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Many cities in Ontario are home to older buildings. Preserving historic structures lends character to a neighbourhood and provides a feeling of continuity. Old buildings also present unique maintenance challenges to their owners, and may become hazardous if not looked after properly. A man who recently suffered a probable head injury can certainly attest to the dangers of a poorly maintained property.

The incident occurred on May 17, in front of a restaurant on Danforth Avenue near Main Street. A brick facade at the top of the structure collapsed, sending bricks cascading down to the sidewalk below. One man suffered an injury because of the falling bricks.

According to the Acting Chief Building Official for Toronto, events of this nature are rare. He speculated there might have been two or three similar incidents in the past five years. Although property owners owe a duty of care to anyone lawfully on the property, the city cannot take pre-emptive action, nor can the authorities force owners to inspect their properties for potential hazards.

An accident of this sort can be extremely serious, and the injured man was fortunate to survive. However, any blow to the head can cause a serious injury, even if the extent of the injury is not immediately apparent. Any person who suffers a head injury because of the negligence of another person has the right to speak to an Ontario personal injury lawyer about his or her situation. A dedicated lawyer will fight for a victim's right to compensation, while the victim focuses on his or her recovery.

Source: newzbaba.com, "Pedestrian hurt by falling bricks in Toronto", May 19, 2017

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