The Hidden Dangers of Swimming Pool Entrapment

Most parents are familiar with the usual dangers associated with swimming. However, little is known of the potentially very serious hazards associated with “swimming pool entrapment”. Children are particularly vulnerable to entrapment which occurs when swimmers become trapped at or against a pool or spa drain, due to pump suction. Hair, body parts, bathing suits and jewellery can lead to entrapment and the resulting injuries …

Head injuries in professional sports raise awareness for concussions and traumatic brain injuries

Earlier this month, we saw Germany take home the 2014 World Cup with a beautiful goal by Mario Gotze. However, during the same game, Christoph Kramer’s head first collision with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay arguably received just as much attention. The replay shows Kramer’s head violently strike the shoulder of Garay and whip backwards causing him to collapse on the field. After the hit, Kramer continued …

Medical malpractice in the media: the Toronto Star

In November 2013, OTLA submitted recommendations on the Draft Transparency Principles, proposed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). In the submission, OTLA expressed the importance of patient safety: “OTLA feels that the overriding concern in establishing and applying these transparency principles must be, first and foremost, the protection of the public and disclosure of information, not the protection of the physician’s privacy.” …

Swimming Swimming in the Swimming Pool…

There is nothing better than diving into a cold pool of water in the hot afternoon sun. While a backyard pool may equal bliss on a hot day it can also be fraught with danger (and legal liability) if proper steps are not taken to ensure that everyone has a safe dip in the water. With that in mind we offer a few tips below …

The Clock is Ticking – Know Your Rights to Protect You and Your Family

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Many Canadians are fortunate enough to have disability insurance to provide some economic security in the event of an injury. What many Canadians don’t know is that your contract for disability insurance may impose strict guidelines on when you can bring a legal action against your disability insurer if your insurer refuses to pay you benefits. In Ontario the general rule is that you have …

More than 4,000 helmets donated through OTLA’s 2014 Bike Helmets on Kids campaign

Everyone should wear a helmet when riding a bike, but children especially need protection because of the heightened risk they face. Head injuries are the number one cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. It’s also the law—in Ontario, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on the road or sidewalks. Earlier this spring, we …