A significant change is coming to the slip-and-fall regulations in Ontario.
If a person slips on ice or packed snow on private property, they may make an insurance claim to sue the owner for damages. This is central to receiving compensation for injury treatment and recovery, especially if the person has to take time off work. We have written about winter safety and about slip and falls before—please check these posts out.
Slip and Fall claims
The right of the injured person to make a claim is not changing. What is changing, however, is the amount of time the person has to make the claim. This is the time period within which you have to serve the property owner with written notice.
Previously, a claim could be made within 2 years of the slip-and-fall occurring on private property in Ontario. The new Bill 118 which will become law this year, states that the new period to make a slip-and-fall claim will be 60 days. If the slip-and-fall happened on public property, the claim has to be served within 10 days, up from the previous requirement of just 7 days.
This is a significantly shorter time period that demands you contact your lawyer and your medical clinic as soon as possible. As with any slip and fall injury, it is important to act fast. take care of your wellbeing first, and collect evidence where the slip and fall occurred.
What to do if you suffered a slip and fall
Stay warm, safe, and healthy!