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.

 


Should you settle your accident claim? Talk to a personal injury lawyer first.

Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario David Hollingsworth. I often get phone calls from people who have been in accidents and need some advice.  In some cases they have been in an accident in Ontario and have been receiving accident benefits from their insurance company and have been made an offer from their insurance adjuster.  The question most have is : Is it enough ?

All along, you may have been sorting through the paperwork on your own and speaking with the insurance adjuster regularly.  Over the course of time, relationships are developed and when it comes time to settling , it’s tough to know whether or not a settlement offer is fair. Most insurance companies are fair; however some try to settling a claim for the least amount of money possible as this is their business after all.

I would advise anyone to contact a personal injury lawyer and have them review your case before you accept any settlement offer.  Most Ottawa personal injury lawyers offer free consultations , so you have nothing to lose.  You can however gain from this free consultation.  In some cases,  people can double and triple  the amount of compensation they receive. It’s absolutely worth looking into.  It’s important that you know your potions and an experienced personal injury lawyer can help steer you in the right direction and can make sure you are receiving maximum compensation for you and your family. There are many, many expenses that are covered under your accident benefits that might surprise you.

Yes, you may want to settle your insurance claim so you can start rebuilding your life after an accident.  Getting better and rebuilding your life is your number one priority; however you might not be able to rebuild the way you want to without the proper amount of compensation.  That’s where the best personal injury lawyers can make all the difference.

If you aren’t sure whether or not to settle your claim, do yourself and your family a favour and consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  You owe it to yourself !

 


May is motorcycle safety and Ottawa police focusing on drivers running red lights.

Ottawa Police and Ottawa Motorcycle Accidents

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. The Ottawa Police are looking to reduce Ottawa accidents by focusing on drivers who run red lights. There will also be a strong focus on  motorcycle safety this month. Between  2007 and 2011, Ottawa Police helped out with 795 Ottawa area motorcycle accidents, which resulted in  557 people suffering personal injuries  and 14 died as a result of motorcycle accidents.

Drivers who ran red lights were the cause of 4,042 Ottawa area accidents during those same years.  As a result of those Ottawa accidents, 8 people died and 1,875 suffered personal injuries. Ottawa police also noted that 18,000 accidents in Ottawa between 2007 and 2011 were caused by distracted drivers.

I appreciate all the efforts our Ottawa Police are making to keep our roads safe.

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David Hollingsworth has developed a top team of Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer . His Ottawa  injury team dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario residents  receive all the help, support and maximum compensation following an accidents. For more information relating to Ottawa accidents, Ontario insurance compensation, personal injury compensation or events in our community, contact us at david@ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549


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.

What are you waiting for?


Ottawa woman receives injury compensation for slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Ottawa

Our slip and fall accident lawyers are proud to have been able to help another Ontario accident victim.  Last month, we help a 41 year old woman receive $125 000.00 in compensation for lower back pain and a bulging disk after she slipped and fell on private property.  We were able to step in for her and take over the claim with the insurance company who finally agreed to a much larger sum of compensation.  Although our client will continue to suffer from her personal injuries, she will be able to receive some medical support and financial compensation. Our client was so thankful for our help and we were pleased to be able to secure and exceed the compensation she was hoping for.

In Ontario, we have so many slip and fall accidents daily. Some have very few consequences and others have devastating personal injuries. Sadly, our climate  plays a huge role in Ontario slip and fall accidents.  We have very cold and extreme temperatures and consequently our roads, sidewalks and pathways are not always safe.  As a property owner it is your job to ensure your property is as safe as possible.  This means salting, clearing, mopping or whatever it takes to try to ensure that no one is at risk while on your property.

If you are unsure of your responsibilities as a property owner or if you have slipped and injured yourself and have a question, feel free to email me david@ottawainjury.ca

“We understand, we care and we’re here to help”


Kanata accident Terry Fox and Hazeldean Road results in personal injury.

Kanata Accident

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates…An Ottawa  accident has left a 52-year-old woman with personal injuries following and accident yesterday morning, close to Terry Fox Drive and Hazeldean Road in Kanata. The car crashed into a construction zone and fell into an opening in the road. I wish her a full and speedy recovery.

Kanata Personal Injury Lawyers

Our lawyers are highly experienced in accident and insurance claims and know the ins and outs of how to get maximum compensation. Some accidents look bad but thankfully , the driver and their passengers suffer very little injury.  Other car accidents don’t seem that bad, yet  someone in that accident suffered serious, life-changing injuries. No one knows exactly what each injury will mean and what supports will be needed until they are examined by top medical professional.  When we meet with new clients, our first goal is to get them on a road to recovery.  We refer our clients and work closely with some of the top medical professional in Ottawa and Toronto and throughout eastern Ontario. Health is always first and foremost.  Once our lawyers feel confident that our clients are receiving top medical care, we can then focus on maximizing their insurance claims. There are many Ontario Accident Benefits available through insurance, it’s important to know what to ask for and how much to expect.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have an incredibly high success rate when it comes to accessing all the accident benefits for our clients as well as getting them maximum compensation moving forward.  There is compensation for pain and suffering. We understand how stressful and difficult it is to be injured and we also ensure you are compensated for this .


Alfred Ontario accident results in death and serious personal injury.

Accident Alfred Ontario

Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Tragically,a 53-year-old woman from Alfred, Ontario died after a head-on collision last night on County Road 17. The accident happened at approximately 8:45 p.m. ,  outside of Alfred, Ontario .  The woman collided with an oncoming Mazda vehicle. The driver of the Mazda was rushed to a hospital in Hawkesbury with serious, but thankfully non life-threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is unknown and police are investigating.  My thoughts go out to both families at this difficult time.

Our personal injury lawyers travel throughout eastern Ontario to meet with people who have been injured and need advice.  Most people take us up on our free consultation offer and we sit and discuss all the options available in terms of what insurance companies will cover and how much compensation one can expect.  Armed with this knowledge, our clients are able to make an informed decision on whether or not they want to start a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario.

Hawkesbury Accident Lawyers

Our lawyers will travel to you.  We have clients in Hawkesbury, Casselman, Alexandria, Cumberland, Alfred and Winchester to name a few. If you require any information related in insurance claims or compensation for personal injury, we would be happy to help free of charge. We want our clients to be informed !


Ottawa accident Parkdale and Tunney’s pasture: Man in scooter suffers serious head injury.

Ottawa Accident Tunney’s Pasture

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth…Sadly, a 67 year old man suffered serious personal injury and remains in stable condition when his scooter was hit by another vehicle in Hintonburg. Ottawa Paramedics arrived at the Ottawa accident scene at Parkdale and Tunney’s Pasture mid morning yesterday.  When they arrived, the man was  confused and a his scooter destroyed . He suffered serious personal injuries to his face, head and hands.  Ottawa Police are looking into the cause of this Ottawa accident. If you have any information that might help their investigation, please contact the Ottawa Police. I wish this man a full and speedy recovery.

Tunney’s Pasture is a very high traffic area with many pedestrians.  Depending on the time of day, Scott St, Parkdale and Holland can all be incredibly busy. Drivers need to be extra vigilant and pedestrians also need to walk with their heads up and eyes open.

There have been many Ottawa accidents in the Tunneys Pasture area. Although the intersections are well designed and safety measures are in place, there continue to be accidents.

Is a scooter a motor vehicle ?

In this particular accident, the injured man was driving a scooter.  A scooter is considered to be a motor vehicle .  A scooter, like a car, has it’s own insurance policy.  What this means is that there are Ontario accident benefits available to this man in the form of rehabilitation benefits, physiotherapy, counselling etc.. Depending on who is at fault in this scooter accident, the driver may also have a tort claim against the other driver of the vehicle involved in the accident.

If you have been injured in an accident and aren’t sure if whether or not you should start a personal injury lawsuit, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Once you share with us some facts about your accident, we can give you an educated opinion on whether or not you should commence a lawsuit and how much in support and compensation you might expect.


Ottawa accident Champlain Bridge results in serious person injury.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A terrible Ottawa accident has resulted in a 16-year-old boy being in an Ottawa hospital in serious condition, as well as 2 others being hurt following an early morning accident on the Champlain Interprovincial Bridge. Ottawa Police reported that the 16-year-old was the driver and was heading  towards Island Park Drive when it hit a minivan heading towards Aylmer at about 3:30 a.m. Ottawa Paramedics assessed 3 people and the youth had to be extricated from the car.  He suffered serious injuries including chest and pelvis injuries and was rushed to an Ottawa hospital.

The two men in the minivan, aged 47 and 55, also suffered chest pain and they were brought to an Ottawa hospital in stable condition.

My thoughts are with everyone involved in this terrible accident.I hope all involved can fully recover…Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Kemptville school van accident results in tragic death Cameron Beauregard

Kemptville Accident

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

…update..I’m sad to share with you that Cameron Beauregard has died as the result of this terrible, tragic accident .  My condolences to all his family and friends..

original post: It was reported in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper that a terrible Kemptville accident has left an 18-year-old high school student with the Catholic school board in hospital with serious personal injuries. He was travelling in the school van and was involved in a head on accident . The van was travelling northeast when the accident took place at around 3 p.m. on County Road 18 , outside of Oxford Mills.  The details of the accident are that the school van  crossed into the other lane of traffic and collided with a second van carrying a 24-year-old woman and an infant  passenger. The woman also suffered personal injuries and thankfully the toddler was uninjured. All five people were taken to hospital in Kemptville. Unfortunately the  18-year-old passenger was so severely injured that he needed to be transferred to a hospital in Ottawa. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very stressful time…

Accidents like this are devastating for an entire community.  Losing an 18 year old is a tragedy and not something any family should ever have to face.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers understand the devastation that our clients are living with when they come to us.  We are here for our families and clients in every way possible.  There is much grief and healing that needs to take place and this requires a lot of support. Through accident benefits, our lawyers are able to put these supports in place to hopefully help in the healing process. We know that no amount of financial compensation is ever going to make you feel better about losing a loved one.  We wan to help you rebuild a life comfortably and with the supports and compensation you need.