Slip & Fall Accidents
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When you need an Ottawa lawyer for slip and falls, we can help
Are you looking for an Ottawa lawyer for slip and falls? Ultimately, anybody can suffer a slip and fall accident at any time. Often, slip and fall victims assume accidents occurred because of their own negligence. Sometimes, self-guilt and embarrassment mean no claims are made at all. However, in many cases, the result of someone else’s negligence is the cause of slip and fall injuries.
Municipal property accidents vs. private property accidents
Injuries from slips and falls on municipal or city property are treated differently to those on private property. Laws under the Occupiers Liability Act (1990) cover private property while Ontario’s Municipal Act (2001) covers city property.
If your slip and fall occurred on municipal property such as sidewalks and pathways, the Municipal Act states you have 10 days to provide written notice to the municipality. To stand a fair chance of success, municipal entities have to be found grossly negligent. You can read this blog post for more information about municipal slip and fall cases.
For private property, new legislation has been introduced in 2020, changing the notice requirements for slip and fall claims as the result of ice or snow. Bill 118 dictates that anyone intending to bring a claim for damages resulting from a personal injury caused by snow or ice must give 60 days’ notice. This law is applicable to non-municipal owners or contractors of the property. The notice must contain information as to the date, time and location of the incident.
The notice will need to be personally delivered (or sent by registered mail) to the “occupier” or to the contractor employed by the occupier to remove snow or ice on the premises.
What are the exceptions to the law?
The first exception is applicable to incidents involving death. The second exception involves a “reasonable excuse”. It is up to the court to decide on what constitutes a “reasonable excuse”, but the plaintiff will have to prove that the defendants are not prejudiced in its ability to investigate and defend the claim. Not knowing the law will not constitute a “reasonable excuse”. Hospitalization may constitute a “reasonable excuse”. These suits are handled on a case by case basis. Trust MG Law to put together a strong argument in your favour when proving a reasonable excuse.
Common slip and fall hazards include:
- Wet floors
- Icy or uneven sidewalks
- Poorly maintained staircases
- Poor lighting
- Trailing cables
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Have you suffered an Ottawa slip and fall accident?
What you do after a slip and fall accident impacts your ability to get fair compensation. By following these steps in order, you stand the best chance of protecting yourself and recovering fully.
At the scene:
- Inspect the scene to identify the cause of your slip or fall
- Take photographs of the scene with your smartphone
- Identify witnesses to verify your version of events
- Report the accident to a manager, owner, or landlord
Visit a doctor who will document your injuries
Write down your slip and fall experience, and keep it handy
Work with an Ottawa lawyer for slip and falls as soon as possible
What is a typical settlement for a slip and fall accident?
Slip and fall accident settlements vary depending on the intricacies of each case. However, time and time again, MG Law has made the difference for our clients. Click here to read how we recovered the slip and fall accident compensation that our clients deserved.
Important steps to take when injured
It’s important to remember that injuries can take some time to present themselves. If you’ve been in a bad accident, it’s important to take these steps regardless of how you feel, as it may take a few days or weeks for the full extent of your injuries to become apparent.
Police reports are a valuable part of any court proceeding, so ensuring that the police have all the information you have available will reflect positively on your case.
Need an Ottawa lawyer for slip and falls?
When you need an Ottawa lawyer for slip and falls, our experienced team is here to guide you. Our compassionate lawyers will keep you informed, support your needs and carry your case forward as efficiently as possible. For your convenience, our Ottawa slip and fall lawyers deliver legal advice in English, French, Greek, Mandarin, Russian, and all Arabic dialects to ensure you’re comfortable.
Helping people litigate their slip and fall case is what we do. Our professional team will listen to the finer details of your case. Side by side, we’ll handle your slip or fall claim within the correct timeframe, establish who is liable, and get the result you deserve.
Ontario slips and falls can happen any time. If you were involved in a slip and fall accident, and it wasn’t your fault, call MG Law at 613-730-8460 to get started today.
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