Ottawa accident statistics: How safe are Ottawa roads?

Accidents in Ottawa Ontario

Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario David Hollingsworth

The Ottawa Citizen recently published statistics that relate to Ottawa accidents. Did you know that between 2007 and 2011 in Ottawa, tailgating was the cause for 24 487 accidents, 6 872 personal injuries, and 8 deaths on Ottawa roads ?  There were also 41 accidents in school zones during that time period, resulting in 9 children being injured in school zones.

Let’s all be aware and do everything we can to make the next 5 years much safer in Ottawa. Please slow down, leave space, use hands free devices, focus on the road, and check your tires. Let’s keep our Ottawa roads safe and free of accidents !

The Ottawa Injury report is produced regularly and focusses on accidents, personal injury , insurance and safety. David Hollingsworth has been an Ontario personal injury lawyer since 1999, dedicated to helping Ontario accident victims with serious personal injuries such as head injury, wrongful deaths  and serious personal injuries.  Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.

 


Ottawa Accident, near Almonte results in serious injuiries: spinal cord injury . Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth…A terrible Ottawa accident, close to Almonte Ontario  has left 2  people were serious personal injuries after a head-on accident on March Road this morning. The Ottawa accident took place near Corkery Road, and resulted in a pickup truck veering into a ditch and hitting a  hydro pole, engulfing the truck  in flames. Thankfully the driver was able to free himself.

One driver, a 38-year-old man, suffered serious personal injury, including a  broken ankle and possible spinal cord injury. The other driver, a woman in her 40s, also suffered serious personal injury and has a possible broken collarbone and possible spinal injury. My thoughts are with both accident victims’ friends and families at this very stressful time…                                                                                              Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

—-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. 


Kemptville school van accident results in tragic death Cameron Beauregard

Kemptville Accident

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

…update..I’m sad to share with you that Cameron Beauregard has died as the result of this terrible, tragic accident .  My condolences to all his family and friends..

original post: It was reported in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper that a terrible Kemptville accident has left an 18-year-old high school student with the Catholic school board in hospital with serious personal injuries. He was travelling in the school van and was involved in a head on accident . The van was travelling northeast when the accident took place at around 3 p.m. on County Road 18 , outside of Oxford Mills.  The details of the accident are that the school van  crossed into the other lane of traffic and collided with a second van carrying a 24-year-old woman and an infant  passenger. The woman also suffered personal injuries and thankfully the toddler was uninjured. All five people were taken to hospital in Kemptville. Unfortunately the  18-year-old passenger was so severely injured that he needed to be transferred to a hospital in Ottawa. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very stressful time…

Accidents like this are devastating for an entire community.  Losing an 18 year old is a tragedy and not something any family should ever have to face.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers understand the devastation that our clients are living with when they come to us.  We are here for our families and clients in every way possible.  There is much grief and healing that needs to take place and this requires a lot of support. Through accident benefits, our lawyers are able to put these supports in place to hopefully help in the healing process. We know that no amount of financial compensation is ever going to make you feel better about losing a loved one.  We wan to help you rebuild a life comfortably and with the supports and compensation you need.

 

 


Ottawa Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer, Compensation for slip and fall accidents in Ontario

Ottawa Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer, Ontario Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents

Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer – David Hollingsworth explains the dangers of snow and ice that may be the of cause slip and fall accidents in  in eastern Ontario.

How to Safely Counteract Environmental Hazardsslipandfallaccident

There are many things that you can do to help prevent injury to you or your loved ones. Slip and fall injuries occur all the time, and they can happen anywhere (especially where you least expect them to occur), so it is important to be careful about where you walk and step at all times. However, there are certain circumstances where you can expect a higher rate of prospective injury, such as in conditions of ice and show during the colder months of the year. Proper footwear and clothing can help you feel more comfortable when you are out and about – and better able to deal with a circumstance if it occurs. Any shoes with good grip will help you to avoid black ice, and other situations where a slippery surface disguises itself as safe terrain to tread upon. Reflective clothing will ensure that vehicles will provide for adequate clearance to pass by you on the slipper and ice-covered roads. Personal injury for you could include broken bones, brain injury or neck injury, head injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and even death. “Slip and fall accidents happen in a split second and are often preventable,” says David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer. Regular snow removal, ice removal, icing, and sanding can help to provide for a more safe condition to walk and play for you and your children in and around your community. Ice and snow are considered hazards that property owners can be found liable of if negligent in their lack of attention to a proper environment. Please ensure that you are doing your best to safeguard your interests and to protect yourselves from the risk of personal injury and harm. “If you suffer a slip and fall injury , try to document it as soon as possible,” advises experienced Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall attorney. Such documentation could include a picture of where accident occurred, highlighting how the snow and ice buildup may have caused the slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call 613-978-9549. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer has helped many slip and fall accident victims get the compensation they needed. He can also help you! Free consultation.


Ontario Accident Benefits. What are you entitled to? Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Injury Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth helps explain Ontario No-Fault Accident Benefits

Important: Always Report Your Accident if you want the most of your accident benefits!accident insurance claims

The first step in the personal injury process is to report your accident ! If you have been injured in an accident in Ottawa or Ontario, there are specific rules that must be followed to secure your accident benefits. The best  Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help you through this process, to help you gain compensation for your injury, lost earnings, pain and suffering, or simply getting the insurance company to repair or replace your car. Remember, if you do not report the accident, the insurance company will not pay for any of these things enumerated. The best Ontario  injury lawyers are out there. David Hollingsworth can help you to ensure that you do not risk losing out on the many important benefits expanded upon below.

Ontario’s  “No-Fault” System of Insurance

Ontario has  a “no-fault” process or set of rules for auto accidents. These benefits are called “accident benefits” and basically mean that irrespective of who is responsible or “at fault” for the accident, you are still entitled to a large range of benefits to help you in a time when you are most vulnerable and need the benefits most. Generally, this system of insurance was introduced to provide accident victims with a large variety of benefits to foster their rehabilitation and to reduce the number of claims against insurers.

It is important to note, that such benefits do not cover damages for pain & suffering, or future income-loss. A lawyer will need to be retained if you want to claim for a tort action to recover for such things. A tort, in common law jurisdictions, is a wrong that involves a breach of a civil duty owed to someone else. It is differentiated from a crime, which involves a breach of a duty owed to society in general. A tort action is lodged against the driver who may have caused your accident. To succeed with a tort claim, your injuries need to be of a “serious and permanent” nature. This requirement of “serious and permanent” to claiming in tort is known as the “threshold”, subject to judicial interpretation and defined by the courts. A top Ottawa personal injury lawyer such as David Hollingsworth will the fluency to understand the fluid nature of the threshold, since the judicial interpretation of the threshold changes constantly. Your success depends on the facts of your case, and how the case is presented. Generally, a victim of an Ottawa personal injury or auto accident has two cases: first, a no-fault case against the insurance company and second, a tort case against the person or insurance company for the driver responsible for the accident. There may be an accident benefit claim and no tort claim or a tort claim and no accident benefits claim, and sometimes there is both a claim in accident benefits and tort. In short, your success depends on the facts of your case, the extent of the injuries, and the skill of your top Ottawa Lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help to explain the nature of the threshold, and it’s complexities to you so that you do not lose out on the benefits that you deserve.

Experienced Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to recover accident benefits, including (1) Medical/Rehabilitative, (2) Income Replacement (3) Caregiver Benefits, (4) Housekeeping / Home-maintenance Benefits, and (5) Attendant Care Benefits.

(1) Ontario Accident Benefits: Medical/Rehabilitative Benefits

As the name implies, Medical and Rehabilitative Benefits are designed to deal with costs of treatment for physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, health club, adaptive/assistive devices, aquatic rehabilitation, and generally any other relevant treatments deemed reasonable and necessary for your recovery secondary to your accident. The list of features provided by these benefits is extensive, and can include devices such as therapeutic beds, wheelchairs, canes, ramps and even modified vehicles to accommodate for your accident injuries. A health care professional like a physiotherapist, massage therapist or a doctor must complete a “treatment plan” for you in order to recover these benefits. This is form is submitted to the insurance company for consideration. Generally, accident victims in a “non-catastrophic” cases are entitled to a maximum of $100,000 in benefits over 10 years in med/rehab benefits. Accident victims in “catastrophic cases” are entitled to a maximum of $1,000,000 over the course of a lifetime.

(2) Ontario Accident Benefits: Income Replacement Benefits

Income replacement benefits are designed to replace your income if you are not able to work secondary to your accident. Generally, there is an 80% entitlement to your net pre-accident income (which is averaged from your last year’s pre-accident earnings, or 26 of the 52 weeks before your accident). Generally, the maximum allowable income replacement benefit under a standard automobile insurance policy in Ontario is $400/Week. Issues can arise in claiming income replacement benefits when it is difficult to prove that you were working before your accident, or quantifying your pre-accident income, and so on. An experienced lawyer can help you in this regard because they will know the “ins and outs” of the entitlement opportunties for you.

(3) Ontario Accident Benefits: Caregiver Benefits

Caregiver benefits are designed for individuals who were the primary caregiver for a dependant, such as a young child, elderly person or sick person, at the time of their injury. Due to the injury or accident, these individuals are not able to care for their dependants any longer and require caregiver benefits. Generally, you do not need to show that you made any income prior to your accident. Rather, you are only required to demonstrate your status as the primary caregiver. As to weekly benefits, the caregiver is entitled to about $250/week, with an additional $50 for each extra dependant. A good lawyer will know these details about your benefits and can help you get the benefits you deserve.

(4) Ontario Accident Benefits: Housekeeping/Home-Maintenance

Housekeeping/Home-maintenance benefits are designed to help the accident victim to complete necessary chores, housekeeping or home-maintenance, including the cleaning of dishes, preparation of meals, general cleaning like dusting, mopping, taking out the garbage and so on, which become impossible in situations of physical impairment and injury following your accident. These benefits are generally $100/week and can be claimed by submission of appropriate receipts and invoices to your insurance company. If you do not submit these required documents to your insurer, you will not get these benefits, regardless of how hurt you are. A compassionate lawyer will understand the difficulty you may face with the stress of your injury and can help you to work out a plan so that you are not losing out on any benefits that you deserve.

(5) Ontario Accident Benefits: Attendant Care Benefits

Attendant Care Benefits are designed to compensate for individuals such as your family, friends, loved ones, or whomever is performing attendant care services for you after your injury. These benefits are designed to pay these individuals for their services, which after a tragic injury can include grooming, bathing, grocery shopping, brushing hair, putting on clothes, brushing teeth etc, when the accident victim is no longer able to do so secondary to their accident. As in the other benefits, a lawyer can help you to recover these costs. The process involves enlisting the services of a health care professional (e.g. occupational therapist, etc) to complete a “Form 1”. This form will describe the extent of help and care requirements a victim needs following their injury.

In short, if you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident you are likely entitled to many accident benefits from your insurance company. Each year, thousands of victims neglect to see a top Ottawa Lawyer and lose out on many benefits that they deserve that could help them in their recovery.  Experienced Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you to ensure you protect and safeguard your interests by recovering your benefits, which can include (1) Medical/Rehabilitative, (2) Income Replacement (3) Caregiver Benefits, (4) Housekeeping / Home-maintenance Benefits, and (5) Attendant Care Benefits. If you do not have insurance, you may still be entitled to these benefits. As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer, David Hollingsworth speaks and meets with people daily who have not been properly compensated by their insurance company. David Hollingsworth knows the system and is here to help you. You have been through an accident; you have been through enough.

Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a question, feel free to email david@ottawainjury.ca mobile   (613) 978-9549      (613) 237-4922 ext.203