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Parks and Recreation Injury Claims 2010 - 2014. Ice rinks: claims, causes, amounts paid out*

Note: *unless otherwise noted, the cases are settled

(Freedom of Information Request #2015-02285), note also claims information on the city website here.

2010

11. Feb. 4: $1,175.00 paid. Ice Pad Hazard Injuries due to missing board off rink border

16. Feb.15: $20,000.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard CLAIMANT SUSTAINED INJURIES WHILE ATTEMPTING TO GET OFF THE ICE RINK (case re-opened)

19. Feb. 26: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard SUSTAINED INJURIES DUE TO HOCKEY PUCK

20. Feb.28: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard alleges injuries due to ice pad hazard

29. March 19: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard Injuries to the face by a hockey stick

410: Nov.12: $0.00 paid Trip & Fall Surface Hazard Int CLAIMANT ALLEGES BEING PUSHED BY ANOTHER SKATER SUSTAINING INJURIES (case still open)

416. Nov.21: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard SUSTAINED INJURIES DUE TO FAILURE OF THE CITY TO MONITOR AND CONTROL THE ACTIVITIES OF OTHER SKATERS ON THE RINK AT THE TIME

2011

450. Jan.31: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard SUSTAINED INJURIES WHILE SKATING

492. Feb.22: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard SUSTAINED INJURIES DUE TO ICE

2012

969. Feb 7: $0.00 paid Falling Object BODILY INJURY - HIT IN THE FACE WITH A HOCKEY PUCK DURING GAME (case still open)

971. Feb 12: $0.00 paid Trip & Fall Surface Hazard Int SUFFERED INJURIES AS A RESULT OF A SLIP AND FALL AT THE ICE RINK LOCATED IN HIGH PARK. HAD FINISHED SKATING AND WAS STEPPING OFF THE ICE ONTO A RUBBER MAT. MAT SLIPPED AWAY FROM HER & SHE FELL. (case still open)

1483. Dec.25: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard BODILY INJURY DURING FALL WHILE SKATING (case still open)

2013

1495. Jan 9: $0.00 paid Inadequate Supervision STRUCK FROM BEHIND WHILE SKATING BY AN UNIDENTIFIED MINOR CAUSING INJURIES (case still open)

1958. Nov.22: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard TOOTH GOT HIT BY A STICK AND WAS CHIPPED WHILE PLAYING HOCKEY

1964. Nov.29: $0.00 paid Inadequate Supervision "TORONTO FUN PROGRAM 232032, LEARN TO SKATE: BEGINNER PRESCHOOL HAND WAS SKATED OVER BY ANTOHER SKATER" (case still open)

2014

2497. March 1: $0.00 paid Ice Pad Hazard BODILY INJURY - REP NOT REQ (case still open)

Note: in the 5 years from 2010 to 2014, inclusive, only 16 injury claims were made against the city. So far, only two of those have resulted in claimant payments totalling $21,175. Eight are still open or re-opened.

There is no information on which of these claims resulted from a shinny hockey incident. Attempts by cityrinks in 2010 to persuade city management to analyze their injury reports for specifically shinny hockey injuries were unsuccessful. Also, in 2011 the Tom Pashby Foundation in partnership with a number of sports organizations received a Trillium grant of $291,000 for, among other things, "Increased injury data collected, aggregated and made available to stakeholders and the public." However, they did not feel that shinny hockey data could be a specific focus for them, so they collected none.

Difference between amount of settlements and cost to the City:

The total Comprehensive General Liability (CGL) claims attributed to Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) for 2010 in the FOI excel spreadsheet are 433, with a total amount of $594,255 listed as paid out so far. But in the CGL claims report by division, posted on the city's website, although the number of claims reported to Council for PFR in 2010 was close -- 431 -- the amount paid out is listed as much higher: $1,691,296. See also:

City of Toronto Claims data, 2014 report to City Council.

The reason, according to the City of Toronto's Corporate Finance Supervisor of Insurance & Risk Management, is because the FOI excel spreadsheet does not include adjusting and legal fees whereas the CGL claims report does.

How many of these claims relate to outdoor ice rinks?

Answer from city staff: "Unfortunately, our current database would not be able to distinguish between outdoor and indoor rinks.The same database would not go back to the 1990s."


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