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It’s a sure sign of spring when neighborhood streets and sidewalk traffic is jammed with kids on bikes, their flowered baskets and suped up BMX models. Kids love bikes, but travelling at high speeds, lack of control over the bike when learning and neglecting to wear a helmet contribute to the risk and a cycling accident can be the end result for this popular spring pastime.
Who is at most at risk of a cycling accident?
Much has been written about the safety of our urban cyclist and cycling accidents and commuters, but children between the ages of 1 and 14 have the highest incidence of hospitalization due to bicycle injury. (Canada injury compass 2015.) Speed loving, stunt driving 10 – 14 years olds have the highest rate of hospitalization, followed by kids 5 – 9 years old leaving the little ones 1 – 4 with the lowest rate of injury. Not surprisingly, boys are injured far more often than girls. In 2010 – 2011 670 boys were hospitalized compared to only 195 girls. (CHIH’s Hospital Morbidity Database 2010 – 2011) Also notable is that the types of injuries sustained varied between age groups. 1 – 10 year olds were more likely to be injured due to loss of control and speed or distraction, whereas children aged 10 – 14 were injured doing stunts, tricks and biking on rough terrain. This age group was also involved in accidents with other motor vehicles. In all of these cases, there were head injuries which could have serious consequences short and long-term. Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of severe injury to kids on bicycles.
How to avoid a cycling accident
As with any sport or childhood activity, the best way to avoid treatment is through prevention. Make sure that your child always wears a helmet. Helmet use reduces the severity of injury by 80%. Parents should also wear helmets both for their safety and to model positive behaviour in their children. If you would like more information on insurance claims involving a cycling accident, we would be happy to provide you with a free consultation.
A very normal response to a tragic and abnormal event, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common form of mental illness brought on by exposure to serious trauma and events. People who suffer from this disorder are not always soldiers returning from the war front as we once thought. In fact, car accidents, cycling accidents and violent assaults are some of leading causes of PTSD.
When do PTSD symptoms appear?
While it is normal to be upset and anxious after a traumatic event, symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. When they fade or get worse over time, PTSD may be the cause.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
There are several signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that are fairly easy to detect. Regular flashbacks of the tragedy, nightmares, constant anxiety and fear are all typical hallmarks. In addition, several risk factors increase the likelihood that someone will develop PTSD following an accident or tragedy. If the accident was particularity severe, if the victim was catastrophically injured or feels that their life was threatened by the accident or if the victim has had a previous traumatic experience or history of mental illness, there is a greater likelihood that the disorder will develop.
Lately, there seems to be an increased awareness of PTSD, but those who suffer still struggle when bringing claims related to non-physical injuries to court. Medical evidence is always key to proving your condition. If you have suffered a trauma and are experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible to reduce the symptoms and allow you to cope better. It will also be helpful keep records of everything that you have experienced in the aftermath of the traumatic incident.
The success of a personal injury claim for PTSD always depends on the nature of the injury as well as the medical diagnosis and the evidence. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you make the claim with making claims and get you compensation for your treatment, loss of income, pain and suffering and other damages.
Disability Insurance – The Long and Short of It
Life happens and it’s never predictable, making it difficult to plan for the trials and tragedies that come our way. Sadly, good health and well-being are not guaranteed. This is where disability insurance comes in. Accidents happen and poor health finds us. Thankfully, we can purchase insurance to protect ourselves long- or short-term.
What does disability insurance cover?
In the unfortunate circumstance that we are temporarily unable to work, short-term disability insurance will replace wages as a temporary provision until we are able to return to work and resume our responsibilities. When an illness or injury prevents us from returning to work altogether, long-term disability insurance comes into effectas a permanent income replacement.
Short-term disability insurance replaces wages when we are temporarily unable to work due to injury or illness. Long-term disability insurance provides financial coverage long-term. It affords a more permanent income replacement when a medical condition prevents you from working altogether.
For the most part, disability claims are not dependent on a strict set of criteria and when an injury or illness prevents us from doing our jobs to earn wages, we look to long-term disability insurance.
In a perfect world, this would be a seamless process, but sometimes insurance companies try to find loopholes and attemp to reassign people to another job within the scope of their training and education.
Since every insurance policy is different and some exclude different types of injuries, it is always wise to read a policy carefully before investing in and accepting its terms.
When do you start a disability insurance claim ?
When accidents and illness happen, it is wise to start a claim straight away. Sometimes it can take time to resolve the details while insurers work to determine what the injured are entitled to. There are cases where a disability can be more complex and the injured party will have to make a case about the severity of the disability and its impact on the his/her life.
If you are ill or injured, make sure that you keep records of all of your medical visits and follow the doctor’s orders.
Sadly, there are times when long-term disability benefits are denied by the insurance company. In these cases, it is advisable to seek the help of a lawyer who can help you navigate the claim and help you to get what you deserve to help you rebuild your life.
As Ottawa injury lawyers, it’s stories like this that send a chill .
A Father’s Appeal for Children’s safety.
This is a true story told by a local father after a terrifying experience last Sunday afternoon.
As told by Rino Gombocz
Spring is in the air and child safety isn’t always the first thing we think of. We’re shedding those heavy coats. The birds are singing. It feels like a new beginning. I love this time of year.
I wanted to share a little experience that happened to me and Jack (my 7 Year old son) on Sunday.
Jack learned how to ride his bike last year, and with the nice weather yesterday, we wanted to get out and take advantage of the great day.
He stumbled a couple of times but he did great, and was very eager to stay three bike lengths ahead of me, a race if you will.
As we rode down the sidewalk, on one of the side streets near our home, a car backed out of their parking spot.
I yelled at the top of my lungs and the car and Jack both stopped at the same time. The car hit Jack, and threw him off his bike. Luckily, he only scraped his knuckle but he was badly shaken. The person driving was also badly shaken, saying, “I didn’t see him”.
The incident led me to a lot of reflecting last night, tossing and turning and trying to forget, but also asking myself “what if?”
Please, please, please, always back into every driveway and every parking spot.
Jack and I might be riding down your street.
Please share and help keep all our kids as safe as possible.