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.


How to prevent motorcycle accidents..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer…www.ottawainjury.ca  It’s that time of year again when we will start seeing more and more motorcycles on our Ontario roads. Motorcycle drivers are much less protected on their vehicles and therefore need to take all safety steps possible to prevent accidents and personal injury. As well, all drivers need to be aware that we share our Ontario roads with motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles. 

Thankfully Transport Canada has reported that the rate of deaths related to motor vehicle is slowly declining; however, the rate of motorcycle fatalities is on the rise. There are many possible reasons why this may be so.  There may be more motorcycles on the roads. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 45 to 54 are the most common ages amongst motorcycle drivers.

Ontario motorcycle helmet use has improved. Unfortunately3.1 % of motorcycle riders still drive their motorcycles without one. Head injuries are still the leading cause of deaths involving motorcycle accidents and motorcycle drivers without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and also 15% more likely to suffer serious personal injuries. A study that was previously done indicated that helmets saved 1,800 lives of motorcycle riders involved in accidents in 2007.

Please drive and ride safely  …

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.

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Ottawa cycling- How to avoid a child bicyle accident – Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca  Hopefully that gorgeous warm Ottawa weather we had last week will be back very soon.  When the warm weather comes back so will the many children on their bicycles.  It’s important to remember that these little ones haven’t formally been taught the “rules of the road”.  I have a few reminders here for you to read and discuss with your child.  I also wanted to remind us all to slow down when approaching these little guys on back.  some of them are just learning to drive a bicycle and could veer off the sidewalk at any time.  Some cyclists are also just learning the rules when it comes to sharing the road.  Please be patient and extra cautious…Enjoy this upcoming spring Ottawa !

Child Cycling Safety :

Always obey all street signs and signals.

-Always walk your bicycle while crossing the street.
-Cross the street at the corners only
 -Do not drive a bicycle after dark or in dangerous weather.
-Check carefully..STOP and look to the left, to the right and then the left again before entering traffic
-Use the right-hand side of the road, and ride in the same direction as traffic. don’t double up with your friend. —Ride your bicycle single file.
-Use bicycle safety hand signals.

-Always wear bright coloured clothing and reflective clothing and accessories so cars can see you.
-Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits well.

Most of all use common safe and cycle safely !

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa Injury Lawyer :How long does it take for an Ontario personal injury lawsuit to settle ?

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…How long does an Ontario personal injury lawsuit case take to settle?

Well, that’s an excellent question and there isn’t one straight forward answer.  The length of time it takes  for an Ontario personal injury lawsuit to resolve depends on several factors. The most important determining factors of an Ontario personal injury law suit are:

-The severity of your personal injuries..you will need time to determine the extent of the personal injury

-How quickly  information and documents are gathered

-How much cooperation your Ontario personal injury lawyer receives from the insurance defence lawyer

-The recommendations from your medical professionals

-How long it takes to gather all medical records

-If the case settles before trial

-How long it takes to obtain a trial date .

There are many steps along the way designed to reach a settlement without having to go to trial.  Most Ontario personal injury law suits settle before having to have a trial.  As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I have settled close to 100% of all my Ontario personal injury law suits without having to go to trail. There are stages in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit such as mediation, examination for discovery and settlement conferences that are steps in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit designed to avoid a trial.  I typically settle most of my Ontario personal injury lawsuits at these stages. 

The most important factor in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit in terms of time, is to make sure you take the time to do it right.  There is too much at stake not to. You may have your personal injuries for the rest of your life and you and your family need to be properly compensated .

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Steps Ontario personal injury lawsuits :What is an examination for discovery ?

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca  Steps of an Ontario Personal Injury Lawsuit : Examination for Discovery

What is an Examination for Discovery in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?    An examination for discovery is a very important step of an Ontario personal injury lawsuit.  It allows for questions to be asked under oath. It also allows both sides to share documents that relate to the Ontario personal injury lawsuit. All parties in an Ontario law suit have an obligation to list and give copies of all documents that are relevant to the Ontario personal injury law suit in a sworn affidavit. This is often the time when additional evidence will surface. This is also the stage in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit when the insurance company will be able to ask the accident victim questions.  Not to worry, your Ontario personal injury lawyer will be there to ensure that all the questions being asked are fair. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will also prepare you for an examination for discovery ahead of time so you know what to expect. A court reporter will also be present to record the examination for discovery.

Sometimes in an examination for discovery, a question may be asked and the witness does not know the answer. Often times the Ontario personal injury lawyer and the lawyer for the insurance company will agree that the question can be answered later in writing as an undertaking.  Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will help prepare the undertaking and assist you in answering any undertakings.

An examination for discovery often “gets all the cards out on the table”.  The examination for discovery gives both sides a clear picture of all the facts in the Ontario personal injury law suit and allows for better communication and better chances of settling the Ontario personal injury lawsuit before it goes to court.

If you have any questions at all about your Ontario accident or your Ontario personal injury lawsuit, fell free to contact us.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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What's in your winter emergency car kit? , Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworths shares…

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A car break down or accident is never good, but it is worse during the winter months. A few inexpensive items kept in your car during winter months can help increase your safety and the safety of your loved ones. It is always wise to have an emergency kit in your car in case you ever need it. I came across some information on a website dedicated to cars and car safety, written by Aaron Gold. I thought I would share it with you as a reminder to us all as we head into the colder winter months here in Ottawa. 

In the event of an emergency…

1. Get assistance !

Roadside assistance: Most new cars include a roadside assistance program which will provide towing if your car breaks down. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is  probably the best-known and most reliable third-party roadside assistance program in Canada.

Mobile phone and car charger: If you don’t have a mobile phone, and if you can, buy an inexpensive pre-paid unit to keep in your car so you can call for assistance. Make sure you have a car charger; some phones can also be charged from your car’s USB port.

OnStar: On many new cars, the OnStar system can get a live operator on the phone with the press of a button, and will automatically summon help if your car’s airbags deploy. Don’t forget, OnStar relies on the vehicle electrical system, so carry a cell phone as a backup.

2. Stay safe !

Emergency flares and/or hazard triangles: Winter accidents often result in damage to your car’s taillights, which means your hazard flashers will not work. In a snowstorm, other cars may not see your car until it’s too late to avoid it. Set out flares or hazard triangles to warn cars and avoid a second collision. If your car goes off the road in deeper snow, these items can also help emergency services find you and your vehicle.

First aid kit – Bad weather may delay emergency workers, so it’s a good idea to carry a basic first aid kit.

Small LED flashlight: Don’t rely on the vehicle’s electrical system for light — if it’s working, LEAVE IT-you want to conserve the car’s battery as long as possible. LED flashlights use much less energy than regular incandescent flashlights, making them a great choice for your emergency kit. The Mini Maglite LED is more expensive than many small flashlights, but its construction makes it well worth the price.

3. Stay warm

Emergency blanket: Cars use the engine to produce heat, so if the engine breaks, so does the heater. Even if the engine is working – say, after a car accident – running it can be dangerous, because if the exhaust system has rust holes or damage, fatal exhaust fumes can creep back into the passenger compartment. Besides, your car may not be the safest place to be in an emergency. Emergency blankets are small, light and cheap. Buy extras if you frequently travel with passengers.

Ski hats: Experts say that 30 to 40 % of body heat can be lost through the head. Carry a few inexpensive winter hats, large enough to cover the ears.

4. Keep busy !

Children’s books or games: If you travel with children, keep a few emergency children’s activities stowed away to fight boredom and keep the kids occupied while you wait for rescue.  

Non-perishable snacks: Munchies help pass the time and will keep your energy and morale up while you wait for rescue.

Where to carry your emergency kit?

The most logical place to store your emergency kit would be the trunk. The problem is if you’re in an accident that damages the rear end of the car, you may not be able to get the trunk open. Instead, carry your emergency kit in a small duffel bag stored in the passenger’s footwell, where it can be easily accessed by the driver . If your kit includes flares and you travel with children, store the flares in the trunk and keep a backup hazard triangle in the bag.

Most importantly , stay safe !!!

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer on Hallowe'en Safety Tips…

Happy Hallowe’en everyone.   Before you head out tomorrow night , please take a minute  to review these Hallowe’en safety tips from the Red Cross… My children are quite excited for the big day , as are most.  We have finally decided on a lamb, a witch and a glowstick guy ! Looking forward to seeing all the kids. Enjoy your night everyone and please be safe !!!                                                           -Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common practices to keep events safer and more fun!

  • Costumes should be light-colored and flame resistant with reflective strips so that children are more easily seen at night.  (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)
  • Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.
  • Remind children to keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
  • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover the eyes.
  • Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks – not in the street.
  • Explain to children that calls should be made along one side of the street first and then the other, and that it’s best to cross the street only at intersections or crosswalks.
  • Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
  • Provide yourself or the children with a flashlight to see better and to be better seen.
  • Have children plan their route and share it with you and the family. 
  • Trick or Treaters should travel in groups of four or five.  Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Make sure children know they should accept treats at the door and must not get into cars or enter the homes or apartments of strangers.
  • Remind children not to eat their treats and goodies until they are examined by an adult at home.  And candy should not be eaten if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
  • Make sure you and your children know where the Block Parent houses are located in the neighborhood.
  • Set agreed-to boundaries with your children.  Explain the importance of staying within them and arriving home on time.
  • Injury is no accident. Prepare! Stay Safe! Survive!  

    ———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for a free consultation and  more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549

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

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    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 !