Tips for staying safe at an Ottawa accident scene. Ottawa lawyer , Ottawa law firms

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While most major roadways have now been salted, Ottawa roads remain a challenge. There were many Ottawa accidents this morning and late last night due to the freezing rain and Ottawa residents are being asked to take it slow after a spat of freezing rain overnight created large swaths of black ice throughout the city and a deluge of crashes. Ottawa Police were urging caution last night and this morning after a rush of collisions last night,  involving Ottawa paramedics who were busy assessing patients at Ottawa accident scenes. Much of the action was taking place on Highway 417  last night.

Numerous Ottawa accidents

For a period of about 30 minutes, Ottawa paramedics said they received multiple calls for Ottawa accident between Woodroffe Avenue to the west and Nicholas Street to the east. And in responding to two of those calls — despite the 30 bright LED emergency lights flashing on each of their vehicles — other motorists on the highway managed to slam into them, causing personal injuries and “severe damage” to the vehicles involved. Four Ottawa paramedics were injured and forced to fall out of Sunday night’s busy rotation after two ambulances were rear-ended. The first occurred at about 10:15 p.m. when a black Chevrolet Blazer rear-ended an ambulance in the westbound lanes with all of its emergency lights flashing, paramedics said. The lone driver of the Blazer refused to be treated by paramedics, while two paramedics were treated for personal injuries by another crew. One minute later, a paramedic superintendent of operations issued a warning to all paramedics on the road to be wary of inattentive drivers in the rapidly deteriorating road conditions. Salt trucks were also called upon for problem spots on the 417. Five minutes after that, at 10:20 p.m., a two-vehicle crash near the eastbound Nicholas Street exit quickly snared 11 drivers, paramedics said. For the safety of the injured, all patients were taken to the Sandy Hill Arena for assessment. Of them, one was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and all others were released. A third collision on the 417 was reported at 10:45 p.m. just west of Woodroffe Avenue in the eastbound lanes. Paramedics said a Honda Civic travelling too fast for icy conditions rear-ended yet another ambulance with its emergency lights flashing. The Civic sustained severe damage to its front end but its driver refused treatment. Two paramedics, meanwhile, were treated for back injuries by a second crew. Startlingly, paramedics said a nearby Ontario Provincial Police cruiser was registering speeds by passing motorists at 115 kilometres per hour. By Monday morning at about 8 a.m., paramedics said they had so far responded to an estimated 20 collisions, the majority of them minor in nature.

Tips for staying safe at an Ottawa accident scene

After the onslaught of activity, Ottawa paramedics were taking the opportunity to remind drivers about Ottawa wintertime safety in the event of an accident. They said to stay inside your vehicle — which is designed with a safety cage — at all times to avoid being swiped by other vehicles. They also said that if you see flashing lights at some kind of scene up ahead, it’s likely because the conditions there are worse. Slow down, pass with caution, be aware that paramedics working the scene are often concealed by large vehicles, and leave plenty of room by moving over at least one full lane away from the scene.

Let’s keep us all safe out there on our very slick and icy Ottawa roads ! Be careful !

 


Halloween safety tips, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Well it looks like this year, my kids are heading out as a bat, a princess and a unicorn..looking forward to it.   I posted this information last year but it never hurts to be reminded…Be careful out there this Hallowe’en night. We need to keep our children safe and free from injury. The Ottawa police have put out these safety tips and I thought I’d share them with you.

The night is quickly approaching when the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and fairies. As always, there are a few important Halloween safety guidelines that should be observed to ensure the night runs smoothly.

Around the house… Many people enjoy transforming their homes into eerie scenes. Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles for the little ones, especially those with masks who might have trouble seeing in dim light.

Keep pets indoors on Halloween to protect them from hazards and preventing them from being aggressive to visitors. Before you light those candles in your pumpkin, consider using inexpensive safety glow sticks. Nothing says spooky like a glowing green jack-o-lantern!

Costumes: It is important that when helping a child pick out a costume, safety should be the main concern. Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility.
Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it.
Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials. Make sure your vision is not restricted. Consider completing your costume with make-up rather than masks. Masks may require that the eye-holes be cut larger for the sake of good peripheral vision. Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume. If a child’s costume requires the use of props, such as a flexible-plastic sword, make sure the sharp tip is cut or filed round. Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child’s visibility. You might want to consider creating a fun necklace with string to ensure they will want to wear as part of their costumes. Accessorize with a flashlight!
Before the kids hit the streets, it is important that parents be aware of the route that their children plan to follow. If you are unable to take them out yourself, consider asking another parent, an older sibling or babysitter to do the honours for you. Ensuring your child is wearing a watch also allows you to establish an agreed upon curfew.

Teach your children to recognize the places along his/her route where they can obtain help: Police Station, Fire Station or any other well indicated public place.

Although tampering of loot is rare, remind children that they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating them.

Some Rules for Trick or Treaters

Bring a flashlight;
Walk instead of running;
Stay on the sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic);
Avoid jaywalking;
Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts;
Take masks off when walking from one house to the next;
Do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles;
Only visit houses that are lit;
Stay away from animals you are not familiar with; and
Vandalism is not just a ‘trick’ – it is against the law and has consequences.

Avoid injury and be safe out there Ottawa ! Above all, have a safe and ghoulishly good Halloween!
-David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Accident Lawyer

 


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 bicycle accident lawyer – Ontario cycling accident benefits and compensation

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Bicycle Accident Lawyers-

Spring has sprung and the bicycles are out! I will admit my heart skips a beat every time my 4-year-old daughter clicks on her helmet and takes her Dora bike out. Riding a bicycle on the road can be dangerous and bicycle accidents can have lifelong implications, including ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, loss of income and the prospect of devastating effects on your family. Bicycle accidents and personal injury can be the result of a negligent driver. Drivers do not always think the person on the bicycle has the same rights, as does a car or motor vehicle.

Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer

Ottawa bicycle accidents can be especially injurious to the bicyclist because he or she has nothing to protect them from a high-speed impact with another vehicle and ultimately, the hard-pavement. Many Ontario bicycle accidents end in tragedy, which includes brain injury, head injury, burns and cuts, spinal injury, broken bones, fractures, and death. I recommend to all bicyclists to always wear a helmet to protect the sensitive brain against head and brain injuries, and to wear protective clothing with reflective qualities—essential for night-time cycling. The reflective gear acts to protect the cyclist by warning drivers in advance of his or her presence. The #1 goal of bicycle safety is to avoid getting hit by a car. Always practice safe cycling by using your hand signals, and riding in designated areas.

Cycling accident compensation

In Ottawa Ontario, every cyclist has a right and entitlement to compensation when a driver is negligent and causes an accident that results in their personal injury.
 Ottawa bicycle 
victims who suffer serious personal injury in Ottawa bicycle accidents and Ontario bicycle accidents need to protect their rights to compensation with the help of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer or Ontario personal injury lawyer that understands the laws regarding bicycle accidents in Ontario, specializes in personal injury and driver negligence and can help you get back to your life as best possible.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and suffered a serious personal injury, you are likely entitled to serious compensation. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa, Ontario personal injury team have been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims get maximum compensation for their Ontario personal injury since 1999.  David offers free consultations and takes cases on a contingency basis, which means no money upfront and he gets paid after you get paid.  Contact David directly at www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613-978-9549.


Common Injuries from Motorcycle accidents – Ottawa Accident Lawyers

Ottawa Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth-

The weather in Ottawa is expected to hit somewhere in the high 20s this long weekend.  With the warm weather, many motorcycle enthusiasts will likely be hauling their motorcycle out of storage and hitting Ottawa roads.  A motorcyclist is not as protected as those who drive cars and most accidents result in quite severe personal injury.  As a Ontario personal injury lawyer in Ottawa, David Hollingsworth has helped many Ontario motorcycle accident victims get maximum compensation for the most common personal injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Common Personal Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents


Top Ottawa Personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth has dealt with a range of common injuries secondary to motorcycle accidents, which can include a personal injury-fracture, spinal cord injury, brain damage and concussion, nerve damage, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. Basically, these accidents all have a common theme: you have been hurt and are entitled to maximum compensation for your personal injury.

Fractures

are a common personal injury secondary to motorcycle accidents, which often throw victims from the motorcycle and can produce fractures and lacerations if bones break through the surface of the skin. This can also result in damage to tendons, joints and nerves.

Spinal cord injury

are another very serious and common injury secondary to motorcycle accidents. They can occur if the vertebrae (or protected spinal cord that transmits nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body) suffers any injury. Severity depends on how much and what region of the spinal cord is damaged. Victims can become paralyzed from the neck down, or may lose some function in their legs, or any combination.

Brain damage and concussions

can result from motorcycle accidents. Head trauma is common, causing a concussion or a traumatic brain injury that can dramatically reduce the victim’s overall quality of life and his or her ability to live independently. Often serious injuries can result in combinations of brain damage and concussion and spinal cord injury or some other serious issue – further aggravating your rehabilitation process and increasing the need to see a lawyer expert in your area of injury.

Nerve damage

can occur when a motorcyclist lands on his or her arm, leg, or some other high nerve ending location of your body during an accident. The force of the impact can result in nerve damage and the loss of some or all function in the affected limb. Amputations may be required in any of the injuries depending on severity. There are methods of procuring compensation for such injuries.

Personal Injury-Disfigurement

Facial disfigurement can occur when drivers are not wearing protective face equipment.  Trauma to the face can result in intense pain, and the driver with the disfigurement may go through painful and expensive plastic surgery or have scars from the motorcycle accident for  life.

Emotional trauma such as pain and suffering

is another devastating and common injury that can result from a motorcycle accident. Often, a physical injury has healed but the emotional scars still remain. These are what is known as emotional trauma or “pain and suffering” due to your accident. PTSD or “post traumatic stress disorder” is one among many forms of emotional trauma that can result from your injury.

As a Ontario motorcycle driver you do everything you can to prevent motorcycle accidents knowing that it can be dangerous. Even if you take every precaution, you may still end up with a personal injury from a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own. You may need compensation for medical needs, attendant care, housekeeping, and many other areas. David Hollingsworth is here to help.

If you are injured in a Ontario motorcycle accident you may need the help a highly skilled Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer to help you maximize your insurance claim. Contact David Hollingsworth, Ottawa , Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer  for a free consultation.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549


Ottawa slip and fall accident ? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth-questions..

Ottawa Ontario slip and fall lawyer David Hollingsworth explains the dangers and factors involved in a slip and fall accident in Ontario.

With respect to compensation, a slip and fall victim’s eligibility will vary depending on the circumstances of the injury but overall, the fall accident will be similar to all Ontario personal injury claims. Namely, this means that your recovery may account for medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and your potential for future medical expenses.
You are generally advised to visit a top Ottawa slip and fall lawyer such as David Hollingsworth as soon as possible after your injury to avoid limitations periods and the chance to secure and protect your interests. Similarly, you are advised to meet with a lawyer before meeting with an insurance adjuster, who may wish to settle quickly and for less than you deserve. Such adjuster’s attempt to establish if there was an injury, your role if any in the injury, and any prospective settlement that could be procured, often immediately. Questions from such adjusters can be very specific and it is best to speak with a lawyer such as David Hollingsworth to protect and safeguard your interests before signing any document. You do not want to lose out on what you deserve.

The responsibility for the injury can depend on the situation of your fall, and the idea of a “hazardous condition”, which relates to the situational potential for personal injury. Hazardous conditions can be temporary (such as the integrity of an easement or ice on a sidewalk), or permanent (property owners are held liable for permanent conditions since they are expected to have knowledge about their nature). The nature of your injury and the context of the slip and fall will determine who is responsible, whether it may be a property owner, a commercial enterprise, or some other individual. The key is to visit someone who is competent and experienced in dealing with such matters, as soon as possible so that valuable evidence is not lost and your position is secured to advance your claims so that you may receive the maximum possible compensation and support for your injury.

People claim slip and fall accident injury compensation each week. If you suffer from a personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, you need compensation and you owe it to yourself to see just how much you might be entitled to receive. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for a free consultation or call 613-978-9549. Ottawa slip and fall accident personal injury lawyers, David Hollingsworth


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.


Ottawa car accident lawyers reports on top 10 areas for Ottawa accidents

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Here are the most recent satistics I could find. To all the Ottawa, Ontario drivers out there, drive safely but be extra cautious at these intersections:

David Hollingsworth, Car Accident Lawyer in Ottawa and the top 10 Ottawa Car Accident Collision Locations:

West Hunt Club Road and Woodroffe Avenue

Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive

Hawthorne Road and Walkley Road

Belfast Road and St. Laurent Boulevard

Heron Road and Riverside Drive

Coventry Road and St. Laurent Boulevard

Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue

Prince of Whales Drive and West Hunt Club Road

Innes Road and Tenth Line Road

Industrial Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard

An accident can happen anywhere , on any street, any corner , and in any area.

These are just some of Ottawa’s highest accident areas.  Hopefully, we can shed some light on these Ottawa accidents and change can take place to make Ottawa roads safer. If you have any concerns about areas or streets that you believe to be unsafe, please contact your MPP or  the City of Ottawa and voice your concerns.  This also goes for dangerous curbs, sidewalk and playground equipment located on city of Ottawa property or City of Ottawa parks. Most accidents can be prevented and there is no reason why we can’t al do our part in preventing as many accidents as we can.

If you have suffered a personal injury due to an accident or have a question regarding a personal injury, I can help you get the maximim benefits you are entitled to.  If your accident occurred on City of Ottawa property, there are specific timelines that need to be met in order for a lawsuit to proceed as smoothly as possible. Our lawyers can help you submit your paperwork and commence a personal lawsuit on your behalf. Free consultations, no obligations !


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.