How Ottawa injury lawyers can help protect an injured child’s compensation after an accident.

If your child has been injured in an accident in Ontario, it’s important that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer before you meet or speak with your insurance company.  The rules surrounding a child personal injury lawsuit and settlement are different from in a settlement case involving an adult.

When a parent commences a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a child, they need to understand that their child will not receive the settlement monies until they reach the age of 18 years old. We often have clients who are unsure what to do with the compensation they receive for their child.  Depending on the circumstances, we recommend several different options.  A structured settlement is often the best solution for a child’s settlement.  A structured settlement is when a registered insurance company will take over the settlement monies and pay out a set amount each year over the course of the child’s life.  In most cases this pay out amount is also a tax-free set amount. Depending on the age of the child at the time of the accident, this usually makes the most sense.  If the injured child is close to reaching 18 years of age, it may not be the most cost-effective plan, as the fees associated with a structured settlement might outweight the payout if the investment period is not very long .

Depending on the nature of the injuries, parents can also opt to have a trustee appointed and the trustee then holds the money.  This is often the case when a child is disabled and may not be able to decide how best to manage their money.

It is tough to know what is best to do and what’s best for your child.  We are able to help give you advice on this and help you come to the right decision, based on what’s best for your child and your family. One of the most important details every parent needs to know is that a settlement for a child in a personal injury case must be court approved.  This is done to protect you and make sure that your child is being treated fairly .  The Court will review the legal fees being charged by your personal injury lawyer, as well as the settlement amount being offered by the insurance company.  In both cases, the amount must be fair and comparable to other similar personal injury cases.

Although, our Ottawa personal injury lawyers do not recommend it, you may decide to work directly with the insurance company and negotiate your own settlement amount. At the very least, we urge you to consult with an experience personal injury lawyer and have them review what is being offered to you . An experienced child personal injury lawyer can give you comparison settlement amounts on the spot and help you decide whether or not to accept the settlement offer.  These consultations are free with most personal injury lawyers, so you have nothing to lose. In most cases, our Ottawa injury lawyers, not only offer excellent advice, they are able to point out many other accident benefits available to children that most people are unaware of.

Regardless of what stage you may be at in your personal injury lawsuit, you need to be informed and know your rights.  You are not only caring for an injured child, you will need to make incredible important decisions for their future.  We highly recommend you consult with an experienced child injury lawyer and take the time to decide what’s best for your child and your family. Our Ottawa injury lawyers can help you with this. We understand, we care and we’re here to help.

 


Slip and fall accident results in $125 000 in compensation for bulging disk.

Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers

Compensation for bulging disk

We were pleased to be able to help another Ottawa woman who was recently injured in a slip and fall accident.  A few weeks after her slip and fall accident, she was in severe pain and needed help.  It became apparent that the pain in her lower back was causing her great pain and she would need compensation. We stepped in and took over and had the insurance company pay her $125 000 to compensate her for a bulging disk in her lower back. Our client was very happy with the way was settled without having to go to court.

How to determine the amount of compensation

It is difficult to determine the amount of compensation a certain injury will receive. In fact, it’s not just the injury that determines the compensation amount. The injured occupation, family, dependants, education, recovery, treatments, age, income, etc.. also help determine what amount of compensation will be needed to enjoy a comfortable quality of life moving forward, following the accident.

The role of a personal injury lawyer

We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who help people like this every day. We know what to do to ensure our clients get maximum compensation for their injuries.  We hire and pay for experts to prepare a detailed analysis of all the costs that your injury is causing and will cause in the future.  These reports are incredibly important when it comes to the future and critical for maximum compensation. We’ve helped thousands and we can help you.

Experienced personal injury lawyers will offer you a free consultation and help you determine what your best course of action is. Maximum compensation for injuries such as a bulging disk can vary , but a top personal injury lawyer should be able to give you some indication in your initial free consultation.

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Ottawa to add bicycle paths ? Reduction in Ottawa bicycle accidents and personal injuries ?

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth , Personal Injury Lawyers . Good news for Ottawa cyclists….

Improve Safety in  Ottawa: Reducing bicycle accidents, cycling accidents

Personal injuries occur everyday that could be prevented, including injuries to innocent bicyclists who would be more safe on dedicated bicycle paths in the City of Ottawa. I am happy to share that The City of Ottawa intends to continue development of some key sections of the bicycle network in our city. The NCC may contribute to the initiative with five projects under consideration for 2011, which would help to link current pathways and to set up new pathways with improved access to key institutions, transit stations and communities. The Ottawa Citizen reports that this could cost in the realm of $7.7 million. Ottawa Council approved the long-range Ottawa Cycling Plan in 2008. According to the Ottawa Citizen, The Plan calls for 1,200 new km of bike lanes, multi-use pathways and bike-friendly paved shoulders over 20 years. Council also approved a $26 million spending plan over five years for the first phase of the project, which includes closing some of the gaps. The proposed pathways are designated in the cycling plan as future off-road cycling routes, and in a 2006 report, the NCC referred to four of them as projects to be constructed within 10 years, the staff report says.

The Ottawa Citizen notes that although the city hasn’t made a formal request, the NCC is aware of the staff report’s recommendations and “shares the city’s objectives of improving the pathway network,” said NCC spokesman Jean Wolff. Mona Abouhenidy, the city’s program manager of transportation strategic planning, said the NCC has so far been supportive of making the capital region more cycling-friendly, so she’s hopeful a cost-sharing agreement can be worked out.

Will this lower the rate of Ottawa cycling accidents?

Ottawa City staff are also exploring what other projects could be proposed for next year that wouldn’t involve the NCC.  “The ultimate objective is to create better and safer facilities for cyclists, so it becomes a more attractive mode of transportation,” Abouhenidy said. Between 2000 and 2009, the city added about 160 kilometres of new bike routes to its network. Including projects already underway in 2010, the city will have about 560 kilometres of the routes by the end of the year, Abouhenidy said.

Planners look at what cycling-friendly facilities can be added at the same time as other projects such as road reconstructions are done, she said. And city policies call for pedestrian and cycling facilities to be included on new and reconstructed roads. But it’s more of a challenge to link bike routes in older communities, where rights-of-way are limited and there are competing interests among drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, Abouhenidy said. And, of course, finding the money is always a challenge.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that city councilors such as Clive Doucet (Capital), Diane Holmes (Somerset), Christine Leadman (Kitchissippi), Maria McRae (River) and Rainer Bloess (Innes) were consulted for the staff report because the proposed work takes place in their wards, and all said they support filling the gaps. All but one of the proposed paths are within seven kilometers of Parliament Hill, a distance that takes about 20 minutes cycling at a moderate pace, the report says. They all connect to an off-road route or a street that has a bike lane.

If approved by the transportation committee, the proposal would go before council on Aug. 25. Meanwhile, the city is also conducting a cycling safety study, and on its website is asking for input on dangerous areas. Staff will then analyze up to 20 sites deemed to be well-used but “difficult.” It’s expected the study will be finished by the end of the year, “but an on-going program will be developed based on many of the recommendations made within this project,” according to the city.

The cycling plan will be conducive to a more “green” lifestyle contributing to less of an ecological footprint on our environment and notably, I hope will produce more safety for everyone on the roads, so that we can prevent personal injury and harm form occurring to you and your loved ones.

For more information related to cycling accidents and compensation, visit www.ottawainjury.ca/cycling-accidents/

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