If you suffer an injury by slipping and falling on someone else's property, you may believe that the injury is your own fault. In the eyes of the law, however, you are the victim in this situation. Ontario premises liability law holds owners responsible for maintaining property that may be open to the public. If an Ontario court finds that the owner's negligence caused your fall, they may have to compensate you for your injuries.
Even the most cautious and careful individual can be injured in a fall if the surface isn't maintained. Fortunately, Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers can help you secure the compensation you are owed by law for your injuries. To schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with our Hamilton slip and fall lawyers, call (855) 862-7258.
Slip and Fall Injuries in Ontario
The legal standard of affirmative duty in Ontario means that homeowners, business owners, and local governments have to be proactive in maintaining walking surfaces on their property. You may have been walking on the sidewalk when you fell, or you may have been walking elsewhere on the property. So long as you were not trespassing, it is the owners' responsibility to ensure their property is reasonably safe.
Slip and falls can be caused by:
- Snow, ice, water, or other liquid covering walking surfaces
- Poor lighting for walking surfaces
- Uneven or cracked pavement
- Objects obstructing floor
- Broken or missing handrails
- Improperly maintained walkways
Ontario law also includes different provisions for filing suits against different owners. If you are planning on filing a lawsuit against a homeowner or business, you have two years to notify them, but you plan to sue a city, you only have ten days to notify them. The laws governing slip and fall injuries in Ontario are highly complex. You will likely need a lawyer who can answer your questions about slip and fall accidents for you to have a good chance of getting a favorable outcome.
Ontario's Negligence Act
Determining liability, or who is legally responsible for your injury, is one of the most important processes your attorney can help you with. The Negligence Act passed by Ontario's legislature makes it so damages can be recovered from any defendant found to be at fault. This makes lawsuits with multiple defendants more common than they would otherwise be.
Damages that can be recovered in a slip and fall lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income (past and future)
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Home maintenance costs while injured
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
The various parties who may be liable, and the damages they may be liable for, create a tangle of possible legal cases that can be difficult to work out. This is where Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers can be a big help. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys can gather evidence, file court documents, and advise you on what do to every step of the way.
Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Burlington, and Throughout Ontario
The law firm of Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers has been a fixture in Ontario for the last 40 years, and we want to continue helping people who have been grievously injured through no fault of their own. Contact us to set up a free initial consultation by calling (855) 862-7258. We serve clients in Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek, and Niagara Falls.