Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer: Had an Accident in Ottawa?

As a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa I have one overriding suggestion:  What ever you do, tell the truth.  Tell the truth to the insurance company, if you chose to talk to them.  Tell the truth to your doctors, including the insurance company’s doctors, when you describe your symptoms, any improvement since the accident and what your limitations are.

Why the reminder?  In May 2009, Brenda Hollingsworth is preparing to give a talk to the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) about the Threshold.  The Threshold is the test you have to meet to be permitted to sue for pain and suffering after a car accident in Ontario. As a result of the upcoming presentation, she has reviewed every Threshold case decided by a judge over the past 18 months.

One very common thread in these decisions was that where plaintiffs (injured people) do not meet the Threshold (and therefore lose there case) it is almost always the case that the judge comments that they were not truthful about their injuries.

If you are not credible, if the judge and / or jury does not believe you, you will lose your accident case.

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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