Recent clients gave our Ottawa injury lawyers a review.

Thank you from our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team…

Our entire Ottawa injury team of lawyers, paralegals, accident benefit specialists and law clerks pride ourselves on the work we do. We work hard to ensure that our clients and their families are receiving the support that they need. This support sometimes as a service, support or compensation. David Hollingsworth was born and raised in Ottawa and has consequently developed a network of top professionals to assist our clients. Whether it be us working with our clients’ physicians, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists,  psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists or physiatrists, we know that they team approach to every case it what is going to be best for our clients and their families. We don’t like to brag, but we are great at helping people through some of the most difficult times of their life. Our Ottawa injury team is integral in helping our accident clients and their families rebuild their lives following an accident in Ontario.  Here are just some of the latest notes we’ve received :thank-you-clothesline-752x483

” David is outstanding in his field. He truly understands the needs of those who have suffered a loss as a result of an accident and will do what is in is power to ensure that his clients are receiving the maximum compensation that is available.”   D.P.

” Mr. Hollingsworth is a dedicated personal injury lawyer who works hard to ensure his clients and their families are well taken care of in their time of need. He is a compassionate and caring individual who demonstrates these qualities in everything he does.” K.N.

” Because David is a conscientious and dedicated injury lawyer and professional, he not only works hard at his law firm but he also dedicates countless hours as a volunteer for his children’s sport teams.” A.M. 

” I feel he has the personal attribute I would appreciate: approachable, courteous, direct, hardworking, focused. I believe he cares about his clients and is fully prepared to represent them.   M.K. 

Our Ottawa injury lawyers truly appreciate the feedback and kind words from our clients. We strive to improve our clients’ lives and feedback such as his helps ensure we are always working our hardest and doing the very best for our clients.

Our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team thank you.

 


Our top Ottawa injury law firm appreciates your reviews !

Top Ottawa Injury Law Firm top Ottawa injury law firm

Recently David Hollingsworth and his team  was awarded Top Ottawa Injury Law Firm for the third year in a row.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers sincerely appreciate all the feedback we received and the fact that people took time out of their busy days to vote for us as the Top Ottawa Injury Firm.  Our Ottawa injury law firm works hard for our clients and we know that we can make a difference for our clients and their families. We are here for our clients and help them rebuild their lives after some of the most darkest of days. Our Ottawa injury law firm knows what are clients are going through and we know exactly how we can help.  The Top Choice Awards sent us just some of the feedback they received through the voting process. Here is what people had to say about David Hollingsworth and his team and why they voted for them as the top Ottawa Injury Firm.

Ottawa Injury Law Firm Reviews

” David is the consummate professional who truly has his clients best interest at heart. He has time for everyone and is always  willing to offer helpful advice. It can be a very stressful time for a person when dealing with the law. David eases this anxiety and you’re left with a felling of both comfort and confidence. Very approachable and trustworthy. A definite asset . ”

“Not only is David an amazing and dedicated lawyer. He is always available to give advice on how best to approach a legal situation by letting you know what steps you need to make sure the outcome is best suited to you. David is a big part of the Ottawa community and takes the time to make sure people are taking the right precautions to be safe and well. Thank you David Hollingsworth”

“David is my top choice for the mark of excellence ! He is a true professional when it comes to helping his clients, and takes the time to go above and beyond his requirements as a lawyer and to take a genuine interest in their cases. David is a true gentleman and an outstanding role model for his peers, professional and personally. ”

” I had a chance to deal with David as an injury lawyer along with his firm. He was very professional during that difficult time I had and he made it easy to understand my options. I’m voting for him because his firm deserves this award to signify their exemplary performance. ”

Our Ottawa injury law firm thank you…

Our Ottawa injury lawyers are so grateful for this amazing feedback and hope to continue to serve the Ottawa community and surrounding areas. WE know how important it is to provide excellent service to our clients and their families and we will strive to continue to outdo ourselves.


Did you witness Mathieu Trudel’s cycling accident on Rideau Street, October 30th ? If so, please contact Ottawa Police.

Ottawa Cycling Accident

Listen up Ottawa… Do you have any information that could help this family ?

36-year-old cyclist  Mathieu Trudel was involved in a very serious cycling accident on October 30 that resulted in him being in the hospital with a very serious brain injury.

Mathieu is a visual and graphic artist and was on his way to work, riding his bicycle in the eastbound lane of Rideau Street, close to the Cummings Bridge. The accident occurred at approximately  8:40 a.m.

We do know that Mathieu  crashed and injured his right side, fractured  his cheekbone, suffered  a closed head injury and was found unconscious. Thankfully he was wearing a helmet. This helmet may have saved his life. The rest of the details surrounding his accident  are unknown.  This is where hopefully someone can help.

Mathieu’s family is asking for the help of the Ottawa community.  If you witnessed this accident or have any information that can help determine what happened, please contact authorities. Mathieu is currently recovering at  Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus and any information brought forward may help trigger his memory and help determine what happened in the accident.

How to contact Ottawa Police

If you have any information that can help , please  contact  Mathieu’s family at 613-837-2641 or call the Ottawa Police and ask for Const. Ryan Lorette at 613-236-1222 ext. 6954. Any information you may have could be valuable. If you can help, please do.


Accidents and Red Lights..Who is at Fault ? What is the percentage of liability?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates..

You would think that if you have a green light and the other driver has a red light and they hit you, you wouldn’t be at fault…well, you could be… A recent decision came from the Ontario Court of Appeal sheds some light on liability and how a driver who has a green light can still be partially liable. 

Accident at red light

Accident at red light

Accidents and Red Lights

By: Brent Meadows

Evan Sant was a passenger in Joel Sant’s pickup truck that entered an intersection on a red light and was hit by Mr. Sekhon. The jury found that Joel Sant was 95% liable and Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable. The jury’s finding that Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable was the main issue under appeal.
Ordinarily, a driver with a green light is free to proceed through an intersection and may assume that driver’s approaching the intersection from other directions will stop at a red light. This statutory right of way is, however, not absolute as the driver must still exercise proper care. For example, if it is clear that a vehicle is in or about to proceed into the driver’s right of way that driver must avoid the collision if the circumstances permit.
The jury found that the reasonably prudent driver should have been aware that Joel Sant’s vehicle posed a hazard, and ultimately found that Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable for the motor vehicle collision.
The Ontario Court of Appeal held that the trial judge did not misdirect the jury,  the jury’s finding was not plainly unreasonable, and that certain cross-examination questions were not improper or inflammatory. Mr. Sekhon’s appeal was dismissed and the finding that Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable was upheld.
Obviously it goes without saying that drivers need to exercise caution regardless of whether the light is red, green or yellow.   In this accident case, not one person was help 100 % responsible.  Drivers cannot predict what other drivers are thinking and will do, regardless of lights, stop signs etc… the moral of the story here is that we can’t  jump to the conclusion that if a driver is at fault, that they are entirely at fault and  the percentage of liability remains a question.  A driver who has the right-of-way has the obligation to exercise reasonable care in the operation of a motor vehicle.
For more information that relates to accidents and insurance claims, explore our website.  If you have a question, our Ottawa personal injury lawyers would be happy to offer you a free consultation to discuss any questions you may have.

Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth on CTV News giving free legal consultations.

I had the pleasure of appearing on CTV news this week and had many great questions sent in by viewers .  The CTV website hosts the segment in case you missed it and I will soon put a copy up on our YOUTUBE channel.

The main topic of the segment was lawsuits involving children or people under a disability and what you need to know. To find out more on this topic, please watch the video segment.

During the question and answer segment , we answered some great questions.  Not all relate to personal injury but very useful questions…

– I got injured at work. Do I have to go through WSIB or can I sue?

-I just bought my first home. What is land transfer tax, how much is it and are there any other hidden costs?

-What should I do if my sister is incapable of taking care of herself and there is no power of attorney?

-What is the difference between a power of attorney and a living will ?

-My boss gave me a letter telling me that basically things weren’t working out and fired me. Can he do this without warning

-I live in Ontario but got in a car accident in Quebec. The guy that hit me is a Quebec resident. Should I hire a lawyer from Quebec or Ontario?

-My wife was at a store and reached up for a vacuum and 3 huge boxes fell on her and hit her on the head.  They have offered us $2000. Does this seem reasonable and should we get a second opinion?

Unfortunately I didn’t get to answer all of the questions sent in.  I would be happy to answer your questions by phone or email. Please contact me with your questions.  I will also be appearing on the show again in six weeks, so keep your questions coming !

Thanks for watching…


What are the height and weight limits for child and infant car seats ?

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth….It seems like yesterday,  but 11 years ago I sat at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus with our first-born and prepared to drive him home.  I was almost as nervous for this drive home as I was the delivery. Like any first time parent , I kept thinking …Is this seat safely installed? Did I do it right?  I read up online and even called a friend who was a fire fighter to walk me through it…Then, as time went on, a second and third child came and we were constantly juggling various car seats, booster seats, rear-facing this, forward-facing that, watching their weight and wondering when it was time to move onto the next…If any of this sounds familiar or if you are about to enter these years, I would like to share with you what I know when it comes to car seats…

Shoulder Straps:

When an infant is in a rear-facing car seat it’s important that the top of the shoulder straps are below or at the baby’s shoulders. It’s important that the straps are in the proper place as to properly secure the infant.

The “bucket seat”:

In almost every case, an infant is safest in a rear-facing car seat. It’s best to keep your child rear-facing as long as possible. There are even some rear facing car seats that allow a child to be rear facing up to 45 pounds. Consider this when purchasing your car seat.  It is significantly safer to keep children in rear-facing car seats.

Harness:

It’s important to make sure the harness of any child car seat, especially infant car seats is properly secured. Once your infant is secure in their car seat, test to make sure it is tight enough to your child’s shoulders. You should only be able to fit one finger between the car seat harness and your child’s collarbone. If there is more room, your harness straps are too loose and need to be tightened.

Where the buckle should be positioned:

The buckle that clips over the infants chest should be between the nipples and your infant’s armpits. It’s important that this buckle is not too high or low. If the buckle is out of place, your infant could in fact fly out of the car seat on impact.

Changes in weight and height:

It’s important to keep an eye on your child’s weight and height when it comes to having them in the proper car seat. As soon as they have reached a weight or height limit, it’s imperative you move them to the next level of child car seat. For rear-facing car seats, this means when there is less than an inch of the hard shell left at the top of the seat above your child’s head. As for weight limitations in children’s car seats, they do vary a bit and I would advise you to check with the manufacturer model to be certain and follow these guidelines to a tee.

Remove thick outer wear:

You would be surprised by how much space an infant or child coat takes up.  It’s always safest to remove your child’s coat before strapping them in.  This allows for the straps to be as secure as possible , avoiding any gaps that may potentially arise from outer wear.

Get informed:

If you are not feeling confident and still have some doubts about whether or not you are using the right car seat , it’s best you seek answers.  There are many, many valuable resources such as Transport Canada https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/safedrivers-childsafety-car-time-stage1-1084.htm

Parachute Canada http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/topic/C2

or call  1-866-SEAT-CHECK

A little bit or research and a little bit of time could save your child’s life. Drive safely and hug your loved ones.

Since 1999, David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury lawyer team have been  helping people who have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident in Ontario. We devote ourselves to safety and helping people through some of the most difficult days. For more information, please visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . Email us any question at david@ottawainjury.ca   -We understand, we care and we’re here to help and our track record proves it.


Will stiffer distracted driving fines in Ontario help reduce accidents in Ottawa ?

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth on distracted driving… With the increase in distracted driving fines last month there has been a lot of information about distracted driving released.  The most startling fact is that Ontario Provincial Police announced that distracted driving is the number one killer on our province’s roads.  More people died as a result of distracted driving than any other reason in Ontario. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, last year there were a total of 78 fatal accidents related to distracted driving,  57 fatal accidents related to impaired driving and 44 fatal accidents related to speeding.

Earlier this month, a new legislation was put in place and saw fines for distracted driving rise from $225 from $155.  The Ontario government is  also proposing new legislation that would further penalize distracted drivers by having them lose 3 demerit points, as well as give judges the authority to raise the amount of distracted driving  fines up to  $1,000.    In other serious cases, police also have an option of laying a “Careless Driving” charge under the Highway Traffic Act. The Careless Driving charge has serious penalties such as a loss of 6 demerit points, fines of up to $2,000 and possible jail time.  The question remains …will this be enough to deter drivers?

I also wanted to mention that distracted driving happens at all age levels, young and old.  It’s not just new drivers and “the younger generation”.  We now live in a world where many; young and old,  are glued to their devices for work and personal reasons. It’s important to note that distracted driving is not just talking and texting on your phone.  It’s taking your eyes off the road.  Distracted driving can include getting something out of your purse, tending to children in the back seat, changing radio stations etc…Essentially it can be anything that diverts your attention. The distracted driving section of the Highway Traffic act law only deals with handheld electronic devices. This means that these other activities can be very distracting and dangerous but they are not against the law. According to The Ministry of Transportation Ontario’s distracted driving law is aimed at  a particular form of  distracted driving; which is the use of hand-held communication and entertainment devices and display screens. In time, will we need to revisit was is legally considered “distracted driving” ?

Please focus on the road.  We need every driver on the road to be concentrating on the roads and their surroundings so that our roads are safer for everyone. Drive safely !

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 safety and helping people through some of the most difficult days of their lives. For more information, please visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549   or   (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . Email us at david@ottawainjury.ca We understand, we care and we’re here to help.


Ottawa accident Rideau st leaves man in critical condition.

Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth.  Another terrible Ottawa pedestrian accident occurred last week between Sussex and Nicholas .  It’s not the first accident in this busy downtown area.   Ottawa Police investigated the Ottawa pedestrian accident that occurred early one morning at approximately 3 a.m. Ottawa paramedics arrived at the accident scene and found a male pedestrian who had been hit  in front of 99 Rideau St. The injured man was said to be in his 20s and had suffered life-threatening injuries and was unresponsive.  He was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition.  Our thoughts go out to this young man and his family and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Ottawa’s downtown core is a busy area, no matter what time of day.  Many downtown Ottawa accidents involve pedestrians.  What many pedestrians do not know is that they are entitled to various accident benefits through the insurance company of the driver involved in the accident.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are available and will travel to your house, home or hospital to explain to pedestrians their rights and walk them through which accident benefits are available to pedestrians who have been injured. If you have a question and want to know more information about insurance claims, accidents in Ottawa, or personal injury , our Ottawa injury lawyers are available to help.

Since 1999, we have helped hundreds of people rebuild their lives following an accident.  We also understand that sometimes all people need is advice and guidance. We are here to offer our expertise.  Let our Ottawa personal injury lawyers help.

—-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Holllingsworth has been helping people in Ottawa 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.


Will an increase in distracted driving fines help eliminate accidents ? Our Ottawa injury lawyers hope so.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..Last year far too many people were killed  directly as a result of  distracted driving. Did you know that distracted driving has now become one of the main causes of accidents? As handheld devices become more and more popular, distracted driving is on the rise. The Ontario government is concerned and wants to do something about.  Despite more education surrounding the dangers of distracted driving, accidents continue to occur.  In response, fines for distracted driving are set to nearly double on March 18, 2014.

The decision to increase the fine for driving while using a hand-held device such as a cellphone, smartphone or MP3 player  to $280 from $155 starting March 18 was delivered by a chief justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

According to CAA statistics,  the Canadian Automobile Association states that cell phone use is the worst offender when it comes to causes of car accidents. Specifically texting, as the act of texting causes you to be 23 times more likely that you’ll cause an accident. These statistics are even higher that impaired driving.

The Ontario Provincial Police issued 19,000 tickets in the Ottawa region last year for distracted driving and this is raising concern about the fate of motorists on roadways. In the Ottawa area 78 people died as a result of distracted driving last year.  How tragic ! These deaths were avoidable !

As Ottawa personal injury lawyers , we read accident reports daily and often times distracted driving plays a role.  Sadly, this is not uncommon.  It’s everyone’s job to respect their lives and the lives of others and put your phone away while driving. If it’s an urgent matter and you need to read or send a text, then  pull over to a safe place and do what you need to do. As parents, we also need to stress the dangers of distracted driving with our children and new drivers.  Lead by example and discuss with your children the dangers and realities of distracted driving.  As a society, we all need to be a part of the solution and help eliminate distracted driving.  Do your part and save lives.

For more information on safety and laws in Ontario, please visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca . Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer dedicated to safety and helping people in eastern Ontario.  Throughout the years David has built an incredible personal injury team who share a common interest in helping people who have been injured.  David Hollingsworth and the team work closely with clients and  clients’ families to help rebuild lives following an accident in Ontario.  Email us at david@ottawainjury.ca with any legal or safety question you may have and we would be happy to answer.

“We understand, we care and we’re here to help..and our track record proves it”


Changes to Ontario Accident Benefits and the Minor Injury Guideline.

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 .