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Accidents in the Workplace: The Challenge of Claiming Compensation



Workers have to deal with multiple challenges after sustaining an injury in the workplace, and many cannot fulfill their previous work obligations or even return to work. In-work injuries can result in expensive medical bills and lost wages, which lead to financial difficulties for victims of work accidents and those who rely on them.

If you or a relative has been the victim of a serious workplace accident, you may be entitled to receive benefits by filing a compensation claim through your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you will need to file a claim against your employer to receive the appropriate compensation in relation to your injuries.

Proving guilt in such cases is difficult, however, therefore you should talk to a knowledgeable work accident compensation lawyer who can explain the legal options available and assist you in determining the best course of action based on your situation.

We spoke to legal experts in work injury claims in Gloucestershire to find out why claiming for compensation following a work accident might be necessary.

Workers compensation

Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to provide medical and other benefits to employees who have sustained an injury while at work. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation and alternative plans might not be adequate in terms of covering all costs of work-related injuries, especially future medical bills and any loss of earnings in the future. If your employer’s plan offers inadequate coverage or your employer does not provide workers’ compensation, or alternative workplace insurance, a claim may be the best way to receive a fair payment for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of earnings, and other losses after a work accident.

Workplace injuries

Workplace accidents result from multiple hazards at work and can happen in any type of workplace. In-work injuries often lead to claims for compensation for burns, crushed limbs, spinal cord injuries, head and brain injuries, hearing loss, and blindness, among others. The most common reasons for work accidents include:

  • Slips and falls; injuries resulting from slippery surfaces, spills, uneven surfaces, etc.
  • Heavy equipment
  • Hazardous materials
  • Falling objects
  • Insufficient safety protection
  • Defective equipment
  • Electrical shock or burns
  • Repetitive movements

Claims for injuries against third parties

Frequently, a third party, and not the employer, is responsible for work accidents, for example, external contractors, delivery people, or manufacturers of equipment. In the case of third-party negligence having been the cause of your work injury, you can claim directly against the third party. This is still true even if you are in receipt of benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation plan. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you if this is feasible based on the circumstances of your accident.

Workplace accident lawyers

If you have been the victim of an accident at work anywhere and your employer does not provide compensation insurance or suitable alternative insurance to cover workplace injuries or if the coverage is inadequate to cover all expenses related to your injuries, get in contact with experienced personal injury lawyers with experience in work accident claims for compensation.

These specialists understand the challenges facing victims of workplace accidents. They have helped many clients previously to secure the compensation deserved after being involved in a workplace accident. And, the good news is that they often provide an initial free consultation to victims of work accidents. So, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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Ontario Line subway construction permanently shuts down beloved Toronto bakery



The Danforth is set to lose yet another neighbourhood favourite to the Ontario line subway construction as Greek bakery Akropolis Pastries prepares to close its doors for good after over 40 years in business. 

They announced on Instagram that they’ll shut down in mid-August, sharing a painting of the storefront alongside a simple message thanking their customers.

Dozens of people took to the comments to express their love for the establishment and their years of service to the community.

“Thank you for your friendly customer service & delicious goodies. You will be missed,” said one customer. 

Another added, “You always had the best akropolis pies and always great service. Good luck!”

Several more chimed in with hearts and crying emojis, as well as shout-outs to their favourite dishes. 

The bakery’s president, Bill Gekas, confirmed to the Toronto Star that he received official notice that Akropolis was to be expropriated in the winter of 2022.

He says that the offer from Metrolinx, who had previously promised to compensate affected business owners accordingly, was below market value and that he planned to take the company to court. 

He continued, further pressing the company for taking away affordable housing from his upstairs tenants without providing them a suitable replacement. 

Akropolis isn’t the first Greektown business to announce its expropriation, with Flox on Danforth and Home Hardware the most recent neighbour to share that they’ve fallen victim to the Ontario line.

They also certainly won’t be the last, as Metrolinx has confirmed that they’ll be shuttering 13 businesses on the Danforth to make way for construction. 

The forthcoming transit line is currently due to open in 2031 — although, if the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is any indication, that won’t be the case. 

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Canada considers capping international student visas to address housing crisis



The Canadian government is considering a cap on international student visas to tackle the housing crisis.

During a press conference on Monday, Housing Minister Sean Fraser told reporters that a cap is “one of the options” Ottawa is considering to address the lack of housing amidst the “explosive growth” of temporary immigration programs like the international student program.

“The international student program has seen such growth and in such concentrated areas that it is really starting to put an unprecedented level of demand, in some instances, on the job market,” he explained.

“But given the economic conditions we’ve been living with for the past couple of years, you see it in a more pronounced way on the housing market.”

Fraser stressed that the conversation isn’t about blaming newcomers for Canada’s housing challenges.

He acknowledged that these issues have been decades in the making and have been perpetuated by previous Liberal and Conservative governments.

“[Governments] retreated heavily from making the basic investments in social housing that is now revealing itself through the market today,” said Fraser.

According to official data, as of December 2022, there were over 800,000 foreigners with active international student visas in Canada.

Fraser says that before seriously considering a cap, the government plans to work closely with Canadian universities to ensure these students have a place to live.

He adds that that includes addressing some of these institutions’ exploitation of international students.

“When you see some of these institutions that have five, six times as many students enrolled as they have spaces for them in the building, and you see them continue to pop up in plaza colleges across the country, you’ve got to start to ask yourself some pretty tough questions,” said Fraser.

According to the housing minister, the government has no immediate plans to lower the number of international student visas.

Fraser says he’ll be discussing options with Immigration Minister Marc Miller.

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Toronto’s financial woes could mean delay of Eglinton LRT and Ontario Line opening



Facing a budget deficit of a whopping $46.5 billion over the coming decade, the City of Toronto and Mayor Olivia Chow have got their work cut out for them in trying to reduce costs and increase revenue during what is now being called an “unprecedented financial crisis.”

Among 13 suggested courses of action that staffers put on the table during an Executive Committee meeting last week are a new municipal sales tax, an increase in land transfer taxes for multi-million dollar homes, and permitting the Toronto Parking Authority to charge higher fees for on-street parking, which is currently capped at $5 an hour.

Though these very feasible options were the most widely-reported ones, there are a few parts of the new 192-page long-term financial plan that are quite concerningly being overlooked.

As local political expert and columnist Matt Elliott noted in the latest edition of his City Hall Watcher newsletter, the City Manager and Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer have made a couple of pretty bold recommendations for paths forward, taking aim at the provincial government for not allocating more funding to the city.

Further down the list, we find a few items that feel more dramatic than the aforementioned levies, including, at number 11, a push to potentially refuse to fund the operation of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Finch West subway lines that the city is currently on the hook to pay for.

As Elliott illuminated, the document states that “It was never foreseen that these new operating costs would begin in circumstances when the City had such limited capacity to afford them. Deferring the launch of these two transit lines could reduce the 2024 pressure by up to $106 million.”

Similarly, item 12 advises that “City Council inform the Province of Ontario that in the absence of a new funding model for transit operations in the City of Toronto… the City will pause negotiation of further funding agreements for Provincial Priority Transit Projects and any future provincial transit expansion projects.”

These priority transit projects include the Ontario Line, on which construction has already commenced, most noticeably at Queen and Yonge.

Though these are only proposed ideas for ensuring a better fiscal future at this point, we will have to see which, if any, of the recommendations leadership heeds.

Though there would be inevitable backlash to pressing pause on the decade-plus-in-the-making Eglinton Crosstown LRT or the forthcoming Ontario Line, would anyone in the city really be surprised if a major public transportation project was delayed yet again?

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