“Our results in catastrophic injury cases are measured in financial terms. But I have always felt that the true success in legal cases where lives have been shattered in an accident comes from a compassionate and thorough understanding of the deep human costs involved.”
– Howard Yegendorf, Founding Partner.
Ottawa Car Accident Lawyers
After a car crash, injury victims face a battle on two fronts. One is making a physical and emotional recovery from the damage the accident has caused; the other is taking on the insurance companies and negligent parties to obtain full and fair compensation for damages such as medical and rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and lost income.
There are two primary sources of compensation in these cases, which results in the need for two claims: one for accident benefits and another for insurance compensation. Our lawyers pursue all available sources of compensation for our clients and work diligently to ensure that any settlement or court order compensates them for past damages while providing for their anticipated future needs.
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Our team of personal injury lawyers is committed to protecting the rights of victims of serious accidents.
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Our injury lawyers have vast experience in dealing with accident insurance claims and disputes.
Most people have had the experience of driving down the road and nearly hitting a pedestrian who walks out into the roadway without looking to see if there’s any oncoming traffic. Likewise, you’ve probably been walking and seen a fair number of drivers who are driving too fast or recklessly for an area that pedestrians frequent.
Whether you’re traveling on foot or on four wheels, following the rules of the road are important for keeping yourself and others safe. Let’s take a look at the regulations to which drivers and pedestrians should be adhering.
Rules for pedestrians
When there’s a run-in between a vehicle and a person on foot, obviously the walker is at a distinct disadvantage.
If you’re walking, it’s important that you stick to the rules for pedestrians:
Cross only in designated areas. Traffic lights and crossways that are marked are the only safe places to cross. Never attempt to cross the street in the middle of the block or step out in-between parked cars.
Make eye contact with drivers. If you’re crossing the street in front of a vehicle that’s stopped, make sure the driver sees you. Making eye contact is a way to be sure that you’re seen.
Dress appropriately. When you’re out for a walk, it’s a good idea to wear clothing that is light in colour or bright. Reflective strips are great for walking at dusk or in the dark.
Follow procedures for traffic lights. Don’t attempt to cross before traffic has stopped completely. If the intersection has a “œWalk” signal, wait for it to flash before you proceed. Never cross when a “œDo Not Walk” is flashing.
Be alert. Keep an eye on your surroundings at all times. Be aware of cars that are entering or exiting driveways or turning corners.
Rules for drivers
As a driver, you have the ability to cause serious harm to pedestrians if you aren’t careful.
Here are the laws you need to follow when you’re behind the wheel:
Always be watching. Keep your eyes peeled for walkers, especially when you’re making a turn or pulling into or out of a driveway.
Look for children. Children don’t always make the best choices and they’re often unaware of their surroundings. It’s up to you to watch out for them, especially in school zones, when you’re near parks or play areas, and in residential neighborhoods.
Pay attention to Community Safety Zone signs. These signs mark areas where public safety is an issue and/or pedestrians are likely to be numerous.
Stay calm. Don’t become impatient with those with disabilities or older people who can’t quickly cross the road.
Be alert. Many of us have had the experience of arriving at our destination and realizing that we zoned out a bit during the drive. Pedestrians, especially children and young people, can be unpredictable. It’s imperative to stay alert when you’re behind the wheel.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one find yourselves in a situation in which you’ve been injured due to laws that haven’t been followed, you may need to seek the advice of a trusted lawyer that can help in catastrophic injury cases like Howard Yegendorf and Associates.
All too often, car owners only find out what’s covered in their auto insurance policies after being involved in an accident.
Don’t wait until you need the benefits to find out what you’re entitled to!
When you’re unsure, a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the system in order to receive the compensation you deserve.
You should be aware of the kinds of damages your car insurance policy covers before you need them.
While each company is different, there are some commonalities in the damages covered by car insurance companies, as well as the add-ons that you can consider to supplement your policy.
Minimum amount of car insurance required in Ontario
To legally drive in Ontario, there is a minimum amount of insurance you’re required to purchase.
$200,000 of liability. Liability insurance pertains to the cost of bodily injury or property damage experienced by the other party involved in the accident.
Accident benefits. This benefit is for damages such as lost wages, medical expenses, and any other payments made, regardless of who is at fault.
$200,000 of uninsured automobile. The purpose of this coverage is for damages resulting from an accident with a negligent driver who is not insured.
Direct compensation. This covers damages to your car due to another party’s negligence.
Damages not covered
In order to know what supplements you may want to add, you have to understand what’s not covered by your car insurance policy:
Theft. Losses due to theft or vandalism are generally not covered by a basic insurance policy. You’ll need comprehensive coverage to cover these damages.
Car damage. If your car is damaged or destroyed in an accident, basic coverage will not pay to repair or replace it. Collision coverage is necessary to protect yourself in the event you hit another car or a stationary object and your car is damaged.
Loss of income/wages. Basic car insurance policies provide limits on the amount of compensation you’ll receive if you are unable to work as a result of a car accident. Any additional amount can be obtained after filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the insurance company or a negligent driver.
Pain and suffering. Standard car insurance policies do not compensate car accident victims for pain and suffering or any other psychological damages. You can obtain these forms of damages after filing an injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
An accident can take a large toll on you, physically and financially.
Supplemental insurance can help cover some of the gaps left by basic coverage.
Add-ons to consider
You want to be fully protected in the event of an accident or other vehicle damage or loss.
You may want to supplement your basic policy with one of the following forms of insurance:
Increased liability coverage
Increased accident benefits
Rented or leased vehicles (OPCF 5)
Loss of use (OPCF 20)
Talk to your insurer about the kinds of policies that are suitable for you based on your unique needs.
He will consider your lifestyle, environment, and even the type of car you drive before recommending insurance add-ons.
If you have been involved in an accident, regardless of who is at fault, speak to a lawyer and get a copy of your insurance policy to know what it covers.
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be traumatic, mentally and physically. In most cases, the injuries heal, bruises fade, and you begin to lose the fear that can linger. Sometimes, however, accident-induced chronic pain can have life-altering effects.
If you’ve been in an accident and the pain you experienced hasn’t gone away after a reasonable amount of time, you may be experiencing chronic pain. The intense pain can also cause psychological issues.
Physical and psychological effects
It can be hard to separate the mental and emotional effects of chronic pain and fibromyalgia from the physical pain.
Let’s look at some of the issues, mental and physical, that you may have to deal with if you have chronic pain as the result of an accident:
Inability to concentrate or complete normal tasks. At times, the pain can be so intense that you may have trouble concentrating on what you’re doing. It can also keep you from performing your work duties.
Memory problems. The extreme pain can be distracting enough to cause you to forget important information.
Sleeplessness. Protracted, excessive pain can prevent you from getting the rest you need. Lack of sleep can have significant negative health effects of its own.
Anxiety. A traumatic event like an accident, combined with the lingering severe pain can cause nervousness, restlessness, and a generalized sense of anxiety.
Depression. It’s common for people who experience chronic pain and fibromyalgia to become depressed due to the feelings of hopelessness associated with not getting any relief. If you begin to experience any symptoms of depression, it’s important to talk to your doctor or healthcare professional.
Stress. The burden of dealing with life-altering pain can bring a considerable amount of stress, especially in combination with medical bills and the loss of income associated with time off from your job or an inability to perform your work at all anymore.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident and you’re suffering from chronic pain, you may want to find a reputable catastrophic injury lawyer because you could be entitled to monetary compensation that will help cover the costs of your expensive treatments.
The partners at Yegendorf and Associates are ready to talk with you and determine if you should be claiming compensation for suffering, loss of income, and out-of-pocket expenses.
What Steps Should You Take if You’re Involved in a Car Accident?
Whether you’re walking or driving the streets and roads of Ontario, your safety and the safety of others should be paramount.
No matter how careful you are, accidents can still happen.
Do you know what to do if it happens to you?
It’s important to know what actions you need to take if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being a victim of an accident.
What to do, if you’re involved in an accident, it’s in your best interest to follow some guidelines. Not only for your physical benefit but also financial.
Following the correct procedures can affect your eligibility for insurance benefits.
Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Get the necessary medical assistance. Obviously, your well-being is the most important factor!
Step 2: File a police report. It’s best if this can be done at the scene but if it can’t, do it as soon as possible, even if it’s at the hospital.
Step 3: Call your insurance company.You should make your insurance company aware of your accident right away but definitely within seven days.
Step 4: Collect information and keep records. Keep all receipts related to medical expenses and record the names and contact information for anyone who was a witness to the accident. It’s also a good idea to keep an “œinjury journal” to track how much time you spend taking care of your injuries. Be sure to include how those injuries have affected your day to day life. All of this information will be helpful when you are filing a claim.
Step 5: Contact your lawyer.Ideally, this should be done before speaking to any insurance adjusters. A personal injury lawyer can help you with the necessary forms for filing a claim or receiving benefits. The deadline to apply for accident benefits is within 30 days.
It’s possible that you could qualify for accident benefits no matter who is at fault.
Depending on your policy, your no-fault benefits may include:
Compensation for lost income.Up to 70% of your gross salary may be available to you. This benefit may be remitted for two years or more depending on when you’re able to go back to work among other factors.
Non-earner benefitsmay be obtained by those who are unemployed at the time of the accident. If you are deemed unable to carry on with your normal life, this benefit will usually be available six months after the injury.
Up to $50,000 for medical and rehabilitation expenses. This amount may be increased up to $1 million if you suffer catastrophic injuries.
Attendant care benefits.Nursing services may be provided if your injuries are severe enough to require this type of monitoring.
Death benefits could be available to your surviving spouse or dependents should you be involved in an accident that resulted in your death.
It’s important that you understand what you or your family may be entitled to in the unfortunate event that you’re in an accident.
Though there are events that are unavoidable, it’s a good idea to consider the steps you can take to keep yourself safe, especially if you’re a pedestrian, the time when you’re most vulnerable to injury. Remember these tips:
Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they’ve seen you before you cross the street.
Step back when there’s a truck taking a turn even if you, as the pedestrian, have the right of way.
If you have to walk on the shoulder of the road, make sure you’re facing traffic.
Avoid texting or looking at your phone while you’re walking, especially when crossing.
Take all the precautions you can to keep yourself safe! If an accident does happen, take the necessary steps to care for yourself and ensure you receive the benefits to which you’re entitled. Contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer to get the help you need!
Statutory Accident Benefits and How They Affect Your Car Accident Case
Ontario’s standard auto insurance policy will provide benefits to an injured party, no matter who is at fault. The regulation that allows for these benefits is called the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule and it’s a part of the Ontario Insurance Act.
By law, every automobile insurance policy has to offer a certain level of benefits. As the policy holder, you are able to upgrade your coverage from the baseline of the standard benefits.
It’s common for policy holders to overlook these additional benefits because they are searching for the cheapest option.
Unfortunately, many don’t understand the need for this extra coverage until they find themselves in a situation and wish they had it!
Here are the statutory accident benefits available in Ontario:
Income replacement benefit. If your injuries are such that you are no longer able to work, this benefit will provide you with some income. Keep in mind that this is a partial compensation and you will receive the lesser of $400 per week or 80% of your net income.
Non-earner benefit. You could receive $185 per week if you can no longer carry on your normal activities after an accident. This benefit is not available during the first six months of entitlement.
Caregiver benefit. If you cannot carry on your duties as primary caregiver, you can receive compensation in order to get replacement services. This is also a limited amount.
Medical and rehabilitation benefit. This benefit covers expenses that aren’t already covered by your government or personal healthcare policies. There are limits to this benefit, as well.
Attendant care benefit. If you are no longer able to care for yourself as the result of an accident, you can receive benefits to cover the cost of an aide or a care facility.
Other expenses. This can cover a wide variety of costs that arise. Some examples are housekeeping, home maintenance, and possibly even clothing that was lost or damaged in the course of the accident.
Death and funeral payments. Survivors can receive money to help cover funeral expenses as well as for their own care.
Your car accident case
Your personal injury lawyer has your interests in mind and will be able to walk you through the complexities that come with litigation.
If you find yourself in a situation in which you need to access the benefits you’re entitled to, it’s important that you are given a clear breakdown of all the benefits you received under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule.
Two recent cases have brought to light the need for detailed dissection of the benefits designated for past income replacement, as well as what has been designated for future income replacement and medical costs.
Being injured in an accident is never expected and can be a life-changing event. With the proper automobile insurance coverage and the help of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer , the outcome can be a good one.
Howard Yegendorf & Associates
Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.
At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, we are committed to helping injury victims and their families cope with life after a car accident and we pursue the full compensation they are entitled to for their injuries and other damages. We focus primarily on representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries in motor vehicle accidents, such as brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Our firm has helped hundreds of people receive compensation from insurance companies, employers and other parties in personal injury claims. We deliver personalized legal services from lawyers who have nearly 50 years of combined personal injury and wrongful death litigation experience.
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Evidence can disappear and memories can quickly fade after a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured, it is important to contact our Ottawa car accidents lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights in a free initial consultation. We have consultation offices in Ottawa, Toronto and the GTA, and throughout Eastern Ontario.
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At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, we have nearly 50 years of combined
experience with personal injury claims. Our primary focus is on catastrophic injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries and wrongful deaths, but we will guide and represent you during any personal injury case.
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
2 years ago I was hit by a car on Hunt Club and Riverside intersection in Ottawa, the lady behind the wheel was not looking at me at all even though I had white sign for crossing. She stopped before the traffic light, I stepped on the crosswalk and she just turned right while looking to the left. She bumped me with her car and my foot got stuck under rear passenger wheel. Then she apparently panicked and went backwards rolling over my foot one more time. Later at emergency they diagnosed me with multiple bone fractures, I had to go through 2 complicated surgeries and over a year of rehab before I could use my foot again. And it still hurts when I run, jump, stand for too long or stress it somehow else.Engaging Howard Yegendorf and his team shortly thereafter was one of my best decisions ever. His knowledge, and confidence told me I was working with the best professionals I could have found. Howard guidance was invaluable. He listened and helped me throughout the case. We were both patient and that patience produced positive results.He helped me to deal with insurance company, guided me through LTD insurance and closed my case for really good amount of compensation.
Mr. Yegendorf is very different than the stereotypical lawyer. He is sympathetic to his clients and eager to help.
Probably one of the most ethical, professional and experienced lawyers out there.
I can not express my warmest wishes to Howard Yagendorf and his amazing team. I had a great experience working with them and I'm so thankful to his expertise and help in my difficult situation. He guided me and my family through the process and helped us to get the outcome we've never hope about. Great people, great team and overall experience was easy and worry free. Thank you so much.
I have known Howard for nearly 20 years. During that time he not only helped me with sound, expert advice pertaining to a "Ponzi scheme" that devastated my family, he has helped countless others. He is dedicated to the law and a true expert in his field. I know first hand that he has changed the destiny of many of his clients , allowing them to move forward with dignity after suffering catastrophic events. He cares deeply , has dogged determination, vast experience and his team of lawyers and support staff are second to none. I would highly recommend Howard and his team.
I've known Howard Yegendorf for well over a decade and consider him to be one of the most capable, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy people I've met in my business career. His attention, compassion and skills were reinforced to me when he helped a very close family member with a potentially serious legal situation. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Howard and his firm to anyone who wants exceptional legal representation.