West of Toronto, the city of Windsor is taking a proactive approach to avoiding slip and fall lawsuits by repairing and replacing sidewalks now – before they become an issue. In 2011, the city of just over 200,000 people was hit with a slew of lawsuits and paid just under $300K to fight them with insurance covering another $132K for the damages awarded.
The city is taking action where sidewalks sport cracks of over 2cm. Slip and fall lawsuits are the most common type faced by the city and it makes good financial sense to take this approach. In Ontario, if the municipality is at least partly to blame, an injured party can collect all the costs associated with the injury from city coffers.
It’s an Obligation
This kind of proactive step is one that many businesses could take to heart. It shouldn’t be simply a matter of forestalling future litigation – what the law recognizes is a duty and obligation on business owners as well as municipalities to protect the people who use their premises.
Slip and fall accidents can have long lasting consequences and no one should be taking an undue risk just by walking down the sidewalk or entering into a store. Slips, trips and falls can result in strains, soft tissue injuries and even broken bones, and most are preventable. As slip and fall lawyers we know that these types of injuries can also result in:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Chronic back pain
- Spinal stenosis
What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Injuries
If you have experienced a slip and fall accident, you need to keep two things in mind.
- The first one is to get prompt medical attention.
- The second thing you need to do is to contact a lawyer immediately.
Help with your Slip and Fall Claim
At Petrillo law, we work on behalf of injured people to get them the compensation they deserve. As experienced slip and fall lawyers, we understand the pain and uncertainty that comes with being injured. We have successfully recovered damages on behalf of hundreds of slip and fall victims throughout Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario. And we can help you too.