What’s involved in an initial meeting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer ? David Hollingsworth explains.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer I highly recommend that if possible you bring someone you to your initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer.  The reason for this is that these initial free consultations are usually packed with questions and information that is vital to your case. Often times, when I meet with new clients, I will ask the person they have brought to write information down so that later on, they are able to go over the meeting and see what was discussed, what is need for next steps and a general review of the meeting.

When people are injured in an accident, often times they have so many things rushing through their minds and so many stresses that they can often sit in a meeting and miss valuable information.  I will often send my clients home with their notes and tell them to digest all the information I have given them and then email me or call me with their questions.  IT’s also good to discuss what you understood with a loved one who was also there to make sure you both heard and are of the same understanding.

That’s not to say that if you come in alone, we won’t take care of you. We can write down everything for you and make sure that you receive all the information you need. Our initial meetings are usually just a chance for you to share with us the details of your accident and your injuries and then let us give you information on how best to proceed to make sure you are well taken care of.

It’s important for you to know it’s our job as Ottawa personal injury lawyers to respond to any questions or concerns. That’s what we are here for.

I can honestly say that when our clients leave our meeting, they feel relieved. They have had so many questions and concerns answered and are finally able to breathe a little better knowing that they will be taken care of.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, take advantage of free consultation offers from reputable Ottawa personal injury lawyers.  It’s your future and it’s important.

 


Ottawa rollover accident Meadowlands and Claymore results in severe head injury and wrist injury.

Ottawa Accident

Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario.  A terrible accident this morning sent 5 people to a Ottawa hospital.  The vehicle they were travelling in rolled on Meadowlands Drive , close to Claymor Avenue at 3:35 a.m. The 4 passengers travelling in the car suffered injuries and were brought to the hospital in stable condition. The 19-year-old driver however suffered a serious head injury and wrist injury. Thankfully , he was in stable condition when he arrived at the hospital. Ottawa Police are investigating the accident. If you have any information that could help, please contact the Ottawa Police. I hope this young man is able to recover fully from this accident and that his head injury is not life-altering.  My thoughts are with him and his family.

Our accident lawyers have helped thousands of families who have had someone in an accident.  We can counsel people on how to commence a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario and what the stages of a lawsuit are.  Our lawyers also can help families decide which are the best options in order to receive maximum compensation for injuries.  We understand people who have suffered an injury need support.  Other than friends and family, we help put those supports in place.  We help people find the right physiotherapists, psychiatrists, , medical specialists, support workers and other professionals that can help rebuild lives following an accident.

 

 


Ottawa accident electric bicycle results in serious head injury and leg injury.

E-bike Accident

Sadly, a 45-year-old man who was driving his electric bicycle and was rushed to a Ottawa hospital following a Ottawa accident last night around 8:15 pm. The accident occurred downtown at Somerset Street West and Bay Street and the man suffered serious personal injuries, including a head injury and a leg injury.   Thankfully he is in stable condition.  I hope he is able to recover fully from this accident.

Is an e-bike considered to be a motor vehicle?

No, to operate an e-bike:

  • a driver’s licence is not required
  • there is no written test required to operate an e-bike
  • there is no vehicle registration or plate required for an e-bike
  • there is no motor vehicle liability insurance required
  • to operate, ride or be a passenger on an e-bike you must be older than or 16 years of age
  • requires drivers and riders  to wear an approved bicycle/ motorcycle helmet.

If you have been injured in an e-bike accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits as a cyclist would be . Regardless of whether or not you have your own insurance policy you have rights as an e-bike rider and passenger should you be in an accident. Our personal injury lawyers travel throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario offering free consultations and helping people determine what their options are in a personal injury lawsuit.

In most instances, the initial meeting is simply a meeting to share the details of your accident and the extent of injuries. This information is enough for experienced personal injury lawyers to provide your with the insight you need and give you all the information regarding your personal injury lawsuit and the amount of personal injury compensation you might be entitled to.

If you have any questions, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss what Ontario accident benefits you may be entitled and how to receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

 

 

 


Are you entitled to income replacement benefits after your accident in Ontario ?

What are Ontario income replacement benefits ?

If you have been in an accident in Ontario, one of the first calls you may make after you have taken care of yourself is likely to your insurance company.  You will need to make this call within 7 days if possible. This early reporting will help significantly when it comes time to settling your claim. If you are unable to work because of your accident,  you will likely be eligible for basic weekly income replacement benefits.

How much can you receive for income replacement benefits?

These benefits will add up to 70% of your gross income , to a limit of $400 per week.  There are options to top up your insurance by purchasing additional insurance coverage.  Optional income replacement benefits can increase the  maximum weekly pay out on income replacement benefits to $600, $800 or $1,000, depending on how much optional accident benefits coverage you purchase. I know that paying additional premiums on top of already high insurance rates seems ridiculous; however, if you ever need to access these benefits ,you really need them and would never regret your purchase. Depending on your income level, topping  up your Ontario accident income replacement benefits makes a lot of sense.

If you are unsure of whether or not you are accessing all of your Ontario accident benefits and needs some advice, please contact our lawyers and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Besides income replacement benefits, there are many other benefits that you are most likely entitled to but not accessing through your insurance company.  A free consultation with a personal injury lawyer can be very beneficial. In your meeting you will learn of all the Ontario accident benefits available and which are available to you and which are available to your family members as well. Your accident impacts you but it also has a direct impact on your family members and this can be compensated. We highly suggest you get informed.

 


Ottawa accident yesterday Catherine street send woman to Ottawa Trauma Centre with severe arm injury.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer report

An Ottawa accident is currently under investigation.  Ottawa police are looking into an accident on Catherine Street yesterday . A 46-year-old woman suffered severe personal injuries in the accident. Late yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:00 a vehicle had crossed over a snowbank and landed in a parking lot across  from Ottawa Police Association headquarters. The driver was uninjured but Ottawa rescue crews had to help free a woman who was trapped inside the vehicle.  Once  she was freed, she was rushed to the Ottawa Trauma Centre to be treated for serious injuries including a severe arm injury. I wish her a full recovery.

Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has been a dedicated Ottawa personal injury lawyer helping thousands of Ontario accident victims and their families recover from a devastating accident in Ontario.  David and his personal injury team have helped them and they can help you.

Question? Email me david@ottawainjury.ca or visit our site at www.ottawainjury.ca

“Ottawa lawyers who understand,  care and are here to help”


Are Ontario snowmobile accidents entitled to Ontario accident benefits ?

Snowmobile Accidents and Accident Benefits Insurance Claims

There are far too many snowmobile accidents each year. A tragic snowmobile accident took another life: the life of  a 24 year old man in Val des Monts yesterday.  My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I am truly sorry for their loss.  I have many clients who have injured themselves in a snowmobile accident . A snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and yes, Ontario accident benefits apply to snowmobile accidents.  So the good news is there is support and compensation for people who suffer injuries in snowmobile accidents.   The bad news is, there seem to be a lot of snowmobile accidents in our region and some of them are sadly,  fatal. Please ride safely…

Transport Canada  has prepared an amazing site full of interesting information that relates to road and snowmobile safety. For example, did you know that there are over 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 161,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada?  Snowmobiling can be safe and enjoyable. As long as drivers are cautious and follow safety rules, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy a fantastic sport.

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or CCSO highlighted that between the years of 1994 and 1999, when promoting safety and  snowmobiling became a focus, snowmobile accident fatalities dropped by 2% – from 96 to 94 deaths;however the number of snowmobile drivers increased by 40%. This goes to show that more and more people can ride safely ,when safety is a focus.

Avoiding Snowmobile accidents safety tips:

  • Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to get there.
  • Ensure that your snowmobile is tuned up.
  • Dress properly to protect yourself and avoid hypothermia, especially in children.
  • Always have a  first aid and survival kit available.
  • Ride at your own speed.
  • Try to use snowmobile trails whenever possible.
  • Remain on the right side of all roads, paths and trails.
  • If you don’t know  the area, slow down and drive cautiously.
  • Be careful crossing roads and train tracks.
  • At night, drive with headlights and slow down.
  • Know the  ice conditions and if you are unsure, do not cross.
  • Always  wear flotation-type clothing.
  • Always be on the look out for wildlife.

It’s impossible to completely avoid all accidents but please, let’s try.  Snowmobiling does not need to be a dangerous sport.  Be safe and ride as safely as possible. Enjoy !

 

 

 

    

 


Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: How to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Good morning Ottawa ! It is cold out there today and very slippery. There is a layer of ice on the ground and its hard to see , as last night’s snow is covering the ground.  This is typically when slip and fall accidents happen. With the holidays here we are all out just a little more, shopping and visiting with others and often we are carrying bags or presents. This, coupled with our weather conditions contribute to a higher incidence of slip and fall accidents.  Slip and fall accidents  in Canada makeup more than 50% of all personal injuries . Slip and falls accidents are the primary cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings such as shopping malls.

As a property owner, it’s also important that you keep your property as safe as possible. This means keeping your walkways and steps clear of ice.  Property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is reasonably safe.  This not only means ensuring steps and walkways are cleared away in a reasonable manner, it also means  your home doesn’t have structural defects, hazardous conditions have been addressed.

Yes, accidents do happen but many accidents are preventable. There are things you can do to lower your risk of a slip and fall accident such as watching for ice, wearing proper footwear, walking slowly, keeping your hands free in case you do fall.

Common Slip & Fall Injuries include:

slip and fall accident

Our injury lawyers help with:

  • Fractures
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bulging Discs
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Spinal Injuries

Although a slip and fall accident doesn’t seem as serious as a car accident, some injuries are more serious and can leave an individual with a lifetime of pain and a decreased quality of life. Some people suffer such serious injuries from a slip and fall accident, that they are unable to return to work.

Financial compensation for slip and fall accidents

If you have suffered from a slip & fall accident you may be entitled to maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of income and health costs, depending on whether or not you are able to establish negligence.  This is where our Ottawa personal injury lawyers excel. We have helped thousands of people and we can help you with your slip and fall accident and make sure you are well taken care of now and in the future.

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Richmond accident Franktown Road results in severe head injury, arm injury, leg injury and internal injuries. Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares story.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates… A terrible accident has left a 60 year old man in critical condition in an Ottawa hospital.  The accident occurred yesterday morning on  Franktown Road , close to Richmond. A 54 year old woman was also travelling with the man and she too was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with a severe arm injury, leg injury and internal injuries. The 2 were travelling in a mini-van and  lost control . The vehicle then hit a culvert. The driver suffered a life threatening head injury and was unconscious when rescue crews arrived to the accident scene.  My thoughts are with these 2 at this time and  I hope that they are able to recover FULLY from this terrible accident .

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) estimates that there  600 traumatic brain injuries for every 100,000 people in North America and Europe. Many brain injuries occur as a result of car accidents and can range in severity from concussions to traumatic brain injuries. After an accident where there is a suspected brain injury, medical professional will often use a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to determine the level of the brain injury by testing the person’s ability to open their eyes and respond to verbal commands and motor stimuli. Depending on the responses, medical professionals are able to determine the level of the brain injury. The lowest score on a Glasgow Coma Scale is  3, which essentially is no response and a score of 15 would indicate that the individual is alert and responsive.

Experienced Ottawa brain injury lawyers

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in brain injuries. It’s important that the lawyer you hire not only be a personal injury lawyer, but they have experience with brain injuries.  Experienced brain injury lawyers understand the life-long implications a brain injury can have on an individual as well as their families. A injury lawyer experienced in brain injuries will also have an understanding of the amount of financial compensation required for a comfortable life with a brain injury. This knowledge and expertise will be crucial in securing maximum compensation.

If you are looking for a brain injury lawyer, contact us for a free consultation meeting where we can walk you through your options.


Kanata accident leaves 2 in Ottawa hospital with serious personal injury including a possible spinal cord injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates.   A terrible Ottawa accident has left 2  people were serious personal injuries after a Kanata accident, late yesterday afternoon. The Kanata accident occurred at  Kakulu and Castlefrank road. The vehicle involved in the accident  left the road, drove  over a chain-link fence and then hit  a tree before it rolled onto the roof of the vehicle. At the time of the Kanata accident, 2 people were inside the vehicle. Ottawa rescue crews were able to extricate both accident victims. The driver was a 62 year old man was rushed to a hospital in serious condition with possible stroke-like symptoms. His passenger was also a 62 year old woman. She was rushed  to an Ottawa hospital in serious condition with a possible spinal cord injury.  My thoughts go out to both of them and their family at this incredibly stressful time.  I wish them both full and speedy recoveries.

The Injury Lawyer report is created regularly by  Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.  David has been an Ontario  personal injury lawyer since 1999 and   focusses on helping all eastern Ontario accident victims with serious personal injuries such as wrongful death 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, safety,  insurance in Ontario,  and events or news that relate to Ottawa . Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.

Kanata Accident Kakulu and Castlefrank road


Ottawa accident Rideau Canal sends one to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre with serious personal injuries.

Rideau Canal Accident

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa Ontario, David Hollingsworth

Yesterday, a man was brought to an Ottawa hospital , after he lost control of his vehicle yesterday morning. The accident occurred  on Colonel By Drive.  The man was driving on Colonel By Drive when he lost control of his car and ended up driving right into the Rideau Canal. The Ottawa accident occurred close to Heron Road Bridge and University Drive in the early morning hours. Thankfully the Rideau Canal had already been drained for winter and had little water in it. The driver was in his late 20s and was alone in the car at the time of the Ottawa accident. Ottawa rescue crews had a difficult time helping him escape and needed to extricate the driver and cut the man’s car open. Thankfully they were able to help bring the driver up from the bottom of the Canal; when he was then rushed to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre in stable condition. He suffered serious personal injuries to his lower body and was treated for exposure to cold. RCMP do not believe that alcohol was involved  in the Ottawa accident.

Orthopaedic Injuries

Orthopedic injuries or broken bone injuries can be devastating.  Orthopaedic Injuries can take on many form; however the most common include fractures, sprains and strains. In most cases, broken bones will heal; however in order for the broken bones to heal, proper medical treatments, rehabilitation and supports must be out in place.  Our personal injury lawyers in Ottawa can help refer to specialists, work with your rehabilitative team and most importantly secure your financial future by ensuring you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.  Unfortunately broken bones often cause pain down the road and this also needs to be compensated for.  Consult a personal injury lawyer with any questions you may have surrounding broken bones and personal injury . Call our injury lawyers and we will answer your questions and give you advice for free.