City of Ottawa Skating Safety : Rideau Canal conditions, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…I am very happy  that Ottawa children under the age of 10 will be required to wear protective helmets during public skating sessions held in City of Ottawa  facilities  effective January 1, 2012. It is estimated that 5,700 Ottawa children receive medical treatments for personal injury in Ottawa emergency rooms, and 400 children are hospitalized, every year because of sports-related head injuries.  This is very disturbing.  We all want kids to have fun but it cannot be at the expense of their safety.  Please take all necessary safety measures when it comes to children’s safety. There are far too many serious injuries each year such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and serious orthopedic injuries.

The City of Ottawa offers the following Safe Skating Tips:

  • Wear the gear! Wearing a CSA (Canadian Standards Association), Snell or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) approved helmet, that fits properly, will help prevent head injury. It should be worn snug,  yet comfortable. Hockey helmets are recommended over cycling helmets because they can withstand multiple impacts. Wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads help prevent wrist fractures, and bruises on knees and elbows.
  • Choose proper fitting skates that give good support around your ankles (moulded skates are not recommended). Local sport stores should be able to help you with a proper fit. Remember, new skates must be sharpened before you go on the ice and then sharpened again each year at the start of the skating season.
  • Lace your skates all the way up. You should never wrap the laces around your ankle. If the laces are too long, tie them in a double knot so you don’t trip over them.
  • Wear only one pair of socks. Multiple pairs will make you feel colder and your skates might be too tight.
  • Wear proper clothing: gloves, neck warmer, helmet, waterproof jacket and pants (NO jeans, as they will not keep you warm and dry if they get wet), long underwear, and a sweater should do the trick.
  • Get trained! Instructors will be able to teach you the basics of skating, such as how to stop, how to fall safely, and how to get up after a fall. For lessons call 613-580-2596.
  • Choose a surface that is relatively free of bumps and cracks to allow for more control and an easier time stopping. If skating on the Rideau Canal, watch for the green flags to ensure the conditions are safe. The N.C.C.’s Rideau Canal Skateway conditions hotline is: (613) 239-5234, press 1,1
  • Watch where you are going, and always skate with the traffic. If you want to stop, head to the side so you won’t get in anyone’s way.

Avoid the following:

  • Skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway when the red flags are flying.
  • Skating too fast – this puts you and those around you at risk.
  • Playing sports unless in a designated area (ex: hockey).
  • Holding on to more than one person – this increases your chance of falling and hurting someone else.
  • Placing sharp items in your pockets (ie. keys, combs, etc.).
  • Using your toe-pick to start or stop (this will ruin the ice surface, and it won’t give the stability you need to safely start or stop), or removing bottom pick (designed to help you balance).
  • Clothing with drawstrings.

Enjoy this winter and please be safe.                                          -Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth



Ottawa Lawyer : What is Ontario slip and fall compensation ?

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… 

Ontario, Ottawa Pedestrian Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth. David has a lot of experience with individuals who have sustained slip and fall injuries while in a store and have slipped and fell from either poor maintenance of the floor itself (elevated or cracked), or it is slippery from a spill of a liquid of some sort. Putting a sign saying the floor is wet is simply not enough to prevent a serious injury, ensuring the floor is dry will prevent the injury. The same goes for a damaged floor. If a floor is wet or damaged it should be fixed immediately. That is the responsibility of the store. If you suffer a serious injury, there is compensation available to you and that is where the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help.

What Can You Do if you slip or fall in a store and suffer a serious injury?

If you are shopping and see something that appears unsafe within a store, do your part and tell an employee or a manager. If we all do our part we can prevent Ottawa slip and fall injuries.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth’s Experience

David has had many clients who have been unfortunate enough to slip and fall within a store and have experienced severe, neck, back, leg, arm, spine, and head injuries. These injuries take quite a toll on an individual’s life, preventing them from working, taking care of their loved ones, and enjoying life in general. David has helped various individuals get through their injuries and receive the compensation they deserve.

If you have a question, feel free to call or email

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

Organ and Tissue Donation in Ontario, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Accident Lawyers 

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.  

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

Ottawa Accident Lawyer,  Ottawa Mediation and Personal Injury Lawsuitsmediation

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.


Ontario car accidents and baby car seat installation tips, Ottawa Lawyer

What you need to know about car seat installation  childinjury

As a father of three young children who are all still in car seats, I found it  astonishing that 84 % of baby and infant car seats are not  properly installed. Proper car seat is crucial.  Improper car seat installation  leaves our children unsafe in the event of a car accident and more likely to suffer serious personal injury. It’s important to ensure your child is properly secured in their car seat to keep them safe. The following are a couple of things you can do help ensure your child’s safety in the event of a car accident:

Don’t buy a used car seat. A used car seat may have missing parts or was involved in a previous car accident. Older car seats also expire in 6-9 years. If you do however purchase a used car seat, please call the manufacturer to verify if it is still safe. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure your child’s safety.

  1. 45 degree angle: Put rear-facing car seats at a 45-degree angle. At this angle, the baby’s head is supported and its chin won’t fall to the check, blocking your baby’s airway.
  2. Snap then Wrap: Cover your baby with blankets or dress him or her warmly if it is cold outside. But, beware bulky snowsuits will be compressed in a car crashor car accident, and the baby could be ejected from the car if the harness becomes loose. Dressing the baby warmly, and buckling in, then covering the baby with blankets for warmth is safer.
  3. Center Up: The best, safest location for your baby’s car seat is in the center seat. If you have multiple children, any back seat spot is safer than the front.
  4. Double Check: Use free installation checks performed by certified technicians, such as local Ottawa fire  stations or the Ottawa police.

And of course, ALWAYS drive safely !




Steps to follow after an Ontario accident, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Hollingsworth

Ottawa Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth:

If you have been involved in an Ontario accident,  whether or not you immediately feel pain or symptoms of a personal  injury, here are suggestions to follow:

1. First and foremost, remain calm.

2. Call the Ontario police and report the accident.

3. Take pictures of your vehicle, the other other vehicle, the Ontario accident scenes, bruises, cuts and scrapes..

4. Seek medical assistance (even if you feel you are not injured).

5. Consult with an Ontario personal injury lawyer.

6. Do not provide any statements or sign any documents without your Ontario personal injury lawyer  present.

7. When dealing with police officers at the scene, provide those facts that you know to be the truth; do not speculate what you think happened.

Call your insurance company:

1. Do not permit the statement to be recorded. Follow the advice given to you by your Ontario personal injury lawyer.

2. Ensure you are given adequate time to give your statement. Don’t let the insurance company rush you; you may forget something important you feel rushed, you may tend to forget important points.

3. Bring all information with you such as the location of the Ontario accident, time, date, insurance information, and any witnesses.

4. Remember that you can decline to answer any question for any reason. (Obtain your Ontario personal injury lawyer’s  advice if need be)

5. Answer only what you are asked, nothing more. Avoid giving more detail than needed.

6. Do not sign anything without advice from your Ontario personal injury lawyer.

While some of this advice may seem a little bit much, it is important for you to remember that your insurance company may hire a private investigator , and may fight paying you the benefits you need and are entitled to.

Drive safely and  be careful out there on Ontario roads ! Do everything you can to avoid an accident.



Slip and Fall Injury ? Compensation ? Ottawa Accident Attorney explains…

Ottawa slip and fall lawyers – Personal Injury Attorney David Hollingsworth explains the dangers of snow and ice that may be the cause slip and fall accidents in Ottawa and slip and fall accidents in eastern Ontario.

Ottawa Ontario Slip and Fall Accidents

Ottawa slip and fall lawyers – Personal Injury Attorney David Hollingsworth explains the dangers of snow and ice that may be the of cause slip and fall accidents in Ottawa and slip and fall accidents in eastern Ontario.

How to Safely Counteract Environmental Hazards: Avoiding Slip and Fall Accidents

There are many things that you can do to help prevent injury to you or your loved ones. Slip and fall injuries occur all the time, and they can happen anywhere (especially where you least expect them to occur), so it is important to be careful about where you walk and step at all times. However, there are certain circumstances where you can expect a higher rate of prospective injury, such as in conditions of ice and show during the colder months of the year. Proper footwear and clothing can help you feel more comfortable when you are out and about – and better able to deal with a circumstance if it occurs. Any shoes with good grip will help you to avoid black ice, and other situations where a slippery surface disguises itself as safe terrain to tread upon. Reflective clothing will ensure that vehicles will provide for adequate clearance to pass by you on the slipper and ice-covered roads. Personal injury for you could include broken bones, brain injury or neck injury, head injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and even death. “Slip and fall accidents happen in a split second and are often preventable,” says David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer. Regular snow removal, ice removeal, icing, and sanding can help to provide for a more safe condition to walk and play for you and your children in and around your community. Ice and snow are considered hazards that property owners can be found liable of if negligent in their lack of attention to a proper environment. Please ensure that you are doing your best to safeguard your interests and to protect yourselves from the risk of personal injury and harm. “If you suffer a slip and fall injury , try to document it as soon as possible,” advises Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall attorney. Such documentation could include a picture of where accident occurred, highlighting how the snow and ice buildup may have caused the slip and fall accident.

Ontario Personal Injury

If you have suffered a personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, visit for more information or call 613-978-9549. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer has helped many slip and fall accident victims get the compensation they needed. He can also help you! Free consultation.

Drinking and driving related accidents in Ottawa Ontario.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth urging everyone to be safe out there !

Please, if you are drinking, do not drive!!
-Call a taxi (blue line taxi) 613-238-1111 (WestWay Taxi ) 613 727-0101
-Designate a driver !
-Call responsible choice (613) 248-0444

Don’t let the holidays be ruined by drinking and driving. “The holidays are a time to be especially alert for drunk drivers because alcohol-related accidents traditionally go up this time of year” says Ottawa personal injury attorney,  David Hollingsworth. “It’s a special time of year that brings many parties and festive occasions when alcohol is served during the holidays,” says David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Accident Lawyer “This unfortunately also brings about more alcohol related Ottawa accidents. Drinking and driving is never a good idea. It’s illegal and too often, it’s deadly.” “We are very fortunate in Ottawa that we have many resources available to us to help prevent drinking and driving such as taxi services and responsible choice.”

It seems that the rates for drinking and driving accidents is on the decline, which is great. Still,there are Ottawa accidents and deaths every year that are alcohol related and could be avoided and that’s tragic. Alcohol-related deaths have been declining nationwide since 1982 due to tougher laws and stepped-up police enforcement. “Enjoy a safe holiday with family and friends,” says David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Accident Lawyer. “If you choose to drink, designate a sober driver or call a cab. It could save a life.”

As an experienced  Ottawa Accident Lawyers, I help countless Ottawa accident victims get what they need. If you have been in an Ottawa accident or Eastern Ontario accident and have suffered a serious injury, I can help you get benefits that you may not be aware of. Over the last decade I have helped hundreds of Ottawa Ontario accident victims get the financial compensation they needed for themsleves and their families. If you are suffereing right now, it is hard for you to be dealing with an insurance compnay. I have the experience and a high success rate. Let me help you. Call 613 978-9549.