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  • Ottawa Pedestrian Accident Claims

    Ontario pedestrian accident victims have many rights after an accident. DO you know your rights? The articles collected in this section should provide an overview of the essentials. Contact a personal injury lawyer if you want legal advice about your Ontario pedestrian case at 613 860-4529.

    Pedestrian Accident at Booth and Carling in Ottawa West

    A 47-year old man was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Carling Avenue and Booth Street on October 12, 2013, Thanksgiving Saturday.  The pedestrian was said to have suffered serious orthopedic injuries, as well as a head injury.

    The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m.

    What to expect after a serious Ottawa pedestrian accident?

    If you have been injured in an Ottawa pedestrian accident, your medical condition should be your top priority.  Attending the hospital as required, participating fully in prescribed therapy and pushing yourself to rehabilitate are the most important actions you can take.

    In order to allow yourself the chance to recover, consider engaging an experienced personal injury lawyer from Auger Hollingsworth to look after the insurance claim and other legal and administrative paperwork.  When you hire us while you are still in the hospital we can do the following for you:

    • Notify your auto insurer of the accident.
    • Provide you with the application for benefits and assist you to complete that application.
    • Help you and your family to gather and submit receipts for food, parking and other expenses.
    • Help you to hire an occupational therapist and other rehab team members who will help you with hospital discharge planning to get you home faster, but safely.  We will arrange for this team to be paid for directly by the insurance company.
    • Provide notice of a potential claim to the at fault driver.
    • Obtain the complete police report.
    • Obtain the medical records needed to prosecute your case.
    • Liaise with your medical team on an on-going basis.
    • Ensure that you obtain all income replacement benefits to which you are entitled.
    • Provide advice if you are asked to be a witness at a criminal or Highway Traffic Act trial.
    • Build your case and push it forward to settlement or judgment.
    • Negotiate a settlement with your accident benefit insurer, where appropriate and possible.

    If you need assistance with any of these important steps after an Ottawa pedestrian accident, call 613 233-4529.

    Serious motor vehicle-pedestrian accident leaves at 13-year-old Ottawa boy in Hospital.

    June 25, 2013 –  A 13-year-old boy suffered head injuries and is in serious, but stable condition at  a local hospital after being struck by a van near Ogilvie and Montreal   Road. He was crossing the street.

    Paramedics said the boy was conscious on scene and was treated for head trauma and road rash before being transported to the hospital.

    After a pedestrian accident with a possible head injury, what do you do next and what rights do you have? 

    To answer these questions for you, we have compiled some great articles and reading material to help with guide you into the process of learning your rights and steps to take. I have listed them below for you.

    5 Factors That Affect The Value Of Your Claim

    After An Ottawa Car Accident You May Need a Neuropsychologist

    The best thing you can do is contact an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer.  We know the law and how to get maximum compensation and help.

    If you have suffered an accident like this you can get advice and all your questions answered, with no obligation at all. Brenda Hollingsworth helps families after serious accidents and will visit you personally at home, at the hospital or at our office at a time convenient for you.  You can reach Brenda at  her office  number 613-860-4529.

    Ottawa Police Pilot Electronic Car Accident Report Forms

    According to this article,  some Ottawa police vehicles are now equipped to process motor vehicle accident report forms electronically.  Introduced as a cost saving measure, this initiative is intended to reduce the time police officers spend at the scene of Ottawa motor vehicle accidents.

    Currently, the motor vehicle accident reports are prepared by hand.  The officer collects all parties’ information, including insurance information, prepares a sketch and notes what charges, if any, are laid.  Witness names and contact details are also often included on the form.   Drivers of all vehicles involved in the Ottawa accident are supposed to receive a carbon copy of the portion of the form with the insurance details.  The balance of the report can be purchased from the police station for approximately $50.

    Why is a Motor Vehicle Accident Report Important after an Ottawa Accident?

    If you are injured, even slightly, we recommend calling the police to the accident scene.  Remember, what feels like a twinge or minor ache moments after the accident, can develop into a serious injury over the next 48 hours.   The motor vehicle accident report form prepared by the police is often very useful at documenting the location of the vehicles and other information that is important for determining who caused the accident.

    There is also a perception held by insurance companies that if you do not call the police, the motor vehicle accident was not serious.  They will wonder how you could be seriously injured when you did not even call the police to the scene.

    At the scene, in addition to the motor vehicle accident report form itself, the police officer attending will often interview or get statements from witnesses.  These statements are not included in the report itself, but can be obtained by requesting them through access to information processes.  When we are retained to help our clients following an accident, we typically request all of this information.

    How do I obtain a motor vehicle accident report?

    If you are handling your claim on your own, you will want to attend at the police station to request a copy of the report.  With a relatively short wait, and approximately $50, you can leave with the full report.

    If you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your accident claim, your lawyer will obtain the motor vehicle accident report, as well as the complete police file, for you.

    For more information about hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer to represent you after a serious motor vehicle accident, contact us at 613 860-4529.  We are happy to speak to you about your rights and entitlements without any obligation.

     

    How to Prepare for a Defence Medical Assessment or an Insurer’s Exam

    Here are four easy steps to help you get a fair medical assessment by doctors hired by an insurance company in your Ottawa accident case.

     

    • Be very clear during the medical assessment about what your pain is in terms of how you describe it to the medical assessor. Use words like sharp, throbbing, dull, aching, constant, intermittent etc.  Think about how you are going to explain what aggravates your pain and what soothes it.  Organizing your thoughts and how you will express yourself before the examination is important.
    • Relatedly, if you are used to being asked to rate your pain on the pain scale (i.e. out of 10), try to be consistent from assessment to assessment.

     

    • Respond truthfully to all questions.  Do not deny prior injuries, prior accidents or past psychological treatment.  If you were having stress at work before the accident, it is likely documented somewhere.  Concealing it if asked will only look like you are being untruthful.

     

    • Email your Ottawa accident lawyer immediately after the assessment to describe the  actual physical examination, including how long it took.  If there are any questions that strike you as odd, mention that to your lawyer as well.

     

    • Keep in mind that the medical assessor or his / her staff will watch you  out the window before the appointment.  They will watch you in the waiting room.  They will compare how you are in the parking lot and waiting room to how you are during the examination to try to detect symptom magnification.  A classic sentence in a medical assessment report describes how the plaintiff’s movements were “guarded” in the assessment room, but that the plaintiff moved freely in the waiting room. That is insurance company “code” for: this plaintiff is exagerating.

     

    Apart from these pointers, every assessment is different so it is hard to predict how it will unfold.  Being truthful but not minimizing for symptoms are the key to success.

    If you have a serious motor vehicle accident case and would like to discuss your case with a lawyer, call the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  613 860-4529.  We will visit you at home or in the hospital.  We offer phone consultations as well.

     

    Woodroffe Ave Pedestrian Accident Injures Ottawa Woman

    OTTAWA-  The Ottawa intersection of Woodroffe and Medhurst in Ottawa was the scene of a pedestrian accident on December 7, 2012 according to CBC News.

    A woman is reported to have slipped before being run over by a Dodge Caravan minivan.  She suffered serious injuries to her legs before emergency services were able to extract her from beneath the vehicle.

    Have you suffered an Ottawa Pedestrian Accident?

    After an Ottawa pedestrian accident, there are important steps you should take right away to get the help you need and the compensation you deserve.

    1.  Get appropriate medical help immediately, and follow up with your medical team regularly.  Many people go to their chiropractor or physiotherapist soon after a pedestrian accident.  While it can be a very good idea to jump start your rehabilitation, make sure you also see a medical doctor, either at the hospital, urgent care centre, your family health clinic or a walk-in clinic.  As your claim progresses, you may be disadvantaged if you have not seen an actual doctor.

    2. Contact your own auto insurance company after a pedestrian accident.  This suggestion surprises many pedestrian accident victims.  Your own auto insurer will provide your statutory accident benefit coverage.  This coverage includes income replacement benefits, medical -rehabilitation benefits to pay for medical services not covered by OHIP and certain other specified benefits.  Call your insurance company to get the appropriate application forms.

    3.  Meet with a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.  If you have suffered a serious injury after a pedestrian accident in Ottawa, the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be pleased to discuss you case.  Find out if you have a claim for damages for pain and suffering, lost wages or other types of losses.  Our accident lawyers can be reached at 613-860-4529.  We can meet you at our convenient west end location which offers free no-hassle parking.

    Remember, in most cases, you have two years to begin your law suit.  However, in some situations there are shorter notice periods.  Contact a lawyer today to make sure your rights are protected.

    Hit and Run Car Accident Leaves Injured Ottawa Pedestrian

    Ottawa police are looking for a  suspect in a hit and run car accident that happened on December 2, 2012 at Wellington and Bay Streets in Centertown.  According to the Ottawa Sun the car accident happened at 10:50 pm.  when a pedestrian was hit.  The pedestrian was taken to hospital.

    Witnesses to the Ottawa car pedestrian accident are asked to call the police with any information.

    Steps After a Hit and Run Car Accident

    If you or a loved one is injured in an accident where the at fault vehicle does not remain at the scene, you may still be able to get compensation for your injuries and assistance with your rehabilitation.  Here are some important steps you can take to protect youself after a hit and run car accident:

    1)  Contact the police–>  It is very important that the police attend the scene of the hit and run car accident and document what they see as well as canvass for any witnesses to the accident.  In some situations, it is required to have corroborating evident of the hit and run.  The police investigation may assist you with this.

    2) Tell the story to your medical team–>  Make sure the fact of the hit and run car accident makes its way into whatever records are created after your accident, especially the doctor’s records.

    3) Notify your own insurance company –>  This can get tricky.  Let your insurance company know that you have been in ahit and run car accident, even if your vehicle was not involved.  This is important for two reasons.

    • First, you will be able to apply for accident benefits which provide a no fault medical – rehabilitation benefit to help you with physio and other needs.   The accident benefits also offer an income replacement benefit for qualified accident victims.
    • Second, believe it or not, in many hit and run situations you get compensation for your injuries in from your own car liability policy.

    4) Contact a personal injury lawyer to help you fight for your entitlement to benefits and compensation following the hit and run car accident.  Remember the initial consultation is always free.

    The Ottawa personal injury lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth can be reached at 613 233-4529.

     

    Ottawa Pedestrian Accident On Greenbank Causes Serious Injuries

    Ottawa-  A 69-year old man suffered serious injuries on November 27, 2012 when he was hit by a car as a pedestrian on Greenbank Road near Berrigan Drive.  The Ottawa pedestrian accident was reported in this article: http://www.canada.com/news/struck+suffers+serious+head+injuries/7617712/story.html

    The accident victim is reported to be in stable but serious condition.  He suffered head injuries and needed a breathing tube.   Our firm wishes him a speedy recovery.

    After a Serious Ottawa Pedestrian Accident

    If you or a loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident, you may not realize that the pedestrian’s own car insurance is the first place to look for financial help.  Your own car insurance covers you for income replacement benefits, certain medical expenses that are not covered by OHIP as well as certain other optional benefits you may have purchased.  Make sure to report any pedestrian accident to your own car insurer right away.  They will send you a benefit application form to complete.

    If you do not have your own car insurance, and you don’t live with someone who has car insurance, your staturory accident benefits will be covered by the insurance company that insures the car that hit you.  These benefits are available to you regarless of who caused the accident.    An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you sort out where to apply for accident benefits.

    If you are not at fault for the accident, you may also have a claim for personal injury damages.  For example, you may be able to sue for pain and suffering, lost wages, out of pocket expenses and other losses you have suffered because of the Ottawa pedestrian accident.  To find out what that could mean in your case, contact Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation at 613 233-4529.

    Our initial consulation is always free and there are no legal fees unless we win your case.

     

    The Most Dangerous Intersections in Ottawa

    According to an article in the August 18th edition of The Ottawa Citizen, a recently released city report names the intersection at Riverside Drive and Hunt Club Road the most dangerous in Ottawa. With 53 crashes reported in 2011, Riverside/Hunt Club has the highest number of collisions of any signal-controlled intersection in the city, a dubious honor it holds for the second year in a row. In 2010, the same intersection was the site of 43 reported accidents.

    The rest of the intersections named in report are listed in descending order according to the number of reported collisions:

    • Belfast Road at St. Laurent Boulevard (32)
    • Baseline Road at Woodroffe Avenue (31)
    • Catherine Street at Kent Street (30)
    • Walkley Road at Hawthorne/Russell Roads (30)
    • Prince of Wales Drive at West Hunt Club Road (30)
    • Blair Road at Blair Road Ramp 36 (29)
    • Clyde Avenue at Merivale Road (29)
    • Industrial Avenue at St. Laurent Boulevard (29)
    • Baseline Road at Greenbank Road (28)
    • Beechwood Avenue at Crichton Street (28)

     

    Although the total number of collisions in Ottawa increased to 15,295 in 2011 from 14,953 in 2010, the number of accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities actually decreased. Fatalities alone dropped a dramatic 34% from 38 in 2010 to 25 in 2011 – the lowest number of fatalities in 6 years. Interestingly, none of the fatalities occurred at the intersections above. These decreases are even more significant considering that the number of registered drivers and vehicles actually increased during the same time period.

    The study follows last year’s revamping of the Safe Roads Ottawa Program initially launched in January 2004. The program focuses on the 3 E’s (Engineering, Education, and Enforcement) and aims to reduce the overall number of collisions in Ottawa by increasing public awareness and coordinating efforts between road safety and enforcement agencies.

    If you live in Ontario and have been involved in a collision, reach out to the experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  We will provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions about compensation in your case.  Call our law firm today 613 233-4529.

    Some information sourced from an article in the Ottawa Citizen.

    Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer on the Radio

    Auger Hollingsworth is delighted to announce that lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth will be live on 580 CFRA on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  That’s 580 on the AM radio dial.

    Brenda will be answering live calls about all things personal injury.  If you have a question or comment, we hope to hear from you.  The show runs for an hour starting at 2 p.m.

    We hope Ottawa listeners will take this opportunity to ask questions about the personal injury process, how to get fair compensation and when you might be entitled to compensation.

    If you have a question or comment, and can’t wait for the radio program or want to speak directly to our law firm, call 613 233-4529.  We look forward to speaking to you.

     

     

    I was in a serious car accident in Ottawa, what do I do?

    In an Ottawa accident? Here are some basic steps to take right away to protect yourself.

    Get the other driver’s information, including:

      • Name
      • Address, Telephone
      • Vehicle licence plate,  make and model
      • Driver’s licence  number
      • Other driver’s  insurance company and policy number

    If the other driver tries to deny you any of this information, call the police.

    Never admit you were at fault or agree to pay for any damage.

    Take photos of the accident scene, your car and your injuries.

    Make sure you get the name and phone number of any witnesses.

    Go to a doctor if you have been injured.  It is much harder to make a claim later on if you have not seen a doctor within the first week of your accident.

    Call the police.  We generally do not accept cases where the police were not called to the scene.

    Report the accident to your insurance company.

    Get free legal advice from a personal injury lawyer to see if you have a viable claim.

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