Can You Be Sued If Somebody Falls Or Slips On Your Property? | Slip And Fall Liability
By Albert Conforzi | February 18, 2014
1. Do property owners have to clear snow and ice from their driveway and sidewalk?
Yes. As a homeowner, or even as a renter (depending on any agreements you may have with your landlord), you are responsible for clearing your sidewalk, driveway and any walkways of snow and ice. City by-laws actually require homeowners to clear their sidewalks within certain amounts of time. The Occupier’s Liability Act requires a homeowner/occupier to keep their property in a reasonable state of repair for persons entering onto their premises (which generally means you have to do it in a reasonable amount of time using reasonable methods).
2. Can I get sued if someone slips or trips and falls on my property?
If someone has a slip and fall accident on your property, yes, you could be sued if that person sustains injury. Whether they are successful in their claim depends on a number of factors.
3. How long does someone have to make a claim for a slip and fall injury?
The Limitations Act requires that a claim be made 2 years from the date of someone’s fall.4. Does homeowner insurance cover slip and fall claims?Yes. Generally, homeowner’s policies do cover slip and fall claims.