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 Car Accident
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can honestly say these statistics are alarming . More than 1 million vehicles in Canada are involved in accidents each year.
Here are a few accident statistics from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Road Safety Annual Report 2004:
- Ontario had a population of 12,407,300, of which 8,655,597 were licensed drivers.
- 421,870 drivers were involved in a collision (316,856 property damage only, 93,207 personal injury, 1,208 fatal collisions)
- 136,402 people (not just drivers) were involved in personal injury collisions.
- 799 died (433 drivers, 191 passengers, 104 pedestrians, 19 bicyclists, 47 motorcycle drivers/passengers).
- 3,565 received major injury (admitted to hospital).
- 29,918 received minor injury (went to hospital, treated in emergency room, but not admitted).
- 39,525 received minimal injury (did not go to hospital when leaving the scene of the collision; includes minor abrasions, bruises, complaint of pain).
- 4,505 pedestrians were injured and 104 were killed due to auto accident.
- Lowest risk of accident: males and females 16 years old (at this age, individuals have a G1 license that allows them to drive only with an experience driver, often a parent).
- Highest risk of accident: males 17 years old (6.01% had accidents) and females 18 years old (7.29% had accidents). It seems that, by this age, they are driving on their own. On their own with little experience.
- The percentage of drivers who have a collision, based on age, generally drops lower each year after this for both females and males.
- The good news in this report is that 2004 had the lowest number of fatalities ever recorded in the province. Ontario also had the lowest number of accidents per capita of any jurisdiction in North America.
Every driver, pedestrian and cyclists needs to do their part in reducing the number of car accidents and injuries related to car accidents each year. The statistics don’t lie and there is a lot we can do to lower the number of accidents on our roads each year. Let’s do it.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looks at different vehicles each year and released a study as to which rates roof strength in small SUVs. I feel that this is an important study to keep an eye on. If I were in the market for a new vehicle ( which unfortunately I’m not !) , I would want to know which vehicles hold up best in the event of a car accident. The study to which I am referring to looked specifically at the roofs of cars. As a consumer, I would be thinking about rollover car accidents and how best to protect myself and my passengers.
The study rated as follows:
- Honda Element
- Volkswagen Tiguan
- Subaru Forester
- Jeep Patriot
- Toyota RAV4
- Nissan Rogue
- Suzuki Grand Vitara
- Mitsubishi Outlander
- Chevrolet Equinox/Pontiac Torrent
- Honda CR-V
- Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner
- Kia Sportage/Hundai Tucson
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety statistics indicate that 10,000 people are killed every year in rollover car accidents. Obviously better built roofs do a better job at protecting their passengers , by keeping them in the vehicle . The solid roof also helps to keep the car together on impact.
It makes a lot of sense to me. Drive safely out there !
Ontario Personal Injury Claims: Pain and suffering Compensation. How Much Is My “Pain and Suffering” Worth?
One of the challenges that I face as an Ontario personal injury lawyer in Ottawa is explaining to people who have been seriously injured how much pain and suffering compensation they are entitled to. Each and every case is different. Calculating how much compensation an Ontario accident victim should receive for pain and suffering is also very challenging.
What is Pain and Suffering ? Compensation that lawyers refer to as “non-pecuniary damages”. Most people refer to this type of damages as “pain and suffering”.
How Do Courts Calculate “Pain and Suffering”? Unfortunately, there is no specific answer for calculating pain and suffering. Each case is very unique. What a judge does when determining compensation for pain and suffering is evaluate how the personal injury has affected the victim’s ability to function in everyday life and how the injury has effected the person’s enjoyment of life. From there compensation is calculated.
In other words, how have your injuries affected your normal day to day activities; ability to work; and your normal amenities of life? Your personal relationships ? How do your injuries affect the way you interact with your friends and family? Your co-workers ?
Maximum Award compensation for Pain and Suffering. The Supreme Court of Canada has placed a limit on the amount of compensation that accident victims are entitled to receive for non-pecuniary damages for pain and suffering. To date, the maximum compensation is slightly more than $300,000.00. The maximum amount is only paid to the most catastrophically injured victims (quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury etc..) .
If you are considering a claim for compensation and live in Ontario, it is important to have an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer assisting you collect all the necessary information you need to make a detailed claim. Which will in turn, help assess your damages claim for pain and suffering. The best Ontario personal injury lawyers can help ensure you prepare your case properly, in a manner that will show the courts the amount of pain and suffering you are living with and the need for maximum compensation for you not only today but for the rest of your life.
I have been representing victims of serious personal injuries for over 10 years, helping injured victims get maximum compensation for their personal injuries.
Contact me for a free consultation. Home and hospital visits. Contact www.ottawainjury.ca
David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer has a team of professional working with him in the area of Accident Benefits. Following is a summary of the most commonly-accessed accident benefits. It is not a complete list of all available benefits.
- Income replacement. You are entitled to 80% of your net income to a maximum of $400 per week if you are substantially unable to perform the essential tasks of your occupation or employment during the first 104 weeks. Thereafter, you can continue to receive these benefits as long as you are continuously disabled from any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by education, training and experience for up to $400 a week or 80% of your net income.
- You may receive non-earner benefits of up to $185 a week if you are not employed. If you suffer a complete inability to carry on a normal life as a result of the injuries from the accident. No benefits are payable under this category for the first six months after the accident.
- Caregiver costs of up to $250 a week, if you were the primary caregiver of a person in need (with whom you were residing), plus $50 for each additional person in need of care
- Medical and rehabilitation costs (above OHIP) to a maximum of $100,000 for up to 10 years for a non-catastrophic injury, and up to $1,000,000 for the rest of the victim’s life in the case of a catastrophic injury.
- Special Attendant Care of up to $3,000 a month for two years for a non-catastrophic injury, and up to $6,000 a month for the victim’s lifetime for a catastrophic injury.
- Housekeeping and Home Maintenance of up to $100 per week.
- Death Benefits of $25,000 for the spouse of the victim; $10,000 for each of the victim’s dependents; $10,000 to the person who cared for the victim; up to $6,000 for funeral expenses.
- Travel Expenses for family members or those living with the accident victim for their visiting costs during treatment or recovery.
- Lost Education benefits for students to a maximum of $15,000.
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.