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Now is the time to prevent falls that could cause brain injuries

Heading into winter, people across Canada, including Ontario, will be at a higher risk of slips or trips that lead to falls. Safety authorities say falls cause most brain injuries, and with the slippery conditions caused by ice and snow, they can happen at home, workplaces, shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores and at entertainment events. Slippery surfaces could include sidewalks, stairways and interior walkways, as well as potential slip-and-trip hazards inside stores.

While most people take precautions to prevent such accidents in and around their homes, not all property owners are vigilant enough when it comes to prevention of slip-and-fall accidents. Abrasions, bruises, cracked or fractured ribs and limbs, back injuries and head trauma are all potential but preventable injuries typically caused by falls. Some could cause long-term health problems or even death.

A fall can happen in the blink of an eye, but the victim could suffer long-term consequences, not only physically but also emotionally and financially. Brain injuries, for example, might require rehabilitation and other follow-up treatments for long after the fall occurred. They could prevent the victim from returning to work, and also take a toll on personal relationships and family life.

If another person's negligence was responsible for a slip or trip that led to a fall that resulted in brain injuries or other serious consequences, the victim likely has grounds for a lawsuit. An experienced personal injury lawyer in Ontario can assess the circumstances and determine the viability of a civil claim. With the support and guidance of legal counsel, a monetary judgment to cover financial and emotional losses may be possible.

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