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



Ottawa Child Personal Injury Lawyer : TV Accidents

The last thing in the world we want to have happen is see our children suffer a personal injury.  What would be even worse would be if it was avoidable. Even worse to that would if it was something we, ourselves as parents didn’t do to keep them safe. I came across some of this information a while ago in a related law blog written by James Dodson and haven’t stopped thinking about it..

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

It may be valentine’s day but what better way to show your family you love them then by keeping them safe.  If you have a flat screen TV and have been putting off securing it …stop what you are doing and  do it today-yes, right now !!  The Journal of Clinical Pediatrics published very disturbing personal injury statistics as it relates to child personal injury. The increase in child personal injury is directly related to an increase in the number of   homes  with flat panel tvs and homeowners’ eagerness to get watching  tv as soon as it is hooked up, which usually interferes with properly securing the tv and an avoidance of a child personal injury. Here are some of the astonishing child personal injury statistics I came across…

  • Child personal injury rates are up by 41% since 1990
  • 75% of child personal injury are under 6 years of age
  • 17,000 children were treated for child personal injury in emergency rooms in 2007  related to falling or unstable furniture (most for head injury  and neck injury)
  • Falling TVs accounted for almost half of these child personal injury
  • these child personal injury accidents occurred from failure to secure TVs to a console

To avoid a child personal injury, check your flat panel tv for instructions on how to secure them or visit the website. Young children are not aware of the dangers of climbing on furniture, or the risk of  a child personal injury. The narrow bases that hold these tvs make them very top heavy and unfortunately unstable and unsafe.

I know that here, tonight before I cheer on my beloved Ottawa Senators, I will be checking our tvs to make sure that we are doing our best to avoid child personal injury.  Let’s keep our kids safe Ottawa !

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Accidents Lawyer

If your child has suffered a personal injury due to an accident, you may be entitled to certain accident benefits that you may not be aware of such as housekeeping, caregiver allowance, non earners benefit, attendant care, medical and rehabilitation cost and much more.  For more information as it relates to child personal injury, visit , email or  call 613 978-9549 for free consultations.  David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer offers free home visits .