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What can our Ottawa personal injury lawyers  do for you ?

Fair question .  We receive calls from clients who are about to settle their insurance claim with their adjuster and simply want to know should they ?  It’s tough for our injury lawyers to answer this question without reviewing the file.  Typically, when we receive a call of this nature, we set up a meeting (no charge) and look through the facts of the case.  It’s important that everything be reviewing in case there have been areas of a personal injury file that were not discovered or covered by the insurance company. Almost every time, sure enough, our Ottawa injury lawyers are able to find many expenses that should have been covered or aspects of an accident benefits policy that were not being utilized .  That’s not to say that the insurance company was deliberately hiding such coverage, it’s just that often times unless the person injured knows to ask for all the right benefits and coverages, some simply do not come up.  ocf form

Ottawa injury lawyers analyze your case.  Are you getting maximum compensation for your injuries ?

Our personal injury lawyers can analyze your case and in some cases discover that the insurance claim is in fact double or triple what the insurance company is looking to settle for.  Thankfully, as long as you have not signed off on the settlement offer, there may still be time to recoup these amounts with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.  This absolutely makes it worth while to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  All it will cost you is time; probably close to an hour for this initial consultation.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers make it even easier and will come to you.

If we think your case is worth more, we will advise you not to settle and we can step in to represent you and prepare a claim for you.  It may delay the settlement; however this delay is in our opinion worth it as typically the settlement amount is significantly higher. Not to mention, you will be receiving benefits and treatments you may not have been receiving before our personal injury lawyers stepped in.  This will hopefully speed up your recovery process.

This is a personal injury lawyer’s job…

You owe it to yourself to consult with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. It’s our job to ensure that our personal injury clients are receiving the best possible treatments, as well maximum compensation.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers understand what you are going through.  An accident can change in your life and your family’s life in many ways you never thought possible. Let us help.


Let’s eliminate dangerous driving. OPP launch Facebook site dedicated to sharing real stories of texting and driving and the dangerous outcomes.

Reduction in Ottawa accidents and the elimination of dangerous driving

Did you know that texting while driving increases your chances by more than 20 times to become involved in an accident ? The Ontario Provincial Police announced that although people who know how dangerous texting and driving is, drivers are continuing to text and drive. Sarah Anderson, of CFRA reported that the OPP have launched a new campaign  “Put Down the Phone and Leave it Alone” in an effort to educate people on the serious dangers of texting , talking and driving. One way they plan to hit home the message is to share stories publicly.  They are hoping that people will read true stories of people who have died from texting and driving or talking and driving and think twice about doing it themselves.  For example, recently a family released the final text their son wrote, which wasn’t completely finished, as he died while texting it. He was distracted and drove into oncoming traffic.

The OPP have set up a  Facebook page for such stories. They are encouraging people to contribute stories of near-misses, accidents and dangerous distracted driving. The goal is to have people rethink their own driving safety habits.

So far, there has been input from the public.  People are writing in stories that need to be shared. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I sadly meet with families who have lost loved ones as a result of distracted driving.  These are senseless accidents and can absolutely be avoided.  We worry so much about new teenage drivers, it is important to note that if you have children in the car, you must lead by example.  Your children will watch what you are doing, If they learn from you that it is ok to text and drive occasionally, guess what ? They will text and drive.  Talk to your children and highlight the fact that you can’t answer your emails or text, as you are driving and driving and texting is not an option. Please, please put your devices far away from the wheel. This will avoid any temptation you may have .  If it’s far enough away, you can’t grab it.

Texting and driving has become a serious problem and we must put an end to it. Regardless of how many years you have been driving you cannot text and drive.  It takes a split second for an accident to happen. That accident could kill you, your family or someone else.  If you don’t believe me, call me and I can share some very sad stories with you.

Let’s all work together to eliminate dangerous driving. It can be done. All we have to do is change our mindsets and our habits. Drive safely !

 


Kanata accident Terry Fox and Hazeldean Road results in personal injury.

Kanata Accident

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates…An Ottawa  accident has left a 52-year-old woman with personal injuries following and accident yesterday morning, close to Terry Fox Drive and Hazeldean Road in Kanata. The car crashed into a construction zone and fell into an opening in the road. I wish her a full and speedy recovery.

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Our lawyers are highly experienced in accident and insurance claims and know the ins and outs of how to get maximum compensation. Some accidents look bad but thankfully , the driver and their passengers suffer very little injury.  Other car accidents don’t seem that bad, yet  someone in that accident suffered serious, life-changing injuries. No one knows exactly what each injury will mean and what supports will be needed until they are examined by top medical professional.  When we meet with new clients, our first goal is to get them on a road to recovery.  We refer our clients and work closely with some of the top medical professional in Ottawa and Toronto and throughout eastern Ontario. Health is always first and foremost.  Once our lawyers feel confident that our clients are receiving top medical care, we can then focus on maximizing their insurance claims. There are many Ontario Accident Benefits available through insurance, it’s important to know what to ask for and how much to expect.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have an incredibly high success rate when it comes to accessing all the accident benefits for our clients as well as getting them maximum compensation moving forward.  There is compensation for pain and suffering. We understand how stressful and difficult it is to be injured and we also ensure you are compensated for this .


Ottawa injury lawyer: Ottawa bicycle accident Wurtemburg and Rideau results in personal injury.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Accident Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario David Hollingsworth and Associates…

Regrettably, an Ottawa cyclist was on her bicycle yesterday morning by a vehicle at the intersection of Wurtemburg Street and Rideau.  Ottawa Police were able to treat the female cyclist at the Ottawa accident scene but the extent of her injuries was not known at the time of the accident. Ottawa Police are investigating the accident and what may have caused it.

There are far too many cyclist injured in Ottawa every year. Ottawa has very  busy streets and our cyclists and pedestrians are a big part of our busy streets. Typically, when a cyclists and cars collide, the cyclist loses and suffers very serious injuries.  Regardless of who is at fault, cyclists will typically  be entitled to compensation from the driver’s insurance company.

There are many legal options to explore after a bicycle accident. There are the immediate expenses to cover, as well as medical and rehabilitative support and then there is financial compensation moving forward. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have over 25 years experience protecting Ottawa cyclists and ensuring they are well taken care of and on the best road to recovery following a bicycle accident in Ottawa.

Bicycle Accidents and Injuries

Cyclists involved in a cycling accident with a car or truck typically suffer any number of severe injuries, including orthopaedic injuries, broken bones and head injuries and spinal injuries. Unfortunately, in these accidents , a helmet is not enough protection. Our personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in cycling accidents and can hire expert accident reconstruction experts to reconstruct cycling accidents and prepare engineering reports to show the impact of a cycling accident.

Typically, there is more obligation on a motorists to avoid a cycling accident and there is a reverse onus of proof on the driver. In other words, this means that in a cycling accident a driver must prove that they were NOT at fault. Our bicycle accident lawyers are also experienced in preparing for this.

Cycling accident and free consultations with our personal injury lawyers

Regardless of whether or not you plan on starting a personal injury lawsuit after a cycling accident, It is always best you inform yourself of your legal rights in the even that you may need compensation or support down the road. Some injuries do not show up immediately and months later, cyclists find themselves living in chronic pain.

Our Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers will travel to you and sit down with you and walk you through all your legal options so that you can make the best possible decision following your accident.


If in an Ontario accident, do you have to provide your insurance information ?

Ontario Accident Insurance Claims

Ottawa Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.

If in an accident, do you have to provide your insurance  information ?  The answer is yes. Section 200 of the Highway Traffic Act states that any person involved in an Ontario accident must, when requested, must provide his/her name, address, driver’s licence number, insurance policy information and ownership information.  This information must also be given to the police and to all witnesses or anyone else who may have been involved in the Ontario accident. Failure to comply with section 200 means that they are guilty of an offence.  On conviction , they can be fined or even imprisoned or have their licence suspended.

What you should do if someone refuses to give you their information.

Should someone refuse to give you their information, try to get as much information as possible and contact the police as soon as possible.   If the driver was uninsured , the police will have access to this type of information. Most likely, the police will charge the other driver.  In terms of Accident Benefits, you will still be covered by your own insurance company, so do not worry. Obviously it goes without saying, never attempt to be forceful with someone, simply write down what information you have and hand it over to police.

If you have been involved in an accident, it’s best you contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and together, you can determine what your rights are relating specifically to your accident.  Depending on the accident, nature of injuries, insurance policies and others involved, your options will vary. Experienced personal injury lawyers can help walk you through what you need to do and what you might expect in terms of rehabilitative support and compensation following an accident. Don’t think that every accident and injury is the same and just because your neighbour’s cousin was compensated a certain amount, you will be the same. You owe it to yourself to get informed. Contact our Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.

 

 


Gatineau hit and run accident, serious head injury , lawyer David Hollingsworth

Hit and Run Accident

Ottawa Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A 32-year-old man is in Gatineau police custody after a hit and run accident early Friday morning that left an Ottawa man with serious personal injuries. A 24-year-old man was walking on the  Promenade du Portage when he was struck by a car. The 32-year-old driver of the vehicle took off, but was soon apprehended. The accident victim was rushed to the Hull Hospital with head injuries.

Hit and Run accidents can be difficult when it comes to personal injury lawsuits and knowing which insurance companies will pay for what expenses and compensation.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have extensive experience with hit and run accidents.  In many cases, if the person who is injured in a hit and run accident in Ontario has their own insurance company, they will be able to seek compensation through them.  This will not cost the individual.  If the injured does not have their own insurance, there are still options.  One option is to pursue a personal injury lawsuit through the Ontario Motor Vehicle Accidents Claims Fund; otherwise known as the MVACF. This is a government fund that is designed to protect individuals who are injured and do not have their own insurance company; or are injured in an accident with another party who does not have insurance or who is underinsured.

MVACF

The MVACF provides financial compensation or statutory accident benefits to people who have been injured or who have no recourse to auto insurance or who are injured in accidents with an uninsured or unidentified driver, such as is the case in a hit and run accident. All this to say, there are options and it’s best anyone involved in an accident seek medical attention first and legal attention second.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are available for free consultations and will travel to you to answer any questions and help best determine ways to ensure injured victims receive maximum compensation.

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Smith Falls Ontario High Jump Accident: Funeral for Josiah Grant

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth ..My heart goes out to all the family and friends of Josiah Grant.  This was such a terrible accident that took the life of a young and talented kid. What a tragic accident.  The high-jump death of Josiah Grant has left us all asking ourselves..how could this have happened?

Josiah Grant was just 17 years old and was from Smiths Falls, Ontario.  Sadly, Josiah died last Wednesday at Kingston General Hospital a day after the high jump accident when he missed the landing on the safety pad. It was reported that he landed awkwardly and suffered some “scrapes and bruises”, but remained conscious. The 2 teachers administered first aid and called Josiah’s father who brought him to a Kingston hospital , where Josiah lapsed into a coma. He never came out of it.

This accident calls into question the safety practices that have been established for students.  The School Board has an obligation to ensure the safety of its students.  Accidents like this should never happen. My heart goes out to everyone who knew Josiah….

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.

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Avoiding head injury and brain injury : FREE helmets available. Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..

Before I head out to the outdoor rink with my son for a quick skate before bed, I wanted to quickly share a great safety resource with you in the hopes of reducing an accident resulting in a serious head injury and brain injury.  There are far too many hockey, skating and ski accidents in adults and children that lead to serious and permanent injuries.  Wearing a  helmet is one very simple step to take to help protect yourself and avoid a possible head injury or brain injury.  Please, please play safely out there and WEAR A HELMET !

Are you looking to purchase helmets?  Safe Kids Canada and Canadian manufacturer, Seven Star Sports, are pleased to provide low-cost helmets for all sports, including cycling, skiing, snowboarding and hockey. A portion of all sales will go to supporting Safe Kids. Please feel free to share this information  with family, friends and colleagues.

To place your order, visit the Safe Kids website and click on one of the PDF links, print and fill out the form and send it by e-mail to: tarick1@sevenstarsports.com or by fax to: 905-574-7082

For questions about your order, please contact Seven Star Sports directly at: 1-888-52-7STAR (7827) or 905-574-9270 .

The following helmets are available:

  • Bike Gear Bicycle Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Multi sport and Deluxe Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet with Face Cage form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet form
  • Ski – Winter Sports Helmet form

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ontario injury victims get the help they need after a serious Ontario accident.  Due to his vast experience with personal injuries, David understands the added pressure and stress associated with this personal injury.  David takes his cases on contingency, which means, you don’t pay him anything, until he gets you your money.  Call for a free consultation 613-978-9549. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca

If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  

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