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Our Ottawa personal injury lawyer settle cases almost daily. Here is a case Denis Alisic recently settled for our client , without having had to go to court.
Our Ottawa injury lawyers set out to help get our client what she needed: support and compensation for soft tissue injury. Our Ottawa injury team worked closely with “TP” following her accident. Our goal is to always ensure all our clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries and TP was no different. . TP was a 43-year-old single woman from Ottawa, Ontario. One day, she was driving her vehicle when suddenly she was rear ended.
Injuries Resulting From Accident
As a result of her accident, TP suffered soft tissues injuries to her neck and a head concussion. Unfortunately, her head concussion symptoms and neck pain did not resolve. She continued to experience sensitivities to light, noise and difficulties with attention and concentration. Despite her injuries, she was able to return to full time work as a teacher but with difficulties due to her symptoms.
A Soft tissue injury is known as the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, a one off blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body. Many car accidents result in soft tissue injuries. Often times, soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, bruising and loss of function. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers often meet with people who are suffering from a soft tissues injury.
Compensation for soft tissue injury
Although TP was able to resume her life, our Ottawa personal injury team knew that down the road our client may need compensation. There are some cases where soft tissues never completely heal and maximum compensation is needed . After private settlement conference, we were able to get the insurance company to settle. TP received $107,000 from the tort action and continues to receive monthly Ontario Accident Benefits to cover the costs for treatments related to her injuries.
Do I have to be examined by the insurance company’s doctor ?
Insurance companies have their own set of experts and this includes doctors. Typically , when a personal injury claim is made, both sides will prepare their case and part of this preparation involves having the injured party get a medical opinion on the extent of the injuries. The insurance company’s doctor will provide an assessment. Both the plaintiff and the insurance company will have their own medical specialists who will conduct a thorough medical examination. The findings of these independent medical examinations are then shared with the other side.
What is an independent medical examination ?
It is crucial that anyone who is injured and is attending such medical examinations tell the absolute truth and not downplay their injuries. No one wants to be injured, and our clients are often quietly suffering with their injuries. An independent medical examination can be stressful. We often recommend that our clients try to get a good night’s sleep the night before, bring a friend or a family member to help remember any questions or concerns that may pop up during the examination. Often times, we recommend that the person attending the examination with the injured party take detailed notes, if possible. Important things to note would be how long the examination was and what types of questions were asked of the injured.
It’s important that anyone who is in an independent medical examination knows that they need to stick to the facts. If they are unsure how to answer a question, that they don’t take a guess. It’s critical to stick to the facts and only the facts. Your personal injury lawyer can help you prepare for this examination. An experienced personal injury lawyer will walk you through the entire process and ensure that you are prepared properly for the independent medical examination. They will be able to provide you with examples of the types of questions that may be asked in an independent medical examination.
The bottom line is, this examination is only one side of the story and your case will also be looking at your own medical doctor’s notes , as well as a medical examination conducted by a doctor , who was hired by your personal injury lawyer. In the end all the evidence will be collected and the truth prevails. If you have any questions regarding an independent medical examination, feel free to contact any of our personal injury lawyers at www.ottawainjury.ca
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Ottawa personal injury lawyers: Ontario residents- new rules at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings aiming to reduce pedestrian accidents.
2016 has arrived and with it are some new rules that are aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian accidents. Beginning on January 1st, Ontario drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers as well as at school crossings where there is a crossing guard displaying a school crossing stop sign. Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards are safely on the sidewalk, can drivers and cyclists proceed to drive or cycle.
Do drivers have to stop at all crossovers ?
No. In Ontario , the new rules indicate that drivers must stop only at pedestrian crossovers identified with specific signs, road markings and lights. This new rule does not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, with the exception being when a school crossing guard is present at the crossover. These new laws come out of Bill 31, the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act. Part of these new rules also state that municipal road authorities will also install new types of pedestrian crossovers on less busy roads with lower speeds.
What is the difference between a pedestrian crossover and a crosswalk?
Yes, a crossover is different than a crosswalk. The new law applies at pedestrian crossovers, not at crosswalks ( with the exception of a crosswalk with a school crossing guard). The easiest way to tell the difference is a pedestrian crossover is identified by signs, markings, illuminated lights overhead and have a pedestrian push button. For a visual image of the difference between a crossover and a crosswalk, visit Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation website.
How can pedestrians reduce pedestrian accidents?
Both pedestrians and drivers need to make an effort and do their part in reducing the number of accidents in Ontario. There are many things a pedestrian can do to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents such as:
- Don’t Jay-Walk and walk only at marked crosswalks or cross at traffic lights.
- Before crossing, make yourself visible. Let the driver see you and if possible, make eye contact.
- Wear bright, visible clothing . Try to buy shoes or clothing that reflect the light at night.
- Be careful when crossing. Don’t step out just because the light has changed. First make sure that vehicles have come to a complete stop.
- Use common sense.
How can drivers reduce pedestrian accidents?
In addition to following all road and safety rules, drivers can help in reducing accidents by:
- Paying close attention to pedestrians and the surrounding areas.
- Being particularly cautious around schools, parks or any areas where children may be playing.
- Ensuring that your car is in excellent working order.
- Not driving to close to a sidewalk.
What are the fines for breaking these rules?
Drivers and cyclists will be fined $150 to $500 as well as 3 demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings and at crosswalks in Ontario , where there are traffic signals. Fines will also be doubled in community safety zones.
These new rules regarding pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian crossovers will hopefully help in reducing the number of pedestrian accidents in Ontario. We all have a part in this, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Sadly, our personal injury lawyers meet too often with pedestrians who have been severely injured and often times, the accident could have been avoided. Please, drive, cycle and walk safely.