Occupier’s Liability Personal Injury Lawyers

Broadly speaking, occupier’s liability means that those in possession of property are responsible for injuries that occur there. Significantly, this remains true whether the injuries were caused by the poor condition of the property, or by activities taking place upon the property itself. In Ontario, this rule has been codified by the Occupier’s Liability Act, which provides:

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“An occupier of premises owes a duty to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable to see that persons entering on the premises, and the property brought on the premises by those persons are reasonably safe while on the premises.”
R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER O.2, 3.(1)

Many Occupier’s Liability cases involve falls, which often occur at stores, malls, supermarkets or on sidewalks, roads. However, the Courts have been willing to impose liability under this statute for a wide variety of injuries, ranging from those sustained constructing building improvements, to allowing a problem gambler into a casino to sexual assault.

For Government PropertyIf your injury happened on city or government of Ontario property, it is important to provide the government with notice within 10 days of the incident, or otherwise as soon as possible thereafter.  I am happy to provide this notice for you.  For municipal property, written notice should be provided to the clerk’s office.  For provincial property, the notification should be provided to the Ontario Attorney General.  Keep a copy of any notice letters sent along with proof of mailing (i.e. return receipt).

Call 647-495-8995 if you or a loved one was injured on someone else’s property. Our Toronto and Hamilton injury lawyers can provide a free, confidential assessment of your case. For close to ten years, Michael Lesage has been helping the injured get the compensation that they deserve.

Remember, there are no fees unless we win or settle your Occupier’s Liability case.

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