Ottawa neurosurgeon Dr. Vassilyadi and child head injury, study calls for new helmet

Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Brain Injury Attorneys….Ottawa-based neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Vassilyadi has conducted a research that shows hockey helmets are the most effective at protecting children and preventing serious head injury to children tobogganing. The experiment conducted by Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, the neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and also a professor at the University of Ottawa, tested helmets designed for hockey, downhill skiing and cycling. Dr. Vassilyadi and his Ottawa team simulated the  potential impact that might occur while tobogganing. The findings were amazing. Hockey helmets were determined to be the safest, over bicycle helmets. This is especially true if the hockey helmet has a face shield guard. Dr . Vassilyadi noted that often times, when a child suffers a tobogganing injury, they often have facial injuries such as torn lips, broken teeth,  broken nose, or eye injuries.

The bottom line is that any helmet is better than none for tobogganing. So if you can’t have access to a hockey helmet, then please grab whatever helmet you have when you take your kids out tobogganing.  As an Ontario personal injury lawyer who has had many clients with severe head injuries, I am in complete agreement with Dr. Vassilyadi and support is desire  to see a helmet created for outdoor winter activities such as tobogganing and skating. It really does seem crazy not to.

Dr Vassilyadi explained that collisions in tobogganing are usually to the front of the head, whereas ski accidents usually involve impacts to the side of the head, where ski helmets were the most effective. Again this just goes to show that there is a need for a specific helmet to be designed for tobogganing , as there is currently no helmet specifically designed to protect the front of the head on impact.

All this to say, do everything you can to keep your little one’s (and yourself) safe. Take every safety step you can.  A child brain injury or head injury is life altering. Enjoy this winter and all it’s wonderful activities, but please be safe.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury.  Visit for more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or   email 978-9549

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Helemts on Kids Cycling Accident

Helmets on Kids help reduce injuries from cycling accidents

On the heals of our very exciting Olympic win last night in men’s hockey this timely article was published in the Ottawa Citizen.  I am a father of 3, and every time I go to a Ottawa outdoor rink with my kids and see someone without a helmet on, I am in disbelief !

The city of Ottawa is planning on  requiring children under  13 to wear helmets at Ottawa indoor skating rinks, but may stop short of a Ottawa bylaw making helmets mandatory for Ottawa children in all outdoor sports. The city of Ottawa already makes minors wear helmets when they participate in Ottawa city-run skating programs, or use the indoor skateboard park or the BMX park. The new policy will extend mandatory helmet use for children to all Ottawa public skating sessions.

Does wearing a helmet help reduce the chance of serious injury and cycling accidents ?

It seems very obvious to me not only as a personal injury lawyer but also as a father. Research studies show that proper helmet use can prevent head injury and brain injury in children. Earlier this winter, Ottawa emergency-room doctors at the Ottawa hospital treated more than 50 children with head injury and facial injury as a result of  skating and tobogganing Ottawa accidents. Approximately 1/2  of them suffered concussions while the other 1/2 had injuries ranging from cuts to broken jaws incurred as a result of face-plants on the ice. Of all the winter outdoor sports, ice skating accounts for the most Ottawa ER visits for head injury in children. Some believe that making a mandatory rule for helmet use creates barriers and limits those who may participate in Ottawa sporting activities.  What do you think?

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer..