Time and Liability Limits According to an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer
Suing a negligent party for damages is typically a very cut-and-dry thing when fault is clear and evident. When you have a slip or fall on a poorly-maintained property-and there is no reasonable excuse for the lack of maintenance-the occupier of the property can be held liable, and would be the defendant in your suit. After consulting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, you would take legal action against said occupier and, under the best circumstances, be compensated for your damages. So what happens if you are severely injured on poorly maintained public property? This property has no "occupier" as such, and therefore your defendant is not a single person. Instead, it's a governing body-the municipality. Guidelines for determining fault and taking action in such a case are outlined in Ontario's Municipal Act, 2001.