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Top Choice for Injury Law Firm
For the second year in a row, David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team have been chosen as the Top Choice for Injury Law Firms in Ottawa, Ontario.
Through months of surveying, hundreds of thousands of votes and real ratings based on customer experience, Top Choice has identified the very BEST in your Ottawa and our personal injury team couldnt be more proud or thrilled. This year’s survey was conducted in 13 cities across Canada and gathered answers from over 450,000 participants. The goal was to identify Canada’s brightest and renowned businesses, and they did..US !
We know what it takes to be the best personal injury lawyers..
We know that for close to 20 years now we have devoted oursleves to being the best personal injury lawyers in Ottawa. We are different from other lawyers in that we are involved. We care about our clients and we care about their future. It’s important for us as personal injury lawyers that we take care of our clients and their families in many different ways: maximum financial compensation is a must, top medical rehabilitation specialists is a must, and being there for our clients to help rebuild their lives following a serious accident is an absolute must.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers appreciate all the support our clients have given us by nominating us for these awards and for refering us team to their family and friends in need. “We want to thank our clients for nominating us, taking the time to vote and for making us their top choice. We appreciate that you trust us with some of the most crucial decisions you may ever have to make with your life. This means a lot to us.” David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer. “We understand, we care and we’re here to help.”
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Liability and compensation in sports injuries.
Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury, chronic pain, and pelvic and ankle fractures
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Sweeping changes proposed to the Insurance Act
Reduction in Accident Benefits
In an effort to reduce insurance rates across the province, the government plans to amend the Insurance Act. In the new 2015 budget, notable amendments include:
· Catastrophic limits changed to $1 million combined for medical/rehabilitation and Attendant Care (reduced from $2 million to $1 million). Attendant Care was not included in medical/rehabilitation benefits before.
· Medical/rehabilitation and Attendant Care benefits for non-Catastrophic injuries are to be combined totaling $65,000 (reduced from $86,000 to $65,000)
· Medical/rehabilitation benefits for non-Catastrophic injuries limited to 5 years instead of 10 years
· The $30,000 deductible is to increase with inflation (to $36,750)
· The 6 month waiting period for non-earner benefits is eliminated, but the non-earner benefits will only be available for 2 years.
· The $100,000 monetary threshold will increase with inflation
· An update to the ‘catastrophic impairment’ definition consistent with more up-to-date medical information and knowledge to reflect modern medicine
The amendments can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Finance website:
Leaving catastrophic and non-catastrophic injured with little insurance support.
It is difficult to say what effect, if any, this will have on insurance premiums. The one thing that is certain is that the insurance coverage and benefits currently available for catastrophic injury’ and ‘non-catastrophic’ injuries are being chiselled away. This is not the first time Ontario Accident Benefits have been reduced. This will undoubtedly reduce the amount of benefits our clients are entitled to receive and may ultimately affect their recovery. For example, an individual suffering from non-catastrophic injuries, which by definition may include a broken ankle, femur, wrist, etc., will be impacted by these changes since the individual will now only be entitled to receive 5 years of medical and rehabilitation benefits as opposed to 10 years. As another example, a 45 year labourer who breaks both ankles and his or her femur (or any other serious injury deemed to be non-catastrophic) will now only receive medical and rehabilitation benefits for 5 years. This would be particularly troubling if this labourer is required to lift, crouch and stand for prolonged periods of time causing a strain on existing injuries. In such a situation the injured individual will often require extensive rehabilitation benefits for periods exceeding five years, should his or her injuries linger, prolonging recovery. With these amendments we will certainly encounter an increasing number of individuals who will have to incur the expense of their treatments out of their own pockets. The same can be said for catastrophic injuries.
As Ottawa personal injury lawyers, we find these changes will benefit the insurance companies and not the people who really need the money to rebuild their lives with serious and permanent injuries. There seems to be more and more cut backs to benefits and what the insurance company has to pay out and very little in reductions. To be adequately covered, people will have to buy more and more additional coverage and pay more for insurance, just to receive the benefits they once had. This has got to stop.