What you can do to prevent a brain injury when skiing, skating and tobogganing :Ottawa Ontario Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Brain Injury and Head Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…There are far too many injuries resulting in traumatic head injuries and traumatic brain injury every year. A traumatic brain injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever, as well as the life of your friends and family. Not all head injuries and brain injuries are preventable, but you can take steps to reduce the risks in some activities.  ThinkFirst is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. It has some very valuable resources that I thought I would share with you….Have fun, play safe and protect your head ! -Ottawa , Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 Brain Injury Facts:      

 

 

  • Damage to the brain and spinal cord can rarely be repaired. Life after a brain or spinal cord injury is never ever the same
  • Injury is the leading killer of Canadian children and youth. 50 % of all deaths from injury are from a brain injury
  • 30% of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities

The good news on brain injury..   

 

 

  1. Bike helmets can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries when used properly
  2. Skiers and snowboarders who wear helmets reduce their risk for head injuries by 60 %

 What you can do to help prevent a brain injury…

 -Encourage kids to be active, but ensure they get proper training, wear the gear, and are able to effectively navigate risks.

 -Be a role model: as parents, coaches and educators it is important to model safe, responsible behaviours like wearing a properly fitted helmet during appropriate activities, and buckling up in the car  

Each severe brain injury costs our medical system over $400,000 at the time of injury. Costs remain approximately the same each year following the incident due to indirect expenses and follow-up treatment

Although catastrophic brain injuries in sports and recreation can affect anyone, boys/men are affected four times as frequently as girls/women

Wondering what helmet to wear?

Replace your helmet if you have been in a crash, it is not designed to protect you a second time.

· Skateboarding, In-line skating and Scooters – Because falls are common in these activities, helmets for skateboarding, in-line skating and scooters should cover the back of the head to better protect against backward falls and withstand multiple impacts. A skateboard or in-line skating helmet should not be used for bicycle riding unless specified on the label. No  standards have been set for scooter helmets.

Multi-sport helmets – Some helmets are marketed as “multi-sport” meaning they meet safety standards for more than one activity (such as skateboarding and in-line skating). Be sure the helmet you buy has been tested for the activities you will be using it for.

Field Sports – Team field sports, such as football, baseball/so-ball and lacrosse, have helmets specific to the kinds of hazards each sport presents. Football and lacrosse require face protectors on helmets because of the level of contact between players and equipment.·

Hockey – Multiple impact helmets are intended to protect your head from impacts due to falls on ice and collisions with the boards. Hockey helmets are also recommended for ice skating and tobogganing.

Skiing and snowboarding – Ski helmets can be single- or multiple-impact helmets (check the manufacturer’s label) and cover more of the back of the head than a bicycle helmet.

Ice skating and Sledding/ tobogganing – While specific ice skating and sledding helmets have not been developed, ice hockey helmets (skating and sledding) and ski helmets (sledding) are an option because they are designed to protect the head in all directions in icy conditions.

Researchers estimate that 90 % of all injuries are predictable and preventable Remember: Most crashes aren’t accidents, but predictable, preventable events. Change the way you speak about these events to change social perception

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

  
 
 
 

 

 


What is a personal injury? Compensation for injuries in Ontario.

David Hollingsworth discusses what constitutes a personal injury in Ontario.

accident benefits insurance

What is a personal injury ? What compensation for injuries is here in Ontario? Does a personal injury automatically result in compensation? A personal injury may be so severe that it is obvious, while others are not. Some personal injuries are harder to see, yet may be equally as painful and life-changing. The following are some of the more common personal injuries, but do not include all…

motor vehicle accident injuries- car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boat accident, ATV accidents, snowmobile accidents, etc..
paraplegia
quadriplegia

spinal cord injury 

accident amputations -loss of  limbs 

brain injuries 

head injury 

whiplash injury 

orthopedic injuries (broken bones) 

lacerations, burns and scarring 

chronic pain 

fibromyalgia 

chronic fatigue 

pain and suffering 

other injuries resulting from an accident

Navigating the insurance process can be confusing. Although these are some of the more common injuries we see, it’s important to note that not all injuries are the same severity and compensation amounts vary. For example, one person may suffer from chronic pain and still be able to work and resume some of the life activities they once enjoyed before their accident.  Another person may suffer a chronic pain injury and not be able to return to work and their life is forever changed.

The amount of compensation in Ontario to which an Ontario accident victim is entitled to varies.  There are a number of factors that go into determining compensation in Ontario such as severity of injury (physical, mental and psychological), future care and medical needs, loss of past and future income, need for ongoing house-keeping assistance, attendant care and caregiving to which you are entitled to.  Experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers work directly with medical doctors, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, other treating health practitioners to  support you and ensure you are getting everything that  is needed.