10 Ways Employers Help Prevent Employees from Developing Psychological Long Term Disabilities [Infographic]
A good workplace can help reduce the anxiety and stress that often leads to a psychological long term disability claim.
Although every mental illness is unique to the specific individual and circumstances, I have some general tips for employers to take proactive steps in making the workplace a better environment for everyone:
Personal Injury Potential Settlement Values: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries are classified mild, moderate, or severe. The leading causes are vehicle-related collisions, falls, sports injuries, and assaults. Of these brain injuries, 70-90% are considered “mild” and are commonly referred to as “concussions”. It is important to realize, however, that there is nothing mild about a traumatic brain injury.
Educational Long-term Disability Resources
At the Roger R. Foisy injury law firm, we strongly believe in educating people as much as possible about the process of injury and long-term disability (LTD) law in Ontario, as well as helping them understand what to do and what to expect after an injury or disability.
In pursuit of this goal, we’ve built up numerous resources including videos, infographics, FAQs, and more.
Riskier Roads – GTA Pedestrians and Cyclists Being Run Down at Record Rates
A rash of pedestrian and cyclist accidents in the GTA has been alarming to those people who choose to walk or bicycle. It is particularly upsetting because these accidents have caused increased pedestrian fatalities.
With the continual increase in the number of automobiles in Ontario coupled with a rise in the number of inexperienced or inattentive drivers, we are seeing a marked upsurge in the number of pedestrians and cyclists struck by cars, vans, and trucks.
How the Possible Upcoming Legalization of Marijuana May Affect Medical Marijuana Users
Currently, the possession, distribution, and production of marijuana is illegal in Canada except for certain medicinal uses (studies show it can be effective to treat conditions including chronic pain, PTSD, and depression). However, in spring 2017 the Canadian federal government is expected to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) has published a blog addressing this topic, with particular attention to the current process for individuals to acquire medical marijuana and how the legalization could affect both those who use it for medical purposes and the general public.
Some Do, We Don’t – Roger R. Foisy Addresses Toronto Star Article
A Condemnation of Ontario Injury Lawyers Charging Unjust Fees
On Saturday, the Toronto Star published an investigative article titled “Double-dipping lawyers taking big slice of injury settlements”. The article details the practice of some Ontario Personal Injury Law Firms of charging a contingency fee (“we only get paid if you win”) and taking a second fee on top of that called “costs”.
This has never been a policy at my firm and, as I outlined in one of my client-friendly videos in 2012, this practice has been disallowed by the Ontario Solicitors Act because it leaves personal injury claimants with less money in their pocket at the end of a settlement. I am firmly against this practice, and believe that all law firms in Ontario currently engaging in such a practice must stop.
10 Things Employers Can Do to Accommodate Employees with Physical Long Term Disabilities [Infographic]
Ontario employers have a legal duty to accommodate employees with long term disabilities who are returning to work.
Although accommodations must be made based on the specific individual and their particular disability and circumstances, I have some general tips for employers seeking to properly accommodate individuals with physical disabilities:
New Concussion Blood Test Developed with a 90% Accuracy Rate!
Last week, the Globe and Mail reported that researchers at Western University in London, Ontario have developed a new blood test to assess whether an individual has suffered a concussion – and the test has an amazingly high accuracy rate of 90%!
The results are still preliminary, with a small test size of 12 concussed male athletes and 17 non-concussed male athletes; however, the results are convincing and have been published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Metabolomics.
If this test is validated through further study, it could make a significant difference for people who have suffered a concussion. Concussions and other brain injuries have often been called the “invisible disability” because they are typically not physically apparent and are difficult to accurately test for. An accurate blood test for concussions would provide the patient and medical professionals with concrete evidence of the injury. This would make it easier for medical practitioners to know when to treat for concussions and – critically – for individuals to know when they need to be extra cautious.
Merry Christmas from the Roger R Foisy Law Firm!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the team at Roger R Foisy! We wish you a joyful holiday season with your loved ones.
Our Holiday Hours
December 24 – 27: Closed
December 28 – 30: Open
January 2: Closed
January 3: Open
How Speech-Language Pathologists Help Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
In my previous video (and blog) about finding the right team for your brain injury rehabilitation, one of the key specialists I mention is the speech-language pathologist.
A speech-language pathologist is a medical professional who specializes in speech disorders and cognitive-communicative disorders. According to OSLA (Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists), over 75% of individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) experience difficulty with various aspects of speech and communication. These difficulties are typically cognitive-communication impairments that can impact their ability to return to work or school, as well as relationships with family and others in their lives.