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Ottawa slip and fall accident
A pre-spring thaw has left Ottawa walkways wet and slushy and sadly this may lead to a slip and fall accident. Freezing temperatures forecasted for the weekend will turn that wet slush to ice, creating a hazard for those who may not prepared.
Slip and fall injuries have serious consequences with injuries ranging from sprains and fractures to brain or spinal cord injuries. The weather aside, one of the biggest contributors to pedestrian accidents is distraction. People are walking, looking at their phones and not paying attention to what’s happening around them. Icy conditions increase the hazard.
* Give yourself lots of time to get where you are going. Take short steps and walk at a slower pace.
* Use the railing when walking down stairs.
* Pay attention to black ice. When the weather changes quickly, dew, fog or water vapour can freeze on cold surfaces and form an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice,
* Carrying too much can upset your sense of balance. Lighten your load. You need to leave your hands and arms free for balance.
* Be prepared to fall and try to avoid using your arms to break your fall. If you fall backward, try to tuck your chin in so your head doesn’t hit the ground.
* Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles.
Compensation for slip and fall accident
Being aware of icy weather conditions, throughout the winter months or after a spring thaw, is important. Staying on top of the weather conditions helps you to know when to use greater caution. Winter presents a number of challenges for drivers and pedestrians, but when it comes to walking on icy roads and sidewalks, use extra caution and be aware of your surroundings. If you have been injured in a pedestrian, auto , or slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact David Hollingsworth to learn more.
Accident while travelling?
Avoiding an accident while travelling is so important. Another blast of winter weather has hit the capital enticing more and more people to travel south to escape the cold and snow. A word of caution to those travelers, take a good look at your travel insurance policy. Know your own health conditions and
Each winter thousands of Canadians travel south for a little of sun and fun. Unfortunately, many of them will be injured while on vacation. Their injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to quadriplegia and worse. Sadly, for these travelers and their families, obtaining full and fair compensation can be difficult.
As Canadians, we tend to make assumptions about health care coverage. We buy a travel insurance package and think that, like OHIP, all we have to do is present our card in case of emergency, no exceptions, no upfront costs. Unfortunately, this notion has cost Canadian travelers a lot of money and heartache. Resulting in an accident while travelling not being covered.
By definition, traveler’s insurance protects you in case of unexpected medical emergencies and related expenses that may happen while you are travelling outside of your home province or country.
Risk takers and binge drinkers beware. Traveler’s insurance may not cover accidents that happen as a result of participation in extreme activities. Skydiving, bungee jumping and cliff diving may not be covered under your policy. In addition, accidents that happen when travelers are overly intoxicated may not be covered.
Traveler’s insurance may not cover pre-existing medical conditions and pregnancy-related conditions may get limited coverage, this may include apremature delivery.
Travel insurance is not the same as liability insurance
Traveler’s insurance is not liability insurance. If you damage someone’s property while away on vacation and they sue you for damages, traveler’s insurance will not cover you. Separate policies need to be considered for liability.
Cross you Test and dot your Is because if you are found to have given false information on your insurance application, your claim can be denied.
Ottawa has seen a rash of house fire accidents this last week. The devastation from a fire accident is shocking and can leave lives in ruins. House fire accidents account for 30% of all fires in Canada, but 73% of fire-related deaths happen in the home. Cooking is the leading cause of house fires and injuries.
The absolute best defense against a house fire accident is to be prepared. A household fire safety plan is an absolute must. When fire starts, it spreads quickly and can become life-threatening within two minutes. You need a plan to get out fast.
Fire accident prevention
* Take the time to create a fire safety plan for you home.
* Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home.
* Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road.
* If there are infants or elderly people in the home, assign someone to assist them in the event of an emergency.
* Make sure that all windows and doors are easy to open and not barred or painted shut.
* Once you’re out, stay out!
Recovering from a fire can be an emotional and financially draining process. It is amazing how quicly lives can be turned upside down. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.
Here is a quick reference.
* If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies. If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
* Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
* The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.
* Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
* Try to locate valuable documents and records.
* If you leave your home, contact the local police department to let them know the site will be unoccupied.
* Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
* Notify your mortgage company of the fire.
*stats: Council of Canadian Fire Marshalls
Ottawa Bus Accident Safety
Over the past few weeks , we have seen troubling reports over our city’s transit system and Ottawa bus accident. Last week, 43 OC Transpo buses were pulled for weekend repairs, a double decker bus caught fire with 70 passengers on board and a bus driver was fired over reckless driving through a rail crossing.
How to avoid an Ottawa bus accident
While you, as a passenger, have little control over the safety of the bus or the actions of the driver, you should always be diligent and cautious when riding public transit.
- Never run after or next to a moving bus.
- Stay well back of the curb when waiting for the bus.
- Wait until the bus comes to a full stop before approaching.
- Watch your step, especially at night or in wet weather.
- When using bike racks, always stay in view of the bus operator.
- Take a seat if possible and always use the handrails/handholds.
- Step away from the bus after exiting.
- If you drop something when exiting, leave it on the ground until the bus drives away.
Ottawa Bus accident injury lawyers
We sure hope you all your bus travels are safe. However if they aren’t and if you are injured in a bus accident, our Ottawa injury lawyers are here for you to answer any questions you may have regarding your Ottawa bus accident , you rights and possible compensation. We offer free consultations and will travel to meet with you. Our lawyers believe that the most important thing we can do is make sure you are receiving all the support and compensation you need to move forward after the accident.
Contact any of our Ottawa personal injury lawyers by phone 613-978-9549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy offer you help, support and to answer any questions you may have. Safe travels.