Types of Ontario Injuries

Getting Compensation After Snowmobile Accidents in Ontario

Every winter our personal injury lawyers are hired by families of people who have been seriously injured, or who have died, while driving a snowmobile or skidoo in Ontario. As fun as they are, snowmobiles can be dangerous and serious snowmobile accidents happen every single season in Ontario.

Auger Hollingsworth has represented families who have been impacted by snowmobile accidents caused by striking a tree, impaired driving, as well as collisions with other vehicles.

Should I hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Ontario Snowmobile Accident?

Many Ontarians are surprised to know that their car insurance policy will apply after an accident to pay for medical and rehabilitation expenses that are not covered by OHIP.  If you have suffered a very serious injury such as a spinal cord injury or serious brain injury, your medical and rehabilitation costs can be very high.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you access the maximum amount of benefits available to you.  These benefits are not paid automatically.  You have to apply for the benefits through your car insurance.  Sometimes the insurance company will dispute your entitlement to benefits and deny your claim.  Our lawyers can make the process easier for you and your family and can manage when your claims are denied.  We regularly get benefits reinstated after an insurance company has denied a claim.

The accident benefit insurance from your car or truck insurance may also provide you with an income replacement benefit if you are off work due to your injuries, among other benefits.  Again, our lawyers can help you apply for this benefit and will fight any disputes that arise about your entitlement or the amount of the benefit.

In the case of a fatal accident, the accident benefit insurance company should also provide a death benefit and funeral expenses.

Can I Sue After A Serious Snowmobile Accident?

Sometimes, someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident.  A problem with a trail, over -service of alcohol by a restaurant or bar, a collision with another snowmobile or another vehicle may all lead to a potential claims for compensation.  Allowing a personal injury law firm like Auger Hollingsworth to review your case will ensure the injured driver, or their family, has access to all available compensation.  Sometimes this involves starting a lawsuit on your behalf.  We have had success helping families like yours after serious snowmobile accident injuries and fatalities.

Contact Auger Hollingsworth After a Snowmobile Accident

The best protection after a serious snowmobile accident is the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our lawyers are trained and available to handle cases by Ontario snowmobilers and skidoo drivers.  Let us help you get back on the trail to recovery by ensuring you have access to all available funding.

Contact us at 613 233-4529 in Eastern Ontario and 647 494-5371 in the GTA.  We always offer a free, no-obligation consultation with a lawyer.

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Choosing Your Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one in Eastern Ontario has suffered a spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you need a personal injury law firm that is well equipped, experienced and with enough financial clout to fight for all available funding.

Getting the maximum settlement or trial verdict available will make a significant difference in the life of a person with a spinal cord injury.  Here are some factors to consider when choosing your lawyer:

Does the lawyer and the law firm focus on personal injury law?

This question is important for several reasons.

First, you want a personal injury law firm with a team of lawyers, law clerks, investigators and paralegals.  Big cases need big teams of people dedicated to maximizing your result.

Second, you want a law firm that understands that big cases take time.  Sometimes at law firms with competing practice areas, law partners can get frustrated when big cases take too long.  They want to get paid.  At a personal injury law firm like Auger Hollingsworth, we understand the client’s needs and the business model.

Does the lawyer and the law firm have the financial resources to fully pursue your claim?

You need a personal injury law firm that can afford to spend the money necessary to push your case to the limit.  Lawyers can incur $100,000 in expenses (apart from their time) or even much more to get the maximum for your case.  You never want to select a lawyer who cannot afford the experts and other costs associated with maximizing compensation.

Does the lawyer and the law firm have experience with spinal cord injury cases?

You want a lawyer who has previously represented people in Eastern Ontario who have had a spinal cord injury.  Ask the lawyer about their firm’s past successes.  Ask the law firm about challenges in past spinal cord cases and how they overcame those challenges.

A significant injury like a spinal cord injury deserves a law firm with an experienced team that will take all available steps to ensure that every dollar available is secured for your future.

Pedestrian Accident at Booth and Carling in Ottawa West

A 47-year old man was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Carling Avenue and Booth Street on October 12, 2013, Thanksgiving Saturday.  The pedestrian was said to have suffered serious orthopedic injuries, as well as a head injury.

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m.

What to expect after a serious Ottawa pedestrian accident?

If you have been injured in an Ottawa pedestrian accident, your medical condition should be your top priority.  Attending the hospital as required, participating fully in prescribed therapy and pushing yourself to rehabilitate are the most important actions you can take.

In order to allow yourself the chance to recover, consider engaging an experienced personal injury lawyer from Auger Hollingsworth to look after the insurance claim and other legal and administrative paperwork.  When you hire us while you are still in the hospital we can do the following for you:

  • Notify your auto insurer of the accident.
  • Provide you with the application for benefits and assist you to complete that application.
  • Help you and your family to gather and submit receipts for food, parking and other expenses.
  • Help you to hire an occupational therapist and other rehab team members who will help you with hospital discharge planning to get you home faster, but safely.  We will arrange for this team to be paid for directly by the insurance company.
  • Provide notice of a potential claim to the at fault driver.
  • Obtain the complete police report.
  • Obtain the medical records needed to prosecute your case.
  • Liaise with your medical team on an on-going basis.
  • Ensure that you obtain all income replacement benefits to which you are entitled.
  • Provide advice if you are asked to be a witness at a criminal or Highway Traffic Act trial.
  • Build your case and push it forward to settlement or judgment.
  • Negotiate a settlement with your accident benefit insurer, where appropriate and possible.

If you need assistance with any of these important steps after an Ottawa pedestrian accident, call 613 233-4529.

How to Get Accident Benefits after the Ottawa Bus – Train Accident

Callers have been asking how to obtain statutory accident benefits after the bus accident at Woodroffe and Fallowfield on September 18, 2013.

If you have your own car insurance, or live with a family member who has car insurance, call that insurance company to report the accident.  Request that the insurance company send you the Application Package for statutory accident benefits.  Even people with very minor injuries can apply for these benefits and they will not impact your insurance rates.

If you do not have access to car insurance through your own policy or a family member’s policy, the City of Ottawa’s insurance on its buses will provide you with accident benefits.   To obtain the Application Package from the City of Ottawa you can call 3-1-1.  You can also find the documents at this website.  Complete the OCF-1 and submit it to the Clerk of the City of Ottawa to initiate your claim.

If you need assistance with this process, please do not hesitate to contact us at 613 860-4529.  Our firm will provide guidance to bus accident victims with no obligation or cost.

 

 

OC Transpo Bus – Via Rail Train Accident

September 18, 2013-  Today’s fatal accident involving a double decker OC Transpo city bus and a Via Rail train has left Ottawa in shock.  At least 40 families are facing the grief and sorrow that accompanies a fatal motor vehicle accident or one involving serious personal injury.

If you were involved in today’s bus – train accident at Woodroffe and Fallowfield, here are 5 things you need to know right now:

1.  Apply for Accident Benefits

If you were a passenger on the bus and you have your own car insurance policy, or live with a family member who does,  you should notify your car insurer immediately.  This will be a surprise to most people,  but that is how Ontario’s no fault accident benefits work.  Your own car insurance will pay for any non-OHIP medical or rehabilitation expenses.  Your own car insurance will also pay you an income replacement benefit up to a specified maximum if you can’t work for more than 7 days after the accident.  Have questions about accident benefits after an accident involving an Ottawa bus and Via Rail?  Call us at 613 233-4529.

2. If You Don’t Have Accident Benefits, OC Transpo will Provide Them

If you do not have your own car insurance policy, the City of Ottawa will cover your accident benefits.  You do not have to sue the City of Ottawa or OC Transpo in order to access accident benefits.  Our law firm can help you contact the City to get the application forms.

3. Accident Benefits include funding for Psychological Counseling

Many people involved in a mass transit accident will need psychological assistance.  This is a very traumatic event.  The accident benefits available to bus passengers will provide funding for psychological treatment, even if you did not suffer a physical injury in the accident.

4. You Should Give Notice of a Potential Claim within 120 Days

If you are seriously injured, you may have a claim for damages (compensation).  You do not have to decide whether or not to sue right away.  However, there is a requirement to give notice of a potential claim to the city of Ottawa within 120 days.  If you hire a personal injury lawyer, the lawyer  can provide notice for you.  If you wish to give notice on your own, you can write to the Clerk of the City of Ottawa to alert the City of Ottawa to the potential claim.

5.  Don’t Wait to Seek Medical Attention After Today’s Bus-Train Accident

You should seek medical attention after the accident if you are injured.  Waiting to report your injuries for days, weeks or months is a serious impediment to getting proper compensation.  It may also slow your recovery.

Need more information or want to discuss your options after the OC Transpo Via Rail Accident, call our office at 613 233-4529 or call Brenda Hollingsworth directly at 613 851-4529.  We are here to support you.

 

Fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident near Nipigon.

July 23, 2013 – A fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident near Nipigon, Ontario has claimed the lives of a cycling couple from North Glengarry Township.

The two cyclists were avid riders.  Starting in Vancouver, they were cycling across Canada with 23 other riders. On July 23rd the pair was hit by a pickup truck driven by a 60-year-old man from Austin, Texas.

According to news reports, the daughter of the two victims said she spoke to them the night before. They were worried about the upcoming stretch of road due to hills, curves, and overall terrain conditions.  When news of the accident reached home, the daughter thought the accident might have been caused by terrain issues. The pickup driver might not have seeing the couple until it was too late. There could have been a hill or sharp curve in the road that blocked his vision. However, when looking at the stretch of Ontario  Highway where the accident took place, it is completely straight.

After a fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident, what rights do you, the family, have in seeking compensation?

As the family member of a victim who was killed in a motor vehicle – cyclist accident you can often claim death benefits under SABS. SABS are the statutory accident benefits claims that everyone is entitled to under their own insurance. The death benefits provide compensation to both spouses and dependants while helping cover death and funeral costs.

Family members may also have a claim (lawsuit) against the at fault driver. However, there are time limitations to file your claim. All time limitations are different, depending on your specific case and situation.  To find out the limitation period for your case, your best option is to call us at 1-888-574-4529 and set up a free consultation. The personal injury lawyers at our office deal with many cycling accidents and fatal accidents.

 

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 1-888-574-4529. 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 1-888-574-4529 for a free consultation.

 

 

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 1-888-574-4529 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.

Winchester Car Accident Hospitalizes Two Men

Two drivers were hospitalized after a morning car accident on April 11, 2013 at about 6 a.m.  The accident happened on Highway 31, south of Winchester, between county roads 38 and 43.

News reports indicate that both drivers were trapped in their vehicles and that both had serious injuries.

The two drivers, both in their 20’s, were reported to have suffered head injuries, among other injuries.

The Winchester car accident was described as a head on collision between a pick up truck and a mini van.

Next Step After the Winchester CarAccident

If you or your loved one was involved in a head on collision like the April 11th accident, there are important steps you should take to protect your legal rights.

  • Contact your own auto insurance company and request the forms for the statutory accident benefits.  These benefits will assist you with the expenses while you are in hospital.  They also provide income replacement benefits and other significant funding.
  • Keep track of all of your expenses (receipts, etc.)
  • Speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer BEFORE you speak to a representative of the other insurance company.  At Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers we provide a NO OBLIGATION, FREE consulation before you speak to the adjuster.

Please feel free to call at 613 860-4529.  We would be pleased to provide our advice.

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