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Looking for slip and fall injury lawyers in Ottawa? Anybody can suffer a slip and fall accident at any time. Often, slip and fall victims assume accidents occurred because of their own negligence. Self-guilt and embarrassment often result in no claims being made at all. However, in many cases, the result of someone else’s negligence is the cause of slip and fall injuries.
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 (or sent by registered mail) to the “occupier” or to the contractor employed by the occupier to remove snow or ice on the premises.
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”. The law has not come into force, and we are expecting an update from the Government of Ontario.
For all other slip and fall injury clams on private property, the limitation period for making a slip and fall claim is two years from the time of incident. Canadian business owners have an obligation to ensure their property is safe both inside and out. If you slip and fall on the premises of any business, you may have grounds for an injury lawsuit.
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.
When you need slip and fall injury lawyers in Ottawa, our expert team are 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 lawyers deliver legal advice on slip and fall accidents in English, French, Arabic (all dialects), and Russian to ensure you’re comfortable.
Helping people litigate their slip and fall case is what we do. Depend on our professional team who are highly skilled in listening to the finer details of your case. Side by side, we’ll ensure your slip or fall claim is handled within the correct timeframe, establish who is liable, and get the result you deserve.
1. Call the police and tell them everything
Police statements 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.