Ottawa injury lawyer discusses concussions in children and the signs, symptoms of a concussion.

Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer on concussions in children.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. With spring sports in full force, the incidence of child concussions is on the rise.   Head injuries in athletes during mainly sports; however children can also suffer serious concussions  from colliding with another child during play, car accidents and bicycle accidents and even minor falls. Typically children can recover from a concussion within a week or two without lasting health problems if they treat the concussion in a timely manner and properly by following certain precautions and taking a break from activities.

The severity of a concussion can be  determined by how long signs and symptoms can last and therefore  are only known when recovery has taken place. The longer the symptoms persist,  the more severe the concussions. More severe concussions or  undiagnosed concussions can cause brain damage or disability.

Treating a concussion is difficult and vague.  First and foremost, if you have a concussion or you think your child may have a concussion, you need to seek professional medical help immediately. One thing for sure is to REST. Anyone suffering a concussion needs  to remove themselves of any activities that could cause stress on the brain and try to avoid any sudden movements, impacts etc.

We know that the brain is made of soft tissue and is surrounded by spinal fluid, which is protected by our skulls.  Our brains  move around inside our skulls and can bang against our skulls. When the brain bangs against our skulls,  for example, due to a fall on a sidewalk or a whiplash-type of injury — it can be bruised, blood vessels are torn, and the nerves inside our brain become damaged. These injuries can lead to a concussion. There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion.

In a previous post I outlined the most common signs and symptoms of a concussion . Typically most concussion symptoms may appear initially and  develop over the first 24-72 hours.  Children can experience  the same concussion symptoms as older kids and even as adults. This is why it is imperative to have treatment for a concussion as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. If your child is sleepy, let them sleep; however , call 9-1-1 immediately after a head injury if your child can’t be woken up.

Most concussions in children will heal quickly however some symptoms including memory loss, headaches, and problems with concentration  may linger for several weeks or even months.  As a parent or caregiver, it’s critical to watch for these symptoms and contact your doctor if they persist. A concussion injury is not to be taken lightly and must be treated properly. If in doubt contact a doctor or qualified health professional immediately. If your concussion is from a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.


Ottawa pedestrian accident Carling and Churchill sends one to Ottawa hospital with injuries.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates. — An Ottawa accident occurred this morning when a pedestrian was hit by a car at the corner of Carling and Churchill .  I live very close to this area and can tell you that this is a dangerous and busy intersection. Early reports indicated that the Ottawa pedestrian was brought to a hospital but the severity of injuries is unknown. I wish this accident victim a smooth and full recovery.

David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in Ontario personal injury and insurance claims.  Since 1999, David has built one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyers teams.  David or any of our personal injury lawyers are available for questions or free consultations at (613) 978-9549 or email at david@ottawainjury.ca or visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca


Ottawa accident Prince of Wales and Meadowlands drive results in serious head injury.

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An Ottawa accident has left a 74 year old woman at the Ottawa Civic Hospital . She was hit by a car at Prince of Wales Drive and Meadowlands Drive late yesterday afternoon. The unidentified woman was being treated for a serious head injury. She currently remains in serious but thankfully, stable condition. My thoughts are with her and her family at this time and I wish her a full recovery.

Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience with brain injuries.  Diagnosing a brain injury is the most important step in recovery.  Without a proper diagnosis, a proper treatment plan cannot be established.  Our personal injury lawyers work with our clients’ medical teams to ensure that our clients receive all the supports they need.  We work closely with the top head injury specialists in Ottawa and the medical professionals in the Ottawa area know us as experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers.  We will often meet one on one with our clients rehabilitative teams. A head injury or brain injury can be life altering for not only the injured but their friends  and it’s important that all supports are put in place and a recovery plan is well established. We are here to answer  any questions and act as a legal resource when it comes to head injuries and the law and compensation in Ontario.

If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury in an accident, it’s important you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer; specifically an injury lawyer who has experience with brain injuries.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are known as a go to resource for head injuries and compensation in the Ottawa area. We are here to offer our support and we are here for you.


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.

The MVACF :
  •  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 Lawyer: Sport Injuries and Compensation

Head Injury in Sports

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I receive calls regularly asking me questions about sporting injuries and does one have the right to sue. In every sport, there are injuries. While some injuries may be avoided in sports, others aren’t.  Sporting injuries can happen anywhere; a friend’s house,  school, gymnasiums, sport fields and sport training facilities. Football and hockey seem to be the sports with the highest rates of severe injuries that hear of due to the high impact and high number of head injuries associated with these 2 sports. Some sport head injuries become mild concussions and people are able to return to their sport within a few days or weeks. As we all know, there are also severe head, back, brain, neck and spinal cord injuries that result from sporting accidents.  These injuries are life-altering and catastrophic injuries.

I’m often asked about compensation about such injuries.  Not all cases of sporting injuries result in the right to sue and seek insurance compensation. In order to receive compensation, it needs to be proven that the  facility where the injury took place provided  unsafe, or dysfunctional equipment. If this is proven, then they can be help liable. It may be difficult to prove negligence , but with proper documentation, pictures and witnesses , a personal injury lawyer can help build a personal injury case to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

Consult a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer

If you have suffered a sports injury and feel it is a result of someone else’snegligence, contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. The top Ottawa personal injury lawyers will be able to provide you with immediate feedback on whether or not they think you have a personal injury case or not.

Play hard and play safe !

 


Ottawa accident Parkdale and Tunney’s pasture: Man in scooter suffers serious head injury.

Ottawa Accident Tunney’s Pasture

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth…Sadly, a 67 year old man suffered serious personal injury and remains in stable condition when his scooter was hit by another vehicle in Hintonburg. Ottawa Paramedics arrived at the Ottawa accident scene at Parkdale and Tunney’s Pasture mid morning yesterday.  When they arrived, the man was  confused and a his scooter destroyed . He suffered serious personal injuries to his face, head and hands.  Ottawa Police are looking into the cause of this Ottawa accident. If you have any information that might help their investigation, please contact the Ottawa Police. I wish this man a full and speedy recovery.

Tunney’s Pasture is a very high traffic area with many pedestrians.  Depending on the time of day, Scott St, Parkdale and Holland can all be incredibly busy. Drivers need to be extra vigilant and pedestrians also need to walk with their heads up and eyes open.

There have been many Ottawa accidents in the Tunneys Pasture area. Although the intersections are well designed and safety measures are in place, there continue to be accidents.

Is a scooter a motor vehicle ?

In this particular accident, the injured man was driving a scooter.  A scooter is considered to be a motor vehicle .  A scooter, like a car, has it’s own insurance policy.  What this means is that there are Ontario accident benefits available to this man in the form of rehabilitation benefits, physiotherapy, counselling etc.. Depending on who is at fault in this scooter accident, the driver may also have a tort claim against the other driver of the vehicle involved in the accident.

If you have been injured in an accident and aren’t sure if whether or not you should start a personal injury lawsuit, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Once you share with us some facts about your accident, we can give you an educated opinion on whether or not you should commence a lawsuit and how much in support and compensation you might expect.


Ottawa motorcycle accident in Orleans results in tragic death.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Motorcycle Accident, Sadly, a 24-year-old man has dies after an Ottawa motorcycle accident in Orleans on Friday night. the Ottawa motorcycle accident occurred at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard and Avignon Crescent. when Ottawa rescue crews arrived, the man had no vital signs and multiple critical head injuries, despite the fact he was wearing a helmet at the time of the Ottawa motorcycle accident. Despite Ottawa paramedics trying to resuscitate the motorcycle driver, he was pronounced dead in the emergency room of the Ottawa Hospital. My thoughts are with his family and friends and this incredibly sad time..

—-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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Ottawa lawyer supporting City of Ottawa June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

City of Ottawa declares June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I am so pleased that our wonderful city has chosen June as Brain Injury Awareness Month.  With more bicycles, motorcycles, sports, rollerblades, skateboards out during the summer months, the need for brain injury awareness is paramount.  I fully support this initiative.  I have so many clients suffering from a brian injury and it is heartbreaking.  A brain injury is an invisible condition affecting  adults and children. A brain injury is usually not recognizable and results in daily frustrations for not only the person suffering from a brain injury, but also their family and friends. 

I totally believe that the Ottawa community needs to become informed about the risks of a brain injury, what to look for and the strategies for preventing a brain injury.

The daily challenges faced by someone with a  brain injury and their families are often uncomprehensible unless you are in their shoes.  They struugle daily to do some of the most basic life tasks, that they could once do easily. 

As a community supporting those suffering from a brain injury, we need to help by sharing information, knowledge and inspiration to help improve the quality of life of brain injury victims and their families.

We have some valuable Ottawa brain injury resources such as:

Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley, The Brain Injury Association of Canada, the Vista Centre, Pathways to Independence, the Acquired Brain Injury program at the Ottawa hospital, the Ontario Brain Injury Association to name but a few….

June 2012 as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Ottawa.

—-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, call (613) 978-9549 or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca

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Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth supporting Helmet Day : 46 Ontario stores offering discounts on helmets.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… I strongly urge everyone, children and adults to wear a helmet. It really could save your life. I meet daily with people involved in accidents and in some cases they are severely injured, but alive thanks to a helmet.  Please celebrate Helmet Day tomorrow by purchasing  a new helmet. 46 Ontario retailers across the region have agreed to participate in this event. The following locations are offering discounts tomorrow. Simply visit a participating store and purchase your helmet for helmet day discount,

This event is for everyone (children, youth, adults, and seniors) and all kinds of helmets will be available., whether you bike, rollerblade, skateboard, ski, or play hockey.

The following retailers are supporting this very important initiative and are offering discounts:

Store: Top of the World Location: 158 Rideau Street Discount: 15% off all Helmets and Safety Gear (Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards)

Store: Antique Skate Location: 9 Florence Street Discount: 15% off all skateboard helmets and equipment

Store: Bushtukah Locations (2 locations): 5607 Hazeldean Road, 203 Richmond Road  Discount: 25% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: The Cyclery Location: 115 Bank Street Discount: 20% off all Helmets and Safety Equipment (Bells, Lights, and Reflective Tape)

Store: Dinardo’s Skis & Wheels Location: 44 Northside Road  Discount: Will pay the taxes on all helmets purchased on Helmet Day

Store: Euro Sports Location: 13 Bullman Street Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Joe Mamma Location: 767 Bank Street Discount: 25% off all helmets in stock

Store: Foster’s Sports Centre Location: 305 Bank Street  Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Fresh Air Experience  Location:1291 Wellington Street Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Full Cycle Location: 401 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 15% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: Kunstadt  Locations (3 locations): 680 Bank Street, 1583 Bank Street, 463 Hazeldea Discount: 30% of all helmets

Store: Lacroix Source for Sports Location: 2062 St. Joseph Blvd Discount: 20% discount on all hockey helmets

Store: McCranks Location: 889 Bank Street Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Mountain Equipment Coop Location: 366 Richmond Road Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: On Deck Skateboard Shop Location: 141 Bentley Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Orleans Cycles Location: 2404 St.Joseph Boulevard Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Pecco’s Location (2 locations):  86 Murray Street, 85 Du Portage (Gatineau, QC)   Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Phat Moose Cycles Location: 98 Hawthorne Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Rebec and Kroes Location: 2679 Alta Vista Drive Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Sport Chek Location (12 locations):  Ottawa: Kanata Centrum: 785 Kanata Av, Merivale Mall : 1642 Merivale Rd, Place D’Orléans: 110 Place D’Orleans Dr, Riocan Marketplace: 125 Riocan Av, St.Laurent: 1200 St Laurent Blvd, Surrounding Areas: Belleville, ON: 390 North Front Street #200, Cobourg, ON: 1111 Elgin Street West , Cornwall, ON:  501 Tollgate W, Lindsay, ON: 401 Kent Street West, Kingston, ON: 945 Gardiners Road, Pembroke, ON: 1100 Pembroke Street East #503
Peterborough, ON: 645 Lansdowne Street West  Discount: 20% off last ticketed price on all bike helmets

Store: Sportek Location: 1020 Pleasant Park Road Discount: 20% off helmets if customer mentions “Helmet Day”

Store: Sports Experts  Location: 100 Bayshore Drive, 4338 Innes Road, 50 Rideau Street , 1226 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 25% off all regular priced helmet

Store: Tall Tree Cycles Location: 255 Richmond Road Discount: 20 % off all helmets

Store: Tommy and Lefebvre Location:  464 Bank Street, 250 Centrum Boulevard
499 Terry Fox Drive , 2525 Lancaster Road, 3777 Strandherd Discount: 20% off any Helmet purchase or a BUY one receive the second helmet FREE (equal or lesser value)

Please , please , please take care of your head and brain. A brain injury and head injury can happen to anyone and can change your life forever. Be a good role model for your children and strap a helmet on !

-Ottawa Head and Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

—-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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Ottawa accident bank street results teen with a serious head injury and leg fractures

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..An Ottawa accident has left a teenager with serious personal injuries.  Bank Street between Snake Island Road and Spring Hill Road is closed due to  a head-on collision accident that left  17-year-old girl with very serious personal injuries this morning. the Ottawa accident happened at 9 a.m. , when a tractor-trailer and a car hit.  The 17 year old driver of the car suffered a head injury and serious injury and fractures to her leg. I hope to soon be able to share better news with you and I hope she is able to recover fully from this accident…

—-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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