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What Should I Do If I Slip On Ice?

Any personal injury lawyer would prefer that people take precautions to be careful during inclement weather, but sometimes things happen. Ice is something that people in the Province of Ontario deal with for almost half of the year. There are several dangerous situations created by ice, which include:

· Icy sidewalks

· Icy roads

· Icy stairways

· Ice falling from the overhangs of buildings

· Ice on vehicle windshields

What about icy conditions that cause slip and fall accidents? Is it always necessary to contact slip and fall accident lawyers when these things happen? Many people are of the opinion that ice happens and no one is liable if there is a slip and fall accident. But when you consider the consequences of these accidents, you can start to appreciate why it is in your best interest to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible.

Some of the more immediate consequences of slipping and falling on ice include:

· Costs accrued from emergency medical treatment

· Costs accrued from ongoing medical treatment

· The cost of any medical equipment required to help the victim to get around

· The cost of having a home cleaned while the victim is unable to clean the house himself or herself

· Lost wages due to a fall that causes time missed from work

The best catastrophic injury lawyers will tell you that it is always worth investigating a slip and fall accident to see if liability exists. Most people do not realize that there is responsibility delegated by Ontario law for clearing ice and making walkways and roads safe for people to use. Each situation has its own set of guidelines and limitations, but these rules are put in place for two reasons.

The first reason is to make sure that the people of Ontario can go about their business in the winter months and not have to worry about icy conditions. When ice occurs in the winter, commercial property owners, residential property owners and municipalities all have responsibility in clearing the ice away. If that is not done, then Ontario becomes a dangerous place.

The second reason for these guidelines is to apply blame if someone does get hurt. These laws were not created as traps for businesses, homeowners and municipalities. They were created to serve the public. The people who do not follow those rules are liable if a member of the public is injured. That is why it is so important that you contact a personal injury lawyer if you are ever involved in an icy slip and fall accident.

One slip on a patch of ice could change your life forever. If you are put in a situation where you need financial assistance to live a normal life, then that money has to come from somewhere. A good personal injury lawyer will help you to apply responsibility for your injuries and help you to claim the assistance that is rightfully yours.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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