Reportedly, 60,000 workers in Ontario and across the country suffer slips, trips and falls each year, most of which are same-level falls. However, a large number of falls are not work-related. Dangerous conditions and circumstances cause thousands of people to fall in shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants and on stairways, sidewalks and exterior walkways. Slips, trips and falls are the primary cause of brain injuries.
Along with brain injuries, these incidents often cause abrasions, bruises, cracked ribs, fractured limbs, head and back injuries, and sometimes fatal injuries. According to the Northern Brain Injury Association, same-level falls make up more than 60% of fall injuries, with the victim’s age playing a significant role in the severity of resulting injuries. Older people tend to suffer more severe injuries, and they also need a longer recovery time.
Statistics show that women over 55 are most likely to fall, especially if they work in health care. Victims of fall-related injuries need an average of six weeks to recover, with income losses often causing significant financial difficulties. Also, injuries such as traumatic brain injuries could cause drastic changes in the lives of victims.
Victims of brain injuries that were caused by another party’s negligence might have grounds to seek damage recovery through the civil justice system of Ontario. A lawyer with extensive experience in this field can assess the client’s unique circumstances and explain the available options. Subsequent legal proceedings in pursuit of damage recovery can be simplified with the support and guidance of legal counsel. In brain injury cases, documented claims for financial relief will likely include ongoing medical treatment and therapy.