Ottawa Police aiming to reduce personal injuries by focussing on unsafe lane changes

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Ottawa Police and the City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) are targetting  Ottawa motorists performing  unsafe lane changes and those who inappropriately use reserved lanes to help keep Ottawa’s roads safe. This will be the focus for April.

Ottawa Accidents and Unsafe Lane changes

Unsafe lane changes caused 1,130  accidents  reported in 2010, resulting in one wrongful death and 111 personal injuries.

Ottawa Accidents and Ottawa Drivers Driving in Reserved Lanes

In 2010, Ottawa motorists traveling in the reserved transit lanes caused 27 accidents which resulted  in  personal injuries.

The  Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department.  They are all dedicated to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious personal injuries for all Ottawa people , through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

I commend them on their efforts and support these amazing initiatives.  Let’s all do whatever we can to help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents and personal injuries.

—-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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Risks of Social Media: Problems for Personal Injury Lawsuits? Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Please be careful of what  you put up on the Internet.  Pictures and “tweets” can often be taken out of context and misconstrued and inevitably may hurt your personal injury case.

Risks Of Social Media  

Online social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube are great ways to connect with people, but can easily undermine personal injury cases.

Please be careful about which details you reveal about yourself on social media sites. Information on your pages can be used against you as evidence from Facebook  by the police, the media, and most importantly insurance companies. Insurance companies often hire private detectives to follow you.  Facebook does this work for them. Make sure to check your settings and make sure your privacy is protected. You may think posting a picture of yourself doing an activity is harmless but you never know how an insurance company can misconstrue these pictures and use them against you. There have been many personal injury lawsuits that have gone south because accident victims innocently posted a picture of themselves relaxing or enjoying leisurely activities.  The insurance company can and will use these pictures against your case. Any picture can be taken out of context and an insurance company can use these pictures to say you aren’t as injured as your claim states. Insurance companies may not understand that people who are injured will gather strength and rest up for certain special occasions and then spend the next 3 days in bed to recuperate. The insurance companies can paint a picture of this type of behaviour and activity as being commonplace. Obviously, this can lead to misinformation and make settling personal injury lawsuits difficult.  To avoid the confusion, it’s best to keep your personal life personal.

The last thing you want to have happen is for you to affect your personal injury case in any way, shape or form. 


Ottawa Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth : Quadriplegia – Paraplegia

Ottawa, Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer Shares Information that relates to Spinal Cord Injury

The Danger of Spinal Cord Injuries

If you or your loved ones have been experienced an accident or injury, please remember that your spinal cord is sensitive and your injuries (even if they seem minor) could pose a serious threat to your health and wellbeing. It is important to have your injury assessed by a qualified health care professional such as a medical doctor, chiropractor, and physiotherapist to ensure that you are in a position to move forward after your accident. Also, it is important to see a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer who understands the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of the spinal cord injury process. Top Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth will help you to ensure that you do not lose out on what you deserve to help you and your loved ones following your accident.

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

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A Spinal Cord Injury, often abbreviated simply as “SCI”, is any traumatic injury to the spinal cord that can result in a loss or impaired function or reduced mobility or feeling. Types of SCI include Paraplegic and Quadriplegic (Tetraplegic), used to describe the medical condition of a person who has become paralyzed. These classifications depend on the level and severity of a persons paralysis, and how it affects their limbs.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

Your spine is extremely fragile. It can be hurt in an injury or even slowly over the course of time. Typical common causes of damage to the spinal cord include traumatic activities such as Ottawa automobile accidents, Ontario gunshot injuries, Ontario slip and falls injuries, Ottawa sports injuries such as hockey, and so on. Damage to the spine is known as a lesion, and the paralysis is known as Quadriplegia (or sometimes “Quadraplegia” or “Tetraplegia” if the injury is in the Cervical region, or as Paraplegia if the injury is in the Thoracic, Lumbar or Sacral region.)

Contrary to popular belief, someone can suffer a Broken Neck or Back without becoming paralysed. This occurs when there is a fracture or dislocation of the vertebrae, but the spinal cord has not been damaged. However, neck and back injuries are extremely serious and tragedy can often result from these types of injuries. Please, ensure that you are taking as much care as possible in situations and contexts where injury could occur. I always recommend that the best way to deal with a SCI is to prevent it from evening happening, as it seems that a proactive approach about the process is the best way to ensure for your well-being and the health of your spine.

Types of Spinal Cord Injury

Basically, there are two broad classifications of SCI with respect to the lesions associated with the SCI, typically referred to as a complete or incomplete SCI. A complete SCI means the victim is now completely paralyzed below their point of lesion. On the other hand, an incomplete SCI means that only the specific part of the spine has become damaged. Victims of incomplete SCI may have sensation below their lesion but no movement, and visa versa. These classifications are broad and not all-encompassing, since the range and variety of spinal cord injuries is limitless … if an injury has occurred, I can help you to deal with it, but please remember that a proactive approach to your activities such as sports activities and driving on the roads is the key to ensuring for your safety!

What is Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation ?

If your spinal cord has become injured, please remember that tragedy does occur but that there is always hope. You will likely face a long road of rehabilitation, often at a Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Unit and Rehabilitation Centre or Spinal Injury Unit, and it is important for you to keep your sense of humor (especially on your unavoidable ‘bad’ days to help you to maintain a positive attitude that will help you to get through your injuries – I know you can do it).

In terms of timelines, a paraplegic will often stay in a hospital or rehabilitation facility for about five months, whereas a quadriplegic will require an additional few months on average (for a total length of approximately six to eight months). Both will under-go various forms of rehabilitation and physiotherapy before ultimate discharge from the hospital in order to help maximize recovery and familiarity with adaptive measures such as a wheelchair and general techniques to cope with their “new” lives. I want to stress that countless happiness studies have shown that people consistently demonstrate their ability to overcome adversity to lead even more fulfilled and happier lives – a spinal cord injury is tragic but you can choose to overcome it to lead an even more fulfilling life.  I am here to help you in this process and to fight for you to ensure that you do not lose out on what you deserve in this difficult process.

With over 11 years experience as an Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer, David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa spinal cord injury accident victims and Ontario quadriplegic and paraplegic accident victims get the help they need following an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a Ottawa accident or a Ontario accident and have suffered a spinal cord injury you are likely entitled to compensation you are not receiving. You will need an experienced and highly qualified Ontario personal injury lawyer in Ottawa to fight for you. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for free consultation. Cases are taken on a contingency basis.

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer

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