If you have slipped, tripped, or fallen on someone else’s property because of icy conditions, inadequate maintenance, poorly designed stairs, or other dangerous conditions, you may be entitled to compensation.
Everyone who owns, manages, or maintains property in Ontario has a legal duty to take all reasonable steps to keep the people who use the property safe and prevent a slip and fall.
Depending on the circumstances, this can include the owner, the tenant, or another person or company. This falls under a provincial law known as the Occupiers’ Liability Act. The bottom line is that when these people fail to live up to their responsibilities, they put you in danger.
When you sue after a slip or fall, generally you’re suing the insurer of the person or the company that occupied the property where you were hurt. Compensation includes damages for pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as future care costs and other financial losses, including loss of income.
Successful slip and fall cases typically involve icy conditions, wet conditions, poor or uneven flooring, poor lighting, raised ledges, failure to plow, salt, or sand a parking lot, potholes, dangerous stairs, or other dangerous or hidden hazards.
Everyone has a duty to mind their own safety and take reasonable steps to ensure that they are not injured. However, even if you are partially blamed for your own fall, you can still make a successful claim against the occupier of the property for their share of the responsibility.
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