BICYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
According to the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport of Ontario, in 1995, approximately 30% of Ontarians used bicycles recreationally. These numbers have significantly risen over the past twenty years in response to the growing health and wellness trends. Unfortunately, cycling ranked second to motor vehicle accidents with respect to non-fatal transport-related injuries, accounting for 15% of hospitalizations, 21% of emergency room visits, 17% of cases of permanent partial disability and 16% of permanent total disability in 2004. The most common types of injuries among the victims of bicycle accidents are head injuries, fractures, neck and back injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important that you learn your rights as you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, your past and future loss of income and future medical treatment.
Even if you are at fault for a collision, you may be entitled to claim Accident Benefits from your own insurer or from another insurance company. It is very important that you act quickly to protect your rights. The claims process is rather complex and there are several deadlines that need to be met when seeking compensation.
At Lofranco Corriero, we have represented thousands of accident victims who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you and support you on your path to recovery. If you have any questions regarding your rights and/or would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call us now at 1-866-LOFRANCO.
If as a result of your injuries you are unable to travel to one of our conveniently located offices, our representatives can come to meet you at the place and time of your convenience. During the first free and no-obligation consultation, we will work with you to better understand the facts of the accident and circumstances surrounding the collision, the nature of your injuries, as well as the impact the accident is having on both your personal and professional life.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, you may have two options for financial recovery:
A Tort Claim is a claim for damages (or money) that you may be entitled to provided that you are not at fault for a collision and you pursue a claim against a negligent or at fault driver for your pain and suffering, lost wages, past and future lost income, future health care expenses and out-of-pocket expenses like home maintenance and other related services.
ACCIDENT BENEFITS CLAIM
Accident Benefits are available to you regardless of fault. They include up to $65,000 in Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits and Attendant Care Benefits, and up to $400 per week in Income Replacement Benefits. If you are not working as a result of your accident, you may also qualify for a non-earner benefit of $185 per week.
There are also additional benefits that may be available to you if you have suffered a catastrophic injury, such as paralysis or a traumatic brain injury or if you have purchased optional benefits through your insurer.