Ottawa police cruiser accident sends two Ottawa pedestrians to hospital with serious head injuries, neck injuries and back injuries.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.

2 Ottawa pedestrians were seriously injured on Friday when an Ottawa police cruiser hit them just before noon.  The Ottawa pedestrian accident occurred at the corner of  Elgin St. and Sparks St. One pedestrian was a woman in her 70s and the other injured pedestrian was a male in his 40s.  When Ottawa paramedics arrived to the accident scene, both pedestrians were conscious and in stable condition but needed to be rushed to an Ottawa hospital for serious neck injuries, head injuries and back injuries. The cause of the accident is still unknown and when an accident involves a police cruiser, the  Special Investigations Unit comes involved. They will collaborate with the Ottawa Police to determine the cause of the accident.  My thoughts are with both accident victims at this time. I hope their injuries are not as serious as in the initial reports and that they are able to recover from this accident.

All pedestrians have rights to compensation whether or not they have their own insurance. Most pedestrian accidents  result in serious long-term injuries or catastrophic injuries.  Injured pedestrians can claim  compensation by filing an Ontario accident benefits claim as well as through a tort claim. A tort claim is a lawsuit  filed against the person responsible for the accident’s insurance company.  The  Ontario insurance regime allows accident victims to  file an accident benefits claim  at the same time as a tort claim.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident it’s important you know your rights.  We can help you by coming to you and explaining the best course of action to make sure that you receive the medical treatments you need as well as maximum financial compensation to make sure your needs are taken care of now and moving forward.

 


Have a great, safe long weekend ! Ottawa Police targeting speeding and pedestrian accidents.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario

We can all help in working towards reducing the number of accidents in Ottawa and Gatineau. In an effort to keep our streets safer, Ottawa Police and Gatineau Police are focussing on pedestrian safety and reducing speeding in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

Did you know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 1,814 Ottawa/Gatineau accidents involving pedestrians which resulted in 1,706 personal injuries and 38 deaths.

Did you also know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 16,033 Ottawa/ Gatineau accidents as a result of  speeding ? These accidents caused  4,543 personal injuries and 69 deaths.

Yes, accidents happen; however these accidents can often times be prevented.  The Ottawa community wants safer roads and if everyone does their part, we can have them.  The Ottawa Police are on board, Ottawa schools are on board, the community is on board and now we need every individual on board. There are many Ottawa community initiatives already in place to promote a safer and healthier community. This means all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians need to be a part of a safer Ottawa environment. An accident can change your life in an instant and your life may never be the same again. I meet daily with families whose lives have been completely altered by an accident. An accident affects the lives of not only the injured but usually everyone around them; especially family members.

Set an example for your children. Please, talk to your kids about driving responsibly.  If you are the driver, remember these statistics the next time you are contemplating putting your foot on the pedal to get there sooner. Your health and the health of your family is incredibly important.

As we head into the long weekend, many people will be driving on highways to get to their destinations, I urge everyone to please drive safely and have a great, safe long weekend.

 


What to do if you have been injured in an Ottawa pedestrian accident and don’t have insurance.

Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

We recently helped a woman who was crossing the street and was hit by a car. She was badly  injured and told that the accident was her fault because she was not crossing at a cross walk.  Our client did not own a car and therefore had no insurance.  She had no idea that there were accident benefits available to her and she didn’t know where to start.

What she needed was a free legal opinion.

What all pedestrians need to know is that if you are injured you may be entitled to compensation through Ontario accident benefits and/or through a tort claim. The compensation to which you are entitled will depend on if you have insurance, if the driver has insurance, the extent of your injuries and other determining factors. Each case is unique. An experienced personal injury lawyer can offer you advise and help you map out a course of action. You may decide not to file a lawsuit or may decide to file a tort claim.  A tort claim is when a lawsuit is filed against the person responsible for the accident.  What this means is that a claim is made against the driver’s insurance company and the driver themselves.  My client was very reluctant to sue someone personally. This is a common feeling.  Many people feel this way and don’t want to sue someone.  We understand this concern but explain to our clients that when a tort claim is made , it is not the individual that would pay out the compensation but rather their insurance company.

If you are at fault and do not have insurance of your own, you may still be entitled to compensation.  A  claim can be filed at the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims (MVAC) Fund. This is a fund specifically designed for situations where someone is injured, requires compensation but there is no insurance company to sue.

All this to say, our client needed support and compensation.  We were able to help get our client the medical, rehabilitative and financial support she needed to start rebuilding her life after her accident.  Here is what she had to say…

“Thank you David.  You guys have been amazing.  I’m so thankful that you believed in my case and helped me; especially given the fact that I thought we had no options. We are going to start the summer with a new attitude on life and a lot of that has to do with what you guys have done for us. Thanks again.”

It is tough to know what rights you have as a pedestrian when it comes to insurance and insurance compensation. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, it’s always best to consult with an expereinced personal injury lawyer to know about your rights. Most Ottawa personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and can sit down with you, review the facts surrounding your accident and help you determine the best way to proceed to ensure you are well taken care of. It never hurts to hear your options.

 


OC Transpo bus accident sends woman to Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus in critical condition.

OC Transpo Bus Accident

Ottawa Bus Accident Lawyers.  A woman is in critical condition in an Ottawa hospital last night after she tried to board and OC Transpo bus and seriously hurt herself.  The 53 year old woman was hit by an OC Transpo bus on Rideau Street close to  William Street mall shortly after  5 p.m. Ottawa paramedics rushed to the accident scene and treated the woman for  severe multi-system trauma, which  included a broken pelvis.  When Ottawa paramedics arrived , the woman needed advanced life support to stabilize her enough  to rush her to The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus in critical condition. Thankfully, Ottawa Police later released that her condition was upgraded to stable condition late last night.  The Ottawa Police are investigating the accident.  I wish her a full recovery and I hope her condition continues to improve.

If you have been involved in an accident and are injured, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation.  What many people don’t know is that regardless of whether or not you have your own insurance or not, Ontario Accident Benefits can cover your expenses.  Once you have healed enough, contacting a top personal injury lawyer should be a priority. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you make informed decisions.  Many of our clients have been injured in an OC Transpo bus accident.  We have helped people by informing them of their options and making sure they understand all of their legal rights when it comes to accident compensation and personal injury lawsuits.


Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Although it doesn’t look or feel like it, spring is officially here.  With the warm weather coming , more Ottawa pedestrians will be taking to the streets. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

To avoid a pedestrian accident, you should…

  • always cross at crossways or traffic lights
  • be alert
  • ensure drivers see you before you cross any road;
  • only cross a road when traffic has stopped;
  • be cautious when crossing and do so promptly. Don’t waste time and make sure you get completely across before the light changes.
  • do not wear headphones to listen to music. You need to hear the sounds around you.
  • be aware of cars that may be turning and may not be able to see you;
  • as much as possible, wear bright clothing or reflective wear and make yourself as visible as possible.  Most of all, use common sense.

Accident benefits for pedestrian accidents

Did you know that pedestrians are entitled to accident benefits is they become injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident? A personal injury insurance claim is mad through the drivers insurance company and things like income replacement benefits, rehabilitation expenses, attendant care, hospital expenses, loss of education expenses, housekeeping, expenses of visitors etc.. can be covered

There are far too many Ottawa pedestrian accidents each year and sadly, most of them could be avoided.  Both motorists and pedestrians need to ensure that they are doing everything they can to keep Ottawa roads safe and accident free. David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are top Ottawa personal injury lawyers  who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario pedestrians get all the help, support and maximum compensation after an Ontario accident.

Feel free to contact our Ottawa injury law firm with any questions you may have and we would be happy to help.


Are you part of the Ottawa community? What you can do to reduce the number of Ottawa accidents each year. Lawyer David Hollingsworth asks for your help.

Accidents at Schools

I am once again asking all drivers to think about their driving and the decisions they make behind the wheel each day. I am thrilled to share with you that the Ottawa Police are focusing on school bus and school zone safety this month in the Ottawa area. Over the last few years, 9 people suffered personal injury in 41  schools zone accidents.  These accidents were avoidable.

Another area of focus this month for Ottawa drivers will be to reduce the number of drivers making unsafe lane changes. There have been over 5500 Ottawa accidents in the last few years that were caused by unsafe lane changes. These Ottawa accidents resulted in 4 deaths and over 600 people suffering personal injuries.  Again, these are accidents that can be avoided ! Ottawa police are working hard at lowering accidents in Ottawa with the end goal of  preventing or eliminating deaths and serious personal injuries. As an Ottawa community, we all have our part in reducing the number of Ottawa accidents each year, especially school accidents. Let’s all work together.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have helped many people work through their options following an accident on school property or on a school bus. Sadly, accidents at schools happen regularly and children suffer serious injuries.  You owe it to yourself and especially your child to meet with one of our personal injury lawyers experienced in child injury. We can sit down and walk you r through your options free of charge so that you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed with a child injury on school property. Our personal injury lawyers can also help you meet with some of the top medical professionals in the Ottawa area when it comes to child injuries.  Let us get your child maximum compensation and let yourself focus on your child.


Ottawa pedestrian accident Carling and Churchill sends one to Ottawa hospital with injuries.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates. — An Ottawa accident occurred this morning when a pedestrian was hit by a car at the corner of Carling and Churchill .  I live very close to this area and can tell you that this is a dangerous and busy intersection. Early reports indicated that the Ottawa pedestrian was brought to a hospital but the severity of injuries is unknown. I wish this accident victim a smooth and full recovery.

David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in Ontario personal injury and insurance claims.  Since 1999, David has built one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyers teams.  David or any of our personal injury lawyers are available for questions or free consultations at (613) 978-9549 or email at david@ottawainjury.ca or visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca


Did you witness this accident ? Ottawa Police investigating pedestrian accident Bank and Gladstone and need our help.

Accident in Ottawa

An Ottawa accident has left a 62 year old man is serious yet thankfully stable condition.  He was walking when he was hit at the corner of Bank street, close to Gladstone yesterday afternoon at around 4:00pm. Ottawa rescue crews arrived to the accident scene and found out that a car was travelling at a speed of 50km/hour when it hit the pedestrian.The impact of the crash was so severe, it sent the pedestrian flying and he landed close to 10 feet away from where he was hit. It was reported that the driver had been driving approximately 50 KM/hr when they hit the pedestrian, send them flying a good 10 feet. This impact caused a severe head injury , which was thankfully stabilized en route to Ottawa’s  Trauma Centre.

Ottawa Police are urging anyone with information that relates to this Ottawa accident to please come forward with any available information.

Completing OCF forms

Did you know that pedestrians have many rights and can be entitled to accident benefits if they are injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle?  If a pedestrian is injured and they have their own insurance policy, accident benefits can be obtained through their own insurance company. An injured pedestrian must notify their insurance company and request an Accident Benefits package.  The insurance company will then send out a package in the mail , which needs to be completed in a timely manner.  This package contains many OCF forms.  Our accident benefits specialists are available to complete these forms for you at no charge.  It’s important that all the required OCF forms be filled out and that there are no mistakes on your OCF forms.  It’s not that mistakes can’t be corrected, but they may delay the process or in extreme cases deny you of accident benefits to which you are entitled to.

Most of our personal injury clients prefer to let us complete all the OCF forms on their behalf. We can also do this for you.


Ottawa pedestrian struck Airport Parkway and rushed to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Unit.

Ottawa accident results in head injury

An Ottawa accident has left a man with a serious head injury after he was struck yesterday morning on Ottawa’s  Airport Parkway, close to Hunt Club Road. The man was described as being in his late 20s or possibly early 30s and  was walking along the parkway at the time of the accident ( 7:20 a.m.) He was rushed to the trauma unit of the Ottawa Hospital with life-threatening injuries. I hope to soon be able to report that his condition has improved.

In our personal injury practice we see the potentially life-long implications of a severe head injury.  A brain injury is an invisible injury and yet it is one of the most devastating and life-changing injuries we see in our personal injury clients.  A brain injury can completely alter someone’s personality and leave them in a state where they do not know how to control their anger and emotions. Many people don’t know how to manage themselves and often times their friends and family react the same way.  With a brain injury being an invisible injury, family and friends often think that the injuries are not that serious and that the injured is just “mad” or “unresponsive”; when in actual fact this behaviour is a direct result of a brain injury.

There are many different degrees and levels of a brain injury from mild to traumatic. What’s important to know is that if you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury there is help and support for you and your family.  Ottawa has tremendous organisations that focus on brain injury awareness and support people with brain injuries.  Ontario Accident Benefits also provide significant benefits to people who have been in an accident in Ontario and have suffered a brain injury. No one needs to suffer with a brain injury. Our personal injury lawyers can help you not only get maximum compensation for your brain injury, but also set you up with the supports and rehabilitation you need. Let us help.

 


Orleans pedestrian accident results in serious personal injuries.

Accident in Orleans

Sadly, a 15 year old male is in very serious,  but thankfully stable condition after he was  hit yesterday by a vehicle in Orleans. The Orleans accident occurred at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard South and Youville Drive, shortly after 5:15 p.m. When Ottawa rescue crews arrived, the teenage boy was conscious and had several serious injuries to his face and chest. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. I hope this boy is able to recover from this terrible accident. Thankfully he is alive. My thoughts go out to him at this terribly difficult time.

Pedestrian accidents often result in very serious and catastrophic injuries. Pedestrians have little protection and besides broken limbs, scrapes, pedestrian accidents often result in head injuries.  Head injuries are amongst the most serious that we see in our lawsuits.  Brain injuries are invisible injuries , can be deemed catastrophic injuries, depending on the extent of the injuries. A catastrophic injury is a brain impairment and requires a lot of support rehabilitation and compensation.

Someone who is suffering from a brain injury will often have difficulties in their relationships, the mood, their anger, memory and more.  The road to recovery for someone suffering from a brain injury can be a long and difficult road . depending on the severity of the brain injury, full time attendant care may be required or extensive rehabilitation.

Getting a proper diagnosis of a brain injury is critical.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers work with some of the very best head injury specialists and brain injury doctors in Ottawa and throughout Ontario. If you need help finding medical professionals to help diagnose and treat your brain injury, we can help .

A head injury is not to be taken lightly; especially in children, as their brains are still growing and not as settled.  That’s not to say a head injury can’t heal; some people suffer a concussion that eventually heals.

The key with a head injury or brain injury is to have it properly diagnosed and treated. Take care of your noggin’