Get compensation for your slip and fall accident in Oshawa and Lindsay
If you slipped on a wet floor, ice-covered walkway or faulty staircase and were seriously injured, the lawyers at Kelly Greenway Bruce can help you get justice. Slip and fall accidents can result in a range of serious injuries, including bone fractures and brain injuries, resulting in life-altering consequences. After you've been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We have locations in Oshawa and Lindsay.
Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents
Under the Ontario’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, private property owners, including residential homeowners, are legally obligated to keep people reasonably safe from harm on their property. Failure to do so can result in individuals sustaining serious injuries for which the property owner is liable. Wet and uneven floors, poor lighting, cluttered and obstructed hallways and snow- or ice-covered entryways are the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents.
Negligence (fault) is pivotal and the first thing an injured party must establish in a personal injury cases. Establishing liability through negligence follows a specific sequence, starting with the idea of a duty of care, where individuals or entities are expected to act in a reasonable way to keep others safe. A breach of this duty — failing to meet the necessary standard of care — sets the groundwork for possible liability.
In the case of a slip and fall accident, for instance, if a property owner neglects to address a hazardous condition like a wet floor or icy walkway, and this negligence directly results in the slip and fall incident, you could have grounds to hold the property owner liable for your injuries.
Updated slip and fall regulations in Ontario
In January 2021, Ontario’s slip and fall regulations were updated. Previously, anyone injured in a slip and fall accident had two years from the date of the incident to serve the property owner, manager or landlord with a written notice of the accident. However, this grace period has been changed.
Under the new regulations, for a slip and fall on private property, you must now serve the owner with a written notice within 60 days of the incident. Additionally, if the incident took place on municipal property, you must now provide the city with written notice within 10 days.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
If you experience a slip and fall accident, it’s crucial to take the following six steps to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve:
Seek immediate medical attention to ensure your injuries are assessed and treated by a doctor or specialist. The medical reports and analyses can be used as evidence to build a strong case.
Report the incident to the property owner, manager or landlord. Ensure all details of the accident are recorded in writing and request a copy for your records.
Document everything, including the time, date and location of the incident, as well as how the injury occurred. Collect the names, addresses and phone numbers of any potential witnesses.
Take photos and/or videos of the exact location where the accident happened and the conditions that contributed to it. If there are security cameras, consider obtaining a copy of the footage.
Keep any clothing, shoes, and objects you were wearing or had on your person during the incident.
If the accident happened outside, print out a weather report for the week leading up to the accident as well as the day of the incident.
Having as much evidence as possible can help you prove that someone else is responsible for your injuries.
The Importance of Legal Representation
If you or a loved one sustained injuries as a result of being involved in a slip and fall accident, contact the team at Kelly Greenway Bruce as soon as possible. Slip and fall accidents can be difficult to prove.
Moreover, it's important to take prompt action when filing claims due to the time limit imposed by the statute of limitations and the new notice regulations. Our lawyers can expertly guide you through the complex legal process and make sure all deadlines are met and paperwork is completed. They’ll collect the information you need to build a strong case and clarify all the types of compensation you are entitled to.
Local slip and fall lawyer in Oshawa and Lindsay
If a property owner’s negligence caused you to suffer a slip and fall injury, you deserve adequate compensation. The knowledgeable lawyers at Kelly Greenway Bruce can analyze your case and determine what type of damages you may be able to recover. Plus, we don’t request retainers and won’t charge you any fees until we win your case. For a free case evaluation, contact us today at our Oshawa or Lindsay location.