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.

 


Ottawa injury lawyers: Know your legal rights after an OC Transpo bus accident.

Ottawa OC Transpo Accident – Ottawa  Injury Lawyers.

The tragic OC Transpo / Via Rail accident on September 18, 2013 has left our city in mourning.  An accident of this nature can leave  emotional scars such as trouble sleeping, difficulty focusing and a constant reminder of what one has  witnessed. These emotional difficulties can have a direct impact on day-to-day activities. Some may  experience a variety of psychological and emotional effects, and experience feelings that they may be  described as depression and anxiety and this may affect  relationships with others. The OC Transpo accident was a very traumatic event and many involved will likely require some degree of psychological support.  People may wonder…is there insurance coverage for these types of injuries? In many cases,  accident benefits may be available to bus passengers for psychological treatments.

Our Ottawa injury lawyers  understand  the emotional upheaval caused by a devastating accident.  There are most likely many , many people suffering similar injuries, some worse and others less .  We can’t diagnose your injuries but we can help getting  the proper supports put in place.  In most cases, if injured, individual insurance companies  or OC Transpo’s insurance company will cover these expenses so there is less financial strain.   Any riders who  don’t  have their  own insurance policy but live with a family member who does may be covered under their policy. If you were involved in the OC Transpo bus accident, you need to know that you are not alone and these feelings you may be experiencing are normal. There is support for you. You need the proper information .

If  emotionally or physically  you are  unable to return to work, we can also help you look into what is available to you. Our Ottawa injury lawyers may be able to help you access certain accident benefits to support you and get you back to work as soon as possible.  In most cases, your own car insurance may pay for any non-OHIP medical or rehabilitation expenses.  Your own  insurance may also pay you an income replacement benefit up to a specified maximum if you can’t work for more than 7 days after the accident.  We are sorry that this terrible OC Transpo accident ever happened but we are thankful we can help people who really need help and support both financially and emotionally. Our Ottawa injury lawyers work hard at helping people rebuild their lives.

Our Ottawa injury lawyers are here for you to answer any questions you may have regarding your rights and possible compensation after the OC Transpo accident. We offer free consultations and will travel to you to meet with you.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers believe that the most important thing we can do is make sure you are receiving all the support and compensation you need in the hope of returning you to as best possible quality of life following an accident.  Contact any of our  Ottawa personal injury lawyers by phone or email and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have and hopefully offer you help in rebuilding your life.

For more information relating to the OC Transpo bus accident and injury compensation in Ontario, please visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca .


“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.

 


Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Compensation. Which optional benefits should you purchase?

Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims David Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers.   The Ontario insurance regime is one of the most complicated insurance regimes in North America. When it comes to car insurance, you certainly don’t want to scrimp but you always don’t want to pay extra money if it’s not needed. Sadly, when it comes to choosing optional accident benefits, many people will automatically settle for basic coverage.  As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can tell you, this may be a huge mistake.

Now, the truth is hopefully you will never need to access your accident benefits .  Great !  If you do however get injured in an accident, you may find yourself unable to work, injured, in a home that needs modifications and that’s when you want to make sure you have access to as much accident benefits compensation as possible. Sadly, most people don’t really know what their accident benefits insurance coverage is until they really need it.

A basic auto insurance policy in Ontario contains far less accident benefits coverage than a policy where the “top-ups” have been purchased.  Along with this decrease in benefits comes a decrease in yearly premium payments.  Many will opt for this.   I would caution you not to. I urge everyone to speak with their broker and find out what optional benefits are available to you and at what cost.

For instance the  Medical and  Rehabilitation Benefits jump from $100,000 to $50,000 or possible even $ 3,500 if you have purchased the optional benefit.

If you purchase additional accident benefits, you can be entitled to  Housekeeping Benefits and Caregiver Benefits , which have been eliminated in the basic policy.

Attendant Care Benefits are another optional benefits that can be purchased and allow you to have access to $72,000 instead of  $36,000. You may have access to additional accident benefits through your work and in this case may not require purchasing additional accident benefits.

It’s important to know what options you have and choose what’s best for you and your family.  Another important piece of information you need to know is that if you have more than one vehicle, you only need to purchase these additional accident benefits for one vehicle only.

In my opinion, the top up amounts are well worth it.  An average vehicle can purchase most additional accident benefits for under $200 a year.  That $200 a year translates to a significant amount of money if you need, when you really need it. I cannot tell you how many personal injury cases I have settled where people have given additional much need funds and they are so thankful that they purchased those additional accident benefits. Talk to your broker about what options you have and what accident benefits are available to you. To read about some of the accident benefits settlement amounts we’ve secured for our clients visit http://www.ottawainjury.ca/cases


Ottawa injury lawyers help determine what is maximum compensation for pain and suffering in Ontario.

David Hollingsworth ‘s injury team:  Ottawa Injury Lawyers since 1999.

What can you claim for damages for Pain and Suffering ?

Almost every accident leads to pain and suffering.  The level of pain and suffering will vary. There is the initial pain and suffering you feel immediately after an accident and the pain and suffering moving forward. You may require surgery moving forward and that also brings a new level of pain and suffering. In many cases,  injuries never fully heal and you may be living in various levels of pain for the rest of your life. We understand that living with constant pain and suffering changes your life forever and we make sure that you get all the support and compensation you need to help you as best as possible.

Determining a dollar amount for someone’s pain and suffering  can be difficult and there are a number of factors that contribute to the dollar amount one receives for pain and suffering in Ontario. The following are just some of the factors that influence the amount of compensation one receives for pain and suffering in Ontario:

  • your age;
  • the severity of  your injuries;
  • any pre-existing injuries you may have had before the accident
  • if/how long it takes for your injuries to heal;
  • the physical limitations caused by the accident;
  • what treatments are required to help treat your injury ;
  • is surgery required ?;
  • how long you were in the hospital;
  • how long you need rehabilitative treatments for;
  • emotional trauma caused by the accident

There are many other factors that help determine what amount of compensation you are entitled to for pain and suffering but these are some of the main factors.  It is imperative that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine all the benefits that you are entitled to and that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries including pain and suffering. Your personal injury lawyer can help calculate the maximum amount of compensation for pain and suffering and help you get the medical, rehabilitative and support services you need put in place. Our Ottawa injury lawyers have a tremendous amount of experience in maximizing pain and suffering compensation claims in Ontario.  If you or a loved one is suffering, you owe it to yourself to sit down and hear your options. Our Ottawa injury lawyers offer free consultations. We can sit down with you and your family and make sure that everything is in place before you make your pain and suffering claim. We can make a claim for you and make sure that you receive everything you need and are entitled to. All consultations are free .