Canadians Can Actually Sue Their City If They Slip And Fall On Snow And Injure Themselves According To The Supreme Court

One thing all Canadians know is that our winters are no joke. I mean are you even Canadian if you’ve never slipped on ice and landed on your behind while rushing out the door? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Well, it looks like you can actually cash in if you hurt yourself as a result of slipping on the snow, according to a report in the BBC.

On Thursday, Canada’s Supreme court ruled that municipalities are “not immune from negligence or liability claims stemming from snow removal” and can be sued for it.

Don’t believe it? Well, according to the report, a woman in BC is suing her city after she injured her leg climbing a snowbank back in 2015 while trying to reach the pavement after parking her car.

Taryn Joy Marchi’s lawsuit will get a trial date and she is suing for reportedly $1 million dollars (£590,000, $810,000).

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The first judge, from the lower court, that heard her story said this accident was the woman’s “own misfortune” and that she knew the risks when she climbed the snowbank.

However, the Supreme Court thought that this decision was “too broad” and that the city’s snow removal could have played a part in this accident.

“By ploughing the parking spaces on Baker Street, the City invited members of the public to use them to access businesses along the street,” the ruling said.

“The plaintiff was attempting to do just that when she fell into a snowbank that had been created by the City during snow removal.”

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If this case is successful, it could mean the start of other Canadians coming forward with their snow mishaps and all sorts of “slip-and-fall lawsuits” across Canada.

Have you ever had a fall so bad you wanted to sue the city?


Osobe is the Editor-in-chief at 6ixbuzz News leading both local and international coverage. She has written for VICE, The Canadian Press, Toronto Star, HuffPost and Aljazeera.
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