Ottawa Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
We help people who may have slipped or fallen on another party’s property to get total compensation for their injuries and suffering. Generally, people pay little attention to the risk of falls and slips until it happens to them or their loved ones. Did you know that the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps every day, representing the risk for potential slip and fall accidents? You have legal rights if you happen to get involved in a slip and fall accident in Ottawa and Ontario as a whole.
Slip and Fall injuries
Property owners in Ontario are required under law to provide a safe environment free from dangerous conditions. Every business’s responsibility is to provide its clients with a clean and safe environment and eliminate hazards. Property owners are held financially responsible for slip and fall accidents on their premises under Occupier Liability Law in Ontario.
Slip and fall accidents are a severe cause of injuries in workplaces and non-occupational environments. Slips and falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. Some of the injuries from slips and falls can have disastrous consequences for the human body.
We have vast experience working with clients suffering these common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents::
Severe fractures and broken bones are the most common injuries caused by a slip or fall, accounting for 87% of fractures for people aged 65 years and over. We have worked with clients with shoulder trauma, knee/patella fractures, hip fractures, tibial plateau fractures, wrist fractures, and ankle fractures. Bimalleolar or trimalleolar fractures of the ankle refer to three-part ankle fractures that involve the medial malleolus, posterior aspect of the tibial plafond, and lateral malleolus. It is the most unstable type of fracture that also involves the ligaments.
Other common fractures include:
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Spinal cord injuries –
In the US and Canada, the incidence of traumatic spinal cord injuries due to slips and falls has increased significantly in the past four decades. Falls alone contribute 31% of all traumatic spinal cord injuries. Tripping, slipping, and stumbling are the common causes of spinal injuries, followed closely by falls from roofs, stairs, steps, and ladders. Slipping is the most significant cause of falls for people over 61 years.
Torn Ligaments and Tendons –
The direct trauma of slips and falls may cause rupturing of tendons. Commonly occurring tendon and ligament damage are Achilles tendon injury, bicep tendon tears and rupture, quadriceps tendon rupture, and rotator cuff tendon injury.
Ligament tears will happen when a ligament in particular joints tears away from the bone. Ligament damage and tears occur with knee and ankle ligaments. Trips and falls are the primary cause of torn ligaments.
Brain Injuries (TBI) –
Slips and falls are common causes of head trauma and traumatic brain injury, with the most significant risk among older adults. Brain injuries are a prominent cause of death and disability in Canada. Serious brain injury is associated with bleeding in the brain, seizures, forgetfulness, confusion, disorientation, speech impediments, blurred vision, mood swings, behaviour changes, word-finding challenges, and distractibility problems.
Data from NBIA.ca reveals that Canada’s annual occurrence of traumatic brain injuries is 44 times greater than spinal cord injury and 30 times greater than breast cancer. In Canada, 500 out of 100,000 people suffer traumatic brain injury annually. Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for people under 40 years in Canada. Both kids and youth suffer up to 30% of traumatic brain injuries. These injuries are a significant cause of death and disability among children.
If you or a loved one suffers serious injuries due to a slip or fall accident, contact the slip and fall lawyers at Ottawa Personal Injury for a free consultation and to know what your rights are.
What are the causes of slip and fall accidents?
Ottawa Personal Injury has represented slip and fall accident victims over the last 15 years. Our areas of specialization include representing people who have suffered severe injuries due to trip and fall hazards such as:
Grocery store sprinklers
Customers squishing water out of commercial entrance mats
Customers trampling snow and water in a store
Uneven trip ledges
Injuries caused in parking lots
Potholes frozen over
potholes frozen over with “snow dusting”
Trip and falls in apartment complexes
Unexpected elevation changes
Surface cracks or gaps
Uncovered cables or cords – among other causes
What is the statute of limitation for slip and fall cases?
In Ontario, the limitation to sue for slip and fall accidents is two years unless you have slipped and fallen on ice or snow. Ensure that you have contacted a slip and fall lawyer to make sure that the property owners are on notice within 60 days.
Call Ottawa Personal Injury today for representation by our skilled slip and fall lawyers.
We have extensive experience representing victims and litigating slip and fall cases here in Ontario. You may have the right to file a personal injury claim if you have suffered a slip and fall accident on someone’s else property, including your neighbour’s driveway, airport, roadway, parking lot, or any other property.
We understand how to deal with slip and fall injuries and, better yet, how to recover compensation from insurance companies. Getting compensation from insurance companies is complex, confusing, and exasperating for victims and their families. Ottawa Personal Injury understands that you may never have dealt with a lawyer before.
Trust our slip and fall lawyers to make your case easier. Ottawa Personal Injury has a comprehensive approach to slip and fall cases. We thoroughly discuss your rights and legal options, encourage inquiries, and keep all matters confidential. The initial consultation is free, personal, and carries no obligation.
We are flexible and can arrange the consultation at a convenient time for you and your family. We will be happy to answer all your questions. Contact us to book a slot for the initial consultation. Please fill in the contact form or call us 24/7 at (613) 518-3873