Winter Tobogganing in Ottawa. What you need to teach your children…

Winter tobogganing in Ottawa ….

Most schools are out tomorrow for the holidays and that means children will be looking for activities.  What’s on the top of my3  kid’s list? Tobogganing ! Ottawa has an abundance of hills open for tobogganing.  While it’s a great sport and very fun, it is also a sport that has it’s fair share of serious injuries. Each year hundreds of people are injured and many require medical attention. The City of Ottawa has a wealth of information related to tobogganing in Ottawa. Please check out their website.

Youth between the ages of 5-9  make up for 40 %  of toboggan related injuries in Canada. A  number of these injuries result in concussions, internal injuries or broken bones. (Statistics: Canadian Hospital’s Injury Reporting Prevention Program). Most injuries are caused by hitting another object such as a tree, a rock, a sign or from being thrown from the toboggan with force.

We are not trying to be alarmists,  we simply want to remind everyone that tobogganing can be enjoyed; however, a few safety steps can be put in place before your children head off to the hills.

We’ve scoured various websites and here are a few suggestions on how to try as much as possible to prevent injuries.

Help keep your tobogganing safe by….

  • Checking  weather conditions before you head out.
  • Checking  the physical condition of the hill to make sure it is safe. Check for hazards.
  • Make sure the slope of the hill isn’t too steep or fast.
  • Do not toboggan in dark areas where visibility is limited.
  • Always wear a CSA approved helmet.
  • Always sit  facing forward.
  • Keep your hands, arms and legs inside the toboggan and do not use your arms to break.
  • Do not wear scarfs and make sure all strings on hats and mits are tied up.  Any loose clothing could catch and become a hazard.
  • When tobogganing , go one at a time, do not follow closely behind another toboggan.
  • Children under the age of 5 should not be on a toboggan by themselves as they cannot control it.
  • Teach your children that once they reach the bottom of the hill, they must quickly and carefully get to the side and be watching for oncoming sledders.
  • Teach your children to safely climb back up the hill on the sides.

Have a great, safe holiday season and have fun tobogganing !


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

photo credit Fede Racchi

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.


Ontario Boating Accident: New laws, zero tolerance, applies to boats and canoes, Ottawa lawyers David Hollingsworth

Ontario boating accident lawyer David Hollingsworth.

It has been a gorgeous long weekend.  I have had the pleasure of being at the cottage with my family and being on the water, teaching my kids to waterski.  Our lake, which is usually quite quiet has had boats and jetskis zipping around all weekend.  I say, great..but I will admit, it has been busy and somewhat stressful.  I can only imagine what it is like on the big lakes.  This is the weekend to be out on a boat.  Unfortunately, this also means there will be an increase in the number of Ontario boating accidents. A boating accident injury can result in serious personal injury, wrongful death, high financial difficulties due to medical bills, treatment, and any boat and property damage created by the boating accident. Yesterday, a new law came into effect stipulating anyone under 22 years old cannot drink  alcohol  and drive. That goes for boat operators, too. Even canoes. Boaters of all ages are encouraged to be more careful. Sadly, the Civic Holiday period is a weekend known for an increase in boating accidents. A reminder to all- you shouldn’t be drinking and boating. It’s no different than driving a car. Ontario drivers under 22 will soon be required to keep their blood alcohol levels at zero. The penalties are the same as for impaired driving: licence suspension and up to $500 in fines. Boating accidents occur largely because people downplay the dangers of boats. The boating accidents often occur because of negligence and can result in serious and deadly boating accident injuries.

Accident Statutes of Limitations

There are time limits and statute of limitations for filing a boating accident report, so protect yourself and contact an Ontario boating accident lawyer such as Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth asap. David Hollingsworth has been  a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa dedicated to helping accident victims receive all the compensation they need after an accident such as a boating. If you or a loved one has been injured or died as the result of an Ontario boating accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits you are not receiving.  As an Ottawa lawyer specializing in personal injury, David meets with people daily who have been seriously hurt and need help.  Visit my website at  or email [email protected] for more information and a free consultation. David  understand your needs and can help with your personal injury claim and other Ontario accident related issues. Call for a free consultation 613 978-9549 or visit