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SLIP AND FALL

Remember to contact us immediately following your accident, as there is often a limited amount of time before you can file a claim.

Put simply, a slip and fall accident involves a slipping on ice, improperly maintained pavement, or spilled liquid and falling, causing an injury, which can be anything from minor injuries, like bruises, to major ones, such as fractured bones. In Ontario, it is the responsibility of the property owner to keep the premises safe for anyone entering it. 

At Rotondo Law, we provide expert representation for clients who were injured in slip and fall accidents. We will thoroughly investigate the scene, interview witnesses, and strive to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for our clients.

Your injury may only cause a few weeks of discomfort, but a serious fall can cause permanent damage that can lead to lost wages and a diminishing of the quality of life. You are entitled to compensation for lost wages and any health care costs that may result from your injury.

Be sure to document what caused the fall to use as evidence, as ice can melt and spills can be mopped up.

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Can I Sue if a Fire Hydrant Is Out of Service?

According to Rotondo Law, the leading personal injury lawyer in Toronto, if the fire hydrant outside of your home or business is damaged and a fire occurs, you may potentially have a case against the municipality. Depending on the circumstances of the fire and the damage to your home or business, your insurance company can go after the municipality for damages. There has to be a causal relationship between the damage caused to your home and the inoperable fire hydrant.

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Put simply, if the damage would have been less severe had the fire hydrant been working, you have a case. Even then, you can only sue for the differential. Similarly, if the landlord of your apartment building or the location of your business has not kept up safety standards, you can also file a case against them, regardless of whether or not the nearest fire hydrant was working. If the fire hydrant closest to your home is out of order for an extended period of time, do not hesitate to call continually until it is repaired. The chances of a fire occurring are slim, but as a home or business owner, you want to know that the fire department will have access to a working fire hydrant should the unthinkable happen.

If your home was extensively damaged in a fire due to an out-of-order fire hydrant, call on Rotondo Law. We will closely look at your case and determine if further damage to your home could have been prevented had the fire hydrant been in proper working order. And best of all, we offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Should you decide to hire us, we will see your case through to completion—and remember, we don’t get paid until you do!

A working fire hydrant in close proximity to your home or business is a basic safety feature that everyone should have. If your house or business has suffered extensive damage that could have been prevented if the closest fire hydrant had not been out of service, call Rotondo Law, the top personal injury lawyer in the Greater Toronto Area.

Sources:
Murthy, R., “Are out of service fire hydrants a legal liability for the city?” CityNews Toronto web site, April 8 2014; http://www.citynews.ca/2014/04/08/are-out-of-order-fire-hydrants-a-legal-liability-for-the-city/. Rogers, K., “City responds to out of service fire hydrants,” CityNews Toronto, April 8, 2014; http://www.citynews.ca/2014/04/08/city-responds-to-out-of-service-fire-hydrants