Fluctuating Temperatures Cause Ice to Form on Sidewalks and Lanes Leading to Slip and Fall Accidents

February 27, 2014, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

It seems this winter has been a long one with more snow and ice than we've had for many years. The ice accumulation poses a real risk for anyone who has to walk on it. Thousands of people every year are injured seriously when they lose their footing and slip and fall on sidewalks, driveways and walkways.  The owners of the businesses, homes and even municipalities where the accidents occur can be held liable for the injuries sustained.

In Ontario the law requires people to keep property “reasonably safe” for anyone visiting whether they are invited or not. When there is a storm it is reasonable to expect property owners to clear the path and make it safe. When there is an injury the onus is on the person injured to prove their case. An experienced personal injury lawyer is indispensable in these situations and can help you get compensation for your injury.

What can you do to prevent slipping and falling? Here are some ideas:

  • Always wear appropriate footwear in the winter designed for walking on snow and ice.
  • Shovel the snow off your lanes, sidewalk, and walkways.
  • Apply salt and sand when appropriate to melt ice and provide traction under foot.
  • If you own a commercial property consider hiring a contractor to manage your snow and ice removal in order to protect your employees, customers and yourself.
  • Ensure you are properly insured in the event of a claim.

 

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Slip and Fall Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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