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 .


Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: How to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Good morning Ottawa ! It is cold out there today and very slippery. There is a layer of ice on the ground and its hard to see , as last night’s snow is covering the ground.  This is typically when slip and fall accidents happen. With the holidays here we are all out just a little more, shopping and visiting with others and often we are carrying bags or presents. This, coupled with our weather conditions contribute to a higher incidence of slip and fall accidents.  Slip and fall accidents  in Canada makeup more than 50% of all personal injuries . Slip and falls accidents are the primary cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings such as shopping malls.

As a property owner, it’s also important that you keep your property as safe as possible. This means keeping your walkways and steps clear of ice.  Property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is reasonably safe.  This not only means ensuring steps and walkways are cleared away in a reasonable manner, it also means  your home doesn’t have structural defects, hazardous conditions have been addressed.

Yes, accidents do happen but many accidents are preventable. There are things you can do to lower your risk of a slip and fall accident such as watching for ice, wearing proper footwear, walking slowly, keeping your hands free in case you do fall.

Common Slip & Fall Injuries include:

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Our injury lawyers help with:

  • Fractures
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bulging Discs
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Spinal Injuries

Although a slip and fall accident doesn’t seem as serious as a car accident, some injuries are more serious and can leave an individual with a lifetime of pain and a decreased quality of life. Some people suffer such serious injuries from a slip and fall accident, that they are unable to return to work.

Financial compensation for slip and fall accidents

If you have suffered from a slip & fall accident you may be entitled to maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of income and health costs, depending on whether or not you are able to establish negligence.  This is where our Ottawa personal injury lawyers excel. We have helped thousands of people and we can help you with your slip and fall accident and make sure you are well taken care of now and in the future.

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Ottawa Lawyer: Sport Injuries and Compensation

Head Injury in Sports

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

I receive calls regularly asking me questions about sporting injuries and does one have the right to sue. In every sport, there are injuries. While some injuries may be avoided in sports, others aren’t.  Sporting injuries can happen anywhere; a friend’s house,  school, gymnasiums, sport fields and sport training facilities. Football and hockey seem to be the sports with the highest rates of severe injuries that hear of due to the high impact and high number of head injuries associated with these 2 sports. Some sport head injuries become mild concussions and people are able to return to their sport within a few days or weeks. As we all know, there are also severe head, back, brain, neck and spinal cord injuries that result from sporting accidents.  These injuries are life-altering and catastrophic injuries.

I’m often asked about compensation about such injuries.  Not all cases of sporting injuries result in the right to sue and seek insurance compensation. In order to receive compensation, it needs to be proven that the  facility where the injury took place provided  unsafe, or dysfunctional equipment. If this is proven, then they can be help liable. It may be difficult to prove negligence , but with proper documentation, pictures and witnesses , a personal injury lawyer can help build a personal injury case to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

Consult a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer

If you have suffered a sports injury and feel it is a result of someone else’snegligence, contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. The top Ottawa personal injury lawyers will be able to provide you with immediate feedback on whether or not they think you have a personal injury case or not.

Play hard and play safe !

 


Ottawa Lawyers: Have you been in an Ottawa Accident ? What you do to report an accident in Ottawa.

Ottawa Accident ? How to report an accident in Ottawa.

The Ottawa Police services has a comprehensive website with valuable information for Ottawa residents. I stumbled across their accident reporting information and thought I’d share it with you.

  • A police report is not required when damage to all vehicles is under $1,000.
  • If there are personal injuries and the vehicle(s) cannot be driven,  9-1-1 should be contacted.
  • If there are no personal injuries, but the vehicle(s) cannot be driven, call 613-230-6211
  • If the vehicle(s) can be safely driven and there are no personal injuries, drive all vehicles to the same Police Station and  file an accident report. Important to note: Accident reports cannot be taken over the phone.

The Ottawa Police Collision Investigation Unit …

is responsible for investigating all fatal and serious life threatening motor accidents.  They also investigate hit and run/ fail to remain accidents.

If in doubt call the police and ask them what to do.Your next call may be to an Ottawa personal injury lawyer. They can advise you whether or not you may need a lawyer and whether its best to let them speak with your insurance company.  Make sure to gather as much evidence as you can. Take pictures, write down the sequence of events in as much detail as possible.  Most of all, take care of yourself first. Ensure you are safe and that you are not injured. If you think you might be seek medical attention immediately. The rest can wait.

 


Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth on Ottawa cycling safety.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. I recently found a great website : Citizens for Safe Cycling . It’s a website dedicated to Ottawa cyclists.  It is filled with all sorts of information that relate to Ottawa bicycle safety, events for Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling news and projects.  One of the articles on the site dealt with cyclists getting “doored”. The following are tips I found on this site for both Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cyclists on avoiding a cycling accident.

Ottawa Cyclists:

One of the safest ways to avoid an accident is to ride your bicycle at least one metre away from other vehicles. That is the best way to prevent getting injured by having a door open in your face. A car door can spring open in a second. If a cyclist is passing by at that very moment, it’s almost impossible avoiding being hit by the door, resulting in you. This type of bicycle accident is far to common in Ottawa and a major cause of downtown cycling accidents. These cycling accidents can be avoided.

Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cycling accidents:

Everyone is responsible on the road.  As a driver, you are responsible for checking for oncoming  traffic. This includes cyclists. They are much smaller than a car and therefore harder to see; however, before opening your car door, you must thoroughly check for any oncoming traffic.  If you fail to do so and it results in an accident, you will be charged under section 165 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling accidents:  

The best way to avoid a cycling accident is to remain out of the door zone which about one metre away from a car. Also cyclist should avoid passing on the right if there’s not enough space to pass. Cyclist should always use  extra space in the lane in order to stay away from the cars, even if it means that you hold up traffic or force them to pass you outside of the lane. If you need to move left to do this, remember to always signal and shoulder check first.

It’s practically impossible for cyclists to see ahead of time whether a vehicle door is going  to open. Tinted windows and high headrests make it extremely difficult to see from behind if a car is occupied, and a door could fly open at any given moment.

Cycling is such a great activity and means of transportation around Ottawa.  Let’s all work to gether to reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents and deaths related to cycling accidents this spring and summer. Happy and safe cycling Ottawa !

  


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: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa personal injury lawyers who can help with support and maximum compensation for injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Since 1999, our experienced personal injury lawyers  at www.ottawainjury.ca have helped thousands of Ontario accident victims and their families get the support and compensation they need after an accident. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers bring an exceptional legal team that is dedicated to our clients.  We are constantly being recommended by past clients. We work extremely hard to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help.  We understand how difficult your life is after an accident.  We meet daily with people whose lives have been affected by tragedy,so we know that there are many things we can do to help you.  You should not even be thinking about things like bills and compensation.  You should be thinking about your recovery, your family and yourself.  We are here to listen, to understand, to fight for you and to get our Ontario personal injury clients everything you need. We have a long list of past clients who would be happy to speak with you and tell you what we were able to do for them.   If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury accident, we want to help you and give you the help and support you need. We work on contingency; which means you do not need to pay us at all until you have received your settlement cheque. We know you are going through a lot and we are sorry.  Let us help you….


Avoiding head injury and brain injury : FREE helmets available. Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..

Before I head out to the outdoor rink with my son for a quick skate before bed, I wanted to quickly share a great safety resource with you in the hopes of reducing an accident resulting in a serious head injury and brain injury.  There are far too many hockey, skating and ski accidents in adults and children that lead to serious and permanent injuries.  Wearing a  helmet is one very simple step to take to help protect yourself and avoid a possible head injury or brain injury.  Please, please play safely out there and WEAR A HELMET !

Are you looking to purchase helmets?  Safe Kids Canada and Canadian manufacturer, Seven Star Sports, are pleased to provide low-cost helmets for all sports, including cycling, skiing, snowboarding and hockey. A portion of all sales will go to supporting Safe Kids. Please feel free to share this information  with family, friends and colleagues.

To place your order, visit the Safe Kids website and click on one of the PDF links, print and fill out the form and send it by e-mail to: tarick1@sevenstarsports.com or by fax to: 905-574-7082.

For questions about your order, please contact Seven Star Sports directly at: 1-888-52-7STAR (7827) or 905-574-9270 .

The following helmets are available:

  • Bike Gear Bicycle Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Multi sport and Deluxe Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet with Face Cage form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet form
  • Ski – Winter Sports Helmet form

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ontario injury victims get the help they need after a serious Ontario accident.  Due to his vast experience with personal injuries, David understands the added pressure and stress associated with this personal injury.  David takes his cases on contingency, which means, you don’t pay him anything, until he gets you your money.  Call for a free consultation 613-978-9549. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca

If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca

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Top 5 Reasons to work with an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer legal agreement

Firstly, it goes without saying that the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers can not only help you get the compensation you need, they can help take care of you.  They can help you get the medical and specialized treatments you need for your injury.  They understand that your life has been turned upside down and you are in a very stressful situation.  The best Ottawa personal injury lawyers understand that they need to put a plan in place and execute it for you, to allow you to focus on your recovery.  That’s their job- the job of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer. You owe it to yourself to get the help you need…

Out of the vast amount of personal injury claims made every day, there are several general reasons behind the claims.  No one case is the same, but certain circumstances will often be familiar to your Ottawa personal injury lawyer.  Choosing a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with these more common personal injuries is a smart move.  They will be better able to argue your case with the insurance companies because they are used to your sort of case.

  1. Ottawa personal injury lawyer: Car Accidents

    When you get into a car accident that is not your fault, the results can be frustrating.  Personal injury can put you out of work for days, or even months, adding further economic distress to your woes.  If someone is driving negligently and hits you or your car, they are at fault for the accident, and they are responsible for paying your damages.  An experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer will stand beside you during your case and help prove the other driver’s negligence as well as the extent of your damages.  Although you may end up living with the injuries you received in the accident, you can be properly compensated for your pain and mental anguish.

  2. Slip and Fall Accidents-

    Top Ottawa Personal Injury lawyers can help you get compensation when you slip or fall on private property or a business property.  You may not think it, but slip and fall accidents often result in very serious personal injury. Often times, these injuries last for years and require serious rehabilitation and compensation

  3. Workplace Accident/Illness –

    Any Ottawa personal injury lawyer can tell you that your workplace can be dangerous.  Injuries sustained at work often stem from negligence on the part of your employer.  If proper safety protocol was not being practiced by every employee, or if being around certain chemicals led to a potentially deadly illness like cancer, asbestos, or mesothelioma, you are entitled to just compensation for your damages.  Your lawyer can work with both your company and the insurance company to ensure that you get what you deserve.

  4. Medical Malpractice –

    We all go to doctors to get better, but doctors are fallible and as a result, they can sometimes mess up big time.  When the negligence of your doctor, dentist, surgeon, or anesthesiologist results in personal injury, your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help.  Recovery from medical malpractice is physical, but also psychological.   When you instill trust into your medical caregiver and they are negligent, it is not uncommon to feel vulnerable and anxious.  An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can assist in recovering compensation for physical and psychological damages due to your injury.

  5. Defective Products –

    Companies are liable for making their products safe for general use.  If you have sustained injury from a faulty product, the company is liable for your damages.  Hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer can ensure that the company compensates you for the injury that resulted from their negligence.

  6. Intentional Injury

    Classified under this category would, first and foremost, be charges of assault.  If someone intentionally strikes you, that is assault, and they are liable for any damage that they may cause.  If a store wrongfully holds you for shoplifting, they also can be charged with intentional injury.  Your basic rights are being violated when you are held against your will with no just cause, and the store would be at fault for holding you.  Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer will be able to tell you if your issue merits taking the store, or someone who has purposefully assaulted you, to trial.

 


Questions to ask your Ottawa Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Law Firms

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Looking for an Ottawa injury lawyer. During the selection process, you may become overwhelmed with the sheer number of Ottawa injury lawyers.  A good place to start is the local Bar Association; they can usually recommend a few lawyers that might be appropriate to your case.  What falls to you, however, is investigating these lawyers to ensure you find the right one for you.  You will want to interview all prospective injury lawyers and be sure to ask them plenty of questions.  It usually helps to write a list of your questions beforehand and go down the list, checking off each question when you get a satisfactory answer.  If, during the interview, you feel that they are brushing you off or do not have time for you, consider how you would feel if you hired them to help you and they did the same thing.  The way they treat you during the interview is often reflective of how they will treat you during your case, so pay close attention.

Ask them questions about their track record.  How many wins do they have out of how many cases?  How often do they take cases to court?  How long have they been working on cases like yours?  What are typical settlements that they have won for cases like yours?  While you are interviewing potential Ottawa personal injury lawyers, the answers to these questions are probably the most critical.  The purpose is to ascertain how likely this lawyer is to win your case, and how far are they willing to take the case before conceding to the insurance companies.  They should have far more wins than losses and they should not be afraid to take insurance companies to court.

Does your Ottawa injury lawyer specialize in personal injury?

Find out if they specialize in any specific type of injury or accident.  There are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in car accidents, work-related accidents, slips/falls, and all sorts of other types of accidents or injuries.  By finding out there specialization you can decide whether their specialty is in line with your type of injury.  If they are a great lawyer but they specialize in car accidents, while your case is a work-related accident, they are not the best lawyer for your specific case.

Settle on a cost before starting your case.  Ask each of the Ottawa personal injury lawyers how they calculate their rates.  Choose a lawyer who will cover the costs of your case as it moves along, then take an agreed upon amount out of the settlement.  This way you are not being charged more and more as the case proceeds and you have an agreement as to what appropriate costs for reimbursement would be.  If you decide to hire this particular lawyer, make sure that you have a written and signed contract specifying the calculation of the rate and how it will be paid.

Once all of your questions have been answered, compare and contrast different Ottawa personal injury lawyers based on their responses.  Based on this comparison, you can confidently select the right lawyer for you.