David Hollingsworth discusses what constitutes a personal injury in Ontario.
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…
spinal cord injury
accident amputations -loss of limbs
orthopedic injuries (broken bones)
lacerations, burns and scarring
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.
Sadly, slip and fall accidents are a big part of our personal injury practice. Did you know that over half a million of serious slip and fall accidents requiring hospitalization occur in North America each year? Furthermore, of this number, over 300,000 are disabling personal injuries and over 20,000 are tragic fatalities. These are alarming statistics. What is so hard to understand is that most slip and fall accidents are avoidable. If people took more precautions, there would be fewer accidents and in turn fewer injuries.
Did you also know that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants, and public buildings, since in the majority occur on flat and level surfaces. In addition, slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of accidental death and disability after car accidents. Slip and fall accidents account for over 20,000 deaths per year in North America. Sixth six per cent of personal injury cases for people 65 years or older were a result of a slip and fall and over seventy five per cent of slip and fall deaths occur to people 65 years of age or older.
Accidents can happen any where and anytime. When a client meets with any of our personal injury lawyers to discuss their case, first and foremost we make sure that they are ok and that they are receiving the medical attention they need. Once that has been established , it’s important that we help our clients gather evidence that may be needed should they decide to persue a personal injury claim. For example, often times a police report, photos and witness names are often immediate pieces of evidence that can be gathered. Then a plan is put in place in order to maximize compensation for our clients personal injuries.
A slip and fall accident can be life-altering and must be handled properly. Please watch where you step !