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 Prepare for a Defence Medical Assessment or an Insurer’s Exam

Here are four easy steps to help you get a fair medical assessment by doctors hired by an insurance company in your Ottawa accident case.


  • Be very clear during the medical assessment about what your pain is in terms of how you describe it to the medical assessor. Use words like sharp, throbbing, dull, aching, constant, intermittent etc.  Think about how you are going to explain what aggravates your pain and what soothes it.  Organizing your thoughts and how you will express yourself before the examination is important.
  • Relatedly, if you are used to being asked to rate your pain on the pain scale (i.e. out of 10), try to be consistent from assessment to assessment.


  • Respond truthfully to all questions.  Do not deny prior injuries, prior accidents or past psychological treatment.  If you were having stress at work before the accident, it is likely documented somewhere.  Concealing it if asked will only look like you are being untruthful.


  • Email your Ottawa accident lawyer immediately after the assessment to describe the  actual physical examination, including how long it took.  If there are any questions that strike you as odd, mention that to your lawyer as well.


  • Keep in mind that the medical assessor or his / her staff will watch you  out the window before the appointment.  They will watch you in the waiting room.  They will compare how you are in the parking lot and waiting room to how you are during the examination to try to detect symptom magnification.  A classic sentence in a medical assessment report describes how the plaintiff’s movements were “guarded” in the assessment room, but that the plaintiff moved freely in the waiting room. That is insurance company “code” for: this plaintiff is exagerating.


Apart from these pointers, every assessment is different so it is hard to predict how it will unfold.  Being truthful but not minimizing for symptoms are the key to success.

If you have a serious motor vehicle accident case and would like to discuss your case with a lawyer, call the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  613 860-4529.  We will visit you at home or in the hospital.  We offer phone consultations as well.


Three Women Injured in Orleans Motor Vehicle Accident

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that a two-vehicle collision in Orleans, Ontario injured three women in their twenties on August 11, 2012 in the afternoon.  Air bags deployed in both vehicles and there was significant damage to both vehicles.

The door of one of the vehicles was removed by firefighters in order to grant access to paramedics access to a 24-year-old woman.  She appears to have suffered a head injury as well as a possible fractured pelvis.

In a second vehicle, a 26 year old woman suffered a fractured collar bone.  A 27-year-old woman had shoulder and neck pain.

The collision ocurred at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Boulevard and Old Tenth Line Road.  Our law office office has dealt with motor vehicle accidents at this location.  Visibility and an unusual lane pattern may contribute to accidents at this dangerous intersection.

Accident Scene

This intersection sees many accidents.




Catastrophic Injury? What is a Catastrophic Injury? Ontario Accident Lawyer

In the contex of a motor vehicle accident, including a car-pedestrian, car-bicycle, motorcycle or truck accident, the term “catastrophic injury” has a very specific meaning.

When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario, you are entitled to statutory accident benefits.  These benefits are usually paid by your own auto insurance company.   Since 2010, there have been three levels of benefits.  One of those levels of benefits is for people who have been deemed or found to have suffered a catastrophic injury.

Some injured victims are automatically in the catastrophic category because of the injury they have suffered.  Those injuries include: paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputation, blindness and certain types of traumatic brain injuries.

Other accident victims will qualify for catastrophic benefits if a specially trained medical practitioner (or more often a team of medical practioners) assigns an impairment rating of 55% or more.  This impairment rating is typically completed after 2 years, although in some cases it can be completed earlier.

If the injured person is “catastrophic”, either because he or she has one of the listed injuries, or meets the impairment rating test, he or she qualifies for a higher level of accident benefits.  Most notably, the “medical- rehabibilitation benefit” jumps from $50,000 to $1,000,000.00 and there is an increase in the attendant care benefit. Certain benefits also last longer.

Sometimes there is a dispute between the injured victim and the insurance company as to whether or not the injured person has been catastrophically injured.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you navigate that dispute through the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and / or the Ontario Court system.   If you would like to speak to Auger Hollingsworth about your claim and whether or not you qualify for catastrophic benefits, call us at 613 233-4529.


Ottawa Physiatrists- Who are Ottawa’s Physiatrists

If you have been injured in an accident, your family physician may recommend that you see a physiatrist for a diagnosis and rehab plan for your injuries.  If you live in Ottawa, the College of Physicians and Surgeons identifies the available physiatrists as follows:


Acharya,   Meenaxi Surendra Elisabeth   Bruyere Hospital
43 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-0050
Fax: (613) 562-6312



Besemann,   Markus Heinrich Canadian Forces Health Services HQ
1745 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0K6
Phone: (613) 945-6600 Ext. 6515
Fax: (613) 998-3924



Blackmer,   Jeffrey Edwin The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350
Fax: (613) 737-9638



Buenger,   Usha Rita The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M5
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75627



Dabee,   Vassant Children’s Hospital   of
Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8L1
Phone: (613) 737-7600 Ext. 2832
Fax: (613) 738-4878



Dojeiji,   Suzan Samantha The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Room 1104
Ottawa ON    K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75306
Fax: (613) 737-6877



Dudek,   Nancy Lorraine 505 Smyth     Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350



El-Sawy,   Reda Mohamed 381 Kent     Street
Suite 505
Ottawa ON K2P 2A8
Phone: (613) 234-7780
Fax: (613) 234-6636



Finestone,   Hillel Moses c/o Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital
Department of Physical Medicine
And Rehabilitation
75 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-6094
Fax: (613) 562-6312



Khan,   Anjum Sarah Elisabeth   Bruyere Hospital
Dept of Phys Med and Rehabilitation
43 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-6262



Lentini,   Anthony Campallegio Suite   218
223 Colonnade Road South
Ottawa ON K2E 7K3
Phone: (613) 792-1525
Fax: (613) 792-3648



MacGregor,   Susan Lynne The Rehabilitation   Center
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75596
Fax: (613) 737-9638



Marks,   Meridith Belle The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2



Marshall,   Shawn Calder The Ottawa   Hospital
Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75590
Fax: (613) 737-9638



McCormick,   Anna Marie The Children’s Hospital
of Eastern Ontario
Rehab PSU
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8L1
Phone: (613) 737-7600 Ext. 2831
Fax: (613) 738-4893



McKee,   Alexander Carman Suite   2
3635 Rivergate Way
Ottawa ON K1V 2A4
Phone: (613) 739-3459
Fax: (613) 739-1471



Quon,   Deanna Lee The Ottawa   Hospital
Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75595



Racine,   Francois 595 Chemin Montreal
Suite 404A
Ottawa ON    K1K 4L2
Phone: (613) 745-7399
Fax: (613) 745-9875



Sreenivasan,   Vidya Anandhi The Rehabilitation Centre
Room 1200
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75595
Fax: (613) 737-9638



Trudel,   Guy The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75591
Fax: (613) 739-6864



Wiebe,   Scott Christopher The Ottawa   Hospital
Dept of Physical Medicine & Rehab
Room 1105C
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75596
Fax: (613) 737-9638



Wolff,   Gerald Keith The Rehabilitation Centre Ottawa
Dept of Physical Medicine & Rehab
Room 1105
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75598
Fax: (613) 737-9638



Yang,   Christine Ping Bruyere Continuing Care
Physical Medicine & Rehab Service
43 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-6094
Fax: (603) 562-6312

Ontario Car Accident- Justin Bieber’s Grandparents Injured in Single Vehicle Accident

Canadian musician Justin Bieber’s grandfather Bruce Dale was sent to hospital with broken ribs after rolling his SUV off a highway and into a ditch.   Justin Bieber’s grandmother Diane Dale was a passenger in the Hyundai Santa Fe which slid off a slippery road in Stratford,Ontario.   Mrs. Dale suffered a broken finger.

By all accounts, there were no other vehicles involved in the accident which was blamed on Ontario winter driving conditions.

Wondering about the insurance implications of this single vehicle accident?  Because the accident was in Ontario, both of Justin Bieber’s grandparents would be eligible for statutory accident benefits to cover their medical rehabilitation expenses and certain other losses.

Passengers in a single car accident sometimes sue the driver who caused the accident, even if the driver is the passenger’s spouse.  This is common where the driver was negligent and where the passenger’s injuries pass the Ontario threshold.

In the event that the roadway was not properly maintained and the lack of proper maintenance caused or contributed to the accident, Justin Bieber’s grandparents could consider suing the municipality or provincial entity responsible for the roadway maintenance.

We wish The Biebs’ grandparents a speedy recovery.  If you have a question about a single vehicle roll over accident, call our firm at 613 233-4529.

Making a Claim in a Hit and Run or Where there is No Insurance | Ottawa Lawyer

If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident by another driver who does not have insurance,  or has inadequate coverage, don’t assume that you can’t bring a claim.

In many cases, your own insurance or the insurance on the car you are riding in can provide benefits. This type of insurance is called uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance.  It may be available to protect passengers in your vehicle or when you or a family member is injured as a bicyclist or pedestrian.

Even if you don’t have insurance yourself, you may be entitled to compensation from the person that hit you or from another insurer.  There is even an insurer of last resort that is administered by the province.

Accessing uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance coverage is not straightforward.  There are many issues that may impact your ability to obtain compensation.

In a hit and run situation or a situation where there is no insurance or inadequate insurance, an experienced personal injury lawyer is a must.  Contact the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613 233-4529 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Struck by A Drunk Driver in Ontario? Ottawa Lawyer

Ottawa Lawyer- If you are injured in a car accident or other motor vehicle accident in Ontario caused by an impaired driver, you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.  In that circumstance, you may have recourse not only to sue the impaired driver who caused the accident, but also a bar or tavern that over-served the alcohol to the impaired driver.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether or not you have a claim against a bar or tavern, in addition to a claim against the driver who caused the accident.

WARNING:  If the at fault driver in your case is a G2 licensed driver and has alcohol in his or her system, that driver may have violated the terms of their insurance policy.  Where that is the case, there may be a limit to the amount of insurance available to assist you.   In that case, a personal injury lawyer can help you access other insurance policies that may be available to you under Ontario insurance law.   We think this law is unfair to accident victims.  Maybe you do too.  Please consider contacting your MPP to let him or her know your views.

For more information on bringing a claim for compensation against a drunk driver who caused an accident, contact Auger Hollingsworth at 613 233-4529.


What Are The Components Of A Rehabilitation Program?

The injuries that result from an Ontario car accident include fractures, sprains, chest or knee contusions caused by impacts with steering wheels, dashboard, or airbags as well as a wide variety of soft-tissue injuries.

The treatment prescribed by a physiatrist or other specialist  could include following,  in addition to more traditional rehab measures such as physiotherapy and pain prescriptions:

•Progressive exercises
•Massage therapy
•Joint mobilization
•Postural alignment training.
There are 159 physiatrists in Ontario, with many of the top practitioners in the Ottawa-area. Ask for a referral from your family doctor if you think this might assist in your rehabilitation. Physiatry services are generally covered by OHIP.

If you have been injured in an Ontario accident and you would like a consultation with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, please call 613-233-4529, email  [email protected] or use our contact form to request a free consultation.

Ottawa Car Accident: St. Laurent and Conroy

OTTAWA- A man was sent to hospital in serious but stable condition after a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of St Laurent Blvd. and Conroy Road on Thursday afternoon.

Crews were called to the intersection just before 5 p.m on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

The collision involved an SUV and a minivan.  The driver of the minivan was treated for a number of injuries.  The driver of the SUV was reportedly uninjured.

Also of significant concern, a  female cyclist who was travelling close to the intersection at the time of the collision was struck by one of the vehicles and suffered a fractured wrist and abrasions.

For free information on what to do after a serious motor vehicle accident or bicycle accident, order Auger Hollingsworth’s free consumer guides.  There is no obligation whatsoever and no-one will contact you unless you request contact.

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