Injuries on Private Property

Getting injured on someone else’s property, whether that be their own home or a business establishment, could mean that you are entitled to damages. People should have a reasonable expectation of not getting hurt on another’s property but when it happens – we’re here to help.

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    What is private property?

    Who is legally responsible if you are injured on someone else’s property?

    The Occupiers’ Liability Act outlines a property owner’s duty of care in Ontario. The occupier of a property in the province is legally required to keep anyone coming on the property reasonably safe from hazards while they are on the property.  If they fail to do so, property occupiers/owners can be held liable for injuries that occur.

    What is negligence when it comes to maintaining property?

    An owner of private property can do a number of things that make them liable for any injuries. Neglecting to do anything within a reasonable amount of time that can make the property safe for anyone coming on the property is one.  This can include failing to clean up a spill, failing to salt outdoor areas and / or removing ice or snow, not maintaining walkways or infrastructure, not inspecting the premises for hazards, or failing to put up a sign warning anyone about any known or potential hazards.

    The lawyers at Harris Law are experienced with occupier’s liability claims

    If you have suffered a serious injury in a an accident on private property, contact our office in Kitchener-Waterloo for more information.