The back is a complex system of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and nerves that protect one of our bodies’ most delicate structures: the spinal cord. The spinal cord acts as a neurological superhighway, sending signals and impulses from the brain to other parts of the body. If a person sustains a severe back injury that causes damage to the spinal cord, they can permanently lose their mobility.
Other common types of back injuries include:
Extending from the neck to the pelvic, the back is highly susceptible to general pains and aches; their frequency and duration tends to increase as people age. People can sustain back injuries by engaging in any number of commonplace activities, from playing sports, lifting heavy objects, working around the house, and even getting out of bed. However, many serious back injuries are often sustained in traumatic motor vehicle collisions and slip and fall accidents.
Depending on the severity of the injury and its effects on an accident victim’s quality of life, people who sustained back injuries because of someone else’s negligence might be entitled to compensation. If you incurred financial losses because of the back injury you sustained in an accident, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today.
Back Injuries Caused by Ice and Snow
In Ontario, improperly cleared ice and snow on commercial and residential properties are among the most common causes of slip and fall accidents resulting in back injuries. In accordance with the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, the people responsible for a property’s maintenance are required to take appropriate measures to protect the physical safety of people visiting their premises. They have a legal obligation to consider the safety of customers, employees, guests, neighbours, delivery agents, passersby, and anyone else who might be interacting with their space. As such, in the winter months, property owners/occupiers are obligated to properly clear or adequately warn guests about hazardous ice and snow on the premises.
If a property owner/occupier knows about potentially dangerous patches of ice and snow on their premises– or should know about them– but fails to take appropriate measures to address them, they could be considered negligent if an injurious slip and fall accident ensues as a result. Therefore, they could be responsible for providing injured accident victims with compensation for damages they incur because of their injuries.
However, in accordance with Bill 118, Ontarians who are injured by ice and/or snow on someone else’s property have only a short time to act. Failing to file a notice of claim within 60 days of the accident will disqualify injured accident victims from pursuing legal action against the negligent property owner/occupier in the future.
That is why, if you sustained a back injury on someone else’s property because of improperly cleared ice or snow, it is imperative that you speak with an Ontario personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
If you injured your back in a car accident, regardless of which driver was responsible for causing the collision, you should be entitled to accident benefits through your automobile insurance provider to help offset your injury-related costs. Unfortunately, the amount of benefits available to injured survivors of motor vehicle collisions may not sufficiently cover their total losses, especially if the back injury leads to chronic pain or paralysis.
If your collision was the result of another driver’s negligence, our personal injury lawyers serving Ontario may be able to help you file a civil claim against the responsible party. By doing so, you may be able to recover the maximum amount of damages to which you are entitled. To learn more, call 1-800-JUSTICE today.
Back injuries can be disruptive and painful. They can also impede an injured accident survivor’s ability to perform the duties of their job for prolonged periods of time, causing them to incur substantial financial losses.
To learn how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you are rightfully owed, contact us today and take advantage of a free initial consultation with our Ontario personal injury lawyers.