Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth – what are the signs of a brain injury ?

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…www.ottawainjury.ca . Brain injuries can happen in an instant and are life-altering. A brain injury is one of the most complex personal injuries as they are an “invisible” injury and impact not only the person with a brain injury, but their friends and family as well.
Brain injuries are not just a result of car accidents, they call also result from severe head blows, falls, trips or just about any activity where someone could hit their head.
Typical signs of a brain injury are :
Numbness , excessive drowsiness, severe headaches, arm or leg weakness, dizziness, loss of vision, slurred speech, loss of consciousness, nausea, or vomiting.
March is brain injury awareness month. Please support your local brain injury association.
— The Ottawa injury lawyer and accident blog is written regularly by Ottawa brain injury lawyer David Hollingsworth . Since 1999, David has been helping Ontario accident victims with brain injuries get the help and compensation they need. Living with a brain injury can be incredibly difficult and requires a lot of help, support and compensation. For more information on brain injuries and maximum compensation for brain injury injuries in Ontario, visit https://www.ottawainjury.ca/braininjuries.php


Steps Ontario personal injury lawsuits :What is an examination for discovery ?

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca Steps of an Ontario Personal Injury Lawsuit : Examination for Discovery

What is an Examination for Discovery in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?    An examination for discovery is a very important step of an Ontario personal injury lawsuit.  It allows for questions to be asked under oath. It also allows both sides to share documents that relate to the Ontario personal injury lawsuit. All parties in an Ontario law suit have an obligation to list and give copies of all documents that are relevant to the Ontario personal injury law suit in a sworn affidavit. This is often the time when additional evidence will surface. This is also the stage in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit when the insurance company will be able to ask the accident victim questions.  Not to worry, your Ontario personal injury lawyer will be there to ensure that all the questions being asked are fair. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will also prepare you for an examination for discovery ahead of time so you know what to expect. A court reporter will also be present to record the examination for discovery.

Sometimes in an examination for discovery, a question may be asked and the witness does not know the answer. Often times the Ontario personal injury lawyer and the lawyer for the insurance company will agree that the question can be answered later in writing as an undertaking.  Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will help prepare the undertaking and assist you in answering any undertakings.

An examination for discovery often “gets all the cards out on the table”.  The examination for discovery gives both sides a clear picture of all the facts in the Ontario personal injury law suit and allows for better communication and better chances of settling the Ontario personal injury lawsuit before it goes to court.

If you have any questions at all about your Ontario accident or your Ontario personal injury lawsuit, fell free to contact us.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer 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 subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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What you can do to prevent a brain injury when skiing, skating and tobogganing :Ottawa Ontario Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Brain Injury and Head Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…There are far too many injuries resulting in traumatic head injuries and traumatic brain injury every year. A traumatic brain injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever, as well as the life of your friends and family. Not all head injuries and brain injuries are preventable, but you can take steps to reduce the risks in some activities.  ThinkFirst is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. It has some very valuable resources that I thought I would share with you….Have fun, play safe and protect your head ! -Ottawa , Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 Brain Injury Facts:      

 

 

  • Damage to the brain and spinal cord can rarely be repaired. Life after a brain or spinal cord injury is never ever the same
  • Injury is the leading killer of Canadian children and youth. 50 % of all deaths from injury are from a brain injury
  • 30% of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities

The good news on brain injury..   

 

 

  1. Bike helmets can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries when used properly
  2. Skiers and snowboarders who wear helmets reduce their risk for head injuries by 60 %

 What you can do to help prevent a brain injury…

 -Encourage kids to be active, but ensure they get proper training, wear the gear, and are able to effectively navigate risks.

 -Be a role model: as parents, coaches and educators it is important to model safe, responsible behaviours like wearing a properly fitted helmet during appropriate activities, and buckling up in the car  

Each severe brain injury costs our medical system over $400,000 at the time of injury. Costs remain approximately the same each year following the incident due to indirect expenses and follow-up treatment

Although catastrophic brain injuries in sports and recreation can affect anyone, boys/men are affected four times as frequently as girls/women

Wondering what helmet to wear?

Replace your helmet if you have been in a crash, it is not designed to protect you a second time.

· Skateboarding, In-line skating and Scooters – Because falls are common in these activities, helmets for skateboarding, in-line skating and scooters should cover the back of the head to better protect against backward falls and withstand multiple impacts. A skateboard or in-line skating helmet should not be used for bicycle riding unless specified on the label. No  standards have been set for scooter helmets.

Multi-sport helmets – Some helmets are marketed as “multi-sport” meaning they meet safety standards for more than one activity (such as skateboarding and in-line skating). Be sure the helmet you buy has been tested for the activities you will be using it for.

Field Sports – Team field sports, such as football, baseball/so-ball and lacrosse, have helmets specific to the kinds of hazards each sport presents. Football and lacrosse require face protectors on helmets because of the level of contact between players and equipment.·

Hockey – Multiple impact helmets are intended to protect your head from impacts due to falls on ice and collisions with the boards. Hockey helmets are also recommended for ice skating and tobogganing.

Skiing and snowboarding – Ski helmets can be single- or multiple-impact helmets (check the manufacturer’s label) and cover more of the back of the head than a bicycle helmet.

Ice skating and Sledding/ tobogganing – While specific ice skating and sledding helmets have not been developed, ice hockey helmets (skating and sledding) and ski helmets (sledding) are an option because they are designed to protect the head in all directions in icy conditions.

Researchers estimate that 90 % of all injuries are predictable and preventable Remember: Most crashes aren’t accidents, but predictable, preventable events. Change the way you speak about these events to change social perception

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

  
 
 
 

 

 


Avoiding head injury and brain injury : FREE helmets available. Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Before I head out to the outdoor rink with my son for a quick skate before bed, I wanted to quickly share a great safety resource with you in the hopes of reducing an accident resulting in a serious head injury and brain injury.  There are far too many hockey, skating and ski accidents in adults and children that lead to serious and permanent injuries.  Wearing a  helmet is one very simple step to take to help protect yourself and avoid a possible head injury or brain injury.  Please, please play safely out there and WEAR A HELMET !

Are you looking to purchase helmets?  Safe Kids Canada and Canadian manufacturer, Seven Star Sports, are pleased to provide low-cost helmets for all sports, including cycling, skiing, snowboarding and hockey. A portion of all sales will go to supporting Safe Kids. Please feel free to share this information  with family, friends and colleagues.

To place your order, visit the Safe Kids website and click on one of the PDF links, print and fill out the form and send it by e-mail to: tarick1@sevenstarsports.com or by fax to: 905-574-7082.

For questions about your order, please contact Seven Star Sports directly at: 1-888-52-7STAR (7827) or 905-574-9270 .

The following helmets are available:

  • Bike Gear Bicycle Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Multi sport and Deluxe Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet with Face Cage form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet form
  • Ski – Winter Sports Helmet form

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ontario injury victims get the help they need after a serious Ontario accident.  Due to his vast experience with personal injuries, David understands the added pressure and stress associated with this personal injury.  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

If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca

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Ottawa Valley Brain Injury Association raises much needed funds for people with acquired brain injury.

Ottawa Catastrophic Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A huge congratulations goes out the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) for a wonderfully successful event last night.  I was proud to not only attend but sponsor the wonderful event. The Ottawa Valley Brain Injury Association is a provincial not-for-profit, charitable organization with mission is to enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support.

Ottawa Brain Injury Association’s services include:

  • information and resources on acquired brain injury
  • 1-800 toll free helpline
  • personal advocacy and support
  • training and education for families and professionals

Last night, they raised over $70 000 to help people with brain injuries ! Amazing what hard work , a good cause and an amazing Ottawa community can do !

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa 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

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Ontario Brain Injury , Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer, Ontario Head Injury Lawyers: As an eastern Ontario brain injury lawyer, I continue to be shocked at the brain injury statistics that come out each year as most brain injuries are preventable. A Brain Injury is an invisible personal injury, unlike a cut or a bruise. A brain injury is a catastrophic injury and trauma to the brain is not visible. Often times  victims of a brain injury or head injury appear to be uninjured and go about their lives. However; often times someone with a brain injury is suffering and is not showing it. Typically friends, family members, co-workers and employers start to notice small changes…The incidence of brain injury is high in Canada:

Head injury from trauma  occurs every 500 out of 100,000 individuals yearly.

Head Injury outnumbers  breast cancer, spinal cord injury and HIV/AIDS. headinjury

It is estimated that there are some 27,000 children with Acquired Brain Injuries in Ontario schools.

  • people who wear helmets suffer fewer head injury rates (an average of 25% lower) .
  • Bicycle injuries are one of the leading causes of injury for children ages 10-14 years old, and traumatic brain injuries account for close to one third (29%) of all cycling-related hospital admissions.
  • Research shows that 20% of people in psychiatric settings appear to have a history of brain injury.
  • Helmets use reduces head injury by 88%.

Each year, 50,000 Canadians suffer an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). In Ontario, 44 people sustain a brain injury daily.

  • Close to 500 000 people in Ontario are living with an acquired brain injury.

795 children out of 100,000 individuals suffer a brain injury each year

456 people suffer a brain injury daily in Canada — this amounts to one person injured every 3 minutes.

Most head injury occur in males aged 16 to 24.

Brain injury from trauma is the greatest killer under the age of 45;

The greatest cause of disability under 44;

and kills more children under 20 than all other causes combined

As an Ontario head injury lawyer and one of the top Ottawa brain injury lawyers, I urge everyone out there to slow down, buckle up, put a helmet on ,be alert and be safe out there.  A brain injury is life altering and can happen to anyone in an instant.


Summer Cycling Safety Tips with Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

bicycle accideOttawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Cycling Accidents Ottawa .We all want to be out on our bicycles cycling around Ottawa.  There is much to see and do and getting out on a bicycle is one of the best ways of seeing our city. Of course, it is part of a healthy lifestyle, but bicycling also helps the environment. It’s important, as a cyclist in Ottawa, to be always be aware of your surroundings. Make sure your are visible and take all necessary safety precautions. As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer, I meet regularly with people involved in bicycle accidents who suffer very serious personal injury such as brain injury, head injury and broken bones.

In 2009, according to Transport Canada,  there were a total of 41 bicycle accident fatalities, and 435 serious personal injuries related to bicycle accidents. The Canada Safety Council recommends for all bicyclists to wear an approved bicycle helmet, which can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries. Simply put: A bicycle helmet can save your life, so why wouldn’t you wear one? There are many bicycle safety measures you can take to help keep yourself and your children safe:

1. Always wear a helmet.

2. Pay attention and avoid distractions.

3. Obey the laws and road safety rules.  Cyclists have the same rights and duties as other drivers and need to follow the same traffic laws.

4. Be predictable — ride in a straight line, don’t swerve over sewers or bumps in the road, this will increase your chances of a collision with a vehicle.

5. Properly signal all turns and check behind you before completing a turn or changing lanes.

6. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.

7. Stay visible. Be careful around parked cars and ride where drivers can see you.

8. Use lights at night and wear bright colored clothing.

9. Be alert -Try to watch for the next move of drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists.

10. Watch for debris, potholes, grates or any road obstacles.

11. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order. Make sure your tires don’t need air, brakes must work, chains should run smoothly, and quick release wheel levers must be closed.

As a driver, there are many steps you can take to avoid a bicycle accident

1. Respect cyclists’ right to share the road and responsibilities as motorists.

2. Obey the speed limits.

3. Come to a complete stop at  stop signs and red lights.

4. Do shoulder checks, and always check blind spots for cyclist.

5. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and bicycles.

6. Yield to pedestrians and cyclists in crossways.

7. If you plan to turn right or pull into a parking space shortly ahead of a bicycle in front of you, do not pass. Allow the cyclist to pass first.

8. Signal all turns and lane changes well 30 in advance.

10. Only pass cyclists when it is safe to do so.

These cycling safety tips may seem basic but serve as a great reminder to us all.  Ottawa is a wonderful city to cycle in, let’s keep it safe ! We all need to focus more on cycling safety.  There are far too many very serious head injuries and other very serious personal injuries in Ottawa each year as the result of an Ottawa bicycle accidents.  As one of the top Ottawa bicycle accident lawyers, I encourage everyone to have a safe and accident free summer.

 


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

 

 


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and accidents – Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer shares study..

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Our lawyers know what is needed to support and compensate for a brain injury.

Our lawyers know what is needed to support and compensate for a brain injury.

Study Shows Increase in Spirituality Following Brain Injury

Did you know that individuals who suffer a brain injury are  likely to have an increased feeling of spirituality due to damage or personal injury of the right parietal lobe, which is the cerebral area within the brain that determines an individual’s place in time and space, both emotionally and physically, according to the latest study from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The study is very interesting and focused on 26 individuals that had  a  traumatic brain injury (TBI), but who were functioning within society as the “walking wounded” or suffering silently.  The study revealed that those who suffered personal injury from the right parietal lobe damage felt more feelings of being lost or dazed, which was the equivalent of measuring higher on the standard measure of spirituality test. The study also revealed that Contralateral Neglect Syndrome can cause those with such injury to retrieve “information from the contralateral side, but patients may not have a conscious awareness” of this and therefore feel dislocated from the world. These types of studies help us understand what someone with a head injury is going through. Often times , after a car accident, someone who has suffered a brain injury is not the “same person” and it is difficult for friends and family to recognize their behaviour. There are many support groups for not only people suffering from a brain injury but also their families. As an Ottawa brain injury lawyer, I can’t stress enough how important getting support is.

If you have been involved in an accident and suffer from a brain injury, you may need an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer to help you get the help and support you need. As a highly experienced injury lawyer, I have helped many Ottawa injury victims through some very difficult times and got them the finances and medical support they needed.  You may have questions you want to ask an experienced Ottawa injury lawyer  and you are welcome to give me a call or email me directly.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information on a brain injury. Call for a free legal consultation with no obligation.  I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You owe it to yourself, you  have been through enough.

 

 

 


Ottawa Lawyer – report child brain injury.

Before you head out there this weekend to ski on Ottawa area slopes or visit Ottawa’s famous Winterlude, remember to pack your helmets and use extra caution. With many recent serious and fatal head injuries in the Ottawa area, we are reminded of the seriousness of a head injury….Be safe out there Ottawa !- David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer on CT scans

According to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a new tool may help standardize the use of CT scans in children with a minor head injury and help reduce the number of scans performed. An astonishing number as high as 650,000 children with a minor head injury resulting in loss of consciousness, amnesia, disorientation and vomiting are seen each year in emergency departments in hospitals across North American. CT scans are important for diagnosing serious brain injury but they unfortunately they expose children to the potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation and significantly add to health care costs. Use of CT for minor head injury in Canadian pediatric emergency departments has increased to 53% in 2005 from 15% in 1995.

A team of researchers from pediatric institutions across Canada have developed the CATCH rule (Canadian Assessment of Tomography for Childhood Injury) which will help physicians determine if a child with minor head trauma should receive a CT scan or not. The study involved 3866 children from the ages of 0 to 16 from 10 Canadian pediatric teaching institutions. The idea with the new “CATCH” rule will hopefully reduce the number of children who receive a CT scan. This will not only reduce unnecessarily exposing children to possible harmful effects, it will help alleviate the wait times for CT scans and health care costs.

My understanding is that the CATCH Rule, is made up of 7 basic findings from a child’s history and physical exam. From these findings, it is easier to standardize the need for CT and reduce the number of CT scans performed in children with minor head injury.

For more information regarding a head injury visit www.ottawainjury.ca. or call David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, specializing in brain injury and head injury at 613 978-9549 or 613 237-4922 ext 203