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Facebook and Your Ottawa Accident Case

Can information on Facebook be used in your Ontario personal injury case?


There has been some recent discussion surrounding the use of an individual’s Facebook page during Ontario personal injury litigation.  The question is whether or not an injured person’s Facebook page is relevant to litigation and if it should be disclosed.  The old Rules of Civil Procedure required that information pass a “semblance of relevance” test which was quite a low standard.  Under these rules, almost any information could be considered relevant, including any and all information on an individual’s Facebook page.  Because most personal injury cases involve discussions about the injured person’s ability to enjoy life and engage in social activity, one’s Facebook page arguably becomes relevant.


The new Rules of Civil Procedure, which are effective as of January 2010, hold a slightly higher standard of relevance.  One judge commented that the semblance of relevance test was too broad and loose and not necessary.  Although this change has been made, it is not clear how it applies to requiring the disclosure of information from Facebook.  It will likely be decided on a case by case basis until a more specific rule is created regarding Facebook and other social media websites.


Because of the uncertainty of whether or not information on an injured person’s Facebook page will be used in litigation, many lawyers are telling their clients to either stop using Facebook or to at least be aware that whatever they write or whatever pictures or videos they post, may be used in court.  Lawyers are also advising their clients to place stricter privacy settings on their accounts so that the general public can’t access their information.

The question of whether or not information from Facebook should be disclosed in court is a difficult one.  As technology and new forms of communication continue to arise, the law and the courts are going to have to reassess some of the ways in which litigation is carried out.  Whatever the final decision on the Facebook issue, hopefully it will be in the injured person’s best interest.

In the mean time, assume that every single thing you post on Facebook (or Twitter) will be seen by the insurance company, even under privacy settings.



Ottawa Dog Bite Lawyer: What you need to know about Dog Bites

What you should know about dog bite injuries: types and treatment

While many dogs are docile friendly animals, some are more easily provoked and unpredictable.  Every year in Ottawa, we hear about individuals getting injured after an encounter with a dog.  Sometimes such incidents are difficult to avoid if the dog acted spontaneously without any warning.  Other times individuals, either knowingly or not, provoke the animal, or the dog’s owner does not adequately supervise the dog.  In any circumstance, injuries suffered after a dog bite can range from a mere scratch to more serious injuries.  Depending on the circumstances of the incident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.  An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you to determine if you have a legal case to pursue for your dog bite injuries.


Some of the injuries that can result from a dog attack include the following: punctures, lacerations, tissue loss, abrasions, fractured bones, sprains, scars or infections such as rabies.  These injuries can occur anywhere on a person’s body, but injuries to the face are usually the most severe and require additional medical assessment to see if there is any nerve damage.  If the attack is very serious, the injuries can sometimes result in disability or deformity.  While this may be rare, it is a possibility, so it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a dog attack.

The treatments for dog bite injuries vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury.  Your doctor will likely perform several assessments in order to determine the nature and seriousness of your injuries.  Most often, individuals suffer from laceration wounds after a dog attack, so your doctor will treat these injuries by cleaning and dressing the wound in order to prevent infection.  You will also likely be asked if you have had a recent tetanus shot, as this is important in preventing rabies.  If you have not recently received a tetanus shot, your physician may decide to administer it.  If it is known that the dog had rabies, you will be treated for this infection.  Your doctor may also order x-rays if a fracture is suspected.  They may also perform tests to determine if any nerve damage occurred.


Experiencing a dog attack can be frightening and many individuals are not aware that they can sue, depending on the specific circumstances of the attack.  An experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer can provide you with the legal assistance you need to determine if you are entitled to compensation.

Ottawa Dog Bite Lawyer: Effects of a Dog Bite

The effects of being attacked by a dog do not always end with treating your injuries.  Some injuries can have more complex and sometimes lasting effects.  While the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are not qualified to give medical advice, we feel it is our responsibility to inform you of the issues and help you begin to understand some of the implications of personal injury accidents.

If your injuries included lacerations and open wounds, you will likely have a scar.  The severity of scars can vary and while some are very small, light in colour and are hardly noticeable, others can be darker in colour and more prominent.  Some scars can be so severe that they result in disfigurement and may be painful.  If your scars do not fade away on their own you may be able to receive medical treatment to minimize the pain and appearance of your scars.


In the event that the dog attack was very sudden, frightening and severe, an individual may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  While this may be rare, it is certainly possible so if you experienced a terrible dog bit accident, be aware of the signs and seek appropriate medical care.  If, after getting over the initial shock of the event, you don’t feel like yourself, are exhibiting strange behaviours, or feel nervous, depressed or fearful, contact your doctor.


Individuals who are attacked by a dog can also develop a fear of dogs and possibly other animals.  People sometimes begin to distrust and fear dogs, even though before the accident they felt comfortable or even enjoyed the company of dogs.  A certain amount of hesitancy around animals may be normal soon after experiencing a dog bite, but if your fears grow and become worse, it may be wise to speak with a health-care professional.


If you have experienced an attack by a dog, you are likely on your way to healing and recovering from the incident.  It may benefit you to speak with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer if you think you may be entitled to compensation.  The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be happy to discuss your case with you.