Ontario Injury Award Settlement Amounts: Embrun woman receives compensation for chronic pain, anxiety and psychological issues.

Ottawa personal injury cases and award amounts.

Compensation for Chronic Pain Injury

I often have people call me and describe their Ottawa accident to me and what has happened to them as the result of an accident in Ontario.  They have many questions.  The two that I get asked the most are:

Do I have a case and how much is my case worth?

While every case is different, as all personal injuries and all individuals are different, there are often similarities that run throughout similar cases.

Accident Scenario:

We worked closely with “JM” to ensure she received maximum compensation for her injuries.  JM was a  58-year-old woman from Embrun, Ontario. One day, she was a passenger in a car driven by her husband.  As he went to turn left , they were hit by another vehicle.

Injuries Resulting From Accident:

JM suffered very serious personal injuries including chronic pain, anxiety and psychological difficulties as the result of the accident.

Compensation For Chronic Pain Injury:

After tough negotiations, we were able to get the insurance company to settle without  them having to go to court.  JM received $ 240,000 from the tort action and another $325,000 from her Ontario Accident Benefits Insurer. While this $565 000 will never erase the damage that has been done, it can help JM and her husband adjust to a new life with rehabilitation, benefits and support.  While we wish we could take back the accident for them, we are grateful to have met them and were able to change their lives in some for the better.  Moving forward, we wish them well…

Our Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You:

Our team of dedicated  Ontario injury lawyers are always available by phone, email or visit should you have a question, we would be happy  to provide you with free legal advice and steer you in the right direction. We understand that you may not know where to start. This is normal. Whether you decide to start a case or not, it’s best you know your options so you can make an informed decision. You owe it to yourself and your family.

For more information that relates to compensation for chronic pain and psychological injuries, visit www.ottawainjury.ca/chronic-pain   or www.ottawainjury.ca/psychological-and-mental-injuries

* Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.


Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth with tips to help avoid an Ontario snowmobile accident.

Snowmobile Accident

It s the time of year when many snowmobiling accidents occur.  Every year I help dozens of Ontario snowmobile accident victims who have been injured in snowmobile accidents and are not getting the insurance compensation they desperately need.  There are many dangers associated with outdoor winter activities and snowmobiling is no exception.  Many snowmobile accidents are unavoidable and simply happen.  There are however some things you can do to help minimize your chances of injuring yourself while snowmobiling.

Avoiding a snowmobile accident? It’s important to:

– follow all driving laws; especially the speed limit.

-know where you are going.

-tell others where you are going

-stay off ice that may be dangerous

-obey the speed limits

-do not drink and ride

-ride in a group or use buddy system

-know your vehicle

-ride with a toolkit and first aid safety box

-ride with proper clothing, helmet and equipment

-be aware and obey all trail signs

-if you fall through ice, do not panic. Crawl out of the ice and roll to safety.  Do not stand up until you are clearly on thick ice.

Most of all you common sense and be on high alert.  Snowmobiling is a great, fun outdoor past time. Enjoy it safely and responsibly because a snowmobile accident can happen in an instant.

 

 


Ottawa Police planning to streamline accident reporting process, cut costs and lower Ottawa accident reporting times.

Ottawa Accident Report

Ottawa Police are planning to make improvements to their accident reporting system.  The accident reporting process should then be faster, safer, and more efficient  due to the new technology being used as well as designated Collision Reporting Centres (CRC) in Ottawa.

Motorists who are involved in accidents and who have not suffered injuries and have a vehicle that can still be driven will be able to attend one of the three designated reporting centres (open 7 days a week ) . The accident report will need to be filed within 24 hours. Ottawa’s 3 reporting  centres will be located at 474 Elgin Street, 211 Huntmar Drive and 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard.

On average, it takes 32 minutes before an available officer arrives on an Ottawa accident scene and the accident reporting process takes approximately  72-minutes. Now, with the new system in place, the process will be quicker it will also alleviate traffic around the accident.  Now under the new system, Ottawa accidents will be submitted electronically which will not only save time, it will save money , dropping the cost of each report $249 to $167.

If you plan on starting a personal injury lawsuit, you will need a police report.  Our lawyers can order a copy for you if you do not have a copy. Contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation and let us help you get all the supports and compensation you are entitled to.


Ottawa Police : Canada Road Safety Week , Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth supports Ottawa Police Initiativeottawapolice

As an Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer, I applaud and support the efforts made by the Ottawa Police to make our Ottawa streets a safer place….The Police Service will participate in Canada Road Safety Week which runs from May 16  to May 23. In 2010, there were 30 fatal car accidents that resulted  in the deaths of 34 people in the Ottawa community.  Consequently, the Ottawa Police have made traffic safety a high priority through various initiatives.  One program the Ottawa Police have put in place is the  RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Programs during the evenings of Thursday May 19th and Friday May 20th.  The RIDE Program in Ontario  is led by the police community which runs all year long and involves random police spot checks where vehicles are stopped and drivers are checked for impaired driving.

Police are also actively engaged in Project E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) a collaborative effort of 22 police services, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment whose goal is to change poor driver behavior through education and strategic enforcement.  Sadly, since 1999 48 people have been killed in Ontario as a result of street racing activities . In addition, excessive speed continues to be the leading contributing factor in fatal car accidents.

Ottawa Police focus on Canada’s Road Safety Week

During Canada’s Road Safety Week, Ottawa police will focus on 4 issues:

  • Drinking and driving.
  •  Seat belts and child restraints.
  • Aggressive driving, driving at unsafe speeds, following too closely or running red lights and stop signs.
  • Distracted Driving

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and along with the Ottawa Police, encourage everyone on our roadways to work towards making our Ottawa roads and Ontario roads the safest in the world. Let’s do it Ottawa !

 


Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: Stages of an Ontario Personal Injury Lawsuit

How long does a personal injury lawsuit take in Ontario?

After an accident, your world is turned upside down.  You may have lost a loved one or you may be in pain and unable to do some everyday tasks you once could. You probably have a million questions that need to be answered.

An Ontario personal injury lawyer can help answer any questions you may have that relate to Ontario accidents, personal injury, accident benefits, insurance claims, medical specialists, services available and more …

Most people who come to me as an Ontario personal injury lawyer want to know: how their case will proceed , how long it will take and what is the maximum compensation they are entitled to in Ontario.

There is no one answer to these questions but after reviewing all the facts in your case, an Ontario personal injury lawyer can best give you an idea of what course to take and what compensation you are entitled to.

What happens in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?

Step 1:  

Shortly after you hire an Ontario personal injury lawyer, they will  notify the defendant (i.e. the person’s insurance company who you plan to sue) that you intend to file a claim.

Typically, the  insurance company will try to negotiate directly with you and hope that an Ontario personal injury lawyer does not become involved.

The reason for this is that typically Ontario personal injury lawyers can negotiate  a much much larger settlement amount in compensation.

They know how to develop a personal injury case to show not only what compensation  you need now but what compensation you will need in 20 years from now, as the result of an accident.

 

Step 2:

If the insurance company does not offer you a reasonable amount,  your Ontario personal injury lawyer will commence the lawsuit.  This is done by filing a document called a “Statement of Claim” with the Court office and then serving the defendant with the Statement of Claim.

The insurance company generally have their  own lawyers and will in turn file a “Statement of Defence”.

The Ontario personal injury lawyer and the representative for the insurance company then exchange documents and proceed to “examinations for discovery”.

At the examinations for discovery, each side is asked questions about the accident by the other party’s lawyer.

The best Ontario personal injury lawyers will  arrange medical examinations for you.  The insurance company is also entitled to have you seen by medical professionals it chooses, although there are limits on this right. This is not something you should be afraid of; don’t worry.

 

Step 3:

Your Ontario personal injury lawyer and the insurance company can offer settlement compensation at any point and your Ontario personal injury case can be resolved at any given moment.  A lot of Ontario lawsuits are settled at a “mediation”.

A mediation in Ontario is an attempt to settle the case.  The Ontario personal injury lawyer and the insurance company agree upon  the mediator they want to reach a settlement amount in their personal injury case.

A few months before trial, there will also be a “pre-trial meeting.

 

Step 4:

The pre-trial  meeting is a venue, whereby an Ontario judge can offer input to the Ontario personal injury lawyer, as well as the lawyer for the insurance company. Typically, the Ontario judge will offer their opinions in regards to the strengths and weaknesses of the case.

Often times, cases settle at, or shortly after, the pre-trial meeting. Most Ontario personal injury lawsuits are settled before trial.

However, some lawsuit do not settle and  you will be given a trial date.  The unsuccessful party at trial can appeal the trial decision to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

  

How long does a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario take to resolve?

The length of time it takes to resolve an Ontario personal injury lawsuit depends on many factors:

  • How quickly you respond to your Ontario personal injury lawyer’s requests for information and documents;
  • If the insurance company is cooperative;
  • How long it takes for your doctors to provide a report as to what the long term implications of your personal injuries will be;
  • How much time it takes to prepare and receive reports from doctors, other health professionals and other institutions;
  • How long it takes for the defence lawyer to arrange various defence medical examinations: and
  • How long it takes to obtain a trial date in Ontario.  The sooner you commence your lawsuit, the better.

 

The most important thing you need to do after an accident is recover and rebuild.  You will need help and support. Ask for help from friends and family.  They are for you.  Don’t worry about your Ontario personal injury lawsuit. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will do that for you.

They will represent you and fight on your behalf to ensure that you get everything you need and are entitled to. These are some of the most difficult and stressful times of your life; focus on yourself, family , friends and recovery.  By hiring one of the best Ontario personal injury lawyers, you can concentrate on your recovery.

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Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

mobile (613) 978-9549 / (613) 237-4922 ext.203

 


What do I do at the scene of a motor vehicle accident ? What should I do after the motor vehicle accident ?

What do I do at the scene of an accident ?drivesafely

DO: Remain at the scene of an accident.

  • Call the police and advise of the nature of injuries suffered at the scene of an accident.
  • Provide the following information: your name and address, your vehicle permit number, and the name and address of the owner of the car (if it is not your car).
  • Get the names, address, phone number, vehicle permit number and insurance information from the other driver(s) involved in the accident.
  • Get the names, address, and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw the accident.
  • Write down anything anybody says about how the accident happened.
  • Tell the police officer if you think another driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

DO NOT:

  • Move the vehicles, or any debris, unless they are a potential hazard to other motorists; or
  • Sign documents or discuss the accident with anyone but the police.

What should I do after I’ve been at the scene of an accident ?

DO

  • When you get to the hospital or to your home, you should call your insurance agent immediately.  If you do not have your own insurance you may be entitled under someone else’s policy or through the Ontario’s Superintendent of Insurance through the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund.
  • Make an appointment with your family doctor or attend a walk-in clinic.
  • Take photographs of any damage to your car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle.
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer.
  • If you have any visible injuries, take photographs of these injuries.  Also take photographs of any damaged clothing or belongings.
  • Contact your employer or school and advise them that you were in an accident.
  • Consider your needs for specialized equipment and home modifications.
  • Keep a detailed record of all medications taken, assistance received from family, friends or professionals, all rehabilitation or doctors’ appointments, progress or development in physical, psychological or mental injuries, and all out of pocket expenses including parking, wheel chair rental, ambulance bills etc..
  • Comply with all requirements of the Accident Benefits.
  • Let your personal injury lawyer assist in completing the Accident Benefits forms.

DO NOT

  • Provide any statements to your insurance company until you have consulted with a personal injury lawyer.

If you have any questions at all that relate to personal injury and accidents, please don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

 


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