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Top Ottawa Injury Lawyer Reviews…Top Choice Award | Consumer Choice Award

There are plenty of Ottawa personal injury lawyers out there and ottawa injury lawyer reviews but our team knows that we are different from the rest.  In 2016, so far, we’ve been chosen as Top Injury Law Firs in Ottawa, Consumer Choice Award for Best Lawyer in Ottawa, Faces Award for Top Ottawa Lawyer, just to name a few…

Our Ottawa injury lawyers receive a lot of feedback from clients and we are happy to share this feedback with you in the hopes of you getting to our personal  injury team a little better. Here are just some of the feedback we’ve received lately..

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“The team is outstanding in this field. They truly understands the needs of those who have suffered a loss as a result of an accident and will do what is in their power to ensure that 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 Hollingsworth 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 they have personal attributes I would appreciate; approachable, courteous, direct, hardworking, focused. I believe they care about their clients and are fully prepared to represent them.” M.K.

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“David Hollingsworth is intelligent, successful, capable, very hard working, caring, ethical- just to name a few of his attributes.” P.O.

” David and his team are dedicated to their clients . I have seen personally his hard work he does for his clients and how he has been able to help those in need after some terrible circumstances.” J.A

Our Ottawa injury team are proud of the work we do and the help we are able to get people. We appreciate all the kind words and feedback  at the end of the day.

 


David Hollingsworth Recognized for Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has  dedicated himself to his clients and been determined to be a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer.  Well , years of hard work and being involved in the Ottawa community are paying off. In the last month, David Hollingsworth has been recognized for 3 awards : Faces Ottawa for Ottawa’s Top Lawyer, The Consumer Choice Award for Ottawa Injury Lawyers and the Top Choice Award for Top Injury Law Firm in Ottawa.

Our Ottawa injury team is extremely proud to have been chosen for these awards . Our lawyers and staff are proud to have earned this support from our former clients as well as members of the Ottawa community.  There are many personal injury lawyers in Ottawa and awards such as these remind us that our hard work and dedication to our clients is not going unnoticed.

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This is David Hollingsworth’s second year in a row being recognized as Ottawa’s top lawyer.  David did however say he is very much aware that this award is for the team. Without the other lawyers and support staff, these types of awards wouldn’t be possible. Throughout the years, he has developed what he believes to be the top Ottawa personal injury team. A team that works together ensuring all their client’s needs are being met and that at the end of the day they are receiving maximum compensation.

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This is also the second year in a row that David Hollingsworth and his team won this award. The team approach to their personal injury files is just one of the many ways our firm ensures we are helping our clients in every way we can. The Consumer Choice Awards were established in 1987 and  conduct extensive research to celebrate business excellence. This award for Top Ottawa Injury Lawyers truly sets our law firm apart from the other Ottawa personal injury lawyers.

Top Choice Award for Top Injury Law Firm in Ottawa

This is David Hollingsworth’s third year in a row being recognized for top Injury Law Firm in Ottawa . The Top Choice awards aim to help people make informed decisions on topchoicewho to hire and have excellent customer satisfaction.  Our Ottawa injury team don’t underestimate the value of hard work and being available for our clients and their families. Our team works well together because we all share the same philosophy: We understand, we care and we’re here to help.

From all of us, we want to thank you for all the support and recognition we’ve received. We are honoured that we continue to be your choice for Ottawa’s Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers.

 

 


David Hollingsworth featured in Ottawa’s Top Ten Magazine as top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers

Our very own David Hollingsworth was recently featured in Ottawa’s Top Ten Magazine as one of the go to personal injury lawyers in Ottawa. In case you missed the publication, here was his feature. If you would like a copy of the magazine , contact us and we will mail you a copy free of charge.

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   David Hollingsworth,  Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer is very important. David Hollingsworth and his team understand that when you are seriously injured, your world is turned upside down. The physical and emotional injuries can leave you feeling vulnerable. Since 1999, David and his team have developed a wealth of experience and expertise in the law of personal injury to ensure that you get maximum compensation and top-notch rehabilitative care. They care about you and your family. David Hollingsworth and his team get excellent results and you don’t pay them until you receive financial compensation. They are here to help. 

 

 

“We understand, we care and we’re here to help…”

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Best Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth, works with established Ottawa law firm of 60 + years helping people throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario get maximum compensation for their injuries and insurance claims.

“We often meet in our clients’ homes. We sit down at the kitchen table and we listen.  It’s important for us to fully understand what our clients and their families are going through. Sometimes we not only need to be listening to our clients’ needs but also the needs of their families. We understand, we care and we’re to help.  Being in an accident can be devastating and can change everyone’s lives.  It’s important to not only make sure our client’s receive maximum compensation, it’s important that we put a proper support and recovery plan in place. Fortunately, we have the experience and resources to access some of Ontario’s top medical and rehabilitative professionals. “                                       -David Hollingsworth

 

While a personal injury settlement does not reverse the effects of an injury, it may help to provide and compensate for the much-needed care and expenses facing the injured party and their families. David provides his personal phone number to ensure that he is available to address the ongoing needs of his clients. No case is too big or small. David and his personal injury team serve the Eastern Ontario region and will travel to you. David Hollingsworth offers free consultations at 613-978-9549 or  www.ottawainjury.ca .

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Ottawa Police aiming to reduce personal injuries by focussing on unsafe lane changes

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Ottawa Police and the City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) are targetting  Ottawa motorists performing  unsafe lane changes and those who inappropriately use reserved lanes to help keep Ottawa’s roads safe. This will be the focus for April.

Ottawa Accidents and Unsafe Lane changes

Unsafe lane changes caused 1,130  accidents  reported in 2010, resulting in one wrongful death and 111 personal injuries. 

Ottawa Accidents and Ottawa Drivers Driving in Reserved Lanes

In 2010, Ottawa motorists traveling in the reserved transit lanes caused 27 accidents which resulted  in  personal injuries. 

The  Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department.  They are all dedicated to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious personal injuries for all Ottawa people , through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. 

I commend them on their efforts and support these amazing initiatives.  Let’s all do whatever we can to help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents and personal injuries.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer 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 subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: [email protected] (613) 978-9549

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What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

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
  • confusion
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • 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
  • depression
  • 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
  • uninterested
  • 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:

  • vomiting
  • 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
  • seizures
  • 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”.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer 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 subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: [email protected] (613) 978-9549

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Steps in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit : What is a settlement conference ?

Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth …Steps Ontario personal injury lawsuits: What is an Ontario Settlement Conference ?

Before the Ontario settlement conference, your Ontario personal injury lawyer will prepare on your behalf a settlement conference brief. The settlement brief will outline to both the judge and the insurance company what you are seeking in compensation and provide a history of your injuries. Your settlement brief outlines the evidence and why we believe you are entitled to receive maximum compensation for damages. This is sent for the judge to review prior to the settlement conference. 

Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will attend the settlement conference with you. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer is there to represent you and will present your case to the Ontario court. In turn, they will counsel with you and together you can determine how you want to proceed. Often times, the insurance company will offer to settle at this stage based on what has transpired at the settlement conference.  Only you and your Ontario personal injury lawyer can decide if you accept the settlement. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will provide you with advice but ultimately the decision will be yours.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer 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 subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: [email protected] (613) 978-9549

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Ontario personal injury, What is a mediation? Ottawa injury lawyer explains…

Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth.. What is a mediation? How does a mediation affect an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?  Not all Ontario personal injury lawsuits get to the mediation stage.  Some may settle before that.  A mediation in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit is a step that both sides agree to take in order for a speedier resolution and hopefully have the Ontario personal injury lawsuit settle before going to court, which could take years.

In a personal injury mediation, both sides agree on using a mediator. The mediator’s job is to  help both sides come together and reach a settlement.  Mediators are neutral and are there to help both sides reach an agreement.  A personal injury mediation in Ontario is a step before court, whereby both parties can speak directly to one another and are really able to share with the other side what their needs are. It really is a very valuable part of the litigation process and typically results are fair.  Most accident victims find that because of the mediation process, they are able to avoid dragging out their personal injury case and avoid going to court. As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have found that almost all personal injury cases truly benefit from the mediation process.

Before going to the mediation, Ontario personal injury lawyers are required to prepare the mediator with the facts from their case.  Both sides will prepare their own version of this document known as a “mediation brief”. The mediator will typically begin the mediation by stating the facts, as they know them and then turn the floor to the  lawyers , who each get a turn to make their opening statements to both the mediator and the other side. In an Ontario personal injury case, the other side is the insurance companies’ lawyer; not the individual driver.

In Ontario, personal injury clients must be present at the mediation; however they are not required to speak. Their Ontario personal injury lawyer is there to represent them and speak on their behalf. Many accident victims like the fact that their lawyer speaks for them; while others do not.  At a mediation, the personal injury client is able to speak whenever they feel comfortable, they just don’t have to.  This includes answering any questions from the insurance company. The insurance company does not have their client there.  In fact, in most cases, the other driver is completely uninvolved in the lawsuit and has no idea as to what amounts or details there are in the case. The settlement cheque does not come from the driver, it comes from the insurance company. The insurance company also does not report back to the driver the amount that was reached at settlement.

Once all of the information has been presented by both lawyers; both sides will typically break off in separate locations to discuss freely and openly what offers they will accept and what offers they would like to make in the hoped of settling the case.  The mediator will flow back and forth between both rooms and offer counsel and suggestions to help both sides reach an agreement.

Most Ontario personal injury cases will settle at the mediation stage but not all do. In the case where it does not settle, the mediation process still helps forward the case along as both sides were able to share information and truly get a sense of where the other side is coming from. Sometimes, the mediation allows both sides to leave with some time to think about things and then over the course of the next little while, they are able to reach a resolution, as they have had some time to let things settle and they have had time  to simply think. And that is a good thing.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer 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 subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: [email protected] (613) 978-9549

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What does a personal injury lawyer do ?

What does a personal injury lawyer do?

I am asked this question every day. The truth is a personal injury lawyer plays a vital role in ensuring you get what you need after an accident.  Often times, insurance companies will try to work with you but keep in mind they are not working for you.  They are not representing you.  A personal injury lawyer knows what to expect from the insurance adjusters.  Most times, they will have had or seen a similar case and know exactly what to expect.  After all, this is what a personal injury lawyer does day in, day out. Most times, an accident victim will contact a personal injury lawyer and that allows the lawyer to take over and represent you.  They then start ordering the necessary reports needed to build your case and they make sure that you are getting the support you need to start to recover.  This support comes in many forms. It may be rehabilitation support, medical support, housekeeping, counselling, home modifications, etc…First things first, a personal injury lawyer will meet with you to determine what your needs are and then start working for you to fulfill these needs. After an accident, everything seems different.  The beginning is especially hard because it’s a new way of life.  I meet everyday with Ontario accident victims who are struggling to get back the life they once had before the accident. Accidents are terrible and unfortunately they will continue to happen.  Personal injury lawyers can help.  They can help rebuild lives not only of the accident victims, but also their families. Yes, accidents affect everyone and it’s important that everyone involved gets the support they need. Each case is unique and everyone will have different needs.  The important thing is that accident victims get the help and compensation they need.  A personal injury lawyer can help with that.

If you have been in an accident or a family member or loved one has been in an accident, you should consult a personal injury lawyer .  They can help and they will.  You have been through enough.

———————- This  Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been a dedicated Ottawa injury lawyer helping 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 topic you would like me to write about or  if you have a question,  call or email me: [email protected] (613) 978-9549

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City of Ottawa Skating Safety : Rideau Canal conditions, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…I am very happy  that Ottawa children under the age of 10 will be required to wear protective helmets during public skating sessions held in City of Ottawa  facilities  effective January 1, 2012. It is estimated that 5,700 Ottawa children receive medical treatments for personal injury in Ottawa emergency rooms, and 400 children are hospitalized, every year because of sports-related head injuries.  This is very disturbing.  We all want kids to have fun but it cannot be at the expense of their safety.  Please take all necessary safety measures when it comes to children’s safety. There are far too many serious injuries each year such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and serious orthopedic injuries.

The City of Ottawa offers the following Safe Skating Tips:

  • Wear the gear! Wearing a CSA (Canadian Standards Association), Snell or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) approved helmet, that fits properly, will help prevent head injury. It should be worn snug,  yet comfortable. Hockey helmets are recommended over cycling helmets because they can withstand multiple impacts. Wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads help prevent wrist fractures, and bruises on knees and elbows.
  • Choose proper fitting skates that give good support around your ankles (moulded skates are not recommended). Local sport stores should be able to help you with a proper fit. Remember, new skates must be sharpened before you go on the ice and then sharpened again each year at the start of the skating season.
  • Lace your skates all the way up. You should never wrap the laces around your ankle. If the laces are too long, tie them in a double knot so you don’t trip over them.
  • Wear only one pair of socks. Multiple pairs will make you feel colder and your skates might be too tight.
  • Wear proper clothing: gloves, neck warmer, helmet, waterproof jacket and pants (NO jeans, as they will not keep you warm and dry if they get wet), long underwear, and a sweater should do the trick.
  • Get trained! Instructors will be able to teach you the basics of skating, such as how to stop, how to fall safely, and how to get up after a fall. For lessons call 613-580-2596.
  • Choose a surface that is relatively free of bumps and cracks to allow for more control and an easier time stopping. If skating on the Rideau Canal, watch for the green flags to ensure the conditions are safe. The N.C.C.’s Rideau Canal Skateway conditions hotline is: (613) 239-5234, press 1,1
  • Watch where you are going, and always skate with the traffic. If you want to stop, head to the side so you won’t get in anyone’s way.

Avoid the following:

  • Skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway when the red flags are flying.
  • Skating too fast – this puts you and those around you at risk.
  • Playing sports unless in a designated area (ex: hockey).
  • Holding on to more than one person – this increases your chance of falling and hurting someone else.
  • Placing sharp items in your pockets (ie. keys, combs, etc.).
  • Using your toe-pick to start or stop (this will ruin the ice surface, and it won’t give the stability you need to safely start or stop), or removing bottom pick (designed to help you balance).
  • Clothing with drawstrings.

Enjoy this winter and please be safe.                                          -Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 

 


Ottawa personal injury lawyer supporting Ontario pedestrian accident study.

As an Ottawa accident lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer, I am very pleased with the recent announcement that a new study into pedestrian deaths will be done by the Ontario Coroner’s Office. The Ontario pedestrian study is calling for Ontario residents to offer personal insight into pedestrian deaths.  This brings relief to not only myself, but many families and friends who have lost a loved one in an Ontario pedestrain accident or whose loved ones have suffered serious injury such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury or broken bones. The study will hopefully reveal what many already know…we need to make our pathways safer. Some are calling for more protected, better marked pedestrian walkways on busy roadways. The Ottawa Police are also anticipating the study will help identify trends and predictors to the fatal Ottawa collisions.

Sadly, to date in 2011, 7 Ottawa pedestrians were killed in Ottawa accidents, the same number as in all of 2010. This is tragic! Not to mention that many other pedestrian accidents result in serious personal injury. The Ottawa pedestrain accident statistics are very disturbing. In 2010  there were 390 pedestrians who suffered serious personal injury in Ottawa accidents. The goal of the coroner’s probe is to identify common factors in the wrongful deaths and to make recommendations to avoid future pedestrian accidents in Ontario. The study aims to look at accident trends across Ontario, education needs, enforcement needs , engineering through cities and municipalities.  The Ontario coroner’s office review will focus on deaths from 2010, with the report scheduled for release in spring 2012. In my opinion, as an Ottawa accident lawyer, this report can’t come soon enough !

The following are some statistics that relate to Ottawa pedestrain accidents:

2006 – 389, 2007 – 372, 2008 – 380, 2009 – 385, 2010 – 390

I know it goes without saying.  Some accidents are out of our control. Please be extra cautious when walking on busy streets.  Keep your head up, eyes open, but your phone away and focus on your surroundings.  It may very well save a life.

———————- 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 [email protected]  (613) 978-9549

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