Ottawa hit and run accident Wellington street send accident victim to Ottawa’s trauma centre.

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Ottawa Police are looking for witnesses to an accident that occurred at Bay and Wellington last night. A car hit a  pedestrian and then sped away. The hit and run accident occurred at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Wellington Street , close to the Library and Archives Canada. The car hit a 63 year old pedestrian who was rushed to Ottawa’s trauma centre in serious condition. Ottawa Police need our help. If you know anything about this accident, please call  the Ottawa Police Service Collision Investigations section at 613-236-1222 ext. 2481. My thoughts are with this accident victim and I wish them a full recovery.

Hit and run accidents are sadly not uncommon. They also a bit complicated when it comes to insurance compensation claims. The reason being that if an injured pedestrian doesn’t have their own insurance policy, they must sue the insurance company of the driver who hit them.  typically this would involve your personal injury lawyer putting the other side on notice and then starting a personal injury claim on your behalf. When the driver of the accident is unknown, the question is what insurance company would be responsible for the compensation.

Hit and run accidents and insurance compensation

The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (MVACF) is a fund that provides insurance compensation to people injured in automobile accidents,  when there is no insurance to respond to a claim.

  •  provides statutory accident benefits  to people injured in an automobile accident who have no other insurance to turn to;
  • provides injury compensation for people involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, unidentified driver or a stolen vehicle when no liability insurance exists.
 Our personal injury lawyers have been very successful in helping our clients receive maximum compensation from the MVACF.  Let our expertise and experience help you following your hit and run accident in Ottawa.

Ottawa pedestrian accident in Lebreton Flats: Booth and Ottawa River Parkway.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Regrettably, a 27-year-old Ottawa man is in an Ottawa hospital after he hit while walking Lebreton Flats neighbourhood. The pedestrian was struck close to the intersection of Booth and the Ottawa River Parkway. When Ottawa paramedics arrived to the accident scene, the man was unresponsive and was treated at the accident scene and then transported to an Ottawa hospital. Thankfully, the man is now in stable condition but suffered serious personal injuries from the accident.  I hope he is able to recover from this terrible accident.

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Fatal Hawkesbury accident Highway 17 , Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Fatal Hawkesbury Accident on Highway 17…Regrettably, one person has died when their car hit a tractor-trailer east of Ottawa Thursday morning.  The Hawkesbury accident occurred on County Road 17 in East Hawkesbury, about 110 kilometres east Ottawa. The car hit a tracotr-trailer between Tupper Street and Golf Road. The driver of the truck did not suffer any personal injuries.  My thoughts go out to the friends and family of the deceased man..

———————- This  Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. This 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 for more information. If you have a topic you would like me to write about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa pedestrian accident O'Connor and Gloucester results in traumatic head injury, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Accident Lawyers.. Regrettably, a 33-year-old Ottawa woman is in an Ottawa hospital with a traumatic head injury after she was in an Ottawa accident and hit by an SUV in downtown Ottawa yesterday morning. Ottawa paramedics sreported that the Ottawa woman was crossing the street at O’Connor and Gloucester Street at the time of the Ottawa accident. When Ottawa emergency help arrived at the Ottawa accident scene the woman was conscious. She remains in serious condition with traumatic head injuries and a concussion. My thoughts are with this woman and I hope she can recover fully from this terrible accident.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer helping and Ontario  accident victims and the families of accident victims who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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 for more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email (613) 978-9549

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401 Car accident results in tragic death of Jason Eligh, Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. Tragically,  young 24-year-old Jason Eligh, from Mallorytown  died after two wheels went flying off a tractor-trailer on Highway 401 this past Sunday night. The Ontario accident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. just west of Brockville. Ontario Provincial Police say the trailer was headed westbound when the rear wheels came off, crossed the concrete barrier and struck Jason’s car. Eligh was killed. An autopsy will take place Monday in Ottawa. Eligh is the father of two very young children. His death has left his workplace in a state of shock. Ontario Police say the wheels kept going and hit another vehicle before bouncing back over the barrier and landing in a ditch. Police located the tractor-trailer about 100 kilometres from where the crash happened.

I drove by this very spot about 4 hours before this terrible accident.  My thoughts go out to Jason’s friends and family .  What a terrible tragedy for this family, especially his 2 young children.

ELIGH, Jason Obituary – Tragically as a result of an accident in Brockville on Sunday December 11, 2011. Jason Gareth Eligh of Mallorytown age 24 years. Beloved son of Larry and Sandra (Birtch) Eligh, cherished father of Gabrielle and Parker, loving brother and best friend of Erika Merkley, uncle of Tyson and Cayden. Jason is survived by his grandparents Donald and Edna Eligh and Eilean Koen as well as by several aunts, uncles and cousins. Jason will be fondly remembered by Ainsley the mother his children and her parents Stuart and Tammy Spurrell and their son Ryan. Predeceased by his grandfather John Koen. Family and friends may call at the BARCLAY FUNERAL HOME 137 Pearl Street East Brockville on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday December 17, 2011 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Donations to a Trust Fund for Gabrielle and Parker would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent online at the barclay funeral home website.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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 for more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email  (613) 978-9549 

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Summer Cycling Safety Tips with Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

bicycle accideOttawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Cycling Accidents Ottawa .We all want to be out on our bicycles cycling around Ottawa.  There is much to see and do and getting out on a bicycle is one of the best ways of seeing our city. Of course, it is part of a healthy lifestyle, but bicycling also helps the environment. It’s important, as a cyclist in Ottawa, to be always be aware of your surroundings. Make sure your are visible and take all necessary safety precautions. As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer, I meet regularly with people involved in bicycle accidents who suffer very serious personal injury such as brain injury, head injury and broken bones.

In 2009, according to Transport Canada,  there were a total of 41 bicycle accident fatalities, and 435 serious personal injuries related to bicycle accidents. The Canada Safety Council recommends for all bicyclists to wear an approved bicycle helmet, which can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries. Simply put: A bicycle helmet can save your life, so why wouldn’t you wear one? There are many bicycle safety measures you can take to help keep yourself and your children safe:

1. Always wear a helmet.

2. Pay attention and avoid distractions.

3. Obey the laws and road safety rules.  Cyclists have the same rights and duties as other drivers and need to follow the same traffic laws.

4. Be predictable — ride in a straight line, don’t swerve over sewers or bumps in the road, this will increase your chances of a collision with a vehicle.

5. Properly signal all turns and check behind you before completing a turn or changing lanes.

6. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.

7. Stay visible. Be careful around parked cars and ride where drivers can see you.

8. Use lights at night and wear bright colored clothing.

9. Be alert -Try to watch for the next move of drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists.

10. Watch for debris, potholes, grates or any road obstacles.

11. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order. Make sure your tires don’t need air, brakes must work, chains should run smoothly, and quick release wheel levers must be closed.

As a driver, there are many steps you can take to avoid a bicycle accident

1. Respect cyclists’ right to share the road and responsibilities as motorists.

2. Obey the speed limits.

3. Come to a complete stop at  stop signs and red lights.

4. Do shoulder checks, and always check blind spots for cyclist.

5. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and bicycles.

6. Yield to pedestrians and cyclists in crossways.

7. If you plan to turn right or pull into a parking space shortly ahead of a bicycle in front of you, do not pass. Allow the cyclist to pass first.

8. Signal all turns and lane changes well 30 in advance.

10. Only pass cyclists when it is safe to do so.

These cycling safety tips may seem basic but serve as a great reminder to us all.  Ottawa is a wonderful city to cycle in, let’s keep it safe ! We all need to focus more on cycling safety.  There are far too many very serious head injuries and other very serious personal injuries in Ottawa each year as the result of an Ottawa bicycle accidents.  As one of the top Ottawa bicycle accident lawyers, I encourage everyone to have a safe and accident free summer.


What is a Catastrophic Injury? Ontario Accident Benefits Lawyer

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What is a Catastrophic Injury ? Ontario Accident Benefits

Catastrophic Impairment means:

a) spinal cord injury: paraplegia or quadriplegia;

b) the amputation or  impairment causing the total and permanent loss of use of  one or both arms or legs

c) the total loss of vision in both eyes

e) brain impairment that, in respect of an accident, results in,

(i) a score of 9 or less on the Glasgow Coma Scale; or

(ii) a score of 2 (vegetative) or 3 (severe disability) on the Glasgow Outcome Scale

f) any impairment or combination of impairments that results in a 55 percent or more impairment of the whole person, in accordance with A.M.A. Guide’ or

g) any impairment that results in a class 4 impairment (marked impairment) or class 5 impairment (extreme impairment) due to mental or behavioural disorder, in accordance with the A.M.A Guide.

Differences in benefits for Catastrophic Injury vs Non Catastrophic Injury:

1) Attendant Care payable at $6,000 per month (up to a maximum of $1,000,000) if you are insured, instead of $3,000 if you aren’t

2) Those who are insured receive a maximum of $1,000,000 for life in Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits,

3) Housekeeping benefit for life

4) Case management services are covered.

A catastrophic injury is a life altering injury for not only the person involved in the accident, but also their friends and family.  These injuries are so severe that a new “life-plan” needs to be put in place. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers understand that there is more that just getting maximum compensation for our clients at stake.  We work with our clients medical and support staff so that when our clients are able to leave the hospital they are not “on their own”. No one should be expected to navigate that process on their own. It’s important for our clients recovery that a realistic plan and the proper supports are put in place. A catastrophic injury is life-changing and we can only help to change lives as best as possible, following a tragic accident.


Types of Spinal Cord Injury, Ontario Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

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What is a spinal cord injury ?

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A spinal cord injury or “SCI” refers to any traumatic injury to the spinal cord. SCI injuries are extremely serious because depending on the severity, they have the potential to impair your motor functioning ability, reflexes, and sensations.

Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

SCI injuries can be classified as “complete” and “incomplete”. As the name entails, a complete SCI results in paralysis below the site of the injury, where there is no feeling or voluntary movement, and both sides of the body have become paralyzed equally. An incomplete SCI occurs when only one part of the spinal cord has become damaged (due to a tear, compression or other injury to the spine). Victims of incomplete SCI may still experience paralysis, but it will be generally partial in nature (as opposed to a complete SCI). In an incomplete SCI, some feeling and voluntary movement may be present on one or both sides of the body.

Incomplete SCI’s have become more common given relative advances in medical technology in recent history. An individual with an incomplete SCI may retain feeling in the affected area, but may still experience ongoing pain. The ongoing sensory agitation can be serious and debilitating, rending victim completely not able to function.

Each Injury is Unique and Requires Expert Attention

Some circumstances allow for more active therapy to help counteract any muscular atrophy by rebuilding muscle fiber to strengthen and support functioning. The complexity of the spine means that each and every spinal cord injury is unique and will require assessment by a team of experts, including a top lawyer trained to deal with spinal cord injuries such as David Hollingsworth. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury team understand the nature of spinal cord injuries. For over a decade, David has been helping  accident victims with spinal cord injury work through their lawsuit and get the compensation they need and whatever else this entails, including compensation for loss of income, a new home, and custom vehicle.

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If you or a member of your family has sustained a spinal cord injury, please contact David Hollingsworth by e-mail or call 613 978-9549. David Hollingsworth, offers free consultations to discuss your case and explain how we can help you. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer- representing accident victims throughout eastern Ontario. Upon request, if you wish, you may speak with other spinal cord injury victims David has been able to help.


Questions to ask your Ottawa Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Law Firms

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Looking for an Ottawa injury lawyer. During the selection process, you may become overwhelmed with the sheer number of Ottawa injury lawyers.  A good place to start is the local Bar Association; they can usually recommend a few lawyers that might be appropriate to your case.  What falls to you, however, is investigating these lawyers to ensure you find the right one for you.  You will want to interview all prospective injury lawyers and be sure to ask them plenty of questions.  It usually helps to write a list of your questions beforehand and go down the list, checking off each question when you get a satisfactory answer.  If, during the interview, you feel that they are brushing you off or do not have time for you, consider how you would feel if you hired them to help you and they did the same thing.  The way they treat you during the interview is often reflective of how they will treat you during your case, so pay close attention.

Ask them questions about their track record.  How many wins do they have out of how many cases?  How often do they take cases to court?  How long have they been working on cases like yours?  What are typical settlements that they have won for cases like yours?  While you are interviewing potential Ottawa personal injury lawyers, the answers to these questions are probably the most critical.  The purpose is to ascertain how likely this lawyer is to win your case, and how far are they willing to take the case before conceding to the insurance companies.  They should have far more wins than losses and they should not be afraid to take insurance companies to court.

Does your Ottawa injury lawyer specialize in personal injury?

Find out if they specialize in any specific type of injury or accident.  There are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in car accidents, work-related accidents, slips/falls, and all sorts of other types of accidents or injuries.  By finding out there specialization you can decide whether their specialty is in line with your type of injury.  If they are a great lawyer but they specialize in car accidents, while your case is a work-related accident, they are not the best lawyer for your specific case.

Settle on a cost before starting your case.  Ask each of the Ottawa personal injury lawyers how they calculate their rates.  Choose a lawyer who will cover the costs of your case as it moves along, then take an agreed upon amount out of the settlement.  This way you are not being charged more and more as the case proceeds and you have an agreement as to what appropriate costs for reimbursement would be.  If you decide to hire this particular lawyer, make sure that you have a written and signed contract specifying the calculation of the rate and how it will be paid.

Once all of your questions have been answered, compare and contrast different Ottawa personal injury lawyers based on their responses.  Based on this comparison, you can confidently select the right lawyer for you.


Ontario Canadian Paraplegic Association Ottawa- Wine and Food Fundraiser, Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Come Join the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ottawa Office’s Wine and Food Night in support of people in Ontario and Ottawa with spinal cord injuries ! 

I will absolutely be there and hope to see you there !-Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer  , David Hollingsworth 

Canadian Paraplegic Association

Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ottawa

Thursday March 31, 7-10pm at St Elias Centre

This is a unique celebration of food and wine from Ontario and Quebec. Throughout the evening, guests will stroll from station to station sampling culinary delights from Ottawa restaurants & caterers (Vittoria Trattoria, Kiko Sushi, Chez Eric and Thyme and Again to name a few), while sampling wines from Prince Edward County and beer from Beau’s. With exquisite one of a kind items to bid on, prestigious guests and an alluring atmosphere, it is an evening not to be missed.

You will be proud to be affiliated with this exclusive evening while dignitaries, diplomats, government officials, lawyers, and members of Ottawa’s corporate and community leaders gather to bid on over 100 items in support of the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario (CPA). It will be a great opportunity for participants to mingle, network and to enjoy themselves while supporting a great cause. All proceeds will benefit the Canadian Paraplegic Association of  Ontario which offers programs and services to people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.

Mission: Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario

“To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self –reliance and full community participation.”

  • Every week in Ontario 10 people experience a spinal cord injury. Ten people with families, friends, employers and educators – all of whom will feel the impact of the injury.  It can happen to anyone.
  • In Ontario, approximately 600,000 people or 7 % of the population, live with mobility impairment.
  • A spinal cord injury is one of the most catastrophic injuries and demanding health conditions. In addition to the challenging physical effects of a spinal cord injury, severe psychological and social effects (including social isolation, depression, suicide, substance abuse, and family break-up) can result after an injury.
  • With the right support, people living with a spinal cord injury can reintegrate into the community and the workforce. The availability of CPA Ontario programs and services play a vital role in getting people with a spinal cord injury back into the community as contributing, participating members of society.

Individual tickets can be purchased by calling (613) 723-1033 ext 222 ($100 each until March 1 then $125), a partial tax receipt is issued.

Corporate table seating 8 can also be purchased for $1000.

The event would not be a success without the help and support of the Ottawa community. Please support this valuable cause by donating money or prizes to be auctioned off, sponsoring the event ( media package can be available upon request) and most of all attending ! For more information visit the CPA’s Ottawa website or call  (613) 723-1033 ext 222.