Man sues Ontario place after slipping downhill and tearing his ACL.

Man with bandage compression knee brace support injury on the bed in a nursing hospital.
  • Date: July 14, 2016.
  • Victim’s age: 28
  • Victim’s Sex: Male
  • Occupation: Plumber
  • Place: Ontario
  • Circumstances: slippery downhill
  • Injuries sustained: torn ACL
  • Settlement Amount: $131,525

The Slip and Fall accident

A 21-year-old man was leaving a Toby Keith concert that took place at Ontario place on July 14th, 2016, when he slipped down a wet hill and tore a ligament in his knee. 

He and a friend were on their way home from the concert and were headed towards the pedestrian bridge that connects to the path to get to the go station and streetcars. That night the bridge was closed off and blocked by security. This resulted in many people attempting to go down a hill to join another path. It had been raining during the concert, however, the rain had since stopped but the grass was still slippery. The man started to walk down the hill and as he reached the bottom he jumped and landed on his left leg and tore his ACL. Security came to help, and the paramedics were called.

Victim’s Injuries from slip and fall accident

He took a cab to the hospital and got an MRI. The MRI indicated a complete tear of his ACL and a meniscal tear. He underwent surgery in October of 2016 to fix the tear and it was successful. After the surgery, he had to take time off work. He returned to work as a plumber on March 24th, 2017. In December 2021, he started a new job as a general contractor. The job is a lot less stressful on his knee. 

Liability of Ontario place 

Ontario place had chosen to block off the bridge that night and therefore should have had people redirecting the large crowds down the pathways. They also knew that it had been raining and as a result, the hill would be slippery. Ontario place could and should have foreseen that the bridge closure mixed with the rainfall would result in dangerous conditions on the hill.  They should have put barricades to prevent people from trying to walk down. Even a warning sign would have been adequate to let people know that it was dangerous to go down. The judge found Ontario place 75% responsible for the man’s injury. The man was 25% liable for his injuries. He chose to jump in flip-flops while intoxicated so his actions contributed to his injuries to a certain extent. 

Compensation for victim

The man received $56,525.41 for general damages and loss of income and $75,000 for loss of competitive advantage. 



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