In Ontario or in any municipality, someone that has fallen on public property can expect to win a lawsuit, if the fall resulted from failed attention to an obvious safety issue. The fall victim’s case becomes even stronger, if the person that owns or oversees the property has not taken the time to put up a warning sign.
Still, no fall victim can expect to recover any losses, if he or she has exceeded the statute of limitations. In Ontario that means that a filed claim must be submitted to the court no more than 10 days after the incident took place. In other words, the court will not recognize a claim that has exceeded the statute of limitations (10 days).
Circumstances that highlight the extent to which responsibility for any fall-related injuries falls on the municipality:
Fall occurred on a level sidewalk, one on which ice or snow had been allowed to sit for at least 3 days. If well-maintained, a level sidewalk should not pose a danger to those that use it. Ice and snow remain on a heavily-traveled path for an extended period of time. Ontario’s authorities have not recorded the exact length of time that ice and snow must remain on a heavily-traveled path, before the municipality can be held liable for any accidents caused by that same icy patch.
The city knew about the icy patch and was slow to act. A municipality should act as soon as it becomes aware of the threat posed by some dangerous location within the municipality’s borders. The city has not yet laid down a policy, regarding how that same municipality should be handling any icy patch on one of the municipality’s sidewalks. If a city responds quickly to word that such a dangerous spot exists, then the court will not issue a charge of liability, one that is based on the municipality’s seeming responsibility for an accident. The plaintiff can benefit by having a good Personal Injury Lawyer in Oakville to represent him or her.
What sorts of conditions can cause a slip and fall incident?
• Failure of municipal workers to clear away a patch of ice or snow, one that has formed in a city parking lot or on a sidewalk.
• Slippery floors in a restaurant or a retail store
• Poor lighting in a public space
• Missing handrails on a staircase, that would include an outdoor staircase.
• Holes or gaps in flooring; also, any protrusion, such as a nail sticking out of a wooden floor.
A sudden change in a floor’s elevation that is not noticeable: placement near that spot of someone that that calls attention to the altered elevation represents an effort to make the change noticeable. That effort ought to be initiated just as soon as possible, once that dangerous location has been identified.