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Hamilton Premises Liability Lawyer

Experienced Premises Liability Law Firm in Hamilton, Ontario

Being injured on someone else’s property can leave you feeling like you have nowhere to turn for help. But you don’t have to worry about your financial security any longer—simply get in touch with a Hamilton premises liability lawyer in Hamilton.

If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property, contact us today to get the compensation you deserve.

Ontario law places an affirmative duty on residential and commercial property owners (called occupiers) to make their premises reasonably safe for visitors.  What does this mean, exactly? The owners of all properties, whether it’s your neighbor’s home, an airport, a restaurant, a home improvement store, a shopping mall, a bar, a parking lot, a hotel lobby, or a hospital, need to take reasonable care to make their premises safe and protect you from foreseeable harm caused by situations involving disrepair, hazards, and defects.

When property owners fail in this duty and injuries result, victims can seek compensation for their damages. If you find yourself in such a situation, a Hamilton premises liability lawyer from Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers can help.

If you’ve been hurt one someone’s property, a Hamilton Premises Liability Lawyer can help.

When property owners fail to protect their visitors and injury results, injured victims may be able to file a personal injury claim for damages and compensation. The following accident types and circumstances commonly spark premises liability claims in Hamilton:

  • Slip-and-falls
  • Trip-and-falls
  • Uneven ledges
  • Loose handrails
  • Hazardous sidewalks
  • Icy driveways
  • Potholes and ice in parking lots
  • Inadequate lighting issues
  • Shallow diving or swimming pool accidents
  • Negligent security
  • Stairway accidents
  • Balcony defects
  • Window defects
  • Drownings
  • Ice and snow hazards
  • Falling merchandise
  • Building collapses

If you have been hurt on someone’s property, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim. There is no doubt that unsafe conditions can result in slip-and-fall accidents that can cause serious injuries, including paralysis, orthopedic injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or even death.

If you have been hurt on someone’s property, what rights do you have?

While most slip-and-fall accidents are preventable, many people are hurt because other people were simply not paying attention. A slip-and-fall injury occurs when someone was hurt because of the negligent actions of a person or company.

In Ontario, the law imposes a positive and affirmative duty on property owners to be proactive and inspect their premises to ensure that visitors are protected from harm. This duty never stops. In a perfect world, most property owners would have some system of maintenance or regular cleaning or inspection program in place. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Often, property owners are disorganized with their cleaning, repairs are rarely documented, there is poor communication between management and staff, or there is little compliance with any type of cleaning schedule. This is why accidents happen and people are hurt.

Apartment Injuries

An injury that happens in or around your apartment or rental unit may not be your fault. As a tenant in a rented house or apartment, you should be guaranteed a certain level of safety, security and be free from hazard and dangers. Landlords have a direct responsibility for the maintenance and repair or your unit, and have a duty of care by law to ensure that the premises you rent is safe for use.

Have you been hurt in or around your rental unit? It may not be your fault.

If you’ve suffered a serious injury in a rental unit or apartment it’s important that you contact a Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyer to learn your rights as a seriously injured tenant.

Landlord and Rental Unit Maintenance Laws

In Ontario, most rental units are governed by the Residential Tenancies Act. The act sets out the Province’s laws in relation to the responsibilities of landlords and the rights of tenants who rent properties.  The RTA covers such issues as rent, rent increases, ending a tenancy (eviction) and dispute resolution.

There is also an accompanying Ontario Regulation which prescribes the maintenance standards for landlords with respect to the rental units. The law is clear that if a landlord rents a unit to a tenant, that unit should be maintained in sound condition and safe for tenant use. Landlords are required to maintain the condition of both the interior and exterior of their units, including all structural elements, yards, porches, balconies, parking areas, pathways and storage areas. Landlords are also mandated to maintain floors and foundation walls to reasonably protect against deterioration due to weather, rodents or insects. The exterior rental units should also be properly graded to prevent ponding of water on a surface, in order to prevent slip and falls. It’s also important that landlords always maintain adequate artificial lighting in all rooms, stairways, halls, core doors, grudges, basements and parking lots.

Most municipalities have their own property standards bylaws which sets out the repair and safety standards for all dwellings, structures and properties. Hamilton’s property standards bylaw sets out the obligated maintenance requirements for property owners in the city, including landlords. Hamilton’s property standards bylaw makes it clear that property owners must keep their premises safe and in good repair.  The property standards by-law covers both the interior and exterior of properties, as well as all staircases, landings, balconies and porches.

What other laws protect renters from injury?

The Occupiers’ Liability Act is an Ontario law that is an Ontario Act, that codifies the common law obligations and duties that occupiers of premises owe to persons entering into or onto their premises.  The law mandates that all persons who own or control a premise or property in Ontario need to take reasonable care for the safety of visitors onto the property. Reasonable care means that there needs to be some positive effort on behalf of a property owner to put into place regular procedural safeguards to protect visitors on their property. If reasonable care is not maintained, your landlord will be held liabile for your injuries.

What types of apartment and rental claims can our Hamilton Lawyers help with?

Tragically, apartment and rental units injuries occur frequently because apartment complex owners neglect the responsibilities they have to their tenants. Since 2003 we have been representing injured victims in Hamilton and all over Ontario who have been hurt in rental apartments and rented houses, some of which are caused by:

Porch and Balcony Dangers – such as missing boards, collapsed boards, inadequate construction and or repairs.

Outdoor Staircase Dangers – such as missing boards, have loose boards, have loose or faulty railings, railings at improper height, are without railings, inadequate construction or repairs.

Pavement and Parking Lot Dangers –  parking lots that are not cleared, left icy, unsalted, inadequately sloped, have drainage issues, potholes, cracks, trip ledges or flooding issues.

Flooring Damage – issues such as exposed nails, floorboards which are in disrepair, loose and torn carpet.

Stairs – indoor stairs which are left in a state of disrepair, defective, have loose boards, holes, missing boards, uneven rise and run (dangerous stair riser), improper lighting, loose carpeting, defective handrails, or handrails that are not of proper height.

Windows – defective windows, improperly installed windows and screens which can allow children to fall through them.

Falling Objects – such as loose ceiling tiles and other parts of neglected buildings that can fall on unsuspecting tenants, causing serious head, face, and eye injuries.

Other issues that can cause tenant injury include

  • defective wiring
  • missing smoke alarms
  • faulty smoke alarms
  • broken tiles
  • defective swimming pools
  • missing or malfunctioning locks
  • apartment fires
  • improper fire escape exits.

Can a lawyer help if I was hurt on someone else’s property?

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall as a result of poorly maintained property, such as in a mall, restaurant, hospital, or in your neighbor’s driveway, feel free to give a Hamilton premises liability claim lawyer a call to discuss your options. We have extensive experience representing individuals who were severely injured by property hazards. We can determine who is responsible for your injuries and losses.

Over the past fifteen years, Matt Lalande has obtained favorable results for injury victims and their families in Hamilton and throughout Ontario in slip-and-fall cases. We’ve helped victims who have suffered major orthopedic injuries and broken bones, rotator cuff injuries, spinal injuries, chronic pain injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and paralysis.

If you have been hurt on a property because of someone else’s negligence, an experienced property hazard lawyer at our Hamilton firm can help.

No Fees Until We Win Your Case

You don’t often need a lawyer in your life. We understand that seeking legal help can be overwhelming, particularly when it comes to how much it will cost. Even if you are confident you will obtain a settlement or good verdict, you may fear that hiring a premises liability lawyer in Hamilton will cost too much.

But Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers will never ask clients for money up front. If somebody is seriously hurt or killed because of a property owner’s negligence, the last thing the family needs is a legal bill. There are no up-front legal fees for you to pay to get your case started. Your legal fees are paid upon the successful conclusion of your case.

The Law Extends to Residential Homeowners

Most Ontario homeowners don’t give much thought to the fact that someone could be seriously injured on their property. Like commercial property owners, homeowners also have a legal responsibility to keep their premises reasonably safe for all who visit.

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their property is in good condition and free from danger and potential hazards that could injure visitors. If the homeowner’s property is in a state of disrepair, he or she should give adequate warning of anything that could be reasonably expected to cause injury to others, such as the following:

  • Unsalted walkways and driveways
  • A shallow swimming pool and potential diving accidents
  • Loose electrical cords
  • Broken steps and stairs
  • Uneven ground
  • Trip ledges
  • Rotten or broken decks
  • Faulty pool fencing and locks

What is your personal injury claim worth?

This is a question most of our clients ask. Unfortunately, putting an exact dollar amount on your case is difficult, mostly because every case is different. It is simply not possible to accurately estimate or determine what each case is worth until we are approaching resolution or trial. There is no formula or magic chart to determine a range of compensation.

What we can tell you is that our Hamilton property injury lawyers are dedicated to obtaining the maximum compensation for you and your family. We never recommend resolving a case without a full investigation, a proper prognosis for your injuries, and full compensation.

While insurance companies are dedicated to minimizing your compensation, an experienced premises liability lawyer from Lalande & Company will present your case in a professional and persuasive way. Factors that will be important in determining your compensation are the severity of your injuries, your medical treatment, the estimated recovery time, the amount of your lost wages, and, more importantly, how much insurance is available under policy limits.

Equally important is the reputation of the insurance company involved in your case. While all insurance companies are more than happy to withdraw monthly premiums from the bank accounts of their policyholders, several insurance companies have a reputation for paying out as little as possible.

Our occupier liability lawyers in Hamilton are highly experienced in assessing premises liability cases. Each client’s case is handled with the utmost attention to detail. Every effort is made to ensure our clients receive the maximum available compensation under the law and insurance policy limits.

It makes no difference if you slipped and fell, your loved one suffered a life-changing injury from shallow diving, you were assaulted in a bar, or you tripped in a shopping mall or on uneven sidewalk slabs—we ensure that every aspect of your injury is properly evaluated.

Different cases will require different types of analysis, medical investigation, and accounting valuation, but no matter the case, our qualified lawyers are dedicated to providing for our clients who were injured as a result of another’s negligence. That means we’ll fight for full and fair compensation in a diligent, professional, analytical, and caring manner.

Consult with a Premises Liability Lawyer in Hamilton

We understand that dealing with an insurance company on a property-related injury matter can be a complex, confusing, and aggravating time for accident victims and their families. We also understand that many people have never dealt with a personal injury lawyer before.

A lawyer from our firm will make it easy. We encourage any inquiries and will discuss your legal options thoroughly. And there is no cost to contact us. Our consultations are free, without obligation, and confidential.

The team at Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers is flexible and can arrange a consultation at a time that is convenient for you and your family. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. To meet with a Hamilton premises liability lawyer, fill out a contact form, chat with out live operator or call us at 905-333-8888.

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