Mental Health Week and Disability Claims

Mental Health Week 2018

One of the leading causes of disability in Canada, mental illness affects one in five Canadians every year with about eight per cent of adults experiencing a major depression. Mental illness is serious and it is largely misunderstood considering its ability to impact the social and professional lives of those it affects.

Mental Health Week brings awareness

Mental Health Week seeks to bring awareness to this “invisible illness”, to reduce the stigma around it and to encourage conversations about mental illness and mental health. Sadly, stigma and shame keep those suffering with mental illness from seeking the treatment they desperately need. Lack of awareness and understanding isolates people from the support of their family, friends and co-workers. This is especially true for those who are filing disability claims.

Mental Health Week and disability claims

Mental health awareness is imperative in filing a disability claim. A successful claim requires proof of treatment. It requires a clear understanding of the illness and the limitations of the claimant. To make a claim, the insurance company will need to know how the illness affects the claimant’s ability to perform their job as well as information and observations from a doctor. These are all much easier to obtain when the stigma is removed and there is awareness, understanding and open dialogue about mental illness.

The CMHA provides the following statistics to create greater awareness of the disease.

* By age 40, about 50 per cent of the population will have or have had a mental illness.

* Anxiety disorders affect 5 per cent of households, causing mild to severe impairment.

* Approximately 1 per cent of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder.

* 1 per cent of the Canadian population is affected by schizophrenia.

* 49 per cent of those who feel that they suffer from depression or anxiety have never been to see a doctor about it.

* Stigma/discrimination presents a serious barrier to diagnosis and treatment and acceptance in the community.

The Canadian Mental Health Association, founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, they provide services and supports to more than 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 330 communities.

If you or someone you know needs assistance in filing a disability claim, please contact us for a free consultation. We understand, we care and we are here to help.

Top Ottawa Injury Lawyer Reviews

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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Ottawa’s Top Lawyer

Faces Award: Ottawa’s Top Lawyer

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.



Our Injury Lawyers have been recognized as Ottawa’s Top Injury Law Firm.

Our Top Ottawa Injury Law Firm has done it again.    top ottawa injury lawyer

Our Ottawa injury lawyers are very proud of the work we do and the ways we help people. We are excellent at what we do and have a great track record of helping people in Ontario who have been seriously injured in an accident.  We regularly receive feedback from our clients and their families thanking us for our help and support .  This is feedback we value.  Often times we are also recognized in our community for helping others or supporting charities and events.  Another type of recognition we receive is when our clients and community nominate us for an award.  For the past 2 years we have  been nominated for and won the “Top Injury Law Firm in Ottawa” and we have been nominated again.  We are thrilled that we receive this type of recognition each year.

How can you nominate our Ottawa Injury Lawyers?

Each year, the Top Choice Award conducts a survey that allows  people  to choose the Top Choice Award winners in Ottawa. The survey is designed to provide anonymous feedback to the organization with a goal of determining the top businesses in each city.  Each nomination is screened to ensure it is a reputable and trustworthy business. The nomination process is also a way to thank  those who proudly serve you and the Ottawa community each and every day.

Vote for us as Ottawa Top Injury Law Firm

We are hoping we can count on your support again this year. Please vote for us as your Top Ottawa Injury Law  Firm for 2016.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers would be honored once again to serve you and our community. Since 1999, our Ottawa injury lawyers have prided themselves on a high success rate and working in the Ottawa community. David Hollingsworth was born and raised in Ottawa and more than considers Ottawa home.  Please consider taking a moment and casting your vote.

Thank you for your continued support. Our Ottawa injury law firm has become one of the top Ottawa injury Law firms in all of eastern Ontario  with your support.


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.



   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 .

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David Hollingsworth, Injury Law Firm voted Top Choice for 2015 !

Top Choice for Injury Law Firm

For the second year in a row, David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team have been chosen as the Top ChoTop Choice Award Logo - 2015 - Colourice for Injury Law  Firms in Ottawa, Ontario.

Through months of surveying, hundreds of thousands of votes and real ratings based on customer experience, Top Choice has identified the very BEST in your Ottawa and our personal injury team couldnt be more proud or thrilled. This year’s survey was conducted in 13 cities across Canada and gathered answers from over 450,000 participants. The goal was to identify Canada’s brightest and renowned businesses, and they did..US !


We know what it takes to be the best personal injury lawyers..

We know that for close to 20 years now we have devoted oursleves to being the best personal injury lawyers in Ottawa. We are different from other lawyers in that we are involved.  We care about our clients and we care about their future. It’s important for us as personal injury lawyers that we take care of our clients and their families in many different ways: maximum financial compensation is a must, top medical rehabilitation specialists is a must, and being there for our clients to help rebuild their lives following a serious accident is an absolute must.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers appreciate all the support our clients have given us by nominating us for these awards and for refering us team to their family and friends in need. “We want to thank our clients for nominating us,  taking the time to vote and for making us their top choice. We appreciate that you trust us with some of the most crucial decisions you may ever have to make with your life. This means a lot to us.” David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer.  “We understand, we care and we’re here to help.”
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David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyers chosen as Consumer Choice Awards top Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa

Chosen as Best Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

avocat ottawabest ottawa lawyerOur personal injury team is proud to announce that David Hollingsworth, Personal Injury Lawyers received the Consumer Choice Award for Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa for 2015. This is an award we are extremely proud of and feel like we have worked very hard to get here. Since 1987, Consumer Choice Award has been one of  Canada’s only seal of business excellence chosen from  an independent research survey.  What makes the Consumer Choice Award so special is that Consumer Choice Award recipients are researched and selected by consumers.  There is an extensive amount of research that goes into determine the best in each category throughout Ottawa.


A proud personal injury lawyer Ottawa team

Consumer Choice Award’s logo is known as a “seal of excellence” used in  identifying only those businesses who have been chosen as outstanding service providers. David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are proud to have developed this reputation in the Ottawa area.  Our lawyers have worked hard and some have been for over 15 years.  This is what we are known for and we know our hard work and dedication is paying off.

The Consumer Choice Awards have a mission :  “To ensure that companies and individuals who go that extra distance for their customers get the recognition they so richly deserve.”  This mission is perfectly in line with our personal injury lawyers’ mission “We understand, we care and we’re here to help..”


Thank you from our Ottawa injury lawyers…

Thank you to those of you who brought our name forward and identified us as the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers.  We appreciate your feedback and support and will continue to work hard for years to come for each and every one of our clients .



Second year in a row to be nominated for Top Injury Firm of 2015 in Ottawa

David Hollingsworth and Associates nomination Top Injury Firm in Ottawa

Our Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers are proud to have been nominated for the second year in a row for Top Injury Firm of 2015 in Ottawa.

The Top Choice Award is the result of in-depth market research, where the voice of the people is collected and respected. Each Top Choice Award is the product of a long surveying process that identifies passionate individuals and their products and services

Are we your top Ottawa Injury Lawyers ?

David Hollingsworth and Associates would love your support again this year, please take a moment and vote for us. We appreciate your support. You will also be ale to view what others have to say about our firm and our Ottawa personal injury lawyers.


What our Ottawa injury lawyers have to say…

It’s easy to get caught up in working all the time and nominations such as this one remind us that we are working with such wonderful people who have been through or are going through some of the most difficult days of our lives.  We believe that a large part of our success if due to the fact that we understand what our clients are going through. Our clients are seriously injured and their lives will likely never be 100 % the same. Our lawyers know that we must do everything we can to help rebuild our clients’ lives.  Yes, this means obtaining maximum compensation and benefits for our client, but it also means much more. Our lawyers are there for our clients and their families on many more levels. If we weren’t we wouldn’t be able to fully understand what our clients are going through and we would be able to be some of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers.

So, from all of our lawyers, accident benefit specialists, law clerks and support staff, we thank you.

What’s involved in an initial meeting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer ? David Hollingsworth explains.

Meeting an Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer doesn’t have to be stressful. 

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer I highly recommend that if possible you bring someone you to your initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer.  The reason for this is that these initial free consultations are usually packed with questions and information that is vital to your case. Often times, when I meet with new clients, I will ask the person they have brought to write information down so that later on, they are able to go over the meeting and see what was discussed, what is need for next steps and a general review of the meeting.

When people are injured in an accident, often times they have so many things rushing through their minds and so many stresses that they can often sit in a meeting and miss valuable information.  I will often send my clients home with their notes and tell them to digest all the information I have given them and then email me or call me with their questions.  IT’s also good to discuss what you understood with a loved one who was also there to make sure you both heard and are of the same understanding.

That’s not to say that if you come in alone, we won’t take care of you. We can write down everything for you and make sure that you receive all the information you need. Our initial meetings are usually just a chance for you to share with us the details of your accident and your injuries and then let us give you information on how best to proceed to make sure you are well taken care of.

It’s important for you to know it’s our job as Ottawa personal injury lawyers to respond to any questions or concerns. That’s what we are here for.

I can honestly say that when our clients leave our meeting, they feel relieved. They have had so many questions and concerns answered and are finally able to breathe a little better knowing that they will be taken care of.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, take advantage of free consultation offers from reputable Ottawa personal injury lawyers.  It’s your future and it’s important.


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 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: (613) 978-9549

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