Privacy Policy

Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation Privacy Statement

Protecting Your Privacy

This privacy statement applies to Auger Hollingsworth and its affiliates, including Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation Services Inc., (“Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation”, “we”, “us”, “our”) and explains how we collect, use and disclose personal information in Canada. Generally speaking, “personal information” is information about an identifiable individual, subject to more particular definitions or interpretations under applicable law. This privacy statement does not apply to personal information about employees, partners or other temporary or permanent staff, consultants, volunteers or other individuals assigned to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation (collectively, “Members of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation”), or to any information which is not personal information as defined in or interpreted under applicable law.

Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation offers and provides legal services and information to a wide range of clients. We collect, use and disclose personal information as necessary to offer and provide clients and potential clients with these legal services and information and generally to fulfil our professional legal responsibilities and manage our business. As lawyers, we have a professional obligation to keep confidential all information we obtain within a lawyer-client relationship.

The Information We Collect and How We Use It

Information in relation to clients, potential clients and others, generated in the course of our practice

The kinds of personal information we collect and use in relation to clients and potential clients will depend upon the information and services requested. However, subject to applicable law, it may include:

name, address, e-mail address, contact details, nature of the client or potential client’s legal issue, financial, credit, billing and account information, and other incidental information relating to the services we provide;

information material to your legal issue, for example financial, property ownership, family, employment, disciplinary, benefit or tax information, and any other information you give to us when you ask or instruct us to act for you;

legal issue or area of law of interest, for instance when you sign up to attend a Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation seminar or function, or when you request receipt of materials concerning our services and developments in the law;

information about individuals we collect in the course of acting for clients, including personal information about employees of clients, referrals, adverse parties and parties with parallel interests, other counsel, mediators and arbitrators, witnesses and potential witnesses, expert witnesses and consultants;

information about you contained in communications within Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation and between us and you, whether online or offline; and

information we may collect with your consent or as permitted or required by law.

We use this information:

to assess whether we can act for you, including to avoid conflicts of interest;

to offer and provide legal information and services to you;

to communicate with you regarding the services you request and to respond to your requests and inquiries;

to administer our client time and billing databases, and issue and collect accounts;

to provide you with material on our services and developments in the law, and to invite you to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation seminars and functions;

to develop and use our knowledge management and precedent systems and permit Members of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation to consult, for precedent purposes, documents that we have created on your behalf and that contain personal information;

to manage and administer our business, including to avoid negligence and protect you and us against error and fraud;

to fulfil our legal and professional obligations; and

as permitted or required by law or for purposes for which you otherwise provide your consent.

If you do not wish to receive further materials about our services and legal developments or if you do not wish to receive further invitations to seminars and functions, you may unsubscribe or ask us not to contact you for these purposes.

Information in relation to potential Members of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation

If you apply for a position at Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation, we will collect the personal information contained in, and generated in relation to, your application package, in order to evaluate your application and assess whether to offer you a position at Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation. For candidates who are not offered or do not accept a position, we normally retain this information for a reasonable period in the event that an appropriate position becomes available or that you re-apply to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation. If you accept a position at Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation, the information will be retained in accordance with our privacy procedures applicable to the personal information of Members of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation.

Information about Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation Alumni

We collect and retain personal information about professionals who have formerly been Members of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation (“Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation Alumni”), including name, contact details and employment status and history. We use this information to maintain a record of where Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation Alumni are subsequently employed or practising and to invite you to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation events. If you wish, you may ask us not to retain this information or contact you for these purposes.

Information about guests of and visitors to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation

Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation collects information about its guests and visitors. Specifically, visitors to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation’ offices may be asked to provide their name, telephone number and organization name. This information is retained by Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation as long as necessary for security or emergency preparedness purposes. Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation may also install video cameras in public-access areas on its premises and will post signs notifying individuals of the existence and purpose of any such cameras. We use the information we collect about guests of and visitors to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation to enable us to act responsibly in the event of a health or other crisis or emergency and to enhance workplace security.

Information about our agents, vendors, suppliers, expert witnesses, and foreign associates

Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation may collect information about third-party agents, vendors, suppliers, expert witnesses and foreign associates (“Service Providers”) who provide goods, services and information to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation. This information would include name and contact information as well as any information (such as banking information) that we need to pay you for your services and other relevant information, such as experience and qualifications of Service Providers.

We use this information in order to assess suitability for particular assignments; to contact you, where necessary, in relation to the goods, services and information you are providing to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation; and to pay you for your services. We may also use this information to provide you with material regarding our services or developments in the law or to invite you to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation seminars and functions. If you do not wish to receive further materials about our services and legal developments or if you do not wish to receive further invitations to seminars and functions, you may unsubscribe or ask us not to contact you for these purposes.

How We Collect Information About You

We typically collect personal information directly from you or through our interaction with you. However, sometimes we may obtain personal information about you from other sources.

For example, in relation to clients, in addition to personal information that you provide, we may collect personal information from:

a government agency or registry;

third parties, such as your real estate agent, your financial institution, your insurance company, or your employer; and

other law firms or agents who have acted for you in the past,

where these parties have information relevant to the matter in which we are acting for you.

In relation to potential Members of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation, in addition to personal information that you provide, we may collect personal information from:

the third parties you provide as references in support of your application; and

individuals involved in the evaluation and review process.

How We Disclose and Share Your Information

We may disclose the personal information we collect about clients or other individuals we deal with to third parties, including:

where the legal services we are providing to you require us to give your personal information to third parties, such as a lender in a real estate mortgage transaction;

where we are required or authorized by law to do so, for example where the rules of court require us to provide personal information to the opposite side and the court in a litigation matter or where a court issues a subpoena or order;

where we engage an expert or consultant on your behalf in a litigation matter;

where we retain another law firm or agent to act or assist us in acting on your behalf;

where it is necessary to collect fees, for instance to a financial institution or collection agent;

to regulatory (including self-regulatory) or governmental authorities, for example, disclosure of personal information reasonably requested or required by governing bodies of the legal profession in the course of its oversight of our practice;

where you have instructed us to disclose your personal information to a third party for a designated purpose;

where we reasonably believe a third party requesting your information is your agent; and

where you consent or as permitted or required by law.

We may disclose personal information about Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation Alumni in order to provide an employment reference to a third party where you have requested, or consented to, the provision of the reference.

Service Providers. Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation may also transfer your personal information to our Service Providers hired to administer or provide products, services or information on our behalf. We use reasonable measures to require the organizations with whom we share your personal information for these purposes to use your personal information only to perform the services we have hired them to provide. Note that some of the Service Providers that process or handle personal information on our behalf are located outside of Canada. As a result, your personal information may be transferred, stored and/or processed outside Canada in connection with the purposes described in this privacy statement. Contractual or other measures we may use to protect your personal information are subject to the legal requirements of the foreign jurisdictions where your personal information may be transferred, stored or processed, for example lawful requirements to disclose information to government authorities in those countries.

Business Transactions. We may also use and disclose certain personal information to parties connected with the proposed or actual financing, insuring, sale or other disposal of all or part of our business or assets, for purposes connected to evaluating and performing the transaction. These purposes may include determining whether to proceed with the transaction or business relationship, or fulfilling any records or other reporting requirements to those parties. Where applicable, we will take steps to require that such parties treat your personal information in accordance with this privacy statement and use and disclose it only for the purposes for which it was collected, including to provide the services or information that Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation would otherwise provide to you and generally to carry on Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation business.

Our Web Site

The only personal information which we collect about you when you use our Web site is what you tell us about yourself, for example, by completing an online form when you request receipt of a Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation publication, or information you provide to us through the “Contact Us” section or when you send us an e-mail.

As most Web sites do we do track usage patterns on our Web site on an anonymous basis. Your identity cannot reasonably be ascertained from this information. Each time you visit our Web site, our server records your Internet Service Provider, the date and time of your visit, the pages you visit and the documents downloaded, the searches you performed, and the referring URL’s you came from. We use this non-personal information to optimize our Web site service.

For your convenience, we may offer links from our Web site to other Web sites. However, Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation is not responsible for, nor do we accept any liability for, the personal information collection, use and disclosure practices of other entities to which our Web site may link. You should consult the privacy policies of these other entities before providing any personal information on their Web sites.

Your Consent

We collect, use and disclose your personal information with your consent or as permitted or required by law. Your consent may be express or implied, depending on the circumstances and the sensitivity of the personal information in question. For example, in most cases, a client’s consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation may be implied by the fact that the client has engaged Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation to provide legal services, where the collection, use and disclosure of personal information relates to the performance of those services by Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation. If you provide personal information about another person to us, we assume you have the consent of that individual to enable us to collect, use or disclose their information as described in this policy. If you choose to provide personal information to Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation, we assume that you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as outlined in this privacy statement.

If you do not consent, please do not provide your personal information or, where applicable, exercise the opt-in or opt-out options offered. Subject to legal and contractual requirements and reasonable notice, you may refuse to consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information or you may withdraw your consent to our further collection, use and disclosure of information about you, by contacting our Privacy Officer at [email protected] or at 613 233-4529. Note that if you withdraw your consent to certain uses of your personal information, we may no longer be able to provide certain of our services.

There are instances where Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation may collect, use or disclose your personal information without your consent, for example to collect a debt you owe to us, to comply with a subpoena or court order, or to comply with the rules of court regarding the production of records.

Security

Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation has implemented reasonable physical, organizational and technological security measures to safeguard the personal information in our custody or control. These include safeguards to protect personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification. Authorized Members of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation and agents have access to your personal information.

You can generally visit the Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation Web site without providing any personal information. However, given that electronically submitted data is not 100% secure, we make no warranties as to the security of any such personal information that you submit, which you do at your own risk.

Access, Correction, Inquiries and Complaints

We maintain a file of your personal information for the above-mentioned purposes. This file is accessible at Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation, 130 Albert Street, Suite 1005, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4. If you wish to request access to, or correction of, your personal information in custody or control of Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation, please make your request in writing to our Privacy Officer at the address above. We may need to verify your identity before searching for or providing you with personal information. In some circumstances, we may not provide access to your personal information, for example if it contains the personal information of other persons, if it constitutes confidential commercial information, if it is protected by solicitor-client privilege, or if it is otherwise not properly the subject of an access request.

Since we predominantly use personal information to provide legal services, it is important that the information be accurate and up-to-date. Please inform us as soon as possible of any changes to your personal information.

If you have any questions, requests or complaints about our privacy policy contact our law firm at Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation, 130 Albert Street, Suite 1005, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4.

Changes to this Statement

Auger Hollingsworth, Professional Corporation reserves the right to change this privacy statement at any time and we will take reasonable steps to advise affected individuals of any material changes, if necessary. However, you should review this privacy statement from time to time to ensure that you are aware of and accept any changes made. You may contact us at the address, e-mail address or telephone number above to obtain a current copy of this privacy statement.

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.

Avoid Mistakes When Hiring an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

            If you have suffered a serious motor vehicle accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident or slip-and-fall you may be looking for an Ottawa personal injury lawyer to help you claim the compensation you need and deserve.  Choosing the right personal injury lawyer is a very important part of the process.  It is very important to make the right decision at the outset of your case.  Although it is possible to do so, it is very difficult to change personal injury lawyers part way through your process.

Here are some very common mistakes to avoid when choosing your Ottawa personal injury lawyer:

 

            1.         Hire an injury lawyer who “drops in” to your hospital room following your injury.

It is increasingly common for personal injury lawyers, or people who work for them, to troll the halls of the trauma unit at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus or the Rehabilitation Center on Smyth Road looking for clients.  You should be very suspicious of any lawyer, or lawyer representative, who approaches you in the hospital and attempts to sign you up.  This is a practice that is frowned upon in the legal profession.  It is also a signal that the lawyer may be seeking to take advantage of your vulnerability.  While you are in the hospital you are unlikely to be able to do the research required in order to make the correct choice of Ottawa personal injury lawyer.

 

For example, while you are in the hospital you may not have access to the internet or if you do it may be on your hand-held device only.  A thorough investigation of personal injury lawyer would include a review of that lawyer’s web presence to see if that lawyer provides information about past cases, references and other resources.

 

            2.         Choose an Ottawa personal injury lawyer whose business card is handed to you by hospital staff.

Although this is less common in Ottawa than in other locations like Toronto, unfortunately, there is hospital staff who have arrangements with Ottawa personal injury lawyers to provide their details and to sign up patients in hospital.  Typically these relationships involve a kickback [monetary or in gifts or trips] to the hospital staff making the referral.  My own clients have received this type of approach from hospital staff and it is certainly a significant concern for the same reason that it is a concern when a lawyer approaches you himself or herself in the hospital.

 

            3.         Choose an Ottawa personal injury lawyer with a general practice who does not have a focus on personal injury.

Personal injury is a specialized area of law with many small particularities.

A lack of familiarity with the requirements of personal injury law, including statutory accident benefit law, can result in significant detriment to your case.  These lawyers may not have the knowledge to develop your damages [i.e. the amount of money you receive] as well as an experienced personal injury lawyer would.  It is of vital importance that the level of expertise of your personal injury be carefully assessed.

 

4.         Hire an Ottawa personal injury lawyer without a detailed consultation.

If you are asked to sign a retainer agreement or other contract without having had a thorough interview by the personal injury lawyer you should be concerned.  In order to assess the likelihood of success for the dollar value of a personal injury case a lawyer really must sit down with you and review your case in detail.  Sometimes it’s possible for this to happen on the telephone, and that may be preferable when you are from an outlying region and want to make a decision promptly.  However, if the contract comes first and the consultation comes second you should be concerned.

For more information about hiring an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer call Brenda Hollingsworth at (613) 860‑4529.

Ottawa, Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer, Acquired Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury

Ottawa, Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer, Acquired Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury

The Ontario brain injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth have excellent experience representing people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and closed head injuries. Our Ottawa injury lawyers understand how these injuries affect the victims and the victims’s families.

Our Ottawa brain injury lawyers understand the causes and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries, mild, moderate and severe. We know how to deal with insurance adjusters, insurance assessors and others whose mandate it is to terminate your accident insurance benefits (Ontario statutory accident benefits).

Here are some of the symptoms commonly associated with a traumatic brain injury or closed head injury:

· Coma

· Cognitive Impairment

· Language and Speech Impairment

· Memory Loss and Impairment

· Conduct Disorder

· Personality Disorder

· Loss of Concentration

· Loss of Problem Solving Skills

· Perception Problems

· Sleep Disturbance

· Headaches

· Blurred Vision

· Seizures

A traumatic brain injury or closed head injury happens when your head is struck or when a force creates an acceleration-deceleration movement of the head, akin to whiplash.

Your brain may make contact with the inside of your skull bones, creating damage. It is important to note that often a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury may not lose consciousness.

Closed head injuries have several causes, including automobile accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other accidents..

Even if your MRI or CAT scan show normal results, you may still have a traumatic brain injury. Sometimes, a brain injury is diagnosed by a neuropsychologist followind different types of tests.

The Ottawa brain injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth understand that brain or head injuries take a serious toll on an individual’s ability to lead a normal life. Activities of dailing living are impacted. Changes in personality, whether subtle or severe, can impact your marriage, your family, and your friendships.

Some head injury patients cannot return to work, or return to work in a reduced capacity. The result is of course a serious loss of income and earning potential. Our Ottawa lawyers know how to develop your case to maximize your loss of income claim to ensure you are fairly compensated.

If you suffer a brain injury, you will also likely have future care costs. For example, you may need attendant care to assist you with your activities of daily living. If the injury was caused by a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident, there is often an Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits Claim (also called Ontario no-fault benefits) that will cover some or most of these expenses. The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth can assist you to obtain the maximum compensation under the accident benefits.

The injuries from traumatic brain injuries are often permanent. Cases involving diagnosed brain injuries may result in substantial damages at trial or on a settlement.

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury in Ottawa or Eastern Ontario, contact Auger Hollingsworth to determine your legal rights. There is no obligation and the consultation is free.

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.

Why is Hiring an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Better Than Handling the Case on Your Own?

 Finding an Ottawa personal injury lawyer in the wake of your Ontario car accident can be a daunting task. After all, putting the outcome of your personal injury case in someone else’s hands requires a lot of trust and faith that the result will be in your best interest. Still, anyone considering handling their case on their own should give serious thought to the benefits a seasoned lawyer can provide before, during and after their personal injury case.

Compensation

An experienced lawyer knows all the when, what’s and how much’s involved in determining how you should be compensated for your injury. Timing is important, as even though you may be under financial strain, settling your case too soon may result in a settlement  not in your favor. Seemingly minor injuries can become major, treatment options can change and long-term effects may not show up until some time has passed. In the meantime, pressure from your insurance company and bill collectors can make you feel obligated to settle before it is time. A personal injury lawyer can tell you when it is time to settle, how much you’re reasonably entitled to and who owes you for your time and trouble.

Having an Advocate

If you are considering hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, chances are you’re suffering from physical, psychological or emotional injuries that interfere with your ability to function on a day-to-day basis as you normally do. Dealing with the many people involved with an accident claim can be confusing and exhausting when healthy, let alone while you’re trying to recover. Hiring a personal injury lawyer means they will field the calls and coordinate communication between medical providers, insurance companies, etc., so you won’t have to. At a time when you can feel very alone, a lawyer can be your support system.

Experience is Crucial

Hopefully, you will only be in one accident in your lifetime, whereas personal injury lawyers have seen dozens if not hundreds of similar cases through from the very beginning to a favorable end. They know what to reasonably expect in terms of compensation, what evidence a court will expect in order to prove your case and can prevent you from making medical, personal or legal mistakes that could drastically affect the outcome of your case.

They Don’t Get Paid Unless You Do

If you’re concerned about paying attorneys fees, consider that most personal injury lawyers work on contingency, meaning they don’t get paid unless they recover damages for you. Even then, most lawyers have contracts that entitle them to only 30-33% of the total financial reward. In addition, statistics show that the average increase in financial compensation awarded in cases where the victim has hired a lawyer more than covers the fee that lawyer will charge. The bottom line? Hiring a lawyer is a low risk decision, and the compensation they will get you more than justifies the fees you’ll pay out.

If you are considering hiring a lawyer for your personal injury case, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to schedule a free consultation.  We will provide you with the information you need to make a decision about the representation right for you.  Call our law firm today 613 233-4529.

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.

How to Choose an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

How to Choose an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

OTTAWA INJURY LAWYER – Choosing an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your serious injury claim is an important decision.  Brenda Hollingsworth was selected by one client whose family had interviewed many other lawyers before choosing the Auger Hollingsworth law firm.  Of course we are pleased that we were selected to assist this seriously injured lady.  However, we were just as happy to see a family playing close attention to how they were selecting a lawyer.

For one thing, selecting from the Yellow Pages is no longer the best move.  Many top lawyers (including the lawyer at this firm) no longer even list in the Yellow Pages.  We made that decision two years ago because we felt that it was not a great medium to communicate our message.  Other excellent personal injury lawyers have made the same decision. So, if you chose only based on Yellow Pages listings, you will miss many great candidates.

We strongly caution injured people against signing up with law firms who troll the halls of the local hospitals.  In our opinion, good lawyers do not solicit clients in the hospital.  There is usually no legal issue in your case that is so urgent that it cannot wait until you get a chance to speak to a lawyer of your choosing.  The social workers in the hospital can help you research lawyers if need be, or can call a lawyer for you for a no-obligation consultation if you have an immediate legal need.  However, there will rarely be a situation where a seriously injured vicitm will be forced into a legal situation warranting a quick hire of a lawyer who “just so happens” to be dropping by.   The personal injury lawyer of your choosing will, in all likelihood, come to the hospital to meet with you if you need them to.  We certainly do this all the time.

Websites are an excellent place to start your search for an Ottawa lawyer.  Many personal injury websites contain useful information that can make you a more educated consumer.  We hope you feel that way about ours.

But no website can take the place of actually speaking with the lawyer (not just the paralegal) who will be handling your case from start to finish.  Personal injury claims can take a while to resolve.  You need to have a relationship with that lawyer that can stand the test of time.  Do you communicate well with the lawyer? Does she (or he) listen well and explain what you want to know, when you want to know it?  All of that matters as the weeks turn into months and you are wondering what is going on with your case.  One of the videos in our “Video Library” is there to give you an idea of what to expect at the initial client interview.

We urge all injured vicitms who contact us to be certain before they select a personal injury lawyer.  While it is possible to change lawyers part way through a case, it is not easy or free to do so.

Injured in an Ottawa accident and looking for a lawyer to help you make your accident claim? Contact the Ottawa accident lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth today by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER – As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I appreciate that spinal cord injury completely changes your life and the lives of those you love.

Paralysis changes everything.  And, of course, it results in huge financial costs for ongoing medical care, attendant care, medical equipment, adaptive technologies, specialized medicines and supplies.  Even a  healthy paraplegic may need $600-1000 per month of pharmaceutical products.  That adds up quickly.

Since early in my practice, I have helped my Ontario clients with spinal cord injuries ranging from quadriplegia to paraplegia to other forms of spinal fracture.  This  experience has brought home the incredible personal and family tragedy which results from a spinal cord injury.  At the same time, it has helped me to see how, with proper financial compensation and support, spinal cord injury victims can go on to live happy and meaningful lives.

Your spinal cord injury may be from a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall or other serious accident.  Regardless, the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be pleased to meet with you for a case analysis and ultimately representation.

When you are choosing your Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyer, ask about the lawyer’s experience with catastrophic injuries.  Is your spinal cord injury lawyer prepared to engage the specialists required to assess your long-term medical needs, and to quantify the cost of those needs?  This very important step in your case requires hiring a certified life care planner.

As if the paralysis itself is not a big enough issue, our spinal cord injury lawyers also know that spinal cord injury victims face a greater susceptibility to  health-related problems problems such as bedsores, pressure sores, bladder infections, kidney stones, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, skin contractions and others.  These “side effects” have both a human and a financial cost that must be taken into account when advancing your claim for compensation.

Home and vehicle modification are significant expenses for people with spinal cord injuries. These expenses have to be quantified and advanced to the insurance company on your behalf. Where the spinal cord injury was caused by a car accident, we will work with your accident benefit insurer to ensure that your needs are met to the full extent available under he statutory accident benefit regulation.

Spinal cord injuries can create a significant barrier to gainful employment.  Our spinal cord injury lawyers seek compensation for your past and future lost wages, health care insurance and pension or retirement benefits.   We will also assist you to engage vocational counselling, and accommodating devices,  when it is possible for you to return to work.

Where our client requires a caregiver, we assist you with funding through the accident benefit insurer if possible.  If there is a shortfall, or if no accident benefits are available, we will seek those damages from the defendant.

The devastating effects of a spinal cord injury on your spouse, children, parents and sometimes siblings must also be acknowledged.  Our spinal cord injury team seeks damages for loss of consortium, loss of care guidance and companionship and loss of household services among other things.  Family counselling may also be required and funding for that need claimed.

Our Ottawa spinal cord lawyers work with economists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, physiatrists, life care planning experts, neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists in your representation.  We take all steps possible to ensure that client’s current and future needs are properly analyzed and valued.

If you, a close friend, or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury, the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be pleased to meet to discuss your injury and how we can help. We regularly meet clients at the Ottawa Civic, the Ottawa Rehab Centre or other local hospitals  for a no obligation, no pressure consultation. For more information, contact the Ottawa injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

We wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers: Damages for Pain and Suffering / Non-Pecuniary Damages in Ontario

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers: Damages for Pain and Suffering / Non-Pecuniary Damages in Ontario

Your personal injury lawyer will tell you that the information and evidence an Ontario injured accident victim gathers and collects to support his or her claim for damages for pain and suffering is very helpful if it provides evidence of how the accident has impacted the victim’s life.  

In Ontario, the calculation of damages for pain and suffering by your lawyer or by the Court is not an exact science.  Awards for damages and settlements are based on what other victims have received in the past for similar injuries.  There will usually be a range of damages for a particular type of injury that can be drawn out from the case law.  Your specific facts will determine where you fit in the range.

In Ontario, there is a cap on damages that was set by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1970.  The damages cap is indexed with inflation.  Right now, the maximum an Ontarian can be awarded for pain and suffering is between $325,000 and $350,000.  Damages at the cap level are generally reserved for the most serious cases of catastrophic injury.

For car accident cases,  there is also a financial threshold your case must surpass for you to receive damages for pain and suffering.  The amount of the threshold was set in the Insurance Act and the regulations passed by the provincial government.  For cases where the damages for pain and suffering are evaluated at less than $100,000, there is currently a $30,000 statutory deductible.  That means that if your damages for pain and suffering are $70,000, the insurance company only has to pay $40,000.   If your damages are $25,000, you receive nothing for pain and suffering. 

 The personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth strongly object to this deductible which is the harshest in North America and which has been referred to by at least one judge as a “tax on pain”.  However, this is the current state of the law.  We urge our clients to contact their Member of Provincial Parliament to voice concern about this issue.  One of our personal injury lawyers met with her own M.P.P. Jim Watson (formerly of Ottawa West- Nepean) in November 2007 to discuss this issue.

In light of the deductible, it is very important to provide as much evidence as possible of the impact of the injury on your life.  In some cases, the evidence from the calendar could push a case over the $100,000 mark, which results in a $30,000 gain to you.

If you would like more information about what your injury case may be worth, contact the accident lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to schedule a free consultation.  There is no obligation and there are no hidden costs.  You can call us at 613 233-4529 or email us at [email protected].

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