Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: How to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Good morning Ottawa ! It is cold out there today and very slippery. There is a layer of ice on the ground and its hard to see , as last night’s snow is covering the ground.  This is typically when slip and fall accidents happen. With the holidays here we are all out just a little more, shopping and visiting with others and often we are carrying bags or presents. This, coupled with our weather conditions contribute to a higher incidence of slip and fall accidents.  Slip and fall accidents  in Canada makeup more than 50% of all personal injuries . Slip and falls accidents are the primary cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings such as shopping malls.

As a property owner, it’s also important that you keep your property as safe as possible. This means keeping your walkways and steps clear of ice.  Property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is reasonably safe.  This not only means ensuring steps and walkways are cleared away in a reasonable manner, it also means  your home doesn’t have structural defects, hazardous conditions have been addressed.

Yes, accidents do happen but many accidents are preventable. There are things you can do to lower your risk of a slip and fall accident such as watching for ice, wearing proper footwear, walking slowly, keeping your hands free in case you do fall.

Common Slip & Fall Injuries include:

slip and fall accident

Our injury lawyers help with:

  • Fractures
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bulging Discs
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Spinal Injuries

Although a slip and fall accident doesn’t seem as serious as a car accident, some injuries are more serious and can leave an individual with a lifetime of pain and a decreased quality of life. Some people suffer such serious injuries from a slip and fall accident, that they are unable to return to work.

Financial compensation for slip and fall accidents

If you have suffered from a slip & fall accident you may be entitled to maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of income and health costs, depending on whether or not you are able to establish negligence.  This is where our Ottawa personal injury lawyers excel. We have helped thousands of people and we can help you with your slip and fall accident and make sure you are well taken care of now and in the future.

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Ontario Accident Benefits Forms Disability Certificate OCF-3 , Ontario Insurance Claims Forms

What is an OCF-3 Disability Certificate?

If you have been injured in an accident in Ontario, you will likely need medical help and you may even need legal help.  Your insurance company is often one of the first calls that get made.  Typically, your insurance company will start your claim by sending you a package to complete.  In this package, you will be required to fill out many detailed forms. These forms are extremely important and often are of great importance when it comes time to settling your case.  That is why it is so important to make sure they are filled out correctly. Insurance companies can deny a claim if there is misleading information on the forms.

OCF 3: Disability Certificate

One of the first forms to fill out is the OCF 3; otherwise known as the Disability Certificate  OCF-3. The OCF-3 Disability form needs to filled out by you and your health practitioner (this could be your chiropractor, dentist, occupational therapist, nurse practitioner, optometrist, physician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist or speech language pathologist). Your insurance company  will pay for the completed OCF-3. There is no expense charged to you.

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If you or a loved has been injured in an Ontario car  accident and you are  applying for Accident Benefits, you must fill out a Disability Certificate. Your doctor will need to fill out a Disability Certificate  OCF-3 from your insurance company. The OCF-3 Disability Certificate form can be found at the  Financial Services Commission of Ontario site. The manner in which this is filled out is extremely important. It is important to be completely honest with your doctor and have your doctor fill out the form in as much detail as possible. It’s important to include all personal injuries on the form, including psychological injuries, any mental injuries, emotional injuries etc.. Be as detailed as possible.  The last thing you want is to be suffering from an injury down the road and have the insurance company deny your claim because you didn’t give all the information at the time of the accident. You may need therapy later on and not know it at the time of your injury. Somethings to keep in mind…

Have you been previously injured in an accident? Do you suffer from pre-existing conditions ? Some pre-existing conditions could affect the outcome of your claim. Your doctor needs to be extremely thorough. What other injuries does your doctor suspect go along with your injury? Do you get headaches? Are you having trouble with bright lights, loud noises? Are there  neurological injuries? Areyou having concentration difficulties? Do you feel pain anywhere else? This all needs to be documented on your Disability Certificate  OCF-3 form.

Where an Ontario Injury Lawyer can help with a Disability Certificate  OCF-3 form. 

Some of the OCF-3 Disability Certificate is fairly standard. You need to complete  your name, date of birth, gender, address, and employment status.

Another section of the Disability Certificate OCF-3 requires you fill out all insurance information. If you were a pedestrian at the time of the car accident,  you are required to fill out the insurance information of the other driver that hit you. This information can also be found on the Police Report. If  neither drivers or accident victims have insurance there is a special fund set up by the government called  Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund. It is difficult tobe considered for this fund and it would be best if you ge the help of an Ontario injury lawyer when making a claim to the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund.

The most difficult section of  the Disability Certificate OCF-3  is the third section . It is in this section that accident victims must fill out the details of the car accident and indicate what personal injuries resulted from the accident. You need to make sure that all the information provided in this section is the same information given in your police report. Take your time and fill it out careful.  It is always best to consult with your Ontario injury lawyer to make sure you do not write anything that might jeopardize your case.

The next section of the Disability Certificate OCF-3 form is the section that requires you to enlist the help of your family doctor, surgeons, therapists, physiotherapist, psychologist, speech language pathologist, or any other health care professional listed on the form OCF-3.  Not only do they need to identify your injuries, they also need to give an opinion on your recovery status.  Your health professionals must decide if you are capable to return to work and day in/day out activities. This is particularly challenging as often only time will tell in these situations.

Filing out complex insurance forms can be very difficult and stressful.  It shouldn’t be ! You are already dealing with enough. As some of the most dedicated Ottawa personal injury lawyers, we  help all of our personal injury clients fill out these forms correctly, so as not to jeopardize anything .  There is far too much at risk and we want to help.  We can help.If you have a question,or would simply just like some help filling out your Disability Certificate OCF-3, we would be happy to help. We won’t charge you. These are forms we fill out every day and it is far easier for us to do, than for you to do.  Let us help you and you can focus on your recovery. Feel free to call us at (613) 978-9549 or email [email protected]

 

What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer…What are the signs of a concussion?  There are many different signs and symptoms of a concussion. Some are obvious and others  subtle.  Some conscussion signs may appear immediately and others may not be for days or even months. 

The most common signs of a concussion are headache, amnesia, confusion or loss of consciousness.

Other signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • headache or pressure in the head
  • slurred speech
  • loss of consciousness
  • confusion
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • no recollection of event
  • dizziness or blurred vision
  • “ringing” in the ears

Often times, after an injury signs appear later on. Often times people with a concussion may exhibit:

  • difficulty with concentration and memory
  • irritability and personality changes
  • eyes and ears are sensitive to light and noise
  • difficulty sleeping
  • depression
  • tastebuds and smell are off

Symptoms of a child concussion
Head trauma or concussions are particularly hard to identify in young children,  infants and toddlers because they have difficulty communicating how they feel.

Typical signs of a concussion in a child

  • tires easily
  • irritable or cranky
  • loss of appetite
  • trouble sleeping
  • uninterested
  • loss of balance

It is always best to have your child checked by a doctor if you suspect they may have a head injury.  Because their skulls are so soft and developing, there is a greater chance of a severe head injury occurring.  If your child is alert, moves normally and is able to respond, the head injury is probably mild and typically will heal.  If this is the case with your child and they are tired it’s OK to let them sleep. If worrisome signs develop later and you are worried, then bring them immedicately to your doctor or emergency facility.

Bring your child immediately for emergency help if you suspect a head injury and they are exhibiting the following signs:

  • vomiting
  • continued persistance of a headache
  • changes in behavior displaying irritability
  • changes in physical coordination, including stumbling or clumsiness
  • confusion: does no’t know day,events etc…
  • slurred speech
  • dilated or uneven pupils
  • difficulty breathing
  • lasting or recurrent dizziness
  • discharge from nose or ears
  • large head bumps or bruises
  • loss of consciousness ( more than a minute)
  • repeated vomiting
  • seizures
  • symptoms that worsen over time

Concussions and sports injury
If you have injured yourself and suspect you have a head injury , you should absolutely allow yourself to rest. Avoid playing sports or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present. It is recommended that people who suspect they have a concussion should return to their sporting activity until a doctor has given them the “green light”.

—-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: [email protected] (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 !

 


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.

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