Responsibilities of Property Owners in Ontario
In Ontario, the Occupier’s Liability Act mandates that property owners have a duty to ensure their premises are reasonably safe for guests and invitees. Part of their duty is to ensure their property is free of slip and fall hazards — poor lighting, slick surfaces, ice, debris, food spills, etc.
To recover compensation from a negligent property owner in Ottawa, you must be able to prove that they acted negligently and that their act or omission was the proximate cause of your injury. A successful claim can award you compensation for certain damages, including:
- Loss of past and future wages
- All medical expenses
- Costs of attendant care
- Pain and suffering
If you slip and fall on an ice or snow-covered surface, seek legal help immediately. Under Bill 118, passed in December 2020, anyone who slips and falls as a result of icy conditions only has 60 days from the date of injury to file a claim.
Slip and Fall Injuries at an Ontario School
Your child’s school has a duty to ensure its premises, and its occupants, including your child, are safe. Should your child suffer a slip and fall injury at a playground, school trip or gym class, you may have grounds to file a claim for compensation. And remember, since Ontario school boards carry liability insurance, the school’s education budget will not be affected by your child’s injury claim.