Motorcycle sales across Canada are booming. After more than a year of restrictions and public safety measures, many Canadians are eager to hit the open road, learn a new skill, and experience the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle. However, with more new riders on the road in Ontario, police are reporting a marked increase in serious motorcycle accidents in the province. For a beginner’s guide to safely riding a motorcycle in Ontario, click here.
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After surviving a serious accident, people who have sustained life-altering injuries may face a world of difficulties. Acquiring a physical disability can often lead to secondary disabilities, including mental health issues that may seem impossible to overcome. Mental illnesses like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can prevent injured people from performing basic routine activities, including the duties of their jobs. To learn how an Ontario lawyer may be able to help if you are suffering from injury-related mental health concerns, click here.
Parking lots are full of distractions, hazards, and opportunities for accidents with other vehicles. Since collisions in parking lots typically occur at low speeds, the vehicular damage they cause is usually fairly minor. However, accidents in parking lots can cause serious property damage, severe injuries, and even fatalities. To learn more, click here.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board claims to have acted “immediately” upon hearing allegations of sexual abuse against a high school math teacher. However, Rick Watkins– better known by his former surname Despatie– was not suspended until years after complaints about his inappropriate treatment of students first came to the surface. Read more.
Being attacked by a dog can leave lifelong scars, both physically and psychologically. Victims of dog attacks can suffer severe physical damage, enduring emotional trauma, and mental anguish. Dog attacks can be fatal. A chance encounter with an aggressive animal can lead families to lose loved ones in a senseless, violent incident. However, in the aftermath of a dog attack, victims and their families may be unsure of where to turn for accountability and compensation. To learn more, click here.
Recovering from an injury can be a long and difficult process. In addition to overcoming physical obstacles, the adjustment to life with an injury can be challenging psychologically as well. In these situations, practicing mindfulness techniques like meditation may be beneficial for injured accident survivors. While mindfulness will not cure their physical or psychological ailments, it may help injured people stay positive and grounded throughout the long recovery period. To learn more, click here.
Survivors of sexual assault often suffer in silence. When perpetrators of sexual abuse use force, make threats, or take advantage of vulnerable individuals in order to engage in unwanted sexual activity, the emotional toll it takes on victims may seem impossible to overcome. However, with the assistance of a lawyer, they may be able to bring their abuser to justice. To learn more about the ways in which a lawyer can provide assistance, click here.
New technologies are providing commuters everywhere with fast, environmentally friendly methods of getting where they need to go. Electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, are touted as being efficient and fun ways to travel locally. However, many road safety experts warn that riding e-scooters can result in serious injuries, both for the person using the scooter and the people they encounter. To learn more, click here.
The safety of infants, toddlers, and small children should be a parent or guardian’s highest priority. In Ontario, anyone driving with a child in their motor vehicle must abide by the laws regarding proper seat belt and car seat safety. To prevent avoidable tragedies, parents and guardians should do everything in their power to reduce their children’s risk of injuries should a collision occur. To learn more about child car seat safety, click here.
Researchers estimate that between 10-30% of people who have contracted COVID-19 will experience lingering, often debilitating symptoms. In Canada, COVID-19 “long-haulers” have reported experiencing serious symptoms for months following their initial infection. These long-term symptoms can affect patients’ quality of life and, in many cases, their ability to perform the duties of their jobs. However, many long-haulers are struggling to find support during this difficult time. Click here to learn more.
If you have been injured in an accident, you may find yourself taking on a great deal of unexpected expenses and quite a bit of paperwork. It is important to keep thorough, accurate records of medical treatments you have undergone, costs associated with your recovery, and the amount of time you have been unable to work because of your injuries. Doing so can be crucial for calculating your total damages and for fully illustrating just how significantly your injuries have impacted your quality of life. To learn more about staying organized after an injury, click here.
Anyone can be injured in a slip and fall accident. Hazards that might cause slip and fall accidents exist throughout public, commercial, and residential spaces. Something that may look commonplace, like a pothole in a parking lot or spilled liquid on the floor of a grocery store, can cause an unsuspecting person to sustain serious injuries. To learn more about common hazards that lead to injury-causing slip and fall accidents, click here.
Behind the wheel of a car, it does not take much for frustration to turn to anger. Operating a motor vehicle can be stressful, and in moments of heightened stress, a small provocation can cause people to lose control of their emotions. Road rage is more than an unpleasant state of mind when driving. In Ontario, road rage is a serious problem that could have dangerous repercussions. To learn about the effects of road rage and methods for overcoming it, click here.
Some injuries, illnesses, and other chronic medical conditions may not manifest themselves through easily observable symptoms. However, even though the symptoms of these conditions may be “invisible” to others, they could still significantly impact a patient’s quality of life and their ability to earn a living. Since the symptoms of invisible injuries or illnesses cannot be quantified through objective medical evidence, it can be difficult for people suffering from them to receive long-term disability (LTD) benefits. Click here to read more.
In the short time it takes a driver to check a cell phone notification or look for a different radio station, serious motor vehicle accidents can occur. Any number of distractions behind the wheel can cause collisions that end in serious injuries or loss of life. Distracted driving is a pervasive problem on roads across the country. In Ontario, the consequences of distracted driving have been particularly tragic. Click here to learn more.
Adjusting to life after sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be a monumental challenge. Difficulties coping with both day-to-day realities and expensive newly acquired costs of living can cause emotional anguish, financial insecurity, and serious mental health issues. If your SCI was acquired in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, an Ontario personal injury lawyer may be able to help ease the economic burden by pursuing financial compensation on your behalf. Click here to read more.
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Sun Life) is currently facing a proposed class action lawsuit for $10 million. The case was recently filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.The Sun Life class action lawsuit alleges that the company willfully miscalculated cost-of-living increases for clients receiving long-term disability benefits. The lawsuit alleges that Sun…
Although many people who slip and fall on ice or snow may walk away from their accidents unharmed, depending on the circumstances, these unexpected falls can lead to serious injuries. An injury sustained during a routine wintertime activity like walking through a parking lot or entering a residential building complex could have ramifications that affect an accident victim’s entire life. Click here to learn more.
Adjusting to everyday life after sustaining a debilitating injury in an accident can be one of the biggest challenges a person might face in their lifetime. In addition to the difficulties of coping with the day-to-day realities of life with a serious injury, if you incur expensive costs for treatment, or are no longer able…
Taking a road trip can be an enjoyable activity for friends, families, and for those who just need a little time away from it all. There’s nothing quite like the allure of the open road, especially after long stretches of province-wide lockdowns. But driving in Ontario can be hazardous, especially during the winter months. Inclement weather can lead to car accidents resulting in serious injuries, or even fatalities. If you have decided to take a road trip and might encounter unfavourable weather conditions en route to your destination, some simple safety precautions may help you avoid disaster. To learn more, click here.
Cycling during the winter months can be an invigorating form of exercise, especially for people who’ve been cooped up at home for most of the day. It can also be an effective way to commute to work without coming into close contact with other people on public transit. But winter cycling can be dangerous, and could lead to accidents resulting in severe injuries. Click here to read more.
In Canada, alcohol and or/drugs play a role in 55% of fatal motor vehicle collisions involving drivers between the ages of 16-25. It’s never too early to educate your teenager about the tragic real-world repercussions of impaired driving. To learn more about provincial drunk driving statistics, and methods for having a serious conversation with your teen, click here.
When accidents on the road or on someone else’s property cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), within moments, an unsuspecting victim’s life can be changed forever. In addition to expensive costs of associated care, TBIs can have a significant human cost for both injured accident victims and their loved ones. To learn more, click here.
The world as we know it has changed. The stress and anxiety of living through a pandemic has taken a huge toll on society’s mental health. If you’ve been diagnosed with a serious mental health issue that prevents you from performing the duties of your job, you may be eligible to collect long-term disability benefits. But the process of securing those benefits may not be an easy one. Click here to read more.
Russ Howe, former president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and accomplished author, has recently joined the team of legal advocates at Preszler Injury Lawyers. Over his nearly 30-year career, Russ has fearlessly fought for the rights of victims, consistently delivering outstanding results. Learn more about Russ’s impressive legal career by clicking here.