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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    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.

    Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

    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…

     


    Working with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, law firms in Ottawa, Ontario.

    Top 5 Reasons to work with an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer legal agreement

    Firstly, it goes without saying that the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers can not only help you get the compensation you need, they can help take care of you.  They can help you get the medical and specialized treatments you need for your injury.  They understand that your life has been turned upside down and you are in a very stressful situation.  The best Ottawa personal injury lawyers understand that they need to put a plan in place and execute it for you, to allow you to focus on your recovery.  That’s their job- the job of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer. You owe it to yourself to get the help you need…

    Out of the vast amount of personal injury claims made every day, there are several general reasons behind the claims.  No one case is the same, but certain circumstances will often be familiar to your Ottawa personal injury lawyer.  Choosing a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with these more common personal injuries is a smart move.  They will be better able to argue your case with the insurance companies because they are used to your sort of case.

    1. Ottawa personal injury lawyer: Car Accidents

      When you get into a car accident that is not your fault, the results can be frustrating.  Personal injury can put you out of work for days, or even months, adding further economic distress to your woes.  If someone is driving negligently and hits you or your car, they are at fault for the accident, and they are responsible for paying your damages.  An experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer will stand beside you during your case and help prove the other driver’s negligence as well as the extent of your damages.  Although you may end up living with the injuries you received in the accident, you can be properly compensated for your pain and mental anguish.

    2. Slip and Fall Accidents-

      Top Ottawa Personal Injury lawyers can help you get compensation when you slip or fall on private property or a business property.  You may not think it, but slip and fall accidents often result in very serious personal injury. Often times, these injuries last for years and require serious rehabilitation and compensation

    3. Workplace Accident/Illness –

      Any Ottawa personal injury lawyer can tell you that your workplace can be dangerous.  Injuries sustained at work often stem from negligence on the part of your employer.  If proper safety protocol was not being practiced by every employee, or if being around certain chemicals led to a potentially deadly illness like cancer, asbestos, or mesothelioma, you are entitled to just compensation for your damages.  Your lawyer can work with both your company and the insurance company to ensure that you get what you deserve.

    4. Medical Malpractice –

      We all go to doctors to get better, but doctors are fallible and as a result, they can sometimes mess up big time.  When the negligence of your doctor, dentist, surgeon, or anesthesiologist results in personal injury, your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help.  Recovery from medical malpractice is physical, but also psychological.   When you instill trust into your medical caregiver and they are negligent, it is not uncommon to feel vulnerable and anxious.  An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can assist in recovering compensation for physical and psychological damages due to your injury.

    5. Defective Products –

      Companies are liable for making their products safe for general use.  If you have sustained injury from a faulty product, the company is liable for your damages.  Hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer can ensure that the company compensates you for the injury that resulted from their negligence.

    6. Intentional Injury

      Classified under this category would, first and foremost, be charges of assault.  If someone intentionally strikes you, that is assault, and they are liable for any damage that they may cause.  If a store wrongfully holds you for shoplifting, they also can be charged with intentional injury.  Your basic rights are being violated when you are held against your will with no just cause, and the store would be at fault for holding you.  Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer will be able to tell you if your issue merits taking the store, or someone who has purposefully assaulted you, to trial.

     


    Questions to ask your Ottawa Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Law Firms

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    Looking for an Ottawa injury lawyer. During the selection process, you may become overwhelmed with the sheer number of Ottawa injury lawyers.  A good place to start is the local Bar Association; they can usually recommend a few lawyers that might be appropriate to your case.  What falls to you, however, is investigating these lawyers to ensure you find the right one for you.  You will want to interview all prospective injury lawyers and be sure to ask them plenty of questions.  It usually helps to write a list of your questions beforehand and go down the list, checking off each question when you get a satisfactory answer.  If, during the interview, you feel that they are brushing you off or do not have time for you, consider how you would feel if you hired them to help you and they did the same thing.  The way they treat you during the interview is often reflective of how they will treat you during your case, so pay close attention.

    Ask them questions about their track record.  How many wins do they have out of how many cases?  How often do they take cases to court?  How long have they been working on cases like yours?  What are typical settlements that they have won for cases like yours?  While you are interviewing potential Ottawa personal injury lawyers, the answers to these questions are probably the most critical.  The purpose is to ascertain how likely this lawyer is to win your case, and how far are they willing to take the case before conceding to the insurance companies.  They should have far more wins than losses and they should not be afraid to take insurance companies to court.

    Does your Ottawa injury lawyer specialize in personal injury?

    Find out if they specialize in any specific type of injury or accident.  There are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in car accidents, work-related accidents, slips/falls, and all sorts of other types of accidents or injuries.  By finding out there specialization you can decide whether their specialty is in line with your type of injury.  If they are a great lawyer but they specialize in car accidents, while your case is a work-related accident, they are not the best lawyer for your specific case.

    Settle on a cost before starting your case.  Ask each of the Ottawa personal injury lawyers how they calculate their rates.  Choose a lawyer who will cover the costs of your case as it moves along, then take an agreed upon amount out of the settlement.  This way you are not being charged more and more as the case proceeds and you have an agreement as to what appropriate costs for reimbursement would be.  If you decide to hire this particular lawyer, make sure that you have a written and signed contract specifying the calculation of the rate and how it will be paid.

    Once all of your questions have been answered, compare and contrast different Ottawa personal injury lawyers based on their responses.  Based on this comparison, you can confidently select the right lawyer for you.