Personal Injury Heroes: Your Occupational Therapist

Get to Know Your Ontario Personal Injury Medical Team

Over the past two weeks, Auger Hollingsworth has been introducing you to the many people who will be involved in your recovery after an accident. So far, we’ve covered how chiropractors and physiotherapists can play a role in your recovery. In this segment we’ll be discussing the role of the occupational therapist.

What does an occupational therapist do?

An occupational therapist, also known as an OT, helps people get back to their daily life. After an injury or accident, occupational therapists focus on adapting your environment, modifying tasks, and teaching you strategies on dealing with your injuries.

What can an occupational therapist do for my injuries?

An occupational therapist  looks at all aspects of your life, but here are a few examples of what they may help you with:How to approach tasks such as cooking, cleaning and bathing

  • How to break down tasks into achievable components
  • How to make changes to your home or job environment
  • What equipment you can use to help you with daily life

Is occupational therapy covered by OHIP?

Occupational therapy is not covered by OHIP, but is covered by accident benefits and many insurance providers will cover the cost. Contact your work or private insurance to see if an occupational therapist is covered under your plan.

Not getting the resources you need to recover from your injuries? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 and get a free, no-obligation consultation.

Personal Injury Heroes: Your Physiotherapist

Get to Know Your Ontario Personal Injury Medical Team

In this series on personal injury heroes, we’re introducing you to the many people who will be involved in your recovery. Last week we covered how chiropractors can help you with your injuries after an accident. This week we’ll be discussing the role of the physiotherapist.

What does a physiotherapist do?

Physiotherapists treat injuries and strains through rehabilitation exercises. A physiotherapist will examine and assess your range of motion, and then come up with a personalized exercise program to improve your strength and flexibility.

What can a physiotherapist do for injuries?

Physiotherapists are primarily concerned with injuries and rehabilitation. While a chiropractor focuses on manually adjusting the spine, a physiotherapist develops exercises that you can work on to increase your range of motion. Both of these practitioners work on the musculoskeletal system, and can work together to come up with the best solution for your injuries.

Ask your family doctor about visiting a physiotherapist if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Strains and sprains
  • Limited movement

Is physiotherapy covered by OHIP?

OHIP has updated its regulations on physiotherapy funding. Patients may be eligible for publicly funded clinic-based physiotherapy if they have a doctor’s referral and are:

  • Seniors aged 65 and older
  • 19 years of age and under
  • Any age if discharged from hospital after an overnight stay for a condition requiring physiotherapy
  • Recipients of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program

If you are in an accident, chiropractic care is covered under Accident Benefits Coverage. You may also be covered for physiotherapy through your work or third party insurance provider, so make sure to double check with these groups before paying out of your own pocket.

Not getting the resources you need to recover from your injuries? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 and get a free, no-obligation consultation.

Personal Injury Heroes: Your Chiropractor

Get to Know Your Ontario Personal Injury Medical Team

After a serious car accident, you will likely need to see medical specialists for your injuries while on your way to recovery. In this series, we’ll be introducing you to those specialists and how they can help you get back on track after an accident. One such specialist is a chiropractor.

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor is a specialist in manually adjusting the spine and joints of the body. Their focus is on the musculoskeletal system.

What can a chiropractor do for my injuries?

It’s quite common for those injured in accidents to visit a chiropractor. Ask your family doctor about visiting a chiropractor if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headache
  • Strains and sprains
  • Poor movement

When you visit a chiropractor they will use a hands-on, manual treatment to work on these problems. The goal of chiropractic care is to reduce the pain you are experiencing by improving your range of movement and flexibility.

Is chiropractic care covered by OHIP?

No. Chiropractic care is usually covered by third party insurance or out of pocket. If you are in an accident, chiropractic care is covered under Accident Benefits Coverage. Also, you are most likely covered for chiropractic care if you are part of, or signed up for, any of the following services and institutions:

  • Federal public service
  • worker’s compensation boards
  • the automobile insurance industry
  • private health care insurers
  • employee benefit plans,
  • the RCMP
  • Veteran’s Affairs Canada

Stay tuned: we’ll be featuring more members of your personal injury medical team throughout the next few weeks.

Not getting the resources you need to recover from your injuries? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 and get a free, no-obligation consultation.

10 Tips for Preparing a Safe Party this St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner it’s an important time to talk about driving under the influence and how to avoid it. Before you throw your St. Patrick’s Day Party this weekend, make sure to follow these handy tips.

1) Plan Ahead

While planning your party, try to find out how your guests will be getting home. The more details you can plan ahead, the less you’ll have to worry about drives the night of. Have extra cash on hand for taxis and encourage attendees to use other forms of transportation to get to and from your event.

2) Serve Food

When serving alcohol always make sure to have snacks and food to go with it. Having alcohol on an empty stomach will lower your guests’ tolerance, and this is something you definitely do not want.

3) Serve Regular Beverages

One of the problems with salty or greasy snacks is that they make people thirsty. Make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages on hand so guests don’t go chugging the alcoholic drinks.

4) Be a Bartender

Set yourself up as the bartender or hire one for the night. Guests tend to drink less when they are not serving their own drinks.

5) No Exercise

Alcohol and physical activity do not mix! People are more likely to fall and injure themselves if they have alcohol in their system.

6) Open the Hotel

Get the guestroom ready in case anyone overdoes it. Avoid awkward situations by just preparing in advance.

7) Make an Action Plan

Know what to do and have taxi numbers on hand in case anyone needs them. Don’t wait until someone’s almost out the door to come up with a plan.

8) Make a last call

If you know your guests are planning on driving home, make sure you stop serving alcohol at an appropriate hour and switch to snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

9) Look into designated driving chauffeur services

Designated driving services and becoming a lot more common in Ontario. In Ottawa, one option is to call Responsible Choice.

10) Stay alert

Make sure you don’t indulge too much as the host. You want to be ready and alert for any situation that will require your judgment.

Remember: as a host it is your responsibility to make sure your guests don’t leave your house under the influence. Taking small steps beforehand will help to make sure that there aren’t major consequences down the line.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident call us for a free, no-obligation consultation at 613-233-4529 and we’ll be able to answer all your questions.

CAA Launches New Tool for Senior Drivers

As we get older our bodies start to change. At a certain point these changes to our senses (including our vision, hearing, and ability to react quickly) can start to catch up on us. Most of us can safely continue driving into our senior years, but knowing which driving habits we need to alter to accommodate our changing bodies can make a huge difference.

CAA Senior Driving Site

Last week the Canadian Automobile Association launched a new tool to help senior drivers ensure that their driving is up to standard. The Seniors Driving Site has four portals with activities and information on how to stay safe on the road. The four sections include:

  • Assess your driving skills
  • How aging can affect driving
  • How to maintain driving skills
  • Adjusting driving habits

Tips for Elderly Drivers

The four main areas that seniors need to watch out for are their vision, hearing, motor skills and reaction time. Here are steps you can take:

1) Avoid Driving at Night

As we get older, the amount of light we need to see clearly changes. As our eyesight ages it becomes much more difficult to see things when they are not well lit. At night, we may not catch pedestrians, cyclists, or anyone else moving through the dark. If you notice you’re beginning to find it challenging to see at night, this could mean that you need to move to more daytime driving.

2) Take Care of Your Hearing

Hearing loss is one of the most ignored aspects of aging. Don’t wait until you miss that horn or ambulance siren to find out that your ears need an update. Be proactive and get your hearing tested.

Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Difficulty hearing things in noisy areas
  • Difficulty distinguishing high-pitched sounds
  • Noticing that it is difficult to pick up children’s voices
  • Voices sound mumbled or slurred
  • Ringing sounds in the ears

3) Know Your Reaction Time

As we age ailments such as arthritis and loss of muscle strength can slow our response time. We all know that unexpected things happen while driving – cars pop out of side roads, pedestrians jaywalk, and animals run across our path. We can’t change what’s out there, so being able to judge changes in your own reaction time is extremely important.

To learn more about what you can do to stay safe on the road, visit the CAA driving assessment module and watch this video on driving tips for seniors.

Want advice on an accident you were in? Get a free, no obligation consultation with the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by calling 613-222-4529.

Teen Makes News with Facebook Brag – Dad Loses $80,000 Lawsuit Settlement

We weren’t joking about Facebook and claims not mixing! The recent story of a daughter’s Facebook post costing her father his $80,000 lawsuit settlement has been echoing throughout the news world, and is an important example of what not to do.

Here’s what happened

Dana Snay posted this celebratory message to Facebook after learning that her father had been awarded an $80,000 settlement in a lawsuit against his former employer:

“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer […].”

After sharing this message with her 1,200 Facebook friends, Gulliver Preparatory School, the former employer, refused to pay for the settlement stating that the post broke the rules of the confidentiality agreement her father had signed.

Lessons from this event

One small Facebook post can have a major impact, and might end up costing the Snay family the entire $80,000 settlement.

Though we might think we would never do something as silly as post a message to 1,200 of our closet friends, this case is an excellent example of how careful we need to be online. You should never post or share information about your case. Secondly, if you have any children, make sure they are fully aware of the potential consequences of discussing your case online. Better yet, keep everything case related just between you, your lawyer, and your spouse.

Though a settlement is definitely something to be happy about, it’s one status update you don’t want to make.

To read the complete story, read the article Teen’s Facebook brag costs dad $80,000 lawsuit settlement on BBC.

If you have questions about an accident you were in, give the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth a call at 613-233-4529 and book a free, no-obligation consultation.

Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid After an Accident

The time period after an accident can feel chaotic. Personal injury lawyers take care of the paperwork so you can get back to what matters most – your recovery. In the meantime, here are some major errors we see all the time.

Don’t Make These Mistakes!

  1. Waiting several days or weeks to receive medical care.
  2. Failing to obtain sufficient information at the scene and does not call the police.
  3. Giving too much information to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
  4. Forgetting to create a diagram or map of the incident.
  5. Hiding past accidents from your lawyer.
  6. Hiding past injuries or medical conditions from your lawyer.
  7. Making damaging statements to your doctor.
  8. Failing to attend all medical appointments or has “gaps” in treatment
  9. Misrepresenting your activity level.
  10. Failing to hire a lawyer or delaying hiring a lawyer when your injuries may be serious.

To learn more, watch personal injury lawyers Brenda Hollingsworth and Richard Auger discuss their new Crash Kit guide for your glove box on CTV Ottawa Morning Live. Don’t make these mistakes next time you’re in an accident, order your Crash Kit today or contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free, no obligation consultation at 613-233-4529.