Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth supporting Helmet Day : 46 Ontario stores offering discounts on helmets.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… I strongly urge everyone, children and adults to wear a helmet. It really could save your life. I meet daily with people involved in accidents and in some cases they are severely injured, but alive thanks to a helmet.  Please celebrate Helmet Day tomorrow by purchasing  a new helmet. 46 Ontario retailers across the region have agreed to participate in this event. The following locations are offering discounts tomorrow. Simply visit a participating store and purchase your helmet for helmet day discount,

This event is for everyone (children, youth, adults, and seniors) and all kinds of helmets will be available., whether you bike, rollerblade, skateboard, ski, or play hockey.

The following retailers are supporting this very important initiative and are offering discounts:

Store: Top of the World Location: 158 Rideau Street Discount: 15% off all Helmets and Safety Gear (Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards)

Store: Antique Skate Location: 9 Florence Street Discount: 15% off all skateboard helmets and equipment

Store: Bushtukah Locations (2 locations): 5607 Hazeldean Road, 203 Richmond Road  Discount: 25% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: The Cyclery Location: 115 Bank Street Discount: 20% off all Helmets and Safety Equipment (Bells, Lights, and Reflective Tape)

Store: Dinardo’s Skis & Wheels Location: 44 Northside Road  Discount: Will pay the taxes on all helmets purchased on Helmet Day

Store: Euro Sports Location: 13 Bullman Street Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Joe Mamma Location: 767 Bank Street Discount: 25% off all helmets in stock

Store: Foster’s Sports Centre Location: 305 Bank Street  Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Fresh Air Experience  Location:1291 Wellington Street Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Full Cycle Location: 401 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 15% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: Kunstadt  Locations (3 locations): 680 Bank Street, 1583 Bank Street, 463 Hazeldea Discount: 30% of all helmets

Store: Lacroix Source for Sports Location: 2062 St. Joseph Blvd Discount: 20% discount on all hockey helmets

Store: McCranks Location: 889 Bank Street Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Mountain Equipment Coop Location: 366 Richmond Road Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: On Deck Skateboard Shop Location: 141 Bentley Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Orleans Cycles Location: 2404 St.Joseph Boulevard Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Pecco’s Location (2 locations):  86 Murray Street, 85 Du Portage (Gatineau, QC)   Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Phat Moose Cycles Location: 98 Hawthorne Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Rebec and Kroes Location: 2679 Alta Vista Drive Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Sport Chek Location (12 locations):  Ottawa: Kanata Centrum: 785 Kanata Av, Merivale Mall : 1642 Merivale Rd, Place D’Orléans: 110 Place D’Orleans Dr, Riocan Marketplace: 125 Riocan Av, St.Laurent: 1200 St Laurent Blvd, Surrounding Areas: Belleville, ON: 390 North Front Street #200, Cobourg, ON: 1111 Elgin Street West , Cornwall, ON:  501 Tollgate W, Lindsay, ON: 401 Kent Street West, Kingston, ON: 945 Gardiners Road, Pembroke, ON: 1100 Pembroke Street East #503
Peterborough, ON: 645 Lansdowne Street West  Discount: 20% off last ticketed price on all bike helmets

Store: Sportek Location: 1020 Pleasant Park Road Discount: 20% off helmets if customer mentions “Helmet Day”

Store: Sports Experts  Location: 100 Bayshore Drive, 4338 Innes Road, 50 Rideau Street , 1226 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 25% off all regular priced helmet

Store: Tall Tree Cycles Location: 255 Richmond Road Discount: 20 % off all helmets

Store: Tommy and Lefebvre Location:  464 Bank Street, 250 Centrum Boulevard
499 Terry Fox Drive , 2525 Lancaster Road, 3777 Strandherd Discount: 20% off any Helmet purchase or a BUY one receive the second helmet FREE (equal or lesser value)

Please , please , please take care of your head and brain. A brain injury and head injury can happen to anyone and can change your life forever. Be a good role model for your children and strap a helmet on !


Ontario injury lawyer: What does an Ottawa personal injury lawyer do ?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…What does an Ottawa personal injury lawyer do?

Ottawa personal injury lawyers help Ontario accident victims and their families get the help, support and compensation they need following an accident in Ontario. An Ottawa personal injury lawyer not only represents and negotiates for you when it comes to your insurance claim, they also help in rebuilding lives after an Ontario accident. The best Ottawa personal injury lawyers work closely doctors, social worker and the entire rehabilitative team to ensure that accident victims have the best possible recovery. An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help refer accident victims to specialists and help locate resources in the community.

As an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, I specialize in the following areas:

Ontario Spinal Cord Injury, Ontario Brain Injury, Ontario Amputation Injury, Ontario Head Injury, Ontario Whiplash Injury, Ontario Slip and Fall Accidents, Ontario Wrongful Death Accidents, Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ontario Orthopedic Injury, Ontario Broken Bones Accidents, Ontario Catastrophic Injury, and Ontario Traumatic Injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Ontario car accident, there is help and support available to you.  You do not have to do this on your own. Contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for help.

Ottawa and eastern Ontario freezing rain : Tips for driving in icy conditions, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers, Ottawa Accident Lawyer…Listen up Ottawa ! A freezing rain warning issued by Environment Canada for Ottawa and parts of Eastern Ontario is expected to continue throughout tonight and into the morning. The freezing rain has contributed to over 50 reported car accidents in Ottawa today and is suspected to be a contributing factor to a serious accident on highway 401 this morning that partially closed highway 401 for close to 9 hours,  near Kingston. Leaving over 100 cars stuck for hours.

Many school boards have closed cancelled their busses. The Upper Canada District School Board cancelled all buses but schools remained open. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario also cancelled all buses.

Ontario Provincial Police , Ottawa police and I are warning commuters to drive slowly on the icy roads in eastern Ontario. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I also want to caution pedestrians to be careful while walking on Ottawa’s roads and sidewalks.  Cars may not be able to stop .Please keep your head up and be extra vigilant. Drivers need to also be aware that the sidewalks and roads are slippery and consequently be a lot more aware of pedestrians. The following are a few driving safety tips for driving in icy conditions.

  • If your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal. The last thing you want to do is give your car more gas. Slow down when you are driving on ice or in any winter conditions.
  • Don’t slam the brakes. Yes, it may be a natural instinct to slam on the brakes; however this will cause your vehicle to lose control and continue sliding. Pump your brake pedal gently instead of pushing down hard.
  • Look for dangerous trouble spots ahead. If you suspect that there is ice ahead, downshift to a lower gear before you hit the ice. The lower gear will allow you to drive more slowly and allow for better control of your vehicle.

  • 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 for a free consultation and  more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email  (613) 978-9549

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    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.


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

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    Social Host Liability..Do whatever it takes to keep your guests safe..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

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    It’s that time of year again- Holiday parties and family get togethers.  It is also the time of year when people are more social and therefore are sometimes drinking more.  One question I am often asked  as an Ontario personal injury lawyer concerns social host’s responsibility. Many people want to know if they are hosting a party what are they legally responsible for.  No one wants to think this way, but it is a reality.

    What are the legally responsible for  as a host of a party?

    If someone attedns your party and becomes injured, the question will be whether the personal injuries suffered by the accident vicitms could have been reasonably foreseen by the host.  If the host did not know – nor ought to have known – that their guest was  intoxicated, then one can agree that they could not have known that htey were at risk of an injury.  This would mean the host of the party would not be responsible. In other words, as a host , you would hav eto prove that you  had no idea your guest was intoxicated.  This may be difficult to prove if you were serving alcohol.
    When a host is aware their guest is intoxicated, the host may have the legal responsibility to ensure that their guest who is intoxicated not drive.  In other words, as a party host, when you know that a guest is intoxicated and intends to drive, STOP THEM.  Offer them a taxi home, find a designated driver to take them home or allow them to sleep over. You can also be held legally responsible if you continue to serve alcohol to an intoxicated guest knowing that they would be driving home. It’s not unlike when a bartender cuts off an intoxicated patron.

    It’s common sense, you never want anyone being placed in a dangerous situation.  As a host you have the extra responsibility of ensuring that your guests depart safely and are free of injury.  Do whatever it takes….you will never regret airing on the side of being overly cautious …Happy holidays!


    Slip and Fall Accidents on Private Property , Ottawa Lawyer, Personal Injury Ottawa

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    Hallowe’en has come and gone for another year..and snow is just around the corner and I wanted to share a little information with you, pertaining to slip and fall accidents on private property. A serious personal injury from a slip and fall accident can happen anywhere.  Someone could trip on a hockey stick, skipping rope, leaves, really just about anything. Were you aware that as a homeowner, you are responsible for keeping your premises as safe as possible?  For example, if someone has had a slip and fall accident inside your home, be it a friend, neighbour, or anyone outside your family living permanently in the household, they may be entitled to financial compensation for any personal injuries they have suffered. It’s extremely important that owners of private residences have a legal obligation to keep their property reasonably safe for third parties.

    Some common examples of slip and fall accidents as a result of homeowner negligence include:

    • A slip and fall accident on ice and snow on a driveway or front entrance
    • A slip and fall accident on wet or slick floors/tiles
    • A slip and fall accident on a slick or wet substance that leaks from another person’s home
    • A trip and fall accident on loose steps, flooring or tiles
    • A trip and fall accident on a lawn or garden

    Before the snow hits, try to make the time to clear your laneway, stairs, halls…property and make sure it is clear of obstacles and if possible, well lit.  A quick tidy up of the yard, steps and driveway, could make all the difference and keep all us all safe ! Wouldn’t you rather change a lightbuld or add some lighting to your property than possible run the risk of having someone injured ?  Most slip and fall accidents are avoidable.


    Maximum Compensation Ontario Accident Benefits : Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth shares…

    Calculating Accident Benefits Compensation

    What is the maximum amount of Accident Benefits Compensation?


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    Experienced injury lawyers in Ottawa and top Ontario personal injury lawyers can help you navigate your insurance claim and calculate your accident benefits. Among other things, you need to consider the type of damages you are entitled to. If the personal injury or the accident you have gone through has made you miss work, then you are most likely entitled to claim your lost wages or compensation, including long-term disability.

    Lost wages, however, are one among a variety of factors that need to be considered in the calculation of your accident benefits settlement. For example, you also need to consider any property damages incurred, family or social expenses, emotional or psychological trauma, as well as any medical expenses incurred due to your physical injury and trauma. A top Ottawa or Ontario personal injury lawyer will have the experience to help you maximize your prospective accident benefits settlement.

    Experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers have the knowledge, “know-how” and experience to help you calculate the highest amount of accident benefits compensation that you deserve. Your top Ottawa injury lawyer will make sure that you receive as much as possible, with the least amount of hassle. It is not wise for a victim of personal injury to attempt to manage his or her own claim. The potential to lose out on what you deserve is too high. Most important of all, however, is your physical and psychological health, which can be affected by the stress and fatigue of a legal battle on your own. Let an experienced Ottawa injury lawyer help you to get what you rightfully deserve.


    The “computation of settlement” is the percentage of fault. This is another important element of the legal process to consider. Basically, your top Ottawa personal injury lawyer will need to prove that 100% of the accident was caused by the negligence of the other accident victim. In some cases, however, the victim has played some part in the accident and if this is the case, each party is responsible for some percentage of fault. Your top personal injury lawyer will ensure the protection of your interests to safeguard against losing what you deserve.


    The fault percentage influences the ultimate “numbers” of the financial settlement. When the percentage of fault is settled, then it is possible to begin computation of the accident benefits settlement. For example, if the amount of damage, including disability, lost wages, and so, amounts to $1000 and the fault of the victim is 30%, then the accident settlement will be $700 (the $300 or the 30% would be deducted from the total damage since it would be deemed to be the fault of the victim). A top Ottawa personal injury lawyer will be able to get you the least amount of fault percentage as possible.


    If you have suffered a personal injury as the result of an accident or if you know someone who is, it is best that you consult a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa or a Ontario personal injury lawyer as you are likely entitled to accident benefits that you are not currently receiving. Unfortunately your insurance company may tell you.


    Ottawa, Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer David Hollingsworth

    Ottawa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, Ontario Motorcycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

    Summer is here and we are starting to see a high number of Ottawa motorcycle accidents and accidents throughout Eastern Ontario in areas such as the highway 401, Alexandria, Arnprior, Belleville, Brockville, Clarence Creek, Cornwall, Embrun, Gananogue, Hawkesbury, Kemptville, Kingston L’Orignal, Morrisburg, Napanee, North Gower, Pembroke, Perth, Peterborough, Picton, Prescott, Renfrew, Richmond, Russell, Smith Falls, and Tweed and all cities, communities, districts, municipalities, regions, towns, townships and villages in between !broken bones

    A motorcycle is considered to be a motor vehicle so it is important that motorcycle drivers have a valid licence to operate the motorcycle. In the unfortunate event of a catastrophic head injury or spinal injury, your insurance company may limit your accident benefits to improper licensing.  In Ontario, a motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle, and requires a special licence that confers on its owner the legal authorization to operate the vehicle. Otherwise, they might risk a loss of certain accident benefits in the event of a serious Ontario accident or a catastrophic motorcycle accident.

    The Ontario’s Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS), explains that the  insurance company has the right to and may exclude certain benefits such  income-replacement benefits from coverage if the driver was driving the automobile without a valid driver’s licence.

    Motorcycle accidents can cause extremely serious personal injury, including:

    If you are hitting the Ontario roads on your motorcycle, please make sure you not only drive safely, protect yourself with equipment and make sure you are properly licensed in the event of an accident. As an Ottawa and Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer, I caution all drivers to be safe out there.  I have years of experience in Ontario motorcycle accidents and Ottawa motorcycle accidents.  I  understand your needs and can help with your personal injury claim and other motorcycle related issues. Call for a free consultation 613 978-9549 or visit


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    Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth understands that an Ontario personal injury lawsuit can be intimidating and sometimes overwhelming .  It’s hard to know where to start and that’s where the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers come in.  At, we understand, we care and we’re there to help.  David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury team are dedicated to alleviating your stress, by representing you and allowing you to focus on your recovery. David Hollingsworth has been specializing in Ottawa personal injury since 1999 and has earned the reputation as an honest, dedicated, hard working Ottawa personal injury lawyers.

    Where an Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer can help…

    Most Ontario accident victims are unaware of their rights and settle with the insurance company and  take what is offered to them without any knowedge of their future medical expenditures or losses. Unfortunately, often times the insurance company is looking for the cheapest way to settle a case and not looking out for the best interest of the Ontario accident victim and their family. Often times the  illness or effects arising from a personal injury accident  are not known until long after the Ontario accident has occurred. Without the help of an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer,  such as David Hollingsworth, Ontario accident victims  often struggle to obtain enough compensation to take them throughout their lives.

    An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you determine what you may be entitled to. As one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyers, David is able to refer to cases similar to the accident victims and determine  the realistic maximum amount to fight for.  Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can also help order medical reports, set up specialists visits and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

    The extent of your personal injury varies from a car accident, a bicycle accident, a pedestrian accident, slip and trip fall accident, snowmobile accident , sexual abuse, or any kind of accident that causes you serious personal injury. A highly experienced Ottawa personal  injury lawyer will be the one to help you receive the compensation and support you need and are entitled to.  You pay your monthly insurance premiums for a reason need compensation and are entitled to it!

    David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer specializing in helping Ontario accidents victims get the help they need. Visit for more information or call 613 978-9549.