Thursday, 27 September 2018
Television and movies frequently use scenes with someone falling to generate laughter, but for the more than 650,000 Canadians who visited hospital emergency departments last year for injuries they suffered in an unintentional fall, falling down was nothing to laugh about. Falls represent the leading cause of injuries suffered by older adults, those 65 years of age and older, in Ontario. The three most common types of falls for older adults are falling on stairs, slipping and tripping, and falling from furniture. Recognizing the risks and takes steps to prevent them could reduce accidents and injuries.
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
The warmer daytime temperatures and the disappearance of snow of ice from the streets and sidewalks are sure signs that spring has arrived in Ontario. More cars and other vehicles take to the roads as individuals and families travel to parks, lakes and other recreation areas to enjoy the change of seasons, but accidents can occur as motorists must share the roads with more motorcyclists, joggers, children at play and bicyclists than might have been out during the long, cold winter. Drivers and others using the roads, streets and highways can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries by following a few safe driving tips for springtime.
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
Tobogganing is a popular way to have some outdoor fun and take advantage of the long, snowy winters that are common in Ontario, Canada. The equipment needed to participate is not that expensive and hillsides offering the perfect conditions for the sport are usually only a short drive away or within walking distance. Tobogganing is an activity that all members of the family can enjoy, but the risk of injuries has led some local governments to impose restrictions with hefty fines for individuals choosing to violate them. Minimizing the risks and ensuring safe tobogganing is not that difficult to accomplish.
Monday, 08 January 2018
It’s a fact of life throughout Ontario that winter brings snow and lots of it. Shovelling the icy substance from the sidewalks in front of your home or business might not be the most pleasant way to spend a part of your day, but not doing it could make you responsible if someone is injured while walking on it.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
The popularity of bicycle riding has gotten a tremendous boost in Ontario. Joining the ranks of people using their bikes for exercise and recreation is a growing trend among commuters to forego traditional forms of transportation in favor of riding a bike to work. The onset of wintry weather does not mean riders must give up their daily routine as long as they follow a few precautions to make winter cycling safe.
Monday, 16 October 2017
School teachers and administrators have a difficult job looking out for the safety of the child parents entrust to them each and every day. When accidents happen and a child is seriously injured the primary concern for parents is their child’s wellbeing. Later, after the child receives the medical care and attention needed, concerns arise about what action can be taken and who is liable.
Monday, 11 September 2017
Whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian injured in a car accident in Ontario, you are entitled to Statutory Accident Benefits regardless of who was at fault in causing the accident. Filing a claim for accident benefits begins by notifying your insurance broker, agent or claims representative and completing an application for benefits. You could be asked by your insurance company to participate in an examination under oath as part of their investigation of your claim.
Monday, 07 August 2017
If you have been injured in a car accident, a slip and fall, or other mishap caused by the negligent, careless or reckless conduct of another party, you should not delay in speaking to a personal injury lawyer. In Ontario, the Limitations Act specifies the time limits for filing lawsuits. If your lawsuit for compensation is started after the time limit has expired, it will be dismissed by the court and your right to recover damages lost forever.
Friday, 07 July 2017
Ontario Provincial Police have launched an effort to rid the streets of drivers engaged in street racing. Using officers in the air and on the ground to spot the illegal activity, the department intends to seize vehicles and charge drivers with violations of the law. Besides being against the law, street racing endangers the safety of participants, spectators and other vehicles on the roads. The OPP efforts began even before the start of the new campaign with the seizure of 12 cars at one location and the filing of charges against their drivers.
Monday, 29 May 2017
If you are not feeling well and go to a doctor, the law recognizes a standard of care your doctor must meet in providing services to you. Doctors whose actions fall below that standard of care could be liable for injuries suffered by a patient. The level of competency required of physicians and the way the laws are set up to compensate patients who are injured are pretty clear, but what might not be as clear are the rules that apply when health care professionals are not at the office, clinic or hospital and render assistance to someone in an emergency situation.