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As Ottawa personal injury lawyers we meet regularly with cyclists who have been “doored” . In a busy city like Ottawa, cyclists and drivers share the road. Although the City of Ottawa has designated bike lanes and paths, inevitable , there are areas in the city where cyclists must be on the same roads as drivers. Sadly, cycling accidents in Ottawa occur and they occur often. Nearly all cycling fatalities (92%) occurred as a result of crashes with motor vehicles. (Sharetheroad.ca) Another type of cycling accident is when cyclists and motor vehicles collide. Our lawyers helped and worked closely with “JJ” to ensure he received maximum compensation for his injuries. JJ was a 72 year-old man from Ottawa. One day, he was riding his bicycle and was “doored” by a driver of a motor vehicle who was attempting to exit his vehicle. JJ was thrown off his bicycle injuring his right shoulder.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
Compensation for Injury:
After tough negotiation we were able to get the insurance company to settle at a private settlement conference before prolonged litigation proceedings. JJ received $ 41,000 from the tort action. On the Accident Benefits side of his claim, our client continues to receive medical and rehabilitation benefits from the insurance company. After a settlement of this nature, our clients are typically able to move on and put the past behind them. Our lawyers understand what needs to happen to help our clients get the compensation they need and then move forward after a difficult time in their life.
To learn more about cycling accidents, the rights of cyclists and what you should do if you or a loved on becomes injured in a cycling accident, visit www.ottawainjury.ca/cycling-accidents for more information or contact us directly and we would be happy to answer your questions free of charge.
We worked closely with “JP” to ensure he received maximum compensation for his injuries. JP was a 28-year-old single man from Crysler, Ontario. One day, he and his friend were in a vehicle that was involved in an accident and the car rolled over. JP was the passenger. The accident occurred on rural route 600 West, close to Cornwall, Ontario. JP’s father found him shortly after the accident and rushed him to a nearby hospital to be treated for severe injuries.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
Our client suffered very serious personal injuries including a neck fracture, orbital bone fracture, chronic pain, post concussion symptoms, depression and anxiety as the result of the roll over accident. His injuries were life changing and he was unable to resume the life he once had prior to the accident.
Compensation for Chronic Pain Injury:
Our injury lawyers understood that our client wanted to move on and we arranged for a private settlement conference with the insurance company of the driver. Both sides of the claim worked together and the insurance company understood the severity of our client’s injuries and we were able to get the insurance company to settle out of court. There were 2 sides to JP’s lawsuit: The tort side and the Accident Benefits claim. Throughout his case, we were able to help our client receive necessary accidents benefits such as medical and rehabilitation benefits. JP received $410,000 from the tort action and continues to receive Ontario Accident Benefits from his own insurance company such as income replacement. Our Ottawa injury lawyers understand that while this $410,000 will never erase the damage that has been done, it can help our client begin adjusting to a new life with rehabilitation, benefits and support. We wish him all the best and are glad we were able to help.
Without getting into the details of any one case, we wanted to share with you a bit of information on a Bar, Tavern or Drinking Establishment’s liability when it comes to accidents and compensation. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers help people who have been injured in accidents. Sometimes these accidents involve people who have been hit by someone who was impaired. What many don’t know is that in these cases , not only can the insurance company of the driver be tagged with responsibility , the drinking establishment or bar can also be tagged with additional responsibility . This opens up the ability for more compensation. For example, if an injured party will require $2 000 000 in compensation for their injuries but the policy limits of the driver that caused the accident are only $1 000 000, then the injured party can go after the remaining compensation through the insurance policy of the drinking establishment. Often times, these establishment have very high insurance policy limits and are able to cover the remaining balances , if they are deemed responsible. In some cases, the drinking establishment can be found fully or partially responsible , depending on the nature of the circumstances.
Over Serving Alcohol . A Bar’s Liability.
All Bars ,Taverns and licensed drinking establishments serving alcohol in Ontario must comply with the Liquor Licence Act. All staff employed at a Bar, Tavern or drinking establishment must also be certified by Smart Serve. When these laws aren’t maintained, often times liability is determined against Bars, Taverns and drinking establishments when an accident occurs that results in injuries. In Ontario, the law clearly states that if a Bar or Tavern is found responsible for serving alcohol to someone who is already visibly intoxicated and that intoxicated person causes severe injury to another person or themselves, the Bar/Tavern is held liable for personal injuries and compensation. This law not only applies to motor vehicle accidents, but also fights and accidents on the premise.
What to do if you have been injured.
If you have been injured as a result of being over served or someone else being over served, it’s important you learn your rights. Our lawyers are experienced in obtaining video surveillance, gather witness statements, expert opinions and accident reconstructions . You have rights. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers understand that the accident has happened and we can’t change that. We can however change what happens moving forward. Right now, you may need information or you may need us to step in and take over for you. We can protect and represent you and your rights. You do not pay us until you have received your compensation. Let us help. Call us for a free consultation.
Maximum Compensation for Elbow Injury
Our client was hit by vehicle in a private parking lot. It wasn’t perfectly clear who was responsible for the accident. Despite this, we were able to obtain maximum compensation for her injuries that will help pay for future care, rehabilitation, medical expenses, and income losses, among other things.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
Following the accident our client was taken immediately to the hospital. She was discharged from the hospital with cuts and bruises and a sore elbow. She returned to hospital as the pain in her elbow did not dissipate and learned that she had suffered a fractured elbow. She was eventually diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Her condition was not improving despite various treatments and interventions including physiotherapy. As a result of the accident she was also experiencing psychological disorders and soft tissue injuries to her neck, back, and hips.
Compensation For Elbow Injury:
Early on in the litigation process we were in disagreement with the insurance company about the amount of damages that was reasonable in the circumstances. We, nevertheless, believed in our client and understood that she was in pain which was affecting all aspects of her life. We had our client examined by several doctors who diagnosed that she was suffering from chronic pain and other injuries. We eventually settled her tort claim for approximately $700,000 all-inclusive on the tort side of the claim and then also settled the accident benefits side of the claim. This will, of course, never eliminate the pain but will assist to provide care and income in the future, and help her live life with these ongoing impairments.
We fought tirelessly to have our client deemed catastrophic by her insurance company. This increased the amount of accident benefits that she was entitled to. We eventually settled her accident benefits claim for approximately an additional $800,000.
Our Injury Lawyers:
We stick by our clients during these very difficult times. We work hard to build trust and instill confidence in our clients allowing them to discuss matters openly and frankly with us. We build strong relationships with our clients which allows us to better understand their needs and requirements. Being injured in an accident can be devastating. Our lawyers understand and care about what our clients are going through and we aim to help our clients in every way possible.