Baseline Rd and Rockway Crescent is a Dangerous Intersection

On Friday December 17, 2011, Ottawa Fire Fighters extricated a 22 year old man from a BMW after a  two-vehicle collision on Baseline Road at Rockway Crescent.  The man is described as having suffered a fractrued pelvis, chest injuries and multiple lacerations. He was taken to the hospital in serous condition. The driver is reportedly not seriously injured.

This is not the first serious accident our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are aware of at this intersection.  For a small intersection, it poses numerous visibility issues.  If you are driving at Baseline and Rockway, please use extra caution.

If you have suffered  a serious injury and wish to have a free consultation, please contact our firm at 613 233-4529.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Welcomes Skating Helmet Law

OTTAWA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER-  We are very pleased that Ottawa children aged 10 and under will be required to wear helmets during public skating sessions held in City of Ottawa facilities starting January 1, 2012.   In a press release accompanying the law’s announcement, the City estimated that 5,700 Ottawa children receive medical treatment in emergency rooms, and 400 children are hospitalized, every year because of sports-related head injuries.

We look forward to hearing that traumatic brain injuries are down on account of the new rule.  Now let’s see the rule broadened to require helmets while toboganning!

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are looking for information about claims for compensation following an accident, call 613-233-4529.

 

Best Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Tips for 2012

Looking for the best tips from a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa?  Based on our tremendous success in 2011, we are looking to share our best success strategies for injured people looking for fair compensation.

  1. Give the best statement that you can to the police.  Most personal injury cases in Ottawa do not involve elaborate accident reconstruction reports.  In the vast majority of cases, liability (who is responsible for the accident) will be determined by what the witnesses to the accident say to the police and what the drivers involved in the accident say to the police.  Make sure your version of events is accurately recorded by the police so that your story becomes part of the police report.
  2. Get the best evaluation of the damage to your vehicle.  Make sure that all of the damage to your car is recorded in writing by the garage, even if everyone knows the car is a write off.  If the underside of the vehicle is bent or damaged in a manner that does not show up in photos, get the mechanic to reduce that to writing before the car is sent to the scrap yard.
  3. Get the best medical treatment possible.  Go to the hospital on the date of the accident and tell the doctors about ALL of your symptoms, not just the most severe.  Follow up with your family doctor immediately (within days).  At  each visit, mention all your areas of pain and limitations.  Request referals to specialists and for diagnostic tests like an MRI.  Don’t wait for the doctor to suggest it.
  4. Get the best rehab possible.  Don’t just assume that the physio or occupational therapist referred by the insurance company is the best or only choice.  Shop around for patient-centred rehab providers (not insurance centred providers).
  5. Hire the best personal injury lawyer for your case.  Take advantage of the free consultations offered by most personal injury lawyers to find the best fit for your case.

Looking for more information?  Call our office to book a free consultation at 613 233-4529.  We would be happy to help you.

What If I Don’t Agree with My Lawyer?

Ottawa Lawyer-  Sometimes a lawyer and a client disagree about a decision to be made on a case.  It could be about a small detail, like the timing of a motion or discoveries.  Or the disagreement could be more fundamental, such as the value of the case or the amount to offer to settle the case.  Clients sometimes worry that they cannot disagree with their lawyer without risking the lawyer walking away from the case.

The lawyer’s job is to give the best advice that she can give to the client.  However, the decisions to be made on the case are the clients’ decisions, not the lawyer’s.  As the client, you have right to call the shots and the lawyer’s job is to implement those decisions, subject to the lawyer’s ethical and legal obligations.

As the decision maker, the client has the obligation to voice his or her opinions and speak up if he or she has comments or questions about the steps being proposed in the case.  Ultimately, the client’s job is to give clear instructions on all important decisions.

If you have questions about the lawyer-client relationship in a personal injury case, please contact our law firm at 613 233-4529.