Common Personal Injury Claim Mistakes in Ontario

So you’ve just been in an accident and you find yourself completely overwhelmed. A lot is going on, and there are so many things that you need to do. Amidst the chaos, here are some important mistakes you need to avoid.

Mistake Number One – Not Getting Medical Attention

The first thing you want to do when you have suffered a personal injury is get medical attention. If you have an ache or pain, and it lasts for more than 24 hours, go to the doctor. Not getting medical attention is one of the easiest ways to screw up your case. If you wait until two months after the accident the insurance company is going to say that something else happened, and that makes it much more difficult to connect your injury directly to the accident.

Mistake Number Two – Not Taking Control of Your Medical Recovery

So you go to your doctor and they recommend physiotherapy, but after a few months you notice that the physiotherapy is no longer helping. Be proactive about your recovery. If a treatment isn’t working, go back to your doctor to ask about your other options. Your doctor won’t know further diagnostics are needed if you don’t tell them that your treatment isn’t working. Especially in Ontario, where doctors are pressed for time, it’s often the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. Be persistent.

Mistake Number Three – Not Giving Notice

One of the big issues with slips and falls on private or municipal property is that most people don’t know that they have to give notice. Right after you have had a slip and fall let the property owner know within 10 days. On municipal property, this process can be as easy as dropping of a letter at City Hall to the clerk of the city. If you’re not sure which property your fall is designated under (street, parking lot, side walk) let them all know just in case. People often lose their case if this step hasn’t been taken.

Mistake Number Four – Taking a Settlement Before You Know the Full Extent of Your Injuries

Often with a low-grade injury your insurance company will contact you after the 12-month mark and ask you to settle. Before you accept, speak with a personal injury lawyer about your options. Once you’ve settled, you’ve signed an agreement saying you won’t go back on the defendant, and it is very hard to re-open a case. This is a major issue because if you settle too soon, you may not know the full extent of your injuries and therefore not be compensated for as much as you need.

For more information watch Brenda Hollingsworth discuss the common personal injury mistakes on CTV Morning Live.

Want to avoid these, and any other, personal injury mistakes? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 for a free consultation.

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The Personal Injury Lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth aim to empower accident victims by giving them, free of charge, a guide to dealing with the insurance company after a serious accident.

What’s in it for you? Check out these chapters:

  • Tips for getting a fair settlement for your motor vehicle injuries
  • Costly misconceptions about injury cases
  • Facts that may surprise you
  • Important answers about statutory accident benefits
  • Beyond car accidents – getting compensation of other injuries
  • What to expect if Richard or Brenda start a law suit for your compensation
  • How we get paid, without the legal jargon
  • Auger Hollingsworth’s personal injury services
  • 20 questions to ask before you hire a lawyer

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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

How to be a Good Witness in Ontario

Most of the time what happened in a personal injury accident is clear, but there are a lot of instances where what bystanders say can make a big difference. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that you do a good job as a witness:

• People who have just been injured tend to be overwhelmed and in shock, help them out by putting your contact information directly into their phone.
• Stay around the scene to make sure your statement is heard.
• Be specific about what you saw. Instead of using adjectives like negligent driving, describe what made their driving negligent.
• Write down what you saw. It could be a few months to a year before you’ll need to describe the events so this exercise will help refresh your memory.
• Don’t try to fill in gaps. It’s better to say you don’t know something then to guess motivations or timing.
• Remember that it’s not about taking sides it’s about the truth. If you seem biased your testimony won’t be as helpful.

The most helpful witnesses are the ones who relay what they saw with honesty and detail. Don’t play the role of accident reconstructionist; leave that to the experts.

Worried about being a witness? Have no fear — it’s not like the movies!

Another issue with witnesses is that they can be hesitant to get involved. We have the idea from films and television shows that witnesses speak in front of the court in long dramatic speeches or perfect public speaking. In reality personal injury issues rarely go to court, and giving your eyewitness statement will actually help the issue to resolve before it reaches that stage. In the rare occasion that the case does go to court, giving your testimony is not public speaking but rather a conversation about what you saw.

It is important to remember that when you are acting as a witness you are helping to make the world a better place. You are helping victims get compensated for their injuries and helping to ensure that accidents don’t reoccur.

For more information watch Brenda Hollingsworth discuss the topic of being a good witness on CTV Morning Live.

If you know someone who has suffered a personal injury tell them to talk with the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth in Ottawa at 613-233-4529. For more information order the book the Injured Victim’s Guide to Fair Compensation.

Think before you turn it up: Don’t let music get in the way of safe driving.

Whether it’s relaxing to a mellow tune or getting amped up by loud beat, all of us have felt the impact of music at some point in our lives. Playing music while we drive can help us to pass the time, and can even keep us alert on the road, but music becomes a problem when it veers us into distraction.

According to the study Effects of sound types and volumes on simulated driving, vigilance tasks and heart rate out of Memorial University in Newfoundland, the key ingredient isn’t what type of music you are listening to but rather how loud it is being played. In the study participants simulated driving while talking on a cellphone and listening to music. Moderate music provided no further distraction from the cellphone chatter, but when the music was turned up the problems began.

When we think of dangerous driving music we imagine screaming, pumping beats, but this study revealed that is not always the case. Pop tunes, and any other type of music for that matter, become distracting right when the volume is turned up. According to the study the main issue is processing time. The more environmental signs that your brain has to process, the longer it will take to interpret them all.

At the other end of the curve, if you’re too relaxed you will begin to lose your sharpness. When driving you want to stay at your optimal level of awareness — alert, but not distracted. So though the level of distraction can very, the message is clear; when you’re playing loud music you can’t react at your optimal level.

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Choose the Right Personal Injury Lawyer and Fear will turn into Hope

For our most seriously injured clients, the fear that follows a devastating motor vehicle accident can be overwhelming.

You may be experiencing:

  • Fear about your health
  • Fear about your financial future
  • Fear that the insurance company is taking advantage of you
  • Fear about the security of your family

After meeting with a personal injury lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth for a free, no obligation consultation, that fear turns into hope.

With Auger Hollingsworth you will:

  • Learn how to navigate Ontario’s medical system to get the best possible care for your injuries
  • Learn what income support (money!) is available to you after an accident
  • Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your law firm is handling the insurance company for you
  • Relax as our lawyers and staff get you the support you need so your family is not burdened.

If these benefits sound like a good start, call Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 today!
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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.