An injured adult generally has two years to start an action if his or her claim is after January 1, 2004. An injured child has two years from his or her 18th birthday to start an action, however, aside from time lines for starting a lawsuit, there may be shorter time limits for starting actions and certain defendants must have notice of your intention to start a lawsuit within days of the incident. If your child’s case involves suing a municipality for failure to remove snow and ice you must assume you have 10 days to give written notice. In the case of the Province of Ontario, assume you have to give written notice within 10 days. As a result, you should consult a lawyer immediately following an incident to ensure that proper notice is provided.
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