How to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Ottawa slip and fall accident

A pre-spring thaw has left Ottawa walkways wet and slushy and sadly this may lead to a slip and fall accident. Freezing temperatures forecasted for the weekend will turn that wet slush to ice, creating a hazard for those who may not prepared.

Slip and fall injuries have serious consequences with injuries ranging from sprains and fractures to brain or spinal cord injuries. The weather aside, one of the biggest contributors to pedestrian accidents is distraction. People are walking, looking at their phones and not paying attention to what’s happening around them. Icy conditions increase the hazard.

* Give yourself lots of time to get where you are going. Take short steps and walk at a slower pace.

* Use the railing when walking down stairs.

* Pay attention to black ice. When the weather changes quickly, dew, fog or water vapour can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice,

* Carrying too much can upset your sense of balance. Lighten your load. You need to leave your hands and arms free for balance.

* Be prepared to fall and try to avoid using your arms to break your fall. If you fall backward, try to tuck your chin in so your head doesn’t hit the ground.

* Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles.

Compensation for slip and fall accident

Being aware of icy weather conditions, throughout the winter months or after a spring thaw, is important. Staying on top of the weather conditions helps you to know when to use greater caution. Winter presents a number of challenges for drivers and pedestrians, but when it comes to walking on icy roads and sidewalks, use extra caution and be aware of your surroundings. If you have been injured in a pedestrian, auto , or slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact David Hollingsworth to learn more.


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:

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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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City of Ottawa looking to reduce slip and fall accidents. Lawyer David Hollingsworth supports.

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Slip and fall accident on City of Ottawa Property

Great news !  The City of Ottawa is looking to spend over $1 000 000 through the next 3 years, making Ottawa’s sidewalks and other areas safer for Ottawa. The initiative comes as a response to Ottawa’s aging population. The  City of Ottawa needs to accommodate for older residents. Additional benches in Ottawa ‘s parks will be installed  and  additional pedestrian signal technology will be installed to intersections, making Ottawa more accessible and more importantly safer .  What particularly thrills me, is the city’s plan to increase inspections of Ottawa’s sidewalks for cracks and bumps. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I see way to many slip and fall accidents in Ottawa that could be avoided with proper maintenance of Ottawa’s sidewalks and pathways. I applaud the city of Ottawa’s efforts and hope they continue to make our Ottawa a safer place for everyone. What do you think ?

City of Ottawa Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident on City of Ottawa property, it is important that you talk to a personal injury lawyer as there are very specific timelines when it comes to making a claim against the City of Ottawa. The City of Ottawa receives about 2,000 injury claims/ year as a result of an injury or damage to their property as a result of their belief that the City of Ottawa was negligent. The City of Ottawa states that it only  pays compensation for around 25% of the claims that are submitted and the other 75% of claims are denied.  That is where an experienced personal injury lawyer can make all the difference. Our lawyers know how to file a claim and seek maximum compensation for slip and fall accidents on city of Ottawa property. We have helped hundreds of people get the support and compensation they needed following an accident. We can help you.

 


Ottawa lawyer shares tips to avoid slip and fall accident and injuries.

Ottawa based injury lawyer David Hollingsworth, shares his recommendations for the winter and Slip and Fall Injuries.

A slip and fall accident can happen anytime, any season. We had such an incredibly warm gorgeous day today. Unfortunately they are calling for a flash freeze tonight in Ottawa.  With all the snow that melted today, we will surely be seeing more ice tomorrow.  I posted this post over a year ago and thought Id share it again… Please ensure to watch your step out there tomorrow ! Many often forget to fully consider the potential for personal injury and the associated ramifications of pain and suffering. Even a minor slip can lead you to much stress and tension on you and your loved ones. A slip and fall injury can result in massive medical bills, loss of work, lost wages and more. If a slip and fall injury happens to you, an Ottawa personal injury lawyer can explain to you what your rights are and make sure your interests are protected.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from a slip and fall accident :family

I deal with a tremendous number and variety of slip and fall accidents on a regular basis each year. Such slip and fall injuries can happen at any time of the year, and in any location or setting. However, there are certain conditions that render the possibility of injury more likely, so please on to learn how to protect you and your family from the prospect of injury, and to learn what to do in the event that you are injured by a slip and fall injury.

There are certain circumstances where the city of Ottawa may be responsible for your slip and fall accident. For example, imagine you are walking down the street at night. As you try to cross the street, you approach an open man-hole (the city has neglected to put the cover back after working on the sewer system earlier in the evening). Naturally given the lack of light, you do not see the open manhole and fall right through, experiencing broken bones, fractures, and lacerations. Perhaps your personal injuries are more psychological in nature.

Who is Responsible in a slip and fall accident?

The city of Ottawa would be responsible (through the action of one of it’s employees) for their negligence and your injuries. There are many other instances where slip and fall injuries could occur, such as (1) flooring/carpeting in poor repair (2) parking lot surfaces in poor repair (3) ice and snow buildup (4) elevators/escalators/stairways (5) areas with poor lighting, (6) and so on.

 Compensation for slip and fall accidents :

Depending on the circumstances of injury, your recovery could include compensation to help with stress and tension, medical bills, lost wages, and so on. A good Ottawa personal injury lawyer can give you an idea of what you may be entitled to. Business and property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that people on their establishment or property are safe and not at risk of suffering an injury. If an accident has happened to you, it may be due to the negligence of a property owner who has failed to act according to their due diligence responsibilities to keep you and your family and loved ones safe.

If your slip and fall accident happened in the Ottawa or the Eastern Ontario area because a property owner failed to keep you safe, David Hollingsworth, experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help you recover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and awards for pain and suffering. With his knowledge and extensive experience, he is the Ottawa personal injury lawyer that can help get the maximum possible awards for slip and fall injury victims and help them recover as best as possible.
Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549 for more information.

 

 


Slip and Fall Accidents on Private Property , Ottawa Lawyer, Personal Injury Ottawa

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Hallowe’en has come and gone for another year..and snow is just around the corner and I wanted to share a little information with you, pertaining to slip and fall accidents on private property. A serious personal injury from a slip and fall accident can happen anywhere.  Someone could trip on a hockey stick, skipping rope, leaves, really just about anything. Were you aware that as a homeowner, you are responsible for keeping your premises as safe as possible?  For example, if someone has had a slip and fall accident inside your home, be it a friend, neighbour, or anyone outside your family living permanently in the household, they may be entitled to financial compensation for any personal injuries they have suffered. It’s extremely important that owners of private residences have a legal obligation to keep their property reasonably safe for third parties.

Some common examples of slip and fall accidents as a result of homeowner negligence include:

  • A slip and fall accident on ice and snow on a driveway or front entrance
  • A slip and fall accident on wet or slick floors/tiles
  • A slip and fall accident on a slick or wet substance that leaks from another person’s home
  • A trip and fall accident on loose steps, flooring or tiles
  • A trip and fall accident on a lawn or garden

Before the snow hits, try to make the time to clear your laneway, stairs, halls…property and make sure it is clear of obstacles and if possible, well lit.  A quick tidy up of the yard, steps and driveway, could make all the difference and keep all us all safe ! Wouldn’t you rather change a lightbuld or add some lighting to your property than possible run the risk of having someone injured ?  Most slip and fall accidents are avoidable.

 


Slip and fall accidents lawyers Ottawa

Ottawa Slip and Fall Accidents Lawyer David Hollingsworth…It’s really snowing out here today Ottawa…Watch where you step and walk !

Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares his recommendations for the winter season and slip and fall injuries.

It’s really snowing here in today Ottawa! Please ensure to watch your step! Many often forget to fully consider the potential for personal injury and the associated ramifications of pain and suffering. Even a minor slip can lead you to much stress and tension on you and your loved ones. A slip and fall injury can result in massive medical bills, loss of work, lost wages and more. If a slip and fall injury happens to you, an Ottawa personal injury lawyer can explain to you what your rights are and make sure your interests are protected.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family:

I deal with a tremendous number and variety of slip and fall accidents on a regular basis each year. Such injuries can happen at any time of the year, and in any location or setting. However, there are certain conditions that render the possibility of injury more likely, so please on to learn how to protect you and your family from the prospect of injury, and to learn what to do in the event that you have been hurt by a slip and fall injury.

Scenario:

There are certain circumstances where the city will be responsible for your injury. For example, imagine you are walking down the street at night. As you try to cross the street, you approach an open man-hole (the city has neglected to put the cover back after working on the sewer system earlier in the evening). Naturally given the lack of light, you do not see the open manhole and fall right through, experiencing broken bones, fractures, and lacerations. Perhaps your injuries are more psychological in nature because you are trapped in the manhole for several hours screaming for help.

Who is Responsible?

The city would be responsible (through the action of one of it’s employees) for their negligence and your injuries. There are many other instances where slip and fall injuries could occur, such as (1)wood  flooring/carpeting in poor repair (2) parking lot surfaces in poor repair (3) ice and snow buildup (4) elevators/escalators/stairways (5) areas with poor lighting, (6) and so on.

Your Compensation:

Depending on the circumstances of injury, your recovery could include compensation to help with stress and tension, medical bills, lost wages, and so on. A good Ottawa personal injury lawyer can give you an idea of what you may be entitled to. Business and property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that people on their establishment or property are safe and not at risk of suffering an injury. If an accident has happened to you, it may be due to the negligence of a property owner who has failed to act according to their due diligence responsibilities to keep you and your family and loved ones safe.

If your slip and fall accident happened in the Ottawa or the Eastern Ontario area because a property owner failed to keep you safe, David Hollingsworth and this team of Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help you recover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and awards for pain and suffering. With his knowledge and extensive experience, he is the Ottawa personal injury lawyer that can help get the maximum possible awards for slip and fall injury victims and help them recover as best as possible.
Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549 for more information.


Ottawa Slip and Fall Accidents Lawyer: Accidents in Children

Child Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

If your child has suffered an injury because of a slip and fall accident due to negligence or a hazard, you may be entitled to some benefits that you likely are not aware of. As one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers, I meet daily with victims of an Ottawa slip and fall accident; some not severe and others; life altering.

Slip and Falls Can Happen Anywhere … What to do if a Slip and Fall Occurs? How to protect your child and more:

Introduction:

Children are alive and free, and they mean the world to us. Often enough, children can lose sense of time and space, lost in the world of imagination and play. Every year, there are countless incidents of children falling and hurting themselves. As a parent or guardian, it is important for you to learn more and to take necessary action if necessary.

Who is Responsible?

In many circumstances, another person’s neglect or inattention to potential hazards can cause injury to your innocent child. If you are on someone else’s property (private or public), you are entitled in most circumstances to sue the insurance company to compensate for your child’s injury. In many cases, the property or business owner is responsible for any personal injury that occurs on their property. In these circumstances, it is extremely important to remember that time is of the essence. If you contact an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer, specializing in slip and fall and personal injury cases, it will help you and your child get the help you need after suffering from a serious injury .

Timelines:

Timeless are very important in a slip and fall accident case like this. Your best bet is to document everything you can, take pictures if possible, seek immediate medical attention (record it) and contact an experiences Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer.

Children’s Injuries:

Children’s bodies are small and less developed which makes them more susceptible to suffer from a severe injury. Some of the different types of hazards that can hurt a child include (but are not limited to):

(1) Potholes or cracks in pavement
(2) Wet or slippery floors
(3) Unbalanced flooring
(4) Adverse weather such as ice, rain, snow etc.
(5) Unattended spilled or items that have fallen
(6) Dimly lit walkways and stairs
(7) Uneven sidewalks

Your child’s injury can be due to some of the above, or other circumstances. Some injuries appear minor and might ostensibility take only a few days to heal, but you may be still entitled to compensation for hidden and less obvious ramifications that an expert lawyer can help nuance. More serious injuries may take months to heal or even to make themselves apparent. Some examples of the tragic injuries your loved ones could experience include:

(1) Broken bones
(2) Bruises/ Scarring
(3) Brain Injury, Head Injury
(4) Spinal Cord Injury/ Paralysis
(5) Wrongful Death

Locations:

If your child’s slip and fall injury was in a public building or a public parking lot, please take heed to the following advice:

(1)       File an accident report at the time of the accident as soon as possible.

(2)       Record a description of the slip and fall.

(3)       Record what caused the accident, especially if there was no indication of a present dange.

(4)       Record the date, time and location of the slip and fall accident.

(5)       Compile a list of witnesses and contact information and statements confirming what happened at the time of the slip and fall accident.

(6)       If possible take photos of the slip and fall accident and where it occurred.

(7)       Most important, if your child has a physical personal injury, seek immediate medical attention.

Contact an experienced Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa. If your child has been injured in a slip and fall accident due to neglect and hazardous conditions, you should not be held responsible for the damages. A qualified and experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer such as David Hollingsworth can help you receive maximum compensation for your child’s slip and fall injury with his experience and knowledge of slip and fall accident cases. For more information, please visit www.ottawainjury.ca