Accident on an escalator or elevator injury …
An elevator injury or escalator injury can be devastating. Elevator or escalator injuries have transformed the lives of millions of people around the world by enhancing their mobility and independence, a convenience that cannot be overlooked. Yet, people still feel uncomfortable using them at times and worry about safety.
An elevator injury is more common than an escalator injury with 7,300 escalator and 9,800 elevator injuries requiring hospitalization in the United States each year. In most cases, injuries happen as a result of result of slips and falls. So, it’s no surprise that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable.
People of all ages and abilities use elevators and escalators every day in shopping centers, apartment buildings, offices and transit stations each person using them in a different way.
When using elevators and escalators, follow these safety rules to avoid an elevator injury:
· Watch the direction of the moving step and step on and off with extra care.
· Take care if you are wearing bifocals or similar eyewear.
· Hold children firmly with one arm or hold child’s free hand.
· Hold small packages firmly in one hand, but always leave one hand available to hold the handrail.
· Do not go in the opposite direction of the escalator.
· Do not try to stop a closing door with anything including hands, feet, canes, etc. Wait for the next elevator.
· Watch your step, and enter and exit carefully.
· Hold children and pets firmly.
· Stand clear of the doors, and keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
· Hold onto the handrail if one is available.
When injuries do occur, it may be difficult to prove who is liable. The manufacturers, maintenance companies and building owners will first want to prove that the elevator or escalator was used properly – handrails were used, the rider did not engage in reckless behaviour. However, accidents do happen because of faulty products, poor building design or lack of maintenance.
If someone is injured on an escalator or elevator as a result of poor design, the victim could file a liability suit against the manufacturer. When the injury can be attributed to poor building maintenance, failures in inspections or other unsafe conditions, the victim could hold the building owner responsible for failing to keep them safe under the Occupiers’ Liability Act.
Ottawa Cycling Accident
Did you know that there are roughly 300 reported collisions annually between bicycles and motor vehicles in Ottawa ? As Ottawa injury lawyers, we meet regularly with people who have been in a cycling accident and have been injured. It goes without saying that typically when an accident occurs between a cyclist and a motor vehicle, it is the cyclist that suffers the most serious injuries. One day we received a request for a free consultation from a woman. “AD” was looking for some advice as she had been cycling and suffered several injuries. She wanted maximum compensation for her injuries.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
AD was 35 year old single woman at the time of her motor vehicle accident. One day she was riding her bicycle across a cross walk when she was struck by a vehicle. She sustained a right knee fracture, suffered from chronic neck pain, concussion and partial tear of right pectoral muscle. She also suffered from brief period of depression and anxiety. The concern was whether or not these injuries would fully heal and would our client be able to return to a quality of life she once had? Thankfully, we were able to consult with some of the top medical experts in Ottawa, whom we work with daily. We have an established relationship with some of top medial professionals and specialists in Ottawa.
Compensation for Injury:
Thankfully, most of AD’s injuries did heal and following her accident she was able to return to full time employment. Our Ottawa injury lawyers were able to settle this case with the insurance company without having to go to court and dragging out the process any longer. After a private settlement conference, our Ottawa injury lawyers were able to negotiate a favourable settlement with the insurance company in the amount of $131,000.00 for this cycling accident in Ottawa. This allowed our client to move on and put some closure to this accident and time in her life.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident and need advice from an Ottawa lawyer, contact us. There is a lot of information available to you that you need to make an informed decision.
*Please note: Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.
Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth .
The Ottawa Citizen reported on a study recently done through CHEO and Dr Vassilyadi that looked at the after effects of concussions in children. It described a story of a boy named Clayton Carter who suffered a traumatic brain injury while riding an ATV and was able to return to hockey, school and a regular life within four months. There are many remarkable things about Clayton’s story. Firstly the fact that he was so severely injured and could have died and was then rushed by helicopter to CHEO and had his brain and skull operated on. He survived and had an amazing recovery in a very short time frame. Claydon’s speedy recovery with a severe head injury is remarkable.
Dr. Vassilyadi reported to the Ottawa Citizen that Clayton’s recovery was better than many children who suffer a concussion. Dr Vassilyadi is just finishing a study that looks at youths between 11 and 17 who have had a sports-related concussion and still have symptoms at least three months later. In the Ottawa area there have been close to 60 patients who are still suffering from their concussion 3 months later.
There are many more who suffer concussions. In fact, close to 900 children and youth are rushed to CHEO’s emergency department yearly with a suspected concussion. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, depression, sleeping too much or not enough and declining performance at school. In general, close to 90 % of concussions clear up within 10 days of the impact. Dr. Vassilyadi and his team at CHEO noted that not all parents are aware of the symptoms of concussions, so it’s tough to track what your child may be going through. Often times, parents, coaches and teachers don’t equate a child’s change in academic performance to a concussion but Dr. Vassilyadi noted that it’s entirely possible. The emotional, social and cognitive symptoms are tough to pick up on and often persist over three months for up to 2 years. CHEO conducted a research project last year “The Concussion Research Project” and found that young patients described their quality of life at almost the same level as undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Vassilyadi also noted that there is a common misconception that there has to be a loss of consciousness in a concussion and this is simply not true. Early recognition is key to properly treating a concussion.
Unfortunately the treatment for a concussion isn’t always obvious either. Nutrition and rehydration are critical and in most rest, even if that means not returning to school or work. After a head injury, the brain needs to rest and mental stress needs to be avoided. This means eliminating video games, television, reading, texting and getting plenty of rest.
Concussion symptoms and concussion treatments are very tough to recognize which is why concussions still remain a tricky area for parents, coaches and teachers. It’s critically important to be aware of your child’s moods, fatigue, and overall feelings and “When in doubt, sit them out,”. It’s not worth the risk because a second or third head injury will be worse. Dr. Vassilyadi is speaking to physicians on Monday night about a new clinic to be opened this fall by Pro Physio & Sports Medicine Centres, which will draw on the services of sports physicians, a neuropsychologist and physiotherapists specifically trained to assess and treat concussions. The owner of the clinics, Mr. Salib focused on concussions because of the large need to properly treat concussions .
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer with many clients who are suffering from concussions and brain injuries, I am so thankful that our community is developing more resources that relate to concussions and head injuries. I have many clients who are suffering so severely from a concussion, they are unable to return to work, be comfortable around their families for extended lengths of time and their concussion has changed their lives and the lives of their families. The more research and resources that help us with concussion treatments the better, I say !
Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth reports..
The Ottawa Police have a new year’s resolution to target tailgating and those who fail to obey stop signs. For the month of January, the city of Ottawa and Ottawa police, will focus on drivers who follow the vehicle ahead too closely and those who don’t stop properly at stop signs. Tailgating caused 4,716 rear-end collisions in 2007 — the most frequent type of crash accounting for one-third of Ottawa’s car accidents. These collisions resulted in 4 Ottawa wrongful deaths and 1,470 Ottawa personal injuries — 17 of them life-threatening. Meanwhile, drivers who failed to stop at stop signs caused close to 1,700 Ottawa car accidents in 2007, resulting in 8 wrongful deaths and 588 personal injuries — 27 of them life-threatening. The recommended amount of distance between 2 vehicles is 2 chevrons , which I believe is equal to two car lengths. The more distance the better.
Parents need to lead by example
I think its also particularly important for parents to lead by example when driving with young drivers or soon to be drivers. Our children watch what we do and they copy what we do and this is especially true when it comes to driving. If you tailgate and your child learns from you that tailgaiting “isn’t that bad”, they may be likely to tailgate as well. This is extremely dangerous given that our young drivers are inexperienced . They are not used to having to brake quickly etc.. This is just one more reason why new and old drivers alike cannot tailgate.
The rules of the road are seem pretty simple to me. Keep your distance- it’s a very easy way to save lives and avoid personal injury. If all drivers follow some very simple rules, our Ottawa roads would be a much safer place and hopefully we could help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents.
-David Hollingsworth, Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa working for Ottawa Law Firm Goldberg Stroud LLP
Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses Fractures and Personal Injury
For more than 10 years, David Hollingsworth has earned a reputation as one of Ottawa’s leading personal injury lawyers.
A bone fracture can occur in many ways, and can result in painful and invasive procedures in order to heal. There are instances where multiple bone fractures occur as a result of a trauma and serious accident. A fracture can vary in the length of time it takes to recover depending on age and what caused the fracture. Multiple bone fractures can mean that the bone was damaged in various areas and therefore require extensive medical procedures.
There are many cases where another person’s negligence was the cause of the fracture and in those cases the victim should not be held responsible. An Ottawa personal injury lawyer has the experience and knowledge to handle your case efficiently and will ensure that the insurance company of parties responsible pay the compensation for your personal injury.
Types of Fractures from Injury
There are many different types of fractures from injury that can result from a variety of accidents. These fractures require different treatments because they may range in severity and also depend on the age of the victim and what caused the fracture. Some examples of the types of fractures include:
• greenstick fracture
• transverse fracture
• oblique fracture
• comminuted fracture
• impacted fracture
• pathologic fracture
• stress fracture
These fractures from injury can occur as a result of the hazardous and neglectful situations. They can be the fault of a manufacturer, company, employer, supervisor, physician. Some specific examples of they types
of scenarios that cause fractures include:
Types of Trauma as it Relates to Accidents
• Bicycle accident
• Vehicle accident- car accident, snowmobile accident, boating accident etc..
• Motorcycle accident
• Slip and fall accident
When a fracture occurs it is important to take safety measures so the least amount of damage from injury occurs. If the fracture victim is older they will most likely take longer to heal, hence longer time in the hospital and a longer treatment plan. Younger victims may take a smaller amount of time to heal but the medical procedures can still be invasive and costly. For many adults there can be more inconveniences due to the injury, such as needing work compensation if their injury prevents them from completing their job tasks. Recovery time also depends on which bone suffers the fracture. In some cases metal plates, pins, screws, may be used to hold the bone in place.
Contact an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer- Accident Lawyers
When you or a loved one suffers an injury such as a fracture, it may seem like a minor complication. Yet fractures are in fact a serious personal injury that can cause expensive consequences in medical bills, physical therapy and emotional distress. The individuals’ insurance company that is responsible for your personal injury should be held accountable for the pain and suffering they have caused you. Contacting an Ottawa personal injury lawyer about a fracture injury can be the first step in making sure you receive the treatment and compensation you deserve. Let David Hollingsworth, one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers in Ottawa help you get the compensation you need.