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Farm safety

Friday, 02 March 2018

Farm safety

#AskZevBergman

What could be better and safer than living on a farm away from traffic and the hazards associated with urban living? As it turns out, life on a farm isn’t all that safe after all. According to the number of fatalities, agriculture ranks as the third most hazardous occupation in Canada. More than 70 percent of those deaths involved farm machinery. Farm owners and workers can reduce the risk of suffering a serious injury by engaging in a few safety practices.

Are liability waivers enforceable?

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Are liability waivers enforceable?

#AskScottTottle

If you are uncertain of its meaning when someone mentions a liability waiver, you’re in good company. Few people aside from lawyers and people working for insurance companies understand the full impact of a liability waiver, but many people put their signatures on them without hesitation. Chances are pretty good that you signed a liability waiver when you went skiing this winter and purchased the lift pass or rented skis. Before setting out for a day kayaking on your favorite river, you probably had to sign a liability waiver before joining your guide who would be leading the group. The legal effect of these documents is not as clear as you might expect considering how frequently you are asked to sign one of them.

What parents need to know about children and concussions

Friday, 16 February 2018

What parents need to know about children and concussions

#AskSimonDiamond

Children always seem to be doing something. Whether riding a bicycle or playing an organized sport, the activities children participate in putting them at risk of suffering a concussion due to an injury to the head. The Government of Canada reports that 64 percent of hospital emergency department visits by children between 10 and 18 years of age are related to sports or other physical activities, and doctors determined that 39 percent of those children were diagnosed with concussions and another 24 percent were suspected of having concussions. Given those statistics, here is what every parent needs to know about their children and concussions.

What are your rights if injured while riding public transportation?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

What are your rights if injured while riding public transportation?

#AskHeikkiCoxKikkajoon

The size of the province can make it seem as though getting around Ontario should be difficult, but the existence of public transportation, particularly in Toronto and other large cities, helps commuters and visitors in their daily travels. Using public transportation is not without its risks. One of the companies providing public transportation in Ontario reported that its buses were involved in 897 crashes during a recent three-year period. It labelled more than 46 percent of them as being preventable had the drivers taken appropriate measures to avoid them. Users of public transportation should know their rights if they are injured in a crash.

What responsibility do owners have when their dogs bite someone?

Monday, 12 February 2018

What responsibility do owners have when their dogs bite someone?

#AskJoshuaHimel

Almost 8 million dogs make their home in Canada, so it’s not surprising that the number of people bitten by dogs is on the rise. This is despite law in Ontario prohibiting people from owning breeds, such as pit bulls, that lawmakers accused of being prone to attacking people. A sharp decline in the pit bull population to the point of their being close to nonexistent in some cities, such as Toronto, has not been met by a drop in the number of dog bites. In fact, dog bite numbers in Toronto have gone up. It’s a good idea for dog owners and victims of dog bites to know the rules about liability and what to do in the event of an attack.

How independent are independent medical exams?

Friday, 09 February 2018

How independent are independent medical exams?

#AskDanielDiamond

An independent medical examination might be a little confusing for an accident victim suffering from catastrophic injuries who is told to attend one. After all, the victim is being treated by his or her own doctor whose reports have already been made available for review by the insurance company requesting the IME. The truth is that an IME is not really that independent with reports put together by doctors who see the victim they are asked to evaluate for only a brief amount of time. In some instances the doctor might never see the victim before preparing a report. 

Mistakes that can hurt your personal injury case

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Mistakes that can hurt your personal injury case

#AskCoreySax

There are a number of ways in which you could suffer an injury through no fault of your own. People refer to them as accidents, but in many instances, they are the result of someone’s negligent conduct. Whether it’s a car accident, a slip and fall on someone’s property, a defective product or doctor’s failure to properly diagnose and treat an illness or injury, you could be entitled to receive compensation from the negligent party. There are some common mistakes people make that inevitably hurt a personal injury case.

What is the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS)

Friday, 02 February 2018

What is the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS)

#AskIsaacZisckind

An injury suffered in an Ontario motor vehicle accident can be physically and financially devastating. You must endure the pain and trauma from the injuries suffered in the collision that could keep you out of work while bills start to pile up as you worry about how they are going to be paid. Help is available through the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) administered by the Automobile Accident Benefits Service of Ontario.

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