Mind the money! Keep all receipts after a car accident in Ontario

After an accident it’s important to have a paper trail. A couple ways to do this are to make sure the police are called after your accident so a police report gets filled out, to visit your doctors so your injuries are documented, and to keep all receipts!

Yes, all those receipts from physiotherapy, housecleaning, and equipment to help with your injuries need to be kept. Even if you’re not sure you need to keep a receipt, do it just in case.

Why Keep Receipts?

Even if you are receiving benefits through your insurance there are other costs that may not be covered whether through them or OHIP. For example, if your injuries keep you from driving and you have to take a taxi instead, you’ll want to keep a record of your losses. Also, if you’re home needs to be refitted, or you need new equipment to help with your mobility, you’ll need to keep a record of how much this costs. All the ways that your life alters after an accident need to be written down, as well as the expenses that come with it.

Pro Tip!

Don’t worry about sorting through your injury expenses and receipts – bring them to us instead! Many people don’t know this, but when you hire a personal injury lawyer we go through all the paperwork so you don’t have to. Just store all your receipts in a bag or envelope, mark down what they are, and let us handle the rest.

Have a question about an accident you were in? Call us for a free consultation at 613-233-4529 and we’ll book a consultation with 24-48 hours.

Brain injury basics: Learn to recognize the signs of a concussion

We hear about concussions so often in sports entertainment and in our daily lives that it’s easy to think they’re no big deal. Quite the opposite, concussions are considered a type of traumatic brain injury  and are really quite violent.

What is a concussion?

Concussions are caused by a blow to the head or body that results in the brain moving rapidly back and forth. Your brain is made of a mushy substance that is easily damaged by this type of movement against your strong (and quite pointy) inner skull. This bouncing can cause stretching on the brain cells and can have various side-effects. Concussions are serious. Even though they are not usually life threatening, they can do damage!

What are the signs?

Some of the common signs of a concussion are:

  • confusion
  • clumsiness
  • forgetfulness
  • slow response time

Some of the medical effects can be:

  • headache
  • vomiting or upset stomach
  • vision problems

Head to the emergency room if someone has:

  • trouble speaking
  • pupils that are different sizes
  • passed out
  • seizures

What should I do?

Get the person to stop participating in whatever activity they are doing, and don’t let them return until they have been given the okay by a medical professional. Even if they aren’t experiencing emergency room symptoms, head to the hospital or your local medical centre to get them reviewed.

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, call Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 to book a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. 

Drowsy driving is impaired driving

Here’s the scary truth: according to the Canada Safety Council, 20% of Canadians have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel, even if just momentarily. Even scarier, according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation approximately 26% of all fatal and injury crashes are related to fatigued driving.

We spend a lot of time focusing on drunk driving in Canada, but driving tired can be just as bad. In a study done by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, 92% of Ontario police officers surveyed said that they had stopped a driver who they thought was impaired only to discover that they were tired instead.  Driving tired and driving impaired can look very similar, yet the repercussions are not the same. Currently there is no charge for tired driving, so if there are no secondary effects (such as negligent driving, zig-zagging, etc.), then all a police officer can do it tell someone to pull over to sleep. Needless to say, a warning isn’t very deterring!

Where’s the stigma?

Driving while fatigued can have serious consequences, yet drowsiness lacks the stigma of driving under the influence. Without a blood level or drink count to measure, or severe laws to make sure people toe the line, it’s hard to create a culture where driving tired is unacceptable. How do we measure how tired someone is? At what point do you tell a friend that it’s not okay for them to drive home? Driving tired may not be as black and white as driving impaired, but if you notice someone losing concentration, yawning, or showing other signs of tiredness, really think about telling them not to drive.

Drowsy driving needs to be taken seriously

In a recent article in the Montreal Gazette, one coroner recommended tougher penalties for tired drivers, and stated they should be just as severe as those issued to drunk drivers. The facts back this up! It’s estimated that someone who has not slept for 18 hours is just as impaired as someone with a 50 mg% blood alcohol level.  More importantly, driving tired is something that is in your hands. You can choose to get more sleep or not, so it’s an accident that can be easily avoided.

What do you think? Should Ontario laws get tougher on tired drivers? If your answer is yes, let your MP know! Laws only change when we encourage them to.

If you were injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, get the help you need to recover by contacting the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4519.

Serious Pedestrian Accidents in Ottawa Act as Reminder to Watch Out!

Last night there were two pedestrian accidents in Ottawa with serious injuries. Even more worrisome is that both of these accident happened in the downtown region.

The first incident occurred after 8:00 in the evening at the intersection of Rideau and Waller, an intersection that is unfortunately known for an earlier fatal pedestrian accident that occurred in February. In the event last night, the man was hit by an OC Transpo bus and suffered serious head injuries as a result.

The second accident occurred in Centretown around 10:30 in the evening and left the pedestrian unconscious and with serious head injuries as well as injuries to his neck and legs. Even worse, the driver of the car left the scene.

These horrible accidents are a huge reminder of the importance of watching out for pedestrians at night. We know they are hard to see at times, but they are out there. Make sure you stay on the lookout especially in the downtown areas that have heavier pedestrian traffic.

If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, call us for a free consultation with on of the Auger Hollingsworth personal injury lawyers at 613-233-4529. All consultations are booked within 24-48.