In Ontario, municipal sidewalks are subject to minimum maintenance standards that are designed to ensure their safety and accessibility for all users. One important aspect of these standards pertains to vertical discontinuities, or changes in height between different sections of the sidewalk. Ontario law sets the minimum standards for the maintenance of vertical discontinuities on municipal sidewalks. These standards are designed to ensure that all sidewalks are safe, accessible, and in good repair.
According to the regulation, vertical discontinuities on municipal sidewalks must not exceed a height of 2.5 cm. If a vertical discontinuity exceeds this height, it must be repaired or modified to meet this standard. In order to ensure compliance with these standards, municipalities are required to regularly inspect their sidewalks and address any deficiencies that are identified. If a vertical discontinuity is identified, the municipality must take the necessary steps to repair or modify it so that it meets the minimum standards.
It is important to note that vertical discontinuities can pose a serious hazard to pedestrians, especially those with mobility impairments. They can cause trips and falls, resulting in serious injuries and costly medical bills.
In addition to the minimum standards, municipalities also have a legal duty to keep their sidewalks in a reasonable state of repair. This means that they must take reasonable steps to identify and repair hazards, including vertical discontinuities.
If you have been injured in a trip and fall accident on a municipal sidewalk due to a vertical discontinuity, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.
The minimum maintenance standards for vertical discontinuities on municipal sidewalks in Ontario are designed to ensure the safety and accessibility of sidewalks for all users. If you have been involved in a trip and fall accident, it is important to seek the guidance of a personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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