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.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, it’s vital that you consult with a personal injury lawyer experienced in spinal injuries.  Spinal injuries are the most severe of injuries and require extensive support, rehabilitation and compensation for a life-time.  Our personal injury lawyers have helped many families who have a loved one with a spinal injury and we can help you.


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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Ottawa injury lawyer supports Ottawa police aiming to reduce Ottawa accidents by targeting distracted Ottawa drivers.

www.ottawainjury.ca Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.. From April 17-19, 20 Ottawa Traffic Enforcement Team, monitored the intersection of Bank Street and Champlain Avenue and issued tickets to distracted Ottawa drivers.    The Ottawa Police officers monitored Ottawa traffic for a total of 81/2 hours over a period of 3 days.  In total, 240 tickets were issued: 97 for Operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held communication device, 18 for seat belt infractions and 125 tickets for other Highway Traffic Act related offences.  The current fine for using a hand-held device while driving is $155. 

I’m surprised to see so many fines .  It is so obvious that driving and talking on the phone is not worth the risk.  There are so many wireless devices on the market that allow one to talk on the phone while driving; there really are no excuses. Please do not distract yourself. Answer the call later, pull over or invest on a Bluetooth.  Drive safely out there !                                                                                              -Ottawa Personal 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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Steps Ontario personal injury lawsuits :What is an examination for discovery ?

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca  Steps of an Ontario Personal Injury Lawsuit : Examination for Discovery

What is an Examination for Discovery in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?    An examination for discovery is a very important step of an Ontario personal injury lawsuit.  It allows for questions to be asked under oath. It also allows both sides to share documents that relate to the Ontario personal injury lawsuit. All parties in an Ontario law suit have an obligation to list and give copies of all documents that are relevant to the Ontario personal injury law suit in a sworn affidavit. This is often the time when additional evidence will surface. This is also the stage in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit when the insurance company will be able to ask the accident victim questions.  Not to worry, your Ontario personal injury lawyer will be there to ensure that all the questions being asked are fair. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will also prepare you for an examination for discovery ahead of time so you know what to expect. A court reporter will also be present to record the examination for discovery.

Sometimes in an examination for discovery, a question may be asked and the witness does not know the answer. Often times the Ontario personal injury lawyer and the lawyer for the insurance company will agree that the question can be answered later in writing as an undertaking.  Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will help prepare the undertaking and assist you in answering any undertakings.

An examination for discovery often “gets all the cards out on the table”.  The examination for discovery gives both sides a clear picture of all the facts in the Ontario personal injury law suit and allows for better communication and better chances of settling the Ontario personal injury lawsuit before it goes to court.

If you have any questions at all about your Ontario accident or your Ontario personal injury lawsuit, fell free to contact us.

—-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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Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth wishing everyone a happy March break !

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..I just wanted to wish all of you out there with children who may be on March break this coming week, a safe and happy week.  I hope you are able to find some extra time to be “out of routine” with your children and family.  If you are travelling out on the roads, please drive safely, get your tires, and lights checked before you head out.   You are travelling with precious cargo, so drive the speed limit and arrive safely.  I hope you have a wonderful week.

Take care  -Ottawa Personal 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. 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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Types of Spinal Cord Injury, Ontario Catastrophic Injury Lawyer

David Hollingsworth- Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer – Types of Spinal Cord Injury:

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.

Ontario Injury Lawyer, David Hollingsworth

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.

 


What is a personal injury? Compensation for injuries in Ontario.

David Hollingsworth discusses what constitutes a personal injury in Ontario.

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What is a personal injury ? What compensation for injuries is here in Ontario? Does a personal injury automatically result in compensation? A personal injury may be so severe that it is 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…

motor vehicle accident injuries- car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boat accident, ATV accidents, snowmobile accidents, etc..
paraplegia
quadriplegia

spinal cord injury 

accident amputations -loss of  limbs 

brain injuries 

head injury 

whiplash injury 

orthopedic injuries (broken bones) 

lacerations, burns and scarring 

chronic pain 

fibromyalgia 

chronic fatigue 

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.

 

 


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.