Injuries caused by a fall can be more traumatic than some people think. For help holding the liable party accountable for your injuries, reach out to an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer in Toronto.
In most cases, when the conditions of a property, whether public or private, are not safe for invited guests and someone suffers an injury, the owner of the property can be brought to justice, as they had an obligation to ensure that the property was safe before inviting friends, family, or patrons there. However, getting the property owner to pay can be significantly more challenging than you might think.
A highly trained Toronto slip-and-fall lawyer at Jasmine Daya & Co. may be able to assist you in bringing a personal injury claim against the property owner in question. After all, why should you get stuck covering the costs associated with your injuries when you weren’t to blame for your fall? The answer is simple: You shouldn’t.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act is the law that the province of Ontario follows in regard to slip-and-fall accidents and culpability for them. This law details when an occupier (i.e., a property or business owner) can be held accountable for the injuries a person sustains in a fall in their property.
If a property or business owner failed to uphold the duty of care, this can result in the occupier being found liable and an injury settlement being issued to the injury victim.
Under the Ontario slip-and-fall law, property owners, a.k.a. occupiers, have an obligation to ensure the safety of their property for invited guests. This applies to businesses and private residences, public places, and other types of property.
The duty of care covers a broad spectrum of behaviours that basically require the property owner to notify guests and patrons of hazards, make repairs when necessary, and to otherwise ensure their property is hazard free. Property owners are required to complete safety inspections regularly to accomplish this goal.
Of course, many occupiers fail to do so, which may be how you ended up on this page, searching for a slip-and-fall lawyer in Toronto to help you secure the compensation you need.
In hazardous conditions on a property of any kind, the property owner may be found liable for the injuries of their guests and/or patrons. However, property owners may be able to avoid being found culpable under very specific circumstances.
First, occupiers cannot be responsible for the injuries a person endures in a slip-and-fall if the injury victim was committing a crime on the property in question. A good example could be if someone was trying to break into your home and fell in the process.
A property owner also cannot be expected to repay a slip-and-fall victim who was trespassing on the occupier’s property. Individuals who willingly assume the risks in cases like these are not protected under the Ontario Occupiers’ Liability Act’s duty of care and therefore would not be good candidates for a slip-and-fall lawsuit.
If you have fallen on someone else’s property and are unsure whether to pursue a claim, you may want to take a moment and consider how your life has been influenced by the slip-and-fall. The type of injury you sustained, while relevant, is not going to determine whether you are entitled to compensation.
How impactful your injuries have been on your life, however, will. If your injuries have caused you tremendous physical pain or diminished your quality of life, or if you have endured substantial financial losses due to the accident, a Toronto premises liability lawyer may be able to help.
To get started with your free consultation, reach out to our office and learn more about the various financial and nonfinancial damages you may be able to recover should you make the decision to move forward with your lawsuit.
As can be seen, the premises liability laws in Toronto can be quite complex. But when you have a qualified Toronto slip-and-fall lawyer at Jasmine Daya & Co. by your side, you can breathe easier knowing a team of legal professionals is advocating for your civil rights.
When you are ready to come in for a free consultation, you can schedule it by filling out the quick contact form we have provided at the bottom of this page or giving our office a call at 416-967-9100.