How to hire the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers

Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses how to hire the best Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer..

Hiring a Ottawa personal injury lawyer is an important decision to make. You need to make sure that you choose carefully. When choosing  the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you and your family, think about the following:

-what is their experience?

-what is their track record?

-can they provide you with references of past clients? past cases?

-do they have a good website?

-are they prepared to take your case to trial ?

-have they been to a personal injury trial before?  You would be surprised by how many Ottawa personal injury lawyers shy away from taking a case to court and will settle for less to avoid doing so.

-do they have infrastructure in place?

-will they travel to you?

-can they refer you for medical treatments?

-do they have a good personal injury network?

-do they specialize in Ontario personal injury?

-are they up to date with what is going on in Ontario personal injury law?

-do they seem genuine?

-do you see yourself working well with this Ottawa personal injury lawyer?

-are they available to meet with you?

There are many more areas for you to explore when choosing the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you.  Do a little research, meet with them and go with your gut.  You will know right away whether or not they are the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you or not. Don’t be swayed by the first personal injury lawyer that promises you millions of dollars in compensation.  Ask them how they plan on getting that amount of money and to provide other, similar cases where they have obtained similar compensation amounts.

Initial meeting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer

Most of my initial meetings with personal injury clients are at someone’s kitchen table or hospital bed. I don’t do a song and dance about why I am the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for them, I simply listen to their story  and then offer advice.  I like to give people time to think about the important decision of choosing the best lawyer for them. Don’t let a lawyer push you into deciding on the spot.  Give yourself time to make this very important decision.

Hiring the best personal injury lawyer for you and your family is crucial. Don’t sell yourself short.

 

 


Ottawa Injury Lawyer on driving safety in eastern Ontario.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth

It’s that time of year again when the roads become more dangerous and we are also spending more time on the roads visiting friends. In light of the recent freezing rain conditions here in Ottawa , I thought I would help provide a few reminders when it comes to travel safety…

What to have with you in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

Be prepared and have a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times with:

  •  ice scraper
  •  snow brush
  •  matches
  • candles
  •  flashlights
  •  flares
  • non-perishable snacks
  • rope
  • maps
  • booster cables
  • safety shovel
  • winter boots
  • blankets
  • gloves
  • cell phone
  • Have a HELP sign (to be placed on back of window)

What to do in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Keep windows, mirrors and lights free of obstructions.
  • Check  headlamps,  signals and tail lights are clear of  snow and ice
  • Clear off your car entirely, including side mirrors.
  • Install snow tires.
  • Add gas line anti-freeze to the fuel-tank when refueling in extremely cold weather.
  • Keep gas tank always be over 1/2 full.
  • Make sure you have properly functioning  windshield wipers.
  • Keep windshield washer fluid levels full.
  • Check engine oil and ensure you have winter weight oil   5W-30.
  • Keep battery dry, clean, well connected and free of corrosion .
  • Make sure tire pressure is balanced
  • Check tire condition
  • Check coolant level and mixture and have it flushed every two years.

What to do in freezing rain driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Avoid driving in freezing rain.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • Do not drive if there are whiteouts, freezing rain or blizzards.
  • Never drink and drive. Use a designated driver, taxis, walk or sleepover when possible.
  • Buckle up your seat belt.
  • Ensure all passengers are buckled up.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired.
  • Slow down.
  • Keep at least 2 chevrons between you and the vehicle in front of you.

An accident can happen in an instant and can be devastating.  Most accidents can be avoided.  Please take the time and share this with friends and family. It could help save a life.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 


Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Important timelines when filing an insurance claim after an accident.

Accident and Insurance Timelines

Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyer David Hollingsworth. Anyone can get hurt in an accident at any given moment. It happens so quickly and the after effects can be devastating. In Ontario, there are certain timelines that need to be adhered to make an insurance claim as easy as possible, following an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, these timelines need to be adhered to as best as possible.

First and foremost, if needed seek medical attention immediately and ensure that your health needs are being met.

Within 7 days of your accident, it is crucial…
That you or a loved one notifies your insurance company of  the accident.

Within 30 Days of your accident, it is crucial…
That you make an application for accident benefits.

Within 2 Years of your accident, it is crucial…
Your personal injury lawyer files a tort claim against the party who is at fault for the accident. This in turn, makes a claim against the insurer if you are denied accident benefits from your own insurance company.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I know that the days immediately following an accident, it is difficult to start making claims and filling out applications.  That is why it is best to contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and let them do this for you.Your job is to recover .  Their job is to help you.  I can’t tell you how much stress is immediately relieved when I tell my clients in the initial meeting. “Don’t worry, we can take care of this for you.” I can immediately see it in my clients faces and bodies.

There are certain exceptions to these timelines; however they are rare.  If you happen to fall into this category, it is best you consult with a personal injury lawyer and let them look into it for you.

For more information visit www.ottawainjury.ca

 


How to prevent motorcycle accidents..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer…www.ottawainjury.ca  It’s that time of year again when we will start seeing more and more motorcycles on our Ontario roads. Motorcycle drivers are much less protected on their vehicles and therefore need to take all safety steps possible to prevent accidents and personal injury. As well, all drivers need to be aware that we share our Ontario roads with motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles.

Thankfully Transport Canada has reported that the rate of deaths related to motor vehicle is slowly declining; however, the rate of motorcycle fatalities is on the rise. There are many possible reasons why this may be so.  There may be more motorcycles on the roads. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 45 to 54 are the most common ages amongst motorcycle drivers.

Ontario motorcycle helmet use has improved. Unfortunately3.1 % of motorcycle riders still drive their motorcycles without one. Head injuries are still the leading cause of deaths involving motorcycle accidents and motorcycle drivers without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and also 15% more likely to suffer serious personal injuries. A study that was previously done indicated that helmets saved 1,800 lives of motorcycle riders involved in accidents in 2007.

Please drive and ride safely  …

—-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.

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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

 

 


Hockey : Children Brain Injury and Head Injury Concussions in children

Ottawa personal injury lawyer, Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth.  I am currently at my son’s hockey tournament in Alliston , Ontario.  These 8 year old kids are giving it their all and playing with heart.  I love watching them play hockey.  I thought it would be timely to remind everyone about hockey and concussions in children. I also wanted to remind everyone with a child is out there on the ice,  please make sure they are wearing a proper CSA approved helmet, not just the helmet that is lying around in the garage. Most of all,play safe and have fun….

Hockey is one of Canada’s most popular sports, with over 520,000 players registered in the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA) for the 2000-2001 season. The incidence of hockey-related injuries amongst children between the ages of 9 to 14 leading to emergency department visits more than doubled between since 1990.The injury incidence among teens aged 15 to 18 didn’t increase as much as that of younger children, but still grew 85 % during the same time period.

 

Where do injuries most often occur?  
 

42% – head and face   

27% – upper body
31% – lower body

Who gets injured?

 Defense 33% Forwards 63% Goalie 4%. 

The Children’s hospital of Eastern Ontario’s website is an excellent resource for signs and symptoms of concussions.  The following inforamation is from this site: Concussions can cause a variety of symptoms, which can appear several hours after the incident. Signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Confusion (your child might not know where he is or the period of the game)
  • Memory problems (forgetting what happened before or after the injury)
  • Loss of consciousness (being “knocked out”)
  • Headache
  • Dizziness/feeling dazed
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Vision problems/staring blankly/seeing stars
  • Slurred speech
  • Unusual emotions, personality change, inappropriate behaviour

There are different kinds of concussions and some may be more serious than others.

Simple concussions

  • Symptoms last less than 15 minutes after the injury.
  • Child/teen should not return to playing hockey or other sports for at least one week.

Complex concussions
 Symptoms last longer than 15 minutes after the injury.

  • Symptoms return with exercise.
  • The child/teen has been knocked out.
  • Longer recovery time. Several weeks or even months before returning to playing hockey or other sports.

Again, enjoy hockey ! It is a wonderful sport.  Please be safe out there and parents be on the look out if your child does fall or you suspect they have hit their head.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident, including snowmobile accidents. 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 david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth on Ottawa car accident statistics.

Ottawa Car Accident Statistics. Sadly, there was a significant spike in fatal Ottawa accidents in 2011 with 38 people dying on Ottawa’s roads.   The number of life-threatening personal injuries dropped in 2010. Since 2006, the number of life threatening personal injuries has dropped every year. The Safer Ottawa Roads Program report indicates that the injury trend  is probably the more significant when it comes to measuring the safety of Ottawa’s roads. There’s a fine line between dying in a road accident and being seriously injury.  The report also measured the death and injury rates per 1,000 people. It showed clearly that Ottawa roads were much more dangerous back in the 1990s.  The report also breaks down personal injury and deaths from 2003 to 2010 by whether people were cycling, walking, or riding or driving in a vehicle. In both cases, slightly more than 7 /10 victims were motorists or passengers, 2/10 were pedestrians, and slightly less than 5/10 were cyclists. Let’s  do everything we can do decrease the number of Ottawa car accidents and personal injuries and death resulting from car accidents.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident, including snowmobile accidents. 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 david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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What are Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims ?
 
When you or a loved one is involved in an Ontario accident, the first step toward making a claim is to contact your own insurance company. This is the case regardless of whether or not you are at fault, whether you are a pedestrian, or whether you were a passenger in a vehicle. Your own insurance company will be responsible for providing you with Ontario Accident Benefits. Ontario Accident Benefits are designed to provide you with all of the medical treatments that you need, medications, assistance with housekeeping and homemaking, attendant care (someone to help you with your own personal care), other family expenses, income replacement or caregiver or non-earner benefits, occupational therapy assistance, assistive devices, job re-training, as well as other benefits.

Filling out the insurance forms can be a time consuming, confusing and frustrating task. Don’t let this stop you from getting what you help you need and deserve. David and his team of personal injury professionals will help you complete these forms. If you plan to pursue the other driver for compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income or medical or other expenses, you must first apply to receive Ontario Accident Benefits.

Let David tell you more about the importance of making an Ontario Accident Benefits claim and maximizing these benefits.

————————————————————————————————– This Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by  Ontario bicycle accident and  injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. David has been an Ontario injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims since 1999. 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 david@ottawainjury.ca

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What is maximum compensation for chronic fatigue syndrome in Ontario ? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Top Ottawa Injury Lawyers – David Hollingsworth on Compensation for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

chronic fatigue syndrome

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (“CFS”) is a real disorder affecting hundreds of thousands of people in North America.  We have our fair share of chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers here in Ottawa as well. Often the syndrome can present itself to a victim after an accident or injury. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is not perfectly understood, though the World Health Organization classifies it as a Disease of the Nervous System. Secondary to an accident, clients will often describe to their injury lawyer levels of fatigue they are experiencing. It is important for a person to also consult with their medical team to ensure that they are receiving the best attention possible to ensure for the best possible health. Your injury lawyer can help you with your recovery to ensure that you do not lose out on what accident benefits you may be rightfully entitled to.  The classification of CFS will involve several factors. Notably, a classification of CFS will entail (1) ruling out other conditions that you may suffer from and (2) it must be shown to be otherwise unexplained, relapsing fatigue that is new (i.e. you have not had this condition all your life, it is not predated fatigue); (3) that the fatigue is not the result of ongoing exertion; (4) that the fatigue is not relieved by rest; (5) and that the condition results in substantial decreases in your levels of occupational, social, educational, or personal activities.

Furthermore, to prove Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,  the patient must exhibit at least four of the following enumerated symptoms, which must persist for at least six months: (1) Difficulty with memory or concentration; (2) Sore throat; (3) Tender cervical (neck area) or axillary (underarm area) nodes; (4) Sleeping but not feeling rested; (5) Arthralgias (pain along the nerve of the joint) – no redness or swelling; (6) Headaches; (7) Muscle pain; (8) Post-exertional malaise, lasting more than one day. Our Ottawa injury lawyers work closely with medical professionals who specialize in chronic fatigue syndrome. We understand how difficult life can be living with this syndrome and are here to help.

 


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

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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.