Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Choosing Your Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one in Eastern Ontario has suffered a spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you need a personal injury law firm that is well equipped, experienced and with enough financial clout to fight for all available funding.

Getting the maximum settlement or trial verdict available will make a significant difference in the life of a person with a spinal cord injury.  Here are some factors to consider when choosing your lawyer:

Does the lawyer and the law firm focus on personal injury law?

This question is important for several reasons.

First, you want a personal injury law firm with a team of lawyers, law clerks, investigators and paralegals.  Big cases need big teams of people dedicated to maximizing your result.

Second, you want a law firm that understands that big cases take time.  Sometimes at law firms with competing practice areas, law partners can get frustrated when big cases take too long.  They want to get paid.  At a personal injury law firm like Auger Hollingsworth, we understand the client’s needs and the business model.

Does the lawyer and the law firm have the financial resources to fully pursue your claim?

You need a personal injury law firm that can afford to spend the money necessary to push your case to the limit.  Lawyers can incur $100,000 in expenses (apart from their time) or even much more to get the maximum for your case.  You never want to select a lawyer who cannot afford the experts and other costs associated with maximizing compensation.

Does the lawyer and the law firm have experience with spinal cord injury cases?

You want a lawyer who has previously represented people in Eastern Ontario who have had a spinal cord injury.  Ask the lawyer about their firm’s past successes.  Ask the law firm about challenges in past spinal cord cases and how they overcame those challenges.

A significant injury like a spinal cord injury deserves a law firm with an experienced team that will take all available steps to ensure that every dollar available is secured for your future.

Serious Car and OC Transpo accident in Nepean

The Ottawa Sun is reporting a very serious OC Transpo accident in the area of Meadowlands between Indian Road and  Viewmount in Nepean, Ontario. The accident was on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 around 11 pm.   Three occupants of a car that collided with an OC Transpo bus were injured, one critically.

The critically injured passenger was said to be unconscious at the scene of the OC Transpo accident.  The injuries were reported to include serious head injuries.  The extent of the other passenger’s injuries is not clear, although they may also be serious and include fractures and a possible spinal cord injury.  One of the passengers is said to have been partially ejected from the motor vehicle.

The Sun article was not clear about the cause of the OC Transpo accident.  However, the CBC quotes sources suggesting that distracted driving may have been an issue.

What happens in an OC Transpo Accident?

An OC Transpo accident involving an actual collision with another vehicle is treated the same as a regular car accident.  Anyone injured in the motor vehicle accident will be entitled to Statutory Accident Benefits (no fault benefits).  This will include funding for medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as a small income replacement benefit (max. $400 per week).

For passengers of either the bus or the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident, there may also be a claim for pain and suffering and other compensation.  A driver of a motor vehicle who is not at fault in the accident may also have a claim.

The best course of action after a serious accident involving a collision between a bus and a car is to contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation and explanation of your rights and the process.  The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth at happy to help you.  Call us at 613 860-4529.  We will come to your home or hospital to answer your questions.

 

Ottawa Judge Awards $6.1 Million After Rollover accident on Highway 401

Ottawa Lawyer –  The Honourable Mr. Justice Quigley released his judgment yesterday in our case involving a man in his twenties who suffered a serious spinal cord injury, among other injuries, in a single vehicle rollover accident.  He was a passenger in the car.  The accident was near Brockville in early 2007.

The award totalled $6.1 Million, including damages for pain and suffering, future medical and rehabilitation costs, loss of income, loss of housekeeping and family law act claims for certain family members.

We had a great team of experts on the case:  occupational therapist Matilda Amos of Functionability, neuropsychologist, Dr. Catherine Gow, forsensic accountant Darrell Sherman from ADS, forensic engineer Peter Williamson,  labour market researcher Natalie Beck-Livingstone and life care planner Michelle Wagenberg of Carol Bierbrier and Associates.   His Honour (the judge) carefully reviewed all of this evidence when reaching his decision on damages.  This case is proof that putting together the right team is very important in order to get a fair assessment of your damages.

If you would like to see what our team can do for you in your case, contact the Ottawa accident lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth 613 233-4529.  We would be honoured to meet with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.

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
•Education
•Massage therapy
•Joint mobilization
•Acupuncture
•Acupressure
•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.

Avoid Backyard Pool Accidents: Ottawa Lawyer

OTTAWA LAWYER– While on vacation we stumbled across a display by a community group in Florida that was advocating increased safety around backyard pools.  Of course backyard pools are extremely common in Florida but they are increasingly common in eastern Ontario

Avoid Drowning

Water Watcher Lanyard

particularly with the availability of relatively inexpensive above ground pools.    All pools in ground, above ground, hot tubs, even fishponds can create hazard for children in particular.  Drowning is still a leading cause of death among small children as we all unfortunately know.

 

This community group came up with a great idea to avoid the all too common disaster of what they call “pool party” drownings.  This is the very sad situation where there are so many adults and kids around a pool that everyone thinks everyone else is watching,  but in fact no one is watching the pool.

 

The idea is a simple one.  A lanyard with an index card indicating “pool monitor” is given to one responsible adult at any time.  If you are in possession of the lanyard you are “on duty” for ensuring that you are watching the pool at all times.  If you need to leave the pool area,  the idea is to pass the lanyard to another responsible adult who then understands that it’s his or her responsibility to monitor the pool.  This avoids the situation where no one knows who’s in charge.

 

For example, often the host of a pool party is busy going in and out of the house getting drinks and food and may mistakenly assume that the other adults attending the party are watching the children swimming.  On the other hand the other adults figure they are guests at a party and isn’t the host the one who would or should be supervising?

 

It would certainly be very easy to make something like this,  or perhaps even more attractive.  Given that we like to entertain around our pool I expect it is something that we will implement at our next pool party.  You really never can be too cautious around pools.

Spinal Cord Injury After an Ontario Bicycle Accident

One of the most serious injuries an Ottawa cyclist can sustain is spinal cord injury.  Like head trauma, damage to the spinal cord is severe and can certainly be life-altering.  Because the spinal cord is responsible for transmitting signals from the brain to the body, and vice-versa, damage to the spinal cord can have very serious and lasting effects on an individual’s health and their ability to function.  The most severe consequences of spinal cord injury involve permanent disability or paralysis of part of the body or the entire body.  The extent of the injury depends upon the location of the damage to the spinal cord. 

Some of the Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury

A variety of symptoms accompany a spinal cord injury.  Some of the symptoms include numbness, loss of feeling, and loss of motor function in the area below the injury.  Because the spinal cord controls all of the nerves in a person’s’ body, the symptoms of spinal cord injuries usually have to do with sensation and movement of parts of the body near the site of injury.  The severity of these symptoms varies depending on the extent of the damage done to particular nerves.  It is possible to regain sensation or movement in areas that were once affected by nerve damage, but this is never a guarantee.

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injuries May Require Rehabilitation 

Individuals who suffer from spinal cord injury are often hospitalized and require intense medical treatment.  This often placed a burden on themselves and their friends and family.  It can be difficult emotionally and financially.  Because of the severity of the injuries, treatment for spinal cord injuries can take a long time and there are often recurring bouts of treatment, rehabilitation and other medical appointments.

Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Help? 

For these reasons, a personal injury lawyer can be very beneficial in this kind of situation.  It is important to enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer who can help you receive compensation for your injuries.  If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  Call us at 613 233-4529 or use the contact form on the site. 

Ottawa lawyers launch NO FEE FOR KIDS PROGRAM

The Ottawa injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are delighted to announce the launch of their exciting new program, NO FEE FOR KIDS.  Read all about this community initiative to help injured children after a car accident here.

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