These Boots Are Made For Walkin’: Slip Resistant Footwear For Toronto’s Icy Winters!

Brampton personal injury lawyers know from experience that slip and fall injuries on icy surfaces can result in a variety of injuries. Ranging from simple cuts, bruises and sprains, people can suffer traumatic brain injury, skull/spine/neck fractures, serious facial and dental damage, internal bleeding, impact and crush injuries, broken bones and more.

Most of these accidents are not accidental. They’re caused by someone else’s fault or negligence. Though these mishaps occur in a split-second, their effects can often last an entire lifetime. They impose enormous physical, financial and emotional burdens on not just the injured person, but often on the entire family.

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If you or a dear one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with expertise and knowledge in dealing with similar cases.  You may be entitled to compensation but there are several complex medical, legal and insurance issues involved that are difficult to understand and deal with.

Falls May Cause Serious Injuries

Falls are the staple stuff of comedy in films and theater but in reality, they’re nothing to laugh about. WHO facts and figures reveal that more than 400,000 people die from falls globally. Older people are the demographic at highest risk and a fall is often fatal at this stage in their lives. Pregnant women are another high risk group because the fall can not only cause serious damage to the mother but also to the unborn child.

Who’s Liable?

In general, under the Occupier’s Liability Act, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that premises owned/occupied by them or their authorized agents are kept in a condition of reasonable safety for all those who visit for a legitimate purpose.

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In some cases, certain actions by the injured person may also have contributed to the injuries. A thorough investigation of the case and presentation of the facts will establish the proportion of liability on both sides. Our Brampton slip and fall injury lawyers can conduct independent investigations into the case. This will assist you to put together a robust claim for compensation.

Slip Resistant Footwear

Given the length and intensity of Toronto winters, researches have been working tirelessly to come up with long-term solutions to prevent falls on icy sidewalks, entrances and exits to buildings, driveways, etc.

A recent study conducted by the iDAPT team at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network tested 98 pairs of non-slip winter footwear available currently in the market. They found that just 8% of these boots met minimum slip resistance standards.

New materials like thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU help to grip icy surfaces and increase traction. Such materials are being tested in labs where conditions are simulated to replicate Canada’s harsh winters, complete with ice, slush, wind, driving rain, hail, heavy snow etc.

One of the issues with slip resistant footwear is that it becomes less effective over time. Slip resistant boots and shoes rarely last for more than one or two winters. Because they’re expensive, people rarely replace them when they show early signs of wear, thus increasing the risks of falling.

Our slip and fall injury lawyers can ensure that your rights are protected and interests safeguarded while we help you get the compensation you deserve.

Stroke Induced Disabilities: More Medical Malpractice Suits Predicted

When blood flow to the brain is restricted, it results in cell-death and what follows is known as a Cerebro-Vascular Accident (CVA) more commonly known as a “stroke.” Strokes can also be caused by bleeding inside the brain.

Some strokes can result in death, while others leave the patient temporarily or permanently disabled. They can also cause increased vulnerability to other conditions and diseases, emotional and cognitive disorders, mood swings, language and speech difficulties etc. The symptoms can range from dizziness, severe headaches, vision disturbances, numbness, weakness to difficulties in walking, slurred speech etc.

Surviving A Stroke

Immediate medical attention is required to limit the damage to the brain and also reduce the extent of resultant disability. Strokes are often misdiagnosed or the symptoms are disregarded by negligent or busy health-care professionals. This can result in huge consequences for the patient and families of such patients.

Fatal strokes have reduced considerably in number across Canada, and today, studies show that there is an almost 83% survival rate. However, surviving a stroke brings its own set of issues that the patient and family have to deal with. Severe physical, financial and emotional burdens are imposed on the patient and all those involved in caring for the patient.

Recent data shows that nearly 405,000 people have survived a stroke and are living with a variety of disabilities. The figures are projected to be even higher by 2038, where almost 750,000 Canadians may be living with stroke-induced disabilities.

One of the reasons for these alarming figures could be the rapidly aging population across the country. Improvements in medical care also result in higher survival rates, but as David Sculthorpe, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation warns, we need to do even more in “raising awareness of the signs of stroke and improving prevention and care.”

Stroke Treatments

When the stroke occurs, the immediate emergency treatment focuses on stabilizing the system. Following this, a rigorous and systematic treatment plan has to be put in place to limit the destructive effects of the stroke.

The treatment for dealing with strokes should include:

  • Early intervention in a stroke rehabilitation unit attached to a hospital
  • Subacute treatment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Home-based therapy
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Long-term patient care for onsite treatment or nursing care if required

Often doctors focus on helping the patient survive the stroke, but where they may fall short is in providing the appropriate follow-up care. This can lead to prolonged periods of disability, deterioration in brain function, failure to fully recover etc.

If you or a dear one has suffered a stroke due to misdiagnosis, or failed to receive the proper follow-up treatment, it’s important to consult an experienced, qualified and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who has dealt with similar cases earlier.

Types of Misdiagnosis

Health-care workers/Doctors may fail to:

  • Analyze patient history/records
  • Monitor patient in the hospital
  • Perform CT/MRI scan
  • Discharge patient without proper work-up
  • Consult neurologist/neuro-surgeon
  • Provide clot-dissolving medications

Keeping these factors in mind, in some cases, failure to prevent, diagnose or treat strokes can be construed as medical malpractice. An experienced personal injury lawyer can advise/assist/advocate for you in such a situation.