Ottawa personal injury lawyers who can help with support and maximum compensation for injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Since 1999, our experienced personal injury lawyers  at www.ottawainjury.ca have helped thousands of Ontario accident victims and their families get the support and compensation they need after an accident. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers bring an exceptional legal team that is dedicated to our clients.  We are constantly being recommended by past clients. We work extremely hard to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help.  We understand how difficult your life is after an accident.  We meet daily with people whose lives have been affected by tragedy,so we know that there are many things we can do to help you.  You should not even be thinking about things like bills and compensation.  You should be thinking about your recovery, your family and yourself.  We are here to listen, to understand, to fight for you and to get our Ontario personal injury clients everything you need. We have a long list of past clients who would be happy to speak with you and tell you what we were able to do for them.   If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury accident, we want to help you and give you the help and support you need. We work on contingency; which means you do not need to pay us at all until you have received your settlement cheque. We know you are going through a lot and we are sorry.  Let us help you….


Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Liability, David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…As you may know I often am asked to appear on CTV to discuss issues that relate to Ottawa personal injury, Ontario personal injury, liability in Ontario, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Ottawa law firms, catastrophic injury claims, trauma injury, slip and fall insurance claims and liability issues.  I recently uploaded some of the segments.  They can be seen here:

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If you have any questions that relate to Ottawa Personal Injury or Ontario Personal Injury and think you may need  an Ontario lawyer in Ottawa, feel free to call me for a free consultation. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa 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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Ottawa and eastern Ontario freezing rain : Tips for driving in icy conditions, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers, Ottawa Accident Lawyer…Listen up Ottawa ! A freezing rain warning issued by Environment Canada for Ottawa and parts of Eastern Ontario is expected to continue throughout tonight and into the morning. The freezing rain has contributed to over 50 reported car accidents in Ottawa today and is suspected to be a contributing factor to a serious accident on highway 401 this morning that partially closed highway 401 for close to 9 hours,  near Kingston. Leaving over 100 cars stuck for hours.

Many school boards have closed cancelled their busses. The Upper Canada District School Board cancelled all buses but schools remained open. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario also cancelled all buses.

Ontario Provincial Police , Ottawa police and I are warning commuters to drive slowly on the icy roads in eastern Ontario. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I also want to caution pedestrians to be careful while walking on Ottawa’s roads and sidewalks.  Cars may not be able to stop .Please keep your head up and be extra vigilant. Drivers need to also be aware that the sidewalks and roads are slippery and consequently be a lot more aware of pedestrians. The following are a few driving safety tips for driving in icy conditions.

  • If your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal. The last thing you want to do is give your car more gas. Slow down when you are driving on ice or in any winter conditions.
  • Don’t slam the brakes. Yes, it may be a natural instinct to slam on the brakes; however this will cause your vehicle to lose control and continue sliding. Pump your brake pedal gently instead of pushing down hard.
  • Look for dangerous trouble spots ahead. If you suspect that there is ice ahead, downshift to a lower gear before you hit the ice. The lower gear will allow you to drive more slowly and allow for better control of your vehicle.

  • Statistics: Ontario Trauma Injury and Support services Lawyer David Hollingsworth

     An accident leading to traumatic injury can happen in an instant and changes the rest of your life as well as your family.  There is help and support out their for Ontario accident victims who have suffered a traumatic injury.  As a top Ottawa and Ontario traumatic injury lawyer, I work with a dedicated team of  top rehabilitation centres, home care, accident benefit specialists, brain injury support groups, spinal cord injury support groups, Ontario traumatic injury associations and other support services to victims with traumatic injuries. If you have suffered a traumatic injury, you are not alone.  Don’t worry, we can help.  This is absolutely the most difficult time of your life and there is help here in Ottawa and Ontario for you. 

    For more information on how to access these services visit www.ottawainjury.ca

    The World Health Organization found that injuries—both intentional and unintentional—accounted for 16% of the global burden of disease in 1998. In Canada and the United States, injuries are the leading cause of death for those age 1 to 44. Increasingly, trauma is being recognized as a global public health concern. At the same time, trauma injuries are considered one of the most avoidable health problems: an estimated 90% are preventable.     Motor vehicle collisions were the leading cause of major injury hospitalizations with a total of 1,654 accounting for 30% of major injury in-hospital deaths. Among these cases, 56%were drivers, 19%  were pedestrians and 17% were passengers. Following motor vehicle collisions, unintentional falls represented the second most common cause of major hospitalizations (38%,) and the leading cause of in-hospital deaths (50%). Among the 1,604 cases injured in unintentional falls, the most commonly specified types were falls on or from stairs or steps (22%) and falls from slipping, tripping and stumbling (21%). information from : Ontario Trauma Registry 2011 Report: Major Injury in Ontario, 2009–2010 Data 

    In 2009–2010, there were 4,235 cases hospitalized with major trauma in 11 participating facilities across 14 sites in Ontario. This represents an increase of 2.2% compared with 2005–2006, and an average annual increase of 0.44% from 2005–2006 to 2009–2010.
     
    In 2009–2010, these major trauma cases accounted for 61,523 days in the participating facilities. Most (71%) of these cases were male, and the average age of all cases was 48 years. The average age of patients increased slightly over the last five years, from a low of 45 in 2005–2006 to 48 in 2009–2010. Of the 4,235 cases, 13% died in emergency departments. The number of in-hospital deaths remained stable from 2005–2006 to 2009–2010, ranging from 10% to 11% over the last five years. The number of DIEs decreased by 37% since 2005–2006, with an average annual decrease of 8%.

    Analysis of the causes of injury by age groups revealed that motor vehicle collisions and falls were the leading two causes in all age groups, with the exception of cases age 20 to 34. Although motor vehicle collisions were responsible for the majority (53%) of cases in this age group, the second most common cause of injury was injury purposely inflicted by another person (21%).

    ———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims who have suffered a traumatic 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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    Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth on Ottawa car accident statistics.

    Ottawa Car Accident Statistics. Sadly, there was a significant spike in fatal Ottawa accidents in 2011 with 38 people dying on Ottawa’s roads.   The number of life-threatening personal injuries dropped in 2010. Since 2006, the number of life threatening personal injuries has dropped every year. The Safer Ottawa Roads Program report indicates that the injury trend  is probably the more significant when it comes to measuring the safety of Ottawa’s roads. There’s a fine line between dying in a road accident and being seriously injury.  The report also measured the death and injury rates per 1,000 people. It showed clearly that Ottawa roads were much more dangerous back in the 1990s.  The report also breaks down personal injury and deaths from 2003 to 2010 by whether people were cycling, walking, or riding or driving in a vehicle. In both cases, slightly more than 7 /10 victims were motorists or passengers, 2/10 were pedestrians, and slightly less than 5/10 were cyclists. Let’s  do everything we can do decrease the number of Ottawa car accidents and personal injuries and death resulting from car accidents.

    ———————- 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 Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident, including snowmobile accidents. 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 Accidents and Organ Donation. Will you register? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

    Organ and Tissue Donation in Ontario, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Accident Lawyers 

    Did you know…That in Ontario consent is needed for organ donation? In Ontario consent is needed in order for your organs to be donated upon death. In other areas it is typically the other way around that consent is implied and you register if you don’t want to donate your organs upon death. 

    A signed organ donor card is not enough, you need to register. The registration forms are on their website “The Gift of Live” as well.

    The website states your donation can save up to 8 lives and improve as many as 75 lives. The website also recommends you make your intention of whether your want your organs donated or not known to your family beforehand.

    What if it is in my will? The problem with your intention being written in your will is that your will is usually not read until a later date. It is very important you register if you want to donate your tissue and organs upon death. The form allows you to indicate what you don’t want to donate.

    The choice of whether or not to donate organs is very personal and often times a very difficult decision for family members to make. 

    Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario  accident victims since 1999.  

    ———————- 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 Ottawa and eastern 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


    Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Tailgating Test..do you do it ?

    Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses what exactly is a tailgate accident…We all have places to go and we all want to get there as quickly as possible.  I understand .  Many Ottawa accidents occur as a result of tailgating. As an Ottawa injury lawyer, I am reminded too often of the dangers of tailgating.tailgaitaccident

    Tailgate Accidents , did you know…

    • That following closely and tailgating is the cause of the majority of rear-end collision accidents – which also accounts for 1/3 of all Ottawa accidents.
    • Between 2005 and 2007, 13,333 Ottawa accidents occurred, which resulted in 4,237 personal injuries and 11 deaths.
    • Most Ottawa accidents occur during morning rush hour, between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, then slowly taper off. Increasing gradually to peak at evening rush hour (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM) then again taper off during evening hours.
    • 72% of Ottawa accidents occur in clear, dry weather. 12% occur during rain,  and another 12% during snow or winter conditions.
    • Approximately 1/2 of Ottawa accidents occur at an Ottawa intersection.
    • Car accidents account for the majority of fatal accidents.
    • Approximately 30% of personal injury related Ottawa accidents occur when a driver disobeyed a red light.

    What is considered tailgate?

    What is a safe distance to travel behind other vehicles to avoid an Ottawa accident? Apply the two-second rule. It is the same method that is outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Driver’s Handbook. Use this test while driving.

    • Choose an object ahead of you on the road to use as a reference point– EX: road sign, pole or tree
    • Once the back-end of the vehicle ahead of you passes the reference point, start counting using steamboats.
    • Count how long it takes the front of your vehicle to reach the same reference point.
    • If it takes less than two seconds (or steamboats), you’re travelling too close and are risking an Ottawa accident.
      Important: In wet or slippery conditions, you should allow even more time. Allow yourself time to react and stop quickly and avoid an accident and serious personal injuries…. I came across this valuable information on the City of Ottawa’s website and thought I would share it with you. It make take a little extra time to get there, but avoiding an Ottawa accident and personal injuries….Please take your time and arrive safely…

    Ottawa Ontario  Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario  accident victims since 1999. accident victims are entitled to accident benefits even if they do not have their own insurance.  The claim is made against the driver’s insurance company.  Many accident victims are unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled to. With extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, David has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his accident clients. David has the experience and skill to help obtain maximum compensation. David offers free consultations and makes  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

     


    Avoid an accident and personal injury- watch out for black ice.

    Ottawa injury lawyer on how to avoid Ottawa accidents and black ice. icyroads

    It’s the last day of March break and it’s awfully cold out there today.  I’m just about to go out and hit the slopes with my son.  I’ve been skiing for a couple of days now and I’m sore and stiff !  Regardless, my son is excited, so off we go ! I hope my muscles forgive me someday.  Although it’s sunny out there..there is still a chill and with that comes black ice.

    There are too many injuries in Ottawa each year due to black ice. Generally, drivers are caught unprepared. Black ice, sometimes known as “glare ice” or “clear ice” is deadly because it is difficult to see – it can sneak up on you when you least suspect. Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares his thoughts on how you can drive safely through the Winter season and practice safe driving habits.

    Each year, there are an incredible number of Ottawa automobile accidents due to the ice conditions here in Ottawa and in Eastern Ontario. The goal is to establish safe driving habits that will protect you when you drive during black-ice season. As a preliminary, always strive to stay alert – this means that since black ice can be anywhere, it is wise to remember driving carefully, with all attention on your surroundings.

    More specifically, you can stay tuned to weather and news reports that will advise drivers on particularly bad days and intersections that require careful attention. Black ice is not truly black, though it is virtually invisible to the driver’s eye, so sharp turns, and busy intersections, for example, will require extra caution to safeguard your safety and well-being. “Most accident victims don’t notice the black ice on the road until it is way too late,” says Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. “You have to automatically assume that if there is a slight chill in the air, there will likely be ice, SO please… slow down and avoid car accidents.”

    For over 12 years, David Hollingsworth has been on Ottawa personal injury lawyer, specializing in Ottawa accidents and Ontario accidents. David’s personal injury practice focuses on Ottawa and Ontario accident victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents resulting in personal injury, Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ontario Sexual Assault Claims, Ottawa, Ontario Serious Injury Law Suits, and other Civil Litigation matters. Ottawa and Ontario – Free Consultations. For more information, call 613 978-9549 or 613 237-4922 ext 203 or visit www.ottawainjury.ca


    Ottawa Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer, Compensation for slip and fall accidents in Ontario

    Ottawa Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer, Ontario Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents

    Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer – David Hollingsworth explains the dangers of snow and ice that may be the of cause slip and fall accidents in  in eastern Ontario.

    How to Safely Counteract Environmental Hazardsslipandfallaccident

    There are many things that you can do to help prevent injury to you or your loved ones. Slip and fall injuries occur all the time, and they can happen anywhere (especially where you least expect them to occur), so it is important to be careful about where you walk and step at all times. However, there are certain circumstances where you can expect a higher rate of prospective injury, such as in conditions of ice and show during the colder months of the year. Proper footwear and clothing can help you feel more comfortable when you are out and about – and better able to deal with a circumstance if it occurs. Any shoes with good grip will help you to avoid black ice, and other situations where a slippery surface disguises itself as safe terrain to tread upon. Reflective clothing will ensure that vehicles will provide for adequate clearance to pass by you on the slipper and ice-covered roads. Personal injury for you could include broken bones, brain injury or neck injury, head injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and even death. “Slip and fall accidents happen in a split second and are often preventable,” says David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer. Regular snow removal, ice removal, icing, and sanding can help to provide for a more safe condition to walk and play for you and your children in and around your community. Ice and snow are considered hazards that property owners can be found liable of if negligent in their lack of attention to a proper environment. Please ensure that you are doing your best to safeguard your interests and to protect yourselves from the risk of personal injury and harm. “If you suffer a slip and fall injury , try to document it as soon as possible,” advises experienced Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall attorney. Such documentation could include a picture of where accident occurred, highlighting how the snow and ice buildup may have caused the slip and fall accident.

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    If you have suffered a personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call 613-978-9549. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer has helped many slip and fall accident victims get the compensation they needed. He can also help you! Free consultation.


    Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth wins groundbreaking catastrophic injury accident benefits case at FSCO.

    Dirt bike accident results in spinal cord injury

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    A young man was seriously injured in a dirt bike accident.  He  was in his early 20s  when he suffered a serious spinal cord injury and became a paraplegic when he fell off his dirt bike while riding on a private track.  He had no insurance and thought he had no hope of getting any medical or rehabilitation benefits.

    No insurance? Ontario Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund

    Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers reviewed his case and we applied for accident benefits from the Ontario Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund, a fund to provide benefits for individuals injured in automobile accidents, but who have no insurance.  To access this fund, strict criteria must be met. The fund sets out to provide statutory accident benefits to people involved in an automobile accident, who have no recourse to automobile insurance. We believed this was the case for our client.  We applied for compensation for our client. We knew he needed a tremendous amount of support and applied for the maximum in compensation. The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund denied the accident claim and hired lawyers to fight it.   Our Ottawa injury lawyers knew that this was our clients only chance at being able to secure funds for a long road ahead. We knew we had to fight for what was right.  Our Ottawa lawyers knew there would be a tough road ahead and that likely this case would end up being contested along the way. We persevered and took the case all the way to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario  last July and  last week the Arbitrator found in favour of granting maximum compensation and accident benefits for our client.   To learn more about the Ontario Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund visit www.ottawainjury.ca/uninsured-drivers/

    We are so pleased that our client  now has access to medical rehabilitation benefits and attendant care benefits.  This will make a colossal difference in this young man’s life. We are so happy to have been able to help our client and his family…