How much information should you share with your personal injury lawyers ?

How much information should you give your personal injury lawyer?

We often meet with clients who are injured in an accident and don’t know what to do.  Initially we walk through the steps to take in getting a claim started and start getting support at home .  Throughout the first few months following an accident , there are a lot of changes in one’s recovery and health.  It’s important to remember to keep your personal injury lawyer abreast of these changes. If your recovery is not moving along as expected or if you feel your health is in fact declining, it is important to seek proper medical treatments as soon as possible.  The longer you wait, the worse it may become.  You are doing yourself any favors by “toughing it out”.   Once you have received proper medical treatment and are taking care of yourself, it is important that you share with your personal injury lawyer any changes in your health and recovery.  If you are referred to a new doctor or a specialist, it is important to keep your personal injury lawyer informed of such referrals.  Your personal injury lawyer will want a copy of all medical reports and any developments in your treatment plan.  The more information your personal injury lawyer has, the better they can prepare your case. In the long run this will help your case, as there will be no surprises. You may think you are bothering your injury lawyer, or they are too busy, or that you will be billed every time you contact them . In most cases, all it takes is a simple email.  Most personal injury lawyers take cases on contingency so you don’t pay anything until your cases is resolved so you need not worry about being charged. Your personal injury lawyer will want to know what you are going through.  The more they know, the more they can help.  In our initial meetings with clients, we try to make this message clear; however, often times down the road we will have clients say things like ” I didn’t want to bother you…”.  Trust me, it would bother us more if we didn’t know !

It’s important that you are honest and open with your doctors, nurses, social workers , health practitioners and injury lawyers.  We all understand that what you are going through is not easy and at times you may wish to remain private.  This is completely understandable and normal; however it is not what’ s best for you.  You need to be as open as possible and accurately describe your pain and symptoms.  The best way to recover is to properly diagnose that needs recovery.  As experienced personal injury lawyers, we are actively involved in your recovery.  We often will attend meetings with your health team and give input on what we think that can in your recovery.  We have helped hundreds of people rebuild their lives following an accident and we can help you.

Contact us at no charge and we can discuss your personal situation and how we can help you and your family.   Leave this to us so that you have the time and energy to focus on your self, your recovery and your family.

 


We love hearing from our Ottawa injury clients.

Happy with our injury lawyers? Please let us know !

We received another great email today from a client who came to us close to 2 years ago after she had suffered a serious back injury in an accident.  We began working with her and her family soon after her accident and were able to secure them a great settlement that allowed them to continue on with life much more financially comfortable and start rebuilding a life with a serious back injury. Not only do we help secure her financial future, we were able to get her in to see some of Ottawa’s top back specialists. We also helped them set up for the future with a plan that would make sure they were well taken care of.  This client is just one of many clients we help each month. Here is what she had to say.

“I just wanted to say thanks again.  My husband and I sat down last night and for the first time felt like it was finally over and that is thanks to you and your staff.  We really appreciated everything you did for us David and know how hard you worked to get it for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  “

Our success as personal injury lawyers

As Ottawa personal injury lawyers, we are also very thankful that we are in a position to help.  Our success rate speaks for itself and we pride ourselves on how hard we work and how experienced we are. We know how to make a difference for each and every one of our clients.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are experienced and dedicated accident lawyers specializing in Ontario personal injury, accidents and insurance claims.  Since 1999, we have built one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyer teams.

 


Slip and fall accident results in $125 000 in compensation for bulging disk.

Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers

Compensation for bulging disk

We were pleased to be able to help another Ottawa woman who was recently injured in a slip and fall accident.  A few weeks after her slip and fall accident, she was in severe pain and needed help.  It became apparent that the pain in her lower back was causing her great pain and she would need compensation. We stepped in and took over and had the insurance company pay her $125 000 to compensate her for a bulging disk in her lower back. Our client was very happy with the way was settled without having to go to court.

How to determine the amount of compensation

It is difficult to determine the amount of compensation a certain injury will receive. In fact, it’s not just the injury that determines the compensation amount. The injured occupation, family, dependants, education, recovery, treatments, age, income, etc.. also help determine what amount of compensation will be needed to enjoy a comfortable quality of life moving forward, following the accident.

The role of a personal injury lawyer

We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who help people like this every day. We know what to do to ensure our clients get maximum compensation for their injuries.  We hire and pay for experts to prepare a detailed analysis of all the costs that your injury is causing and will cause in the future.  These reports are incredibly important when it comes to the future and critical for maximum compensation. We’ve helped thousands and we can help you.

Experienced personal injury lawyers will offer you a free consultation and help you determine what your best course of action is. Maximum compensation for injuries such as a bulging disk can vary , but a top personal injury lawyer should be able to give you some indication in your initial free consultation.

What are you waiting for?


Ontario cyclists and accident benefits insurance compensation. You may be entitled !

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Did you know that as a cyclists you are entitled to Ontario accident benefits coverage ?

Your own auto insurance, may cover your physiotherapy, your income loss, pain and suffering, attendant care, rehabilitation or any other costs associated with your injuries as the result of a cycling accident. If you don’t have car insurance, the driver ‘s car insurance can also cover your costs. If a child suffers an injury while cycling, your vehicle insurance will cover the associated costs for recovery . Regardless of who is at fault, cyclists are covered.

Are there timelines to adhere to when it comes to cycling accidents ?

Yes, within 120 days of the cycling accident, you need to give notice to the driver’s insurance and your insurance company if you have one.  Your personal injury lawyer can do this for you. Then, a standard claim must be started withintwo years of the date of the accident.  There are exceptions to these timelines.  If you are unclear as to whether or not your timelines are up or not, contact an Ontario personal injury lawyer and they can answer that question for you.  If you are close to the limitation period, it is best to consult immediately with an Ontario personal injury lawyer, as it may take a little time to get the paperwork in to begin the claim.

Even if you have spoken with your insurance company, that does not constitute a claim being started.  Be careful that you do not miss the limitation period while discussing matters with your insurance company. If you aren’t sure of whether or not you will start a claim, it’s always best to get a free consultation for an Ontario personal injury lawyer and see what they have to say. After all, this is what they see day in, day out and they will be able to immediately point you in the right direction.

Will you need to go to court for a bicycle accident in Ottawa ?

In most cases, you will not go to court.  In most cases, your Ontario personal injury lawyer will negotiate a maximum settlement for you and deal directly with the insurance adjuster on your behalf.

How much will it cost to start a lawsuit for a cycling accident ?

In most cases , your Ontario personal injury lawyer will cover your costs as part of the claim. You will not have any out of pocket expenses .  Most Ontario personal injury lawyers will take your case on a contingency basis which means once and only when your case settles do you pay your personal injury lawyer and they will take an agreed upon percentage of your settlement.  This fee is discussed and you and your lawyer agree upon what that fee will be.

 


What is a contingengy fee ? Ottawa lawyers free consultations.

Contingency Fees and Personal Injury Lawyers

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth and Associates.

Many people are involved in an accident and don’t know what to do. They don’t know their rights and they need advice. That’s where the best Ontario personal injury lawyers can help.  I have been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer since 1999.  I often meet or speak with people who have recently been injured in an accident. My goal is to provide them with as much information as possible so they can decide what to do.  In some cases, I can simply advise them as to how to deal with their insurance company. In other instances I can advise as to how a personal injury lawyer can help them achieve better results.  I like to meet with my clients and then give them their options. I do however offer more than free consultations.  I take most personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that I carry the costs throughout the lawsuit, meaning my clients do not have upfront fees or costs during the lawsuit and I am reimbursed when the case is successfully resolved. When we meet, we agree what payments will be made to me, when the cases settles successfully. This means that my clients do not have to worry about any bills or legal costs throughout the entire process.

Who Pays Disbursement Costs?

Disbursements are the out-of-pocket expenses that some personal injury lawyers carry for their clients while working  on the lawsuit. We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who do not ask for any upfront disbursement money from our clients. In personal injury claims, disbursements  include various costs such as obtaining doctors’ records, hospital charts, expert witness fees, court filing fees and the costs of transcripts.

Contingency Fees

Contingency fee arrangements are typically the best method for most clients.  There is also  peace of mind knowing that you do not have to pay any costs  if you are not successful in your case.  My previous clients can attest to the fact that when their life gets turned upside down in an accident, the last thing they need to be worrying about are legal bills.  Thankfully, I get to help them get the money that they need and are entitled to.  I am fortunate that I am the guy that at the end of the day has been there throughout the process and get to give out large settlements, which allow my clients to begin to rebuild their lives after a traumatic event.

 


Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: Tips for avoiding Ottawa bicycle accidents,

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers…Sadly, 200 cycling accidents happen in Ottawa every year.  Citizens for Safe Cycling is promoting bike education throughout Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Bikefest at LeBreton Flats tomorrow. In 2010, 5 Ottawa cyclists died on their bicycles and cyclists in Ottawa are 10 times more likely to be involved in an accident than cars. Citizens for Safe Cycling explained one of the most common accidents on Ottawa’s roads is when drivers make a right turn without looking for cyclists and cut them off.

The following tips were provided by Citizens for Safe Cycling when it comes to safe cycling in Ottawa:

Obey the law: red lights, stop signs and the rules of the road.

 Don’t ride on sidewalks.

 Don’t ride the wrong way down a one-way street.

Signal: “Be sure to signal all of your intentions in advance, that way motorists and other cyclists will know what you’re doing.”

Be aware: Give yourself space to maneuver and shoulder check to make sure you know where the other vehicles are.

Prepare your ride: Wear a helmet.  Make sure your bike is in good condition.

Know your route: Use Ottawa’s bike maps

MEC Bikefest is happening tomorrow at LeBreton Flats from 11 am to 4pm with exhibitor displays, bike demos, safety education, workshops and family fun.

Have fun and safe cycling….

-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 


What is a mediation in a personal injury lawsuit? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth explains.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer,  Ottawa Mediation and Personal Injury Lawsuitsmediation

What is a mediation?

If you suffered a personal injury in an accident and are involved in a personal injury law suit in Ottawa or in some other Ontario jurisdictions, one of the required steps is to work at resolving the dispute with your insurance company at the mediation level . The idea is that all facts will be on the table for both sides and a personal injury lawyer can represent you and negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf , avoiding the cost, time and stress of going to court. Each party has the opportunity to express their concerns, tell their stories and attempt to negotiate an agreement. Accident victims should ensure that they completely understand the process and know what to expect before they attend the mediation. Chances of a successful mediation, of resolving the dispute or at least some of the issues between the parties, are enhanced by taking the time to prepare. David meets personally with all his clients before such meetings  to sit  down, review and discuss what is expected of them at mediation.

What can I expect in a mediation ?

Mediation is simply a step in the legal process designed for people to settle disputes or lawsuits outside of court. A mediator is hired to be unbiased and help both sides  come up with a fair solution they are both happy with. The mediator is not a judge or an arbitrator. Mediators are not  judges and do not  decide who wins and who gets what. The mediator’s role is to help the people involved  to reach a fair settlement with each other in a positive  manner and move the lawsuit forward, to  understand all sides, and to find a resolution that both sides feel good about. The mediator’s role is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to express themselves, their concerns, and their interests. The purpose of this stage in the process is not to determine who wins and who loses a case, but to come up with a solution and possibly avoid a trial. The  process is informal, relaxed and absolutely confidential.  The insurance company and the accident victim speak more openly than they would in court. Most accident victims  find mediation a more comfortable and constructive process than they would in court.

Typically,  a mediation involving a personal injury lawsuit most often begin with the mediator explaining the reasons and procedures for the personal injury mediation. Then the personal injury lawyer and the insurance defence lawyer make  opening statements explaining the facts of the case. Both sides involved in a law suit must attend the mediation. However, they are not always required to speak. A personal injury lawyer will often speak on their clients behalf. The mediator may the accident victim  if there is anything they want to add. However, it is common for the clients not to speak in the mediation.

How long does a mediation last?

After the opening statements, the parties usually retire to separate rooms where they exchange settlement offers back and forth under the  guidance of the mediator. This is often when most personal injury cases develop and a lot of progress is made in resolving the personal injury lawsuit. In some instances the lawyers will have a direct conversation without clients. The mediator may or may not participate. Almost always the person who attends the mediation with the defence lawyer is not the driver but an insurance company representative who decides on behalf of the insurance company how much money in compensation they will pay out to the accident victim.

Unfortunately not all personal injury lawsuits settle at the mediation level, but a lot do. In the instances where they do not settle, the lawyers can continue to discuss settlement and will move forward towards a trial date.