Cold Ottawa weather partly to blame for increase in Ottawa accidents.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…It’s not getting any warmer out there Ottawa. The temperatures have dropped yet again and it looks like there is another very cold snap settling into our city. With this cold weather comes, icy roads and Ottawa accidents. This cold winter weather is one of the causes  for hundreds of Ottawa accidents yesterday, including a multiple vehicle accident on Hwy. 417

What does this mean for you?  Well the truth is as we all know, accidents happen.  The only thing you can do is try as much as possible to prevent them from happening by slowing down, making sure your winter tires are in good shape and being extra attentive while driving in difficult conditions.  You can only control your own driving and hopefully those drivers around you do the same.  Yes, the commutes have been messy and unfortunately there seem to be more messy commutes in the days that lie ahead, as temperatures in Ottawa continue to drop. Let’s hope this extreme Ottawa weather causes people to stop and think for a minute about their driving choices.

Slow down, drive safely and arrive alive.

 


Are Ontario snowmobile accidents entitled to Ontario accident benefits ?

Snowmobile Accidents and Accident Benefits Insurance Claims

There are far too many snowmobile accidents each year. A tragic snowmobile accident took another life: the life of  a 24 year old man in Val des Monts yesterday.  My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I am truly sorry for their loss.  I have many clients who have injured themselves in a snowmobile accident . A snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and yes, Ontario accident benefits apply to snowmobile accidents.  So the good news is there is support and compensation for people who suffer injuries in snowmobile accidents.   The bad news is, there seem to be a lot of snowmobile accidents in our region and some of them are sadly,  fatal. Please ride safely…

Transport Canada  has prepared an amazing site full of interesting information that relates to road and snowmobile safety. For example, did you know that there are over 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 161,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada?  Snowmobiling can be safe and enjoyable. As long as drivers are cautious and follow safety rules, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy a fantastic sport.

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or CCSO highlighted that between the years of 1994 and 1999, when promoting safety and  snowmobiling became a focus, snowmobile accident fatalities dropped by 2% – from 96 to 94 deaths;however the number of snowmobile drivers increased by 40%. This goes to show that more and more people can ride safely ,when safety is a focus.

Avoiding Snowmobile accidents safety tips:

  • Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to get there.
  • Ensure that your snowmobile is tuned up.
  • Dress properly to protect yourself and avoid hypothermia, especially in children.
  • Always have a  first aid and survival kit available.
  • Ride at your own speed.
  • Try to use snowmobile trails whenever possible.
  • Remain on the right side of all roads, paths and trails.
  • If you don’t know  the area, slow down and drive cautiously.
  • Be careful crossing roads and train tracks.
  • At night, drive with headlights and slow down.
  • Know the  ice conditions and if you are unsure, do not cross.
  • Always  wear flotation-type clothing.
  • Always be on the look out for wildlife.

It’s impossible to completely avoid all accidents but please, let’s try.  Snowmobiling does not need to be a dangerous sport.  Be safe and ride as safely as possible. Enjoy !

 

 

 

    

 


Avoid an accident and personal injury- watch out for black ice.

Ottawa injury lawyer on how to avoid Ottawa accidents and black ice. icyroads

It’s the last day of March break and it’s awfully cold out there today.  I’m just about to go out and hit the slopes with my son.  I’ve been skiing for a couple of days now and I’m sore and stiff !  Regardless, my son is excited, so off we go ! I hope my muscles forgive me someday.  Although it’s sunny out there..there is still a chill and with that comes black ice.

There are too many injuries in Ottawa each year due to black ice. Generally, drivers are caught unprepared. Black ice, sometimes known as “glare ice” or “clear ice” is deadly because it is difficult to see – it can sneak up on you when you least suspect. Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares his thoughts on how you can drive safely through the Winter season and practice safe driving habits.

Each year, there are an incredible number of Ottawa automobile accidents due to the ice conditions here in Ottawa and in Eastern Ontario. The goal is to establish safe driving habits that will protect you when you drive during black-ice season. As a preliminary, always strive to stay alert – this means that since black ice can be anywhere, it is wise to remember driving carefully, with all attention on your surroundings.

More specifically, you can stay tuned to weather and news reports that will advise drivers on particularly bad days and intersections that require careful attention. Black ice is not truly black, though it is virtually invisible to the driver’s eye, so sharp turns, and busy intersections, for example, will require extra caution to safeguard your safety and well-being. “Most accident victims don’t notice the black ice on the road until it is way too late,” says Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. “You have to automatically assume that if there is a slight chill in the air, there will likely be ice, SO please… slow down and avoid car accidents.”

For over 12 years, David Hollingsworth has been on Ottawa personal injury lawyer, specializing in Ottawa accidents and Ontario accidents. David’s personal injury practice focuses on Ottawa and Ontario accident victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents resulting in personal injury, Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ontario Sexual Assault Claims, Ottawa, Ontario Serious Injury Law Suits, and other Civil Litigation matters. Ottawa and Ontario – Free Consultations. For more information, call 613 978-9549 or 613 237-4922 ext 203 or visit www.ottawainjury.ca


Ontario motorcycle accidents : Compensation and your rights, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa bike accident lawyer David Hollingsworth…I came across this information on a related website and found it very valuable. I have changed some of the information to make it relevant to Ontario accident victims. Did you know that one of the most common causes of motorcycle and bike accidents is when a car turns left in front of a motorcycle. Did you know that turning left is one of the most common types of car accidents for motorcyclists, often resulting in serious personal injury. As an experienced Ottawa Ontario personal injury attorney, I have seen similar Ontario motorcycle accidents resulting in serious personal injury for the motorcycle rider occur repeatedly. Often times the driver of the car does not see the motorcyclist.  Motorcyclists simply do not have the same protection and therefore are ususally the ones with the more serious personal injury after the accident.  Hiring the best Ontario accident injury lawyer  after any motorcycle crash or accident resulting in serious personal injury is crucial. The best Ontario personal injury lawyers, are experienced in Ontario motorcycle accident law and know how best to represent you with your insurance compnay to get you maximum compensation after your motorcycle accident.  The best Ontario personal injury lawyers can not only get you financial compensation, they can help get you housekeeping, caregiving, medical expenses, lost time at work, out of  pocket expenses and many other accident benefits you may be entitled to.

An experienced Ottawa Ontario motorcycle accident attorney can help explain your rights and give you a free consultations to help you get started with your Ontario insurance claim. In any motorcycle accident lawsuit or insurance claim, it is extremely important to document these cases properly, ensuring that evidence is gathered efficiently and completely. Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team can help with accidents and personal injuries throughout Ontario and if needed will travel to you.

 

 


Ottawa lawyers, contingency fees and free consultations

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth – Ontario Personal Injury LawyerFree Consultation

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer explains contingency fees and free consultations..

Hiring a Ottawa or Ontario Personal Injury lawyer because of a serious accident can be a difficult and stressful task. Whether you were in a car accident, bicycle accident, a pedestrian accident (hit by a car), slip and fall accident at the super market or a store; whether you were injured at someone else’s home or on an escalator you may be entitled to compensation for your personal injury.

Many lawyers will take on a personal injury lawsuit but not all of them handle the case from start to finish. Some will simply sign up your case only to refer it to another firm that you know nothing about just to get a referral fee. Other, larger law firms will have you meet with an experienced lawyer only to turn around and delegate your personal injury case to a newer associate.  It is important to make sure that the personal injury lawyer you hire is the right one for you and if you want, willing to handle your case themselves from start to finish.

Free Consultation

Some Ottawa personal injury lawyers such as David Hollingsworth offer a free consultation and will take your case on contingency. This can be done on the telephone , at your home, David’s office, your hospital, rehabilitation centre or wherever you  are most comfortable.  Not all Ottawa personal injury lawyers are willing to leave the office to meet you. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows that it is often difficult  to travel after an accident. David understands that at this point in your life, it may be very difficult for you to come and meet him and his personal injury team and is absolutely willing to travel to meet you and not just in Ottawa, throughout eastern Ontario  places such as Smith Falls, Cornwall, Perth, Arnprior, Hawkesbury etc…

Remember that in addition to being your advocate, your Ottawa or Ontario personal injury lawyer is responsible for advising you as to the strengths and weaknesses of your personal injury case, which will in turn better prepare you when making an informed decision on whether or not to settle your Ontario personal injury case.

What is a Contingency Fee Agreement?

A contingency fee agreement is a type of contract where the client only pays the Ontario personal injury lawyer a percentage of the fee once the case is resolved and the money has been paid to the client.  When David meets with new clients, they sit down and discuss what contingency fee arrangements works for everybody; as no 2 cases are alike and everybody’s financial situation is different.  David understands this.

Cost and Expenses of Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Another matter of concern are the “costs” or “expenses” associated with starting a Ontario personal injury lawsuit.  These are different costs from the lawyer’s fee and can usually include the cost  for filing the lawsuit as well as charges for medical records, reports and for investigators and expert witnesses. Some  personal injury lawyers, such as David Hollingsworth  will agree to advance the costs on your behalf. The contingency fee agreement is also required to specify whether expenses are to be deducted before or after the contingency fee is calculated. You can even contract to pay your Ontario personal injury lawyer by the hour instead of on a contingency fee basis; however, most personal injury clients opt to have  the risk to the personal injury lawyer and pay only in the event of a successful recovery. Also, this way, your personal injury lawyer is invested in your case.  A Ottawa or Ontario personal injury lawyer may spend thousands of dollars for expenses and spend hundreds of hours working on your personal injury case. Under the contingency fee agreement the personal injury lawyer only gets a fee when they get a recovery for you.

If all of this seems confusing and overwhelming, you are not alone.  David would be happy to sit down and walk you through the process.  There are no bad questions to ask….

 


David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Client Testimonials

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth thank-you-clothesline-752x483

I am very fortunate that my profession has a direct impact on people’s lives.  As a Ontario personal injury lawyer and one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyers, I get to help people through some of the most difficult times of their lives.  My clients have been so appreciative of my help and the relationship we’ve developed throughout the course of their lawsuit. Here are some examples of notes clients have sent me in the last couple of weeks:

Hi Dave,

Hope you are well.  I am officially back to work today…can’t believe how quickly a year can go by.  ***** is doing much better (mentally) it’s almost as if he whistles as he walks sometimes!!

                                                                                                Thank you,      AC, Orleans

 

Hi Dave:  Stress relief and knowing we will be debt free.  I know ****’s holiday will be so much better, no worrying.  I feel that a great financial weight has been lifted. Our 30th anniversary is coming up in August so we will take our first holiday together since the accident.  You believed in **** and you sent her to the right people and that speaks volumes and I thank you. I know that Dr **** has been a great help to **** and I know she will stay with him for now. Dave thanks again for all you help it is truly appreciated.

                                                                                      FB, Cornwall

 

I would also like to stop and take the time to say you Thank you very much to David, yourself and the team for helping me out during this crazy time in my life. You don’t know what this means to me and I am truly grateful.                          Thanks, DS  Orleans

 

Hi Dave

Just wanted to say thank you for all your work on my case. The money from my settlement will go towards a daycare fund for my twins. Thanks so much and happy Easter.

                                                                                                             CB, Kanata

Hi David:

Your generosity, kindness and professionalism have touched us deeply. We want to thank you for your support and assistance.  We’ll keep you updated.  Thank you again.     NB and WB, Ottawa

 

Dear David:

 Just a note of appreciation for your dedicated work, and mostly your patience with me!!

                                                                                                          Sincerely, AS, Cornwall

 

“As an Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer with a tremendous reputation as being firm but fair, I will fight for you and work to get you the maximum compensation that you need and are entitled to. As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer with a high success rate, I urge you to contact a lawyer in a timely fashion. Some benefits paid to accident victims must be filed within specific time frames. Any Ottawa personal injury lawyer can provide you with this information; however I am the Ottawa personal injury lawyer that will help you get your claim started quickly and help you get your life back on track, as best as possible. I can’t change the fact that you have been in an accident, but I am the Ottawa personal injury lawyer that can change your future.”

-David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ontario Accident Lawyer serving Eastern Ontario…

Free consultations..Home and hospital visits throughout Eastern Ontario..Evening and weekend visits to your home or hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ottawa Accident Lawyer : Ontario Accident Benefits and No fault Insurance Claims

Ottawa accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth explains Ontario No-Fault Accident Benefits

Important: Report Your Accident!

The first step in the personal injury process is to report your accident! If you have been injured in an accident in Ottawa or Ontario, there are specific rules that must be followed to secure your personal injury claim. Your top Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you through this process, to help you gain compensation for your injury, lost earnings, pain and suffering, or simply getting the insurance company to repair or replace your car. Remember, if you do not report the accident, the insurance company will not pay for any of these things enumerated. Top Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to ensure that you do not risk losing out on the many important benefits expanded upon below.

The “No-Fault” System of Insurance

In Ontario, we have a “no-fault” process or set of rules for auto accidents. These benefits are called “accident benefits” and basically mean that irrespective of who is responsible or “at fault” for the accident, you are still entitled to a large range of benefits to help you in a time when you are most vulnerable and need the benefits most. Generally, this system of insurance was introduced to provide accident victims with a large variety of benefits to foster their rehabilitation and to reduce the number of claims against insurers.

It is important to note, that such benefits do not cover damages for pain & suffering, or future income-loss. A lawyer will need to be retained if you want to claim for a tort action to recover for such things. A tort, in common law jurisdictions, is a wrong that involves a breach of a civil duty owed to someone else. It is differentiated from a crime, which involves a breach of a duty owed to society in general. A tort action is lodged against the driver who may have caused your accident. To succeed with a tort claim, your injuries need to be of a “serious and permanent” nature. This requirement of “serious and permanent” to claiming in tort is known as the “threshold”, subject to judicial interpretation and defined by the courts. A top Ottawa personal injury lawyer such as David Hollingsworth will the fluency to understand the fluid nature of the threshold, since the judicial interpretation of the threshold changes constantly. Your success depends on the facts of your case, and how the case is presented. Generally, a victim of an Ottawa personal injury or auto accident has two cases: first, a no-fault case against the insurance company and second, a tort case against the person or insurance company for the driver responsible for the accident. There may be an accident benefit claim and no tort claim or a tort claim and no accident benefits claim, and sometimes there is both a claim in accident benefits and tort. In short, your success depends on the facts of your case, the extent of the injuries, and the skill of your top Ottawa Lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help to explain the nature of the threshold, and it’s complexities to you so that you do not lose out on the benefits that you deserve.

Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to recover accident benefits, including (1) Medical/Rehabilitative, (2) Income Replacement (3) Caregiver Benefits, (4) Housekeeping / Home-maintenance Benefits, and (5) Attendant Care Benefits.

(1) Medical/Rehabilitative Benefits

As the name implies, Medical and Rehabilitative Benefits are designed to deal with costs of treatment for physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, health club, adaptive/assistive devices, aquatic rehabilitation, and generally any other relevant treatments deemed reasonable and necessary for your recovery secondary to your accident. The list of features provided by these benefits is extensive, and can include devices such as therapeutic beds, wheelchairs, canes, ramps and even modified vehicles to accommodate for your accident injuries. A health care professional like a physiotherapist, massage therapist or a doctor must complete a “treatment plan” for you in order to recover these benefits. This is form is submitted to the insurance company for consideration. Generally, accident victims in a “non-catastrophic” cases are entitled to a maximum of $100,000 in benefits over 10 years in med/rehab benefits. Accident victims in “catastrophic cases” are entitled to a maximum of $1,000,000 over the course of a lifetime.

(2) Income Replacement Benefits

Income replacement benefits are designed to replace your income if you are not able to work secondary to your accident. Generally, there is an 80% entitlement to your net pre-accident income (which is averaged from your last year’s pre-accident earnings, or 26 of the 52 weeks before your accident). Generally, the maximum allowable income replacement benefit under a standard automobile insurance policy in Ontario is $400/Week. Issues can arise in claiming income replacement benefits when it is difficult to prove that you were working before your accident, or quantifying your pre-accident income, and so on. An experienced lawyer can help you in this regard because they will know the “ins and outs” of the entitlement opportunties for you.

(3) Caregiver Benefits

Caregiver benefits are designed for individuals who were the primary caregiver for a dependant, such as a young child, elderly person or sick person, at the time of their injury. Due to the injury or accident, these individuals are not able to care for their dependants any longer and require caregiver benefits. Generally, you do not need to show that you made any income prior to your accident. Rather, you are only required to demonstrate your status as the primary caregiver. As to weekly benefits, the caregiver is entitled to about $250/week, with an additional $50 for each extra dependant. A good lawyer will know these details about your benefits and can help you get the benefits you deserve.

(4) Housekeeping/Home-Maintenance

Housekeeping/Home-maintenance benefits are designed to help the accident victim to complete necessary chores, housekeeping or home-maintenance, including the cleaning of dishes, preparation of meals, general cleaning like dusting, mopping, taking out the garbage and so on, which become impossible in situations of physical impairment and injury following your accident. These benefits are generally $100/week and can be claimed by submission of appropriate receipts and invoices to your insurance company. If you do not submit these required documents to your insurer, you will not get these benefits, regardless of how hurt you are. A compassionate lawyer will understand the difficulty you may face with the stress of your injury and can help you to work out a plan so that you are not losing out on any benefits that you deserve.

(5) Attendant Care Benefits

Attendant Care Benefits are designed to compensate for individuals such as your family, friends, loved ones, or whomever is performing attendant care services for you after your injury. These benefits are designed to pay these individuals for their services, which after a tragic injury can include grooming, bathing, grocery shopping, brushing hair, putting on clothes, brushing teeth etc, when the accident victim is no longer able to do so secondary to their accident. As in the other benefits, a lawyer can help you to recover these costs. The process involves enlisting the services of a health care professional (e.g. occupational therapist, etc) to complete a “Form 1”. This form will describe the extent of help and care requirements a victim needs following their injury.

In short, if you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident you may be entitled to many accident benefits from your insurance company. Each year, thousands of victims neglect to see a top Ottawa Lawyer and lose out on many benefits that they deserve that could help them in their recovery. Top Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to ensure you protect and safeguard your interests by recovering your benefits, which can include (1) Medical/Rehabilitative, (2) Income Replacement (3) Caregiver Benefits, (4) Housekeeping / Home-maintenance Benefits, and (5) Attendant Care Benefits. If you do not have insurance, you may still be entitled to these benefits. As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer, David Hollingsworth speaks and meets with people daily who have not been properly compensated by their insurance company. David Hollingsworth knows the system and is here to help you. You have been through an accident; you have been through enough. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or email [email protected] for a free consultation.

-David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer