Blackburn Hamlet accident results in possible spinal cord injury and severe head injury. Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates

Accident in Blackburn Hamlet

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A terrible Blackburn Hamlet accident has left a 17 year old girl and a 20 year old man with serious personal injuries Sunday night. The accident occurred on the westbound Blackburn Hamlet Bypass. The accident happened just before 7 p.m. on Sunday night between Navan Road and Innes Road. Once the car left the road, it hit a large cement pole and ejected both victims. The girl was rushed to the CHEO and treated for spinal cord injuries. She remains at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario in serious condition. The driver also suffered serious injuries including several serious head injuries. He was rushed to The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus Trauma Centre and is  listed in critical condition.  I wish them both complete recoveries. My thoughts go out to these 2 young people, their recovery, their family and their friends at this very stressful and difficult time.

Ottawa Spinal Injury Lawyer

A spinal cord injury is considered to be a catastrophic injury and requires extensive support, therapy, rehabilitation and compensation.  In most cases, when someone has suffered a spinal cord injury, the chances of a full recovery are not strong and typically there is  some form of paralysis that remains and is life-altering for the injured and their family.

When the time is right, our spinal injury lawyers can help by assessing funding for specialized services and equipment that may not be covered under regular OHIP. Most spinal injury equipment is highly specialized and many modifications need to be made to one’s home, cars etc..

Our spinal injury lawyers have the expertise in spinal injuries and access to the resources available in Ottawa and throughout eastern Ontario. We have helped many, many families rebuild their lives after someone has suffered a spinal injury.  We have even brought personal injury cases involving a spinal injury to the Ontario Court of Appeal, when insurance companies were trying to not provide adequate compensation to our clients. We have not only won at this high level of court, we helped secure maximum spinal injury compensation for our clients on more than one occasion.

If you are a loved one has suffered a spinal injury, you are in good hands with us.  Our lawyers are here to help you rebuild your life with the highest possible quality of life.  This also means support and compensation for your loved ones, whose lives have also changed dramatically. Call us for a free consultation and we can help.


Ottawa accident Rideau and Limebank Road results in critical head injury, arm and leg fractures, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

A terrible Ottawa accident on Rideau and Limebank road,  south of the Ottawa Airport resulted in serious personal injuries. A 34-year-old male, was conscious but trapped in his sedan vehicle. Ottawa firefighters and Ottawa paramedics were able to free the man from his car.  He suffered critical head injuries,  as well as serious fractures to his legs and arm . He was treated and is thankfully in stable condition at the Civic Hospital. I hope he is able to recover fully from this accident. 

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Ottawa motorcycle accident: Funeral for Mike Jefferies and serious personal injury for Sandra Jefferies.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…update: 100s are expected to gather for a memorial service at the Biker’s Church to share wonderful stories about  avid biker Mike Jefferies. His son Barry had once said he would never ride a motorcycle again but is doing what his heart tells him and that’s what his dad would have told him.  Get back on the bike, and he is, in honour of his beloved father. A motorcycle procession is planned for tomorrow ( Saturday) in tribute to Mike Jefferies before his funeral.

Sadly, 54-year-old Mike Jeffries yesterday afternoon doing what he loved to do: riding his motorcycle. Mike Jefferies died after an accident  on St. Laurent Boulevard, north of the Queensway shortly after 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Ottawa paramedics found him in cardiac arrest at the  Ottawa motorcycle accident scene.

An off-duty paramedic, who happened to be nearby when the accident took place, managed to revive Jefferies using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the scene. He later died in hospital.

Mike Jefferies’ pastor spoke highly of him as described him as generous and thoughtful. He also said they would remember Mike at a service on Thursday. Jefferies’ wife, 53-year-old Sandra Jefferies, was also on the motorcycle at the time of the Ottawa motorcycle accident. She was taken to an hospital in serious condition but was expected to be released.  Ottawa police were investigating but had not made any arrests as of Saturday at about 10 p.m. Jefferies had one son, Barry, who is in his 20s. My thoughts go out to the friends and family of Mike Jeffries and I wish his wife a full recovery…..


Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer: Accidents and texting, Ottawa Lawyers

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Car accidents can happen any time, to anyone  and for many reasons that include driver error, mechanical defects and roadway hazards. Unfortunately, many car accidents that I see as an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer are sometimes Ontario accidents caused by the use of handheld devices while driving.

Accidents and Talking on the Phone

I understand that it is tempting to talk on cell phones while driving. Despite that fact that Ontario has banned the use of handheld devices while driving, many people are still using them. Even if you are not talking on a handheld device, the simple act of having a conversation while driving is distracting in and of itself – even if held using a hands-free device. Studies show us that as much as 80% of the population admits to carrying on telephone conversations while driving.  Those same studies show us that as much as 25% of all car accidents list cell phone usage as a contributing factor.  As many as 2600 people die each year as a result of car accidents caused by cell phone use. In additional to those fatal car accidents, another 330,000 suffer personal injuries.

Car Accidents and Texting

The risk of being involved in a serious car accident is even higher when you are texting on a cell phone, iphone or blackberry, not talking. Anything that takes our eyes off the road and causes a distraction can be the precipitating factor in any car accident. While talking on the phone can be distracting, texting clearly takes our eyes off the road. One study showed that for a driver that was sending or receiving a text message, in a six second period, four of those seconds were spent with their eyes off the road. Given the fact that the time frame to recognize and respond to changing road conditions is about two seconds, it is not hard to see why texting can be so dangerous. Distracted driving is by far the most common reason given for car accident causes. Guess what? The use of handheld devices is also the biggest sub-category within distracted driving.

It’s common sense folks, just don’t do it.  You can respond to that email when you are in a safe place and your eyes can focus solely on your phone. It’s not worth the risk !