Our Ottawa lawyers discuss slip and fall accident compensation and contributory negligence.

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Accident Scenario:

People slip and fall everyday . Depending on where you fall and the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.  Compensation for general damages from slip and fall accidents in Ontario can vary and accident victims can be compensated for injuries by receiving compensation for  pain and suffering, loss of income, home maintenance and housekeeping and various other health care expenses not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.

In Ontario, the law states that it is the responsibility of the store, business, or private property owner to ensure the safety of anyone who enters their property.

When determining who is responsible, accident victims are sometimes determined to be have contributed to the accident.   Contributory negligence means that you contributed to your injury by not properly looking out for your own safety such as not wearing the proper footwear, or perhaps not paying attention, among many other scenarios. If you are deemed to be partially responsible  you may still entitled to receive compensation; however, the amount of compensation may be reduced in accordance with the degree to which you contributed to the accident.

One day we received a call from a 65 year old single woman. “MJ”  was walking one evening to her car that was parked in a private drive way when suddenly she slipped on ice fracturing her ankle. To be clear, MJ had been invited to this property and was not trespassing.

Injuries Resulting From Accident:

MJ’s slip and fall accident resulted in some very serious injuries. Unfortunately she required a surgical procedure on her ankle. Her injuries also required rehabilitation. Thankfully, her surgery went well and her rehab therapy was very successful. Following her rehab she was able to get back to her regular activities but her range of motion was limited and pain still persisted. Our Ottawa injury lawyers knew  that we needed to get MJ maximum compensation for her slip and fall accident.

Compensation for Injury:

Thankfully  MJ’s injuries from her slip and fall accident healed. Our Ottawa injury lawyers wanted to ensure that should she suffer in the future, she would need some compensation for future rehabilitation needs, should she ever need it. Our Ottawa injury lawyers were able to negotiate a settlement at a private settlement conference in the amount of $41,000.00 for future potential medical needs.

*Please note: Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.


Slip and Fall accident on City of Ottawa property ?

Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth..  Ottawa has seen it’s fair share of change in the weather lately.  Last week, we received dozens of phone calls related to slip and fall accidents on either private property or public property. Many streets in Ottawa were like skating rinks last week.  Not only the roads were slippery, but the sidewalks were also a hazard for pedestrians.

CBC News reported that the City of Ottawa has approximately  2,000 kms of sidewalks and that pedestrians are filing personal injury lawsuits against the city as a result of a slip and fall accident on city of Ottawa property.  With all of the flash freezing, snow and rain Ottawa has received lately, the conditions have become very hazardous. Despite the City of Ottawa having plowed the and sanded all city of Ottawa sidewalks 4 times already, people are still slipping and falling on city property and becoming injured.   According to the article on CBC news, in Ottawa this season, from Nov. 15 to Jan. 9,  3 people have filed lawsuits against the city of Ottawa  for a slip and fall accident on sidewalks. Last winter, a total of  39 people filed related personal injury lawsuits.

What can you do as a property owner?

Like the City of Ottawa, if you own a property, you are responsible for maintaining your property and making sure it is as safe as possible. This means everything from clearing snow, to ensuring stair handrails are secure.  Essentially, a property owner is responsible for ensuring that their property is as reasonable safe as possible. If someone injures themselves on your property, you may be liable.  What this means is that you will likely need to make an insurance claim and that the claim will go through your insurance company.

Slip and Fall accidents on City of Ottawa property

If you have had an accident on City of Ottawa property and have suffered an injury, it is important that you know your rights and what you need to do.  Of the approximately 2000 claims made against the City of Ottawa each year, the City, on average  pays  compensation for approximately 25% of  claims. That leaves 75% of the claims being denied compensation.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you fight this denial and can make sure your claim is not denied in the first place. The City of Ottawa also has specific timelines that need to be adhered to . It is best that you consult with a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer and have all your options reviewed and questions answered when it comes to your Ottawa slip and fall accident.

 


Ottawa Lawyer : What is Ontario slip and fall compensation ?

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… 

Ontario, Ottawa Pedestrian Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth. David has a lot of experience with individuals who have sustained slip and fall injuries while in a store and have slipped and fell from either poor maintenance of the floor itself (elevated or cracked), or it is slippery from a spill of a liquid of some sort. Putting a sign saying the floor is wet is simply not enough to prevent a serious injury, ensuring the floor is dry will prevent the injury. The same goes for a damaged floor. If a floor is wet or damaged it should be fixed immediately. That is the responsibility of the store. If you suffer a serious injury, there is compensation available to you and that is where the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help.

What Can You Do if you slip or fall in a store and suffer a serious injury?

If you are shopping and see something that appears unsafe within a store, do your part and tell an employee or a manager. If we all do our part we can prevent Ottawa slip and fall injuries.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth’s Experience

David has had many clients who have been unfortunate enough to slip and fall within a store and have experienced severe, neck, back, leg, arm, spine, and head injuries. These injuries take quite a toll on an individual’s life, preventing them from working, taking care of their loved ones, and enjoying life in general. David has helped various individuals get through their injuries and receive the compensation they deserve.

If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca


Ottawa slip and fall accident ? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth-questions..

Ottawa Ontario slip and fall lawyer David Hollingsworth explains the dangers and factors involved in a slip and fall accident in Ontario.

With respect to compensation, a slip and fall victim’s eligibility will vary depending on the circumstances of the injury but overall, the fall accident will be similar to all Ontario personal injury claims. Namely, this means that your recovery may account for medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and your potential for future medical expenses.
You are generally advised to visit a top Ottawa slip and fall lawyer such as David Hollingsworth as soon as possible after your injury to avoid limitations periods and the chance to secure and protect your interests. Similarly, you are advised to meet with a lawyer before meeting with an insurance adjuster, who may wish to settle quickly and for less than you deserve. Such adjuster’s attempt to establish if there was an injury, your role if any in the injury, and any prospective settlement that could be procured, often immediately. Questions from such adjusters can be very specific and it is best to speak with a lawyer such as David Hollingsworth to protect and safeguard your interests before signing any document. You do not want to lose out on what you deserve.

The responsibility for the injury can depend on the situation of your fall, and the idea of a “hazardous condition”, which relates to the situational potential for personal injury. Hazardous conditions can be temporary (such as the integrity of an easement or ice on a sidewalk), or permanent (property owners are held liable for permanent conditions since they are expected to have knowledge about their nature). The nature of your injury and the context of the slip and fall will determine who is responsible, whether it may be a property owner, a commercial enterprise, or some other individual. The key is to visit someone who is competent and experienced in dealing with such matters, as soon as possible so that valuable evidence is not lost and your position is secured to advance your claims so that you may receive the maximum possible compensation and support for your injury.

People claim slip and fall accident injury compensation each week. If you suffer from a personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, you need compensation and you owe it to yourself to see just how much you might be entitled to receive. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for a free consultation or call 613-978-9549. Ottawa slip and fall accident personal injury lawyers, David Hollingsworth