Recent clients gave our Ottawa injury lawyers a review.

Thank you from our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team…

Our entire Ottawa injury team of lawyers, paralegals, accident benefit specialists and law clerks pride ourselves on the work we do. We work hard to ensure that our clients and their families are receiving the support that they need. This support sometimes as a service, support or compensation. David Hollingsworth was born and raised in Ottawa and has consequently developed a network of top professionals to assist our clients. Whether it be us working with our clients’ physicians, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists,  psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists or physiatrists, we know that they team approach to every case it what is going to be best for our clients and their families. We don’t like to brag, but we are great at helping people through some of the most difficult times of their life. Our Ottawa injury team is integral in helping our accident clients and their families rebuild their lives following an accident in Ontario.  Here are just some of the latest notes we’ve received :thank-you-clothesline-752x483

” David is outstanding in his field. He truly understands the needs of those who have suffered a loss as a result of an accident and will do what is in is power to ensure that his clients are receiving the maximum compensation that is available.”   D.P.

” Mr. Hollingsworth is a dedicated personal injury lawyer who works hard to ensure his clients and their families are well taken care of in their time of need. He is a compassionate and caring individual who demonstrates these qualities in everything he does.” K.N.

” Because David is a conscientious and dedicated injury lawyer and professional, he not only works hard at his law firm but he also dedicates countless hours as a volunteer for his children’s sport teams.” A.M. 

” I feel he has the personal attribute I would appreciate: approachable, courteous, direct, hardworking, focused. I believe he cares about his clients and is fully prepared to represent them.   M.K. 

Our Ottawa injury lawyers truly appreciate the feedback and kind words from our clients. We strive to improve our clients’ lives and feedback such as his helps ensure we are always working our hardest and doing the very best for our clients.

Our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team thank you.

 


Our top Ottawa injury law firm appreciates your reviews !

Top Ottawa Injury Law Firm top Ottawa injury law firm

Recently David Hollingsworth and his team  was awarded Top Ottawa Injury Law Firm for the third year in a row.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers sincerely appreciate all the feedback we received and the fact that people took time out of their busy days to vote for us as the Top Ottawa Injury Firm.  Our Ottawa injury law firm works hard for our clients and we know that we can make a difference for our clients and their families. We are here for our clients and help them rebuild their lives after some of the most darkest of days. Our Ottawa injury law firm knows what are clients are going through and we know exactly how we can help.  The Top Choice Awards sent us just some of the feedback they received through the voting process. Here is what people had to say about David Hollingsworth and his team and why they voted for them as the top Ottawa Injury Firm.

Ottawa Injury Law Firm Reviews

” David is the consummate professional who truly has his clients best interest at heart. He has time for everyone and is always  willing to offer helpful advice. It can be a very stressful time for a person when dealing with the law. David eases this anxiety and you’re left with a felling of both comfort and confidence. Very approachable and trustworthy. A definite asset . ”

“Not only is David an amazing and dedicated lawyer. He is always available to give advice on how best to approach a legal situation by letting you know what steps you need to make sure the outcome is best suited to you. David is a big part of the Ottawa community and takes the time to make sure people are taking the right precautions to be safe and well. Thank you David Hollingsworth”

“David is my top choice for the mark of excellence ! He is a true professional when it comes to helping his clients, and takes the time to go above and beyond his requirements as a lawyer and to take a genuine interest in their cases. David is a true gentleman and an outstanding role model for his peers, professional and personally. ”

” I had a chance to deal with David as an injury lawyer along with his firm. He was very professional during that difficult time I had and he made it easy to understand my options. I’m voting for him because his firm deserves this award to signify their exemplary performance. ”

Our Ottawa injury law firm thank you…

Our Ottawa injury lawyers are so grateful for this amazing feedback and hope to continue to serve the Ottawa community and surrounding areas. WE know how important it is to provide excellent service to our clients and their families and we will strive to continue to outdo ourselves.


Accidents and Red Lights..Who is at Fault ? What is the percentage of liability?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates..

You would think that if you have a green light and the other driver has a red light and they hit you, you wouldn’t be at fault…well, you could be… A recent decision came from the Ontario Court of Appeal sheds some light on liability and how a driver who has a green light can still be partially liable. 
Accident at red light

Accident at red light

Accidents and Red Lights

By: Brent Meadows

Evan Sant was a passenger in Joel Sant’s pickup truck that entered an intersection on a red light and was hit by Mr. Sekhon. The jury found that Joel Sant was 95% liable and Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable. The jury’s finding that Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable was the main issue under appeal.
 
Ordinarily, a driver with a green light is free to proceed through an intersection and may assume that driver’s approaching the intersection from other directions will stop at a red light. This statutory right of way is, however, not absolute as the driver must still exercise proper care. For example, if it is clear that a vehicle is in or about to proceed into the driver’s right of way that driver must avoid the collision if the circumstances permit.
 
The jury found that the reasonably prudent driver should have been aware that Joel Sant’s vehicle posed a hazard, and ultimately found that Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable for the motor vehicle collision.
 
The Ontario Court of Appeal held that the trial judge did not misdirect the jury,  the jury’s finding was not plainly unreasonable, and that certain cross-examination questions were not improper or inflammatory. Mr. Sekhon’s appeal was dismissed and the finding that Mr. Sekhon was 5% liable was upheld.
 
Obviously it goes without saying that drivers need to exercise caution regardless of whether the light is red, green or yellow.   In this accident case, not one person was help 100 % responsible.  Drivers cannot predict what other drivers are thinking and will do, regardless of lights, stop signs etc… the moral of the story here is that we can’t  jump to the conclusion that if a driver is at fault, that they are entirely at fault and  the percentage of liability remains a question.  A driver who has the right-of-way has the obligation to exercise reasonable care in the operation of a motor vehicle.
 
For more information that relates to accidents and insurance claims, explore our website.  If you have a question, our Ottawa personal injury lawyers would be happy to offer you a free consultation to discuss any questions you may have.

Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth on CTV News giving free legal consultations.

I had the pleasure of appearing on CTV news this week and had many great questions sent in by viewers .  The CTV website hosts the segment in case you missed it and I will soon put a copy up on our YOUTUBE channel.

The main topic of the segment was lawsuits involving children or people under a disability and what you need to know. To find out more on this topic, please watch the video segment.

During the question and answer segment , we answered some great questions.  Not all relate to personal injury but very useful questions…

– I got injured at work. Do I have to go through WSIB or can I sue?

-I just bought my first home. What is land transfer tax, how much is it and are there any other hidden costs?

-What should I do if my sister is incapable of taking care of herself and there is no power of attorney?

-What is the difference between a power of attorney and a living will ?

-My boss gave me a letter telling me that basically things weren’t working out and fired me. Can he do this without warning

-I live in Ontario but got in a car accident in Quebec. The guy that hit me is a Quebec resident. Should I hire a lawyer from Quebec or Ontario?

-My wife was at a store and reached up for a vacuum and 3 huge boxes fell on her and hit her on the head.  They have offered us $2000. Does this seem reasonable and should we get a second opinion?

Unfortunately I didn’t get to answer all of the questions sent in.  I would be happy to answer your questions by phone or email. Please contact me with your questions.  I will also be appearing on the show again in six weeks, so keep your questions coming !

Thanks for watching…


Changes to Ontario Accident Benefits and the Minor Injury Guideline.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth…The Financial Services Commission of Ontario has again made some changes to Ontario accident benefits and unfortunately, in my opinion as an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, these changes do not favour Ontario drivers, should they become injured in an accident and need to access their accident benefits.  One of the  recent changes in accident benefits  has to do with the MIG (Minor Injury Guideline)  and it requires a pre-existing condition to have been included in a medical note by a health professional to get out of the Minor Injury Guideline.

As of February 1, 2014, the Government of Ontario has decided that Ontario drivers who are accessing their accident benefits and who fall under the Minor Injury Guideline are limited to the cap of $3,500.00 UNLESS they have a  pre-existing medical condition and this pre-existing medical condition must have been documented by a health practitioner prior to the accident.  This is a new requirement. Before February 1, 2014,  pre-existing medical conditions did not need to be documented.  Essentially , what this means is that if you were injured before but had perhaps  not sought out medical treatment that was documented, then you will not be considered for the exclusion of minor injury guidelines and most likely your treatment will be limited to the $3,500.00 cap.

This change in accident benefits highlights why it is critical to treat any injury as serious. Most people think things will heal naturally over time and often can’t find the time to get to the hospital or doctor.  With wait times the way they are, it is understandable; however these types of changes highly why Ontario drivers need to make this a priority. Unfortunately, once an accident has occurred, you can’t turn back the clock.

If you have been in an accident and are injured, it is imperative you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  It’s important you know your rights and leave no stone unturned in the event that weeks, months or years later your injuries prevent you from a quality of life you once had.  If you have a question or would like more information about the recent changes to Ontario Accident Benefits,  contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca . We would be happy to sit down with you free of charge .


Cold Ottawa weather partly to blame for increase in Ottawa accidents.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…It’s not getting any warmer out there Ottawa. The temperatures have dropped yet again and it looks like there is another very cold snap settling into our city. With this cold weather comes, icy roads and Ottawa accidents. This cold winter weather is one of the causes  for hundreds of Ottawa accidents yesterday, including a multiple vehicle accident on Hwy. 417

What does this mean for you?  Well the truth is as we all know, accidents happen.  The only thing you can do is try as much as possible to prevent them from happening by slowing down, making sure your winter tires are in good shape and being extra attentive while driving in difficult conditions.  You can only control your own driving and hopefully those drivers around you do the same.  Yes, the commutes have been messy and unfortunately there seem to be more messy commutes in the days that lie ahead, as temperatures in Ottawa continue to drop. Let’s hope this extreme Ottawa weather causes people to stop and think for a minute about their driving choices.

Slow down, drive safely and arrive alive.

 


Why do child car seats have an expiry date and is it safe to still use them ?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.  In Canada, all car seat manufacturers provide an expiry date on all car seats.  Why? For safety !

There are also reasons such as…

  • sunlight: yes, sun exposure can damage or weaken the plastic found in car seats; and
  • safety regulations and standards change over time and products improve over time.

The provincial and territorial laws state that children’s car seats and booster seats  must be certified to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and must be used properly according to the instructions given by the manufacturer. If you don’t follow the instructions or if you use them past their expiry or useful life dates, there is exposure to putting a child at risk and you may be found guilty of breaking the law.

You may be tempted to buy a car seat second hand.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers do not recommend you buy a used car seat unless you can get a guarantee that it hasn’t been in an accident (which could be impossible), has not been recalled (check with the manufacturer or Transport Canada – 1-800-333-0371) and that it isn’t expired; Transport Canada also provides a list of manufacturers of car seats and booster seats sold in Canada which includes the expiry/life date.

The following are the weight guidelines for child car seats in Ontario:

Infants: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children must rear-facing car seats until the child weighs at least 9 kg (20 lb.). It’s important to note that this is a minimum requirement. Some rear-facing car seats are made for children that weigh up to 20 kg (45 lb.).

Toddlers: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children use a forward-facing child car seat once  they weight from 9 kg to 18 kg (20 to 40 lb.). Again, this is a minimum requirement. Some forward-facing car seats are made for children that weigh up to 30 kg (65 lb.).

Pre-School and up to 8 years old: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children use a booster seat once they weigh 18 kg to 36 kg (40-80 lb.), are less than 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall, and are under the age of 8. Again, this is a minimum requirement.

Youth: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children can use a seat belt when one of the following conditions is met:

  • Child turns 8 years old, or
  • Child weighs 36 kg (80 lb.), or
  • Child is 145 cm (4´ 9˝) tall or more

It’s important that  the shoulder strap is positioned across a youth’s shoulder and in the middle of the chest and the lap belt crosses the hips and not the stomach.

Child car seat requirements are the law and more importantly are there for safety.  If you are unsure of what car seat your child should be in or if your car seat is installed correctly, there are a number of resources in the Ottawa area to help you such as Service Ontario at 1(800) 268-4686. Please make sure your child is safe.

-We understand, we care and we’re here to help: Ottawa personal injury lawyers since 1999.


Should you settle your accident claim? Talk to a personal injury lawyer first.

Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario David Hollingsworth. I often get phone calls from people who have been in accidents and need some advice.  In some cases they have been in an accident in Ontario and have been receiving accident benefits from their insurance company and have been made an offer from their insurance adjuster.  The question most have is : Is it enough ?

All along, you may have been sorting through the paperwork on your own and speaking with the insurance adjuster regularly.  Over the course of time, relationships are developed and when it comes time to settling , it’s tough to know whether or not a settlement offer is fair. Most insurance companies are fair; however some try to settling a claim for the least amount of money possible as this is their business after all.

I would advise anyone to contact a personal injury lawyer and have them review your case before you accept any settlement offer.  Most Ottawa personal injury lawyers offer free consultations , so you have nothing to lose.  You can however gain from this free consultation.  In some cases,  people can double and triple  the amount of compensation they receive. It’s absolutely worth looking into.  It’s important that you know your potions and an experienced personal injury lawyer can help steer you in the right direction and can make sure you are receiving maximum compensation for you and your family. There are many, many expenses that are covered under your accident benefits that might surprise you.

Yes, you may want to settle your insurance claim so you can start rebuilding your life after an accident.  Getting better and rebuilding your life is your number one priority; however you might not be able to rebuild the way you want to without the proper amount of compensation.  That’s where the best personal injury lawyers can make all the difference.

If you aren’t sure whether or not to settle your claim, do yourself and your family a favour and consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  You owe it to yourself !

 


“Thank you very much for advocating on my behalf” . An Ottawa injury lawyer review from a personal injury client.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth..

We are so lucky to be able to be in a profession where we are able to help make people’s lives better. Most of our clients have had traumatic accidents in their lives and we are able to help them rebuild their lives following their accident.  Often times, it is not just our clients that we are taking care of, it’s also their family.  A family can be hugely impacted by an injury and family members also need support and compensation.

This week Denis Alisic, one of our  Ottawa personal injury lawyers received this email:

“Thank you very much for advocating on my behalf. During the past 2 years I have come to appreciate your amazing work and what you and your colleagues do to help people during a very vulnerable time in their lives. “

GC, Ottawa

Here is another testimonial from a personal injury client:

“I would like to say thank you ! You have an incredible team of professionals working along your side who provided help, support and advised me when I needed it most.”

CC, Ottawa

We work tirelessly for our clients and we know the difference we can make in their lives.  It’s what motivates us to help in every way we can and fight for maximum compensation for our clients. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.

David Hollingsworth and our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are here for you. We love to hear from you.  The feedback we receive motivates us to continue striving for the very best for the families we work with .

If we have helped you in the past, we would love to hear from you.  Please provide our Ottawa personal injury lawyers with feedback and help us serve the Ottawa community as best as possible. We would really appreciate it. Email or call us and we would love to chat.

 


How to properly adjust your headrest and avoid soft tissue injuires such as whiplash injuries.

Did you know that taking a few seconds to properly adjust your headrest could help save a life and lower your chance of serious injuries such as a whiplash injury ?

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can tell you first hand that the a soft-tissue injury can be a life-long debilitating injury.  We have a large number of clients who have been in a car accident and years later are still suffering from soft tissue injuries such as a whiplash injury. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)  reported that insurance companies spend approximately $4 billion each year helping people who have suffered in an accident and have debilitating  soft tissue injuries; whiplash injuries being the most common.

CAA also reported that the Insurance Bureau of Canada held a national study that looked at head restraint adjustments and looked at whether passengers and drivers were making proper use of their  head restraints . The study’s results determined that a mere 14% of  drivers in Canada had a properly positioned headrest.  Yikes !  This is astonishing when we consider the fact that rear-end collisions make up approximately  80% of all whiplash injuries and other soft tissue injuries in Canada. How could this be? I believe many drivers and passengers simply do not know what the proper headrest position should be.  The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) stated that if all drivers and passengers adjusted their headrests properly the number of whiplash injuries could be reduced by 40% resulting in fewer people suffering in pain.

Adjusting your headrest

The proper position of a vertical headrest is between the top of the ear and the top of the head. The proper position of a horizontal head rest is less or equal to the width of your ear.  The following graphic was copied form the CAA’s website.  I highly recommend you visit the site.  Not only will you find incredible safety information, the entire site has valuable information that relates to travel, insurance , community and much more .

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I urge you to take a second and please adjust your headrest. It can make a difference.