Recent clients gave our Ottawa injury lawyers a review.

Thank you from our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team…

Our entire Ottawa injury team of lawyers, paralegals, accident benefit specialists and law clerks pride ourselves on the work we do. We work hard to ensure that our clients and their families are receiving the support that they need. This support sometimes as a service, support or compensation. David Hollingsworth was born and raised in Ottawa and has consequently developed a network of top professionals to assist our clients. Whether it be us working with our clients’ physicians, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists,  psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists or physiatrists, we know that they team approach to every case it what is going to be best for our clients and their families. We don’t like to brag, but we are great at helping people through some of the most difficult times of their life. Our Ottawa injury team is integral in helping our accident clients and their families rebuild their lives following an accident in Ontario.  Here are just some of the latest notes we’ve received :thank-you-clothesline-752x483

” David is outstanding in his field. He truly understands the needs of those who have suffered a loss as a result of an accident and will do what is in is power to ensure that his clients are receiving the maximum compensation that is available.” D.P.

” Mr. Hollingsworth is a dedicated personal injury lawyer who works hard to ensure his clients and their families are well taken care of in their time of need. He is a compassionate and caring individual who demonstrates these qualities in everything he does.” K.N.

” Because David is a conscientious and dedicated injury lawyer and professional, he not only works hard at his law firm but he also dedicates countless hours as a volunteer for his children’s sport teams.” A.M. 

” I feel he has the personal attribute I would appreciate: approachable, courteous, direct, hardworking, focused. I believe he cares about his clients and is fully prepared to represent them. M.K. 

Our Ottawa injury lawyers truly appreciate the feedback and kind words from our clients. We strive to improve our clients’ lives and feedback such as his helps ensure we are always working our hardest and doing the very best for our clients.

Our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team thank you.

 


We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers and we can help.

What can our Ottawa personal injury lawyers  do for you ?

Fair question .  We receive calls from clients who are about to settle their insurance claim with their adjuster and simply want to know should they ?  It’s tough for our injury lawyers to answer this question without reviewing the file.  Typically, when we receive a call of this nature, we set up a meeting (no charge) and look through the facts of the case.  It’s important that everything be reviewing in case there have been areas of a personal injury file that were not discovered or covered by the insurance company. Almost every time, sure enough, our Ottawa injury lawyers are able to find many expenses that should have been covered or aspects of an accident benefits policy that were not being utilized .  That’s not to say that the insurance company was deliberately hiding such coverage, it’s just that often times unless the person injured knows to ask for all the right benefits and coverages, some simply do not come up. ocf form

Ottawa injury lawyers analyze your case.  Are you getting maximum compensation for your injuries ?

Our personal injury lawyers can analyze your case and in some cases discover that the insurance claim is in fact double or triple what the insurance company is looking to settle for.  Thankfully, as long as you have not signed off on the settlement offer, there may still be time to recoup these amounts with the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.  This absolutely makes it worth while to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.  All it will cost you is time; probably close to an hour for this initial consultation.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers make it even easier and will come to you.

If we think your case is worth more, we will advise you not to settle and we can step in to represent you and prepare a claim for you.  It may delay the settlement; however this delay is in our opinion worth it as typically the settlement amount is significantly higher. Not to mention, you will be receiving benefits and treatments you may not have been receiving before our personal injury lawyers stepped in.  This will hopefully speed up your recovery process.

This is a personal injury lawyer’s job…

You owe it to yourself to consult with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. It’s our job to ensure that our personal injury clients are receiving the best possible treatments, as well maximum compensation.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers understand what you are going through.  An accident can change in your life and your family’s life in many ways you never thought possible. Let us help.


Eastern Ontario highway accidents increase in 2012. Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Accidents resulting in death

Statistics reported in the Ottawa Citizen today revealed that there were many highway accidents that resulted in deaths in Eastern Ontario in 2012. The highways that are under the Ontario Provincial Police’s watch went up by close to 1/3  last year, compared to 2011.  Accidents killed 73 people in the eastern Ontario area compared to 55 in 2011.  Last year was the highest rate of accident deaths since 2008.

Drinking and driving  was the cause of 9 deaths and improper seat belt use caused 16 deaths, That’s 25 AVOIDABLE deaths !  Reckless driving , driving too fast and not paying attention also contributed to many eastern Ontario accidents.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers work closely with families who have lost a loved one in an accident and are devastated.  Families would do anything to bring their loved one back to life and no amount of compensation can do that for them.  Ontario accident benefits pay for funeral expenses and loss of income etc, but can never replace a loved one.

Please be aware of your surroundings when driving.  If you are unsure of the roads, slow down and be extra cautious. Avoid distractions including loud music, devices that are not hands free etc.. We also need to remind our new young drivers about being responsible drivers and the best way to do so is by setting the best possible example we can as drivers.  I challenge each and every one of you to be the best driver you can possibly be, lower accident statistic and save lives. Thank you.

Compensation for wrongful death

If you have lost a loved one in an accident; we are sorry. Our personal injury lawyers can help get accident benefits for wrongful death. We are free to meet with you and walk you through your options and what benefits and compensation you are entitled to.  You have been though enough, let us help.

 


Thank you Ottawa Police, Ottawa Pathway Program, Right bike and Citizens for Safe Cycling for trying to reduce Ottawa cycling accidents.

Bicycle Accident Lawyer Ottawa

I want to personally thank the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Pathway Program, Right Bike and the Citizens for Safe Cycling. Yesterday they were involved in a fantastic Ottawa safety initiative. 200 bicycle lights were handed out yesterday to cyclists who did not have proper lighting on their bicycles. This is part of a bicycle safety awareness campaign that had Ottawa Police Traffic enforcement officers  stopping cyclists who do not have the proper lights on their bicycles.  Many volunteers from Citizens for Safe Cycling, Right Bike and the City of Ottawa Pathway Patrol Program provided the  free lights and bells and also went as far as showing cyclists how to install them properly.

Cyclists need to be visible when cycling. Cyclists share the road with other cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. Now that it is getting darker, these safety measures become much more important.

Common causes of Ottawa Cycling Accidents

Did you know that the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) states that all cyclists must have  a working front light and minimum  rear reflector,  as well as a working bell?   The lack of proper lights and bells are the two most common offences Ottawa Police have come across when they have ran enforcement blitzes with a focus on cyclists.  Seems to me, there is an easy fix here.

Do what it takes to avoid an Ottawa bicycle accident

Please, ensure that when you are cycling you have taken all precautions for a safe ride.  We have lost far too many cyclists here in Ottawa to preventable accidents.  On the flip side, to everyone sharing the roads, cyclists, drivers and pedestrians, please be aware that you are sharing the roads and remain in control. Any accident can happen in a split second and can be life-altering.  Ride, drive and walk safely.

 


Orthopedic Injury, Broken Bones and Bone fractures: Why you may need an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

Compensation for broken bone injuries

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth

One of the most common injuries in car accidents is broken bones; otherwise known as orthopedic injuries.  An orthopedic injury often may seem like a small injury; however these injuries often prevent people from returning to their everyday life and in some cases unable to return to work or enjoy a day without pain and suffering. I meet daily with people whose lives have been turned upside down because of an orthopedic injury. Not only are they suffering, their family is suffering. I’ve seen how an orthopedic injury can negatively change someone’s life. That is why I take orthopedic injury cases extremely seriously and fight the insurance company for maximum compensation. For years, even decades to come, most accident victims will need compensation for their orthopedic injury.

Often times, broken bones require serious medical intervention such as surgery , the insertion of metal hardware  plates , pins or screws  and typically require ongoing physical and occupational therapy.

Not all orthopedic injuries are the same…

There are several types of bone injuries or bone fractures. Generally, most orthopedic injuries fall into these categories:

1-Compound bone fracture – This is when the bone breaks through the skin and is an open fracture.

2-Simple bone fracture– This is when the bone breaks under the skin but is not visible from the outside and does not pierce the skin. There are several types of simple bone fractures.

3-Complete bone fracture –This is when a bone completely breaks; either in  two or more parts.

4-Incomplete bone fracture-This is when the bone cracks but does not break apart.

If you or a loved one has suffered an orthopedic injury, it’s important to remember that your insurance company needs to compensate you  for financial shortfalls, damages, rehabilitation and other Ontario accident benefits to which you may be entitled to. As an Ottawa personal injury layer who has had hundreds of bone fractures injury cases, I can honestly say that it is in your best interest to consult with a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer to know your rights and options. All my consultations are free and I’d be happy to help you get the maximum compensation for your broken bone injury.  You have to take care of yourself. You owe it to yourself and your family.

 


How to prevent motorcycle accidents..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer…www.ottawainjury.ca  It’s that time of year again when we will start seeing more and more motorcycles on our Ontario roads. Motorcycle drivers are much less protected on their vehicles and therefore need to take all safety steps possible to prevent accidents and personal injury. As well, all drivers need to be aware that we share our Ontario roads with motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles.

Thankfully Transport Canada has reported that the rate of deaths related to motor vehicle is slowly declining; however, the rate of motorcycle fatalities is on the rise. There are many possible reasons why this may be so.  There may be more motorcycles on the roads. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 45 to 54 are the most common ages amongst motorcycle drivers.

Ontario motorcycle helmet use has improved. Unfortunately3.1 % of motorcycle riders still drive their motorcycles without one. Head injuries are still the leading cause of deaths involving motorcycle accidents and motorcycle drivers without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and also 15% more likely to suffer serious personal injuries. A study that was previously done indicated that helmets saved 1,800 lives of motorcycle riders involved in accidents in 2007.

Please drive and ride safely  …

—-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.

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Ottawa personal injury lawyer supporting Ontario pedestrian accident study.

As an Ottawa accident lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer, I am very pleased with the recent announcement that a new study into pedestrian deaths will be done by the Ontario Coroner’s Office. The Ontario pedestrian study is calling for Ontario residents to offer personal insight into pedestrian deaths.  This brings relief to not only myself, but many families and friends who have lost a loved one in an Ontario pedestrain accident or whose loved ones have suffered serious injury such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury or broken bones. The study will hopefully reveal what many already know…we need to make our pathways safer. Some are calling for more protected, better marked pedestrian walkways on busy roadways. The Ottawa Police are also anticipating the study will help identify trends and predictors to the fatal Ottawa collisions.

Sadly, to date in 2011, 7 Ottawa pedestrians were killed in Ottawa accidents, the same number as in all of 2010. This is tragic! Not to mention that many other pedestrian accidents result in serious personal injury. The Ottawa pedestrain accident statistics are very disturbing. In 2010  there were 390 pedestrians who suffered serious personal injury in Ottawa accidents. The goal of the coroner’s probe is to identify common factors in the wrongful deaths and to make recommendations to avoid future pedestrian accidents in Ontario. The study aims to look at accident trends across Ontario, education needs, enforcement needs , engineering through cities and municipalities.  The Ontario coroner’s office review will focus on deaths from 2010, with the report scheduled for release in spring 2012. In my opinion, as an Ottawa accident lawyer, this report can’t come soon enough !

The following are some statistics that relate to Ottawa pedestrain accidents:

2006 – 389, 2007 – 372, 2008 – 380, 2009 – 385, 2010 – 390

I know it goes without saying.  Some accidents are out of our control. Please be extra cautious when walking on busy streets.  Keep your head up, eyes open, but your phone away and focus on your surroundings.  It may very well save a life.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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 question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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What do I do at the scene of a motor vehicle accident ? What should I do after the motor vehicle accident ?

What do I do at the scene of an accident ?drivesafely

DO: Remain at the scene of an accident.

  • Call the police and advise of the nature of injuries suffered at the scene of an accident.
  • Provide the following information: your name and address, your vehicle permit number, and the name and address of the owner of the car (if it is not your car).
  • Get the names, address, phone number, vehicle permit number and insurance information from the other driver(s) involved in the accident.
  • Get the names, address, and phone numbers of any witnesses who saw the accident.
  • Write down anything anybody says about how the accident happened.
  • Tell the police officer if you think another driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

DO NOT:

  • Move the vehicles, or any debris, unless they are a potential hazard to other motorists; or
  • Sign documents or discuss the accident with anyone but the police.

What should I do after I’ve been at the scene of an accident ?

DO

  • When you get to the hospital or to your home, you should call your insurance agent immediately.  If you do not have your own insurance you may be entitled under someone else’s policy or through the Ontario’s Superintendent of Insurance through the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund.
  • Make an appointment with your family doctor or attend a walk-in clinic.
  • Take photographs of any damage to your car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle.
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer.
  • If you have any visible injuries, take photographs of these injuries.  Also take photographs of any damaged clothing or belongings.
  • Contact your employer or school and advise them that you were in an accident.
  • Consider your needs for specialized equipment and home modifications.
  • Keep a detailed record of all medications taken, assistance received from family, friends or professionals, all rehabilitation or doctors’ appointments, progress or development in physical, psychological or mental injuries, and all out of pocket expenses including parking, wheel chair rental, ambulance bills etc..
  • Comply with all requirements of the Accident Benefits.
  • Let your personal injury lawyer assist in completing the Accident Benefits forms.

DO NOT

  • Provide any statements to your insurance company until you have consulted with a personal injury lawyer.

If you have any questions at all that relate to personal injury and accidents, please don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

 


Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer and Brain Injury (TBI) statistics

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer, David Hollingsworth shares statistics on Brain Injury in Canada
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The Startling Statistics:

An alarming annual rate of about 56,000 cases of Traumatic Brain Injury are recorded in Canada, with 36,000 of these cases leading to hospitalization, 9,000 to requiring long term rehabilitation, and in 2,500 cases, death. For those that survive, 6,000 will live with disability.

Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as TBI, has become the leading cause of death and disability in Canada for children and young adults (roughly 70% of survivors are between the ages of 18 and 28). It is tragic because children and young adults have the most to lose, with a lifetime ahead of them. Statistically, the greater half of all brain injuries are the result of motor-vehicle accidents, with the secondary causes within the realm of work related injuries, slip and falls, sports, illness, firearms and assaults. Males have double the risk of traumatic brain than females, and young men generally between 14 and 24 have the highest rate of injury. Children are also at risk when it comes to bicycle related brain injuries and death. Summer months are the more common seasons for such injuries, involving children 15 years old or younger.

While most victims of TBI will live a normal life span, survivors on average must go through a decade or so of rehabilitation services. Secondary to TBI, the risk for subsequent multiple personal injury increases, within the realm of two or three times greater than someone who has never experienced TBI. In the tragic circumstance of yet another or second personal injury, the potential for a third personal injury once again increases, this time to eight times the normal average. And so on.

Be Safe:

All this to say, please drive and be safe. A car accident or personal injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever. If you or a family member has suffered a seriously injury or a wrongful death, our Ottawa personal injury team offer my heartfelt support. We have the reputation, success rate and experience to obtain the highest compensation possible for you and your family. We can help answer your questions, help you obtain the highest quality medical care and relieve you of your stress as you’ve been through enough. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549.


Tailgating- major cause of Ottawa car accidents, Ottawa lawyer reports..

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth reports..

The Ottawa Police have a new year’s resolution to target tailgating and those who fail to obey stop signs. For the month of January, the city of Ottawa and Ottawa police, will focus on drivers who follow the vehicle ahead too closely and those who don’t stop properly at stop signs. Tailgating caused 4,716 rear-end collisions in 2007 — the most frequent type of crash accounting for one-third of Ottawa’s car accidents. These collisions resulted in 4 Ottawa wrongful deaths and 1,470 Ottawa personal injuries — 17 of them life-threatening. Meanwhile, drivers who failed to stop at stop signs caused close to 1,700 Ottawa car accidents in 2007, resulting in 8 wrongful deaths and 588 personal injuries — 27 of them life-threatening.  The recommended amount of distance between 2 vehicles is 2 chevrons , which I believe is equal to two car lengths. The more distance the better.

Parents need to lead by example

I think its also particularly important for parents to lead by example when driving with young drivers or soon to be drivers.  Our children watch what we do and they copy what we do and this is especially true when it comes to driving.  If you tailgate and your child learns from you that tailgaiting “isn’t that bad”, they may be likely to tailgate as well.  This is extremely dangerous given that our young drivers are inexperienced . They are not used to having to brake quickly etc.. This is just one more reason why new and old drivers alike cannot tailgate.

The rules of the road are seem pretty simple to me. Keep your distance- it’s a very easy way to save lives and avoid personal injury. If all drivers follow some very simple rules, our Ottawa roads would be a much safer place and hopefully we could help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents.

-David Hollingsworth, Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa working for Ottawa Law Firm Goldberg Stroud LLP