10 Lessons for Settlement Success After an Accident

 

Want to get the best possible settlement as quickly and painlessly as possible after an Ottawa car accident or slip and fall accident?  Check out these 10 tips:

 

  1. Accept the help your medical team offers.  Say “yes” to every offer of rehabilitation and every specialist referral.
  2. Follow your medical team’s advice about home exercise, medication and nutrition.
  3. If at all possible, try to go back to work if you get medical clearance to do so.  It is ALWAYS better for your case if you try….even if you don’t succeed.
  4. Don’t ignore the emotional / psychological aspect of your case.  Many, many injured people need help from a mental health professional.  Recognizing this and taking action helps you and your case.
  5. Don’t harass the police officer who processed your motor vehicle accident report.  After the report is final, it is usually not a great idea to call the officer.
  6. Speak to a personal injury lawyer early after your accident.  Costly mistakes can be avoided if you get basic advice early on.
  7. Keep your medical and your legal team up to date on any significant changes to your health or work situation.
  8. Keep an eye on your marriage!  If you are married, an accident can take its toll on your relationship.  Both physical and emotional intimacy can be compromised.  if you need help, speak to a family therapist or your doctor as quickly as possible.
  9. Be honest and consistent when you fill out medical questionnaires, answer questions and speak to your lawyer and medical team.  Normally, the truth can’t hurt you but being caught in an un-truth really, really can.
  10. Hire the best possible accident lawyer to represent you in your case.  A lawyer who practices personal injury lawyer on a full time basis at a law firm that is dedicated to personal injury will always be your best bet to fight the insurance company for you.

The personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth look forward to working with you.  Call for a free, no obligation consultation today at 613 233-4529.

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.

Cyclist, Two Teen Drivers Injured at Orchardview and Innes in Accident

The Ottawa Sun is reporting that three teens were injured at the intersection of Orchardview and Innes Roads in Ottawa’s east end on Monday, October 14, 2013.

The motor vehicle accident involved two cars, each driven by a 17 year old woman, and a 17 year old cyclist.

All three individuals involved were reporting injuries.

Steps to Take after a Bicycle – Car Accident

  1. Get appropriate medical care as soon as possible and follow up with your physician as required.  Initial medical care should be provided by a doctor.
  2. Notify your car insurance company, even if you were on your bicycle.  Let them know you were hurt and require an Application for Accident Benefits (OCF-1).  These benefits are available to you even if you caused the accident.
  3. Contact a personal injury lawyer for a free, no obligation consultation.

The Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation would be very happy to answer your initial questions after your accident.  For more information or to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers call 613 233-4529.

Need info About the Bus Accident? Watch us on CTVMorningLive

Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth will be on CTV MorningLive on Thursday, October 3 at 7:25 am to provide important information about what to do if you were injured on the OCTranspo bus that was involved in the terrible VIA Rail train accident on September 18, 2013.

Find out:

  • How to get funding for physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy and other non-OHIP covered health care services after a bus accident;
  • How to get coverage for counseling you may need give the traumatic event you experienced during the bus accident;
  • What deadlines apply to this case and what you need to do to protect your rights.

Watch this episode of CTVMorning Live to get answers to your questions.  You may not need a lawyer to process your injury claim but you will need this important information.

Want to speak to an Ottawa personal injury lawyer today?  Call the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation today at 613 860-4529 today.