How do Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyers advance my case?

Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyers – How we advance your case

You have gone through the process of hiring the Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyer best suited to your needs. However, do you know what the next steps are when it comes to building your case? Not very many people know what happens after they hire a lawyer. For the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office this is where they find clients have the most questions. They do not know the exact role of a lawyer or the fact that they too, as the client, have a role in their case.

If you have experienced a personal injury accident and have questions about what an Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyers role is in your case, call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529.  We can show you what a lawyer will be doing for your case and the proper steps needed to the legal process.

After hiring your Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyer we need to build your case.  We need to convince the insurance company to pay the value of your injuries.  This process includes sending out requests for information to doctors, hospitals and physiotherapists to collect relevant evidence.

Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth discuss what role an Eastern Ontario personal injury lawyer plays during your case and how you, as a client, have an important role too.

If you have experienced an Eastern Ontario personal injury accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529.  We can guide you through the process towards legal compensation and determine the best steps to take for your specific case.

Should I hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for my Ottawa accident?

The benefits of hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your Ottawa accident.

An increasing number of personal injury lawyers from big cities are advertising in Ottawa. You might be wondering why you should hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer after your Ottawa accident.  These accidents include, a  motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident.  Is a Toronto lawyer the best choice for your Ottawa case?

The personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office focus exclusively in 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 who knows which ones will support your case, in the most effective way, and which ones can be more challenging to work with.

You want to be able to pop in easily to your lawyer’s office for preparation for any meeting or examination by the insurance company.

You want your lawyer to be familiar with the roadways and traffic patters in the area of the accident.

Watch Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about the importance of choosing a local lawyer and the reasons why you should hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your Ottawa accident.

If you have suffered an Ottawa motor vehicle accident or slip and fall accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers for a consultation at 613-860-4529.

How do I choose an Ontario personal injury lawyer?

What you need to do to make sure you choose an Ontario personal injury lawyer best suited to your case and needs.

A question the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office get asked is how accident victims should hire a lawyer for their Ontario personal injury case. With many lawyers focusing in the personal injury field, there is great competition for your case. So, as a potential client searching out a firm what can you do to make sure you choose the firm and Ontario personal injury lawyer best suited for you and your case?

The best way to choose an Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer is to have an initial client interview where you can meet, ask important questions to ensure the firm can properly handle your case, and see if you feel comfortable.  The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office will meet with you for a free consultation at our office or at your home or hospital if you are to hurt to come to us.

When choosing an Ontario personal lawyer here are 2 important things to keep in mind:
- Lawyer shop – do not just settle on the first lawyer you hear about.
- Ask lots of questions and make sure they answer them fully (example: how much of your practice is devoted to personal injury?).

Watch as Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about the process of choosing a lawyer and the questions you should ask before making the client-lawyer commitment on CTV Morning Live.

If you have suffered a personal injury and would like to speak to an Ottawa personal injury lawyer contact Brenda Hollingsworth’s office at 613-860-4529 to have your case evaluated.

What do I do after an Eastern Ontario slip and fall accident on municipal property?

What you need to do after an Eastern Ontario slip and fall accident on municipal property?

During the winter after an ice storm, or rapid temperature drop, slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence.  However, a question that arises is how to properly go about reporting the accident when it is on municipal property.

To help us better answer your question and find out if it is a municipal property or private property call us at 613-860-4529 and find the right course of action for you.

When an Eastern Ontario slip and fall accident occurs on municipal property you still have 2 years to file a claim. However, there can be shorter notice periods. You need to file a notice with the municipality indicating you were hurt and that there is a possibility of a claim. You should do this before anything else.

Watch as Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth answer a caller’s question about a slip and fall accident on municipal property and the right course of action to take on CTV Morning Live.

If you have been injured in an Eastern Ontario slip and fall accident on municipal property and require assistance in filing a claim with a municipality call the Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office for a free consultation.

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.

 

 

 

The Most Dangerous Intersections in Ottawa

According to an article in the August 18th edition of The Ottawa Citizen, a recently released city report names the intersection at Riverside Drive and Hunt Club Road the most dangerous in Ottawa. With 53 crashes reported in 2011, Riverside/Hunt Club has the highest number of collisions of any signal-controlled intersection in the city, a dubious honor it holds for the second year in a row. In 2010, the same intersection was the site of 43 reported accidents.

The rest of the intersections named in report are listed in descending order according to the number of reported collisions:

  • Belfast Road at St. Laurent Boulevard (32)
  • Baseline Road at Woodroffe Avenue (31)
  • Catherine Street at Kent Street (30)
  • Walkley Road at Hawthorne/Russell Roads (30)
  • Prince of Wales Drive at West Hunt Club Road (30)
  • Blair Road at Blair Road Ramp 36 (29)
  • Clyde Avenue at Merivale Road (29)
  • Industrial Avenue at St. Laurent Boulevard (29)
  • Baseline Road at Greenbank Road (28)
  • Beechwood Avenue at Crichton Street (28)

 

Although the total number of collisions in Ottawa increased to 15,295 in 2011 from 14,953 in 2010, the number of accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities actually decreased. Fatalities alone dropped a dramatic 34% from 38 in 2010 to 25 in 2011 – the lowest number of fatalities in 6 years. Interestingly, none of the fatalities occurred at the intersections above. These decreases are even more significant considering that the number of registered drivers and vehicles actually increased during the same time period.

The study follows last year’s revamping of the Safe Roads Ottawa Program initially launched in January 2004. The program focuses on the 3 E’s (Engineering, Education, and Enforcement) and aims to reduce the overall number of collisions in Ottawa by increasing public awareness and coordinating efforts between road safety and enforcement agencies.

If you live in Ontario and have been involved in a collision, 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.

Some information sourced from an article in the Ottawa Citizen.

Ottawa lawyer: Why do I have to sign so many authorizations?

When new Ottawa personal injury clients sign up with Auger Hollingsworth, they are usually asked to sign a large number of authorizations.  Many new clients wonder why we need so many authorizations that are identical or very similar.

Authorizations are the documents that give your lawyer permission to contact third parties on your behalf.

We get you to sign an OHIP authorization.  This allows us to obtain your OHIP decoded summary.  Your OHIP decoded summary lists all of the OHIP covered services you have received in the past 7 years.

Any doctor you have seen, or any other medical clinic, requires an authorization before they will release your records to us.

We need of the original authorizations back  as no photocopies are accepted by doctors or hospitals.  You would be amazed at how many medical people swipe your OHIP numbers over 7 years.  We need to request the records from all of them.  That is why we need so many forms.

Immediately after we open your file, we request the following records that require a general authorization:

-all tax returns

-any social services history (Ontario Works / ODSP)

-your employment records

-your CPP contributions

-the complete police file or municipal file or whatever investigation file we think might exist

If we want to engage an expert to help us do something, we need to send them an authorization.

If we want to speak to an insurer on your behalf, they sometimes require an authorization.

It does not take long for the number of general authorizations we use to add up.   Those are some examples.

If you are wondering if an Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you with your personal injury claim, call our office today at 613 233-4539.

 

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.

Alfred Ontario Car Accident Kills Two

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER- On January 3, 2012 two people, including an Ottawa man, were killed in a head-on crash involving a tractor trailer on Highway 17.  The accident happened near Alfred, Ontario early in the morning.

It is reported that a pickup truck and a transport truck collided on the County Road 15 and Peladeau Road at about 3:15 a.m.  Unfortunately both drivers died at the scene.   Early reports suggest that neither driver was wearing a seatbelt, although that has not been proven.

The driver of the pickup truck has been identified as 31-year-old Ghislian Landry of Orleans. The driver of the tractor trailer is 50-year-old Gordon Wray of Oshawa.   Our condolences to their families.

The road was re-opened Tuesday afternoon after about 12 hours. Police said they are  trying to determine the cause of the car accident.

Baseline Rd and Rockway Crescent is a Dangerous Intersection

On Friday December 17, 2011, Ottawa Fire Fighters extricated a 22 year old man from a BMW after a  two-vehicle collision on Baseline Road at Rockway Crescent.  The man is described as having suffered a fractrued pelvis, chest injuries and multiple lacerations. He was taken to the hospital in serous condition. The driver is reportedly not seriously injured.

This is not the first serious accident our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are aware of at this intersection.  For a small intersection, it poses numerous visibility issues.  If you are driving at Baseline and Rockway, please use extra caution.

If you have suffered  a serious injury and wish to have a free consultation, please contact our firm at 613 233-4529.

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