How much information should you share with your personal injury lawyers ?

How much information should you give your personal injury lawyer?

We often meet with clients who are injured in an accident and don’t know what to do.  Initially we walk through the steps to take in getting a claim started and start getting support at home .  Throughout the first few months following an accident , there are a lot of changes in one’s recovery and health.  It’s important to remember to keep your personal injury lawyer abreast of these changes. If your recovery is not moving along as expected or if you feel your health is in fact declining, it is important to seek proper medical treatments as soon as possible.  The longer you wait, the worse it may become.  You are doing yourself any favors by “toughing it out”.   Once you have received proper medical treatment and are taking care of yourself, it is important that you share with your personal injury lawyer any changes in your health and recovery.  If you are referred to a new doctor or a specialist, it is important to keep your personal injury lawyer informed of such referrals.  Your personal injury lawyer will want a copy of all medical reports and any developments in your treatment plan.  The more information your personal injury lawyer has, the better they can prepare your case. In the long run this will help your case, as there will be no surprises. You may think you are bothering your injury lawyer, or they are too busy, or that you will be billed every time you contact them . In most cases, all it takes is a simple email.  Most personal injury lawyers take cases on contingency so you don’t pay anything until your cases is resolved so you need not worry about being charged. Your personal injury lawyer will want to know what you are going through.  The more they know, the more they can help.  In our initial meetings with clients, we try to make this message clear; however, often times down the road we will have clients say things like ” I didn’t want to bother you…”.  Trust me, it would bother us more if we didn’t know !

It’s important that you are honest and open with your doctors, nurses, social workers , health practitioners and injury lawyers.  We all understand that what you are going through is not easy and at times you may wish to remain private.  This is completely understandable and normal; however it is not what’ s best for you.  You need to be as open as possible and accurately describe your pain and symptoms.  The best way to recover is to properly diagnose that needs recovery.  As experienced personal injury lawyers, we are actively involved in your recovery.  We often will attend meetings with your health team and give input on what we think that can in your recovery.  We have helped hundreds of people rebuild their lives following an accident and we can help you.

Contact us at no charge and we can discuss your personal situation and how we can help you and your family.   Leave this to us so that you have the time and energy to focus on your self, your recovery and your family.


Ottawa accident highway 417 sends 4 children to CHEO with personal injuries.

Ottawa Accident Highway 417

A terrible accident last night has left one young boy at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario with serious personal injuries after being thrown out of the vehicle upon impact. The Ottawa accident occurred on Hwy. 417, close to the Pinecrest exit. The most seriously injured was a young 6 year old boy who had severe road-rash injuries and was rushed to CHEO in serious but thankfully stable condition. 3 other children, a 1 yr old boy, 10 year old boy and 11 year old girl were also treated for personal injuries and brought to CHEO. I wish everyone a full and hopefully a speedy recovery.

There were also 2 other adult passengers in the vehicle . They escaped without injury. The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the accident. If you witnessed this accident on Highway 417  or have any information that could help in the investigation, please contact the Ottawa Police.

Since 1999 , David Hollingsworth  has been a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa Ontario and has built a team of experienced personal injury lawyers dedicated to safety and helping families through the most difficult days following an accident in Ontario.

Winchester accident sends 2 to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Unit with critical head injury, leg injury and fractures.

Winchester Accident

An accident in Winchester Ontario has left 2 men in the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Unit following an early morning accident yesterday morning.  The Winchester accident occurred on County Road 31 when one vehicle is believed to have crossed a centre line and hit another vehicle. Police are investigating why the van may have crossed the line but still have not determined why. Ottawa paramedics were second to arrive at the Winchester accident after they were asked to help the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Paramedics.

Both drivers of both vehicles were trapped in their vehicles and were eventually freed by the Winchester rescue crews. One man was rushed to the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus with severe trauma including a critical head injury and critical leg injury. The other man was also transported to the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus with several traumatic injuries and multiple fractures and is in serious, but thankfully stable condition.

I wish both men in this accident a full recovery. They have both suffered very severe injuries and will have a long road ahead of them. County Road 31 will be close for Police investigation. If you witnessed this Winchester accident and have any information that may help Ottawa Police, please contact the Police immediately.


Kanata bicycle accident. Child rushed to Ottawa hospital with severe child head injury.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Now that spring is here ( at least until tomorrow) , the bicycles are out.  Many people are biking to work , school and just about anywhere on their bicycles.  Unfortunately, this also means an increased chance of cycling accidents in the Ottawa area. Sadly, Ottawa bicycle accidents have already begun and a 17-year-old teenage girl was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in serious condition with  a severe head injury. She had been biking in Kanata this morning, when she was hit by a car as she crossed the street. The Kanata bicycle accident took place at Shirley’s Brook Drive close Kinross Private early this morning . When Ottawa rescue crews arrived, the young girl seemed confused , which is a sign of a closed head injury. A head injury can be a devastating and life changing injury. I wish this young girl a full recovery and I hope she is able to completely get through this accident. My thoughts are with her, her family and her friends at this incredible stressful time.

Many cycling accidents result in severe head injuries.  A head injury can be a catastrophic injury and must be diagnosed and treated properly.  We have many clients who have suffered a head injury and felt fine immediately following their accident.  In some instances, the true effects of their head injury don’t manifest until days later, in some cases, it can even be months later.  That is why it is critical that a head injury not be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury; go see a doctor and listen to your doctor.  If you are suffering from a concussion, you will likely be advised to rest, avoid screens, loud noises and busy activities. In a nut shell you want to give your brain a chance to rest as much as possible. Yes, this means a complete shut down if possible ! Your doctor will best advise you of how long and exactly what you will need to do. Take care of yourself and your concussion.

Killaloe accident- mother and toddler airlifted to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre.

Killaloe Accident,  Lawyer David Hollingsworth…

A terrible Killaloe accident has left a mother and one of her children in an Ottawa hospital with serious injuries. Kristen Birney was driving a minivan with her four children inside the vehicle when it was hit by another vehicle turning from Opeongo Road onto Letter Kenny Road at about 5 o’clock last night. The OPP are looking to press careless driving charges against the 67 year old driver that struck the minivan. The result was that Kristen and her 3 year old toddler were airlifted to the Ottawa Hospital Civic campus in critical condition. The OPP are continuing in their investigation.

If you have any information that could help police, please contact the OPP.  My thoughts are with Kristen, her young child and their family at this difficult time and I’m wishing them both FULL recoveries.  Thankfully they are in excellent  hands at the Ottawa Hospital.


We love hearing from our Ottawa injury clients.

Happy with our injury lawyers? Please let us know !

We received another great email today from a client who came to us close to 2 years ago after she had suffered a serious back injury in an accident.  We began working with her and her family soon after her accident and were able to secure them a great settlement that allowed them to continue on with life much more financially comfortable and start rebuilding a life with a serious back injury. Not only do we help secure her financial future, we were able to get her in to see some of Ottawa’s top back specialists. We also helped them set up for the future with a plan that would make sure they were well taken care of.  This client is just one of many clients we help each month. Here is what she had to say.

“I just wanted to say thanks again.  My husband and I sat down last night and for the first time felt like it was finally over and that is thanks to you and your staff.  We really appreciated everything you did for us David and know how hard you worked to get it for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  “

Our success as personal injury lawyers

As Ottawa personal injury lawyers, we are also very thankful that we are in a position to help.  Our success rate speaks for itself and we pride ourselves on how hard we work and how experienced we are. We know how to make a difference for each and every one of our clients.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are experienced and dedicated accident lawyers specializing in Ontario personal injury, accidents and insurance claims.  Since 1999, we have built one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyer teams.


Ottawa Injury Lawyer on what are timelines, cut off dates and statutes of limitations after an an accident in Ontario.

Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyers

What are the timelines or cut off points for filing a personal injury law suit or making an insurance claim after an accident in Ontario? The timelines or cut off dates are known as statutes of limitations in Ontario for a car accident. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury in an Ontario accident there is a 2 year period whereby you must start your personal injury claim.  If you miss this 2 year mark, you may not be entitled to compensation from your insurance company, if you have been paying your premiums along the way.  This situation often occurs because people do not realise the extent of their personal injuries until long after their accident. There are however some exceptions to this rule.

Statutes of Limitations for Insurance Claims

The Ontario Limitations Act is complex; however it does take special circumstances into consideration.  As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I have had success in the past where I have been able to help clients get compensation , even though they did not start their insurance claim before the statute of limitations. I’m not recommending you wait until the 2 year mark , as it is always best to consult with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer right away and let them at least start the claim. If you are unsure of what to do, consult with an experienced  injury lawyer and they can let you know what your next steps are.
Our lawyers are here for you. We offer free consultations and can walk you through the Ontario Accident Benefits and what you are entitled to.  We have Ontario accident benefit specialists who can also fill out the paperwork for you and make sure that you receive all the benefits you are entitled to and make sure the paperwork is filed correctly and in a timely manner.  You’ve been through enough, now let us help you.


Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Although it doesn’t look or feel like it, spring is officially here.  With the warm weather coming , more Ottawa pedestrians will be taking to the streets. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

To avoid a pedestrian accident, you should…

  • always cross at crossways or traffic lights
  • be alert
  • ensure drivers see you before you cross any road;
  • only cross a road when traffic has stopped;
  • be cautious when crossing and do so promptly. Don’t waste time and make sure you get completely across before the light changes.
  • do not wear headphones to listen to music. You need to hear the sounds around you.
  • be aware of cars that may be turning and may not be able to see you;
  • as much as possible, wear bright clothing or reflective wear and make yourself as visible as possible.  Most of all, use common sense.

Accident benefits for pedestrian accidents

Did you know that pedestrians are entitled to accident benefits is they become injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident? A personal injury insurance claim is mad through the drivers insurance company and things like income replacement benefits, rehabilitation expenses, attendant care, hospital expenses, loss of education expenses, housekeeping, expenses of visitors etc.. can be covered

There are far too many Ottawa pedestrian accidents each year and sadly, most of them could be avoided.  Both motorists and pedestrians need to ensure that they are doing everything they can to keep Ottawa roads safe and accident free. David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are top Ottawa personal injury lawyers  who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario pedestrians get all the help, support and maximum compensation after an Ontario accident.

Feel free to contact our Ottawa injury law firm with any questions you may have and we would be happy to help.

More snow coming Ottawa ! Leave those snow tires on.

A caution from personal injury lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth

You may think spring is just around the corner here in Ottawa but you may have to wait a little longer.  Don’t put your shovels and snow tires away yet. There is a storm system making its way towards Ottawa and is likely to hit us late tonight. Yes, that’s right…more snow. It should start tonight and continue tomorrow. It is expected that the Ottawa area will get at least 15 centimetres of snow, possibly more. I wanted to remind everyone to adjust their driving and be aware of the weather conditions.  Driving in a snowstorm and heavy snow can be dangerous. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can tell you that there are far too many accidents that could potentially be avoided if all drivers followed some basic guidelines for winter driving.

If you are feeling unsafe, pullover and get assistance.

Slow down during inclement weather.

Make sure to clear your car off and that you have excellent visibility on the front , back and side windows.

Clear off the roof of your car, as sudden stops may send large amounts of snow down your windows and may affect your visibility. Clearing off your roof also ensures you aren’t putting others at risk with large pieces of ice and snow flying off your vehicle while driving.

Watch out for black ice.

We will undoubtedly be faced with difficult driving conditions tonight and tomorrow morning in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  Please drive safely and take your time.

David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are dedicated injury lawyers who are here to help through support and maximum compensation following an Ontario accident. We are from Ottawa and love Ottawa and want to keep our roads and city safe.


Ottawa accident highway 416 and Fallowfield sends one to hospital with severe head injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates…An Ottawa accident early this morning on highway 416, close to  Fallowfield, has resulted in  a young 19-year-old woman being rushed to hospital. Ottawa rescue crews arrived at the Ottawa accident scene at approximately 12:30 am and found the driver alone in the car with serious head injuries.Thankfully, they were able to remove her from the vehicle and rushed to the hospital , where she remains in stable condition. My thoughts are with her and her family at this very difficult time.

-My Ottawa personal injury team is experienced and dedicated Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in Ontario personal injury, accidents and insurance claims.  Since 1999, we have built one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyers teams.   If you have any questions, please contact us with any question/consultations at (613) 978-9549 or email at or visit our website at

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