The Danger of the Freeze-Thaw Cycle for Ontario Pedestrians

The Danger of the Freeze-Thaw Cycle for Ontario Pedestrians

Winter presents a unique challenge for pedestrians with the perilous freeze-thaw cycles that often make sidewalks and paths treacherously slippery. These cycles occur when the temperature fluctuates around the freezing point, causing snow and ice to melt during the day and refreeze at night, creating a slick, invisible layer of ice known as “black ice.” This phenomenon significantly increases the risk of slips and falls, which can lead to serious injuries such as fractures, concussions, or even more severe long-term complications.

The danger of freeze-thaw cycles is not always visible, making it crucial for pedestrians to exercise extreme caution during the winter months. Wearing proper footwear with good traction, using designated pathways, and being mindful of the weather conditions can help mitigate these risks. However, accidents can still happen despite all precautions.

If you find yourself injured due to a slip on icy sidewalks or paths, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention to properly assess and treat your injuries.

Get Legal Advice Quickly—There is a short time limit to give legal notice

Consulting with the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth can provide you with guidance on your rights and any potential compensation. Property owners and municipalities have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their pathways, and a legal expert can help determine if negligence played a role in your accident. Remember, your health and safety are paramount, and seeking both medical and legal advice is a prudent step towards recovery and safeguarding your interests.

In Ontario there are VERY short timelines for giving notice, ranging from 7 to 60 days depending on who owns the land where you fell.  Let us help you make that deadline and preserve your claim.

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About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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