Windsor Premises Liability Lawyers
Premises generally refers to land and structures (buildings, houses, etc.) and can also include water, ships, trailers and other portable structures, as well as non-operational trains, railway cars, vehicles, and aircraft.
Serious accidents can happen anywhere. If you have been injured on someone’s property you may have a premises liability claim against the owner or occupier of that property. But determining who is at fault and who should be liable for your injuries can be difficult in these types of cases. More than one person or party may be liable. Our Windsor personal injury lawyers will help you determine the responsible parties and the best course of action to receive maximum compensation.
Unsafe Conditions (Improper/Negligent Maintenance)
Municipalities have a duty to keep roadways and sidewalks safe for people to use. But as most drivers will know, roads can quickly fall into disrepair. Uneven surfaces, potholes, and other unsafe conditions can cause serious accidents. Sometimes the design of the road is inherently dangerous, or the warning signs are either inadequate or insufficient for the condition of the road.
Negligent Snow, Ice or Water Removal
Owners and occupiers also have a duty to keep streets and sidewalks (and other areas where people might be walking) free of snow, ice and water. They are not held to a standard of perfection, but they must take reasonable steps to ensure that these potential dangers are cleared in a reasonable amount of time.
Environmental hazards can exist in ways you may never even think of. Hazardous substances can result in illness, organ failure, permanent injury, and lifelong health problems, which is why they are strictly regulated. Here are some other environmental hazards that can cause personal injury:
- Contamination of food, water, and air from fumes or gasses
- Improper waste removal, inefficient venting, leaks in pipes and ventilation shafts
- Use of environmental chemicals such as lawn care products and insect repellents
- Lack of cleanliness or maintenance leading to mold
- Insect infestation – bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas etc.
- Pet hoarders – if you are living next door to someone harboring an excess of animals resulting in feces, urine, disease, and feral population explosions that affect your life or property
Hazardous substances can be found in fumes and gases in the air or contamination in food or water. This can be the result of improper waste removal, inefficient venting of noxious fumes, or leaks in pipes and ventilation shafts. Use of environmental chemicals such as lawn care products and insect repellents is strictly regulated due to their potential for causing illness and permanent injury.
Structural Design Flaws
Structural design flaws can include building defects, architectural flaws, negligent design, engineering failures, dry rot, and water damage. Companies and individuals responsible for the construction and design of buildings have a duty to ensure that structures they build are up to code and are safe for occupants and visitors to use.
Many preventable accidents occur in Ontario’s cottage country. Cottage accidents can be caused by many different factors, from careless or reckless behavior to negligent maintenance. Like other property owners, cottage owners and occupiers have a duty to ensure that visitors and guests are reasonably safe from injuries while on their property.
Our team at Curran Law Firm will meet with you to discuss the circumstances of your cottage accident to determine if you have a claim for damages arising out of the injuries you sustained.