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  • 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.

    How can I claim Ontario no-fault benefits in a motor vehicle accident?

    The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office are often asked about Ontario no-fault benefits and how they can be applied for after a motor vehicle accident.

    The best way for you to get an answer that applies to you specifically is to contact us directly by calling 613-860-4529.  The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office can help you reach your insurance company and get the needed forms sent to you.

    Victims of motor vehicle accidents often get confused about Ontario no-fault benefits because they can be called by various names:  accident benefits, statutory accident benefits, ABs, SABS…. However, these different names all mean the same thing. Everyone has Ontario no-fault benefits through their own car insurance. You can apply for them by contacting your insurance provider and reporting the accident. The insurance company will then send you an accident benefit application form.

    However, even if you do not have insurance, because you do not own a car, you are still able to claim Ontario no-fault benefits.  Contact our office and we will help you determine whose insurer will provide you with accident benefits. 

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth speak about what Ontario no-fault benefits are and the process to claim them on CTV Morning Live.

    If you have questions about Ontario no-fault benefits that you are entitled to and the steps to take to claim them call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529 to learn your rights.

    Ontario limitation periods. How long do I have to file my Ontario personal injury lawsuit?

    The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office are often asked about Ontario limitation periods. Victims of personal injury want to know how long they have to file a claim for their Ontario accident.

    The best way to get an answer specific to your case is to call us at 613-860-4529. Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers can tell you who you need to notify after your accident and how long you have to do so.

    Majority of adults have two years to start the process of a lawsuit after their motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident in Ontario. When children are injured in an accident the time restraints are usually longer. However, when giving notice of a potential claim the window for notification is much shorter. These time restraints are what we call limitation periods.

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth cover this topic and answer a caller’s question about Ontario limitation periods for her slip and fall accident on municipal property during CTV Morning Live.

    If you have questions after your Ontario motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at 613-860-4529. We can advise you on the next step to take to file your claim and make sure you have filed all appropriate notifications within the Ontario limitation period.

    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.

    Should I sue after an Ontario slip and fall accident?

    An Ontario slip and fall accident can have a range of injuries from minor to serious. Either way, a fall can severely impact the way you go about living your day-to-day life while trying to recover. However, is it practical for all slip and fall victims to seek compensation for your injuries?

    For personalized advice on your Ontario slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529.

     Not every time you slip and fall is there a claim.  However, if you can prove there was negligence by someone in control of the property where you fell, you may have a claim. For the most part, if the injuries and discomfort are minor and completely disappear within a few days to three weeks you may not want to follow through with a claim. However, if your pain persists for more than a month you may have a valid claim.   The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office can provide you with a free consultation to explain your rights and current situation.

    Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth answer a caller’s question on CTV Morning Live about suing for an Ontario slip and fall accident and what the best course of action is depending on the severity of the injuries

     If you have been injured in an Ontario slip and fall accident and want to know what your next step should be contact the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office 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.

    Defensive Driving: What to Do If You Get a Flat Tire While Driving

    Driving home last Thursday night in Ottawa, I saw two cars on the side of the road with flat tires. Ugh!

    Most of us have heard the ominous “thump thump thump” while driving that means our vehicle is now operating one wheel short of the full set. Getting a flat tire is never much fun, but a blowout while driving at high speed, such as on a highway can be extremely dangerous. The safety of you, your passengers and those travelling in vehicles around you depends on your ability to keep calm, think quickly, and carry-out the steps below.

    1. Slow down – emphasis on the slow. Do not slam on the brakes, as three tires instead of four means reduced traction with the road, and you don’t want to make a bad situation worse by causing the car to spin or slide into traffic. Instead, take your foot off the accelerator and gently apply the brake.
    2. As you decelerate, steer the car into a safe zone like an adjacent parking lot (if you’re on city streets) or the side of the road (if you’re on the highway).
    3. Know the safety zones. Always pull your car off to the RIGHT side of the road, unless crossing multiple lanes of traffic is impossible or unsafe. Once off the road, stop your car as far away from the roadway as possible.
    4.  Turn on your flasher lights – especially if you’re unable to get far away from the flow of traffic. This is an immediate alert to other drivers that you are in distress and could mean the difference between getting rear-ended while stopped and avoiding a devastating collision. Popping your hood sends a similar message.
    5. If you’re able to change the flat tire yourself, do so only if you can work safely. Otherwise, call roadside assistance or the non-emergency police number for assistance.
    6. Be safe. If you’re waiting for help, stand back from the road. If you’re in a dangerous neighborhood, you may be safer in your car with the doors locked until aid arrives.

    It’s impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of a flat tire, but adding a few items to your car’s inventory while you’re doing routine maintenance can make dealing with one a little easier. Always carry a spare tire and equipment to help install it, like a jack and lug wrench. Foam sealants are a cheap quick fix for a flat, but should only be used in emergencies as some tire shops will refuse to repair a tire because sticky residue the sealant leaves behind. Still, in an emergency when you need to get back on the road in a hurry, having foam sealant handy can be a temporary fix.

    If you’ve been in an Ontario car accident and need the advice of an accident lawyer, reach 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 613 233-4529.

    Ottawa Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth Featured in Distinctive Women Magazine

    Auger Hollingsworth’s founding lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth was honoured in May to be featured in Distinctive Women Magazine .  Brenda was interviewed for the article earlier this year and was photographed by the very talented Michelle Valberg.

    There are many fantastic Ottawa women featured in the magazine.  If you are interested in receiving a copy, please email Brenda directly at brenda@ottawalawfirm.ca.

    Brenda’s favorite line from the article is this one: “Personal injury victims often feel powerless. We can change that.” 

    Brenda Hollingsworth, Lawyer

    Photo Credit: Michelle Valberg

     

    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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