Sometimes these falls result in injury. If they occur on a municipal side-walk, you may have a claim against the municipality if gross negligence on its part can be shown. It may be possible to establish that if the city or town failed to provide reasonable inspection and maintenance in terms of salting, or removal of ice and snow.
Before a claim can be started, the municipality has to be given written notice of a fall within 10 days under Ontario's Municipal Act. This deadline can be extended if there is reasonable justification why no notice was given. But, simply being unaware of the notice requirement is usually not enough.
Like most personal injury cases, side-walk slip and falls are seldom straightforward. Getting professional legal advice as soon as possible is crucial when contemplating a suit against any municipality in Ontario.
Menzies Lawyers is a multi-service Ottawa based litigation firm which can assist with a wide variety of personal injury claims, including slip and falls, car accidents, accident benefits claims, assault, and wrongful death. This blog article by Richard Nishimura is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.