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Soft Tissue Back Injury
As car accident lawyers, we often meet with people suffering from soft tissue injuries. These injuries can be debilitating. A soft tissue back injury can be caused by serious injury or strain to certain muscles, ligaments and tendons in the lower back area or sometimes the middle back area. Typically, our clients suffer from lower back soft tissue injuries. Our Ottawa injury lawyers believe that a lower back soft tissue injury is more common because the lower back supports most of the body’s weight and is therefore more vulnerable to injury.
Our Ottawa injury lawyers worked closely with our client”SL” to ensure she received maximum compensation for her back injuries. SL was a 60-year-old single woman from Cornwall, Ontario. One day, she was driving her vehicle when suddenly she was struck head on by another vehicle.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
SL suffered personal injuries resulting in soft tissues injury to her back. Thankfully, her injuries were not debilitating. Our client was able to continue working and managed to continue on with her life. Thankfully her injuries healed and she was able to regain her life following her accident.
Compensation for soft tissue back Injury:
Thankfully, our clients injuries were not so debilitating that we were able to resolve her personal injury case quickly and easily without having to go court. Our personal injury lawyers were able to set up a private settlement conference and met with the insurance company of the other driver. After presenting the case, the insurance company agreed to settle and pay compensation for this type of injury. Our client received $26,000.00 from the tort action and her Ontario Accident Benefits is still open.
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury or a back injury in an accident, you owe it to yourself to learn your options and what you might be entitled to in compensation. Contact any of our injury lawyers and we would be happy to discuss your situation with you and give you some free legal advice.
Our very own David Hollingsworth was recently featured in Ottawa’s Top Ten Magazine as one of the go to personal injury lawyers in Ottawa. In case you missed the publication, here was his feature. If you would like a copy of the magazine , contact us and we will mail you a copy free of charge.
David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers
Choosing the right personal injury lawyer is very important. David Hollingsworth and his team understand that when you are seriously injured, your world is turned upside down. The physical and emotional injuries can leave you feeling vulnerable. Since 1999, David and his team have developed a wealth of experience and expertise in the law of personal injury to ensure that you get maximum compensation and top-notch rehabilitative care. They care about you and your family. David Hollingsworth and his team get excellent results and you don’t pay them until you receive financial compensation. They are here to help.
“We understand, we care and we’re here to help…”
“We often meet in our clients’ homes. We sit down at the kitchen table and we listen. It’s important for us to fully understand what our clients and their families are going through. Sometimes we not only need to be listening to our clients’ needs but also the needs of their families. We understand, we care and we’re to help. Being in an accident can be devastating and can change everyone’s lives. It’s important to not only make sure our client’s receive maximum compensation, it’s important that we put a proper support and recovery plan in place. Fortunately, we have the experience and resources to access some of Ontario’s top medical and rehabilitative professionals. “ -David Hollingsworth
While a personal injury settlement does not reverse the effects of an injury, it may help to provide and compensate for the much-needed care and expenses facing the injured party and their families. David provides his personal phone number to ensure that he is available to address the ongoing needs of his clients. No case is too big or small. David and his personal injury team serve the Eastern Ontario region and will travel to you. David Hollingsworth offers free consultations at 613-978-9549 or www.ottawainjury.ca .
There’s no doubt that summer is here and the pools are open. The City of Ottawa has opened its outdoor pools and plans on opening the wading pools in the next week or so. With all this swimming taking place, there is an increased risk of accidents ranging from slips around the pool to fatal drownings. A report by the World Health Organization says drowning is among the top causes of death for children worldwide. In 2012, in Ontario there were 178 fatalities due to drownings. If we look at all drownings and not just pool drownings the majority of Ontario drowning victims are men (8/ 10). When it comes to pool drownings, drowning has become the leading cause of death for young children ages 1 -4 (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ), and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages. For toddlers, swimming pools provide the greatest risk of submersion injury. (Thompson DC, Rivara F. Pool fencing for preventing drowning of children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews1998) . While we tend to focus on pool drowning injuries, it’s important to also look at the very serious injuries that can occur in and around a pool. Whether at a public pool or a private pool, even a slip around a pool can have very serious and life-altering consequences. Some pool accidents can lead to life-altering changes such as brain injuries or injuries that affect one’s ability to return to the life they once had. In most slip and fall pool accidents, there are hazards present such as wet pavement, objects in the way or cracked cement or tiles.
Private pool accidents
As an owner of a pool, liability and responsibility for maintaining a reasonably safe pool area, free from hazards, lies on you. It’s important to constantly be checking over your pool area for hazards. This includes checking the latch on your gate to make sure no little ones can stumble in uninvited and without supervision. Supervision is also of critical importance when it comes to avoiding pool accidents. Always ensure that adequate supervision is in place. Even if everyone in your pool can swim, that does not necessarily mean they shouldn’t be supervised. We even suggest having a visible “Pool Rules” sign posted , as to avoid any misunderstandings and ensure that everyone using the pool knows the safety rules. We should also mention that hot tubs and lap pools also have similar dangers. Owning a pool, hot tub or lap pool comes with the responsibility of ensuring its safe use.
Public pool accidents
Public pools also have their fair share of safety concerns. Often times, most public pools are busy and proper supervision can be difficult. The Occupier’s Liability Act establishes the standard of care applicable to occupiers in section 3(1) of the Act: Occupier’s duty 3. (1) An occupier of premises owes a duty to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable to see that persons entering on the premises, and the property brought on the premises by those persons are reasonably safe while on the premises. This duty of reasonable care not only applies to the swimming premise and it’s surroundings, but also to activities that users will participate in while on the premises. So it’s not just about the condition of the pool, it’s also about what’s happening in and around the pool.
Contact our personal injury lawyer Ottawa team
All this to say , that it is important as pool patrons to know and obey the safety rules; however pool accidents still happen. If a pool area is not reasonably safe, the owner of that pool may be liable for your injuries. In many cases these injuries require significant medical rehabilitation and this means maximum personal injury compensation is needed from the insurance company of the pool owner. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pool accident, it’s important you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer . He/she can explain to you what benefits you may be entitled from the insurance company and help give you an idea of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. If you are injured at a public pool , such as a City Of Ottawa pool, it’s important you report your accident in a timely manner as the City of Ottawa has strict timelines for reporting. If you have missed these timelines, our Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help you with this. Call or email us for a free consultation and we can discuss by phone/email or even come visit you to walk you through your next steps.
Swim safely and have a great summer …from your Ottawa personal injury team !
Traumatic Brain Injury and Polytrauma
As Ottawa personal injury lawyers we see many people suffering from traumatic brain injuries as a result of motor vehicle collisions, trip and falls, medical malpractice, product malfunction, and other incidents. The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary from person to person. Sadly, a brain injury can change your life and livelihood, which is why it is so important to get the right supportive team around you immediately following an accident.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers assisted a pleasant teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury and other catastrophic injuries as a result of a very serious motor vehicle collision. She was a passenger in a vehicle that was turning left at an intersection when it was hit by a truck travelling through the intersection. Ordinarily, in this situation, a left-turning vehicle is considered 100% at fault (i.e. liable) meaning that only the left-turning vehicle’s insurance company is responsible for compensating the injured persons. There are, however, certain exceptions to this general rule.
How our Ottawa Injury Lawyers Proceeded
This was a very serious collision where several occupants in the left-turning vehicle suffered serious injuries. It was very likely that the occupants’ claims combined would exceed the at-fault driver’s $2,000,000 insurance policy. In other words, the left-turning driver’s $2,000,000 policy was insufficient to compensate the injured parties. The only other way to obtain additional insurance funds was to argue that the truck driving straight through the intersection was liable for the accident. This, as noted, is not an easy task as courts often hold that vehicles with a right of way, such as the truck in this case, are not liable for collisions. Our Ottawa injury lawyers however retained an expert in motor vehicle accident reconstruction and analysis, who examined several key witnesses, obtained crucial documents from police and paramedics, and by used leading edge investigative techniques, among other things. Consequently with this information, our personal injury team was able to attach liability to the driver of the truck. Accordingly, our Ottawa personal injury lawyers were able obtain compensation from the driver of the truck as well. This opened up the amount of funds and compensation available to our client.
Compensation For Traumatic Brain Injury and Polytrauma
Our Ottawa lawyers ultimately settled her tort claim for approximately $1,500,000 which will undoubtedly assist her in the future. She also has available to her in the future $1,000,000 in medical and rehabilitation benefits and $1,000,000 for attendant care benefits.
$3, 500 000 is a lot of money; however this is money that is much needed in this young person’s life and throughout the rest of her life. Our Ottawa injury lawyers were pleased to help her get much needed compensation and the proper medical supports in place.