With young children in elementary school and pre-school, I have occasion to be in school zones and community school zones regularly. I drive my children to school in the morning. The areas around the school are clearly designated as school zones and community safety area, with reduced speed limits. There are elementary school kids and high school children walking to school in plain view. Despite the signs, and the presence of kids, some drivers continue to speed through the areas as if they are on a rural road. Many of these drivers are travelling at more than double the posted speed limit.
As a personal injury lawyer serving Toronto and the GTA, I have seen far too many tragic cases involving school children and other pedestrians struck by cars. There are good reasons for motorists to be warned to slow down and exercise caution near schools. One important reason is that kids simply are not as experienced as adults and, generally, kids are less able to protect themselves from the dangers of vehicle traffic. We all know that children do not appreciate and recognize dangers the same way that an adult does. In fact, a child's brain has not fully developed the capacity for good judgement. The responsibility in a school zone rests with the drivers - we all need to do our part to keep kids safe as they walk to and from school. Although most everyone would agree with this point, the reality is that cars and trucks speed near schools every day. Sometimes, when I see a speeding vehicle in the vicinity of school children, I silently wish a police car would be nearby to give a ticket or a warning. There are no police in sight. Is there any more important time or place for police to be patrolling speed than during those hours when kids are going to and from school? I don't think any driver is a fan of speed traps, but I would welcome police presence around schools ever single day when school is in session. Yes, police should be present in school zones every single day when school is in session - not on an occasional or random basis or as part of an awareness campaign. I think that if drivers regularly observed police near school and community safety zones, driver habits would change. Drivers would pay more attention to the school areas, and reduce speeds.
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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition caused by the dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems, which can occur following trauma. Complex regional pain syndrome is frequently triggered by tissue injury and often, but not always, involves a nerve injury.
Some common features of CRPS include changes in the colour and temperature of the skin over the affected limb or body part, accompanied by intense burning pain, skin sensitivity, sweating, and swelling. Often, the symptoms associated with CRPS get worse over time, rather than better. CRPS most often affects one of the extremities (arms, legs, hands, or feet). The pain and other symptoms from CRPS injury can be severe and debilitating.
There is no cure for CRPS and, as such, treatment is often aimed at pain control. If you have any symptoms of CRPS, it is important to speak with your doctor. Often, if your doctor suspects CRPS, they will make a referral to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment.
Iacobelli Law Firm is pleased to announce our that our App is now available on iPhone and iPad. The Iacobelli Law Firm app provides information about our Toronto and York Region personal injury law firm and injury and insurance practice areas. There are also features to request a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. You can also follow our Blog directly from the app and receive updates about recent developments in personal injury and insurance law in Ontario.
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Many Canadian snow-birds travel to Florida every year. Given how cold and snowy this winter has been in Ontario, the Florida warmth and sun are even more appealing.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time, even when you are on vacation. For a Canadian visiting Florida, a car accident can be extremely stressful.
Fortunately, Canadians involved in a Florida car accident will often be able to access insurance benefits through their own Canadian insurance. In addition to obtaining accident benefits insurance payments from your Canadian car insurer, you may also be able to claim against the insurance company for the other involved vehicle.
If you are an Ontario resident, and injured in a car accident in Florida, there is a chance that the at-fault party may be uninsured or underinsured. That means, the Florida driver's insurance limits may not be sufficient to pay for your claim. Florida has lower minimum insurance requirements for drivers than Ontario. As such, you may be able to advance a claim in Ontario, Canada for the uninsured and underinsured benefits that form part of your Ontario motor vehicle insurance policy.
Florida car accidents involving Ontario and Canadian residents can be complex and you should not delay in consulting a Ontario personal injury lawyer to make sure your rights are fully protected.
Ontario personal injury lawyer, Andrew Iacobelli, obtained his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Michigan State University and he is licensed to practice law in the province of Ontario and in the State of Michigan and State of Florida. Andrew is also admitted to practice in the United States Federal Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal. Before returning to Ontario, Andrew litigated serious personal injury,wrongful death, and insurance bad faith claims in the United States.
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