Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of personal injury claims that we deal with. That’s because accidents happen anywhere, normally when you least expect it.
You could slip and fall anywhere, from your workplace to the grocery store. We know you can’t predict the future, but we can help you figure out what to do next.
Get to know what type of slip and fall compensation is available to you if you’re injured.
Public property can comprise many different places you visit, from the dollar store to the amusement park. Anytime you enter a store, restaurant, or attraction, you are in someone else’s hands.
Business owners need to make sure that all their bases are covered, from ensuring there are adequate lighting conditions to properly securing handrails on staircases.
Anytime there is a hazardous area, like a construction zone or a spill, business owners need to have proper signage or barriers in place.
Canadians know very well that a cold winter brings with it a wide range of hazards and potential accidents.
Slipping on ice is a common way that people are injured during the winter. In Toronto, where many people walk to their destination, icy sidewalks can be a dangerous situation.
Municipalities have a responsibility to clear off public sidewalks, roadways, and parking lots when it snows. They must also make sure they sand or salt those areas to remove the ice as soon as possible.
Sometimes, municipalities can’t hold all the blame, especially if you were walking in an area that has recently experienced extreme weather conditions or isn’t as busy with traffic. That’s why the Municipal Act outlines exactly when a municipality is liable for your fall.
If you slip and fall on ice, these parties could be subject to premises liability if the conditions are met. Your lawyer will analyze the situation and determine what you can do.
Under the Ontario Occupier’s Liability Act, anyone who is in control of the property you enter is responsible for your safety.
Everyone has a duty of care to others to ensure that they have done their part to keep them safe. Ontario residents are obligated under the Act to clear any hazards or do anything within their control to prevent a dangerous situation.
Ontario also follows the Negligence Act, which determines that if more than one person is negligent in a personal injury case, liability is divided between the two parties. This happens when the injury occurs at a business with multiple owners, or if more than one employee was negligent.
When you suffer a slip and fall injury, or any other type of personal injury, there are a lot of expenses that come with recovery and treatment.
Here is a list of the some of possible expenses and damages you could get compensation for in a slip and fall personal injury claim:
In some cases, the injured party’s spouse can also seek support for lost wages due to caretaking or companionship.
There are a few necessary steps you need to take if you suffer a slip and fall injury. To get the best settlement you can, make sure you meet these requirements and always enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer.
The first thing you need to do is get yourself checked out. Attend to your medical needs so they don’t get worse.
If you don’t get checked out right away, you might not be able to get as much compensation because you’re considered at fault for not dealing with the injuries when they happened.
Next, you need to collect everything you can that can be used as evidence. This includes photos, papers, documents, and anything else that proves how much work or income you’ve missed.
Take a picture of the area where you fell so that the judge can determine if the hazards there were the result of negligence. It’s likely that the conditions there won’t be the same by the time you make it to court, so you need as much proof as possible.
Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They will be able to take a look at your case and make sure that you have a good claim. Your next steps will be much easier when your lawyer is involved.
And don’t forget to start your claim right away because you only have so much time to start the process.
Ontario residents have to file their claim within the time frame established by the Ontario Statute of Limitations. For the majority of personal injury claims, this is 2 years from the date of the accident.
However, if you slip and fall on public property owned by a municipality, you only have one week to file your claim.
You should start your claim as soon as you can, because it takes time to reach a settlement and receive payments from the insurance company. The sooner you get your paperwork in, the sooner you can get compensation.
Conte & Associates has a team of experienced and aggressive personal injury lawyers in Toronto who are ready to take on your case.
We fight for you and make sure your insurance company doesn’t leave you high and dry. Our team works with top medical experts and professionals in Ontario to make sure you have a strong case.
You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. Let us help you get the settlement you deserve to start living your life again.