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As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer I often meet with people and they are suffering. Not only are they suffering physically from their accident and injuries; they are suffering financially. Often times, they have been unable to work because of their accident or have only been able to return to work part-time. One of the biggest stresses that people have is that they won’t be able to return to a quality of life they once had.  Another big stress is that they can’t afford to fight the insurance company and their insurance company isn’t giving them all the compensation they are entitled to.  These are very common, yet stressful concerns.

We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who understand that these are some of the toughest days of your life.  We are here for you. We fund your personal injury case and will cover the costs for you. We also don’t need you to pay us until we settled your case and you get the compensation that you are entitled. Hopefully, we can alleviate the financial stress for you throughout your case so that you can focus on getting better and getting your life back.

You shouldn’t have to worry or stress about money. Being stressed also affects your mood and how well you might heal.  You need to leave that stress with us.  This is what we do.  We can come and meet with you and your family and walk you through how we can help change your life following an accident in Ontario. We not only offer FREE consultations, we will work for you for FREE and we will only get paid when you get paid.  How much do we charge?  We will meet and agree upon a % of your settlement , depending on the severity and amount of work that needs to be done.  You will find that we are quite reasonable in our fees and we are not greedy like some other personal injury lawyers can be. We are fair and we pride ourselves on being the Ottawa personal injury lawyers people know, trust and like.

You owe it to yourself to meet with us and we can lay out your best options.

 


Ottawa accident Chaudiere bridge results in personal injuries.

Ottawa Accident Chaudiere Bridge

Accident Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario David Hollingsworth ..The Chaudière Bridge was closed this morning after an Ottawa accident involving 2 vehicles. A tractor trailer and a car crashed into each other around 7:30 a.m. at the end of the bridge , where the road divides. Rescue crews were deployed and arrived at the accident scene, where many drivers found themselves stuck in a traffic jam. There was at least one personal who suffered serious personal injuries and the RCMP are investigating the accident.  If you have any information about this Ottawa accident Chaudiere bridge that could help in this accident investigation, please contact the RCMP or the Ottawa Police.

When it comes to accidents on the Chaudiere bridge, there are many things to consider.  Once everyone involved has been properly treated and there are no further dangers, police must determine the exact location of the accident on the Chaudiere bridge to determine whether or not it was an Ontario accident or an accident in Quebec.  Depending on the exact location of the accident, different insurance regimes come into play. Quebec residents and Ontario residents have very different insurance regimes when it comes to accidents.

Our personal injury lawyers have many clients who live in Quebec but have been involved in an Ontario accident.  We also have the opposite; our injury lawyers have many Ontario residents who have been in an accident in Quebec.  In these personal injury lawsuits, our law firm will actually hire an actuary to crunch the numbers and determine which province’s insurance regime will pay the most in compensation.  Every case is unique so there isn’t one answer that fits all in these personal injury lawsuits. If you have been involved in an accident in Quebec or are a Quebec resident involved in an accident in Ontario, I suggest you meet with one of our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation to determine your best options.


Ottawa motorcycle accident Fisher avenue results in wrist injury and leg injury.

Ottawa Motorcycle Accident

An Ottawa motorcycle accident has resulted in one man  in an Ottawa hospital. He suffered personal injuries when his motorcycle and a car crashed on Fisher avenue, close to  Carling avenue.  The motorcycle driver was a 64 year old man . He was driving a 3 wheel motorcycle when another vehicle crashed into him. On impact, he flew off the motorcycle and rolled over the hood of the car. He suffered injuries to his wrist and legs. Ottawa police are investigating the accident. I am thankful the motorcycle driver is alive and I hope he is able to recover fully from his injuries.

Motorcycle Safety

Did you know that between 2008 and 2012, there were 776 accidents involving motorcycles? These motorcycle accidents lead to  in 517 injuries and 13 fatalities.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers represent people who have been injured in a motorcycle accident get the support and compensation they need .Every motorcycle accident is unique; however, the most common injuries we see after a motorcycle accident are:

  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Head injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Road rash
  • Scrapes

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Ontario you are most likely entitled to accident benefits compensation through your own insurance company or the insurance company of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident.

You owe it to yourself to get all the medical and rehabilitative treatments you need as well as compensation for the future and moving forward.  Depending on the severity of your injuries, your injuries may be deemed catastrophic, in which case, you are entitled to a significantly higher level of accident benefits.

Whatever the extent of your injuries are, it’s important that you get a proper diagnosis and top level medical and rehabilitative treatments. Contact one of out Ottawa motorcycle accident lawyers for a free consultation and let them walk you through your options, so you can best decide how you want to proceed.

 

 


Car accidents leading cause of child deaths in Canada. What you need to do to keep your child safe.

Accident and Child Injuries

Did you know that motor vehicle accidents  are the leading cause of death for Canadian children? This week Ottawa Police will be focussing on car child safety by conducting a roadside car seat safety blitz. The goal is to ensure that children under the age of 16 are secured properly. If you are unsure of whether or not your child’s car seat is installed properly or not, there are clinics throughout Ottawa, that can inspect your installation for you. For locations and times, visit the “seatsforkidscanada.com” website.

Want to know which child car seat to use and when ?

  • Birth to 9 kg (20 lb.) -Rear-facing seat
  • 9 to 18 kg (20-40 lb.) -Forward-facing seat -Use with a tether strap
  • The law requires booster seats for children who have outgrown a child car seat but are too small for a regular seat belt.Booster seats are required for children under the age of 8, weighing 18 kg or more but less than 36 kg (40-80 lb.) and who stand less than 145 cm (4 feet-9 inches) tall.A child can wear a  seatbelt  once any one of the following criteria is met:
    • child is 8 years old  or child weighs 36 kg (80 lb.)  or child is 145 cm (4 feet-9 inches) tall.

    Booster seats raise the child up so that the adult seatbelt works better. Booster seats protect against serious injury 3 ½ times better than seatbelts alone.

  • If you are unsure of whether or not your car seat is safe, please take the time to have it checked. Proper installation can make all the difference between life and death.

Drive safely.

Here are some valuable sites you may wish to look at the pertain to child car seats and safety:

www.seatsforkidscanada.com

www.ottawa.ca/en/node/267736/index.html

https://www.ottawasafetycouncil.org/childrens-programs/car-seat-program

http://capitalparent.ca/blog/2012/10/18/child-car-seat-safety-is-your-child-properly-secured

 

 

 


Ottawa and eastern Ontario freezing rain : Tips for driving in icy conditions, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers, Ottawa Accident Lawyer…Listen up Ottawa ! A freezing rain warning issued by Environment Canada for Ottawa and parts of Eastern Ontario is expected to continue throughout tonight and into the morning. The freezing rain has contributed to over 50 reported car accidents in Ottawa today and is suspected to be a contributing factor to a serious accident on highway 401 this morning that partially closed highway 401 for close to 9 hours,  near Kingston. Leaving over 100 cars stuck for hours.

Many school boards have closed cancelled their busses. The Upper Canada District School Board cancelled all buses but schools remained open. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario also cancelled all buses.

Ontario Provincial Police , Ottawa police and I are warning commuters to drive slowly on the icy roads in eastern Ontario. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I also want to caution pedestrians to be careful while walking on Ottawa’s roads and sidewalks.  Cars may not be able to stop .Please keep your head up and be extra vigilant. Drivers need to also be aware that the sidewalks and roads are slippery and consequently be a lot more aware of pedestrians. The following are a few driving safety tips for driving in icy conditions.

  • If your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal. The last thing you want to do is give your car more gas. Slow down when you are driving on ice or in any winter conditions.
  • Don’t slam the brakes. Yes, it may be a natural instinct to slam on the brakes; however this will cause your vehicle to lose control and continue sliding. Pump your brake pedal gently instead of pushing down hard.
  • Look for dangerous trouble spots ahead. If you suspect that there is ice ahead, downshift to a lower gear before you hit the ice. The lower gear will allow you to drive more slowly and allow for better control of your vehicle.

  • Compensation for Pain and Suffering, Ontario Accident Benefits

    Calculating compensation for pain and sufferingpainandsuffering

    Calculating your compensation for pain and suffering can be challenging . In Ontario, damages for pain and suffering refer to the amount of compensation an accident victim should be compensated for because of the pain and suffering the person they have  endured and most likely will continue to endure. Pain and suffering damages can be awarded for the future, for the present, or for the past, depending on the personal injuries, when they happened and how serious and life altering they are. More specifically, if a person was in an Ontario car accident, and remained in pain for an entire year, and is only now settling the claim with the insurance company, they would likely get compensation for pain and suffering damages for the entire year they were in pain.

    What are damages for pain and suffering?

    As a personal injury lawyer, I help accident victims obtain an expert opinion that states whether or not this pain and suffering will have life long implications and if so,  help them get the maximum  lifelong compensation they will need.   Notably, future damages are more difficult to obtain than past or present damages, because victims cannot have personal documentation of his or her future pain but that is where the help of an Ontario personal injury lawyer comes in.   An accident victim can have documentation, i.e., medical records, video, pictures etc, of present or past pain. One of the difficult parts of settling an Ontario  personal injury claim is that unlike medical bills, or lost wages, pain and suffering will cost a person an undetermined amount of money and compensation.

    How much is pain and suffering worth?

    The amount is open to interpretation. So how do people generally place a dollar value, when requesting a settlement from an insurance company? Many insurance companies take each personal injury and assess it based on individual merit. Some insurance companies use calculating software programs to determine payout amounts. Other insurance companies base the amount they will pay out generally on how much they have paid on past similar personal injury cases and circumstances. There are many different theories on the methods for calculating pain and suffering . The main thing to remember is each case is unique and what’s most important is that above all accident victims get  maximum compensation.  Some insurance companies try to determine how many days you have or will endure pain and how much each of those days of pain is worth in dollar value. Then multiply the number of days by the amount you valued the pain and suffering at. This is precisely why a top Ontario personal injury lawyer is essential.  I have had many accident victims come to me who really needed my help.  They tried working directly with their insurance companies, but realised that it was complicated and got the feeling that the insurance company wasn’t necessarily looking out for their best interest.


    Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer and Brain Injury (TBI) statistics

    Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer, David Hollingsworth shares statistics on Brain Injury in Canada
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    The Startling Statistics:

    An alarming annual rate of about 56,000 cases of Traumatic Brain Injury are recorded in Canada, with 36,000 of these cases leading to hospitalization, 9,000 to requiring long term rehabilitation, and in 2,500 cases, death. For those that survive, 6,000 will live with disability.

    Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as TBI, has become the leading cause of death and disability in Canada for children and young adults (roughly 70% of survivors are between the ages of 18 and 28). It is tragic because children and young adults have the most to lose, with a lifetime ahead of them. Statistically, the greater half of all brain injuries are the result of motor-vehicle accidents, with the secondary causes within the realm of work related injuries, slip and falls, sports, illness, firearms and assaults. Males have double the risk of traumatic brain than females, and young men generally between 14 and 24 have the highest rate of injury. Children are also at risk when it comes to bicycle related brain injuries and death. Summer months are the more common seasons for such injuries, involving children 15 years old or younger.

    While most victims of TBI will live a normal life span, survivors on average must go through a decade or so of rehabilitation services. Secondary to TBI, the risk for subsequent multiple personal injury increases, within the realm of two or three times greater than someone who has never experienced TBI. In the tragic circumstance of yet another or second personal injury, the potential for a third personal injury once again increases, this time to eight times the normal average. And so on.

    Be Safe:

    All this to say, please drive and be safe. A car accident or personal injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever. If you or a family member has suffered a seriously injury or a wrongful death, our Ottawa personal injury team offer my heartfelt support. We have the reputation, success rate and experience to obtain the highest compensation possible for you and your family. We can help answer your questions, help you obtain the highest quality medical care and relieve you of your stress as you’ve been through enough. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549.