The simplest of things can quickly turn into a farming accident.

Farming Accident Insurance Claims

Unfortunately a farming accident can happen any time. The spring weather is finally here and across the outer regions of Ottawa and into Kemptville, Cornwall, Arnprior and the Valley, farmers are beginning to prepare for their spring planting season. 

Living in the city, we often forget that these farms are where our food comes from and that these farmers work long hours in, sometimes, dangerous situations.

Machinery is the major cause of accidents and injuries in farm workers with 70 per cent of fatalities being attributed to machine rollovers, run overs, entanglement in moving machinery parts or other machinery-related causes, (Canada Safety Council). Proper training, education and preventative maintenance are very important to maintain a safe working environment.

Farming accident and safety

The best tool for any farmer who operates machinery is the owner’s manual. Machines are designed with safety in mind and are often used without error with properly maintained and operated.

An inspection of the machinery at the start of the work day can sometimes expose serious safety issues. Leaking air or hydraulic lines, missing machine guards or obstructed stop switches can have dire consequences. Safe operation should include a daily walk around the machinery. Here are some safety tips for farm operators.

* Wear personal protective equipmenton the job. Goggles, safety shoes and leather gloves are all potentially lifesaving.

* Avoid wearing any loose-fitting clothing, jewelry, hairstyles or anything that could get caught on moving parts.

* Stay away from moving parts at all times. If there’s something caught in a moving part, make sure to turn off the machine and remove the keys from the ignition before performing maintenance.

* When parking a machine on a slope, make sure to block it. The majority of all run over accidents between 2002-2012 were caused by unmanned machines.

* Exercise caution and judgment when operating a machine close to the edge of a ditch, slope or field. This is the most frequent cause of machine rollovers.

* Perform preventative maintenance regularly, making sure that machinery is properly lubricated, adjusted and does not have parts that are in need of adjustment or repair.

Farming can be a dangerous industry, but education and a mind for safety can greatly reduce accidents and injuries.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a farming accident, call us today. We understand, we care and we are here to help.


Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses snowmobile accidents.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth…

There have been in an increase in snowmobile accidents in the Ottawa area and throughout eastern Ontario.  Our region is surrounded by many snowmobile trails. There is no doubt that snowmobiling is a very popular winter sport. It is however , a sport that comes with it’s risks. There is not only the fact that snowmobile riders are driving a 450 pound machine, they are also driving with very little protection. Then there are also the obstacles in nature such as thinning ice, protruding branches and other obstacles on the roads and trails. Often times these snowmobile accidents  result in serious personal injury such as brain injuries, spinal injuries , broken bones, spinal injuries, concussions and sadly, many die each year from snowmobile accidents.

Many people do not know that a snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and a snowmobile accident is treated the same as a car accident when it comes to accident benefits and insurance claims. You are not required to have a separate insurance policy for your snowmobile if you are trying to access accident benefits.  If you have been injured in a snowmobile accident and do not have your own insurance policy , you can still have options.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in snowmobile accidents and know how to access maximum compensation for people involved in snowmobile accidents.  We are here to offer our support and expertise.  Call an Ottawa personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation and help in figuring out what’s best for you and your family. Let’s start your road to recovery.

If you have been in a snowmobile accident and are injured, we can help.  it is imperative you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  It’s important you know your rights and we get you what you need. Visit our Ottawa personal injury lawyers at www.ottawainjury.ca . We will travel to you.


Tips for driving in freezing rain. Ottawa freezing rain warning in effect, starting this afternoon.

Avoiding Accidents in Ottawa: Driving in Freezing Rain

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates. Wow, the weather we are having this winter in Ottawa is unbelievable. Environment Canada has indicated that Ottawa needs to brace itself for freezing rain coming our way.  The freezing rain is supposed to start later this afternoon,which will make Ottawa roads dangerous and slippery.  If you can avoid going out this afternoon and tonight, please do ! On a better note, temperatures are supposed to rise overnight and Ottawa is expected to wake to temperatures hovering around 1o degrees celsius.

Please avoid accidents by:

-Giving yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.

-Allowing adequate distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

-Ensuring you have adequate windshield wiper fluid

-Checking your snow tires

-Driving slowly

-Staying in if possible

-Making sure your windows and lights are clear

– Not passing snowplows or salt trucks!

Ontario Accident Trivia: Did You Know?

98% of Eastern Ontario drivers utter the same first two words as they are about to go into a ditch after sliding on  ice or snowy roads . Do you know what they are ?

 Regardless of who is at fault in an accident, anyone injured is most likely entitled to Ontario accident benefits through Ontario’s no-fault insurance regime. We have a team of highly skilled personal injury lawyers who have a combined experience of over 25 years in Ontario personal injury lawsuits. If you have any questions or would like information on Ontario accident benefits and what to do if you’ve been in an accident in Ontario, we can help.  We can travel to you and give you all the information you need  to make an informed decision on whether or not you want to start a personal injury lawsuit after your accident. Let our history and experience work for you.