How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Claim?

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After your slip and fall accident, you may have been to innumerable amounts of doctor’s appointments and have been taking a significant amount of time off of work. This may be costing you more than you initially anticipated. Therefore, this may be making you consider more and more whether you should sue to recover from most or all of these incurred damages. With this, you must confirm that the statute of limitations has yet to pass you by. Continue reading to learn how long you have to file a premises liability claim and how an experienced Toronto slip and fall lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help ensure you are well-equipped to take this legal action.

How long do I have to file a premises liability claim in Ontario?

In its simplest terms, the statute of limitations is a law that establishes the maximum time within which a plaintiff may come forward with a civil action against a defendant. In a word, this may be referred to as a deadline.

That said, the Province of Ontario follows a statute of limitations of two years for all personal injury claims, including premises liability claims. This means that you may have two years from the date you slip and fell to file your claim. So, if you file two years and one day after your slip and fall, the Ontario civil court may automatically dismiss your case.

What do I need to know before filing my premises liability claim?

It is no easy feat to file a premises liability claim. This is to say that you must not wait until the day before your deadline to start working on it.

For one, there may be an additional deadline that you must meet if your slip and fall accident took place on public property. Specifically, a Notice of Claim is required if you intend to sue a municipal entity or any officer, agent, or employee thereof. With this, you must file a Notice of Claim at least 60 days before you file your legal action.

Secondly, you may be required to supplement your claim with evidence solidifying your stance. With this, your stance should be that your injuries and damages are directly linked to your slip and fall accident, which was also directly linked to a property owner’s negligence. So your evidence for this should include your medical records, the recorded interviews and statements from present witnesses, the accident report from a law enforcement officer, and much more. Evidently, it may take days, weeks, or even months to round up all this evidence.

The last thing you should know is that you should obtain legal representation well before the statute of limitations for your claim approaches. In conclusion, before it is too late, you must retain the services of a skilled Ontario personal injury lawyer. Call our Merricks Law Group, P.A. office today.

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