Ottawa lawyer supporting City of Ottawa June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

City of Ottawa declares June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I am so pleased that our wonderful city has chosen June as Brain Injury Awareness Month.  With more bicycles, motorcycles, sports, rollerblades, skateboards out during the summer months, the need for brain injury awareness is paramount.  I fully support this initiative.  I have so many clients suffering from a brian injury and it is heartbreaking.  A brain injury is an invisible condition affecting  adults and children. A brain injury is usually not recognizable and results in daily frustrations for not only the person suffering from a brain injury, but also their family and friends. 

I totally believe that the Ottawa community needs to become informed about the risks of a brain injury, what to look for and the strategies for preventing a brain injury.

The daily challenges faced by someone with a  brain injury and their families are often uncomprehensible unless you are in their shoes.  They struugle daily to do some of the most basic life tasks, that they could once do easily. 

As a community supporting those suffering from a brain injury, we need to help by sharing information, knowledge and inspiration to help improve the quality of life of brain injury victims and their families.

We have some valuable Ottawa brain injury resources such as:

Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley, The Brain Injury Association of Canada, the Vista Centre, Pathways to Independence, the Acquired Brain Injury program at the Ottawa hospital, the Ontario Brain Injury Association to name but a few….

June 2012 as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Ottawa.

 


Common Injuries from Motorcycle accidents – Ottawa Accident Lawyers

Ottawa Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth-

The weather in Ottawa is expected to hit somewhere in the high 20s this long weekend.  With the warm weather, many motorcycle enthusiasts will likely be hauling their motorcycle out of storage and hitting Ottawa roads.  A motorcyclist is not as protected as those who drive cars and most accidents result in quite severe personal injury.  As a Ontario personal injury lawyer in Ottawa, David Hollingsworth has helped many Ontario motorcycle accident victims get maximum compensation for the most common personal injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Common Personal Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents


Top Ottawa Personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth has dealt with a range of common injuries secondary to motorcycle accidents, which can include a personal injury-fracture, spinal cord injury, brain damage and concussion, nerve damage, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. Basically, these accidents all have a common theme: you have been hurt and are entitled to maximum compensation for your personal injury.

Fractures

are a common personal injury secondary to motorcycle accidents, which often throw victims from the motorcycle and can produce fractures and lacerations if bones break through the surface of the skin. This can also result in damage to tendons, joints and nerves.

Spinal cord injury

are another very serious and common injury secondary to motorcycle accidents. They can occur if the vertebrae (or protected spinal cord that transmits nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body) suffers any injury. Severity depends on how much and what region of the spinal cord is damaged. Victims can become paralyzed from the neck down, or may lose some function in their legs, or any combination.

Brain damage and concussions

can result from motorcycle accidents. Head trauma is common, causing a concussion or a traumatic brain injury that can dramatically reduce the victim’s overall quality of life and his or her ability to live independently. Often serious injuries can result in combinations of brain damage and concussion and spinal cord injury or some other serious issue – further aggravating your rehabilitation process and increasing the need to see a lawyer expert in your area of injury.

Nerve damage

can occur when a motorcyclist lands on his or her arm, leg, or some other high nerve ending location of your body during an accident. The force of the impact can result in nerve damage and the loss of some or all function in the affected limb. Amputations may be required in any of the injuries depending on severity. There are methods of procuring compensation for such injuries.

Personal Injury-Disfigurement

Facial disfigurement can occur when drivers are not wearing protective face equipment.  Trauma to the face can result in intense pain, and the driver with the disfigurement may go through painful and expensive plastic surgery or have scars from the motorcycle accident for  life.

Emotional trauma such as pain and suffering

is another devastating and common injury that can result from a motorcycle accident. Often, a physical injury has healed but the emotional scars still remain. These are what is known as emotional trauma or “pain and suffering” due to your accident. PTSD or “post traumatic stress disorder” is one among many forms of emotional trauma that can result from your injury.

As a Ontario motorcycle driver you do everything you can to prevent motorcycle accidents knowing that it can be dangerous. Even if you take every precaution, you may still end up with a personal injury from a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own. You may need compensation for medical needs, attendant care, housekeeping, and many other areas. David Hollingsworth is here to help.

If you are injured in a Ontario motorcycle accident you may need the help a highly skilled Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer to help you maximize your insurance claim. Contact David Hollingsworth, Ottawa , Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer  for a free consultation.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549


Brain Injury and Head Injury in Ottawa Children

For more information on personal injuries: visit www.ottawainjury.ca

David Hollingsworth : Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer –

Helemts on Kids Cycling Accident

Helmets on Kids help reduce injuries from cycling accidents

On the heals of our very exciting Olympic win last night in men’s hockey this timely article was published in the Ottawa Citizen.  I am a father of 3, and every time I go to a Ottawa outdoor rink with my kids and see someone without a helmet on, I am in disbelief !

The city of Ottawa is planning on  requiring children under  13 to wear helmets at Ottawa indoor skating rinks, but may stop short of a Ottawa bylaw making helmets mandatory for Ottawa children in all outdoor sports. The city of Ottawa already makes minors wear helmets when they participate in Ottawa city-run skating programs, or use the indoor skateboard park or the BMX park. The new policy will extend mandatory helmet use for children to all Ottawa public skating sessions.

Does wearing a helmet help reduce the chance of serious injury and cycling accidents ?

It seems very obvious to me not only as a personal injury lawyer but also as a father. Research studies show that proper helmet use can prevent head injury and brain injury in children. Earlier this winter, Ottawa emergency-room doctors at the Ottawa hospital treated more than 50 children with head injury and facial injury as a result of  skating and tobogganing Ottawa accidents. Approximately 1/2  of them suffered concussions while the other 1/2 had injuries ranging from cuts to broken jaws incurred as a result of face-plants on the ice. Of all the winter outdoor sports, ice skating accounts for the most Ottawa ER visits for head injury in children. Some believe that making a mandatory rule for helmet use creates barriers and limits those who may participate in Ottawa sporting activities.  What do you think?

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer..