Slip and falls can happen anywhere, but are especially common on icy outside surfaces during Ottawa Winters. Injuries from falling on a slippery or unsafe surface can result in bruising, sprains, strains, broken bones, concussion, and even death.
Owners of property, whether private or municipal, are required to keep public areas safe. It could be a sidewalk, laneway, or floor of a business. This responsibility arises from long-held legal principles, and from Ontario legislation known as the Occupiers’ Liability Act.
If you’re hurt, whether seriously or not, you may have a claim if the property owner failed to keep the area where you’ve slipped and fell adequately maintained, repaired, or protected from unsafe situations.
To preserve your legal rights, you generally have only two years from when you knew or should have known that you had a legal claim. If you miss this limitation period, and no lawsuit is started by the second anniversary of this date, you may be deprived of any compensation.
It’s therefore crucial to get experienced legal advice for any accident or injury as soon as possible. Personal injury lawyers will help you marshal the necessary evidence, avoid settling for too little, and make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, including potential compensation for:
- Loss of income or competitive advantage
- Cost of treatment such as physiotherapy, massage, chiropractic treatment, or dental
- Cost of rehabilitation aids
- Cost of future services you’re no longer able to do
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of future medical care