What’s involved in an initial meeting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer ? David Hollingsworth explains.

Meeting an Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer doesn’t have to be stressful. 

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer I highly recommend that if possible you bring someone you to your initial meeting with your personal injury lawyer.  The reason for this is that these initial free consultations are usually packed with questions and information that is vital to your case. Often times, when I meet with new clients, I will ask the person they have brought to write information down so that later on, they are able to go over the meeting and see what was discussed, what is need for next steps and a general review of the meeting.

When people are injured in an accident, often times they have so many things rushing through their minds and so many stresses that they can often sit in a meeting and miss valuable information.  I will often send my clients home with their notes and tell them to digest all the information I have given them and then email me or call me with their questions.  IT’s also good to discuss what you understood with a loved one who was also there to make sure you both heard and are of the same understanding.

That’s not to say that if you come in alone, we won’t take care of you. We can write down everything for you and make sure that you receive all the information you need. Our initial meetings are usually just a chance for you to share with us the details of your accident and your injuries and then let us give you information on how best to proceed to make sure you are well taken care of.

It’s important for you to know it’s our job as Ottawa personal injury lawyers to respond to any questions or concerns. That’s what we are here for.

I can honestly say that when our clients leave our meeting, they feel relieved. They have had so many questions and concerns answered and are finally able to breathe a little better knowing that they will be taken care of.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, take advantage of free consultation offers from reputable Ottawa personal injury lawyers.  It’s your future and it’s important.

 


Ottawa accident electric bicycle results in serious head injury and leg injury.

E-bike Accidents

Is an e-bike considered to be a motor vehicle?

No, to operate an e-bike:

  • a driver’s licence is not required
  • there is no written test required to operate an e-bike
  • there is no vehicle registration or plate required for an e-bike
  • there is no motor vehicle liability insurance required
  • to operate, ride or be a passenger on an e-bike you must be older than or 16 years of age
  • requires drivers and riders  to wear an approved bicycle/ motorcycle helmet.

If you have been injured in an e-bike accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits as a cyclist would be . Regardless of whether or not you have your own insurance policy you have rights as an e-bike rider and passenger should you be in an accident. Our personal injury lawyers travel throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario offering free consultations and helping people determine what their options are in a personal injury lawsuit.

In most instances, the initial meeting is simply a meeting to share the details of your accident and the extent of injuries. This information is enough for experienced personal injury lawyers to provide your with the insight you need and give you all the information regarding your personal injury lawsuit and the amount of personal injury compensation you might be entitled to.

If you have any questions, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss what Ontario accident benefits you may be entitled and how to receive maximum compensation for your injuries. There are many areas involved in accidents and insurance claims. E-bikes are relatively new to the laws and it is critical that anyone driving an e-bike, as well as their family members , are informed as to how it works when it comes to insurance and accident claims. It’s not always clear and best that you sit with an experienced lawyer and allow them to walk you through it all. 

 

 

 


Are you entitled to income replacement benefits after your accident in Ontario ?

What are Ontario income replacement benefits ?

If you have been in an accident in Ontario, one of the first calls you may make after you have taken care of yourself is likely to your insurance company.  You will need to make this call within 7 days if possible. This early reporting will help significantly when it comes time to settling your claim. If you are unable to work because of your accident,  you will likely be eligible for basic weekly income replacement benefits.

How much can you receive for income replacement benefits?

These benefits will add up to 70% of your gross income , to a limit of $400 per week.  There are options to top up your insurance by purchasing additional insurance coverage.  Optional income replacement benefits can increase the  maximum weekly pay out on income replacement benefits to $600, $800 or $1,000, depending on how much optional accident benefits coverage you purchase. I know that paying additional premiums on top of already high insurance rates seems ridiculous; however, if you ever need to access these benefits ,you really need them and would never regret your purchase. Depending on your income level, topping  up your Ontario accident income replacement benefits makes a lot of sense.

If you are unsure of whether or not you are accessing all of your Ontario accident benefits and needs some advice, please contact our lawyers and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Besides income replacement benefits, there are many other benefits that you are most likely entitled to but not accessing through your insurance company.  A free consultation with a personal injury lawyer can be very beneficial. In your meeting you will learn of all the Ontario accident benefits available and which are available to you and which are available to your family members as well. Your accident impacts you but it also has a direct impact on your family members and this can be compensated. We highly suggest you get informed.

 


Are Ontario snowmobile accidents entitled to Ontario accident benefits ?

Snowmobile Accidents and Accident Benefits Insurance Claims

There are far too many snowmobile accidents each year. A tragic snowmobile accident took another life: the life of  a 24 year old man in Val des Monts yesterday.  My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I am truly sorry for their loss.  I have many clients who have injured themselves in a snowmobile accident . A snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and yes, Ontario accident benefits apply to snowmobile accidents.  So the good news is there is support and compensation for people who suffer injuries in snowmobile accidents.   The bad news is, there seem to be a lot of snowmobile accidents in our region and some of them are sadly,  fatal. Please ride safely…

Transport Canada  has prepared an amazing site full of interesting information that relates to road and snowmobile safety. For example, did you know that there are over 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 161,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada?  Snowmobiling can be safe and enjoyable. As long as drivers are cautious and follow safety rules, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy a fantastic sport.

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or CCSO highlighted that between the years of 1994 and 1999, when promoting safety and  snowmobiling became a focus, snowmobile accident fatalities dropped by 2% – from 96 to 94 deaths;however the number of snowmobile drivers increased by 40%. This goes to show that more and more people can ride safely ,when safety is a focus.

Avoiding Snowmobile accidents safety tips:

  • Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to get there.
  • Ensure that your snowmobile is tuned up.
  • Dress properly to protect yourself and avoid hypothermia, especially in children.
  • Always have a  first aid and survival kit available.
  • Ride at your own speed.
  • Try to use snowmobile trails whenever possible.
  • Remain on the right side of all roads, paths and trails.
  • If you don’t know  the area, slow down and drive cautiously.
  • Be careful crossing roads and train tracks.
  • At night, drive with headlights and slow down.
  • Know the  ice conditions and if you are unsure, do not cross.
  • Always  wear flotation-type clothing.
  • Always be on the look out for wildlife.

It’s impossible to completely avoid all accidents but please, let’s try.  Snowmobiling does not need to be a dangerous sport.  Be safe and ride as safely as possible. Enjoy !

 

 

 

    

 


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.

Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Free Consultations

 


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

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Ottawa

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 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 Lawyers: Have you been in an Ottawa Accident ? What you do to report an accident in Ottawa.

Ottawa Accident ? How to report an accident in Ottawa.

The Ottawa Police services has a comprehensive website with valuable information for Ottawa residents. I stumbled across their accident reporting information and thought I’d share it with you.

  • A police report is not required when damage to all vehicles is under $1,000.
  • If there are personal injuries and the vehicle(s) cannot be driven,  9-1-1 should be contacted.
  • If there are no personal injuries, but the vehicle(s) cannot be driven, call 613-230-6211
  • If the vehicle(s) can be safely driven and there are no personal injuries, drive all vehicles to the same Police Station and  file an accident report. Important to note: Accident reports cannot be taken over the phone.

The Ottawa Police Collision Investigation Unit …

is responsible for investigating all fatal and serious life threatening motor accidents.  They also investigate hit and run/ fail to remain accidents.

If in doubt call the police and ask them what to do.Your next call may be to an Ottawa personal injury lawyer. They can advise you whether or not you may need a lawyer and whether its best to let them speak with your insurance company.  Make sure to gather as much evidence as you can. Take pictures, write down the sequence of events in as much detail as possible.  Most of all, take care of yourself first. Ensure you are safe and that you are not injured. If you think you might be seek medical attention immediately. The rest can wait.

 


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 .

 


Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth on Ottawa cycling safety.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. I recently found a great website : Citizens for Safe Cycling . It’s a website dedicated to Ottawa cyclists.  It is filled with all sorts of information that relate to Ottawa bicycle safety, events for Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling news and projects.  One of the articles on the site dealt with cyclists getting “doored”. The following are tips I found on this site for both Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cyclists on avoiding a cycling accident.

Ottawa Cyclists:

One of the safest ways to avoid an accident is to ride your bicycle at least one metre away from other vehicles. That is the best way to prevent getting injured by having a door open in your face. A car door can spring open in a second. If a cyclist is passing by at that very moment, it’s almost impossible avoiding being hit by the door, resulting in you. This type of bicycle accident is far to common in Ottawa and a major cause of downtown cycling accidents. These cycling accidents can be avoided.

Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cycling accidents:

Everyone is responsible on the road.  As a driver, you are responsible for checking for oncoming  traffic. This includes cyclists. They are much smaller than a car and therefore harder to see; however, before opening your car door, you must thoroughly check for any oncoming traffic.  If you fail to do so and it results in an accident, you will be charged under section 165 of the Highway Traffic Act.

Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling accidents:  

The best way to avoid a cycling accident is to remain out of the door zone which about one metre away from a car. Also cyclist should avoid passing on the right if there’s not enough space to pass. Cyclist should always use  extra space in the lane in order to stay away from the cars, even if it means that you hold up traffic or force them to pass you outside of the lane. If you need to move left to do this, remember to always signal and shoulder check first.

It’s practically impossible for cyclists to see ahead of time whether a vehicle door is going  to open. Tinted windows and high headrests make it extremely difficult to see from behind if a car is occupied, and a door could fly open at any given moment.

Cycling is such a great activity and means of transportation around Ottawa.  Let’s all work to gether to reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents and deaths related to cycling accidents this spring and summer. Happy and safe cycling Ottawa !