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  • Story Created: June 28 2017    Author: Gregory Polimis
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    Gregory Polimis
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    Went out for a ride on my regular 20km loop last month – been doing this 2 to 3 times a week during the riding season for a few years and logged a few hundred km’s. As I approach Yarmouth I notice a square patch dug out of the road. Seems normal and I ride over/through countless of these without incident. When I’m almost on top of it I realize it’s deeper then usual and doesn’t seem sloped. Last thing I remember was thinking “I’m gonna have to hop over this (there were cars coming up on me and I didn’t have time to look back to see how close they were). Next thing I know i’m staring up at the sky and my first though is “something must’ve gone really wrong”.
    I’m able to get up on my own. I look down to check myself, blood and broken teeth pour out my mouth. I look around for my bike and it’s lying a few feet away, front wheel has detached. A local couple were walking by and helped me to the sidewalk. After making sure I was (reasonably) okay they call the ambulance. I’m thinking to take my bike home and wait for the ambulance there (I live a couple of minutes walk away) but they and the 911 operator insist i stay put. This happens around 19h15.
    I get home from TGH at around 05h00 next morning after spending the night on a gurney with a neck brace on with 12 stitches in my face, three broken teeth, a through and through puncture of my upper lip and some decent road rash. Not fun, but could’ve been SO much worse.
    If I can get the picture upload working I’ll add some…

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    #1030
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    thebikeguy
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    OMG that’s brutal! I’ve encountered similar problems when it comes to construction.

    #1057
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    danbenreiter
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    That’s brutal man. How long did it take to get back to 100%. That probably led to a bunch of time off work too!

    #1064
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    Adam Tanel
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    Gregory, that sounds awful! When you are feeling up to it, let me know if you would like to discuss your legal options. Actions against the City for negligent road design/maintenance are challenging, but I would be happy to talk to you and see if there is anything i can do to help. In the meantime, hope you heal up and are able to get back on your bike again soon.

    Take care,
    Adam

    #1105
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    Gregory Polimis
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    I’m just getting back to 75% now, it’ll still be a few months to get to 100%. I’ve been cleared to resume working out but the physiological cautioned me to not go into the red zone – with the concussion, she said the brain can be a bit slow to ramp up the cardiovascular system. My back is still an issue, not sure if it’d hold up to a century but I’m gonna try 50km this weekend.
    Fortunately I didn’t lose too much time off work and was able to burn sick days rather than go on short term disability.

    #1106
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    Gregory Polimis
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    Adam thanks for your offer. I retained someone else before I found this blog unfortunately. So far so good with them but if anything changes i’ll be sure to contact you.

    #1107
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    Gregory Polimis
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    They started another round of work abut 2 weeks ago. Now, all the digs have pylons, are spray painted and they round off the edges! Better late than never I suppose…

    #1120
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    Adam Tanel
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    Glad you found counsel Gregory! Litigation is still one of the more effective means of bringing about social change. I know many people think it works at a glacial pace (and sometimes it does), but waiting for legislative change takes even longer….

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