Motor Vehicle Accident Case Study: Stephen

Stephen, a husband and father in his late 20s, had been drinking at a bar with a friend. Afterwards, he got in the car with his friend. His friend was intoxicated and crashed the car into a cement wall. When police arrived, they found Stephen bleeding profusely. He showed signs of facial trauma and a broken leg. The ambulance rushed him to the trauma centre.

Stephen’s Traumatic Injuries

Stephen required 15 hours of surgery and remained in intensive care for almost 3 weeks. Stephen suffered many serious injuries and was diagnosed with cognitive communication deficit. Stephen needed multiple therapies and rehab and was referred to an acquired brain injury clinic.

How Our Firm Helped Stephen

A colleague of Stephen’s wife recommended us to Stephen. Stephen contacted our firm while he was still in the rehab centre.

Our team ensured that Stephen’s Statutory Accident Benefit Claim was started and that he was labeled as catastrophically injured. We assembled a rehab team to prepare Stephen for his eventual discharge. We ensured that his home could accommodate his injuries. With our help, all of Stephen’s care was funded through his Statutory Accident Benefits.

Stephen’s Lawsuit

Stephen did not have car insurance to cover the loss, but our team located an insurance policy that followed the owner of the vehicle. We also sued the bar that overserved Stephen and the driver. The case proceeded to examination for discovery. Our team helped Stephen prepare for this. Stephen went to a neuropsychologist for an opinion of his recovery and a prognosis. This report supported that he was unlikely to be competitively employable.

The case did not resolve at mediation; the gap was too wide. Our lawyers continued to fight for Stephen. We ultimately achieved a seven-figure settlement that would provide him with the security he and his family needed.

Long-Term Disability

The Long-Term Disability company cut Stephen off its benefit after Stephen enrolled in school as part of his rehab program. Our firm sued the company, and the claim settled successfully for a lump sum.

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    A Tribute to Dads

    Every client who walks through our door has a story to tell and had a life before an accident changed everything.

    This month, and on June 20th in particular, we honour the fathers who have suffered serious injuries but have persevered for the sake of their kids. For example, we think of Carlos who suffered a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle struck a building. A brand-new father, he spent months away from his new baby and wife while he worked on recovery. The family of three spent Baby’s First Christmas in the Ottawa Rehab Centre. Five years later, against all odds, Carlos had a college diploma and a meaningful future thanks in part to his settlement. In large measure, he wanted to be someone for his daughter. And he is. Happy Father’s Day Carlos.

    We honour the fathers who have received the unthinkable call– from the police or the hospital. Their child has been severely injured. For example, we think of Samson whose son suffered a life altering spinal cord injury. Samson and his wife Dorothy gave everything they had to make their son’s life all that it could be. Although nearing retirement after a bone wearying career, Samson would work all day and then travel to his son’s home to provide care all night. There is nothing that father would not do for his son. Happy Father’s Day Samson!

    “Fathers are men who dared to place the world’s hopes and dreams in their children.”

    Happy Father’s Day.

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      Motor Vehicle Accident Case Study: John

      3-year-old John’s life was significantly changed one day, while crossing the street on his way to the local splash pad in Cornwall. The child was walking roughly 10 meters behind his mother when he was struck by a van. Paramedics arrived on scene and noted head/brain trauma as John’s primary injuries. John was distraught and bleeding from his head. The paramedics score John as a 13/15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale. They transported him to the hospital in Cornwall for further assessment.

      At hospital, his GCS was reassessed at 10/15, putting him at greater risk of falling into a coma. A CT scan showed a small contusion and a small hematoma on his right frontal lobe. He was intubated and sedated with a combination of Ketamine and Succinylcholine for the two days following the accident. X-rays of his shoulder showed a minor fracture of his left clavicle. Over the next few days at the hospital, his situation deteriorated and he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and placed in the pediatric intensive care unit.

      John’s quality of life was significantly disrupted by the collision. From a behavioral and social perspective, he now gets very emotional and often shows a lack of remorse. The collision disrupted his childhood and delayed his development. As John gets older, his impairment will likely be magnified and his ability to live a normal life will be limited. So far, John has undergone several blocks of speech and language therapy. He also had to significantly alter his schooling. He no longer participates in recreational activities, gym class, or daily recess at school.

      Our firm helped John and his family receive compensation based on his inability to work for the rest of his life, his future need of attendant care, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. We also helped his father receive compensation based on his wages forgone to care for his son. Our firm filed a lawsuit against the driver of the car and an accident benefits claim against the insurance company. We hired an engineer to recreate the accident scene, based off photos and other evidence provided by the police.

      They concluded that the car was travelling between 25-46km/hr in a school zone. The engineers established that the driver had enough time to stop and brake safely, had she been paying attention. The case did not settle at mediation, as both parties could not agree on a fair amount of compensation. At pre-trial, a judge assessed the case and recommended the defendants offer our client more money. John and his family were happy to receive both an accident benefits and a lawsuit settlement. The money means that they no longer must worry about an uncertain financial future resulting from the accident.

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        Meet Our New Associate Lawyer, Paolo Negro

        Paolo hails from Ottawa but now calls Toronto home.

        Before entering law, Paolo worked as an English teacher abroad for several years. He spent time living in Turkey and South Korea where he was able to travel extensively, see the world, and experience different cultures. He enjoys reading at quiet cafes, walking through city streets, and sightseeing when he is not at home spending time with friends and family.

        Paolo’s career in personal injury began soon after graduating from law school in 2018. He started as an articling student at a boutique personal injury firm in Toronto and stayed on as an associate lawyer after being called to the bar in June 2019. There, he quickly gained a reputation for being a fierce advocate for his clients and for his successes in the courtroom. In 2021, Paolo won a very significant motion on an important question relating to slip and fall lawsuits. The decision in this case will help many people injured on municipal property who are unaware of the dangerous short notice periods.

        At Auger Hollingsworth, Paolo brings this same drive and dedication as he strives to obtain the best possible results for his clients. Paolo grew up in Ottawa’s east end attending French school and prides himself on being able to offer legal services in both English and French. His proficiency in Italian is another reason why many clients feel comfortable obtaining legal services from him.

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          Meet Our New Associate Lawyer, Zachary Goncalves

          Zach was born and raised in Toronto.

          He is proud to be a plaintiff-side personal injury lawyer. He prides himself in thoroughly preparing his cases so that his clients can stand-up against large insurance companies and corporations. Following Zach’s undergrad at York University, he enrolled in law school at the University of Windsor. Zach graduated from Windsor Law in June 2016 and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2017.

          As a law student, Zach developed a particular interest in the practice of civil litigation. He was an active member of Windsor Law’s Community Legal Aid Clinic, where he worked as a Caseworker and Group Leader, providing various legal services to disadvantaged individuals in the Windsor-Essex area. Following law school, Zach articled and practiced for close to five years at a large Toronto-based personal injury firm. During that time, Zachary successfully negotiated and recovered millions of dollars in fair compensation for countess accident victims.

          Zach joined Auger Hollingsworth in March of 2021 and remains committed to helping accident victims across Ontario. Outside of work, Zach enjoys sports (particularly soccer), travel, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends. Zach is proud of his Portuguese heritage and is eager to help Portuguese speakers with their accident claims.

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