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Hang on to Your Hat! – Sledding Accident – Civil Liability – Poor Maintenance – Major Injuries – When a municipality puts a sledding hill at the disposal of its residents, is it liable for damages resulting from an accident?

June 2019 Donati Maisonneuve, Quebec

Dupras v. Municipalité de Ripon, 2019 QCCQ 714 – Ms. Ginette Dupras (“Ms. Dupras” or “the Plaintiff”) claimed $15,000 from the municipality of Ripon (the “municipality,” “Ripon” or “the Defendant”) following an accident that occurred on a hill the municipality had set up for the purpose of sledding. Key issues of contention involved determining whether the municipality should be held liable and whether the amount claimed by the Plaintiff was reasonable given the circumstances.

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