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.

Drivers’ Responsibilities: Right Of Way vs Exercising Proper Care and Safety

A decision by a trial court judge, which was upheld on appeal brought into sharp focus the fact that right of way rules do not in any way provide protection against liability for an accident.

The City of Ottawa was ordered to pay $2 million in damages in a 2008 crash that caused the death of three people. An OC Transpo bus on a green light had T-boned the SUV in which five youngsters were traveling. Though the SUV driver had been drinking heavily, driving erratically and running a red light, the judgment still held the bus driver responsible partially for not applying proper safety measures.

The Gardiner v MacDonald Case

Ben Gardiner and four of his friends had visited the Carleton University graduate students’ bar, another pub, and a karaoke bar prior to the accident. Mark MacDonald, the driver of the SUV in which they had been traveling was reported by eyewitnesses to have been driving erratically and running several red lights before the fatal collision which occurred at an intersection at 2 am.

The bus driver who had more than two decades’ experience was found to have been moderately over the speed limit, though he had right of way on green at that intersection. He was also found to have briefly checked his rear-view mirrors at the intersection (as the drivers’ manual in fact enjoins him to do) thus taking his attention away momentarily from the road.

Two of the passengers and the driver, MacDonald, were killed while two passengers survived. Gardiner and his family sued the city, the  pubs and MacDonald’s estate for compensation due to negligent driving. Another deceased victim’s family also sued.

Since toxicology reports confirmed that MacDonald had been drinking, his insurers declined coverage and had to pay only the minimum $200,000 which was split between the plaintiffs. Hence, though the municipality was apportioned only 20% of the fault in the accident, it was the City which had to pay the bulk of damages, as all other parties were unable to pay. This is due to the principle of joint and several liability contained in insurance regulations.

The bus driver and the city appealed, but their application was turned down and the trial judge’s decision was upheld.

Right of Way vs Safe and Alert Driving

In this particular case, the judgment was based on important factors that include:

  • Drivers with right of way must still exercise proper care and proceed only when it’s safe to do so
  • Professional drivers are to be held to a higher standard of care than the general public. The bus driver in question was a highly experienced driver.
  • The bus driver was driving above speed limit in poor weather and road conditions.
  • The speed rendered the bus driver unable to react quickly enough at the intersection.
  • Drivers with right of way may also be found partially responsible for accidents.

If you or a dear one has been injured, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to advise and assist you with claiming the compensation you deserve. Our knowledgeable and skilled car accident lawyers can help safeguard your rights and protect your interests.

Toronto Car Accident Lawyers: Know Your Rights!

“The Best Drivers Are Aware That They Must Beware!” – Saftey Slogan 

Toronto personal injury lawyers Singh Barristers regularly handle cases where devastating collisions have resulted in serious injuries to innocent victims.

Most accidents are preventable, avoidable. Investigations can reveal that they’re caused by someone’s fault or negligence.

The horrific 30-vehicle crash on Highway 401, near Kingston on March 14, 2017 is a case in point. The collision resulted in the death of at least one person and left dozens of others seriously injured. It also caused a hazardous chemical spill that puts hundreds of others at risk. The hazardous chemical was identified as fluorosilicic acid that causes irritation, swelling and inflammation to eyes, respiratory system and skin.

Such accidents result in enormous physical, financial and emotional burdens to injured victims and their families.

Those responsible for the accident have to be held liable and compensate victims for injuries sustained as a result of the accident.

Under Ontario laws, all those injured in motor-vehicle accidents are entitled to claim statutory benefits payable by their own insurance-companies, regardless of fault.

Additionally, injured victims are entitled to seek compensation via a personal injury claim.

Contact the nearest personal injury lawyer in Toronto if you or a dear one has been injured in such an accident. We can advise, assist and advocate for you.

Unsure of The Next Step?

In the period following a serious motor-vehicle accident, injured victims and their families experience confusion, anxiety, pain, fear and a host of other debilitating emotions. They may find it difficult to meet medical and rehabilitation expenses.

If the injured person is unable to work, this means a loss of income/wages. Household expenses are difficult to meet. Time and effort are required to care for the injured person.

We:

  • Help you get top-quality diagnosis/treatment/medication/ rehabilitation/care.
  • Deal with the complicated paperwork, meet filing deadlines
  • Unravel the complex medical, legal and insurance issues involved.
  • Safeguard your rights
  • Deal with insurance-companies
  • Present a robust claim backed by relevant evidence
  • Represent you in all forums
  • Help you get the deserved compensation.

Our experienced Toronto car accident lawyer can help you deal with all these problems and more.

If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury ‎Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help. (416 931 5015)

Brampton Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers: Helping Your Cause!

Keep Your Wits About You! 

Brampton slip and fall injury lawyer Singh Barristers know from experience that people injured in slip and fall accidents often feel confused, bewildered and “zoned out.”

Even if the accident was a minor one, how you handle it and the aftermath of the accident can have a huge impact on future events.

Many of us presume that our injuries are minor. We avoid reporting the accident and neglect visiting a doctor for a general check-up afterwards.

These are two crucial factors that can decide the fate of an insurance claim: Negligence and Liability.

If your injuries turn out to be more serious at a later stage, you will find it difficult to establish that you were injured in that particular accident or even the fact that you were injured at all!

It’s wise to contact the nearest personal injury lawyer in Brampton without delay if you or  a dear one has been injured in a slip and fall accident.

Understanding Premises Liability and Insurance Laws

All property-owners have a duty to ensure that their premises are maintained in a state of reasonable safety for all legitimate visitors. However, when accidents happen, they’re usually the result of negligence or deliberate violation of safety norms.

Injured victims are entitled to claim compensation for: 

  • Loss of income/wages/earning capacity
  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Pain and suffering 

Based on the nature of injury and the circumstances of the accident, experienced Brampton slip and fall injury lawyers can help you file claims under other relevant categories.

Do’s and Dont’s 

Our 24×7 injury lawyers can advise you about the immediate steps to be taken:

Do:

  • Visit a doctor
  • Contact personal injury lawyer
  • Follow medical advice
  • Report accident
  • Take pictures
  • Get contact-details of witnesses
  • Preserve clothing/footwear/medical-bills/receipts/doctor’s notes etc 

Don’t: 

  • Confront owners/occupiers
  • Apologize/make admissions/submissions
  • Sign documents/provide authorizations without legal advice
  • Avoid posting on social media 

We Can Assist You! 

Proving negligence and establishing liability are two of the crucial aspects of achieving settlement in a personal injury claim. We help you put together a robust claim and ensure that your rights and interests are safeguarded throughout.

If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury ‎Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help. (416 931 5015)

Brampton Personal Injury Lawyers: When Do You Need One?

What’s In Your Best Interest? 

Brampton personal injury lawyers Singh Barristers often meet clients who are confused about whether they really need the assistance of a personal injury lawyer or not. 

Sadly, most accidents are preventable and avoidable. They’re usually caused by someone’s fault or negligence. But the physical, financial and emotional consequences have to be borne by the victims and their families. 

If you or a dear one has been injured in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, contact the nearest personal injury lawyer in Brampton without delay. You may be entitled to compensation. 

Our experienced 24 hour injury lawyers can advise you about your rights, inform you about the merits of filing a personal injury claim and ensure that your interests are safeguarded throughout the process. 

Unlike insurance companies who have to make the settlement pay-outs, we advocate YOUR cause. 

Whatever the nature and extent of your injuries and losses, an initial, free, no-obligations consultation will help you to get more clarity in the matter. Brampton car accident lawyer and Brampton slip and fall injury lawyer work with you till full settlement is achieved. 

When Do I Need A Lawyer? 

While making claims for damages following an accident, there are a many complex medical, legal and insurance issues involved. Most people are unfamiliar with these and they may not be aware of the latest rulings, amendments, revocations etc. 

Accident claims are also governed by strict statute of limitations time-frames, filing deadlines, format requirements etc. The paperwork may be complicated and difficult to complete. Claims have to be filed in the appropriate venue and jurisdiction. Small errors could result in your claim being set aside. 

In general, it’s wise to hire a Brampton personal injury lawyer if: 

  • You have serious injuries, broken bones
  • Death occurs
  • Long-term hospitalization required
  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation costs cross a couple of 1000 dollars
  • Absence from school/work more than 3-4 days
  • Insurance company disputes claim
  • Accident occurred in a construction zone/municipal property
  • There are non-economic losses (emotional/psychological) 

We’re committed to your best interests. Don’t feel you need to handle everything on your own!

If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury ‎Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help. (416 931 5015)