With colder conditions, slips and falls are a common consequence of winter weather. As a result, you could be entitled to a large settlement amount in a slip and fall case. Demonstrating a slip and fall negligence claim can be challenging. However, there are benefits to resolving a claim with a negligent party. Before you seek a settlement, there are certain requirements you must meet to get the most out of your claim:
- How You Fell: To begin, you need to show with good evidence that someone’s negligence caused you to fall and suffer an injury. For example, you will not have a case if you were walking through an office tower lobby that was visibly being mopped and in which signs were posted. Yet, you may have a legitimate claim if you slipped on a puddle within that lobby that had not been cleaned for a significant period of time.
- Where You Fell: Depending on where a fall occurred, you may be using a property manager, building/homeowner, or municipality. You may have to also sue maintenance firms or contractors who were responsible for the maintenance of the property.
Slip and Fall Settlement Average Amounts in Ontario
A settlement could help you obtain a higher amount of compensation while circumventing costly litigation fees in the event your claim went to trial. Frequently, slips and falls can have a devastating effect on a person’s life through expensive medical bills, lost wages/earning capacity, and rehabilitation.
Contrary to popular belief, in Canada, you can only be remunerated up to a maximum of approximately $360,000 for pain and suffering compensation resulting from a slip and fall accident, inflation-adjusted. Additionally, your family can be compensated if your injury forces you to take time and money away from your family.
If you slip and fall, make sure to do the following right away:
- Gather evidence. Though you have two years to file a slip and fall claim, you only have ten days to notify a municipality if you slip and fall on a city sidewalk. Thus, it is essential to preserve any evidence from an accident site, including photographs, what you slipped on, footwear/clothing from the day of the accident, and documented lost wages or medical bills related to the fall.
- Seek proper legal representation. Contact Juzkiw Law, who can have your claim filed within the required time limits. This is very important. Once again, you have two years after an accident to start a lawsuit. We are well-trained personal injury lawyers who can review your evidence, contact property owners, and negotiate the best terms of a settlement to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
To find out if a settlement is your best option after a slip and fall, call Juzkiw Law and speak to one of our legal representatives today.