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.

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