be under financial strain, settling your case too soon may result in a settlement  not in your favor. Seemingly minor injuries can become major, treatment options can change and long-term effects may not show up until some time has passed. In the meantime, pressure from your insurance company and bill collectors can make you feel obligated to settle before it is time. A personal injury lawyer can tell you when it is time to settle, how much you’re reasonably entitled to and who owes you for your time and trouble.

    Having an Advocate

    If you are considering hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, chances are you’re suffering from physical, psychological or emotional injuries that interfere with your ability to function on a day-to-day basis as you normally do. Dealing with the many people involved with an accident claim can be confusing and exhausting when healthy, let alone while you’re trying to recover. Hiring a personal injury lawyer means they will field the calls and coordinate communication between medical providers, insurance companies, etc., so you won’t have to. At a time when you can feel very alone, a lawyer can be your support system.

    Experience is Crucial

    Hopefully, you will only be in one accident in your lifetime, whereas personal injury lawyers have seen dozens if not hundreds of similar cases through from the very beginning to a favorable end. They know what to reasonably expect in terms of compensation, what evidence a court will expect in order to prove your case and can prevent you from making medical, personal or legal mistakes that could drastically affect the outcome of your case.

    They Don’t Get Paid Unless You Do

    If you’re concerned about paying attorneys fees, consider that most personal injury lawyers work on contingency, meaning they don’t get paid unless they recover damages for you. Even then, most lawyers have contracts that entitle them to only 30-33% of the total financial reward. In addition, statistics show that the average increase in financial compensation awarded in cases where the victim has hired a lawyer more than covers the fee that lawyer will charge. The bottom line? Hiring a lawyer is a low risk decision, and the compensation they will get you more than justifies the fees you’ll pay out.

    If you are considering hiring a lawyer for your personal injury case, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to schedule a free consultation.  We will provide you with the information you need to make a decision about the representation right for you.  Call our law firm today 613 233-4529.

    Should I Ask My Doctor for an MRI?

    In the days and weeks following your Ontario car accident, you may have questions about your injuries and the tests recommended by your doctor. Though experts have a series of tests they use to diagnosis patients based on the symptoms and complaints they present with, sometimes we are the best experts when it comes to our own bodies. We know what feels normal to us, and after a trauma like an accident, we may have the best insight into a continuing or developing problem. If you suspect an injury has gone undiagnosed, you may need a diagnostic test like an MRI.

     An MRI, which stands for magnetic resonance imaging, is the best way to examine the body’s soft tissues, such as the areas between bones, muscle tissue and spinal discs. Whereas x-rays see bone, an MRI focuses on all the areas in between.

    MRI’s must be ordered by a doctor and are most often used by specialists like orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. The results must be read and interpreted by a medical professional trained specifically in MRIs, which includes most doctors that would order the test as well as the radiologist that may perform the scan.

    If you’ve been in a car accident and are experiencing pain without a cause verified on tests you doctor’s have performed, it may be time to consider an MRI. Injuries like herniated or bulging spinal discs, nerve damage, a torn meniscus or an injured rotator cuff all usually show up on an MRI. Hard medical evidence like this is difficult for the insurance company to refute and can prove essential to recovering the damages you deserve in your personal injury case.

    If you suspect a soft tissue injury is responsible for your persistent undiagnosed pain and your doctor has not ordered an MRI, request one. as soon as possible.  Ask your doctor to place you on the waiting list for the scan.

    The experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are prepared to fight for your right to the compensation your deserve.  Call our law firm today at 613 233-4529 to schedule a free consultation.  We have all the information you need to make the right decisions about your case.

    Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer on the Radio

    Auger Hollingsworth is delighted to announce that lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth will be live on 580 CFRA on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  That’s 580 on the AM radio dial.

    Brenda will be answering live calls about all things personal injury.  If you have a question or comment, we hope to hear from you.  The show runs for an hour starting at 2 p.m.

    We hope Ottawa listeners will take this opportunity to ask questions about the personal injury process, how to get fair compensation and when you might be entitled to compensation.

    If you have a question or comment, and can’t wait for the radio program or want to speak directly to our law firm, call 613 233-4529.  We look forward to speaking to you.

     

     

    WSIAT Tribunal Preserves Car Accident Victim’s Right to Sue

    The Workplace Safety Insurance Appeals Tribunal released a 29-page decision today preserving our client’s right to sue for damages for compensation following a single vehicle accident where she was the passenger.  Our client had advanced a claim for compensation.  In addition to defending the claim, the insurance company for the at fault driver tried to have her right to sue removed on the basis that she should receive WSIB benefits, not damages.

    The issue before the Tribunal was whether the injured passenger was an employee of the driver.  The Tribunal decided that she was not an employee and as a result, she was free to sue the at fault driver.

    In most cases, a person who is injured in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario can still sue for pain and suffering and other injuries, even if the accident happened while he or she was working.  However, there are some exceptions.  If you are the employee of the at-fault driver in some cases you can lose your right to sue.  In that situation, you would likely be covered by WSIB.

    If you have questions about whether you have the right to sue after a motor vehicle accident that happened while you were on the job, contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer at 613 233-4529.  We’d be happy to  look at this issue for you.

     

     

     

     

     

    Why do I need an Ottawa personal injury lawyer?

    At our law firm we are regularly reminded why it is vitally important to get legal help early after an Ottawa motor vehicle accident.  When you don’t, valuable evidence can be lost or forgotten.

    Recently we were preparing our client for examination for discovery.  That is the step in the lawsuit when the other side’s lawyer gets to ask you questions about your accident and injuries.  Our client was intelligent and sophisticated.  However, he had been through so much in the aftermath of the accident, that the precise details of the accident itself had started to slip his mind.

    Fortunately, we had interviewed him shortly after the accident and had taken extensive notes about:

    • the route he took before the accident;
    • how he approached the intersection;
    • how long he waited for the light to turn green;
    • what position he was facing as he advanced;
    • whether or not he was drinking coffee at the time of the accident;
    • how long it was between the time he saw the vehicle that struck him and the impact itself;
    • what happened to his body inside the car on impact;
    • where his vehicle stopped;
    • what he did after the accident;
    • who was present at the scene and what they said; and
    • what pain or discomfort he felt at the scene.

    These are small details that can make a difference both to liability (ie who was responsible for the crash) and damages (ie the extent of your injuries).  Having a personal injury lawyer record your earliest recollections for you can save a lot of heart ache as time passes and life fills your head with details other than these.

    Do yourself a favour.  After a serious accident, have a legal consultation to determine what your options are.  For more info or to contact a personal injury lawyer, call 613 233-4529.

     

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