Auger & Hollingsworth

  • Brenda and her staff have been there with legal advice from beginning to end. They are fast and efficient in all areas of the claim. I would most certainly recommend this firm to anyone that needs their services after an accident.

    Linda Bimm, Motor Vehicle Accident Client
  • Doesn’t Your Accident Deserve the Best Lawyers?

    If I were injured in a car accident in Ottawa, I would want to hire the very best Ottawa personal injury lawyer to handle my case.

    How would I know if I had the best lawyer in Ottawa for my case?

    1. I would investigate the lawyer’s years of experience working as a personal injury lawyer.
    2. I would looks at the lawyer’s recent case results to be certain that the lawyer gets real, demonstrable compensation for the clients.
    3. I would look for testimonials from past clients, keeping in mind that they need to be real!! (It’s hard to fake video.)
    4. I would look at the lawyer’s publications to make sure the lawyer has written on relevant subjects.
    5. I would ask around about the lawyer’s reputation in the community.

    Then, and only then, would I be satisfied that I had found the best possible lawyer for my personal injury case.

    If you would like to find out if Auger Hollingsworth has the best lawyers in Ottawa for your personal injury case, why not schedule a free, no obligation meeting to discuss how we can help you. Call us today at 613-233-4529

    From Frustration and Worry to Satisfaction and Peace of Mind

    How hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your accident claim will radically change your post-accident experience

    If you are like most accident victims, your life has been chaos since you were hurt:

    • You are in pain
    • You are rushing to medical appointments
    • Your insurance company is demanding forms and information
    • Your family is left to pick up the slack

    Hiring the experienced personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to represent you will immediately and permanently reduce or eliminate these problems. Here’s how we do it:

    1. Our lawyers take over dealing with all insurance issues. No more calls or forms!
    2. Our lawyers make sure you are getting the rehab you need and deserve.
    3. Our lawyers can help you and your family to set up the support you need to make life as normal as possible

    If this sounds good to you, call our office today at 613-233-4529 and starting getting the help you need.

    What are the New Changes to Statutory Accident Benefits in Ontario?

    The government recently made changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits that will affect personal injury victims. There are three major changes that will have an impact on the following aspects of personal injury law:

    • how pre-existing conditions are dealt with under the Minor Injury Guideline
    • attendant care benefits for family members
    • the ability to alter benefits if the injuries are designated catastrophic

    Change #1: Pre-existing Injuries and the Minor Injury Guideline

    The first major change is an alteration to the Minor Injury Guideline. When you are placed in the Minor Injury Guideline, it means you will be given no more than $3,500 to recuperate from your injuries. With many injuries, you want to avoid the Minor Injury Guideline because $3,500 is not enough to help you fully recover. Previously, if you already had an injury that prevented you from reaching maximum recovery, then the Minor Injury Guideline (including the $3,500 insurance benefit limit) would no longer apply. Under the updated regulations, if your doctor has not recorded that you already had a pre-existing injury in your file before your accident then you are stuck in the Minor Injury Guideline. These changes will have a negative impact on those who do not have a doctor, or did not make a visit to their doctor, before their accident.

    Change #2: Attendant Care

    Family members often choose to stay at home to take care of an injured loved one. This will become difficult to do under the new changes. In the updated regulations, if the care provider is not working in their ordinary employment, then the attendant care benefit will not be more than the economic loss directly sustained while providing care. Overall, more and more families will have to return to work and have their loved one taken care of by health care professionals.

    Change #3: Election of Benefits and Catastrophic Injuries

    Our health changes over time. The goal is that you will heal after your injuries, but sometimes we unfortunately get worse. Previously, if your injuries became catastrophic, then you could have your caregiver benefits updated with 30 days. Under the new regulations, the election of benefits is final regardless of any changes. This hurts personal injury victims by not allowing their benefits to accurately represent their injuries.

    Learn more by watching Brenda Hollingsworth discuss the changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits on CTV Ottawa Morning with host Lianne Laing.

    Have questions about how these new regulations will impact your personal injury claim? Call a personal injury lawyer such as Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 to book a free, no-obligation consultation.

    Fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident near Nipigon.

    July 23, 2013 – A fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident near Nipigon, Ontario has claimed the lives of a cycling couple from North Glengarry Township.

    The two cyclists were avid riders.  Starting in Vancouver, they were cycling across Canada with 23 other riders. On July 23rd the pair was hit by a pickup truck driven by a 60-year-old man from Austin, Texas.

    According to news reports, the daughter of the two victims said she spoke to them the night before. They were worried about the upcoming stretch of road due to hills, curves, and overall terrain conditions.  When news of the accident reached home, the daughter thought the accident might have been caused by terrain issues. The pickup driver might not have seeing the couple until it was too late. There could have been a hill or sharp curve in the road that blocked his vision. However, when looking at the stretch of Ontario  Highway where the accident took place, it is completely straight.

    After a fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident, what rights do you, the family, have in seeking compensation?

    As the family member of a victim who was killed in a motor vehicle – cyclist accident you can often claim death benefits under SABS. SABS are the statutory accident benefits claims that everyone is entitled to under their own insurance. The death benefits provide compensation to both spouses and dependants while helping cover death and funeral costs.

    Family members may also have a claim (lawsuit) against the at fault driver. However, there are time limitations to file your claim. All time limitations are different, depending on your specific case and situation.  To find out the limitation period for your case, your best option is to call us at 613-860-4529 and set up a free consultation. The personal injury lawyers at our office deal with many cycling accidents and fatal accidents.

     

    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.

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