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Tobogganing and Injuries on City of Ottawa Property
Many of us remember the first snowfall of the winter and the excitement of grabbing our toboggans and running for the hills. It’s what many children did then and it’s what many children do ( or at least want to do now). The situation now however has changed slightly. As more cities in Canada embark on a tobogganing ban, parents are left with many questions: Is this safe? Is this ridiculous? Are we going to have to bubble wrap our kids? What is the city’s responsibility?
Hamilton, Ontario has had a tobogganing ban in place for over 15 years; however recently, the City started installing more “no tobogganing” signs to remind people of the ban in place. Hamilton residents were unhappy, as they now faced a fine ranging anywhere from $105 to possibly even up to a $5,000 fine for tobogganing, even though these were not new by-laws for the city. Many believe that the reason the city suddenly chose to emphasize its tobogganing by-laws was because the City of Hamilton was ordered to pay $900,000 to a Hamilton resident who was injured on City property in a tobogganing accident in 2004 .
Orangeville Ontario also banned tobogganing after their insurance company said tobogganing may be a liability issue, following the death of a 14-year-old boy, whose toboggan hit a tree and he suffered a fatal head injury. Will Ottawa follow suit ?
Tobogganing in the City of Ottawa
In Ottawa, we do not have a tobogganing ban. In fact, the City of Ottawa oversees 57 tobogganing hills during the winter season. The public is encouraged to check ottawa.ca regularly for condition updates. A list of approved hills can be found at http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/parks-and-recreation/parks-and-sports-fields/sledding-hills. As far as a tobogganing ban in Ottawa…Well, never say never; however Ottawa’s Sports Commissioner Jody Mitic seems opposed to such a ban. He was quoted in the Ottawa Sun as saying “I keep hearing about it and it’s ridiculous, I don’t see what the point of banning it is” He then goes on stating that he is supportive of a bylaw that would enforce helmet use, such as the current by-law for helmets and bicycles.
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, yes I do see the dangers of tobogganing. I am also the father of 3 young children, each of whom got a shiny brand new toboggan for Christmas. I believe we need to look at activities such as tobogganing as calculated risks. It’s a delicate balancing act and yes, there are some inherent risks and dangers that accompany tobogganing. As a parent, I allow our children to toboggan; however I do check to make sure the grounds are reasonably safe. I look for trees, ditches, ice etc.. I establish certain ground rules, ie: no standing on the toboggan, I make sure my children wear a helmet at all times. I am aware that each year there are many catastrophic injuries due to tobogganing but I am not prepared to “bubble wrap” my kids. I recently appeared on CTV National News and Rogers TV offering legal advice on the responsibilities of municipalities. If you would like to see these programs you can view it here http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=4&sid=68&gid=229918
All this to say, yes the City of Ottawa has a responsibility to keep its premises reasonably safe, under the Occupier’s Liability Act. There are many instances where someone has had a slip and fall accident , motor vehicle accident , or suffered other types of injuries on City of Ottawa property and it’s been found that the City was responsible because they did not keep their premises reasonably safe. For more information read this http://www.ottawainjury.ca/lawyers/ottawa-personal-injury-accidents/slip-and-fall-accident-on-city-of-ottawa-property/.
Get out there and enjoy this incredibly cold winter we are having. Please do it as safely as possible. Take the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others. If you have suffered an injury and are unsure of your rights or need more information as it relates to accidents, injuries and safety, please contact any of our personal injury lawyers. we would be happy to help in any way we can.
David Hollingsworth and Associates nomination Top Injury Firm in Ottawa
Our Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers are proud to have been nominated for the second year in a row for Top Injury Firm of 2015 in Ottawa.
The Top Choice Award is the result of in-depth market research, where the voice of the people is collected and respected. Each Top Choice Award is the product of a long surveying process that identifies passionate individuals and their products and services
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David Hollingsworth and Associates would love your support again this year, please take a moment and vote for us. We appreciate your support. You will also be ale to view what others have to say about our firm and our Ottawa personal injury lawyers.
What our Ottawa injury lawyers have to say…
It’s easy to get caught up in working all the time and nominations such as this one remind us that we are working with such wonderful people who have been through or are going through some of the most difficult days of our lives. We believe that a large part of our success if due to the fact that we understand what our clients are going through. Our clients are seriously injured and their lives will likely never be 100 % the same. Our lawyers know that we must do everything we can to help rebuild our clients’ lives. Yes, this means obtaining maximum compensation and benefits for our client, but it also means much more. Our lawyers are there for our clients and their families on many more levels. If we weren’t we wouldn’t be able to fully understand what our clients are going through and we would be able to be some of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers.
So, from all of our lawyers, accident benefit specialists, law clerks and support staff, we thank you.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa share a recent case we’ve settled.
Compensation for Chronic Pain
Our client came to us and wasn’t sure if they had a case or not and wanted some information. Our client was a 38-year-old woman from Gatineau, Quebec. One day, she was a driver in her car and was suddenly cut off by a vehicle that turned left in front of her.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
As a result of the accident, our client suffered very serious personal injuries including chronic neck and back pain, anxiety and psychological difficulties. Our personal injury team knew that our client would require lots of supports put in place and maximum compensation to rebuild after this accident.
Compensation For Knee Fracture:
In the beginning the insurance company and our lawyers weren’t seeing eye to eye. We continued to get our client the supports , while we worked with the insurance company . In the end, our lawyers were able to get the insurance company to settle at a private settlement conference before prolonged litigation proceedings. Our client received $ 185,000 from the tort action side of her personal injury lawsuit. While this $185,000 will never erase the damage that has been done, it can help her adjust to a new life with rehabilitation, benefits and support.
Our Injury Ottawa Lawyers Can Help You:
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyer team has a tremendous amount of experience in helping people who are suffering from chronic pain as the result of an accident. We understand how living with chronic pain can be life altering. Often times, other people do not understand the pain that our clients are experiencing on a day-to-day basis. It’s our job as injury lawyers to ensure that this is made very clear to the insurance companies. We have chronic pain specialists that we refer our clients to. We also have a team of supports in place throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario who can help with rehabilitation. We also work closely with the families of our clients, as they are an integral part of the process. For more information that relates to compensation for chronic pain, visit www.ottawainjury.ca/chronic-pain/ . Let us help.
Compensation for Knee Fracture
Unfortunately slip and fall accidents happen all the time and the resulting injuries can be very serious. Often times, people who slip and fall are embarrassed and want to leave the premise as quickly as possible and think that their injuries aren’t very serious. Then, typically , several hours later, the adrenaline wears off and the pain sets in.
Our client was a 37-year-old woman from Ottawa, Ontario. One day she was walking on public property and slipped and fell fracturing her right knee. As time when on, she realised she had fractured her right knee and that her injuries were quite painful and not healing as quickly as she had hoped.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
Our client suffered very serious personal injuries and our injury lawyers knew right away that she would need maximum compensation. These are injuries that are not to be taken lightly and required a serious plan to be put in place and that plan required maximum compensation. Many slip and fall accidents result in bone fractures and often cause very debilitating injuries.
Compensation For Knee Fracture:
After tough negotiations, our injury lawyers were able to get the insurance company to settle at mandatory mediation session. This meant that the personal injury lawsuit did not have to go to court and was able to be settled relatively quickly. Our client received $ 140,000 from the tort action. While this $140,000 will never erase the damage that has been done to our client, it can help adjust to a new life with rehabilitation, benefits, compensation and supports in place.
Our Injury Ottawa Lawyers Can Help You:
Our Ottawa injury lawyer team understands that a bone fracture is a very serious injury. The pain resulting from a bone fracture can be extreme and affect one’s ability to carry out every day activities and return to employment right away. Since 1999, we have been working with people who have been injured in Ontario . It’s our job to ensure that our clients are receive all the benefits, compensation and supports they need. Our lawyers work closely with our clients’ families helping people get through their accidents, finding and establishing good rehabilitative care and ensure that financially they are compensated for their injuries. For more information that relates to compensation for broken or fractured bones, visit www.ottawainjury.ca/orthopaedic-injury-broken-bones/