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Slip and Fall..6 Things You Should Know

  • March 4, 2016
  • by WILL DAVIDSON LLP

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If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury after  a slip and fall, you may be entitled to compensation if your injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence.

The occupier / owner of a premise has a duty to ensure that people are reasonably safe while on their premise. This may include ensuring the premise is free from ice and snow, and ensuring the premise is safe, free from any hazards .

If you have questions regarding your slip and fall injury, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer as quickly as possible to discuss your rights, and any obligations you may have as a Plaintiff.

How do I know if I have a strong case?

Each case is unique in that it will have its own specific strengths and challenges. It is important to consult with an experienced lawyer who can advise you of the strengths of your case and highlight any potential issues that may need to be addressed.

How long will my case take to resolve?

A number of factors can affect how long it would take a specific case to resolve. These include the complexity of the issues, the number of parties involved in the litigation and the expectations of both parties.

Generally speaking, a standard slip and fall case could resolve within 3 years or less.

How much will it cost me to hire a lawyer?

The lawyers at WILL DAIVDSON LLP will take your slip and fall case on a contingency fee arrangement, meaning no money is paid up front and we will never send you a bill. We only get paid at the end of your lawsuit, if we are successful in recovering money for you.

What sort of compensation could I expect after my slip and fall?

There are various types of compensation available, depending on your particular circumstance. You will likely be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, but you also may be entitled to compensation for your past or future income loss, any out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of your injuries, and any costs you will likely need to incur in the future for your personal care or housekeeping duties.

An experienced lawyer will be able to assess your case and determine what types of compensation you will be entitled to, and accurately asses the value of your claim.

Are there deadlines I need to be aware of for starting a lawsuit?

Generally speaking, you have two years to commence litigation from the date of your slip and fall.

It is critical to know however, that if you slipped and fell on property municipally owned, which includes a sidewalk or roadway, you must notify that municipality of your intention to commence litigation within 10 days of your slip and fall accident. If you fail to do this, you may be prohibited from seeking compensation from them for your injuries.

How do I know who to hire?

When deciding who to hire as your slip and fall lawyer, you should make sure that lawyer has experience with these types of cases. A face to face meeting with your lawyer should also take place so you can feel comfortable with them and feel assured that you are hiring someone who can competently and effectively advocate on your behalf.

WILL DAVIDSON LLP has over 90 years of experience in assisting victims who have been injured in slip and fall accidents. We are a team of 20 lawyers, with 9 locations across southern Ontario. Our offices are located in Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, Huntsville, Orillia, Midland, Lindsay, Markham, Whitby  Contact WILL DAVIDSON LLP for your free and confidential consultation to discuss how we may be able to assist you.

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