Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. What injuries are deemed a catastrophic injury? What is the definition of a catastrophic injury? Well, it has changed and changed for the better….In an interesting case Pastore v. Aviva Canada, the Court of Appeal of Ontario ruled that an injured victim does not need to be markedly impaired in more than one area of life to be deemed ” catastrophically impaired”. In this particular case, the injured party had been hit in a car accident in November 2002 . As a result of the accident, her left ankle was broken and over time her ankle healed improperly. The injured victim had a number of surgeries and consequently her right knee also required surgery due to the injuries in her ankle and the manner in which she now walked. As a result of these injuries, the victim became dependant on others for everyday activities she once was able to perform on her own. This dependency also affected the victim’s emotional and psychological well-being.
In May 2005, the victim Ms. Pastore applied to the Aviva insurance company to have her injuries deemed as a “catastrophic impairment” and it was determined that she had a catastrophic impairment : “mental or behavioural disorder.” It was deemed that Pastore had a class 4 or “marked impairment” due to her daily living and she was rated with an overall assessment of class 3, which is a moderate impairment. What this meant was that she was now meeting the threshold for a catastrophic impairment in one category. A catastrophic impairment designation requires impairment in all four categories. The case was brought to the Court of Appeal and it was there decided that Pastore’s position, according to the language in the Statutory Accident benefits did not require “marked impairments” in each of the four categories of a catastrophic impairment designation.
This is excellent news for Ontario accident victims. This decision allows for additional Ontario accident benefits for injured victims. We have many clients who thanks to this decision, will be able to receive the help and support they need. This is great news for Ontario accident victims and their families. Many accidents leave people with physical injuries , but also injuries such as chronic pain, and emotional and psychological impairments . Thanks to this decision, there will be increased benefits for people suffering from these impairments.
David Hollingsworth and Associates . We are Ottawa injury lawyers with a wealth of experience . Our lawyers work closely with you our clients to make sure no stone in unturned and that our clients receive all the support and compensation they need following an accident in Ontario. If you are injured, it’s important that you meet with an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer who knows how best to help you. There is far too much at stake to be with the wrong lawyer. We pride ourselves on our high success rate, our experience and our valuable relationships with our clients. Your future and your families future is important and we understand that. We are here for you and with you every step of the way. Contact us for a free consultation. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We understand, we care, we’re here to help …and our track record proves it.
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer…What are the signs of a concussion? There are many different signs and symptoms of a concussion. Some are obvious and others subtle. Some conscussion signs may appear immediately and others may not be for days or even months.
The most common signs of a concussion are headache, amnesia, confusion or loss of consciousness.
Other signs and symptoms of a concussion include:
- headache or pressure in the head
- slurred speech
- loss of consciousness
- no recollection of event
- dizziness or blurred vision
- “ringing” in the ears
Often times, after an injury signs appear later on. Often times people with a concussion may exhibit:
- difficulty with concentration and memory
- irritability and personality changes
- eyes and ears are sensitive to light and noise
- difficulty sleeping
- tastebuds and smell are off
Symptoms of a child concussion
Head trauma or concussions are particularly hard to identify in young children, infants and toddlers because they have difficulty communicating how they feel.
Typical signs of a concussion in a child
- tires easily
- irritable or cranky
- loss of appetite
- trouble sleeping
- loss of balance
It is always best to have your child checked by a doctor if you suspect they may have a head injury. Because their skulls are so soft and developing, there is a greater chance of a severe head injury occurring. If your child is alert, moves normally and is able to respond, the head injury is probably mild and typically will heal. If this is the case with your child and they are tired it’s OK to let them sleep. If worrisome signs develop later and you are worried, then bring them immedicately to your doctor or emergency facility.
Bring your child immediately for emergency help if you suspect a head injury and they are exhibiting the following signs:
- continued persistance of a headache
- changes in behavior displaying irritability
- changes in physical coordination, including stumbling or clumsiness
- confusion: does no’t know day,events etc…
- slurred speech
- dilated or uneven pupils
- difficulty breathing
- lasting or recurrent dizziness
- discharge from nose or ears
- large head bumps or bruises
- loss of consciousness ( more than a minute)
- repeated vomiting
- symptoms that worsen over time
Concussions and sports injury
If you have injured yourself and suspect you have a head injury , you should absolutely allow yourself to rest. Avoid playing sports or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present. It is recommended that people who suspect they have a concussion should return to their sporting activity until a doctor has given them the “green light”.
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Signs of a concussion, symptoms of a concussion, head injury signs
Ontario Amputation Lawyer David Hollingsworth . The amputation of any body part can be devastating and have an effect on the accident victim, as well as his or her family. Life may never be the same as it once was. Suddenly, you find yourself not being able to do the same things you once did and your bills may be accumulating. After an amputation injury, you are often times not able to return to work.
An amputation injury requires very specific support and compensation. In Ontario most amputation injuries are defined as catastrophic injuries and therefore have many forms of compensation available to them. If someone is hurt in a motor vehicle accident, there are accident benefits provided for them under the Statutory Accident Benefits system. Someone with an amputation injury is entitled, among other things, up to $1,000,000.00 for medical and rehabilitation treatment, $1,000,000.00 for attendant care, up to $100.00 for housekeeping and home maintenance, $400.00 /week for income replacement benefits, and compensation for pain and suffering, past and future income loss and even future medical treatment. This accident benefits compensation will be needed for the rest of your life over and above what you will receive under the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits regime.
There are also the obvious expenses such as medical, rehabilitation, attendant care, occupational therapy, home modifications, and/or housekeeping and home maintenance that are usually required.
If you have suffered an amputation injury or have been injured in an accident and need some help or advice, there is help. An amputation injury requires a great deal of compensation and support. Since 1999, we have been Ottawa personal injury lawyers specialized in helping Ontario accident victims get the help and maximum compensation they need after suffering a personal injury such as an amputation injury. We can also help you. Contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca and we can discuss how we can help you begin a new life after a catastrophic injury. We understand, we care and we are here to help.
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Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth …Bauer Hockey, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of ice hockey equipment, officially unveiled the Bauer Re-Akt helmet, the first hockey helmet designed to specifically manage the multiple type of hits in the game, including rotational-force impacts, which from what I understand, has been proven to cause significant head injuries and brain injury.
The Bauer Re-Akt helmet features the Suspend-Tech liner, a unique rotational impact protection system to protect the head from excessive rotational acceleration upon impact. The liner is made up of Extreme Impact Protection, a super-light pliable material with the ability to dissipate extreme force on impact. The free-floating stretchable liner moves independently inside the helmet, meaning better managing rotational forces.
The majority of approved hockey helmets are designed to address linear impacts; however, there has been a tremendous amount of research that indicates that the rotational force are a key contributor to a head injury .
Hockey is a very fast paced game, where there is a lot of contact. The ice is also an extremely hard surface and not one that would absorb the impact. Most impacts occur when a player is in motion, trying to make a hit, or trying to avoid a hit.
It has taken more than 2 years for this helmet to come along. The helmet features specially designed pads placed strategically in areas of the helmet where players require the most protection. Unlike other helmets in the market designed to manage only high-energy impacts, the Bauer’s new helmet is designed to manage the multiple types of hits in hockey
To date, close to 44% of all NHL players are wearing Bauer helmets. Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers,was one of the first players to wear new helmet leading up to the All-Star Game. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until most NHL players are looking for the extra protection.
Unfortunately, head injuries seem to be a part of hockey ( at least for now) . All hockey players need to protect themselves as much as possible. No helmet is going to completely prevent all concussions or head injuries, but helmets with more protection are absolutely a step in the right direction.
Bauer’s new helmet will soon be available for at retail locations worldwide in May. For more information, visit Bauer’s website. Let’s hope we start to see an immediate decrease in sport related head injuries !
———————- The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer helping and Ontario accident victims and the families of accident victims who have been seriously injured or 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 email@example.com (613) 978-9549
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Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Brain Injury Attorneys….Ottawa-based neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Vassilyadi has conducted a research that shows hockey helmets are the most effective at protecting children and preventing serious head injury to children tobogganing. The experiment conducted by Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, the neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and also a professor at the University of Ottawa, tested helmets designed for hockey, downhill skiing and cycling. Dr. Vassilyadi and his Ottawa team simulated the potential impact that might occur while tobogganing. The findings were amazing. Hockey helmets were determined to be the safest, over bicycle helmets. This is especially true if the hockey helmet has a face shield guard. Dr . Vassilyadi noted that often times, when a child suffers a tobogganing injury, they often have facial injuries such as torn lips, broken teeth, broken nose, or eye injuries.
The bottom line is that any helmet is better than none for tobogganing. So if you can’t have access to a hockey helmet, then please grab whatever helmet you have when you take your kids out tobogganing. As an Ontario personal injury lawyer who has had many clients with severe head injuries, I am in complete agreement with Dr. Vassilyadi and support is desire to see a helmet created for outdoor winter activities such as tobogganing and skating. It really does seem crazy not to.
Dr Vassilyadi explained that collisions in tobogganing are usually to the front of the head, whereas ski accidents usually involve impacts to the side of the head, where ski helmets were the most effective. Again this just goes to show that there is a need for a specific helmet to be designed for tobogganing , as there is currently no helmet specifically designed to protect the front of the head on impact.
All this to say, do everything you can to keep your little one’s (and yourself) safe. Take every safety step you can. A child brain injury or head injury is life altering. Enjoy this winter and all it’s wonderful activities, but please be safe.
———————- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org(613) 978-9549
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Ottawa Ontario Brain Injury and Head Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…There are far too many injuries resulting in traumatic head injuries and traumatic brain injury every year. A traumatic brain injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever, as well as the life of your friends and family. Not all head injuries and brain injuries are preventable, but you can take steps to reduce the risks in some activities. ThinkFirst is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. It has some very valuable resources that I thought I would share with you….Have fun, play safe and protect your head ! -Ottawa , Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth
Brain Injury Facts:
- Damage to the brain and spinal cord can rarely be repaired. Life after a brain or spinal cord injury is never ever the same
- Injury is the leading killer of Canadian children and youth. 50 % of all deaths from injury are from a brain injury
- 30% of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities
The good news on brain injury..
- Bike helmets can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries when used properly
- Skiers and snowboarders who wear helmets reduce their risk for head injuries by 60 %
What you can do to help prevent a brain injury…
-Encourage kids to be active, but ensure they get proper training, wear the gear, and are able to effectively navigate risks.
-Be a role model: as parents, coaches and educators it is important to model safe, responsible behaviours like wearing a properly fitted helmet during appropriate activities, and buckling up in the car
Each severe brain injury costs our medical system over $400,000 at the time of injury. Costs remain approximately the same each year following the incident due to indirect expenses and follow-up treatment
Although catastrophic brain injuries in sports and recreation can affect anyone, boys/men are affected four times as frequently as girls/women
Wondering what helmet to wear?
· Skateboarding, In-line skating and Scooters – Because falls are common in these activities, helmets for skateboarding, in-line skating and scooters should cover the back of the head to better protect against backward falls and withstand multiple impacts. A skateboard or in-line skating helmet should not be used for bicycle riding unless specified on the label. No standards have been set for scooter helmets.
Multi-sport helmets – Some helmets are marketed as “multi-sport” meaning they meet safety standards for more than one activity (such as skateboarding and in-line skating). Be sure the helmet you buy has been tested for the activities you will be using it for.
Field Sports – Team field sports, such as football, baseball/so-ball and lacrosse, have helmets specific to the kinds of hazards each sport presents. Football and lacrosse require face protectors on helmets because of the level of contact between players and equipment.·
Hockey – Multiple impact helmets are intended to protect your head from impacts due to falls on ice and collisions with the boards. Hockey helmets are also recommended for ice skating and tobogganing.
Skiing and snowboarding – Ski helmets can be single- or multiple-impact helmets (check the manufacturer’s label) and cover more of the back of the head than a bicycle helmet.
Ice skating and Sledding/ tobogganing – While specific ice skating and sledding helmets have not been developed, ice hockey helmets (skating and sledding) and ski helmets (sledding) are an option because they are designed to protect the head in all directions in icy conditions.
Researchers estimate that 90 % of all injuries are predictable and preventable Remember: Most crashes aren’t accidents, but predictable, preventable events. Change the way you speak about these events to change social perception
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
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 email@example.com (613) 978-9549
Ottawa Catastrophic Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A huge congratulations goes out the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) for a wonderfully successful event last night. I was proud to not only attend but sponsor the wonderful event. The Ottawa Valley Brain Injury Association is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization with mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.
Ottawa Brain Injury Association’s services include:
- information and resources on acquired brain injury
- 1-800 toll free helpline
- personal advocacy and support
- training and education for families and professionals
Last night, they raised over $70 000 to help people with brain injuries ! Amazing what hard work , a good cause and an amazing Ottawa community can do !
———————- The Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Advice for Selecting the best Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer
While many minor disputes can be handled in a small claims court or through an alternative dispute resolution, handling a claim for a personal injury as serious as traumatic brain injury requires the expertise and know-how of an Ottawa brain injury lawyer. When you
hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer, you need to find someone who understands the nuances of your brain injury and has extensive experience interpreting medical diagnoses in order to present the full facts of your brain injury to your insurance adjuster or in the courtroom.
A brain injury is a very complicated legal matter because the symptoms are often “invisible.” This is especially the case when it comes to a mild brain injury. The vocational abilities of victims who have sustained a mild brain injuries are often severely impacted. Victims are typically in denial about a brain injury’s impact on their lives.
Many survivors of a traumatic brain injury do not receive adequate compensation for their brain injury primarily because they hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer who does not have the sufficient experience to present a legitimate claim for damages. Ask your Ottawa brain injury lawyer about previous brain injury cases they have taken on. When searching for an Ottawa brain injury lawyer, research their education, training, and experience. Determine what kind of knowledge they have about brain injury. Furthermore, find out if they are members of any trial law groups that deal with brain injury. All of these factors will help you determine whether the lawyer’s knowledge about brain injury law and compensation is current.
Some Ottawa brain injury lawyers are willing to represent you on a contingency fee basis. This means that the lawyer will not receive payment until you receive compensation for your brain injury. When working on a contingency fee basis, an Ottawa brain injury lawyer receives a % of the compensation amount. When you hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer on a contingency fee basis, you can rest assured knowing that you are hiring an experienced, qualified Ottawa lawyer who can practically guarantee results.
Make sure to interview your Ottawa lawyer face-to-face and have plenty of questions ready to ask them so you can ascertain their qualifications. Some important questions you may want to ask include the following:
- How many brain injury cases have you been involved in the last 5 years?
- What % of personal injury cases do you take relate to brain injury?
- What are the settlement compensation amounts you have obtained on brain injury cases in the past?
Choosing the right Ottawa brain injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Be sure to find an Ottawa brain injury lawyer with whom you feel comfortable. Moreover, hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer who has the confidence and experience necessary to handle your case. By taking the time to find a qualified Ottawa brain injury lawyer to represent you, you will be able to receive the recompose that you deserve, enabling you to meet your medical and support needs.
Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer, Ontario Head Injury Lawyers: As an eastern Ontario brain injury lawyer, I continue to be shocked at the brain injury statistics that come out each year as most brain injuries are preventable. A Brain Injury is an invisible personal injury, unlike a cut or a bruise. A brain injury is a catastrophic injury and trauma to the brain is not visible. Often times victims of a brain injury or head injury appear to be uninjured and go about their lives. However; often times someone with a brain injury is suffering and is not showing it. Typically friends, family members, co-workers and employers start to notice small changes…The incidence of brain injury is high in Canada:
Head injury from trauma occurs every 500 out of 100,000 individuals yearly.
It is estimated that there are some 27,000 children with Acquired Brain Injuries in Ontario schools.
- people who wear helmets suffer fewer head injury rates (an average of 25% lower) .
- Bicycle injuries are one of the leading causes of injury for children ages 10-14 years old, and traumatic brain injuries account for close to one third (29%) of all cycling-related hospital admissions.
- Research shows that 20% of people in psychiatric settings appear to have a history of brain injury.
- Helmets use reduces head injury by 88%.
Each year, 50,000 Canadians suffer an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). In Ontario, 44 people sustain a brain injury daily.
- Close to 500 000 people in Ontario are living with an acquired brain injury.
795 children out of 100,000 individuals suffer a brain injury each year
456 people suffer a brain injury daily in Canada — this amounts to one person injured every 3 minutes.
Most head injury occur in males aged 16 to 24.
Brain injury from trauma is the greatest killer under the age of 45;
The greatest cause of disability under 44;
and kills more children under 20 than all other causes combined
As an Ontario head injury lawyer and one of the top Ottawa brain injury lawyers, I urge everyone out there to slow down, buckle up, put a helmet on ,be alert and be safe out there. A brain injury is life altering and can happen to anyone in an instant.