“Thank you very much for advocating on my behalf” . An Ottawa injury lawyer review from a personal injury client.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth..

We are so lucky to be able to be in a profession where we are able to help make people’s lives better. Most of our clients have had traumatic accidents in their lives and we are able to help them rebuild their lives following their accident.  Often times, it is not just our clients that we are taking care of, it’s also their family.  A family can be hugely impacted by an injury and family members also need support and compensation.

This week Denis Alisic, one of our  Ottawa personal injury lawyers received this email:

“Thank you very much for advocating on my behalf. During the past 2 years I have come to appreciate your amazing work and what you and your colleagues do to help people during a very vulnerable time in their lives. “

GC, Ottawa

Here is another testimonial from a personal injury client:

“I would like to say thank you ! You have an incredible team of professionals working along your side who provided help, support and advised me when I needed it most.”

CC, Ottawa

We work tirelessly for our clients and we know the difference we can make in their lives.  It’s what motivates us to help in every way we can and fight for maximum compensation for our clients. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.

David Hollingsworth and our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are here for you. We love to hear from you.  The feedback we receive motivates us to continue striving for the very best for the families we work with .

If we have helped you in the past, we would love to hear from you.  Please provide our Ottawa personal injury lawyers with feedback and help us serve the Ottawa community as best as possible. We would really appreciate it. Email or call us and we would love to chat.

 


Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyer David Hollingsworth: SABS Accident Benefits

Ottawa accident Benefits Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Accident Lawyers.

Who is entitled to Ontario Accident Benefits? Ontario Accident benefits are available to people suffering from personal injury in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario. Often after being discharged from an Ottawa rehabilitation centre, (The Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre, The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus or Elizabeth Bruyere, in Eastern Ontario) , people with personal injuries will  return to their homes only to find that their home needs modifications and their home  cannot accommodate them. The Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) is available to motor vehicle (car accident, boating accident etc.. victims in Ontario to help with these modifications.

Accident Benefits Schedule: Typically,  Ontario car accident victims can receive accident benefits. Normally, these accident benefits are covered by the injured person’s own insurance company. However, accident benefits also provide coverage for people who do not have their own insurance. Typically, statutory accident benefits are there to replace lost wages, attendant care benefits, rehabilitation and medical benefits as well as wrongful death benefits.

Housing: The insurance company must pay the injured person for all reasonable and necessary home modifications and home devices, including communication aids. Ontario’s statutory accident benefits  permits an injured person to buy or renovate  a new home to meet his or her needs where that is the option that makes more sense than renovating an existing house. Having said that, the money alloted for the purchase of a home cannot be greater than the estimated cost of any renovations that would be needed to meet the injured victims needs.

The medical and rehabilitation benefits are supposed to pay for all reasonable and necessary expenses that arise because of the accident. Home modification comes under the medical / rehabilitation category.

After September 2010, this information will change.  For now, if the injured person did not suffer a “catastrophic impairment” as that is described in the Accident Benefit regime, the total amount of the medical / rehabilitation benefit is $100,000 and the benefits expire after 10 years from the date of the accident. If the injured person did suffer a “catastrophic impairment” the medical / rehabilitation benefit increases to $1 Million and last for the duration of the victim’s life.

Timelines: It is important you notify your insurance company that you have had an Ontario accident within 7 days of the Ontario accident, or as soon as possible, and you must complete your application for Accident Benefits within 30 days of the Ontario accident.

What is an assessment? The assessments give suggestions to assist a person who is injured how to live safely and comfortably in their home if possible. The assessment focuses on returning the person who is injured to a level of function that approaches his or her pre-accident state to the extent that that can be done safely.

People who suffer a  catastrophic injury may also need additional assessments .  The assessments will result in a report. After the report is written, another form called a “OCF 18: Treatment Plan” will be submitted to the insurance company, outlining the proposed cost of the recommendations in the report. If the OCF 18 is approved, the work can begin.

Are home modifications limited to catastrophic injuries? Sometimes.  Where the injured person has suffered personal injury that cause impairment but are on the less serious end of the spectrum, and if the renovations are not going to be extensive, an occupational therapist can perform a home assessment.

An assessment of the activities of daily living of the injured person is included in a home assessment. This assessment looks at personal care, housekeeping, home maintenance and care giving tasks. The report written by the occupational therapist will outline a list of any assistive devices and changes required to the home. For example: a  railing, raising or lowering a bed or counter or adding hip-level storage in a kitchen.

If the recommended renovations included in the report are complete, it  is submitted to the insurance company together with a Treatment Plan costing the recommendations to the insurance company for approval. If a person has serious personal injury and needs significant home modifications like ramps, additions, elevators, walls moved, a home accessibility report is required. For more information regarding Ontario insurance claims, visit www.ottawainjury.ca .

 

 


Boating Accidents-Water Accidents: Ottawa, Ontario Accident Lawyers

Ottawa Boating Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth- Ottawa, Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers– It looks like it is going to be a gorgeous weekend out there in Ottawa and eastern Ontario. Please remember to ride and boat safely to avoid injury and harm!

A review of water accident statistics, can remind us all just how often aquatic accidents occur each year. In 2008, there were 4,789 accidents recorded on the water involving boats and jet (with personal watercraft accidents totaling at 23% of that figure). Furthermore, there were 45 deaths on jet skis (17 of which were drowning death’s). The best way to avoid these accidents is to prevent them from happening in the first place—and that involves attention to factors such as alcohol and drug use, excessive speeding and careless driving, and general reckless disregard for driving rules and environmental conditions.

Ontario boating or aquatic accidents can be very complicated. Who is at fault? Who was negligent? The injured victim can face a complex process involving trying to figure it out all. I recommend to all accident victims to first and foremost, treat their injuries as soon as possible. Check yourself into a hospital, and make sure you and your family are safe. Second, make sure to report the accident and to obtain an official accident report from qualified authorities regarding the details of the accident, such as what led to the accident, and so on. This is also where the services of a top Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer can be used to ensure that are on your way to full recovery, including not losing out on what you deserve financially and to cover your rehabilitation costs. Remember to save all medical records and other documentation to help your lawyer to measure your damages and argue your case and move your legal forward.

You are injured, you need help. While concentrating on your recovery, you need to seek the help of an Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer. Since 1999, Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth has devoted his practice to representing individuals injured in eastern Ontario accidents, including victims of Ottawa boating accidents and jet ski accidents.

Knowing the facts regarding personal injury is helpful when determining whether or not to hire an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer.  Personal injury covers physical harm, such as broken bones, bruises, or any serious injury sustained in an accident. It also includes the emotional and psychological injury you experienced as a result of trauma sustained through a humiliating or life-threatening experience.

Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth handles all types of cases where you or a loved one has been injured or even killed due to an accident or the negligence of others. Let Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth help you rebuild your life after your accident. With your well-being and potential financial future at stake, you need one of the best Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyers.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for a free consultation.  David takes his cases on a contingency basis, which means he doesn’t get paid until you have been paid.

Ottawa Boating Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth-

mobile (613) 978-9549 (613) 237-4922 ext.203