SLIP AND FALL LAWYERS
SERVING HAMILTON, BRANTFORD, BURLINGTON & NEARBY AREAS OF ONTARIO
In Ontario, premises liability law holds property owners responsible for maintaining the safety of property that may be open to members of the public. If an owner fails to do this, and you’re injured in a slip-and-fall accident on their property, you may have grounds to sue them. You could be owed damages for your injuries if a court finds the property owner’s negligence contributed to your fall.
Even if you’re careful and cautious, you can still slip, fall, and be injured on an unsafe surface. This is where Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers can help you get the compensation you are owed by the law. For more than 40 years, our lawyers have aided people in Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek, Niagara Falls and the surrounding Ontario area who’ve been hurt through no fault of their own. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call (905) 522-9799 today.
The Basics Of Slip-And-Fall Injuries
Slips and falls can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Snow, ice, water or other liquids covering walking surfaces
- Poor lighting on walking surfaces
- Uneven or cracked pavement
- Objects obstructing floor
- Broken or missing handrails
- Improperly maintained walkways
The Ontario Occupiers’ Liability Act holds homeowners, business owners and local governments responsible for maintaining safe walking surfaces on their property. This means they must proactively maintain the safety of their property.
There are different provisions in Ontario law for suing differing types of property owners. If you plan to sue a homeowner or business, you have two years to notify them. If you plan to sue a city, though, you only have 10 days to notify them. That makes it even more important to quickly hire a lawyer if you’re injured.
What Kinds Of Damages Can I Recover From A Slip-And-Fall Lawsuit?
If you’re injured in a slip and fall accident, there are a number of damages you may be entitled to, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income and lost earning potential
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Home maintenance costs while injured
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
Who Is Liable When I Suffer A Slip-And-Fall Injury?
That depends on the circumstances of your injury. In some cases, it may be only one party. In other cases, several parties could be responsible, and you would want to sue all of them. For cases where you sue multiple parties, Ontario law uses the principle of joint and several liability.
This principle allows you to recover all of your damages from any defendant who’s found to be at fault. It’s is designed so that when multiple defendants are found responsible for your injury, you get all the damages you’re owed even if one defendant can’t pay their share.
Here’s a hypothetical example:
- You were walking into a business when you slipped and fell on ice outside their entrance and broke your arm
- You need a healthy arm to do your job, so in addition to your pain, suffering and medical expenses, you are losing out on income while your arm heals
- You sue the business
- At the time of your injury, the business was contracted with another company to de-ice the sidewalk leading to their entrance
- Because that company failed to de-ice the sidewalk, they are added to the lawsuit too
- The de-icing company and the business are found liable for your injury, and you are awarded damages
- The de-icing company is found to be 70 percent liable and the business is found to be 30 percent liable
- The principal of joint and several liability allows you to recover all of your damages from either defendant. You choose the de-icing company
- The de-icing company pays you all of your damages, then pursues reimbursement of 30 percent of the damages from the business
Joint and several liability exists to make the process of suing the parties responsible for your injury and recovering damages from them as easy as possible for you.
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The law firm of Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers is dedicated to helping you recover physically, mentally, emotionally and financially from your injury, as we have helped numerous people in Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek, Niagara Falls and the surrounding Ontario area Call (905) 522-9799 today to set up your free consultation.