Wednesday, 16 May 2018
The pleasant summer weather means more people will be out driving. Whether driving to a lakefront retreat for a vacation or simply cruising around town, summer traffic increases the risks posed by aggressive driving. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, last summer saw an 80 percent increase in deaths caused by aggressive and dangerous driving behviours, and there is no reason to believe it is going to be any better this year. Anyone using the roads and streets, including pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicycle riders and drivers, are likely to be confronted at some point by an aggressive driver. Here are a few tips to help you deal with aggressive drivers.
Wednesday, 09 May 2018
Outdoor grilling is popular year round in Canada, but the warm summer months offer ideal conditions for firing up the barbecue. There is nothing better than to invite your friends and relatives over to spend the day with food prepared on your BBQ. Cooking devices, including your backyard grill, account for more residential fire injuries than any other source. Taking a few precautions before the cooking begins can help to ensure the safety of you and your guests.
Friday, 04 May 2018
Spring and summer weather provide the perfect opportunity for Ontario residents to enjoy their backyards. Inviting friends and relatives for a day of swimming in your pool followed by dinner cooked on the barbecue is a great way to spend a day, but keeping your backyard in top shape and ready for the outdoor activities you have planned takes work. There are several tips for backyard safety you should follow to ensure an enjoyable outdoor season.
Wednesday, 02 May 2018
Ontario offers an abundance of opportunities to cool off during the heat of summer with lakes, ponds and backyard swimming pools within easy reach of anyone wishing to go for a swim. As enjoyable as swimming can be, there are risks associated with it that can lead to injuries and death. There was an increase in the number of fatalities caused by drownings last year in Ontario. Young children under 5 years of age are at the greatest risk with drowning being the second leading cause of death in that age group. Adults can make a difference by taking a few precautions to make swimming safer for them and for their children.
Monday, 30 April 2018
Trampolines and bouncy castles offer hours of fun and thrills for children and for adults who decide to join in the fun. They are not without risk. The frequency of people being injured or killed while using trampolines or inflatable bounce structures is alarming. According to one study, 42 percent of injuries at amusement parks are caused by accidents on inflatables with inflatable slides accounting for 79 percent of falls. Trampolines are not much safer according to a report by the Canadian Pediatric Society with an injury hospitalization rate that was higher than snowboarding and only slightly less than alpine skiing. There are steps parents should take to protect their children, and themselves, from the risks posed by trampolines and bouncy castles.
Friday, 20 April 2018
Between the years of 1994 and 2012, a there were a total of 1,408 deaths due to bicycle accidents. This equates to about 74 deaths per year, which is a trend that is still true today. Approximately 57 percent of these deaths involved people under the age of 20.
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Sports fans in Ontario have baseball, hockey and other professional teams to follow. The popularity of spectator sports and the sizable crowds drawn to those events can increase the likelihood of fans suffering injuries either as a result of a baseball or hockey puck flying into the crowd or as a result of the actions of other spectators. Personal injury lawyers are frequently called upon to determine responsibility when someone is injured while attending a sporting event.
Monday, 19 March 2018
The warmer springtime weather means more people will be enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Ontario cities and suburban areas offer the perfect combination of high traffic volume and people walking and jogging to pose a high risk of pedestrian accidents and injuries. When pedestrians are hit by motor vehicles, it is the pedestrian who suffers the most serious injuries. It is essential for people to know their rights and how to protect and assert them if they are ever injured in a pedestrian accident.
Friday, 16 March 2018
Determining whether a doctor committed medical malpractice cannot and should not be based exclusively upon the outcome of the treatment or procedure. The reality is that a skilled surgeon can perform a flawless operation on a patient who by all accounts receives the best level of care possible only to have the patient die. The death of the patient does not mean the doctor, hospital or medical staff did anything wrong. Some patients simply succumb to their illnesses or injuries despite the best efforts of medical professionals to save them. Medical malpractice is determined by a standard of care to which all doctors are held and evaluated.
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
When you send your children off to school in the morning, you expect them to be safe while under the supervision and care of teachers and school administrators. Unfortunately, children can be injured in accidents occurring while at school, which can lead to parents wondering about the legal responsibility of schools and school officials when a child is injured while under their care.