Avoiding an Ottawa Car Accident
Although rain can be good for the grass and the tulips, it can be problematic on our roads and increase the risk of an Ottawa car accident. We can expect a lot of rain this week in Ottawa. We are so use to driving defensively in winter conditions but it is important to keep in mind that rain and wet roads can also be dangerous and it never hurts to be reminded….
- Drive slowly ! Drive at rate of speed that suits the weather conditions;
- Pay careful attention to the car ahead of you and your surroundings;
- Keep a wider following distance; some drivers forget to signal at times causing an abrupt stop for the cars behind;
- Try to avoid slamming on your brakes, this may cause your vehicle to skid and the roads are slick;
- Visibility is already a problem, ensure your windows are properly defogged so you don’t add to this problem;
- Ensure your windshield wipers are in working order and do not leave streaks; and
- If it is dark ensure you are not over driving your headlights.
Ottawa Car Accident Accident Benefits
An Ottawa car accident can occur frequently on rainy days because road conditions. Please drive safely out there Ottawa and avoid the chance of an Ottawa car accident. Regardless of who is at fault in an accident in Ontario, most injured are entitled to accident benefits. Accident benefits are benefits that you pay for each month through your own insurance company. Depending on the nature of the Ottawa car accident you’ve been involved in, you may receive accident benefits from your own insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver. There are a number of different accident benefits available to people such are rehabilitation benefits, housekeeping benefits, income replacement benefits , attendant care benefits and many others, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries and coverage. Often times, people think if they were at fault or charged in the accident, they are automatically not entitled to accident benefits and this is simply not the case.
David Hollingsworth discusses what constitutes a personal injury in Ontario.
What is a personal injury? What compensation for injuries is here in Ontario? Do all injuries result in compensation?
Some personal injuries are so severe that they are obvious, while others are not. Some personal injuries are harder to see, yet may be equally as painful and life-changing. The following are some of the more common personal injuries, but do not include all…
spinal cord injury
accident amputations -loss of limbs
orthopedic injuries (broken bones)
lacerations, burns and scarring
pain and suffering
other injuries resulting from an accident
Navigating the insurance process can be confusing. Although these are some of the more common injuries we see, it’s important to note that not all injuries are the same severity and compensation amounts vary. For example, one person may suffer from chronic pain and still be able to work and resume some of the life activities they once enjoyed before their accident. Another person may suffer a chronic pain injury and not be able to return to work and their life is forever changed.
The amount of compensation in Ontario to which an Ontario accident victim is entitled to varies. There are a number of factors that go into determining compensation in Ontario such as severity of injury (physical, mental and psychological), future care and medical needs, loss of past and future income, need for ongoing house-keeping assistance, attendant care and caregiving to which you are entitled to. Experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers work directly with medical doctors, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, other treating health practitioners to support you and ensure you are getting everything that is needed.
Hello all — July is generally a very high rate month for Spinal Cord Injuries (“SCI’s”). Learn more about spinal cord injuries to raise awareness and promote ways that you can avoid the causes of spinal cord injuries. Causes of spinal cord injuries are highest in the bracket of automobile and other motor-vehicle vehicle accidents, at 44% of all cases according to one new study. Acts of violence cause spinal cord injuries about 24% of the time. Slip and falls are a close third at 22% of all cases. Athletic sports at 8%, and the remaining 2% from other activities such as cliff diving, holiday adventures, and other random high-risk activities generally.
Generally, the summer is the worst time for SCI, with July having the highest incidence as mentioned. SCI’s have been observed to occur more often on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and in the evenings. Males experience SCI more often than females (at 82% vs. 18% respectively), and the average age for a SCI is about 32 years old. Also commonly known, drugs such as alcohol contribute substantially to SCI’s, with alcohol specifically accounting for 25% or more of cases.
Some people are more susceptible to the prospect of SCI. These are individuals that may suffer already from such diseases or genetic conditions as (1) atlantoaxial instability, (2) osteoporosis (3) congenital conditions, and (4) spinal arthropathies. This list is not exhaustive. It indicates that each individual is unique and thus will injure in a unique manner. So please drive safely and exercise caution when engaged in any of the activities as enumerated in the list above regarding causes of Spinal Cord Injuries. No one is invincible, and each day, countless innocent unsuspecting individuals are needlessly hurt on our roads and in our communities. Let us unite in fighting spinal cord injuries and in helping those who have become victims of these tragic injuries and accidents.
If you have been injured and need legal advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Ottawa, Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer Shares Information that relates to Spinal Cord Injury
The Danger of Spinal Cord Injuries
If you or your loved ones have been experienced an accident or injury, please remember that your spinal cord is sensitive and your injuries (even if they seem minor) could pose a serious threat to your health and wellbeing. It is important to have your injury assessed by a qualified health care professional such as a medical doctor, chiropractor, and physiotherapist to ensure that you are in a position to move forward after your accident. Also, it is important to see a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer who understands the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of the spinal cord injury process. Top Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth will help you to ensure that you do not lose out on what you deserve to help you and your loved ones following your accident.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A Spinal Cord Injury, often abbreviated simply as “SCI”, is any traumatic injury to the spinal cord that can result in a loss or impaired function or reduced mobility or feeling. Types of SCI include Paraplegic and Quadriplegic (Tetraplegic), used to describe the medical condition of a person who has become paralyzed. These classifications depend on the level and severity of a persons paralysis, and how it affects their limbs.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
Your spine is extremely fragile. It can be hurt in an injury or even slowly over the course of time. Typical common causes of damage to the spinal cord include traumatic activities such as Ottawa automobile accidents, Ontario gunshot injuries, Ontario slip and falls injuries, Ottawa sports injuries such as hockey, and so on. Damage to the spine is known as a lesion, and the paralysis is known as Quadriplegia (or sometimes “Quadraplegia” or “Tetraplegia” if the injury is in the Cervical region, or as Paraplegia if the injury is in the Thoracic, Lumbar or Sacral region.)
Contrary to popular belief, someone can suffer a Broken Neck or Back without becoming paralysed. This occurs when there is a fracture or dislocation of the vertebrae, but the spinal cord has not been damaged. However, neck and back injuries are extremely serious and tragedy can often result from these types of injuries. Please, ensure that you are taking as much care as possible in situations and contexts where injury could occur. I always recommend that the best way to deal with a SCI is to prevent it from evening happening, as it seems that a proactive approach about the process is the best way to ensure for your well-being and the health of your spine.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
Basically, there are two broad classifications of SCI with respect to the lesions associated with the SCI, typically referred to as a complete or incomplete SCI. A complete SCI means the victim is now completely paralyzed below their point of lesion. On the other hand, an incomplete SCI means that only the specific part of the spine has become damaged. Victims of incomplete SCI may have sensation below their lesion but no movement, and visa versa. These classifications are broad and not all-encompassing, since the range and variety of spinal cord injuries is limitless … if an injury has occurred, I can help you to deal with it, but please remember that a proactive approach to your activities such as sports activities and driving on the roads is the key to ensuring for your safety!
What is Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation ?
If your spinal cord has become injured, please remember that tragedy does occur but that there is always hope. You will likely face a long road of rehabilitation, often at a Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Unit and Rehabilitation Centre or Spinal Injury Unit, and it is important for you to keep your sense of humor (especially on your unavoidable ‘bad’ days to help you to maintain a positive attitude that will help you to get through your injuries – I know you can do it).
In terms of timelines, a paraplegic will often stay in a hospital or rehabilitation facility for about five months, whereas a quadriplegic will require an additional few months on average (for a total length of approximately six to eight months). Both will under-go various forms of rehabilitation and physiotherapy before ultimate discharge from the hospital in order to help maximize recovery and familiarity with adaptive measures such as a wheelchair and general techniques to cope with their “new” lives. I want to stress that countless happiness studies have shown that people consistently demonstrate their ability to overcome adversity to lead even more fulfilled and happier lives – a spinal cord injury is tragic but you can choose to overcome it to lead an even more fulfilling life. I am here to help you in this process and to fight for you to ensure that you do not lose out on what you deserve in this difficult process.
With over 11 years experience as an Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer, David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa spinal cord injury accident victims and Ontario quadriplegic and paraplegic accident victims get the help they need following an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Ottawa accident or a Ontario accident and have suffered a spinal cord injury you are likely entitled to compensation you are not receiving. You will need an experienced and highly qualified Ontario personal injury lawyer in Ottawa to fight for you. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for free consultation. Cases are taken on a contingency basis.
David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer
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