(PRWEB) March 15, 2011
Ontario personal injury law firm Ferguson Barristers has released a free ski and snowboard safety tips guide to help prevent head injuries and spinal cord injuries on ski hills. According to experts, wearing a ski or snowboard safety helmet on the hill reduces the chance of suffering a brain injury.
“Many of the lawyers in our firm are avid skiers, and we assist with a significant number of cases relating to head injuries, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. At this time of year, it is especially important to remind the community to take steps to prevent personal injury while skiing,” says Rod Ferguson, a certified specialist in civil litigation and senior partner at Ontario personal injury law firm Ferguson Barristers LLP.
According to the Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre research report, on average, each month approximately 950 individuals visit an emergency department for an injury from skiing and snowboarding. Young males have the highest rate of injury.
Results from the same study indicate head injuries represented the majority of severe cases, followed by chest, spinal injuries and injuries to the extremities. Evidence shows that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 22-60%.
Brain injuries can affect an injured person’s ability to physically and mentally function on a day-to-day basis for the rest of their life. Brain and head injuries, such as hypoxic brain injury or cerebral hypoxia, may result in: cognitive impairments; speech impairments; memory loss; and reduced or complete loss of ability to work; care for self; or ability to enjoy life as before the incident.
“We work with the Canadian Paraplegic Association as well as other organizations for people living with disabilities and often hear that many of these injuries are preventable. Our firm feels strongly that wherever possible, individuals need to wear a ski or snowboard helmet to prevent personal injury,” says Ferguson.
If you or your family are planning on enjoying skiing Ontario’s ski and snowboard resorts, consider following these tips from Ontario’s injury lawyers Ferguson Barristers to make your adventure a safe and happy one:
Wear a helmet in order to help prevent head and spinal cord injuries.
Be aware of other skiers and snowboarders and keep a safe distance between yourself and others on the hill.
Ski each run according to your level of ability, and remember to respect the abilities of other skiers.
Always observe posted advisories such as the Ontario Snow Resorts Responsibility Code.
For more family ski safety tips on how to stay safe on the ski hill and to prevent head injuries, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries, download Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips Guide.
Ferguson Barristers LLP is an Ontario Personal Injury and Civil Litigation law firm founded by Rod Ferguson in 1990, with offices in North Bay, Sudbury, and Midland, Ontario.
The lawyers at Ferguson Barristers LLP have been practicing law for over 80 years of combined experience and work with a network of referring lawyers from across Ontario able to provide personal injury and civil litigation services to smaller communities.