Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: How to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Good morning Ottawa ! It is cold out there today and very slippery. There is a layer of ice on the ground and its hard to see , as last night’s snow is covering the ground.  This is typically when slip and fall accidents happen. With the holidays here we are all out just a little more, shopping and visiting with others and often we are carrying bags or presents. This, coupled with our weather conditions contribute to a higher incidence of slip and fall accidents.  Slip and fall accidents  in Canada makeup more than 50% of all personal injuries . Slip and falls accidents are the primary cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings such as shopping malls.

As a property owner, it’s also important that you keep your property as safe as possible. This means keeping your walkways and steps clear of ice.  Property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is reasonably safe.  This not only means ensuring steps and walkways are cleared away in a reasonable manner, it also means  your home doesn’t have structural defects, hazardous conditions have been addressed.

Yes, accidents do happen but many accidents are preventable. There are things you can do to lower your risk of a slip and fall accident such as watching for ice, wearing proper footwear, walking slowly, keeping your hands free in case you do fall.

Common Slip & Fall Injuries include:

slip and fall accident

Our injury lawyers help with:

  • Fractures
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bulging Discs
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Spinal Injuries

Although a slip and fall accident doesn’t seem as serious as a car accident, some injuries are more serious and can leave an individual with a lifetime of pain and a decreased quality of life. Some people suffer such serious injuries from a slip and fall accident, that they are unable to return to work.

Financial compensation for slip and fall accidents

If you have suffered from a slip & fall accident you may be entitled to maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of income and health costs, depending on whether or not you are able to establish negligence.  This is where our Ottawa personal injury lawyers excel. We have helped thousands of people and we can help you with your slip and fall accident and make sure you are well taken care of now and in the future.

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Help and compensation for concussion injuries in Ontario accident benefits.

Concussions Injury Compensation Ontario.

I have had so many people come to me after a car accident in Ontario and they have no visible signs of an injury, yet they are suffering. After I hear about their day in and day out activities, it becomes quite apparent to me that they are suffering from a severe concussion. Concussions are a type of brain injury.  Although there is not always a blow to the head, a head injury can be equally or more painful.  In many cases, accident victims with severe concussions are not able to return to work or their everyday activities such as concentrating, remembering , or even simple tasks such as getting groceries or mowing the lawn. Suddenly noises, vibrations and lighting prevent them from any quality of life. No two concussions are alike and the effects suffered by brain injury victims will be different. The brain is one of the most complex organs in the body which controls all of the body’s functions. When these bodily functions are compromised, accident victims can suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There has been a rise in public awareness when it comes to concussions.  It was previously believed that small blows to the head had little impact on one’s brain health.  Now, however through research, we know that these impacts can result in brain injury.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer I find this development in research to be amazing. With the new technology developed to test for concussions and brain injuries, I am able to help my clients get identified and get the medical help they need in a timely manner.  After that, I am able to help them get the maximum financial compensation for their concussion injury.

Concussion symptoms ….

  • Headaches
  • Trouble with memory
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness
  • Ears ringing
  • Nausea
  • Unusual fatigue

When someone suffers from a concussion, it is important that I work closely with their  family and  healthcare practitioners to ensure that we are keeping a close eye and making sure to note any changes or triggers with their concussion. Coping with the needs of a brain injury victim is extremely difficult for everyone involved.

Concussion injuries can be life changing

A severe concussion is life altering for everyone involved. I understand the pain and frustration involved when someone suffers a severe concussion. I have been able to put many things in place and help secure my clients financial futures as many have been unable to return to work.

In Ontario, people who have suffered a brain injury as a result of an Ontario car accident are entitled to compensation for their losses from their own insurance company. Insurance companies must pay for accident benefits for such things as lost income and  housekeeping, medical bills and rehabilitation. There are time limits in Ontario when it comes to applying for Ontario accident benefits. Some insurance companies will deny a claim, even if the insurance policy covers the entitled to Ontario accident benefits.  This is where personal injury lawyers can really make the difference.  An experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer will step in and represent you.  The best Ontario personal injury lawyers will ensure you are getting ALL of the accident benefits you are entitled to and make sure that you and your family are taken care of in the years to come. Insurers often deny accident benefits they are supposed to pay out on.  Every concussion and brain injury is different and therefore every Ontario accident claim is unique.

If you have suffered a concussion or if a friend or family member is suffering from a severe concussion, we understand and can help you. We can’t undo the damage that has been done, but we can help you get much needed resources that can help you regain control of your life. Your quality of life is extremely important; not only for you but for your family.  Your concussion may get worse, but hopefully it will get better. We can help you along the way. Hang in there and let us help !

 


Ottawa Police planning to streamline accident reporting process, cut costs and lower Ottawa accident reporting times.

Ottawa Accident Report

Ottawa Police are planning to make improvements to their accident reporting system.  The accident reporting process should then be faster, safer, and more efficient  due to the new technology being used as well as designated Collision Reporting Centres (CRC) in Ottawa.

Motorists who are involved in accidents and who have not suffered injuries and have a vehicle that can still be driven will be able to attend one of the three designated reporting centres (open 7 days a week ) . The accident report will need to be filed within 24 hours. Ottawa’s 3 reporting  centres will be located at 474 Elgin Street, 211 Huntmar Drive and 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard.

On average, it takes 32 minutes before an available officer arrives on an Ottawa accident scene and the accident reporting process takes approximately  72-minutes. Now, with the new system in place, the process will be quicker it will also alleviate traffic around the accident.  Now under the new system, Ottawa accidents will be submitted electronically which will not only save time, it will save money , dropping the cost of each report $249 to $167.

If you plan on starting a personal injury lawsuit, you will need a police report.  Our lawyers can order a copy for you if you do not have a copy. Contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation and let us help you get all the supports and compensation you are entitled to.


Ottawa accidents: Where to avoid. Ottawa’s busiest accident intersections.

Accidents in Ottawa

Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario….

Listen up Ottawa drivers ! Did you know that more than 15,000 auto accidents occurred  in Ottawa in 2011. This is more Ottawa accidents than last year; however,  fewer people died and  fewer people suffered personal injuries.

The most common intersection in Ottawa for accidents is Riverside Drive and Hunt Club Road. This busy Ottawa intersection had 53 crashes in 2011, compared to 2010,when it also ranked  first in accidents, 43 accidents reported.

The second most common Ottawa accident intersection was Belfast Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. There were  32 accidents in 2011.

The intersection of Baseline Road and Woodroffe was also a common accident location with 31 accidents reported.

Ottawa accidents in 2011

The following intersections also reported a high number of Ottawa accidents in 2011:

Catherine Street and Kent Street- 30 Ottawa accidents

Walkley Road and Hawthorne and Russell roads- 30 Ottawa accidents

Prince of Wales Drive and West Hunt Club Road -30 Ottawa accidents

Blair Road and Blair Road Ramp 36 -29 Ottawa accidents

Clyde Avenue and Merivale Road- 29 Ottawa accidents

Industrial Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard -29 Ottawa accidents

Baseline Road and Greenbank Road -28 Ottawa accidents

Beechwood Avenue and Crichton Street – 28 Ottawa accidents

Thankfully, none of these Ottawa accidents resulted in death.

The city of Ottawa recorded 15,295 collisions in 2011, up from 14,953 in 2010,  The number of registered vehicles and licensed drivers on Ottawa’s roads also increased in 2011.

The city of Ottawa also reported that 25 people died in Ottawa accidents: 9 drivers, 7 passengers, 1  motorcyclist, 1 cyclist and 7 pedestrians.  The number of fatal accidents in Ottawa lowered  from 2010, when 38 deaths occurred in Ottawa accidents and is the lowest number of fatalities in 6 years.

The number of reported people suffering personal injuries in Ottawa accidents lowered from 3,822 in 2010 to 3,690 in 2011, including  2,152 drivers, 814 passengers, 339 pedestrians, 130 motorcycle drivers, 13 motorcycle passengers, and 242 cyclists .

The city of Ottawa is also looking at  road safety initiatives and assessing  different types of situations when Ottawa accidents happen and where personal injuries result,  to improve safety for everyone in Ottawa .

 


What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer…What are the signs of a concussion?  There are many different signs and symptoms of a concussion. Some are obvious and others  subtle.  Some conscussion signs may appear immediately and others may not be for days or even months. 

The most common signs of a concussion are headache, amnesia, confusion or loss of consciousness.

Other signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • headache or pressure in the head
  • slurred speech
  • loss of consciousness
  • confusion
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fatigue
  • no recollection of event
  • dizziness or blurred vision
  • “ringing” in the ears

Often times, after an injury signs appear later on. Often times people with a concussion may exhibit:

  • difficulty with concentration and memory
  • irritability and personality changes
  • eyes and ears are sensitive to light and noise
  • difficulty sleeping
  • depression
  • tastebuds and smell are off

Symptoms of a child concussion
Head trauma or concussions are particularly hard to identify in young children,  infants and toddlers because they have difficulty communicating how they feel.

Typical signs of a concussion in a child

  • tires easily
  • irritable or cranky
  • loss of appetite
  • trouble sleeping
  • uninterested
  • loss of balance

It is always best to have your child checked by a doctor if you suspect they may have a head injury.  Because their skulls are so soft and developing, there is a greater chance of a severe head injury occurring.  If your child is alert, moves normally and is able to respond, the head injury is probably mild and typically will heal.  If this is the case with your child and they are tired it’s OK to let them sleep. If worrisome signs develop later and you are worried, then bring them immedicately to your doctor or emergency facility.

Bring your child immediately for emergency help if you suspect a head injury and they are exhibiting the following signs:

  • vomiting
  • continued persistance of a headache
  • changes in behavior displaying irritability
  • changes in physical coordination, including stumbling or clumsiness
  • confusion: does no’t know day,events etc…
  • slurred speech
  • dilated or uneven pupils
  • difficulty breathing
  • lasting or recurrent dizziness
  • discharge from nose or ears
  • large head bumps or bruises
  • loss of consciousness ( more than a minute)
  • repeated vomiting
  • seizures
  • symptoms that worsen over time

Concussions and sports injury
If you have injured yourself and suspect you have a head injury , you should absolutely allow yourself to rest. Avoid playing sports or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present. It is recommended that people who suspect they have a concussion should return to their sporting activity until a doctor has given them the “green light”.

—-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: [email protected] (613) 978-9549

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Ontario personal injury, What is a mediation? Ottawa injury lawyer explains…

Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth.. What is a mediation? How does a mediation affect an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?  Not all Ontario personal injury lawsuits get to the mediation stage.  Some may settle before that.  A mediation in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit is a step that both sides agree to take in order for a speedier resolution and hopefully have the Ontario personal injury lawsuit settle before going to court, which could take years.

In a personal injury mediation, both sides agree on using a mediator. The mediator’s job is to  help both sides come together and reach a settlement.  Mediators are neutral and are there to help both sides reach an agreement.  A personal injury mediation in Ontario is a step before court, whereby both parties can speak directly to one another and are really able to share with the other side what their needs are. It really is a very valuable part of the litigation process and typically results are fair.  Most accident victims find that because of the mediation process, they are able to avoid dragging out their personal injury case and avoid going to court. As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have found that almost all personal injury cases truly benefit from the mediation process.

Before going to the mediation, Ontario personal injury lawyers are required to prepare the mediator with the facts from their case.  Both sides will prepare their own version of this document known as a “mediation brief”. The mediator will typically begin the mediation by stating the facts, as they know them and then turn the floor to the  lawyers , who each get a turn to make their opening statements to both the mediator and the other side. In an Ontario personal injury case, the other side is the insurance companies’ lawyer; not the individual driver.

In Ontario, personal injury clients must be present at the mediation; however they are not required to speak. Their Ontario personal injury lawyer is there to represent them and speak on their behalf. Many accident victims like the fact that their lawyer speaks for them; while others do not.  At a mediation, the personal injury client is able to speak whenever they feel comfortable, they just don’t have to.  This includes answering any questions from the insurance company. The insurance company does not have their client there.  In fact, in most cases, the other driver is completely uninvolved in the lawsuit and has no idea as to what amounts or details there are in the case. The settlement cheque does not come from the driver, it comes from the insurance company. The insurance company also does not report back to the driver the amount that was reached at settlement.

Once all of the information has been presented by both lawyers; both sides will typically break off in separate locations to discuss freely and openly what offers they will accept and what offers they would like to make in the hoped of settling the case.  The mediator will flow back and forth between both rooms and offer counsel and suggestions to help both sides reach an agreement.

Most Ontario personal injury cases will settle at the mediation stage but not all do. In the case where it does not settle, the mediation process still helps forward the case along as both sides were able to share information and truly get a sense of where the other side is coming from. Sometimes, the mediation allows both sides to leave with some time to think about things and then over the course of the next little while, they are able to reach a resolution, as they have had some time to let things settle and they have had time  to simply think. And that is a good thing.

—-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: [email protected] (613) 978-9549

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What is maximum compensation for chronic fatigue syndrome in Ontario ? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Top Ottawa Injury Lawyers – David Hollingsworth on Compensation for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

chronic fatigue syndrome

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (“CFS”) is a real disorder affecting hundreds of thousands of people in North America.  We have our fair share of chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers here in Ottawa as well. Often the syndrome can present itself to a victim after an accident or injury. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is not perfectly understood, though the World Health Organization classifies it as a Disease of the Nervous System. Secondary to an accident, clients will often describe to their injury lawyer levels of fatigue they are experiencing. It is important for a person to also consult with their medical team to ensure that they are receiving the best attention possible to ensure for the best possible health. Your injury lawyer can help you with your recovery to ensure that you do not lose out on what accident benefits you may be rightfully entitled to.  The classification of CFS will involve several factors. Notably, a classification of CFS will entail (1) ruling out other conditions that you may suffer from and (2) it must be shown to be otherwise unexplained, relapsing fatigue that is new (i.e. you have not had this condition all your life, it is not predated fatigue); (3) that the fatigue is not the result of ongoing exertion; (4) that the fatigue is not relieved by rest; (5) and that the condition results in substantial decreases in your levels of occupational, social, educational, or personal activities.

Furthermore, to prove Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,  the patient must exhibit at least four of the following enumerated symptoms, which must persist for at least six months: (1) Difficulty with memory or concentration; (2) Sore throat; (3) Tender cervical (neck area) or axillary (underarm area) nodes; (4) Sleeping but not feeling rested; (5) Arthralgias (pain along the nerve of the joint) – no redness or swelling; (6) Headaches; (7) Muscle pain; (8) Post-exertional malaise, lasting more than one day. Our Ottawa injury lawyers work closely with medical professionals who specialize in chronic fatigue syndrome. We understand how difficult life can be living with this syndrome and are here to help.

 


Avoid an accident and personal injury- watch out for black ice.

Ottawa injury lawyer on how to avoid Ottawa accidents and black ice. icyroads

It’s the last day of March break and it’s awfully cold out there today.  I’m just about to go out and hit the slopes with my son.  I’ve been skiing for a couple of days now and I’m sore and stiff !  Regardless, my son is excited, so off we go ! I hope my muscles forgive me someday.  Although it’s sunny out there..there is still a chill and with that comes black ice.

There are too many injuries in Ottawa each year due to black ice. Generally, drivers are caught unprepared. Black ice, sometimes known as “glare ice” or “clear ice” is deadly because it is difficult to see – it can sneak up on you when you least suspect. Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares his thoughts on how you can drive safely through the Winter season and practice safe driving habits.

Each year, there are an incredible number of Ottawa automobile accidents due to the ice conditions here in Ottawa and in Eastern Ontario. The goal is to establish safe driving habits that will protect you when you drive during black-ice season. As a preliminary, always strive to stay alert – this means that since black ice can be anywhere, it is wise to remember driving carefully, with all attention on your surroundings.

More specifically, you can stay tuned to weather and news reports that will advise drivers on particularly bad days and intersections that require careful attention. Black ice is not truly black, though it is virtually invisible to the driver’s eye, so sharp turns, and busy intersections, for example, will require extra caution to safeguard your safety and well-being. “Most accident victims don’t notice the black ice on the road until it is way too late,” says Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. “You have to automatically assume that if there is a slight chill in the air, there will likely be ice, SO please… slow down and avoid car accidents.”

For over 12 years, David Hollingsworth has been on Ottawa personal injury lawyer, specializing in Ottawa accidents and Ontario accidents. David’s personal injury practice focuses on Ottawa and Ontario accident victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents resulting in personal injury, Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ontario Sexual Assault Claims, Ottawa, Ontario Serious Injury Law Suits, and other Civil Litigation matters. Ottawa and Ontario – Free Consultations. For more information, call 613 978-9549 or 613 237-4922 ext 203 or visit www.ottawainjury.ca


Ontario motorcycle accidents : Compensation and your rights, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa bike accident lawyer David Hollingsworth…I came across this information on a related website and found it very valuable. I have changed some of the information to make it relevant to Ontario accident victims. Did you know that one of the most common causes of motorcycle and bike accidents is when a car turns left in front of a motorcycle. Did you know that turning left is one of the most common types of car accidents for motorcyclists, often resulting in serious personal injury. As an experienced Ottawa Ontario personal injury attorney, I have seen similar Ontario motorcycle accidents resulting in serious personal injury for the motorcycle rider occur repeatedly. Often times the driver of the car does not see the motorcyclist.  Motorcyclists simply do not have the same protection and therefore are ususally the ones with the more serious personal injury after the accident.  Hiring the best Ontario accident injury lawyer  after any motorcycle crash or accident resulting in serious personal injury is crucial. The best Ontario personal injury lawyers, are experienced in Ontario motorcycle accident law and know how best to represent you with your insurance compnay to get you maximum compensation after your motorcycle accident.  The best Ontario personal injury lawyers can not only get you financial compensation, they can help get you housekeeping, caregiving, medical expenses, lost time at work, out of  pocket expenses and many other accident benefits you may be entitled to.

An experienced Ottawa Ontario motorcycle accident attorney can help explain your rights and give you a free consultations to help you get started with your Ontario insurance claim. In any motorcycle accident lawsuit or insurance claim, it is extremely important to document these cases properly, ensuring that evidence is gathered efficiently and completely. Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team can help with accidents and personal injuries throughout Ontario and if needed will travel to you.