Westboro crash leaves Ottawa woman suffering head injuries.

Serious head injuries at the scene of an Ottawa motor vehicle accident.

June 30th 2013 – An early morning, 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of Richmond Road and Golden Avenue sent two women to hospital.

When Police arrived on scene they treated a woman in her twenties for serious head injuries and rushed her to the Ottawa Hospital’s trauma center in critical condition.

A woman in her sixties drove the second car.  She had to be removed from her vehicle with the help of Firefighters and the Jaws of Life. She was taken to the hospital in stable condition suffering chest and abdominal injuries.

What should your next step be after suffering head injuries in an Ontario motor vehicle accident?

After receiving emergency medical treatment, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer to consider whether you have a claim for compensation and to ensure you receive all of the medical benefits you are entitled to under the accident benefit regime.

After an Ottawa or Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident where you suffer head injuries, you will want to make sure you get all the required medical attention to support your claim and case.  This may include seeing a neuropsychologist or neurologist. Neurologists, are medical doctors who specialize in all things related to the brain and nervous system. They examine the ways your brain and nerves have been affected by an injury post accident. After a neurologist has examined you, they will recommend treatment. This can include rehabilitation and surgery.  Neuropsychologists, study behaviors and psychological processes relating to the structures and functions of the brain. They will take your history, run tests and then write a report on their findings. This report can be used by your personal injury lawyer to support your case and show medical intervention.

If you have suffered serious injuries after an Ottawa or Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident call us at 613-860-4529. We can tell you the appropriate “next step” to take, and assist you in applying for benefits that can aid you after your accident and during your recovery.

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.

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 Judge Awards $6.1 Million After Rollover accident on Highway 401

Ottawa Lawyer –  The Honourable Mr. Justice Quigley released his judgment yesterday in our case involving a man in his twenties who suffered a serious spinal cord injury, among other injuries, in a single vehicle rollover accident.  He was a passenger in the car.  The accident was near Brockville in early 2007.

The award totalled $6.1 Million, including damages for pain and suffering, future medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of income, loss of housekeeping and family law act claims for certain family members.

We had a great team of experts on the case:  occupational therapist Matilda Amos of Functionability, neuropsychologist, Dr. Catherine Gow, forsensic accountant Darrell Sherman from ADS, forensic engineer Peter Williamson,  labour market researcher Natalie Beck-Livingstone and life care planner Michelle Wagenberg of Carol Bierbrier and Associates.   His Honour (the judge) carefully reviewed all of this evidence when reaching his decision on damages.  This case is proof that putting together the right team is very important in order to get a fair assessment of your damages.

If you would like to see what our team can do for you in your case, contact the Ottawa accident lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth 613 233-4529.  We would be honoured to meet with you.






Ottawa Injury Lawyer: Understanding the Glasgow Coma Scale

Ottawa Injury Lawyer: Understanding the Glasgow Coma Scale

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Ottawa, you may have heard of the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), which is a system used by doctors to evaluate and diagnose the symptoms associated with TBI.


GCS: An Overview

GCS is a 15-point scale that helps doctors determine the severity of a patient’s brain injury.


Patients are evaluated in the following categories:


  1. Motor Response: Scores range from 1 (no motor response) to 6 (obeys commands fully)
  2. Verbal Response: Scores range from 1 (no verbal response) to 5 (alert, coherent, and oriented)
  3. Eye Opening Response: Scores range from 1 (no eye opening) to 4 (eyes opening spontaneously)


Interpreting GCS Results

The patient’s three scores are added up, and the final score helps to diagnose the injury.


Generally, the scores can be classified as follows:

13 to 15: Mild brain injury

9 to 12: Moderate brain injury

3 to 8: Severe brain injury


Many medical practitioners consider 8 to be the critical score, meaning that patients with a score less than or equal to 8 are often in a coma.


TBI Symptoms: Mild vs. Severe

A patient who receives a GCS score of 13 to 15 is typically diagnosed with a mild brain injury. Their symptoms, however, can still last one year or more and have a serious impact.


Common symptoms of mild TBI include:

–   Fatigue

–   Headaches

–   Memory loss

–   Dizziness or lack of balance

–   Inability to concentrate or pay attention

–   Seizures

–   Mood changes, including irritability or feelings of depression


Patients who score less than 13 on the Glasgow Coma Scale are typically diagnosed with a moderate to severe brain injury. The symptoms of moderate or severe TBI are wide-ranging and can affect all areas of a patient’s life.


These symptoms may include:

–   Difficulties speaking, concentrating, or remembering

–   Loss of vision or blurred vision

–   Loss of hearing or ringing in the ears

–   Seizures

–   Paralysis

–   Chronic pain

–   Sleep disorders

–   Changes in appetite

–   Emotional difficulties, including irritability, depression, aggression, or lack of awareness


Treatment and Recovery

GCS is an important tool in accurately diagnosing traumatic brain injury. Once the patient’s injury has been classified as mild, moderate, or severe, a proper course of treatment can prescribed. If you or someone you know has suffered from TBI as a result of an accident, be sure to consult an injury lawyer as part of your recovery process. A good injury lawyer can help you understand and settle the legal aspects of your injury.


To speak with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth, please call us at 613-860-4529, email us at [email protected], or use our contact form.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Welcomes Skating Helmet Law

OTTAWA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER-  We are very pleased that Ottawa children aged 10 and under will be required to wear helmets during public skating sessions held in City of Ottawa facilities starting January 1, 2012.   In a press release accompanying the law’s announcement, the City estimated that 5,700 Ottawa children receive medical treatment in emergency rooms, and 400 children are hospitalized, every year because of sports-related head injuries.

We look forward to hearing that traumatic brain injuries are down on account of the new rule.  Now let’s see the rule broadened to require helmets while toboganning!

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are looking for information about claims for compensation following an accident, call 613-233-4529.


Traumatic Brain Injury After a Bicycle Accident

While many Ottawa bicycle accidents result in minor injuries such as sprained wrists, road rash and scrapes and bruises, some cyclists can be seriously injured.  If a cyclist is in an accident with a motor vehicle they can sustain severe and potentially life-threatening injuries.  It is important to be aware of the potential serious injuries that can result from a cycling accident.  If anything, such knowledge can serve as an important reminder and motivation to wear a helmet and practice safe cycling techniques.

One of the most serious cycling injuries is traumatic brain injury.  Head injuries are often most severe if a cyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident; however, cyclists who do wear helmets are not necessarily 100% protected against head injuries.  Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can have short-term and long-term effects.  Some of the more severe symptoms of TBI include amnesia, brain haemorrhaging, seizures and subdural hematomas. 

The Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury Are Varied

These injuries can seriously alter a person’s life and in some instances, individuals are not able to resume the same kind of work they did before the accident.  More minor forms of TBI often result in the person experiencing dizziness, blurred vision, short-term memory loss, attention loss, depression, and personality changes.

The physical damage caused by TBI can be severe and certainly life-altering, but there are other effects as well, such as the mental and emotional effect the injuries can have on a person’s friends and family.  Hospital stays, medical treatment and the overall stress of dealing with a serious injury can place strain on everyone who cares about the injured person.

Traumatic Brain Injury After an Ottawa Bike Accident

Many Traumatic Brain Injuries Are not Detected Immediately

One of the dangerous things about TBI is that is often goes unnoticed.  For this reason, if you are in a cycling accident it is best to immediately go to the hospital to receive medical care.  The doctors at the hospital will be able to do a full assessment and detect any signs and injuries that may indicate TBI.

If you are ever in the unfortunate situation where you are seriously injured in a bicycle accident, seek immediate medical attention.  In the event that you sustain a serious blow to the head, such medical attention can be life-saving.  If you find yourself needing legal expertise after your accident, the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be happy to discuss your case with you.  Call us at 613 233-4529.

Ottawa Lawyer: What does my GAF score mean?

Ottawa Lawyer – If you have suffered an Ottawa accident, you may have been assessed using a GAF score. The GAF score, or Global Assessment of Functioning score, is used to determine an individual’s mental health in terms of their social, psychological and occupational functioning. In personal injury cases, this scale is used by medical professionals to assess an injured person’s mental state. This is important because it can play a role in determining the extent of impact an injury has on a person as well as the degree of compensation an individual receives.

GAF scores operate on a one hundred point scale. Within this scale, there are ranges that designate a person’s level of functioning. For example, someone with a “perfect” score, one between 91 and 100, means that the person has no symptoms, meaning they have no difficulties pursuing day-to-day tasks and can perform a wide range of activities. Someone with mild symptoms would have a score between 61 and 70. A person with this GAF score would likely have some mild symptoms such as minor depression or insomnia or some difficulty with functioning in social or occupational environments. More severe symptoms are categorized by a score below 50 and can involve thoughts of suicide, illogical speech, social or legal deviancy, delusions, hallucinations, and danger to himself/herself or others. There is a wide range of GAF scores and only a professional assessment by a medical doctor will accurately determine an individual’s level of functioning.

The GAF score can be instrumental in determining the cost of medical care and the nature of treatment involved for someone who has suffered a personal injury that has affected their functioning in this way. Legally, it is necessary to determine the extent of an individual’s injuries and sometimes this includes the ways in which their mental health has been affected, before a personal injury case can be resolved. Once we know an individual’s GAF score and understand their level of functioning and how this is related to the accident, we are equipped to assess the legal matters and determine the best course of action. A personal injury lawyer with experience in cases that involve Global Assessments of Functioning can help you with the details of your particular case.

Ottawa Lawyer: What is the Glasgow Coma Scale?

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious Ottawa personal injury, especially one that involves neurological damage, you may have heard of the Glasgow Coma Scale. The following will offer a general overview of this medical scale, but your Ottawa personal injury lawyer will be able to give you more detailed information.

The GCS is used to assess the neurological state of an individual, or in other words, their level of consciousness. This is usually done for an initial assessment, soon after the injury, and is also used periodically throughout an individual’s recovery to assess any progress. The Glasgow Coma Scale involves measuring a person against the criteria of the scale. This assessment results in a number ranging from three (deeply unconscious) to fifteen.

The Glasgow Coma Scale assesses an individual’s eye response, verbal response and motor response. Each of these criteria has a variety of specific responses that doctors look for and document. For example, an individual’s eye responses can range from not opening their eyes, to opening them spontaneously. Similarly, verbal responses can include no sounds, incomprehensible sounds, confused speech and normal conversation. Motor responses assess an individual’s movement and this can range from no movement at all, to various forms of reaction to stimuli, including withdrawal from painful stimuli and obeying commands to move.

If you know of someone who has experienced severe Ottawa personal injury, such as head trauma, they will likely be assessed with the Glasgow Coma Scale. While this may be overwhelming and certainly an uncertain time, rest assured that the doctors involved in your case will do the best they can to help you or your loved one recover. In such situations, it is also important to have a good personal injury lawyer who can manage all of your legal affairs. Regardless of the outcome of the initial medical assessment or any assessments during recovery, you can trust that your Ottawa personal injury lawyer will diligently work on your legal case.

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer | Accident Claim

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer | Accident Claim

Just like in the movies and John Grisham novels, if you have been seriously injured some personal injury lawyers, or people working on their behalf, will approach you in the hospital.  Sometimes, they “pop their heads in” while purportedly visiting another client nearby.  While it is okay to speak to a lawyer who approaches you, you should be very wary about signing a contract with any lawyer who shows up without an invitation from you or your family.  Prospective clients with spinal cord injuries or brain injuries are frequent targets.

The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth do not solicit clients in the hospital.  We will of course attend at the hospital if we are contacted and requested to attend.  However, we will not let you sign a contract with us on the spot- even if you want to.  We believe than anyone in a crisis should have at least 24 hours to consider a retainer agreement, and a big decision, to hire a lawyer.

Interested in meeting with us?  Call 613 233-4529 or email [email protected]

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