Ontario Accidents and Organ Donation. Will you register? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Did you know…That in Ontario consent is needed for organ donation? In Ontario consent is needed in order for your organs to be donated upon death. In other areas it is typically the other way around that consent is implied and you register if you don’t want to donate your organs upon death. 

A signed organ donor card is not enough, you need to register. The registration forms are on their website “The Gift of Live” as well.

The website states your donation can save up to 8 lives and improve as many as 75 lives. The website also recommends you make your intention of whether your want your organs donated or not known to your family beforehand.

What if it is in my will? The problem with your intention being written in your will is that your will is usually not read until a later date. It is very important you register if you want to donate your tissue and organs upon death. The form allows you to indicate what you don’t want to donate.

The choice of whether or not to donate organs is very personal and often times a very difficult decision for family members to make. 

Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario  accident victims since 1999.  

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ottawa and eastern 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 more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549


What is a mediation in a personal injury lawsuit? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth explains.

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What is a mediation?

If you suffered a personal injury in an accident and are involved in a personal injury law suit in Ottawa or in some other Ontario jurisdictions, one of the required steps is to work at resolving the dispute with your insurance company at the mediation level . The idea is that all facts will be on the table for both sides and a personal injury lawyer can represent you and negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf , avoiding the cost, time and stress of going to court. Each party has the opportunity to express their concerns, tell their stories and attempt to negotiate an agreement. Accident victims should ensure that they completely understand the process and know what to expect before they attend the mediation. Chances of a successful mediation, of resolving the dispute or at least some of the issues between the parties, are enhanced by taking the time to prepare. David meets personally with all his clients before such meetings  to sit  down, review and discuss what is expected of them at mediation.

What can I expect in a mediation ?

Mediation is simply a step in the legal process designed for people to settle disputes or lawsuits outside of court. A mediator is hired to be unbiased and help both sides  come up with a fair solution they are both happy with. The mediator is not a judge or an arbitrator. Mediators are not  judges and do not  decide who wins and who gets what. The mediator’s role is to help the people involved  to reach a fair settlement with each other in a positive  manner and move the lawsuit forward, to  understand all sides, and to find a resolution that both sides feel good about. The mediator’s role is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to express themselves, their concerns, and their interests. The purpose of this stage in the process is not to determine who wins and who loses a case, but to come up with a solution and possibly avoid a trial. The  process is informal, relaxed and absolutely confidential.  The insurance company and the accident victim speak more openly than they would in court. Most accident victims  find mediation a more comfortable and constructive process than they would in court.

Typically,  a mediation involving a personal injury lawsuit most often begin with the mediator explaining the reasons and procedures for the personal injury mediation. Then the personal injury lawyer and the insurance defence lawyer make  opening statements explaining the facts of the case. Both sides involved in a law suit must attend the mediation. However, they are not always required to speak. A personal injury lawyer will often speak on their clients behalf. The mediator may the accident victim  if there is anything they want to add. However, it is common for the clients not to speak in the mediation.

How long does a mediation last?

After the opening statements, the parties usually retire to separate rooms where they exchange settlement offers back and forth under the  guidance of the mediator. This is often when most personal injury cases develop and a lot of progress is made in resolving the personal injury lawsuit. In some instances the lawyers will have a direct conversation without clients. The mediator may or may not participate. Almost always the person who attends the mediation with the defence lawyer is not the driver but an insurance company representative who decides on behalf of the insurance company how much money in compensation they will pay out to the accident victim.

Unfortunately not all personal injury lawsuits settle at the mediation level, but a lot do. In the instances where they do not settle, the lawyers can continue to discuss settlement and will move forward towards a trial date.

 


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.