Compensation After an Ottawa, Ontario Accident for Senior Citizens

If you have been involved in a car accident, a slip and fall or other accident caused by someone else’ s fault, you will likely have questions about what compensation you may be entitled to as a result of your injuries and to provide for your future care needs arising from the accident.

If you are in your 70’s or older, you may have different, or additional, issues to address with the adjuster or defence lawyer while advancing your claim for damages for pain and suffering and other claims.

Some of the issues you may face include the following:

  • You have some pre-existing aches and pains that the insurance company will try to suggest are the cause of your limitations post accident.
  • Based on life expectancy charts, you will not live more than “x” years, so that’s all the insurance company will want to pay for, regardless of your health or the longevity of your family.
  • You lived a “quiet life” before the accident so your activities have not changed much, even if you are in pain.
  • You would have needed assistance of some sort shortly after the accident anyway.

You should not accept these arguments without challenge.  The truth is, court decisions have recognized that seniors who have been accidents should be compensated for the fact that the accident has “taken the lustre off their golden years.”

If you are a senior citizen who has suffered an accidental injury, we would be pleased to offer you a free consultation, with no obligation.  We will review your case with you and provide advice on how we can help you, or how you can help yourself.  Contact us by telephone at 613 233-4529 or by email at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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