As winter starts to settle in, many of us turn our eyes towards our summer holiday plans, picking out the perfect cottage rental for a hot-weather getaway. And while no one likes to imagine anything going wrong on their dream vacation, one slip on a lake pier or fall on unfamiliar cottage steps can ruin your carefully laid out plans.
A bad fall could do more than destroy a memory of a vacation on the lake, but could involve extensive physiotherapy treatments, lost income and emotional distress. In such cases, who is legally responsible for slips and falls on rented property?
In our previous slip and fall posts guides, we’ve explained who is liable for slips and falls on both private and public property. The same rules largely apply for vacation rentals. While the tenant may have some responsibility to maintain the premises, unsafe conditions that were not fixed or disclosed to the tenant before leasing the property could result in the owner or property maintenance company being held liable for any injuries that occur on the premises.
Cottage rental agreements often include liability waivers in favour of the property owner, but although such waivers can protect owners to a limited extent, they still owe people who enter their property (including renters) a duty of care. Don’t assume that the agreement that you signed prevents you from pursuing a claim if you are injured due to the condition of your holiday rental property without seeking advice from an experienced law firm.
If you’re injured by a third party, what rights do you have? Can you sue for pain and suffering as you would in an auto accident? It’s different for both off-road vehicles and watercraft. In this article, we explain the differences and also give some great advice for staying safe off-road and on the water.Read Article
Victims of a slip and fall accident can seek compensation for medical costs & lost income. Read this post to learn if you have a case. Read this article to better understand slip and fall accidents and what recourse a victim might have and whether there is a case worth pursuing.Read Article
If you have tripped, slipped, and had a fall on another person’s property, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you seek the compensation you may be entitled to for your pain and suffering and any other damages that you may have suffered, including loss of income. Read this post to learn more.Read Article
If you have suffered injuries from a slip or trip and fall, you may be wondering how long it could take to resolve the matter and claim the compensation you may be entitled to. Depending on a range of factors, it can take anywhere from a few months to several years to resolve. Read this article to learn about the lawsuit litigation process, and know what to expect.Read Article
Unfortunately, slips, trips, and falls are one of the most common forms of personal injury in Ontario. This article discusses the prevalence of slips and falls and the long-term health consequences that victims endure due to these accidents. The good news is that Mackesy Smye Lawyers can help.Read Article
In 2011, the British Columbia Court of Appeal considered the fundamental aspects relating to an injury on property.Read Article