Killaloe accident- mother and toddler airlifted to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre.

Killaloe Accident,  Lawyer David Hollingsworth…

A terrible Killaloe accident has left a mother and one of her children in an Ottawa hospital with serious injuries. Kristen Birney was driving a minivan with her four children inside the vehicle when it was hit by another vehicle turning from Opeongo Road onto Letter Kenny Road at about 5 o’clock last night. The OPP are looking to press careless driving charges against the 67 year old driver that struck the minivan. The result was that Kristen and her 3 year old toddler were airlifted to the Ottawa Hospital Civic campus in critical condition. The OPP are continuing in their investigation.

If you have any information that could help police, please contact the OPP.  My thoughts are with Kristen, her young child and their family at this difficult time and I’m wishing them both FULL recoveries.  Thankfully they are in excellent  hands at the Ottawa Hospital.

 


Ontario Police need our help. Casselman accident results in death of Mylaine Charland.

Casselman Accident

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) need our help . A Casselman car accident has left one woman dead and unfortunately no one seems to know what happened to the deceased driver. The Casselman accident is believed to have occurred last Saturday on  St. Albert Road. The deceased driver  identified as 20-year-old Mylaine Charland , from Embrun Ontario. Mylaine was last seen at her friend’s house at approximately 8:00 p.m on Saturday. If you have any information about this Casselman accident, please contact the Ontario Police-Russell County. My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mylaine Charland.

Our personal injury lawyers travel throughout eastern Ontario meeting with people who have been injured and their families.  Our lawyers often meet at kitchen tables, coffee shops, hospitals and places where people are most comfortable. Often times after an accident people don’t know where to turn to for legal advice. Our injury lawyers offer free consultations and can help determine what the best course of action is in a personal injury lawsuits. Let us help you get expenses covered and benefits for the future.

If you or a loved one has  been injured or lost a loved one as a result of being in an accident in Ontario, you need help and our lawyers are here for you.

 


More snow coming Ottawa ! Leave those snow tires on.

A caution from personal injury lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth

You may think spring is just around the corner here in Ottawa but you may have to wait a little longer.  Don’t put your shovels and snow tires away yet. There is a storm system making its way towards Ottawa and is likely to hit us late tonight. Yes, that’s right…more snow. It should start tonight and continue tomorrow. It is expected that the Ottawa area will get at least 15 centimetres of snow, possibly more. I wanted to remind everyone to adjust their driving and be aware of the weather conditions.  Driving in a snowstorm and heavy snow can be dangerous. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can tell you that there are far too many accidents that could potentially be avoided if all drivers followed some basic guidelines for winter driving.

If you are feeling unsafe, pullover and get assistance.

Slow down during inclement weather.

Make sure to clear your car off and that you have excellent visibility on the front , back and side windows.

Clear off the roof of your car, as sudden stops may send large amounts of snow down your windows and may affect your visibility. Clearing off your roof also ensures you aren’t putting others at risk with large pieces of ice and snow flying off your vehicle while driving.

Watch out for black ice.

We will undoubtedly be faced with difficult driving conditions tonight and tomorrow morning in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  Please drive safely and take your time.

David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are dedicated injury lawyers who are here to help through support and maximum compensation following an Ontario accident. We are from Ottawa and love Ottawa and want to keep our roads and city safe.

 


How you can receive housekeeping and home maintenance expenses after an Ontario accident.

What are housekeeping benefits ?

Taking care of your home seems like the last thing you need to think about after an accident but unfortunately, you need to or you need someone helping  you. If your accident was in Ontario, you may be eligible for Ontario accident benefits from your insurance company or the insurance company of the driver who was at fault. There are several different accident benefits available to you. One involves housekeeping and home maintenance expenses. Basically, if you are unable to perform your usual housekeeping duties or home maintenance duties, your accident benefits can cover someone performing these duties for you.

How much are housekeeping benefits in Ontario ?

The maximum housekeeping and home maintenance benefit payment is $100 each week.

Does everyone qualify for housekeeping benefits?

This home maintenance and housekeeping benefit  is available only to Ontario accident victims who are deemed  “catastrophically injured” in an Ontario accident. However, the FSCO -Financial Services Committee of Ontario has made housekeeping and home maintenance benefits available to non-catastrophically injured accident victims as well by purchasing additional accident benefits. Yes, this means an additional cost each month to an already expensive insurance payment.

Should you purchase additional accident benefits?

We understand that purchasing these additional accident benefits may not seem to make sense; however,in the event of an accident , you may rely heavily on your insurance benefits.  If you are unsure of whether or not you have access to these Ontario accident benefits, let us know and we can help steer you in the right direction.  We can give you advice and let you decide how you want to approach your insurance company. We are here to help. All advice is free.

If you feel like your insurance company isn’t being fair, that’s where our personal injury lawyers in Ottawa can help. Let us help.

 


Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth explains maximum award for pain and suffering compensation in Ontario.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates: lawyers for Ontario accident victims.

Compensation for Pain and Suffering in Ontario

Ontario Insurance. There are  two types of damage compensation in Ontario: pecuniary damages and non-pecuniary. Pecuniary damages can be calculated and non-pecuniary damages cannot be calculated.

Damages for Pain and Suffering in Ontario (Non-Pecuniary Damages)

Most serious accidents in Ontario result in personal injury and pain. There is the obvious pain suffered immediately following the accident, the pain following the treatment of the injury (ie surgery, physio etc..) and then there is the ongoing pain that can last for weeks, months, years or throughout one’s life following an accident.  In many cases, a serious injury may never fully heal, leaving accident victims with a life long pain problem. Thankfully the Ontario insurance regime  compensates accident victims for  pain and suffering.

In Ontario, the amount awarded for  pain and suffering varies depending on the situation. Some factors that help determine the maximum amount of compensation for pain and suffering are:

  • age
  • the severity of the injury
  • the length of time it should take the injury to fully heal
  •  treatment required to treat the personal injury (ie surgery required?)
  •  hospitalization?  rehabilitation? how long?
  • the physical and emotional damage that the injury has caused now and moving forward
  • pre-existing injuries

I will be honest, it is difficult to sue for pain and suffering after a car accident claim in Ontario. We have however had great success in helping our accident victims get the maximum amount of compensation for pain and suffering.

Nowadays,  in order to sue for pain and suffering, your injuries need to meet a legal threshold . The legal threshold must show a serious and permanent impairment of an important bodily function. This impairment can be viewed in many ways .  To keep things simple, it basically means that you cannot work, be a caregiver, or participate in normal activities of daily living as a result of your pain and suffering.

Also, to receive compensation for pain and suffering , your injuries must be permanent.  What makes this particularly difficult is the fact that it is sometimes tricky to show that an injury is permanent without waiting for at least a year after the accident . Accident victims are struggling throughout this year and it is difficult to try to rebuild a new life without knowing what lies ahead.

In order to claim compensation for pain and suffering in Ontario, the personal injuries suffered in or after the accident must be proven to the courts,should the insurance company try to deny compensation. Unfortunately, in most cases, that’s exactly what they will try to do. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I find this to be so disturbing as often times people with “invisible” injuries are the people who need the compensation the most .That is why I take all pain and suffering claims in Ontario very seriously. I see how much pain people are in and how they have lost their everyday life to an accident.  I do everything I can to really help these accident victims.

Ontario Insurance: Pain and Suffering Claims Deductible

Not only to pain and suffering claims need to be a specific threshold in Ontario, the Ontario government has also legislated that they surpass a $30,000 deductible for pain and suffering claims. Sadly,what this translates to for accident victims is that they do not receive the first $30,000 in compensation; however, this  deductible does not apply to injury claims where the pain and suffering damages exceed $100,000. As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer, this is where I can truly help. The system is not fair and that is why experienced personal injury lawyers can make all the difference.

If you have suffered and are continuing to suffer from an accident, we can help you.  You are not alone. Our dedicated team of Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help you get through these difficult times. We know you need financial compensation,as well as emotional.  We have all the resources you need are we are here to help.  For more information ,visit us at www.ottawainjury.ca

 

 


Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth offering safety driving tips for icy roads.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer

.I was up bright and early this morning taking our kids to hockey.  I knew it had rained last night but I had no idea when I hit Ottawa streets how slippery they were.  As I pulled into the arena parking lot, my vehicle slid sideways down a hill.  Thankfully it was 6:30 am (yawn) and the lot was empty. I was driving very slowly and paying close attention to the road conditions, yet at that very moment, there was nothing else I could have done.  I was sliding on ice . Be careful out there on Ottawa roads. It is extremely slippery out there today. The Ottawa Police Service have provided excellent safety tips to drivers who encounter freezing rain.

-Clear all ice and snow off your vehicle to avoid any ice and snow dislodging and flying onto other vehicles.

-Allow yourself distance between vehicles. Especially when the roads are icy, you need enough distance to stop. Also it allows time to react if ice and snow is flying off other vehicles.
-Be aware that other vehicles may loose snow and ice on them. Often times, transport trucks have ice and snow on the roof of their trailers.
-Always slow down when the roads are icy.
-Allow yourself more time to arrive safely to your destination.
-Ensure your vehicle is ready for winter. Ensure you have winter tires, proper windshield wipers.

Here are a few more tips I have to offer:

  1. Make sure tries have good grips: Always best to have proper winter tires installed.
  2. Make sure you can see. Make sure blades, windows and headlights are properly functioning and clean.
  3. Run the air-conditioner. This removes condensation and frost from the interior of windows.
  4. Check your lights. Ensure they are clear of snow and working.
  5. Know how to use your brakes. If you find yourself sliding on ice,use your antilock brakes: Stomp, stay and steer. Stomp on the pedal . Stay with the pedal. Steer around the obstacle.
  6. If your car is not equipped with ABS, do not panic. Push the brake pedal hard until the wheels stop rolling, then immediately release the brake enough to allow the wheels to begin turning again. Repeat this sequence rapidly.
  7. Be careful. Look for “black ice. Touch your brakes regularly enough to test for black ice.
  8. Know the tough spots.  Bridges and intersections are common places for ice to form.
  9. Too much steering is bad. In most cases, over steering will always make the situation worse. While it may be instinctive to steer away from the obstacle as hard as you can you may make things worse. If the icy conditions end and the front tires regain grip, your vehicle will go in whatever way the wheels are facing, which could be very dangerous (oncoming traffic , hydro poles or traffic).

All in all, common sense and good driving habits are what will help you the most. Sometimes, despite this accidents will happen as we cannot control everything around us. Please drive safely out there.

 


Ottawa acidents: rollover accident highway 416 results in chest injury and neck injury.

Roll Over Car Accident

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

A Roll Over car accident in Ottawa has left a 47 year old woman in serious but stable condition following an accident on a highway 416 off ramp to the eastbound 417. The vehicle rolled over several times,  hitting a cement post. The driver was travelling alone and was treated for severe injuries to her chest and neck. I wish her a full and hopefully speedy recovery.

When it comes to fatal car accidents, roll over car accidents have the highest percentages of accidents resulting in death. Car accidents rollovers are seen as some of  the most dangerous types of car accidents. Due to the extreme nature of a roll over car accident, often times people in the vehicle suffer very serious injuries; even catastrophic injuries and as we mentioned earlier death.

Most common vehicles for rollover accidents

Any vehicle can be involved in a roll over accident.  Often times SUVs and trucks seem to be the most common vehicles. The higher the vehicle is from the ground, the higher the center of gravity is and therefore more likely to tip on it’s side.  some factors are out of your control and a rollover accident can happen regardless.

If you have been involved in a rollover car accident, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you with your insurance claim by setting you up with the rehabilitation and support you need as well as ensuring you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.  A rollover car accident can be life-altering and our injury lawyers are here to help you rebuild your life.  Call us for a free consultation and let us help you.

 


Tragic Ottawa rollover accident Upper Dwyer Hill at March road: car submerged in water filled ditch.

Car Accident Upper Dwyer Hill

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth. Sadly, a 43 year old woman died yesterday at an Ottawa hospital. She had been submerged under water car after her car  flipped and landed in a ditch filled with water on Upper Dwyer Hill Road at March Road. Emergency crews got the call around 8:15, but tragically Ottawa firefighters couldn’t help the woman. They had to first tow the car out of the water ditch and turn it over before Ottawa paramedics could try to start to save her .   She was air-lifted to an Ottawa hospital and sadly she succumbed to her injuries. My thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.

Wrongful Death and Car Accidents

Our personal injury lawyers meet regularly with families who have lost a loved one in a car accident. We sit down with these grieving families and share with them what we can do to help.  Unfortunately, we can’t do what they want most , which is to bring their loved one back. Our injury lawyers can help in other ways. We can help secure death benefits so that loved ones receive a proper send off.  Also included in Ontario Accident Benefits are expenses paid by family members related to a funeral.  Our lawyers represent families at some of the most difficult times of their lives and help secure death compensation such as: Funeral Expenses up to $6,000.00, Spousal Death Benefits: $25,000.00 and Dependents’ Death Benefit: $10,000.00 each.  We understand that this is not enough.  In the case where someone else was negligent for the death of a loved one, you may have a wrongful death lawsuit you can also pursue.

In order for a death to be considered wrongful death lawsuit, it must establish that the death:

  • Was due to negligence or recklessness of another party.
  • Has caused measurable damages, for example a spouse is now suffering from financial issues as the deceased was  primary breadwinner.

Contact a wrongful death lawyer

If you have lost a loved one in an accident, we are so sorry .  We understand what you are going through and we  are here for you. You have been through enough, now let us help.

 


Brockville accident leads to severe personal injury.

Brockville Accident

Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates..Sadly a terrible accident has left several with serious personal injury. The Brockville – Leeds Police are currently investigating an accident that occurred on County Rd 26 in  Elizabethtown-Kitley township,  east of Brockville Thursday night. At approximately 7:25pm, Brockville – Leeds Police OPP arrived at the accident scene which involved 3  vehicles on County Road 26 between North Augusta Road and Kelly Road. A pickup truck travelling eastbound on County Rd 26 left it’s lane and entered the westbound lane. The truck then collided with 2 other cars. One of the drivers was a 70 year old Augusta Township woman. She was transported to the Brockville General Hospital. The driver of the pickup truck was a 34 year old Augusta Township man. He was transported by air  to the Kingston General Hospital with severe personal injuries. My thoughts go out to these accident victims and their families at this very stressful time. I wish them FULL recoveries…

Personal Injury Lawyer Brockville

Our personal injury lawyers work closely with many families in the Brockville area to secure maximum compensation and support following an accident. We travel regularly to Brockville to meet with clients at their home and at the Brockville General Hospital. We understand the stress that comes with an accident.  Even the smallest of injuries can have a huge impact on ones daily life and the families that surround them.  In the more severe cases, an injury can be life-altering and not only do support and compensation need to be fully maximized, a plan needs to be put in place to help our clients return to a comfortable quality of life.  Chances are , their lives will never be the exact same but we will work hard at making their lives as best as possible.  That’s the job of a personal injury lawyer and we take our jobs extremely seriously.


Ontario Accident Benefits Forms Disability Certificate OCF-3 , Ontario Insurance Claims Forms

What is an OCF-3 Disability Certificate?

If you have been injured in an accident in Ontario, you will likely need medical help and you may even need legal help.  Your insurance company is often one of the first calls that get made.  Typically, your insurance company will start your claim by sending you a package to complete.  In this package, you will be required to fill out many detailed forms. These forms are extremely important and often are of great importance when it comes time to settling your case.  That is why it is so important to make sure they are filled out correctly. Insurance companies can deny a claim if there is misleading information on the forms.

OCF 3: Disability Certificate

One of the first forms to fill out is the OCF 3; otherwise known as the Disability Certificate  OCF-3. The OCF-3 Disability form needs to filled out by you and your health practitioner (this could be your chiropractor, dentist, occupational therapist, nurse practitioner, optometrist, physician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist or speech language pathologist). Your insurance company  will pay for the completed OCF-3. There is no expense charged to you.

Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyer

If you or a loved has been injured in an Ontario car  accident and you are  applying for Accident Benefits, you must fill out a Disability Certificate. Your doctor will need to fill out a Disability Certificate  OCF-3 from your insurance company. The OCF-3 Disability Certificate form can be found at the  Financial Services Commission of Ontario site. The manner in which this is filled out is extremely important. It is important to be completely honest with your doctor and have your doctor fill out the form in as much detail as possible. It’s important to include all personal injuries on the form, including psychological injuries, any mental injuries, emotional injuries etc.. Be as detailed as possible.  The last thing you want is to be suffering from an injury down the road and have the insurance company deny your claim because you didn’t give all the information at the time of the accident. You may need therapy later on and not know it at the time of your injury. Somethings to keep in mind…

Have you been previously injured in an accident? Do you suffer from pre-existing conditions ? Some pre-existing conditions could affect the outcome of your claim. Your doctor needs to be extremely thorough. What other injuries does your doctor suspect go along with your injury? Do you get headaches? Are you having trouble with bright lights, loud noises? Are there  neurological injuries? Areyou having concentration difficulties? Do you feel pain anywhere else? This all needs to be documented on your Disability Certificate  OCF-3 form.

Where an Ontario Injury Lawyer can help with a Disability Certificate  OCF-3 form. 

Some of the OCF-3 Disability Certificate is fairly standard. You need to complete  your name, date of birth, gender, address, and employment status.

Another section of the Disability Certificate OCF-3 requires you fill out all insurance information. If you were a pedestrian at the time of the car accident,  you are required to fill out the insurance information of the other driver that hit you. This information can also be found on the Police Report. If  neither drivers or accident victims have insurance there is a special fund set up by the government called  Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund. It is difficult tobe considered for this fund and it would be best if you ge the help of an Ontario injury lawyer when making a claim to the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund.

The most difficult section of  the Disability Certificate OCF-3  is the third section . It is in this section that accident victims must fill out the details of the car accident and indicate what personal injuries resulted from the accident. You need to make sure that all the information provided in this section is the same information given in your police report. Take your time and fill it out careful.  It is always best to consult with your Ontario injury lawyer to make sure you do not write anything that might jeopardize your case.

The next section of the Disability Certificate OCF-3 form is the section that requires you to enlist the help of your family doctor, surgeons, therapists, physiotherapist, psychologist, speech language pathologist, or any other health care professional listed on the form OCF-3.  Not only do they need to identify your injuries, they also need to give an opinion on your recovery status.  Your health professionals must decide if you are capable to return to work and day in/day out activities. This is particularly challenging as often only time will tell in these situations.

Filing out complex insurance forms can be very difficult and stressful.  It shouldn’t be ! You are already dealing with enough. As some of the most dedicated Ottawa personal injury lawyers, we  help all of our personal injury clients fill out these forms correctly, so as not to jeopardize anything .  There is far too much at risk and we want to help.  We can help.If you have a question,or would simply just like some help filling out your Disability Certificate OCF-3, we would be happy to help. We won’t charge you. These are forms we fill out every day and it is far easier for us to do, than for you to do.  Let us help you and you can focus on your recovery. Feel free to call us at (613) 978-9549 or email david@ottawainjury.ca