Now that winter weather has arrived in Ontario, property owners must act reasonably to remove ice and snow from their premises. If left untreated, snow will often become packed down by traffic and become icy and slippery. When property owners fail to maintain their premises, they can be held liable if somebody is injured as a result of a slip and fall accident on ice or snow. The consequences of a slip and fall accident can be significant. Although some people only experience bumps or bruises from a slip and fall, there are slip and fall accidents that result in serious, and sometimes, life-threatening injuries. Common injuries include fractures to ankles, wrists, elbows, shoulders and spine. Head injuries, including concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, can occur with a sudden and hard fall from a slip and fall accident. In some cases, a slip and fall accident can result in death. It is the responsibility of every homeowner, commercial property owner, and municipality to take steps to remove snow and ice from their property.
Time is Not on Your Side Following a Slip and Fall Injury
Because conditions change quickly, there are strict notice requirements following a slip and fall accident caused by ice or snow. In Ontario, an injured person must give notice to the property owner in order to preserve their right to advance a claim. These notice periods are short. Where the fall occurs on municipal property, the notice must be provided within as little as 10 days. For slip and fall accidents that occur on private property, the notice must be provided within 60 days after the occurrence of the injury. The notice must be delivered by personal service or certified mail and must include the date, time and location of the slip and fall accident. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident because of ice or snow, you should consult a lawyer immediately. Even if unsure whether you want to commence a claim, you should ask a personal injury lawyer to provide the notice so that your rights are preserved.
Our law firm offers free consultations to those injured in a slip and fall accident. If it is a case that we can assist with, we will usually be able to provide notice and preserve your rights. This will allow you to take the time to recover from your injuries without the worry of having lost your right to pursue a claim should you later decide to go forward.
Free Consultation with Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, contact Iacobelli Law Firm to speak with a Ontario personal injury lawyer. We offer free consultations to prospective clients and No Win - No Fee retainers.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada and Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death in Canada and the United States. Andrew is a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, having achieved settlements or awards of One Million Dollars or more for his clients. Andrew is the author of "Are You a Canadian Injured in the United States? Claim the Damages and Insurance Coverage the Right Way".
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