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Living with spinal cord injuries may be challenging

Recovering from, or adapting to, a serious injury can take time. However, given enough time and proper care, many injured people are able to return to a life very much like the one they knew before suffering the injury. For victims of spinal cord injuries, however, the possibility of leading a normal life again may be far less likely. Figures made available by Statistics Canada and the Rick Hansen Foundation reveal the grim reality for many SCI victims.

Spinal cord injuries are relatively common in Canada. As of 2012, an estimated 86,000 Canadians live with an SCI, and 4,300 new cases are added each year. That's more than 11 new cases every day.

Ontario study reveals high lifetime costs of brain injuries

A study published in March 2017, looks at the high costs of head injuries in Ontario. A group of researchers and experts compiled a year's worth of data examining the medical and labour costs of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The results were remarkable.

The study looked at 133,952 emergency room visits in 2009, in which the victim suffered a traumatic brain injury. The estimated costs stemming from the injuries over the lifetime of the victims were $945 million. Of that amount, medical treatments accounted for $292 million. Lost productivity cost a stunning $653 million.

Understanding the occupier's duty and premises liability

Slip-and-fall accidents are among the most common causes of personal injuries in Ontario. Should the incident occur on property owned by someone other than the victim, there could be cause for a lawsuit based on premises liability. The following information may help a person determine if he or she is has grounds for a claim based upon evidence of the occupier's negligence.

The occupier of a property could be the owner or other parties with control over its condition or usage. The property could be a piece of land or water, a building or structure, or even watercraft and moving vehicles. The occupier owes a duty of care to any person who sets foot on the premises, even if that person was not supposed to be there. 

Investigations of fatal motor vehicle accidents can take time

Uncertainty is one of the most frustrating feelings a person can feel. Unfortunately, it goes hand in hand with fatal motor vehicle accidents, which can take time to properly investigate. The family of an Ontario cab driver is likely in shock and distress as police continue to seek answers to what caused a fatal accident that took the man's life.

The collision occurred on March 19, around 2 a.m. Although the details are a bit sketchy, it seems the driver of a Mercedes heading east on York Mills Road in Toronto lost control of his car and struck a pole at the side of the road. After hitting the pole, the vehicle then returned to the road where it collided with a taxi.

Condominium slips and falls may warrant premises liability claims

When the average person slips and falls, his or her first inclination is probably to brush it off and move along. Sometimes, however, the injury is more serious and treatment is required. Instead of thinking of oneself as unlucky, it may be worth considering whether there were other factors involved. For instance, condominium residents in Ontario expect condominium corporations to maintain a safe environment. If management staff fails to do so, injured individuals may have a basis for making a premises liability claim.

Condominium owners and corporations owe a duty of care to those using the property. As such, they are legally obligated to keep public areas free of hazards such as snow and ice, water, unsafe floors or stairs, or objects on the ground. If a person suffers an injury because of an unattended hazard, the property owner could be held responsible.

New ‘Safe Texting Zones’ Bill Proposed By Ontario MPP

The Ontario government’s last attempt at cracking down on distracted driving occurred in 2015, when stiffer penalties were introduced. Still, distracted driving remains a problem.

Just last month, Toronto police conducted a week-long campaign targeting drivers who are distracted by their cellphones. They dubbed the campaign, “That Text or Call Could End It All.”

Fatal motor vehicle accidents can happen despite good planning

Sometimes, despite making all the right decisions, the wrong thing still happens. This is sometimes the case with fatal motor vehicle accidents. Supporting evidence for this sad truth came recently after a crash claimed the life of a young woman in southern Ontario.

The accident happened on the night of Feb. 24, in Hamilton. Four young women called for a ride-share pick up just before 11 p.m. The group was on their way to a party, and made the choice to leave their own cars at home. 

I was injured in a car accident, or slip/trip and fall. How much is my claim worth? How long will my injury claim take to resolve? Should I get a second opinion?

I will answer the last question first: Should you get a second opinion? Probably not. If you already have an injury lawyer working on your claim the most important thing you can do is talk to your lawyer. When people contact us looking for second opinions our normal practice is to pick up the phone and call the potential client's current lawyer, with the client's permission of course, and to try and repair the relationship. Like most problems in life our experience is that clients want a second opinion because of a communication failure. The issue is usually resolvable. If you did your homework in the first place and picked the right injury lawyer it doesn't make sense to switch horses mid-race and doing so can be detrimental to your case. See our article about how to pick the right injury lawyer.

Who is the best injury lawyer? What is the best injury law firm and why?

Who is the best injury lawyer in Kingston? Ottawa? Whitby? Carleton Place? Perth and Lanark County? Peterborough? Belleville? Brockville and Cornwall?

You may be reading this article because you typed a question similar to those above into the search bar on Google. At Bergeron Clifford we are excellent injury lawyers. Are we the best? Nobody is the best. The best is an opinion and although some firms claim awards, the fact is that every client and every claim requires a unique approach and a different skill set. However, there are certain things that you should look for when selecting an injury lawyer.

Premises liability and injuries from falls

Although the icy weather in Ontario will soon be at an end for the season, that doesn't mean that slips and falls aren't still a hazard. It is the responsibility of all property owners to keep publicly accessible areas safe. Seniors are particularly susceptible to serious injuries from falling. However, because many people aren't sure of their rights, potential premises liability cases often get ignored.

One of the difficulties with injuries from a fall is that the extent of the injury is not always immediately apparent. If the pain is not strongly felt, there may be a natural tendency to downplay the incident. According to a study in the United States, 25 percent of seniors fall each year, but less than half will see their doctor afterwards. Unfortunately, many injuries become increasingly severe over time. 

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