Mental health matters

A serious accident commonly takes a toll on the body and mind. Seek help so you can begin to feel better sooner. Here are some common issues our clients face:

Depression. If your life circumstances have changed significantly, you may feel deep despair and hopelessness. If this lasts a long time and you find yourself losing interest in things you used to enjoy, ask your doctor.

  1. Sleeping too much or too little. The right amount of sleep is critical to your recovery. If you find yourself consistently sleeping too much or struggling to sleep enough, consult a doctor.
  2. Changes in eating habits. Similar to sleep, eating enough healthy foods is important to your health, but sometimes can shift after an accident throws your life out of balance. If your eating habits have changed, talk to a doctor to identify the underlying issue.
  3. Loneliness. Feeling lonely is very common right now during a pandemic, but when you’re recovering from an injury, you can feel even more isolated from social connections. You may feel that others do not understand your situation or abilities. Talk to your health professionals to see how you can find connection in a safe, fulfilling way.
  4. Forgetting things. Feeling distracted and forgetting things is understandable after an accident, when suddenly you may have more appointments and changes in your lifestyle. Our legal team is here to help keep your recovery process organized. But if you feel that you are experiencing more significant memory loss or brain fog, it can be a sign of something else. Talk with your doctor.
  5. Mood swings. After an accident you may find that sometimes you lash out and get angry suddenly, while other times you may feel suddenly sad, and still other times you feel emotionally fine. Talk with a doctor to see what can be causing these mood swings and how you can manage them.


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A little spring into your step

Now that spring is finally here, many of us are enjoying more time outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air, but be safe when walking, especially when near roads or paths! Between 2004 and 2008, thirty-two individuals were killed in vehicle-­pedestrian accidents in just Ottawa.

If you are ever injured in a pedestrian accident (involving a car, truck, or another type of motor vehicle), protect your rights by making smart choices at the scene of the accident.


Insist that the police come to attend the scene

Obtain the driver’s name, license plate number, and insurance information

Get the medical attention you need

Call YOUR OWN insurance company to report the accident (it won’t affect your rates.)

Get advice from a personal injury lawyer.



Tell everyone at the scene that you’ll be fine. The adrenaline is pumping. You don’t know for sure.

Leave without witness information and the driver’s info.

Wait to contact a lawyer. Witnesses vanish. Memories fade.

Personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are here to help ensure that you are afforded fair and just compensation as a result of a potentially life-changing incident. Call us with any questions, anytime.

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Get your car ready for spring!

The long winter is finally over! But before you go out for road trips or even driving around town, make sure your car is in tip-top shape. From facing clumps of snow to slippery, icy roads, your car likely is in need of some post-winter care. Here are five things to help keep things running smoothly and safely:

  1. Clean up your tires or change out the winter tires. Wipe down and scrub off any accumulated rust—even a little rust can make the wheel difficult to remove if you ever get a flat tire later on. While you’re at it, consider getting the air pressure and balance checked for all tires.
  2. Get your brakes inspected. Braking hard and repeatedly on slippery roads can put a lot of wear and tear on your brakes. Road salt can also corrode parts that affect brake function. Given how critical brakes are to your safety and the safety of others, this inspection is highly recommended and should be done by experts.
  3. Wash away salts. Not only can road salt impact your brake function, it can also wear down other parts of your car too. Use a hose to rinse down the undercarriage of your car, or go to a car wash that washes the bottom of your car.
  4. Get new wipers. With all the ice and snow on the windshields, your wipers are likely in need of a change. Make sure you measure accurately before purchasing a new set of wipers. And don’t forget about the back wiper, if your car has one!
  5. Swap out air filters. If you haven’t replaced your engine air filter or cabin air filter (if your car has one), consider getting them replaced this spring. You’ll get better mileage out of your car with a fresh engine air filter, and things will smell better if you have a new cabin air filter.

And if you haven’t gotten one yet, be sure to ask us for our Crash Kit, a free booklet to keep in your glovebox that will come in handy if you ever get involved in a car accident.