Smith Falls Accident Highway 15 results in death of Ann Himmelman. Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth shares story.

Smith Falls Accident

Tragically, Ann Himmelman has died following a terrible accident with a tractor-trailer on Highway 15 , close to Smiths Falls last Friday sometime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ontario Provincial Police arrived to the accident close to Otter Lake Road, just  south of Lombardy, Ontario. The tractor-trailer caught fire after the accident due to its flammable content at the time of the accident. My thoughts go out to the friends and family of Ann Himmelman at this very sad time.

Losing a loved one in an accident is devastating.  Our personal injury lawyers meet regularly with grieving families not because they want “to sue someone” but because they need support and compensation to either send off a loved one, or to pick up the pieces after a loved one has left.  In the case of an accident where someone dies, there are insurance accident benefits that have been put in place that support the family left behind when it comes to funeral expenses, lost wages, and other related expenses.  We understand that after losing a loved one, the last thing on your mind is paper work and what to do in a wrongful death lawsuit. We know this and that’s why we make ourselves available to our clients to take over and assist where we are needed.  Often times our clients want to handle the entire thing over to our lawyers so that they can focus on grieving and healing.  We understand and we can take over .

Supports available in wrongful death accidents

We want to make sure that our clients receive all the supports; whether that be medical, rehabilitative, counselling, therapy etc . as well as financial compensation to send off loved ones. In most cases, we travel throughout Ontario to our clients home and meet with them to give free legal advice and help them decide whether or not they want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit based on out analysis of the facts surrounding the accident.

Our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of other through some very tough times and we can help you.

 


Ottawa Police aiming to reduce personal injuries by focussing on unsafe lane changes

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Ottawa Police and the City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) are targetting  Ottawa motorists performing  unsafe lane changes and those who inappropriately use reserved lanes to help keep Ottawa’s roads safe. This will be the focus for April.

Ottawa Accidents and Unsafe Lane changes

Unsafe lane changes caused 1,130  accidents  reported in 2010, resulting in one wrongful death and 111 personal injuries. 

Ottawa Accidents and Ottawa Drivers Driving in Reserved Lanes

In 2010, Ottawa motorists traveling in the reserved transit lanes caused 27 accidents which resulted  in  personal injuries. 

The  Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department.  They are all dedicated to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious personal injuries for all Ottawa people , through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. 

I commend them on their efforts and support these amazing initiatives.  Let’s all do whatever we can to help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents and personal injuries.

—-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 On Snowy Weather and Safe Driving

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth ..Ottawa weather…It looks like more snow is on the way Ottawa. We can expect close to 5 to 7 centimetres of snow today.  Several Ottawa accidents have already been reported :

Ottawa Accident: An SUV was involved in an Ottawa  accident on River Road, south of Earl Armstrong Road. 

Ottawa Accident:  A car lost control on Greenbank Road near Fallowfield Road and ended up in the ditch.

Other Ottawa Accidents : Ottawa Paramedics  responded to several Ottawa  accidents overnight.

Its is currently snowing and very windy out there.  This will have a direct impact on driving conditions and Ottawa roads. Its important that we all adjust our driving to the current Ottawa weather conditions.

Driving safely on snowy and icy roads

  1. Slow down and leave yourself lots of room to stop. Allow at least 3X  more space between you and other vehicles in front of you.
  2. Always brake gently and slowly to avoid skidding. If your wheels lock up, gently ease off the brakes.
  3. Keep lights on and clean to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4. Stay in  low gears for best traction.
  5. Avoid using cruise control on icy roads.
  6. Be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses and side roads, which will freeze first. Even when temperatures are above freezing, these roads can cause very dangerous situations.
  7. Never pass snow plows, salt or  sand trucks. You never know what is ahead of them. It’s not worth risking an accident.
  8. Most of all, use common sense. 

Please, drive and arrive safely out there on Ottawa roads….

—-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 : Cornwall accident results in serious personal injury

Cornwall Accident Lawyer ..A serious Cornwall car accident  has left 2 people in hospital after an accident on  Tuesday afternoon .  The driver of the SUV was able to get out of her car but was suffering from chest pains.  The other driver needed to removed by rescue crews and was airlifted to an Ottawa hospital with serious leg injuries. I wish both drivers a full and speedy recovery…

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth:What are income replacement benefits ( IRB ) ?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Injury Lawyers, Income Replacement Benefits..Often times  after suffering a personal injury in a  motor vehicle accident you may not be able to return to work right away. You also may not be able to provide for yourself and your family. Depending on the severity of your personal injuries, you may not be able to work for a few days, maybe a few months or perhaps even longer.  This is very stressful and this is where income replacement benefits comes in.

What are Income Replacement Benefits?

Income Replacement benefits are available to Ontario personal injury victims who were employed or self employed at the time of the motor vehicle accident in Ontario  and who, as a result of the personal injuries sustained in the Ontario accident, “suffer a substantial inability to perform the essential tasks of their employment”. This is the definition that applies for the first 2 years following a car accident in Ontario. 

Following 2 years after an Ontario accident, it changes and becomes much more difficult to qualify for income replacement benefits. To continue to qualify for income replacement benefits, Ontario accident victims must  have “a complete inability to engage in any employment or self-employment for which they are reasonably suited by education, training or experience.”

How much do Ontario accident victims get for Income Replacement Benefits?

The amount of income replacement benefits received depends on a number of different factors such as one’s income before the accident.  As well as whether or not you opted to purchase additional accident benefits.

  • For motor vehicle accidents occurring after September 1, 2010, the amount of the weekly income replacement benefits is based on 70% of your gross weekly income before the accident, subject to the maximum amounts.
  • Under the standard accident benefits limits, the maximum weekly amount payable for the first 2 years following the accident in Ontario is $400 per week
  • No income replacement benefits are payable in the first 7 days following an Ontario accident
  • Optional accident benefits limits increase the maximum weekly amount to $600, $800 or $1,000 per week 

How to apply for income replacement benefits…

In order to receive income replacement benefits,  Ontario accident victims  need to submit a completed 

  • Application for Accident Benefits.
    •  OCF-10  Election of Income Replacement, Non-Earner or Caregiver Benefit
    • OCF-3 Disability Certificate
    • OCF-2 Employer’s Confirmation

    If you have been involved in an Ontario car accident and are unable to work, you most likely qualify for income replacement benefits. It is important that before you fill out the associated accident benefits forms that you contact an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer .  The best Ontario personal injury lawyers not only will help you fill out these forms, they will ensure that it is done in a manner that  gets you maximum benefits support.

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    The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ontario personal injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims who have suffered a personal  injury and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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 question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549 

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    Ontario Accident Benefits: Definition Minor Injury Guidelines, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

    Ontario Minor Injury Guidelines. Insurance Claims. Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Have you recently been involved in an Ontario car accident and your insurance company has told you that your injury is classified as a “minor injury”? Unfortunately that means you will only receive $3500 in medical rehabilitation benefits available, regardless of whether or not you opted to pay for enhanced Ontario accident benefits.  Insurance companies have also determined that a minor injury does not qualify for housekeeping benefits or attendant care benefits. This causes a lot of problems for many Ontario accident victims, who require these benefits. Not everyone is seriously injured in an accident , so the minor injury guidelines are acceptable to them.  What’s really becoming a crisis situation in the vast majority of people who suffer serious injury in an accident and accept what their insurance company gives them in limited accident benefits, leaving them without enough support and benefits , which generally results in them not recovering. The Minor Injury Guidelines typically includes the following personal injuries resulting from an Ontario motor vehicle accident:

    • Sprains
    • Tears/ partial tears
    • Strains
    • Whiplash (unless there are neurological symptoms)
    • Cuts, contusions, and abrasions
    • Subluxations  (unless it is a complete dislocation of a joint)
    As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I urge anyone whose personal injuries have been classified as a minor injury and who feel that their injuries should not be in the minor injury guidelines to consult with an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer.  They can help you by filing an application for mediation with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario  (FSCO) and ensure you meet the limitation period for making  an application . Experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers have helped countless numbers of Ontario accident victims not only get diagnosed properly, but get maximum compensation and rehabilitation.  These injuries may affect the rest of your life and you need to ensure that you receive what you need to live your life as best as possible. Don’t sell yourself or your family short ! Consult with  an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer.

    ———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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 question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549 

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    Renfrew Accident : wrongful death Erik Nugent

    Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth..Regrettably, a 21-year-old man has died after an Ottawa accident ,west of Ottawa on Saturday. Renfrew County OPP responded to the Ottawa area accident around 12:35 p.m., on Highland Road near Waba, just 80 km west of downtown Ottawa. Tragically, 21-year-old Erik Nugent was driving northbound when unfortunately failed to get around a sharp turn. Erik Nugent was ejected from the car and sadly,  he pronounced dead at the accident scene. My thoughts go out to the friends and family of Erik Nugent.

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    Ottawa Injury Lawyer shares Ontario winter driving safety tips to avoid accidents and personal injury.

    Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyer…I came across this information on the Canada Safety Council website and thought I would share this timely information.  It’s very icy out there Ottawa, please drive safely….

    Winter Driving Tips

    Winter driving can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when conditions are snowy or icy. Follow these steps to keep yourself safe and collision free during the next few blustery winter months.

    Step 1: Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving.

    • Winter tires are a good option, as they will provide greater traction under snowy or icy conditions.
    • Keep a snow brush/scraper in your car, along with possible emergency items such as a lightweight shovel, battery jumper cables, and a flashlight.
    • Make sure that mirrors, all windows, and the top of your vehicle, are free of snow or frost before getting onto the road.

    Step 2: Drive smoothly and slowly

    • Don’t make any abrupt turns or stops when driving. Doing so will often cause your vehicle to lose control and skid.
    • Driving too quickly is the main cause of winter collisions. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully on snow and ice covered roads.

    Step 3: Don’t tailgate.

    • Tailgating becomes much worse in winter weather. Stopping takes much longer on snowy and icy roads than on dry pavement, so be sure to leave enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

    Step 4: Brake before making turns.

    • Brake slowly to reduce speed before entering turns. Once you have rounded the corner you can accelerate again.

    Step 5: Learn how to control skids.

    • When skidding, you actually need to go against your natural instincts and turn into the skid and accelerate. Doing so transfers your vehicle’s weight from the front to the rear and often helps vehicles to regain control.

    Step 6: Lights On.

    • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

    Step 7: No Cruise Control.

    • Never use cruise control if conditions are snowy, icy, or wet, because if your car hydroplanes, your car will try to accelerate and you may lose control of your vehicle.

    Step 8: Don’t “pump” the brakes.

    • If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock breaking system (ABS), do not “pump” the brakes. Apply constant pressure and let the system do its work.

    Step 9: Pay attention.

    • Manoeuvres are more difficult to make in the snow. Be sure to anticipate what your next move is going to be to give yourself lots of room for turns and stopping.

    About Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth———————————————————————————— Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer specializing in personal  injury representing Ontario accident victims since 1999. David practices with an established Ottawa law firm of more than 50 years of experience in representing accident victims, and helping personal injury accident victims get the compensation they need at an incredibly difficult time.  David offers free consultations, takes cases on contingency  and travels to  homes or hospital. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a question, feel free to email david@ottawainjury.ca

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    Ontario motorcycle accidents : Compensation and your rights, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

    Ottawa Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa bike accident lawyer David Hollingsworth…I came across this information on a related website and found it very valuable. I have changed some of the information to make it relevant to Ontario accident victims. Did you know that one of the most common causes of motorcycle and bike accidents is when a car turns left in front of a motorcycle. Did you know that turning left is one of the most common types of car accidents for motorcyclists, often resulting in serious personal injury. As an experienced Ottawa Ontario personal injury attorney, I have seen similar Ontario motorcycle accidents resulting in serious personal injury for the motorcycle rider occur repeatedly. Often times the driver of the car does not see the motorcyclist.  Motorcyclists simply do not have the same protection and therefore are ususally the ones with the more serious personal injury after the accident.  Hiring the best Ontario accident injury lawyer  after any motorcycle crash or accident resulting in serious personal injury is crucial. The best Ontario personal injury lawyers, are experienced in Ontario motorcycle accident law and know how best to represent you with your insurance compnay to get you maximum compensation after your motorcycle accident.  The best Ontario personal injury lawyers can not only get you financial compensation, they can help get you housekeeping, caregiving, medical expenses, lost time at work, out of  pocket expenses and many other accident benefits you may be entitled to. 

    An experienced Ottawa Ontario motorcycle accident attorney can help explain your rights and give you a free consultations to help you get started with your Ontario insurance claim. In any motorcycle accident lawsuit or insurance claim, it is extremely important to document these cases properly, ensuring that evidence is gathered efficiently and completely. Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team can help with accidents and personal injuries throughout Ontario and if needed will travel to you.

    Although David Hollingsworth’s office is located in Ottawa, he also takes personal injury cases and will travel to the following areas in Ontario… Alexandria, Arnprior, Belleville, Brockville, Clarence Creek, Cornwall, Embrun, Gananogue, Hawkesbury, Kemptville, Kingston L’Orignal, Morrisburg, Napanee, North Gower, Pembroke, Perth, Peterborough, Picton, Prescott, Renfrew, Richmond, Russell, Smith Falls, and Tweed and all cities, communities, districts, municipalities, regions, towns, townships and villages in between.

    Throughout the last decade, David Hollingsworth has helped many accident victims with serious injury or head injury get their lives back on track after a motorcycle accident. As one of many Ontario personal injury lawyers, David Hollingsworth has been helping motorcycle accident victims and Ontario accident victims get the help they need and are entitled to after an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in an Ontario motorcycle  accident or an Ontario accident and have suffered serious personal injury or even a wrongful death, you are likely entitled to compensation you are not receiving. Let an experienced and highly qualified Ontario personal injury lawyer in Ottawa fight for you. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for free consultations

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    OC Transpo accident results in personal injury for Ottawa cyclist, Lawyer David Hollingsworth

     Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa cycling Accident Lawyer, Ontario Lawyers..I wish the cyclist involved in this Ottawa accident a full and speedy recovery……Ottawa Police and Ottawa Paramedic responded to a serious Ottawa accident between an Ottawa  cyclist and an OC Transpo bus that occurred on Tuesday July 20, 2010, near the intersection of Catherine and Bank Streets.  At approximately 7:15 pm, a male cyclist in his 40’s was travelling against traffic on Catherine Street and turned in front of the bus. He was dragged by the Ottawa bus for approximately fifty feet, suffering significant personal injury  to most of his body. He was taken to hospital but is expected to recover from his non-life threatening personal injuries.

    Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Ottawa, Ottawa Accident Lawyer,..

    Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has successfully handled bicycle accident cases in Ontario and has extensive experience and knowledge of relevant issues involved. He has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his personal injury clients. David has the experience and skill to present a successful bike accident case in order to obtain maximum compensation for his clients. If required,  David hires the most qualified bicycle experts for his clients, as well as obtaining the best medical experts and specialists available. David also hires investigators who can help gather th information and David often personally interviews every individual who witnessed the incident in order to best prepare your case.  

    If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in Ottawa or Eastern Ontario, call David to discuss your case.  He offers free consultations and will visit you in your home or hospital. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. mobile (613) 978-9549 (613) 237-4922 ext.203

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