Ottawa Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall, you may be entitled to compensation. Ontario law requires that property owners and occupiers keep their premises safe for visitors and they may be responsible for injuries if they do not.
At SG Injury Law, our Ottawa slip and fall lawyers can help with your case. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Why Choose SG Injury Law?
Your Ottawa injury lawyer will help build your case, gathering the evidence and information which is needed to prove that the owner or occupier of the property failed to comply with their responsibilities. He or she will also work to prove the extent of your injuries and how these injuries have caused damages such as income loss, loss of ability to complete activities of daily life, and pain and suffering.
Sean Giovannetti is an experienced Ottawa slip and fall lawyer. While he only represents injury victims today, in the early part of his career, Sean acted for insurance companies, defending slip and fall claims. This experience has provided him with valuable insight which he will use to your advantage today, advancing your claim.
Establishing Liability in Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Claims
Slip and fall injuries are a common occurrence in Ottawa and across Eastern Ontario, particularly during the winter. Many victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can result in severe levels of impairment.
In Ontario, the obligations of a property owner are governed by the Occupiers’ Liability law. This law requires owners and occupiers of property to take care that people entering their property are reasonably safe.
Under this law: A premises can have more than one occupier at one time and “occupier” includes:
- a person who is in physical possession of premises
- a person who has responsibility for and control over the condition of premises or the activities there carried on, or control over persons allowed to enter the premises
An occupier must take reasonable steps to keep their property free of hazards, whether the danger is caused by the condition of the premises or by an activity that is carried on. If you were injured as a result of a dangerous condition on a property, such as a business or parking garage, the owner or occupier may be liable for the injuries you have incurred.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Ottawa
While slip and fall incidents have a reputation for being minor, the truth is that they can cause very serious injuries. A fall can cause severe head or brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken bones, ligament damage, and many other injuries.
Some of the more common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Improper warning signs
- Poorly lit stairwells
- Inadequate security
- Improper maintenance
- Uneven walkways
- Failure to salt icy sidewalks
- Unsafe ladders and stairs
- Improper footwear
- Parking lot potholes or cracks
- Loose floorboards
- Cluttered floors
- Torn carpeting
These are only a few of the more common causes of slip and fall accidents in Ottawa. If you have been injured in another type of slip and fall accident that was not listed above, you may still have the right to financial compensation.
It is important to contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer in Ottawa to determine whether you are entitled to damages for the negligence of a property or business owner.
Ottawa Property Owner Liability Exclusions
It should be noted that the Occupiers’ Liability Law only requires property owners to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for their invited guests and patrons. This means individuals who suffered injuries while committing a crime or trespassing may not have the right to compensation from the property owner.
Furthermore, in instances where the hazard in question may have been considered obvious to any other reasonable person, you may have a more difficult time proving that the property owner was negligent.
For example, if you slipped on a wet floor at a restaurant caused by a spilled beverage, but the restaurant placed a wet floor sign near the hazard, it is unlikely that you could recover compensation for your damages. This is because the restaurant took steps to warn guests and patrons of the dangerous conditions at that location.
Ontario’s Negligence Act states that sharing fault for your slip and fall accident injuries, or any other type of personal injury, does not prohibit you from recovering compensation. If you share responsibility for the injuries you sustain, your injury settlement will be reduced proportionally to your percentage of fault.
For example, if you slipped and fell due to uneven pavement, but the judge found your footwear to be inadequate for the snowy weather conditions, they might find you to be 20% liable for your injuries. Here, you could then expect your slip and fall accident settlement to be reduced by 20% to account for your portion of fault.
Ontario Limitations Period for Ottawa Slip and Fall Accidents
Under Ontario‘s Limitations Act, the general limitation period for personal injury and slip and fall accident claims is typically two years. However, while this deadline may seem straightforward, there are many factors that could impact the limitations period for your slip and fall accident claim.
In some cases, the statutory window to file a claim may be longer or shorter depending upon the facts of your case.
Accident victims should also be aware that a person who intends to bring an action for personal injury caused by snow or ice must serve written notice of this claim (by registered mail) on the Occupier and/or the independent maintenance contractor employed by the Occupier at the time of the Incident, within 60 days of the incident, subject to a few exceptions.
You can get the specific answers and clarity you are looking for, and avoid the fall out of the general limitations period expiring in your case, by getting a dedicated Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer to advocate for your right to maximum compensation.
Damages Slip and Fall Accident Victims Can Recover
When a property owner’s negligence causes you significant injury or damages, you have the right to be repaid for every loss. There are various pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages you may be entitled to recover as part of your slip and fall accident claim.
Pecuniary damages describe your financial losses, while non-pecuniary damages encompass every other way your life has been affected by your injuries. Some of the more common types of slip and fall accident damages you could recover in your claim include:
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Hospital expenses and ongoing medical costs
- Loss of household services
- Loss of love and companionship
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Physical pain and suffering
- Skin scarring
It is more common than you might think for slip and fall accident victims to be surprised at how much their claims are worth. Find out how much you could be entitled to when you contact our office to discuss your injuries further.
Contact Our Ottawa Slip & Fall Injury Lawyers
When a property owner fails to uphold their duty of care, and you suffer critical injuries as a result of their negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Meet with a dedicated Ottawa slip and fall lawyer at SG Injury Law to find out how to move forward with your claims.
Our firm is proud to offer free, no-obligation consultations to slip and fall injury victims across Ottawa and nearby cities. Take advantage of this opportunity when you fill out our online contact form or call our office at (613) 518-2416.