Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Snowmobile Accidents on March 2nd, 2014
Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth…
There have been in an increase in snowmobile accidents in the Ottawa area and throughout eastern Ontario. Our region is surrounded by many snowmobile trails. There is no doubt that snowmobiling is a very popular winter sport. It is however , a sport that comes with it’s risks. There is not only the fact that snowmobile riders are driving a 450 pound machine, they are also driving with very little protection. Then there are also the obstacles in nature such as thinning ice, protruding branches and other obstacles on the roads and trails. Often times these snowmobile accidents result in serious personal injury such as brain injuries, spinal injuries , broken bones, spinal injuries, concussions and sadly, many die each year from snowmobile accidents.
Many people do not know that a snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and a snowmobile accident is treated the same as a car accident when it comes to accident benefits and insurance claims. You are not required to have a separate insurance policy for your snowmobile if you are trying to access accident benefits. If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident and do not have your own insurance policy , you can still have options.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in snowmobile accidents and know how to access maximum compensation for people involved in snowmobile accidents. We are here to offer our support and expertise. Call an Ottawa personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation and help in figuring out what’s best for you and your family. Let’s start your road to recovery.
If you have been in a snowmobile accident and are injured, we can help. it is imperative you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. It’s important you know your rights and we get you what you need. Visit our Ottawa personal injury lawyers at www.ottawainjury.ca . We will travel to you.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ottawa Injury and Accidents on February 23rd, 2014
Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth…The Financial Services Commission of Ontario has again made some changes to Ontario accident benefits and unfortunately, in my opinion as an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, these changes do not favour Ontario drivers, should they become injured in an accident and need to access their accident benefits. One of the recent changes in accident benefits has to do with the MIG (Minor Injury Guideline) and it requires a pre-existing condition to have been included in a medical note by a health professional to get out of the Minor Injury Guideline.
As of February 1, 2014, the Government of Ontario has decided that Ontario drivers who are accessing their accident benefits and who fall under the Minor Injury Guideline are limited to the cap of $3,500.00 UNLESS they have a pre-existing medical condition and this pre-existing medical condition must have been documented by a health practitioner prior to the accident. This is a new requirement. Before February 1, 2014, pre-existing medical conditions did not need to be documented. Essentially , what this means is that if you were injured before but had perhaps not sought out medical treatment that was documented, then you will not be considered for the exclusion of minor injury guidelines and most likely your treatment will be limited to the $3,500.00 cap.
This change in accident benefits highlights why it is critical to treat any injury as serious. Most people think things will heal naturally over time and often can’t find the time to get to the hospital or doctor. With wait times the way they are, it is understandable; however these types of changes highly why Ontario drivers need to make this a priority. Unfortunately, once an accident has occurred, you can’t turn back the clock.
If you have been in an accident and are injured, it is imperative you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. It’s important you know your rights and leave no stone unturned in the event that weeks, months or years later your injuries prevent you from a quality of life you once had. If you have a question or would like more information about the recent changes to Ontario Accident Benefits, contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca . We would be happy to sit down with you free of charge .
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Accident Benefits Insurance Claims on February 16th, 2014
Why are Ontario drivers not purchasing additional accident benefits?
In January of 2011, FSCO: Financial Services Commission of Ontario lead a study and surveyed the people of Ontario, in particular, the largest automobile insurance insurers in Ontario. The survey looked at 24 large insurance companies that help close the 3/4 of the Ontario insurance market. Sadly the results from the survey indicated that most people are not purchasing the extra additional accident benefits avail ale to them. In fact, most drivers were unaware of the optional benefits. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I find this very disturbing. It seems that insurance benefits available to drivers are continuing to be reduced year after year, yet premiums are remaining the same.
As of February 1, 2014, more disturbing reductions in accident benefits came into play. The newest reductions affect attendant care, pre-existing conditions under MIG (the Minor Injury Guideline) and the election of benefits. Unfortunately these changes do not favour Ontario drivers, as they are significant reductions.
Of particular note is the reduction in attendant care. The new attendant care provisions reverse the law as established by the Court of Appeal in Henry v. Gore. What this case established was the amount of “economic loss” is a threshold requirement for payment of an attendant care benefit. Essentially why this case was so important was because it addressed that is an attendant care provider was not acting in the course of his or her ordinary employment, then the amount of benefit payable to them was not to exceed the amount of monies they would have earned in their regular employment. This amendment can leave families in a difficult position as they may not be able to afford to care for their own family members. In other words, if your income is lower than the benefit pay out, you will only get paid what you would have otherwise made at your regular job. So for example, if you are a stay-at-home parent and do not have an income, you will receive nothing for attendant care benefits . This forces many families in a situation of not being able to afford to care for their loved ones with injuries and professional providers will need to be hired.
Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth appeared on CTV news this week and discussed these changes and the implications of the changes for Ontario drivers and their families. In case you missed it, please visit the CTV news at noon website and watch the video.
If you have any questions that relate to the amendments in Ontario insurance, personal injury, or accidents, please fell free to contact us and we would be happy to help.
–Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and his team of injury lawyers, accident benefit specialists and staff have been helping people in Ottawa and eastern Ontario since 1999 . We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it. Visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ottawa Injury and Accidents on February 9th, 2014
You might be surprised to know that many insurance claims are denied benefits. I often meet with clients who have been told that their expenses will not be covered by their insurance company. Inevitably, they are provided some sort of reason. Other times, clients have been receiving accident benefits and are then notified by their insurance company that they their claim is being reviewed and reassessed and that they may be “cut-off”. Sadly, some people accept this and end up continuing life injured , without access to benefits that are much-needed. Once their benefits are denied they think that they have no other options.
Insurance companies must assess every injury claim and the proposed treatment plan and from there determine what they believe to be necessary expenditures. Often times, the insurance company will conduct their own assessment by hiring their own medical professionals to perform an assessment. Sometimes the assessment from the insurance company are vastly different from our client’s initial assessments. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have seen this many times. We understand how the system works and we make sure that our medical assessments are also taken into consideration and that our clients are treated fairly. We know how important it is to show the severity of our clients’ injuries and that proper compensation is awarded.
If a person has been denied a particular benefit, they must apply to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario “FSCO” to mediate the denied benefit. FSCO is required to schedule a mediation of the dispute within 60 days of receiving the application for mediation. However, many injured people find that the wait time for a mediation date is much longer.
Often times, it begins with one benefit being denied. What then happens is that a FSCO mediation is schedule to try to attempt a resolution. At a mediation, our Ottawa personal injury lawyers present the case and negotiate for what is right. Often times , at the mediation stage, the insurance company will offer a settlement amount, which is a sum of money to close out the file. This is where personal injury lawyers make all the difference because not only are they highly experienced in this negotiation process, they are armed with their own reports, prognosis and medical examinations that can prove the long-term implications of the specific injuries and therefore what amount of compensation is truly needed long-term.
If the mediation is not successful and both parties do not agree, then typically the next step is for a personal injury lawyer to file a ” Statement of Claim” . At this stage, a judge or arbitrator is hired to access the benefits being denied and give a ruling as to whether or not they should be compensated. Individuals who have been denied accident benefits are in a difficult spot. They are injured and they need compensation and support. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers spend their days helping people get all the support and maximum compensation they are entitled to.
In every case, the facts will vary. Most personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and it is always best you sit down and discuss your situation. Experienced personal injury lawyers can walk you through the steps and give you an idea of what you might expect. There are timelines that need to be met and forms that must be filled out and filed. You don’t need to do this alone.
Since 1999, David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team have been helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident in Ontario. We devote ourselves to helping people through some of the most difficult days of their lives by being there for them and their families. Our goal is to help people rebuild lives following an accident. We can help by offering free consultations and traveling to you wherever you are most comfortable meeting: home, our office, hospital , rehabilitation centre etc. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549 or (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We understand, we care and we’re here to help.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in OC Transpo Bus Accidents, Ottawa Injury and Accidents on February 5th, 2014
Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa
Suing the City of Ottawa ? CBC news reported that the City of Ottawa paid out more than $1.4 million in the last three months of last year for lawsuits related to accidents between motor vehicles and OC Transpo. None of these lawsuits include injury lawsuits or wrongful death lawsuits from last fall’s terrible accident between an OC Transpo bus and VIA Rail.
Most of the claims against the City of Ottawa are personal injury lawsuits and in most cases could have been avoided and consequently OC Transpo is looking at ways to improve and deliver a safer ride to almost 400 000 passenger trips daily.
In 2013, there was a total of 57 personal injury claims filed against the City of Ottawa involving motor vehicle collisions and these personal injury claims totalled $5,013,823.45 . It was reported in CBC news that this amount is double the amount from last year. It was also reported that there are more than 300 outstanding personal injury lawsuits.
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can attest that there are likely many personal injury lawsuits to come as a result of the deadly OC Transpo / Via Rail accident last fall. Many people are just now evaluating the extent of their injuries. Our personal injury lawyers are contacted regularly and asked to advise on legal rights and timelines when it comes to suing the City of Ottawa. I have provided links to some relevant posts that answer most of these questions.
Slip and Fall Accident on City of Ottawa property:
OC Transpo Bus Accidents
The City of Ottawa has certain timelines that must be adhered to when filing a lawsuit against the City of Ottawa. It’s important that you know what is required of you in a timely manner. If you are unsure visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca or call us for a free consultation at (613) 978-9549 and we can answer any questions you may have.
—-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping people in eastern Ontario since 1999 and has built an incredible team of Ottawa injury lawyers, accident benefit specialists and injury law clerks who devote themselves to helping people throughout eastern Ontario and Ottawa. If you would like more information on personal injury, insurance claims, safety concerns, accident information, feel free to contact us. We can assist in any way we can. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents, safety on January 28th, 2014
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…It’s not getting any warmer out there Ottawa. The temperatures have dropped yet again and it looks like there is another very cold snap settling into our city. With this cold weather comes, icy roads and Ottawa accidents. This cold winter weather is one of the causes for hundreds of Ottawa accidents yesterday, including a multiple vehicle accident on Hwy. 417
What does this mean for you? Well the truth is as we all know, accidents happen. The only thing you can do is try as much as possible to prevent them from happening by slowing down, making sure your winter tires are in good shape and being extra attentive while driving in difficult conditions. You can only control your own driving and hopefully those drivers around you do the same. Yes, the commutes have been messy and unfortunately there seem to be more messy commutes in the days that lie ahead, as temperatures in Ottawa continue to drop. Let’s hope this extreme Ottawa weather causes people to stop and think for a minute about their driving choices.
Slow down, drive safely and arrive alive.
—-David Holllingsworth has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer since 1999 and has built an incredible team of Ottawa injury lawyers, Ontario accident benefit specialists and personal injury law clerks who devote themselves to assisting people throughout eastern Ontario and Ottawa. If you would like more information on Ottawa accidents, personal injury, or insurance claims, feel free to contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca. We would be happy to assist in any way we can. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ottawa Injury and Accidents on January 22nd, 2014
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I meet daily with people and give them advice on how best to proceed with their personal injury lawsuit and accident benefits insurance claim. Sometimes, I meet with people who have been working with their insurance company and are suddenly offered a settlement amount and don’t know what to do. Typically people wonder if the settlement amount is fair? If it’s enough to take of their injuries long-term ?, What a typical similar injury case typically yields in settlement funds ? Do they need a personal injury lawyer ? How they should negotiate with the insurance company ?
There are some personal injury cases that are basic and straight forward enough that representing yourself may be sufficient. If this is indeed the situation you find yourself in, then I still strongly advise you contact a personal injury lawyer for some free legal advice just to make sure you are on the right track and not selling yourself short. Most experienced personal injury lawyers in Ottawa will do this for free for you and have all the information you need. It will likely be a meeting or phone call that takes less than 30 minutes but a meeting that could typically help you receive thousands more in compensation.
Most personal injury cases are that straightforward and that’s where experienced personal injury lawyers can make all the difference. In these cases, it’s always best to let a skilled personal injury lawyer negotiate for you. Our Ottawa injury lawyers negotiate cases and settlement amounts daily. We understand the complexity of the law and what needs to be asked for when it comes to compensation. We are very thorough and prepare diligently by ensuring all medical files are in order and a thorough medical diagnosis has been made by experts in that particular field. We also gather all motor vehicle accident reports . we gather all witness statements, photos and help our clients document their losses. There is a lot of preparation work involved but in the end it pays off. It’s important to us that we make sure we have explored every aspect of your case so that when it comes time to negotiating on your behalf, we are overly prepared.
We have many systems in place to help make this process easier on you. the last thing we want to do is add stress on you at an already stressful time. Once our lawyers have fully prepared your case, we then meet with you and discuss how best to move forward. Once you are ready, we then approach the insurance company and begin the negotiation process. This stage of negotiations can sometimes resolve quickly but often insurance companies often want to try to poke holes in any weaknesses that may exist in your case.
It’s important for you to understand that your insurance adjuster is likely a very nice person; however it is their job to try to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. They work for your insurance company. This puts them in a difficult position as they are not neutral and don’t necessarily have your best interest at heart. It’s important that you are properly prepared , as once you settle a case you cannot change your mind and revisit it later on. Our Ottawa injury lawyers work closely with you to make sure you not only receive maximum compensation for your injuries but that you are happy and feel good about settling your case. We will never settle a case on your behalf without your approval.
It’s not easy proving your damages and losses. We know how to do it and we do it very well. Even if you have been working with your insurance company, it’s not too late to get advice from an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer. Let us help you. You have been through enough.
—-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Holllingsworth has been helping people in eastern Ontario since 1999 and has built a team of Ottawa lawyers, Ontario accident benefit specialists and persona injury law clerks who devote themselves to helping people throughout eastern Ontario and Ottawa. David and his injury team devote themselves to the safety of others. If you would like more information on personal injury, insurance claims, safety concerns, accident information, please contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents, Slip and Fall Accidents on January 13th, 2014
Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. Ottawa has seen it’s fair share of change in the weather lately. Last week, we received dozens of phone calls related to slip and fall accidents on either private property or public property. Many streets in Ottawa were like skating rinks last week. Not only the roads were slippery, but the sidewalks were also a hazard for pedestrians.
CBC News reported that the City of Ottawa has approximately 2,000 kms of sidewalks and that pedestrians are filing personal injury lawsuits against the city as a result of a slip and fall accident on city of Ottawa property. With all of the flash freezing, snow and rain Ottawa has received lately, the conditions have become very hazardous. Despite the City of Ottawa having plowed the and sanded all city of Ottawa sidewalks 4 times already, people are still slipping and falling on city property and becoming injured. According to the article on CBC news, in Ottawa this season, from Nov. 15 to Jan. 9, 3 people have filed lawsuits against the city of Ottawa for a slip and fall accident on sidewalks. Last winter, a total of 39 people filed related personal injury lawsuits.
What can you do as a property owner?
Like the City of Ottawa, if you own a property, you are responsible for maintaining your property and making sure it is as safe as possible. This means everything from clearing snow, to ensuring stair handrails are secure. Essentially, a property owner is responsible for ensuring that their property is as reasonable safe as possible. If someone injures themselves on your property, you may be liable. What this means is that you will likely need to make an insurance claim and that the claim will go through your insurance company.
Slip and Fall accidents on City of Ottawa property
If you have had an accident on City of Ottawa property and have suffered an injury, it is important that you know your rights and what you need to do. Of the approximately 2000 claims made against the City of Ottawa each year, the City, on average pays compensation for approximately 25% of claims. That leaves 75% of the claims being denied compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you fight this denial and can make sure your claim is not denied in the first place. The City of Ottawa also has specific timelines that need to be adhered to . It is best that you consult with a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer and have all your options reviewed and questions answered when it comes to your Ottawa slip and fall accident.
—-Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer David Holllingsworth has been helping people in eastern Ontario since 1999 and has built a team of Ottawa personal injury lawyers, Ontario accident benefit specialists and injury law clerks who devote themselves to helping people throughout eastern Ontario and Ottawa. David and his injury team are devoted to the safety of others. If you would like more information on personal injury, insurance claims, safety concerns, accident information, please contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents, safety on January 3rd, 2014
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth : Happy new year ! I hope you all had a great holiday season and were able to spend some time with loved ones. If you remained in the Ottawa area, you no doubt have been doing your best to keep warm, as we have now had several days of frostbite warnings. Along with this extreme cold comes difficult driving conditions. Ottawa police reported 45 accidents since 6 a.m. this morning ! Ottawa roads are slippery and the ice is sometimes not visible , leading to difficult driving conditions.
What can you do to help protect yourself and your loved ones? Firstly, be aware of the icy roads and slow down. Adjust your driving and know that you will need more time to arrive at your destination safely. Make sure you leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Secondly, make sure you have winter tires installed. In our weather conditions, you need them. Make sure you clear off your car and have excellent visibility. Not only do your mirrors and windows need to be clear, make sure you clear off the roof of your car, as to avoid any snow falling down once you start driving.
Ottawa weather looks like it will warm up a bit in the next day or 2; however the forecast says this warmer weather is bringing in large amounts of snow. This new snow will also make driving conditions in the Ottawa area a challenge.
Please be careful and slow down on Ottawa roads. If you are outside, bundle up, wear lots of layers, keep covered and keep moving ! Frostbite can set in within 10 minutes
Enjoy your weekend and be safe and don’t forget the kids are back at school on Monday . Watch out for them on the roads.
—-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers: David Holllingsworth has been helping people in eastern Ontario since 1999 and works with an incredible team of Ottawa injury lawyers, accident benefit specialists and injury law clerks who devote themselves to helping people. David and his team are devoted to the Ottawa community and the safety of others. If you would like more information on personal injury, insurance claims, safety concerns, accident information, feel free to contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca. We can assist in any way we can. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ottawa Injury and Accidents on December 30th, 2013
What is chronic pain? Chronic pain often results from accidents and traumatic injuries. It can be the one of the most devastating injuries and yet it is also one of the most difficult to show. Like a brain injury, chronic pain is invisible. There are no broken bones, scars or surgeries. Also, some of the difficultly with showing chronic pain is that each individual is different and the levels of chronic pain vary significantly. Truthfully, only the individual trying to live through the chronic pain understands how difficult and painful it really is. Chronic pain can be life altering. Most of our clients suffering from chronic pain are unable to function. They cannot work and they are certainly not enjoying their quality of life. Due to the serious nature of chronic pain and it’s effect on the individual, it is usually considered to be a long-term disability.
When a personal injury client comes to us and describes their pain and quality of life after an accident, we immediately have them assessed by some of the best doctors for chronic pain, chronic pain specialists and chronic pain rehabilitation specialists. It’s not only important that we as personal injury lawyers fight for maximum compensation for our clients, we also want to make sure that they are receiving all the support needed in the hopes of returning to the best quality of life possible. People who suffer from chronic pain may never fully heal. Sadly, that is the reality.
Ottawa Chronic Pain Lawyers
Compensation for chronic pain varies and in some cases the amount is incredibly high because a lot of people who suffer from chronic pain cannot perform day-to-day activities and many cannot return to work ever. Our Ottawa injury lawyers need to make sure that our clients receive maximum compensation for chronic pain. The amount of compensation must be enough to provide a the highest quality of life possible for the rest of their lives. We also make sure that family members are also compensated, as often times their lives have been affected. We meet regularly with people who are suffering from chronic pain. We understand the pain they are going through on a daily basis and how an accident has completely changed their lives and their family’s lives. We understand , we care and we’re here to help.
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic pain, contact us free of charge to discuss how we can help you and your family. You are suffering enough, let us help.
—-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Holllingsworth has been helping people in eastern Ontario since 1999 and has built a team of Ottawa injury lawyers, accident benefit specialists and injury law clerks who devote themselves to helping people throughout eastern Ontario and Ottawa. David and his team are devoted to the safety of others. If you would like more information on personal injury, insurance claims, safety concerns, accident information, feel free to contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca. We can assist in any way we can. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.