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.

In an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident how am I compensated if I need to be retrained for work?

If you are a victim of an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and you are left unable to perform your work duties, you may need retraining or modified tasks in your job.  Any time your livelihood is impacted by an accident, you should look to a personal injury lawyer for advice. The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office often get asked what compensation accident victims have when they cannot return to work.

After an Eastern Ontario personal injury where retraining is required, you may have funding under the Ottawa no-fault benefits.  These benefits are also called SABS, ABs or Statutory Accident Benefits.   Retraining can involve working with a vocational rehabilitation therapist, an occupational therapist and several other health care professionals.

When your career is jeopardized and results in a loss of income,  you may also be able to claim the loss of income in a law suit against the at-fault driver, provided that you can provide adequate proof of the loss and job path.  An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to build the income loss portion of your case.

Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about income loss and Ontario accident compensation when a victim needs retraining for work.

For more information you can also request a copy of our book Injured Victim’s Guide to Fair Compensation.

If you have been left unable to perform work duties due to an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and want to have your case evaluated by a personal injury lawyer contact the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office at 613-860-4529 for a free consultation.



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.

When should I call the Police after an Ontario motor vehicle accident?

After suffering a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa there are many things going through your mind.  Many people wonder when they should call the Police to the scene.  Is it only when there is significant damage to the car, or are there other considerations to keep in mind?

If you have been involved in an Ontario motor vehicle accident and sustained injuries resulting in a loss of work or mobility call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529 for a free consultation. We can advise you on the best options for your claim and how to pursue compensation.

There are a lot of considerations to take into account after an Ontario motor vehicle accident. The amount of damage on a car can be deceiving.  A trailer hitch for example can take a great deal of impact without looking overly damaged. However, the driver could have suffered significant impact from the hit.

There is never a “bad reason” to call the Police when in a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa. If you feel any pain or think you may have suffered a personal injury,  call the police to attend the scene so that they will file a report. It will help you support your claim later on.

Watch CTVMorning Live as Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth speak about personal injury claims after an Ontario motor vehicle accidents and when to call the Police.

Have you suffered an Ontario motor vehicle accident? Call the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office for a free consultation. They can show you your rights and how to fight for fair compensation.

6 steps you need to follow after you have been in an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident.

Follow these 6  steps after your Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident and you will significantly improve your case.

As a victim of an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident you can be overwhelmed with the situation unfolding in front of you, and figuring out what you need to do next.  The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office often hear about accident victims not knowing the proper steps to take at the scene of the collision. Knowing these steps help clients move their case forward by providing supporting evidence for their claim.

To best support your case follow the 6 steps below to ease your path towards the compensation you deserve.

At The Scene


  1. Call the police to the scene because you need a police report.
  2. See a doctor as soon as possible, preferably in the same day.
  3. Try and obtain eyewitness names and contact info.

During the case


  1. Keep going to the doctor and talking about your symptoms.
  2. Follow the doctor’s recommendations.
  3. Keep track of your injuries and how they are improving/ not improving

Watch as Lianne Laing and Brenda Hollingsworth talk about what to do after your Eastern Ontario accident on scene and during your case on CTV Morning Live.  These steps will make the process easier on you while supporting your side of the claim.

If you have been injured in an Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529 to learn your rights and your next step towards compensation.




Bronson Ave. crash results in serious injuries

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER – A serious accident on Bronson Avenue near Brewer Park has resulted in an arrest on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.  A car heading south on Bronson Avenue crossed the center median slamming into the back of a vehicle in the north lane in front of Brewer Park.  The back of an Acura was destroyed.  The 38‑year-old man driving it was rushed to hospital with neck and back injuries.  The collision involved at least four vehicles.  Another woman in an SUV was also taken to hospital for cuts on her arms.  The driver of a taxi on its way to the Ottawa Airport was also treated for cardiac stress.  His windshield was cracked by flying debris from the initial crash.


Which insurance company pays your accident benefits if you do not have auto insurance?

If you have been injured in an Ontario car accident, but do not have your own car insurance, you can still file a claim for your injuries.  You may be entitled to accident benefits, but who pays for them will depend on the circumstances of the accident.  Contacting an Ontario personal injury lawyer should be one of the first things you do when trying to figure out how you can claim accident benefits.  They will be able to guide you and help you determine the best course of action in your situation.

Even if you don’t have car insurance, you will need to fill out an Accident Benefits Application Package, just as you would if you had your own car insurance.  The forms in this package are necessary for an insurance company to assess if you are entitled to accident benefits and if so, how much you will receive.  The particular circumstances of the accident will determine who you should send this package and who will cover any accident benefits you may be entitled to.

For example, if you were driving a vehicle owned by the company you work for, you should send your Accident Benefits Application Package to the insurance company that insures that vehicle.  If you were a passenger in a vehicle that was in an accident, you should contact the insurance company that covers the vehicle you were riding in.  If you were hit by a vehicle while walking or cycling, the insurance company for that vehicle should cover your accident benefits.  If you were a passenger in an uninsured vehicle, and the other car involved in the accident is insured, then the insurance company for that vehicle will deal with your application for accident benefits.  If the other vehicle was also not insured, you may be able to make a claim for accident benefits to Ontario’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (MVACF).

In the event that no other insurance company can be found to be responsible for any accident benefits you may be entitled to, the MVACF might be able to provide you with some coverage.  They are a last resort when no other recourse is available.

If you are trying to determine how you can make a claim for accident benefits after a car accident, contact the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free consultation.  If you are entitled to accident benefits, they will help you achieve a favourable outcome.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer Wishes All a Safe Holiday

Ottawa injury lawyer- The serious car accident this week in the Byward market parking garage that resulted in a fatal injury to a young person is a reminder that the holidays can be a dangerous.  Please remember to drive safely and use a designated driver so that it is not your family that is devastated this holiday season.

All the best for a safe and prosperous new year!

Brenda Hollingsworth

Pelvis Fracture after a Motor Vehicle Accident or Slip and Fall

Ottawa Accident Lawyer:  A fractured pelvis is very debilitating.  Because the pelvis houses so many internal organs, pelvic fractures can result in significant internal bleeding. The pelvis is also vital in daily activities such as walking, running and biking, but when it is fractured, mobility is severely limited.

For the elderly, the most common cause of a pelvic fracture is a slip and fall.  For younger folks, pelvis must be directly impacted by a strong force in order to fracture. Car and motorcycle accidents are leading causes of pelvic fractures because there is such a strong force created when two cars collide at high speeds.

The pelvis is composed of three bones that are connected at the base of the spine by connective tissue.  The pelvis is the structure that connects the lower body to the legs.

Check out this video which demonstrates the triage sequence for a patient where a pelvis fracture is suspected.

If you have suffered a pelvic fracture in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, you may have a serious claim for damages.  Contact a personal injury lawyer for more information about your claim.

Insurance Claims after an Ottawa Car Accident

Car Accident Claims

When you begin your Ottawa car accident claim, it is important to know what your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you recover,  and what she can’t.

The three types of claims that you can file are:

  • a property damage claim,
  • a claim for statutory accident benefits, and
  • a bodily injury claim.

We’ll go through each one so that you know what applies to your personal case.

An Ottawa property damage claim is a request for funds to repair or replace your car.  When most people think about insurance in a car accident situation, they think of filing a property damage claim.  Usually, these benefits are paid by the insurance company.  That is why most people think they have car insurance.  And if your car is the only thing that was hurt in the accident, then you most likely don’t need a lawyer, since what you get from this type of claim is probably about what you would pay for a lawyer.   However, if the accident caused physical injuries, large medical bills or caused you to miss work, getting an experienced Ottawa lawyer is probably the right way to go.

The second type of claim is for damages for bodily injury. You will receive bodily injury damages if you were hurt in an accident in which the other party is at fault, and you meet the legal test for Ontario injury claims.

The last type of claim is for statutory accident benefits.  Statutory accident benefits are available to all participants in Ottawa car accidents, independent of fault.  These benefits are meant to replace missed salary earned and to pay for accident-related expenses such as attendant care, rehabilitation and medical services.  The idea of statutory benefits is to reduce the effect of the accident on your day-to-day life.  These benefits are usually paid for by your own insurance policy, but there are ways to get coverage even if you do not have your own car insurance policy.

If you have further questions regarding your Ottawa car accident case and the benefits that you could receive, contact an Ottawa injury lawyer immediately for a free consultation. For more information, contact the Ottawa lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

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