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What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Ontario

At Goodman Elbassiouni LLP, our Toronto slip and fall lawyers have helped many clients throughout Ontario with their slip and fall claims. We always recommend contacting a slip and fall lawyer if you have sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident. Typically, individuals who have been injured in a slip and fall accident have up to two years to file a claim.  It’s also important to seek medical attention following your accident to ensure that your injuries are taken care of. We also recommend taking photos (if possible) of the premises you sustained injuries on. For example, if you tripped on a broken stairwell, try and gather a photo of the stairwell as soon as possible to ensure the evidence is documented. This will come in handy when filing your slip and fall claim.

Duty of Care

In Ontario, the Occupiers’ Liability Act (OLA) outlines the duty of care that is bestowed upon property owners for their patrons. Property owners (or occupiers) must take reasonable care to ensure the safety of visitors who frequent their premises. Some of the things that property owners are responsible for include but are not limited to:

  • Regular inspections of the property to ensure the premises are safe for patrons. This includes things like identifying hazards such as uneven floors and/or stairs, damaged railings and/or ensuring things like sidewalks and alleyways are maintained in the wintertime to prevent slipping hazards
  • Ensuring that repairs for deficiencies are conducted in a timely and prompt manner
  • Ensuring that equipment such as escalators, elevators and other equipment are well-maintained and functioning properly
  • Adequate lighting both indoors and outdoors so patrons can see potential hazards
  • Ensuring proper fencing and signage around swimming pools to prevent pool accidents
  • And more

If an occupier fails to meet their duty of care and someone ends up injured on the property due to unsafe condition(s), they may be held liable for damages. The injured party may seek compensation for things like medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other economic and non-economic losses based on the severity of the injuries.

Contact Goodman Elbassiouni LLP for a Free Consultation

If you have sustained injuries in slip and fall accident in Ontario, contact our law firm for a free consultation. Our head office is located in Toronto, Ontario and we also have another office in Markham, Ontario to help serve you better. Don’t delay consulting with a slip and fall lawyer as there are time limits when it comes to filing your claim. If you contact our law firm today, a member of our team will be pleased to speak with you.


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