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Ontario Accident Benefits and Catastrophic Injuries. Good news for Ontario accident victims.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.  What injuries are deemed a catastrophic injury?  What is the definition of a catastrophic injury?  Well, it has changed and changed for the better….In an interesting case  Pastore v. Aviva Canada,  the Court of Appeal of Ontario  ruled that an injured victim  does not need to be markedly impaired in more than one area of life to be deemed  ” catastrophically impaired”.   In this particular case, the injured party had been hit in a car accident in November 2002 . As a result of the accident, her  left ankle was broken  and over time her ankle healed improperly. The injured victim  had a number of surgeries and consequently  her right knee also required surgery due to the injuries in her ankle and the manner in which she now walked.  As a result of these injuries, the victim became dependant on others for everyday activities  she once was able to perform on her own.  This dependency also affected the victim’s  emotional and psychological well-being.

In May 2005, the victim Ms. Pastore applied to the Aviva insurance company to have her injuries deemed as a “catastrophic impairment”  and it was determined that she had a catastrophic impairment :  ”mental or behavioural disorder.”  It was deemed that Pastore had a class 4 or “marked impairment”  due to her daily living and she was rated with an overall assessment of class 3, which is a moderate impairment.   What this meant was that she was now meeting the threshold for a catastrophic impairment in one category.  A catastrophic impairment designation requires  impairment in all four categories.  The case was brought to the Court of Appeal and it was there decided that  Pastore’s position, according to the language in the Statutory Accident benefits  did not require “marked impairments” in each of the  four categories of  a catastrophic impairment designation.

This is excellent news for Ontario accident victims. This decision allows for additional Ontario accident benefits for injured victims.  We have many clients who thanks to this decision, will be able to receive the help and support they need.  This is great news for Ontario accident victims and their families.  Many accidents leave people with physical injuries , but also injuries such as chronic pain, and emotional and psychological impairments . Thanks to this decision, there will be increased benefits for people suffering from  these impairments.

David Hollingsworth and Associates . We are Ottawa injury lawyers with a wealth of experience .  Our lawyers work closely with you our clients to make sure no stone in unturned and that our clients receive all the support and compensation they need following an accident in Ontario.  If you are injured, it’s important that you meet with an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer who knows how best to help you.  There is far too much at stake to be with the wrong lawyer. We pride ourselves on our high success rate, our experience and our valuable relationships with our clients. Your future and your families future is important and we understand that.  We are here for you and with you every step of the way. Contact us for a free consultation. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or email david@ottawainjury.ca

We understand, we care, we’re here to help …and our track record proves it.

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Carleton Place accident tragic death of Madeleine Havelock and Thomas Guerette and leaves 4 others with severe personal injuries.

What a terrible and tragic start to Easter weekend. Sadly, 2 young university students died on their way home from Trent University to visit their families for Easter.  4 other people also suffered serious personal injuries last night after a terrible accident in Beckwith Township, close to Lanark. The accident took place on Richmond Road,  just south of Carleton Place and involved 2 vehicles. Tragically 21-year-old Madeleine Havelock and 22-year-old Thomas Guerette were found trapped in their car and pronounced dead at accident scene. They were travelling with a 21-year-old woman who suffered a severe pelvic fracture and a serious head injury. She remains in critical condition.  I hope she is able to fully recover from this devastating accident. I’m so sorry for the Havelock and Guerette families who have lost their children, who had bright futurs ahead. This is a terrible, terrible tragedy.

3 others people were also injured. A 23-year-old man driving suffered a shoulder injury, while his passengers suffered serious personal injuries. One had severe abdominal injuries and a 16-year-old suffered serious injuries to his back and shoulders. They were rushed to  the Carleton Place Hospital. I hope they are all able to recover from these injuries.

We never want to hear about accidents like this and it is tough to imagine the devastation for these suffering families.

Ontario Car Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates . We are the Ottawa injury lawyers team that is devoted to ensuring our clients get it all : the help, support and maximum compensation following an accident Ontario accident. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information relating to Ottawa accidents,  insurance claims in Ontario , personal injury or events in our community. Email  david@ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549

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Barrhaven accident Greenbank Road and Berrigan Drive results in serious head injury. Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares story.

Sadly, a 70 year old man is being treated for a serious head injury as the result of an accident in Barrhaven  Tuesday. The Ottawa accident occurred at Greenbank Road and Berrigan Drive during the afternoon. The senior accident victim remains in serious condition and Ottawa paramedics reported that he  was unconscious when he they arrived at the hospital. My thoughts are with him and I wish him a full recovery.

Welcome to the Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers report created regularly by Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.  David has been an Ontario personal injury lawyer since 1999. David  focusses on helping all eastern Ontario accident victims with serious personal injuries. The Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer  reports on  eastern Ontario accidents such as Ottawa area accidents, personal injury, safety,  insurance in Ontario,  and events or news that relate to Ottawa .  For more information, visit  www.ottawainjury.ca .  
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Ottawa accident Bank street results in personal injury. Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares report.

Ottawa Accident Lawyers… An Ottawa accident yesterday morning on Bank Street has left 3 people with personal injuries. 2 of the accident victims were pregnant. The Ottawa accident occurred close to 11 am on Bank Street between Blais and Rideau road. One vehicle was carrying 2 women in their 20s and both suffered serious personal injury. One woman was treated for a possible broken pelvis and was rushed to an Ottawa hospital.

One car contained two women in their 20s. The passenger in that car was the most seriously injured. The woman, who was two months pregnant, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed by firefighters. Paramedics treated her for a possible broken pelvis, then took her to hospital where she was listed in stable condition. The driver of the car was 8 months pregnant and was also rushed to hospital for treatment. It was reported that she is in stable condition.  The driver of the other vehicle was an 80-year-old woman. She suffered severe chest injuries and remains in stable condition in an Ottawa hospital. The cause of the accident is unknown and Ottawa police are investigating.  If you have any information that relates to this accident, please contact the Ottawa Police.

Welcome to the Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer report . This report is created regularly by Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.  David has been an Ontario personal injury lawyer since 1999. David  focusses on helping all eastern Ontario accident victims with serious personal injuries. The Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer  reports on  eastern Ontario accidents such as Ottawa area accidents, personal injury, safety,  insurance in Ontario,  and events or news that relate to Ottawa .  For more information, visit  www.ottawainjury.ca .  
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Ottawa lawyer: Types and causes of spinal cord injuries.

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth : Some of my most severe personal injury cases are where someone has been involved in an accident which has resulted in a spinal cord injury. Not only has their life completely changed; so has their families.  Every person who suffers a spinal cord injury faces different challenges. Some have excellent family support; while others are alone.  Some have insurance coverage; while others have none. A spinal cord injury can be devastating and life-altering.  It’s important to completely understand your spinal cord injury and ensure that you are adequately provided for throughout your rehabilitation and throughout the rest of your life moving forward.

Types of spinal cord injuries.

Any spinal cord injury can occur anywhere along one’s spinal cord. Typically a spinal cord injury is the result of damage to spinal cord cells. This damage causes a loss of communication between the brain and the parts of the body below the injured area. In other words, the higher the injury along the spinal cord, there is a higher chance of having problems with the injury. Often times, there is a loss of movement and sensation in body parts.

Paraplegia is often the result of an injury at the thoracic level of the spinal cord. It often results in loss of sensation and paralysis in one’s lower body and legs.

 Quadriplegia is often the result of an injury to the cervical area of the spinal cord. It also may result in loss of sensation and paralysis in both the arms and the legs or it can also result in sensation loss in all areas below the neckline.

Spinal cord injuries are divided into 2 types of spinal cord injuries: complete spinal cord injuries and incomplete spinal cord injuries. It is possible that a spinal cord injury classification change during the recovery process.

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries. Typically a loss of sensation and motor ability is associated with a complete spinal cord injury caused by bruising, loss of blood to the spinal cord, severe pressure to the spinal cord, or cuts and severed spinal cords. Typically a complete spinal cord injury results in a total loss of sensation and movement below the spinal injury site.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: An incomplete spinal cord injury does not always result in complete loss of movement and sensation below the injury site.

Most common causes of spinal cord injury:

Car Accidents: Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of most spinal cord injuries. Car accidents cause up to 40% of new spinal cord injuries every year.

Slip and Fall Accidents:  Spinal cord injury after the age of 65 are most often caused by a slip and fall accident. Overall, slip and fall accidents cause more than 25% of spinal cord injuries.

Violence: Close to 15% of spinal cord injuries result from acts of violence. 

Athletic injuries: Athletic injuries, sports injuries, dives cause approximately 8% of spinal cord injuries.

Alcohol: Alcohol is a factor in approximately 25% of spinal cord injuries.

Diseases. Cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal cord inflammation are also some causes of  spinal cord injuries.

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers -The Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer report  is created by Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.  As an Ontario  personal injury lawyer since 1999, David  focusses and is dedicated to helping all eastern Ontario accident victims with serious personal injuries such as spinal cord injuries and personal  injuries resulting from Ontario accidents. The Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer  reports on  eastern Ontario accidents such as Ottawa area accidents, personal injury, cycling safety, insurance in Ontario,  and events or news that relate to Ottawa, safety, accidents and personal injury . Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.  

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It’s not too late to support Ottawa’s Canadian Paraplegic Association

David Hollingsworth and Associates. Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa serving eastern Ontario.

People in  Ontario suffer from spinal cord injuries daily that result in permanent paralysis.  The Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ontario helps people with spinal cord injuries rebuild their lives after an accident.

The Ottawa Wheelchair Relay Challenge at Terry Fox Athletic Facility is taking place this Saturday and it aims to raise funds for people with spinal cord injuries!  You can help by donating, supporting, cheering or even entering a team. 
Event Details -Saturday, September 15, 2012
Terry Fox Athletic Facility, 2960 Riverside Dr
Registration begins at 10am. The race starts at 11am.

 I have participated in this event for the past several years and it is amazing ! It’ s a great chance to get out there and experience first hand the difficulties and struggles associated with a spinal cord injury.  I am very disappointed that I can’t attend this year due to other commitments. It is such a worthwhile cause and I highly recommend if you can make it on Saturday, your support will go a long way.

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Injury Lawyer Ottawa- Accident Lowen Drive and River Road:death of 16 year old Julio Nibigirwe, wrongful death 21 year old and severe personal injuries.

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 Julio Nibigirwe has been identified as the young teen who died this past weekend in an Ottawa car accident. He seemed to be loved by many.  He was described as positive and lived life to the fullest.  Nibigirwe was born in Burundi and lived, with his family,  in the area of Uplands Drive area. He attended École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité. Many students at the school are mourning his death. Sadly, the 21 year old who was also in the car has also been pronounced dead after battling for his life.  His name has not been released. What a tragedy…

original post: Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario- David Hollingsworth and Associates.  Tragically, a 16 year old male teenager  has died as the result of a terrible accident that also left 4 other  young men with serious personal injuries when their  minivan crashed last night  in Ottawa South. Both the  teen and a 21-year-old man were ejected from the minivan close to the intersection of Lowen Drive and River Road at approximately 2 a.m. this morning. Tragically ,  the teen died on impact . The 21 year old young man was found unconscious  50 feet away from the van and was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with severe  and possible life threatening injuries. The 17 year old driver and 2 other passengers, ages  19 and 17, were also rushed to an Ottawa hospital with personal injuries. What a terrible tragedy for these young boys. My thoughts are with their families and friends at this incredibly sad and difficult time. For more information,visit www.ottawainjury.ca

- The Ottawa Injury lawyers report is regularly written by Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.  Our Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on  eastern Ontario accidents, personal injury, Ontario accident benefits, insurance in Ontario,  news in Ottawa and events and  news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury . Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. 

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Ottawa taxi accident results in severe head injury and serious orthopedic injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. A 28-year-old man is in critical condition today after being hit by a taxi at the intersection of Ogilvie and Cyrville roads this morning. At 2:21 a.m., Ottawa rescue crews arrived and found the 28 year old unconscious man, He has suffered a “severe” open head injury, fractured left arm and fractured left leg. He was immediately rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition. The driver of the taxi seemed to be “emotionally disturbed,” and was also brought to an Ottawa hospital for assessment. I hope to soon have better news….My thoughts are with him, his family and his friends at this very stressful time.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa 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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Ottawa Enforcement targetting Ottawa drivers who fail to stop and run red lights, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will be focussing on Ottawa motorists who run red lights and those who don’t fully comply with stop signs as part of its ongoing commitment to keeping Ottawa’s roads safe during the month of May. 

Ottawa Accidents: Running Red Lights

Red light running has become a serious issue on Ottawa roadways.  In 2010, 764 accidents occurred due to Ottawa drivers failing to stop for red lights.  These accidents resulted in 372 personal injuries, of which,  11 of them were life-threatening personal injuries. 

Ottawa Accidents: Stop Sign Violations

In 2010, 1,618 Ottawa accidents occurred at stop sign intersections, which resulted in 6 deaths and 492 personal injuries, of which 23 injuries were life-threatening. 

I am so thankful that Ottawa has these initiatives to support the larger Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a leading partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department , who are all committed to preventing or eliminating road accidents, deaths and serious personal injuries for Ottawa residents, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

—-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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Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario : Ottawa raises $25 000.

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..I was pleased to sponsor last week’s Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario Charity Fundraiser that raised close to $25 000 for much needed funds and programming to assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported such a great cause.

—-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. If you have a subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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