Severe Burn Injuries

You can treat minor burn injuries, but other injuries cause lasting damage to your bones, muscles, or skin. It may require long-term medical care. The kind of burn injury you experience often depends on how severely your skin has been damaged and what caused it. Burn injuries often hurt a few layers of your skin. Deeper burn injuries may damage your bones, tissues, and muscles.

 

According to the World Health Organization, burn injuries are a global public health problem, causing an estimated 180,000 deaths annually. Non-fatal burns are the leading cause of morbidity, including temporary and permanent disability, disfigurement, or prolonged hospitalization. It often leads to rejection and stigma.

Common Causes of Severe Burn Injuries

Open flames are one of the standard causes of people getting burned, but there are other causes, too, including:

Thermal Burns

You can suffer thermal burns from touching an extremely hot object. “Hot” things can range from scalding liquid, steam, fire, and more.  

Radiation Burns

Your exposure to X-rays, UV rays, or other sources of radiation can cause radiation burns. On top of that, overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is also one of the leading causes of radiation burns. Such burns can be noticed from days to weeks as compared to thermal burns which can be immediately seen.

Chemical Burns

Using harmful detergents, substances, acids, or solvents without any protective gear can result in chemical burns. Additionally, misuse of household products, including cleaning solutions, is another leading cause of this problem. Handling strong chemicals or acids at the workplace, especially in industrial settings, can also cause chemical burns.

Electrical Burns

You can also suffer from electrical burns if your skin comes into contact with electricity. It can happen when you don’t turn off the circuit breaker when repairing appliances, children play with electrical cords, or if you touch exposed wiring from a device. Electrical burns can be either a superficial skin injury or a serious one that damages the organs and tissues.   

Different Types of Severe Burn Injuries

Doctors have categorized burn injuries based on how deeply your skin has been damaged, labeling them as “degrees.” You can suffer a first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree burn. The more serious the burn injury is, the higher the degree.

 

First-Degree Burns

First-degree burns are superficial injuries that only affect the upper layer of your skin. Swelling, itchiness, and redness of the skin are some of the symptoms you can get. In a few days, you may even notice skin peeling from the affected area

Second-Degree Burns

Second-degree burns are not as superficial as the first level because it damages the upper two layers of the skin. It can result from contact with boiling water, exposure to fire, or severe exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Depending on the affected area, its symptoms can include intense pain, discoloration, moisture, and blisters.

Third-Degree Burns

Doctors also call these injuries “full-thickness burns.” It damages the fat tissues underneath the skin and the upper two layers. Your skin will look charred and appear black, brown, or white. You may also feel a dry, leathery texture if you touch the damaged area.

Fourth-Degree Burns

Fourth-degree burns damage the upper layers of your muscles, nerves, tissues, and skin. Your skin can also have a charred appearance, and bones can also be exposed. You won’t feel any discomfort because the injury may have seriously damaged the nerves.

Prevention Tips Against Severe Burn Injuries

You can always prevent burn injuries in different ways. Burn prevention strategies should address the other dangers associated with specific injuries, training communities in first aid. It should focus on educating the particular population and group that’s more susceptible to these injuries.

 

But you don’t have to depend on those kinds of strategies. Here are a few things you can do at home to lessen the chances of suffering from severe burn injuries.

Set the thermostat’s temperature low.

Your water heater’s thermostat should only be at 120 F (48.9 C) or lower.

Be careful not to spill hot beverages.

Don’t cook, drink, or carry hot meals or beverages while taking care of your child. You should also keep those away from tables and countertops.

Don’t forget to unplug your appliances.

Home appliances, like the iron, will get extremely hot. You should remember to unplug appliances to stop them from starting a fire or burning other people, especially children.

Make sure your food isn’t hot.

Be careful with beverages or meals warmed in a microwave oven. There are also objects that you can’t put in a microwave oven because they can’t warm up evenly.

Use covers for your outlets or sockets.

Make sure to use safety caps for electrical outlets and sockets. You should also repair damaged, brittle, or frayed cords.

 

Compensation for Severe Burn Injuries

Economic Damages

One example of economic damages is lost income. It may refer to lost income since the accident and the income you may be expected to lose in the future if permanent injuries affect your work from now on. You can be compensated for out-of-pocket expenses incurred due to the injury. You can also claim payment for medical treatments expected in the future and past medical bills.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages may refer to pain and suffering resulting from the recovery, injury, or accident. It can also affect your relationship with other people. Emotional and mental anguish caused by accidents or injuries is also a part of non-economic damages.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are also called exemplary damages. It’s awarded to stop the defendant and others from causing the similar accident that gave rise to the lawsuit. Punitive damages punish the defendant for their actions. Judges use punitive damages to set a public example.

 

Did you or anyone you know suffered from severe burn injuries? Contact a personal injury lawyer from Diamond & Diamond to help you navigate every step of your case. We can represent you to ensure that you receive the compensatory benefits you deserve.

Pro Tip

Soak the burned area in cool water to relieve the pain immediately. Seek medical attention promptly.

Consult With A Severe Burn Injury Lawyer

Getting severe burn injuries can be traumatic. It can also take a long time to heal. Your injuries can significantly affect your daily lifestyle, which is why you should reach out to a burn injury lawyer. Contact Diamond & Diamond to get your case started and get the compensation you deserve.

 

Severe Burn Injuries FAQs

What are the common complications of severe burn injuries?

Severe burn injuries may cause complications, including:

  • Joint and bone problems: It may include when scar tissues cause the tightening and shortening of tendons, muscles, and skin.
  • Ridged areas or scars caused by an overgrowth of scar tissues
  • breathing problems from the intake of smoke or hot air
  • Dangerously low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Fluid loss such as low blood volume (hypovolemia)
  • Bacterial infections that lead to bloodstream infection (sepsis)

Is there a statute of limitations for severe burn injury cases?

Yes, there is a statute of limitations for personal injury cases which include severe burn injury cases. Under the Ontario Limitations Act, the general statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of discovery of the claim. A lawsuit filed after the expiration of two years is subject to dismissal by the court. 

A severe burn injury case may constitute a personal injury case in the event that the injury was caused by negligence of other parties.

What happens if I am partially responsible for my severe burn injuries?

Your settlement depends on who was responsible for the burn injury. One party may be ultimately responsible, or the victim may be partially at fault. Often, the responsibility for compensating a victim can be split or reduced among different parties accordingly.

How To Avoid Pedestrian Accidents In Ontario


Pedestrian vehicle accidents happen more often than we think they do. Just like any accident, either the pedestrian or the driver could be at fault. It’s never always the driver’s fault, neither is it always the pedestrian’s fault.

Unfortunately, since we all are pedestrians at a certain point, pedestrian accidents are serious. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA, over 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2019 due to car crashes.

Pedestrian vehicle accidents could have effects that are not always immediately visible to the naked eye—for example, brain injuries, long term or permanent disabilities (different forms of disability). 

In many cases, it is best to seek the help of pedestrian accident lawyers to guide you on what you need to do.

Let’s talk about how to spare yourself from being a pedestrian accident victim. Similarly, we will also talk about avoiding being involved in pedestrian vehicle accidents if you are the driver.

Walking Safety Tips To Avoid Pedestrian Accidents In Ontario

Even if you drive your car to places, being a pedestrian at some point is inevitable. The moment you get out of your car and walk towards a restaurant, your office building, or merely crossing the street makes you a pedestrian. 

In a matter of minutes or a split second, a pedestrian accident can happen if you aren’t careful.

Below are some of the things you can do to avoid getting in a pedestrian accident. These are pretty easy. However, many pedestrians unconsciously neglect these basic rules, thus getting into accidents.

  • Never use your cellphone while walking on the streets. Just like driving, you should always keep your eyes on the road. Always be alert.
  • Walk on sidewalks or, when unavailable, walk against the traffic, not along with it.
  • Keep yourself far from the traffic as much as possible.
  • As much as possible, use crosswalks to get to the other side of the road.
  • Never cross the street when there are approaching vehicles.
  • Do not race against the vehicle by attempting to cross to the other side of the road. 
  • If there are approaching vehicles, stop and stay put. Wait for the street to clear out of cars.
  • If you often cross the street at night, bring a flashlight to be more visible on the road.
  • Be mindful of cars exiting driveways, parking, turning on curbsides, etc. 
  • Do not walk or cross the street unassisted if you are under the influence of alcohol.

How To Avoid Pedestrian Vehicle Accidents If You’re Driving

When you’re driving a vehicle, you can also get into pedestrian vehicle accidents. 

The rules to avoid accidents are pretty similar to how you can prevent accidents as a pedestrian. Whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian, it all boils down to discipline and mindfulness. 

As a driver, it is your sole responsibility to be careful and be law-abiding while on the road. 

Being a driver is never a walk in the park because you are keen to follow the rules and avoid accidents as much as possible.

Let’s talk about the things that could help you avoid getting involved in pedestrian vehicle accidents. Pedestrian vehicle accidents can be fatal and can be life-threatening to both the driver and the pedestrian.

  • Keep your eyes peeled. Look out for people standing on the curbside. 
  • Look out for those about to go into the crosswalks and pedestrians walking along the streets.
  • Ensure that your eyesight is clear enough to see from afar. If not, get your eyes checked for the possibility of prescription glasses.  
  • Suppose you struggle to drive at night due to the weather. Lighting and road conditions, use extreme caution at all times. 
  • When making a turn or approaching a crosswalk, always slow down or be prepared to yield.
  • Come to a complete stop when you pedestrians attempt to cross the streets.
  • Do not pass vehicles that are stalled/stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people approaching that you don’t see.
  • Do not ever drive under the influence of alcohol.
  • Follow the speed limit everywhere (churches, school zones, and neighborhoods)

Damages That Can Be Compensated In A Pedestrian Accident In Ontario

Rehabilitation costs

This is the amount you have spent on treatment after a pedestrian accident. 

Whatever you may have spent while seeing a physical or occupational therapist is included here. 

Ambulance costs

The ambulance cost may vary in 2 different ways. One is how much you have to copay with your health provider. Another factor that affects the total cost of ambulance services is if you do not have this covered by your healthcare provider. 

Prescriptions

Prescriptions are the medications/therapies/rehab sessions your doctor has given you after arriving at a final diagnosis.

Transportation to doctor

“Transportation to the doctor” is the cost incurred by a vehicle that brings you to and from your doctor’s appointment.

Because the situation is not considered an emergency, a family member or even yourself can charge/claim for transportation to doctor fees and costs in the claim.

Loss of income 

This is one of the economic damages your pedestrian accident lawyer will work on getting a claim.

It is evident that while you are recuperating, you will not have the physical/mental ability to work. 

This makes you eligible to file for economic damages such as loss of income. 

Pain and suffering

This is non-economic damage that your pedestrian accident lawyer will also fight for. 

Rehab, therapies, trauma, mental and emotional challenges caused by the accidents may also be quantified and can have a possible claim. 

Punitive damages

In layman’s terms, this is a kind of “punishment” cost for the negligent actions of the at-fault party. 

If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer in Ontario to help you with your pedestrian accident case, contact Diamond & Diamond Law today! We offer a FREE case evaluation for all our clients.

Pro Tip

If you’re able to, gather information about the driver who caused the accident.

Have You Been in a Pedestrian Accident?

Before things get hazy, get your resources ready. Get in touch with a pedestrian accident lawyer. This move will allow you to think with a sound mind without giving in to the pressure of the situation. 

Reach out to a personal injury lawyer so they can properly guide you on what to do. Do not allow the other party to lowball you when it comes to settlement. Let the experienced pedestrian accident lawyers handle the case for you.

Contact Diamond & Diamond Law today to get a FREE case evaluation.

FAQs About Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents in Ontario

Do pedestrian accidents that don’t involve vehicles exist?

62% of pedestrian accidents involve a vehicle. There have been accidents listed involving pedestrians that don;t involve cars. Most often, these non-vehicle related pedestrian accidents have something to do with ongoing road words, debris falling from construction sites, etc.

How is fault determined in pedestrian accidents?

A thorough evaluation is made by pedestrian accident lawyers. However, in most cases, but not all, the driver is mostly at fault especially when they have been found to be in violation of traffic rules.

What is the driver's duty of care?

The driver’s duty of care means that as a driver it is your responsibility to exercise extreme care and caution when driving. This prevents accidents from happening and prevents you from doing harm to other people.

An Overview on Structured Settlements

Incidents may be deliberate or inadvertent. But what’s certain is that they compel people to face the fear of suffering and even death. Personal injury always inflicts pain on a person’s body, mind, and emotions. It can be minor wounds and bruises. Sometimes it can lead to impairment and loss. Moreso, the invisible marks you’ve sustained can leave you catatonic. 

Physical injuries can be traumatic to many people. Despite the evidence and witnesses, getting compensated is still a complicated process. The lack of ideas and the stress of legal proceedings discourage many people from asserting their rights. 

With the help of a personal injury lawyer, things can become easier. You can be compensated for your injuries, minor or serious. One of the most common forms of repayment is a Structured Settlement. This article will give you an idea of a structured settlement’s nature and functions.

An Overview on Structured Settlements 

How Does a Structured Settlement Work?

A structured settlement is a negotiated stream of payments (financial or insurance) to an individual who won a civil lawsuit. It is either offered by the defendant or requested by the victim or plaintiff to avoid trial. It differs from lump-sum payments. It guarantees financial security to the recipient in the long-run. A structured settlement in Canada was first used as part of a congenital disability claims settlement. It arose from pregnant women who used Thalidomide. Currently, it covers various types of lawsuit settlements such as aviation and construction.

With the structured settlement, you need to ensure company payments over the years. It is quite risky on the victim’s part because he/she must always depend on the company’s solvency. If it shuts down or goes bankrupt, he/she may lose his/her structured settlement instantly. 

Moreover, it includes income tax and spendthrift provisions. More often than not, periodic payments are funded by purchasing annuities with future payments. For this reason, structured settlements are sometimes referred to as periodical payments. It may also be called a structured judgment when incorporated into a trial judgment. 

Types of Structured Settlement Cases

A structured settlement arises from the agreement on a payment schedule. The defendant’s insurance company transfers the portion to another insurer. It is usually an insurer that works on structured settlements. It can be received for different reasons. The list below shows some instances where a plaintiff can request a structured settlement. 

Personal Injury

Personal injury arises from a lawsuit filed by an individual harmed by another individual. Its primary purpose is to seek the rightful compensation for injuries. Structured settlements can provide funds for medical expenses and other related costs. 

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a payment for workers recovering from work-related injuries. These serve to replace lost wages and pay other expenses when injured employees can’t work. 

Medical Malpractice

Doctors can do more harm and damage than help. Sometimes patients get injured due to negligence or utter disregard for their safety. With that, they can request a structured settlement for medical malpractice. If it results in the patient’s death, families, friends, or close relatives can do so. 

Wrongful Death

The structured settlement also applies to families claiming the loss of loved ones. Upon the death of a loved one, beneficiaries may receive a stream of tax-free payments.

Calculating the Amount of a Structured Settlement

A structured settlement can work in various ways. It can act as income replacement or payments for costs. It is essential for the younger ones. Structured settlements for minors can guarantee a stream of tax-free payments for their future. The funds come from an annuity to provide periodic payments to the injured party.

These may be in different forms. They can either be in a lump-sum payment or structured payments over a fixed period. Up-front cash payment can also be considered. It covers more immediate needs and future periodic payments over an extended period. Hence, it can be negotiated and estimated using the following considerations:

  • the length of the structure
  • frequency of payment (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually)
  • the amount that you want to receive in each payment
  • a lump sum payment at the end of the specified period
  • the ending of payments if the plaintiff dies before the end of the structure or payment continuation to your heirs

Since it is locked in for the recipient, it’s virtually unlimited, considering its design and function. But a person may choose to receive it as a lump-sum payment in the future, like after 20 years. It can be received monthly or lump-sums distributed over a specific period. Suppose you and the defendant agree on a structured settlement. You will receive $100,000 per year for ten years. As agreed upon, payments will continue to your heirs before the 10th year. With that, you and your heirs will receive $1,000,000 over the specified duration.  

But since it is a future income stream, you have to estimate it using its present value. If the inflation and interest rates are constant, the money in the bank will grow over time. Even so, you will still receive $1,000,000. The amount to be put in the bank will depend on its present value and fixed interest rates. Assuming that the bank uses a simple interest method, the interest will simply accumulate over time. If the interest rates are set at 10%, the defendant will only have to put $500,000 in the bank since it will earn $50,000 every year. 

Considerations Before Buying a Structured Settlement

Tax implications

It pertains to the effect of a person’s action on taxation. Generally, structured settlements are tax-free.

Life expectancy

It refers to the number of years a person may live. 

Money management skills

If you prefer periodic payments, a structured settlement is a good fit for you. 

Other financial resources available

Before choosing between a structured settlement or a lump-sum payment, you must consider your financial resources. If you don’t need a large amount immediately, you may choose a structured settlement. 

Specific terms of the annuity policy

Annuities guarantee periodic payments over a specific period. 

You can contact Diamond & Diamond Lawyers if you have a question about structured settlements or have experienced an injury and need to seek compensation with the help of our personal injury lawyers.

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Pro Tip

A structured settlement benefits and advantages should always be discussed with your lawyer. Remember that it is completely your decision if you choose a lump sum or structured settlement in a personal injury case.

Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer Today!

If you’ve sustained an injury and wish to know more about structured settlements, you may seek assistance from Diamond & Diamond’s personal injury lawyers in Toronto. To speak with our personal injury law services, or to set up a free consultation, contact us today, and let’s talk.

FAQs on Structured Settlements

What is the difference between an annuity and a structured settlement?

Most structured settlements are annuities, but they are different from each other. Structured   settlements are periodic payments to the plaintiff in line with specific court cases. A life insurance company funds these through an annuity contract. Meanwhile, annuities can also be used in retirement funds and investments.

What percentage do structured settlement companies take?

Factoring companies usually take 9-18% to cover their operating costs and generate income.

Are structured settlements worth it in a personal injury case?

In general, lump-sum payments are better than structured settlements. But structured settlements offer some advantages. It guarantees that you won’t spend your money immediately and saves it from taxes.

How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

From bruises and bumps to amputations and death, statistics show escalators in Canada are becoming increasingly dangerous. In the past six years, 1,225 people have been injured where 69 victims were permanently wounded. In the same year, six people were killed. In addition, the data showed that the number of incidents increased between 2011 and 2016, rising at an average rate of 14% annually. Major injuries have been rising by 8%.     

Thousands of commercial and residential escalators are still safe. Major injuries and deaths connected with their use are relatively rare. Many mishaps are related to leveling issues. It refers to the instance when an escalator fails to stop flush with the floor despite the implemented stipulations that they should feature “stopping accuracy.”  

Escalator Accidents in Canada  

Escalator Accidents in Canada

One of the most typical causes of escalator accidents happens when the machine or the areas used to exit or enter them become slippery. Most public spaces don’t have any implemented policies about the use of carpets or warning signs during extreme weather conditions, relying on individuals to look out for any threats. However, many people focus more on their children, advertisements or mobile phones, or where they’re headed to check if the area is slippery.

Escalators making an emergency stop is another common cause of accidents, jerking people off balance. It’s hazardous when the escalator is crowded during rush hours at the tube or train station. Though rare, people can still get injured when one item gets caught in the escalator’s parts, resulting in an emergency stop.      

Common Causes of Escalator Accidents in Ontario

Elevator and escalator accidents aren’t as rare, you may think, especially at rush hours or the busy hours of the day. While most accidents result from individuals impatiently pushing past others or carrying too much luggage, you can get injured due to hazards around the area or mechanical failure. Let’s take a look at the most typical causes of an elevator accident in Toronto:

Inadequate Inspections and Maintenance

Not inspecting the escalator is the most common cause of a Toronto elevator accident. Due to heavy traffic, escalators are subjected to regular, daily thorough inspections. Maintaining them is also crucial. If establishments don’t inspect their escalators regularly or ignore them, minor problems that get ignored can lead to significant accidents.                          

Broken or Missing Escalator Steps

Escalator steps should be durable enough to withstand heavy traffic. But no matter how stable the stairs are, they can still get damaged over time and even malfunction. Maintenance personnel should inspect the steps regularly for wear and tear. Then, replace or repair the broken or damaged areas. Overlooking these problems can make things worse, causing an escalator accident.

Problems with the Escalator Handrail

Handrails offer crucial support while riding on an escalator. Inadequate maintenance can cause the fence to come to a sudden stop or slow down even while the escalator steps keep on moving. It can catch the rider off guard, causing them to lose control and fall. It leads to severe injuries.

Comb Plate Issues

Comb plates refer to the grates at the exit and entrance points of an escalator. These can come loose over time or have missing teeth or protruding screws. Your clothing items or shoelaces can get caught in a damaged comb plate, trapping and injuring you.

Inadequate Training for Maintenance Personnel

Without proper training, minor defects may go undetected, leading to catastrophic consequences. If the establishment doesn’t train their personnel and someone gets injured, they can get sued for compensation for the escalator accident.

Mechanical or Electrical Faults

Escalators use complex heavy machinery underneath the walking surface. Faulty wiring and other electrical problems can lead to escalator failure, resulting in it starting or stopping suddenly. It throws people off control and balance. Falling down the escalator or slipping on a sharp edge of the metal steps can lead to severe injuries, ranging from broken bones and fractures to severe lacerations.

Design Defects

Escalators can have defective designs. It can be due to wrongful execution of the plan or an error in the building itself. One of the more typical design defects is unbalanced leveling that causes tripping hazards. Huge gaps between the sides and steps of the escalator is another common design defect that can catch trouser legs or shoelaces, trapping you.

Overcrowding on the Escalator

You can find visible notices at the entrance points warning you about the dangers of overcrowding. However, when riders are in a hurry, they might not check the warning signs and ride on the escalator despite it being crowded. Other riders add to the danger by trying to push past others or carrying excessive luggage. Doing this can cause overcrowding, causing the escalator to stop suddenly. It can result in a significant disaster because most riders will lose their balance and get trapped or fall.

Wet or Slippery Steps

Establishments should put warning signs at the entrance points to inform the public if the area is slippery and wet. It should be placed when it’s snowing or raining. Most people use the escalators, but they don’t bother looking out for dangers unless they see a sign. Other escalator accidents result from not using signages to warn people about slippery and wet steps, making slips and falls another common problem you can encounter.

Common Causes of Escalator Accidents in Ontario

Injuries Sustained in Escalator Accidents

Injuries caused by escalator accidents depend on different factors, but one of the most important is the kind of accident. Here are some of the life-altering injuries:

Escalator Accidents Statistics

Deaths

Escalators kill about 30 people per year on average. Nearly half of these casualties are from working on escalators, and the other half are passengers. One of the common causes of death is due to people falling into the escalator. In addition to casualties, injuries can also occur. It can be minor or severe.

Falls

On average, there are about 17,000 escalator injuries per year. It may seem high, but it’s pretty low if you think about the number of times people ride on escalators in a year. Try to compare this to the roughly six million car accidents per year. You’ll soon realize that escalator accidents are rare, but they still occur.

Accidents involving children

There have been several reports of entrapment – when shoes, feet, or hands get trapped in the escalator. Your kids can still ride escalators, but you have to ensure their safety. You should:

  • Stop them from playing or sitting on the escalator. Your kids shouldn’t make the escalator an amusement park ride.
  • Encourage them to step off at the end, hold their hand, face forward, and stand in the center of the escalator.
  • Tie their shoelaces before riding the escalator.

Most importantly, know where the emergency shut-off button is so that you can turn off the escalator if someone gets trapped while riding.

 

Have you been in an escalator accident? If so, contact Diamond & Diamond Lawyers to get a FREE case evaluation and get the compensation you deserve for the negligence of the establishment.

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Pro Tip

“Whenever you’re going to ride an escalator, it is best to check whether the steps are wet to prevent yourself from slipping.”

Escalator Safety Tips

While malfunctions and design defects are out of your control, there are a few things you can do to avoid getting injured while riding an escalator.

  • If possible, face forward and stand in the center of the step. Don’t go near the sides of the steps.
  • Hold on to the railings. It can support you if the escalator suddenly stops or if another person pushes past you while rushing.
  • Make sure your trousers and shoe laces aren’t trailing behind. It would help if you tied or secured them. Trailing shoelaces can get trapped in the smallest area between the steps, pinning you against the steps or the sides.
  • Make it a habit to check where the emergency shut-off buttons are. It can keep you safe during emergencies.

FAQs on Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Cornwall

What compensation can I get from escalator accident claims?

Escalator injuries could fall under premises liability if the escalator were defective, if there was product liability, or if there was an unsafe condition. In either case, there are a few different kinds of compensation you can get, including:      

  • Disfigurement and disability
  • Loss of companionship and affection
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering   
  • Loss of diminished earning capacity
  • Medication costs          
  • Future and current medical expenses

How should I start my escalator accident claim?

If the accident was caused by negligence, you could file compensation claims. However, you’ll need evidence to support your claims. Hence, if you get involved in an accident, you should:

  • Take a photograph of the accident scene and visible injuries.
  • Ask for a copy of the CCTV footage if a camera is installed on the scene. Bear in mind to do this immediately because the establishment won’t keep it forever.
  • Get medical attention for your injuries. It’ll ensure your injuries are treated professionally. You can also use medical records to support your claim further.
  • Inform the operator. It’ll be recorded in their accident report book, so you should ask for a copy as evidence.

If you have as much evidence as possible, talk to a lawyer for free advice about whether you can file a claim or need more proof for your case.

Who can file a wrongful-death claim in an escalator accident?

A wrongful death claim in an escalator accident can be filed by the family of the victim who was killed in the accident. This allows the family to get compensated for the loss of a loved one.

How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

“Slip and fall” refers to a personal injury case where a person trips or slips and gets injured on another person’s property. Usually, it may occur on premises maintained or owned by someone else where the property owner is legally responsible for the injury. Wet floors, narrow stairs, poor lighting, changes in flooring, or damaged carpeting can cause someone to slip and get injured.

It may also refer to cases where someone fell or slipped due to snow, ice, rain, or a hidden hazard like potholes in the ground. You should have sustained severe injuries to file a claim and collect the proper compensation.

What Is A Slip and Fall Accident?

A “slip and fall” accident refers to a personal injury case where someone falls or slips and gets injured on another person’s property. Usually, slip and fall cases fall under the broader classification of cases referred to as “premises liability” cases. Usually, it may occur on a property maintained or owned by another person where the property owner can be held legally liable.

It can also happen at a friend’s house, at work, and home. It can often leave you seriously injured. Here are some of the most common slip and fall injuries you can experience:

  • Long-term disability
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries

What Is A Slip and Fall Accident

Ways To Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

It’s best that you learn how to keep your home safe from these kinds of accidents. Here’s a list of what you can do to reduce those risks:

  • Minimize Any Dangerous Areas.

Most of the cases are from people who got injured in swimming pools, staircases, and walkways. They often link their injuries to lack of signages, slippery floors, or unlit areas. You should make sure that you’re always on the lookout for potentially dangerous places to avoid serious injuries. Evaluate accident-prone areas and make the necessary repairs to lower the chances of accidents happening.

  • Fix Damaged Areas Immediately.

After locating potentially dangerous areas, clean them and do the repairs immediately. It helps minimize the chances of injuries on the property. It would help if you got rid of clutter from the landings and stairs. Fix the surface of highly trafficked areas to make them slip-resistant. It can mean coating the walkway with a material that has slip-resistant properties, using non-coat rugs, or putting down carpets.

  • Make Sure There’s Enough Lighting.

When walking along dark corridors or hallways, there are chances that you’ll miss a few spilled liquids or clutter on the floor. It can cause you to fall and slip, leading to serious injuries. It would help if you had enough lighting on your property, especially at night, to lower the risks of another person getting injured in inadequately lit areas.

  • Use Warning Signs if Necessary.

Fixing, organizing, and cleaning areas in your property are easy. However, you can’t quickly address other dangerous hazards or conditions. One example of this is a wet floor that still needs drying. You can use a “wet floor” sign to ensure that employees or customers take extra care when walking around. Using the proper signages prevents accidents.

  • Have Adequate Insurance Coverage.

You should have adequate insurance coverage to protect you from financial losses when an accident happens. It’ll help further protect you from premises liability. Your homeowner’s insurance policies may already include premise liability insurance, so make sure to review the policy first if you’re planning to get one.

Common Causes of a Slip and Fall Accident

Wet and Uneven Walking Surfaces

According to statistics, 55% of all slip and fall accidents resulted from hazardous walking surfaces. It may refer to:

  • Waxed or mopped floors
  • Damaged carpeting
  • Poorly built staircases
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Damaged sidewalks
  • Loose floorboards
  • Cluttered floors

Such conditions make walking surfaces more dangerous.

Improper Safety Practices

Most slip and fall accidents also happen on the job. Other workplaces, especially those in the construction and manufacturing fields, may ask workers to spend a lot of time walking on narrow pathways or wet surfaces. If employers don’t provide the proper on-the-job training, they can be held responsible if a slip and fall accident occurs.

Environmental Conditions

Hazardous environmental conditions can also cause slip and fall accidents. It may refer to:

  • Changes in flooring
  • Open drawers and cabinets
  • Bright lighting that causes a glare on shiny surfaces
  • Inadequate lighting that makes it hard for someone to see hazards
  • Trailing cords on the walkway
  • Trash or debris on the floor

Weather Conditions

Most outdoor slip and fall accidents can result from dangerous weather conditions such as snow, ice, and rain. Even if you can’t predict what the weather will do, you should put salt on the walkways and stairways, shovel sidewalks, or plow streets to minimize accidents. If you fail to do that and someone gets injured, you may be held legally responsible.

 

In the event that you or a loved one suffers injuries from a slip and fall accident due to another’s negligence, you can file a claim for compensation. Get in touch with the experienced personal injury lawyers from Diamond & Diamond at 1-800-567-HURT! 

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Pro Tip

By keeping walkways clear, you can quickly reduce the potential for injury. Unobstructed paths minimize the chance of tripping over an unexpected object and reduce the likelihood of a fall that might create a slipping hazard.

Seek Legal Advice From A Slip and Fall Lawyer

Many victims suffer from chronic pain or disability for months or years after the accident, seriously affecting their quality of life. If you or your loved ones suffer slip and fall injuries due to the negligent actions of another person, you can file a claim for compensation and a lawsuit.

Call the personal injury lawyers at Diamond and Diamond at 1-800-567-HURT (4878) or use our fast CASE EVALUATION TOOL to schedule your free consultation today.

FAQs on How to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents

Do I need a lawyer for a slip and fall?

You don’t need a lawyer for these accidents. You can represent yourself in court, negotiate a settlement, and file a lawsuit yourself. However, it can be challenging if you’re against a property owner with their lawyer and an insurance company.

What is a slip hazard?

Most slips and falls can result from:

  • Poor housekeeping
  • Damaged or uneven floors
  • Unsuitable floor coverings
  • Trailing cables
  • Inadequate lighting

You should consider the following if you’re looking for potentially hazardous areas:

  • Working activities on your property
  • Weather conditions
  • Outdoor areas

How can I prevent slips and falls in winter?

You can follow these tips to avoid injuries when walking on snow and ice:

  • Walk slowly and focus on the path ahead.
  • Avoid slippery surfaces, including snow banks, icy areas, and wet leaves.
  • Wear the appropriate footwear with slip-resistant soles and change into indoor footwear. Ice grippers attached to your footwear can provide added traction.
  • Use handrails where available.
  • Make sure to check if stairs and entrances are free from slush and snow. Tracked in slush and snow can cause slips and falls.
  • Clean your shoes when going inside. Caked ice and snow on the soles can be pretty dangerous.
  • Inform your employers of fall, trip, and slip hazards around the property.

Joseph Berljawsky Explains Crucial Stages of Closing Deals

Real estate lawyer Joseph Berljawsky was recently featured in mortgagebrokernews.ca. In the article, he explained the crucial stages to successfully close a deal. He pointed out important elements involved in mortgage processes.

“Understanding how the transaction works is a pretty important thing for brokers to speed the process along,” Joseph said. “We often get a lot of calls the same day that a deal is sent, asking when it can be closed,” — MortgageBrokerNews, “How you can help lawyers close faster”.

>>Read the full article here

How Diamond and Diamond has become one of the fastest growing real estate practices in Ontario

Sanjay Soni, Diamond & Diamond’s Senior Legal Counsel, got featured in the DoProcess. In the article, Soni shared how modern technology influenced the rapid growth of the law firm. He added that through Unity, a web-based practice management and conveyancing platform, they are able to provide high-quality service.

“From our perspective, there’s no other software on the market that matches what you have built for document production,” says Soni. “It also has some excellent data and reporting capabilities on file quantities, types of files, and various business reports that we may not have in our system, or that we don’t really have a line of sight on because our system doesn’t produce the kinds of documents yours does.” — DoProcess, “How Diamond and Diamond has Become One of the Fastest Growing Real Estate Practices in Ontario”

>>Read the full article here

Joseph Berljawsky Talks About Legal Aspects of Running a Private Lending Business

Joseph Berljawsky, Head of Real Estate Practice Group at Diamond & Diamond Lawyers, was invited as a guest in a podcast to explain the legal aspects of running a private lending business. He explained how Diamond & Diamond deals with a new client who seeks legal services from the firm, and how they were able to develop a software that would help them and the lenders to have smoother transactions.

“The software we have is called Nexera Hub, we call it NexHub. And it sort of connects what we do to run the file with all the different pieces of that file. Mortgage instructions from a bank or lender flow in and client information are all kind of part of this hub, documents exchanged, status updates, and things like that.” – Joseph Berljawsky, “Diamond & Diamond, Joseph Berljawsky – #AskAPrivateLender Podcast, Ep 17”

>>Listen to the podcast here

Isaac Zisckind Answers Questions About Mortgage Law and the Pandemic

Isaac Zisckind, Senior Partner at Diamond & Diamond, recently got featured on Canadian Mortgage Professional. In the article, Isaac answered questions about how the pandemic affected Diamond & Diamond Law and where he sees mortgage law after the pandemic.

“When COVID first started, there was a big stall in transaction volume. There was a pause in terms of activity in general because we couldn’t do in-person signings, especially with a lot of banks and lenders alike requiring wet signatures.” — Canadian Mortgage Professional, “Mortgage Law and the Pandemic”

>>View the full article here.

Diamond and Diamond Lawyers Announce US Expansion

New office in Miami marks first stop for family firm

MIAMI – In less than a decade, one of Canada’s most well-known law firms has been on a ferocious tear. Their firebrand of tough advocacy and customer service excellence has fueled an expansion from a single location to 17, across multiple provinces in Canada. Now, they’re setting their sights even higher.

With a team that now includes 50 lawyers and over 200 support staff, Diamond and Diamond is taking their magic south of the border, opening up their first US location in Miami, Florida. While the firm offers range of legal services across Canada, they will be focusing solely on personal injury law in Florida.

Husband and wife duo, Sandra Zisckind and Jeremy Diamond, along with Zisckind’s brother, Isaac, believe the key to their rapid growth is diligence and a reputation for fighting tirelessly on behalf of their clients.

“Since day one we’ve given out our personal cell phone numbers,” said Senior partner, Jeremy Diamond. “Our clients are in a vulnerable position against the spectre of intimidating insurers. We make sure they feel supported in every way.”

Diamond and Diamond’s sunny Florida headquarters will be located at:

10063 NW 1st CT

Plantation, FL 33324

“Injury law is our roots,” said Sandra Zisckind. “We’re excited about the expansion because we know we can offer something different in the US arena. We believe in efficiency, utilizing the latest technology and meticulous attention to every granular detail.”

If you’re a US resident and you’ve been injured in an accident, Diamond and Diamond lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.  Contact the firm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-567-HURT.

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