Ottawa injury lawyer happy to be sponsoring Ottawa Brain Injury Awareness Day

Sixth Annual Ottawa and Eastern Ontario Brain Injury Awareness Day

Our personal injury lawyers are pleased to once again share that we are again sponsoring this wonderful event aimed at raising awareness, support and funds for people with a brain injury and their families . For the past six years, Vista Centre has organised this event and invited survivors, family members, health care professionals, educators, lawyers and all anyone involved in preventing brain injuries.

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyers

Our personal injury lawyers are not only sponsoring this event , we will be available throughout the day to answer any questions regarding brain injuries and legal rights.  Thousands of Canadians injure themselves and suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year . Typically, there are more younger adults than older adults who suffer brain injuries.  This means many people with a brain injury have a long life ahead of them; however it is a life that will require support.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are able to help offer this support. When we meet with someone who has been injured in an accident and is suffering from a brain injury, the first thing we do is put as many supports in place to properly diagnose and fully understand the extent of the brain injury. While our clients are focussing on their recovery, we implement a plan for the future.  We understand and have experience with what is required.  We hire our own medical experts to develop a life expectancy plan, we hire professionals to prepare reports to determine what amount of income will be lost throughout the course of an individual’s life time due to their brain injury and we make sure we are thorough in seeking maximum compensation for a brain injury.  Part of the recovery process will be to access programs such as the Ottawa Brain Injury Awareness Day.

When it comes to helping people who are suffering from a brain injury, we are there.  WE understand the complexity of a brain injury and its effects on the individual and their family and friends.  A brain injury is an “invisible injury” with very visible effects.  If you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury , I urge you to visit the Brain Injury Association of Canada’s website as well as the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley’s website .  If you need us for free legal advice, we are here for you. Let our Ottawa personal injury lawyers help you with your brain injury .

Ottawa Brain Injury Awareness Day

Ottawa Brain Injury Awareness Day


New Bauer hockey helmet aims to reduce head injuries and brain injuries, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth.

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth …Bauer Hockey, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of ice hockey equipment,  officially unveiled the Bauer Re-Akt helmet, the first hockey helmet designed to specifically manage the multiple type of hits in the game, including rotational-force impacts, which from what I understand, has been  proven to cause significant head injuries and brain injury.

 The Bauer Re-Akt  helmet features the Suspend-Tech liner, a unique  rotational impact protection system to protect the head from excessive rotational acceleration upon impact. The liner is made up of  Extreme Impact Protection, a super-light pliable material with the ability to dissipate extreme force on impact. The free-floating stretchable liner moves independently inside  the helmet, meaning better managing rotational forces.

The majority of approved hockey helmets are designed to address linear impacts; however, there has been a tremendous amount of research that indicates that the rotational force are a key contributor to a head injury

Hockey is a very fast paced game, where there is a lot of contact. The ice is also an extremely hard surface and not one that would absorb the impact. Most impacts occur when a player is in motion,  trying to make a hit, or trying to avoid a hit.

It has taken more than 2 years for this helmet to come along. The helmet features specially designed pads placed strategically in areas of the helmet where players require the most protection.  Unlike other helmets in the market designed to manage only high-energy impacts, the Bauer’s new helmet is designed to manage the multiple types of hits in hockey

To date, close to 44% of all NHL players are wearing Bauer helmets. Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers,was one of the first players to wear new helmet leading up to the All-Star Game. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until most NHL players are looking for the extra protection.

Unfortunately, head injuries seem to be a part of hockey ( at least for now) .  All hockey players need to protect themselves as much as possible. No helmet is going to completely prevent all concussions or head injuries, but helmets with more protection are absolutely a step in the right direction.

Bauer’s new helmet will soon be available for at retail locations worldwide in May. For more information, visit Bauer’s website. Let’s hope we start to see an immediate decrease in sport related head injuries !

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer helping and Ontario  accident victims and the families of accident victims who have been seriously injured or 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

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Rain in Ottawa – Safe Driving Tips for Rain to avoid Ottawa car accident , Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Avoiding an Ottawa Car Accident

Although rain can be good for the grass and the tulips, it can be problematic on our roads and increase the risk of an Ottawa car accident. We can expect a lot of rain this week in Ottawa. We are so use to driving defensively in winter conditions but it is important to keep in mind that rain and wet roads  can also be dangerous and  it never hurts to be reminded….

  • Drive  slowly ! Drive at rate of speed that suits the weather conditions;
  • Pay careful attention to the car ahead of you and your surroundings;
  • Keep a wider following distance; some drivers forget to signal at times causing an abrupt stop for the cars behind;accidentsinrain
  • Try to avoid slamming on your brakes, this may cause your vehicle to skid and the roads are slick;
  • Visibility is already a problem, ensure your windows are properly defogged so you don’t add to this problem;
  • Ensure your windshield wipers are in working order and do not leave streaks; and
  • If it is dark ensure you are not over driving your headlights.

Ottawa Car Accident Accident Benefits

An Ottawa car accident can occur frequently on rainy days because road conditions. Please drive safely out there Ottawa and avoid the chance of  an Ottawa car accident. Regardless of who is at fault in an accident in Ontario, most injured are entitled to accident benefits. Accident benefits are benefits that you pay for each month through your own insurance company. Depending on the nature of the Ottawa car accident you’ve been involved in, you may receive accident benefits from your own insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver.  There are a number of different accident benefits available to people such are rehabilitation benefits, housekeeping benefits, income replacement benefits , attendant care benefits and many others, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries and coverage. Often times, people think if they were at fault or charged in the accident, they are automatically not entitled to accident benefits and this is simply not the case.

 


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Head Injuries, Ottawa Lawyers

Ottawa Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Head Injury Lawyers, TBI, Traumatic Brain Injuries on the high number of serious accidents resulting in Ottawa brain injury or head injury each month here in Ottawa.  A brain injury is not always preventable, but in some instances, it can be made preventable.  By raising your awareness and understanding of brain injuries, you can learn to avoid these injuries for you and your loved ones.

The facts of Spinal Cord Injuries can often seem bleak. In general, damage to the brain and spinal cord can rarely be repaired. Certainly, life after a brain or spinal cord injury is never exactly the same. You will require much change to your lifestyle, including rehabilitation and care, sometimes ongoing for the rest of your life. Injuriesarea leading killer of Canadian children and youth, with half of all such deaths from injury as a result of brain injuries. Please ensure that your children are safe, since 30% of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are experienced by children and youth, many of whom while engaged in sports and other seemingly “innocent” recreational activities that can lead to tragedy.

In terms of the sheer cost, brain injuries can be very expensive. A severe brain injury, it has been estimated, can cost over $400,000 (as to costs to the Canadian Medical System) at the time of the accident and brain injury. There can be ongoing costs, as well, each year secondary to the brain injury accident because of indirect expenses and rehabilitative care treatments. And similar to Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Injuries are more common in males than in females – approximately four times more frequent, to be precise.

With all this said, there is some “good news” in terms of what you can do for you and your loved ones ..there are steps you can take to protect your children, your parents, and your husband or wife from suffering a brain injury. Some steps are as simple as wearing your helmet! Bicycle helmets are as high as 88 % in preventative capability – it is essential for you to wear your helmet consistently and correctly to reduce your chance of TBI. Snow enthusiasts such as skiers and snowboarders using helmets reduce their risk for TBI by 60%. In short, researchers believe that 90% of all injuries are predictable and preventable. This means that by following this preventative steps, you can reduce your risk of injury and inspire others to do the same.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Profile David Hollingsworth for brain injuries

Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer working with accident victims who have suffered a serious brain injury or head injury.  David understands the needs of a brain injury and this “invisible personal injury and can help you with your personal injury claim and other Ontario accident related issues. Call for a free consultation 613 978-9549 or 613-237-4922 ext 203 … or visit www.ottawainjury.ca

 

 


Check your car tires..Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth Ottawa Accident Lawyer..Wishing everyone out there a great and safe long weekend.  Please drive, swim, bike, ride and boat safely !  According to Department of Transport Road Accident Statistics, the number of  car accidents caused by weather and snow covered roads increase in winter by 267 percent. Obviously we can’t control the weather conditions but  we can reduce car accident statistics considerably by replacing the tires according to the weather conditions.

Car tires and car accidents

Many Ontario residents and those who live in colder areas, change their car tires prior to start of winter season and again in spring or summer. This is done for the sake of safety as the experienced car drivers know that the ambient temperature is directly related with their tires performance.  The research also indicates  that ambient temperatures below 7 degrees celcius  potentially trigger hazardous driving conditions. Insurance companies statistics also support this view stating that the increase in car accident damage insurance claims increases drastically with the onset of colder weather. This is why it is extremely important to ensure you have tires that are in good condition.   Test rides have proved that whenever temperatures go below 7ºC, tire rubber become  hard and that results in less road grip. Fitting cold weather tires to our vehicles before winter season is the best solution to drive safely, even during the winter, rainy or snowing season, when temperatures are likely to go down below 7C. Cold weather tires provide better mileage while normal tires reduce the mileage up to 20 %. Cold weather tires contain more rubber that minimizes the hardening effect and gives extra grip in wet, cold or icy conditions. As a result, we get shorter breaking distances. Although it may be a hassle,  spending a few minutes for tires replacement at the change of weather twice a year for the sake of  safety is not only justified, it is essential. Even after adapting this practice, don’t forget to continually check the tires condition and pressure regularly.


What you don't know about a brain injury, Ottawa Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa ..Serious Accidents often result in a brain or head injury.  I have so many clients that suffer from a brain injury and feel that it is important that we all educte ourselves on this “invisible” personal injury.  I found this article on the Brain Injury Association website and have shared parts of it with you.  There are other related articles that can also be found there. ….Brain injuries are the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44 in Canada. It is estimated that approximately 1.3 million Canadians are living with an acquired brain injury (ABI), according to the Brain Injury Association of Canada. Speech-language pathologists (S-LPs), audiologists and supportive personnel, who are represented by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), have an important role to play in this area. Research indicates that 80 to 100 % of individuals with a brain injury will have some form of communication disorder. Treatment by these professionals is essential, as they “work to maximize communication and swallowing and, in turn, participation in daily life and activities. Speech-language pathologists are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team who treat the individual with an acquired brain injury.  The cognitive communication deficits subsequent to an ABI can have a devastating impact on an individual’s ability to participate in daily activities and subsequently affect their quality of life. There may be implications on the individual’s ability to participate in daily communication and performing vocational activities,” adds Barnes.

Approaches to treatment and rehabilitation of brain injuries are diverse, as each individual with a brain injury will experience different challenges in speaking, swallowing, reading, listening or hearing. “Considerations must be given to the severity and type of brain injury, the individual’s pre-injury status and family and community supports that is available,” adds Barnes. “Approaches to treatment focus on the communication impairment secondary to the cognitive deficits as well as evaluating and treating any swallowing difficulties post injury.”
Simple recommendations to prevent a brain injury include wearing a helmet during sporting activities, preventing falls, avoiding alcohol and substance abuse, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wearing your seatbelt.

Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ontario brain injury victims get the help they need after a serious Ontario car accidnt.  Due to his vast experience with brain injury and head injury victims, David understands the added pressure and stress associated with this “invisible” personal injury.  David aggressively fights to get the maximum amount of compensation needed to ensure you are taken care of and that you are able to rebuild you life , as it was before the accident.  David takes his cases on contingency , which means , you don’t pay him anything, until he gets you your money.  Call for a free consultation 613-978-9549. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca

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Watch out for Ontario Changes to Car Insurance.. Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Insurance Claims Lawyer David Hollingsworth Ottawa Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth- ..I know I keep harping about the upcoming changes to Ontario car insurance, but I am concerned and want to make sure you have a clear picture of what is going on for Ontario drivers.  It is important that you make an informed decision, when it comes to renewing your Ontario car insurance…

A serious personal injury claim is much more expensive than the cost of most vehicles. The most serious of personal injuries are not common, but could cost more than several vehicles. Personal injury is reported in 54 % of private passenger car (this includes motor vehicles)  accidents covered by car insurance. Nearly 1/2 of those personal injuries are more than minor.

Insurance claims companies reported 71,803 personal injury claims for Ontario accident benefits among the 138,568 property damage and collision claims involving Ontario’s more than 6 million insured, private-passenger vehicles in 2009. What does this mean? Based on the figures Dominion reports, there would have been nearly 39,000 minor personal injuries, more than 30,000 more serious personal injuries and more than 5,500 of the most serious personal  injuries. It’s important that drivers become more familiar with the Ontario personal injury coverage they now get with the mandatory portion of their car insurance, and what amounts they will soon have the option to buy.

Ontario Drivers renewing their car insurance after Sept. 1, 2010 may choose to buy $50,000 of medical and rehabilitation coverage, or pay extra to continue to have $100,000 over coverage for personal injuries that are neither minor nor catastrophic personal injury.

Ontario is  the only province with privately delivered insurance that allows the purchase of additional coverage. It will still be possible to buy $1 million of medical coverage instead of either the $50,000 or $100,000 limit. No matter what amount of coverage you have now, or choose to buy later, there will be a $3,500 limit on coverage for treatment of most minor personal injuries starting Sept. 1.

Other coverages, such as for housekeeping and child care while you are injured, will become optional and at an additional cost.  In my opinion, as an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer, if you can afford this, it is well worth it, when you need it most. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is expected to release its next quarterly report on the averages of approved rate changes sometime this month. Some time after that, Ontario insurance claim agents and brokers will be able to tell Ontario insurance policy holders about the sort of rate changes they are facing.

Many Ontario insurance companies have already begun publicizing these new changes and how they may “save” you money, when renewing your Ontario insurance; however keep in mind that the reduction you might face in payments, is minimal to the reduction you may face if ever you are involved in an Ontario car accident and have serious personal injuries.  Remember, the personal injury coverage is far more important than the coverage on your vehicle.

Please pass this on to anyone in Ontario who walks, drives, bikes, or rides !It affects us all..

If you have any questions, or need more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have,

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, serving 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.