Risks of Social Media: Problems for Personal Injury Lawsuits? Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Please be careful of what  you put up on the Internet.  Pictures and “tweets” can often be taken out of context and misconstrued and inevitably may hurt your personal injury case.

Risks Of Social Media  

Online social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube are great ways to connect with people, but can easily undermine personal injury cases.

Please be careful about which details you reveal about yourself on social media sites. Information on your pages can be used against you as evidence from Facebook  by the police, the media, and most importantly insurance companies. Insurance companies often hire private detectives to follow you.  Facebook does this work for them. Make sure to check your settings and make sure your privacy is protected. You may think posting a picture of yourself doing an activity is harmless but you never know how an insurance company can misconstrue these pictures and use them against you. There have been many personal injury lawsuits that have gone south because accident victims innocently posted a picture of themselves relaxing or enjoying leisurely activities.  The insurance company can and will use these pictures against your case. Any picture can be taken out of context and an insurance company can use these pictures to say you aren’t as injured as your claim states. Insurance companies may not understand that people who are injured will gather strength and rest up for certain special occasions and then spend the next 3 days in bed to recuperate. The insurance companies can paint a picture of this type of behaviour and activity as being commonplace. Obviously, this can lead to misinformation and make settling personal injury lawsuits difficult.  To avoid the confusion, it’s best to keep your personal life personal.

The last thing you want to have happen is for you to affect your personal injury case in any way, shape or form. 


Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer, Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Paraplegia and Quadriplegia Lawyer, in Ottawa

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in Ontario as a result of a car accident, motor vehicle accident, or slip and fall, as soon as possible you need to hire an reputable and highly experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer; preferably one that has experience with your particular injury. Over the course of the last 12 years, David has been highly successful at helping those and their families with a brain injury or a spinal cord injury. These types of injury are life changing and require support on many levels. Due to his vast experience with clients with a brain injury or spinal cord injury, David has become one of the best brain injury and best spinal cord injury lawyers in Ottawa. David`s clients with a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury will attest that he is a dedicated, hard working and one of the best Ottawa lawyers who goes above and beyond his role of Ottawa Ontario spinal cord injury lawyer, Ottawa Ontario paraplegia lawyer, Ottawa Ontario quadriplegia lawyer or Ottawa Ontario brain injury lawyer. David`s clients know and will vouch that he is there for them.

Ottawa Paraplegia and Quadriplegia Lawyer

Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth specializes in serious personal injury and is available to work with you, your family, your doctors, your social workers, psychologists or any other treating medical professional. David will also alleviate your burden and deal directly with your insurance company for you; ensuring you recieve maximum compensation. If it is easier on you, David will meet at your home, hospital, rehabilitation centre or any other location that is convenient for you such as the Ottawa Hospital or the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre.

You have been through enough, now let David Hollingsworth do his job. Even if you just need some advice on what to do, David Hollingsworth can help steer you in the right direction, free of charge. You can call or email him for a free consutation of and you are absolutely under no obligation or pressure . Let his years of experience with Ottawa and Ontario personal injury help you because right now you need to focus on yourself and your family; not insurance companies and paperwork. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549


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.

 

 


Ottawa Accident Lawyer : Ontario Accident Benefits and No fault Insurance Claims

Ottawa accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth explains Ontario No-Fault Accident Benefits

Important: Report Your Accident!

The first step in the personal injury process is to report your accident! If you have been injured in an accident in Ottawa or Ontario, there are specific rules that must be followed to secure your personal injury claim. Your top Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you through this process, to help you gain compensation for your injury, lost earnings, pain and suffering, or simply getting the insurance company to repair or replace your car. Remember, if you do not report the accident, the insurance company will not pay for any of these things enumerated. Top Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to ensure that you do not risk losing out on the many important benefits expanded upon below.

The “No-Fault” System of Insurance

In Ontario, we have a “no-fault” process or set of rules for auto accidents. These benefits are called “accident benefits” and basically mean that irrespective of who is responsible or “at fault” for the accident, you are still entitled to a large range of benefits to help you in a time when you are most vulnerable and need the benefits most. Generally, this system of insurance was introduced to provide accident victims with a large variety of benefits to foster their rehabilitation and to reduce the number of claims against insurers.

It is important to note, that such benefits do not cover damages for pain & suffering, or future income-loss. A lawyer will need to be retained if you want to claim for a tort action to recover for such things. A tort, in common law jurisdictions, is a wrong that involves a breach of a civil duty owed to someone else. It is differentiated from a crime, which involves a breach of a duty owed to society in general. A tort action is lodged against the driver who may have caused your accident. To succeed with a tort claim, your injuries need to be of a “serious and permanent” nature. This requirement of “serious and permanent” to claiming in tort is known as the “threshold”, subject to judicial interpretation and defined by the courts. A top Ottawa personal injury lawyer such as David Hollingsworth will the fluency to understand the fluid nature of the threshold, since the judicial interpretation of the threshold changes constantly. Your success depends on the facts of your case, and how the case is presented. Generally, a victim of an Ottawa personal injury or auto accident has two cases: first, a no-fault case against the insurance company and second, a tort case against the person or insurance company for the driver responsible for the accident. There may be an accident benefit claim and no tort claim or a tort claim and no accident benefits claim, and sometimes there is both a claim in accident benefits and tort. In short, your success depends on the facts of your case, the extent of the injuries, and the skill of your top Ottawa Lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help to explain the nature of the threshold, and it’s complexities to you so that you do not lose out on the benefits that you deserve.

Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to recover accident benefits, including (1) Medical/Rehabilitative, (2) Income Replacement (3) Caregiver Benefits, (4) Housekeeping / Home-maintenance Benefits, and (5) Attendant Care Benefits.

(1) Medical/Rehabilitative Benefits

As the name implies, Medical and Rehabilitative Benefits are designed to deal with costs of treatment for physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, health club, adaptive/assistive devices, aquatic rehabilitation, and generally any other relevant treatments deemed reasonable and necessary for your recovery secondary to your accident. The list of features provided by these benefits is extensive, and can include devices such as therapeutic beds, wheelchairs, canes, ramps and even modified vehicles to accommodate for your accident injuries. A health care professional like a physiotherapist, massage therapist or a doctor must complete a “treatment plan” for you in order to recover these benefits. This is form is submitted to the insurance company for consideration. Generally, accident victims in a “non-catastrophic” cases are entitled to a maximum of $100,000 in benefits over 10 years in med/rehab benefits. Accident victims in “catastrophic cases” are entitled to a maximum of $1,000,000 over the course of a lifetime.

(2) Income Replacement Benefits

Income replacement benefits are designed to replace your income if you are not able to work secondary to your accident. Generally, there is an 80% entitlement to your net pre-accident income (which is averaged from your last year’s pre-accident earnings, or 26 of the 52 weeks before your accident). Generally, the maximum allowable income replacement benefit under a standard automobile insurance policy in Ontario is $400/Week. Issues can arise in claiming income replacement benefits when it is difficult to prove that you were working before your accident, or quantifying your pre-accident income, and so on. An experienced lawyer can help you in this regard because they will know the “ins and outs” of the entitlement opportunties for you.

(3) Caregiver Benefits

Caregiver benefits are designed for individuals who were the primary caregiver for a dependant, such as a young child, elderly person or sick person, at the time of their injury. Due to the injury or accident, these individuals are not able to care for their dependants any longer and require caregiver benefits. Generally, you do not need to show that you made any income prior to your accident. Rather, you are only required to demonstrate your status as the primary caregiver. As to weekly benefits, the caregiver is entitled to about $250/week, with an additional $50 for each extra dependant. A good lawyer will know these details about your benefits and can help you get the benefits you deserve.

(4) Housekeeping/Home-Maintenance

Housekeeping/Home-maintenance benefits are designed to help the accident victim to complete necessary chores, housekeeping or home-maintenance, including the cleaning of dishes, preparation of meals, general cleaning like dusting, mopping, taking out the garbage and so on, which become impossible in situations of physical impairment and injury following your accident. These benefits are generally $100/week and can be claimed by submission of appropriate receipts and invoices to your insurance company. If you do not submit these required documents to your insurer, you will not get these benefits, regardless of how hurt you are. A compassionate lawyer will understand the difficulty you may face with the stress of your injury and can help you to work out a plan so that you are not losing out on any benefits that you deserve.

(5) Attendant Care Benefits

Attendant Care Benefits are designed to compensate for individuals such as your family, friends, loved ones, or whomever is performing attendant care services for you after your injury. These benefits are designed to pay these individuals for their services, which after a tragic injury can include grooming, bathing, grocery shopping, brushing hair, putting on clothes, brushing teeth etc, when the accident victim is no longer able to do so secondary to their accident. As in the other benefits, a lawyer can help you to recover these costs. The process involves enlisting the services of a health care professional (e.g. occupational therapist, etc) to complete a “Form 1”. This form will describe the extent of help and care requirements a victim needs following their injury.

In short, if you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident you may be entitled to many accident benefits from your insurance company. Each year, thousands of victims neglect to see a top Ottawa Lawyer and lose out on many benefits that they deserve that could help them in their recovery. Top Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to ensure you protect and safeguard your interests by recovering your benefits, which can include (1) Medical/Rehabilitative, (2) Income Replacement (3) Caregiver Benefits, (4) Housekeeping / Home-maintenance Benefits, and (5) Attendant Care Benefits. If you do not have insurance, you may still be entitled to these benefits. As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer, David Hollingsworth speaks and meets with people daily who have not been properly compensated by their insurance company. David Hollingsworth knows the system and is here to help you. You have been through an accident; you have been through enough. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or email [email protected] for a free consultation.

-David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer


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.