Ontario Accident? Need an Ontario lawyer ? What you should do…

Ottawa Lawyer, Ottawa Injury Lawyers…Ontario Accident? What you must do…

Ottawa personal injury lawyer shares what you can do if you have suffered a personal injury.

Life can become extremely difficult when an accident or personal injury occurs and challenges your routine in life, and stops you from being able to enjoy activities with your loved one’s and family, whether they may be as simple as holding your son or daughter in your arms, and taking your dog for a walk. A minor injury can become serious when it affects you and changes your life. For the unfortunate among us who have experienced the death of a loved one and close friend, the scars that remain can last a lifetime. No amount of monetary award or benefit can fully compensate for the loss. Putting a price tag on how much a personal injury has cost can seem impossible, given that the only thing one could really want in such circumstances is to un-do the accident or have the loved one back.

In these circumstances, is vital for you to seek help from appropriate avenues, including close family, friends, health services providers, the services of an experienced and caring lawyer. It is important to have as many people on your side as possible. Getting advice from one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers is always good idea. David Hollingsworth meets daily with people who have been in an accident and just want to know what their rights are.

Why you should see experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer:

– Conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of the accident scene

– Get medical advice (aches and pains often take a few days to develop and some injuries are not obvious).

– Preserve critical evidence at the scene (you may not know what is important and what is not)

– Start your potential lawsuit before your statute of limitations expires

What you need to consider after an accident:

– Medical circumstances: Go to a doctor ASAP to get checked out.

– Witnesses: If possible, get their address and phone numbers. It will be nearly impossible to reach them once everyone departs

– YOUR OWN notes: important details are still in your memory, so now is the time to write it down.

– Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible.

– “On the spot” settlements can often leave you with less than you deserve. Your doctor will look at the extent of all your personal injuries, your need for medical treatment or perhaps surgery. An “on the spot” settlement may limit and restrict any future treatment.

If you have suffered a personal injury due to an motor vehicle accident, or any kind of personal injury from any other kind of accident, there are important reasons why you need to consult with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Waiting can often hurt your case as we have discussed. As time passes, materials can get forgotten and it may become impossible to collect crucial evidence and information. In short, if you wait, it can be much more difficult to prove your case.

This blog is prepared daily to report on Ontario accidents, personal injury law and resources available to Ontario residents.  David helps Ontario accident victims get  insurance benefits, support and proper rehabilitation they need after an accident.  David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer  helping Ontario accident victims since 1999, with an established Ottawa law firm of more than 50 years of experience.

 

 


Avoiding car accidents and Highway Safety rates roof strength in rollover car accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looks at different vehicles each year and  released a study as to which rates roof strength in small SUVs. I  feel that this is an important study to keep an eye on. If I were in the market for a new vehicle ( which unfortunately I’m not !) , I would want to know which vehicles hold up best in the event of a car accident.  The study to which I am referring to looked specifically at the roofs of cars.  As a consumer, I would be thinking about rollover car accidents and how best to protect myself and my passengers.

The study rated as follows:

Good Ratings

  • Honda Element
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Subaru Forester
  • Jeep Patriot

Acceptable Ratings

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Chevrolet Equinox/Pontiac Torrent

Marginal Ratings

  • Honda CR-V
  • Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner

Poor Ratings

  • Kia Sportage/Hundai Tucson

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety statistics indicate that 10,000 people are killed every year in rollover car accidents. Obviously better built roofs do a better job at protecting their passengers , by keeping them in the vehicle .  The solid roof also helps to keep the car together on impact.

It makes a lot of sense to me.  Drive safely out there !

 


Personal Injury Claims- How much is Pain and Suffering worth ?

Ontario Personal Injury Claims: Pain and suffering Compensation. How Much Is My “Pain and Suffering” Worth?

One of the challenges that I face as an Ontario personal injury lawyer  in Ottawa is explaining to people who have been seriously injured how much pain and suffering compensation they are entitled to. Each and every case is different. Calculating how much compensation an Ontario accident victim should receive for pain and suffering is also very challenging.

What is Pain and Suffering ? Compensation that lawyers refer to as “non-pecuniary damages”. Most people refer to this type of damages as “pain and suffering”.

How Do Courts Calculate “Pain and Suffering”? Unfortunately, there is no specific answer for calculating pain and suffering. Each case is very unique. What a judge does when determining compensation for pain and suffering is evaluate how the personal injury has affected the victim’s ability to function in everyday life and how the injury has effected the person’s enjoyment of life. From there compensation is calculated.

In other words, how have your injuries affected your normal day to day activities;  ability to work; and your normal amenities of life? Your personal relationships ? How do your injuries affect the way you interact with your friends and family? Your co-workers ?

Maximum Award compensation for Pain and Suffering.  The Supreme Court of Canada has placed a limit on the amount of compensation that accident victims are entitled to receive for non-pecuniary damages for pain and suffering. To date, the maximum compensation  is slightly more than $300,000.00.  The maximum amount is only paid to the most catastrophically injured victims (quadriplegic, paraplegic,  brain injury etc..) .

If you are considering a claim for compensation and live in Ontario, it is important to have an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer assisting you collect all the necessary information you need to make a detailed claim. Which will in turn,  help assess your damages claim for pain and suffering. The best Ontario personal injury lawyers can help ensure you prepare your case properly, in a manner that will show the courts the amount of pain and suffering you are living with and the need for maximum compensation for you not only today but for the rest of your life.

I have been representing victims of serious personal injuries for over 10  years, helping injured victims get maximum compensation for their personal injuries.

Contact me for a free consultation.  Home and hospital visits.  Contact  www.ottawainjury.ca


Fewer accidents = Fatalities down for the first three months of the year.

The following information was found in the Ottawa Citizen.  There has been a significant decline in the number of serious collisions and fatalities on highways the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrol during the first three months of 2009, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, said today.

A 5.5 percent decrease in the number of fatal collisions on OPP- patrolled highways from January to March of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 resulted in 12 fewer deaths. In 2008, 322 people were killed on roads the OPP patrolled, down from 451 in 2007, a 29 per cent decline.

“We are making progress, and it seems the message is getting through to motorists,” Fantino said. “But we still have a long way to go. Unfortunately, the main causes of the serious collisions and fatalities are still speed, alcohol and people not wearing seatbelts. The good news is that alcohol-related fatalities are down from ten in the first three months of 2008 to just one so far this year. Speed-related fatalities in the same period are down from 24 a year ago to 17 this year.”

Under section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act, motorists who drive 50 kilometres or more over the posted limit or perform stunts have their vehicles impounded and their driver’s licence suspended for seven days on the spot.

Police have charged 11,437 motorists under the section since the law was enacted in September of 2007. Of that total, the OPP have laid 8,580 of the charges.

Even though the seatbelt laws have been in effect for more than 30 years, some people are still not buckling up. So far this year there have been 11 fatalities attributed to seatbelt non-compliance compared to 19 over the same period in 2008.

The OPP attribute the decrease in the number of crashes to the effective enforcement of new legislation, introduction of speed limiters on commercial vehicles, increased OPP visibility on highways and increased media attention.

These factors are part of a comprehensive Provincial Traffic Safety Program initiated by the OPP in 2007.

“We will continue to be vigilant and use all the tools available to us in our effort to keep the roads we patrol safe for all motorists,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski, Commander of the Highway Safety Division (HSD). “The OPP makes traffic safety a key priority for all officers, whether they are on traffic patrol or not. Our goal is ensure the number of serious collisions and fatalities continue to decline throughout the rest of the year.”


Recommended child safety seats: reduce deaths, injuries and damage

As a father of three kids, all still in car seats, I found this information extremely useful and thought I’d pass it on. I found it on a related law blog prepared by HG Farber, a lawyer in Seattle.  He has an excellent blog full of valuable personal injury information.  I encourage you to check it out…Let’s keep our kids safe.                                             -David

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent and non-profit, scientific and education organization which is dedicated to reducing deaths, personal injuries and property damage in accidents reports that 13 of the 41 child booster seats they examined could not be recommended. I find this shocking !!

I was shocked to read that booster seats for children ages 4 to 7 years old only reduce personal  injury risk by 59% over seat belts alone.  As reported by a study by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Booster seats  are designed to elevate young children so that seat belts are positioned correctly and therefore will ensure safety. The IIHS evaluated booster seats for safety.  They look at things such as safety in crash tests,  the position of the seatbelt and other very important safety factors.

The Institute recommends these 10 best booster seats:

  • Volvo booster cushion
  • Recaro Young Style
  • Graco TurboBooster
  • Fisher-Price Safe Voyage
  • Combi Kobuk
  • Fisher-Price Safe Voyage
  • Britax Parkway
  • Fisher-Price Safe Voyage
  • LaRoche Bros. Teddy Bear
  • Safeguard Go
  • Britax Monarch

10 not recommended booster seats include:

  • Safety Angel Ride Ryte backless
  • Cosco/Dorel Traveler
  • Cosco/Dorel (Eddie Bauer) Summit
  • Graco CarGo Zephyr
  • Evenflo Big Kid Confidence
  • Evenflo Generations
  • Compass B505
  • Compass B510
  • Dorel/Safety 1st (Eddie Bauer) Prospect
  • Cosco Highback Booster
  • Cosco/Dorel Alpha Omega
  • Evenflo Chase Comfort Touch
  • Safety 1st/Dorel Intera

Our children are everything ! Keep them safe !


9 things to do if you are injured in an accident:

What to do after an accident in Ontario

I truly hope you aren’t in an accident but should you be, here are a few important things you should do:

Give all information about the accident to the police

Get names and addresses of parties involved and witnesses

 Notify your insurance company of the accident and record insurance information

 Notify your doctor, employer or school

 Keep track of all medical and rehab appointments

 Keep track of receipts of related expenses

 Keep track of time family and friends have provided care

 Check for other available health insurance coverage plans

And of course, call a personal injury lawyer….

Who ? I know…Call me – David Hollingsworth (613) 237-4922 ext 203   or  (613) 978-9549

Our lawyers are available by phone, text or email to answer any questions you may have following an accident. It’s our hope that you recover completely from your accident; however if you don’t , you need to put a plan in place.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers are experienced in helping put these plans together for people who have been injured. We work closely with the families of our clients ; who are often times the ones in charge of making most of the decisions for their loved ones.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers will work for you and ensure you are being treated fairly. Navigating the insurance system in Ontario can be very complicated and our lawyers have the experience to steer you in the right direction.

If you have a simple question, don’t be afraid to ask. the more information you have the better. It’s important you know your rights and what you and your family is entitled to. Whether or not you decide to make a personal injury claim is up to you and it’s important you make that decision with all the correct information.

This decision may affect the rest of your life. Make sure you make the right one.