A property owner has a responsibility to maintain a safe area for visitors. An owner should make timely needed repairs to walking areas, keeping those areas clean and free from obstacles or tripping hazards.
If this did not happen in your situation, and you suffered injuries after a fall because of a case of negligence on the part of a property owner, you may have a personal injury case. If you are eligible, you could receive financial compensation to help you with medical bills, lost payments from work, and pain and suffering.
To help you determine your legal rights in a case like this, consider employing a Mississauga trip and fall accident lawyer. When you hire Preszler Injury Lawyers, you do not pay any fees up front, as we work on a contingency fee basis. Contact us at (416) 364-2000 as soon as possible.
Our trip and fall accident lawyers can meet with you in Mississauga for a free initial consultation. Call 1-877-573-3563
A Mississauga Trip And Fall Accident Lawyer May be Able to Help
When you fall on someone else’s property, you may be wondering whether you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. One of the keys to receiving a successful settlement in a case like this is to prove negligence on the part of the property owner.
A Mississauga trip and fall accident lawyer may be able to remain by your side throughout the entire process. We may look at any police and medical reports related to your case. We may interview any witnesses who saw the accident or who may testify to the condition of the property just before or after your accident.
We also may study any photos or videos of the scene to determine exactly what happened, working to show whether this situation involved negligence.
Negotiating on Your Behalf
We have the ability to negotiate with the property owner’s insurance company regarding your case, determining whether the insurer is treating you as fairly as it should. By dealing with the insurance company for you, we may leave you the time you need to heal and recover from your injuries.
A case like this may reach a satisfactory conclusion through a settlement during the negotiation phase. Other times, it may go to court. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we may be able to defend your right to qualified compensation all the way through a court case, if necessary. Call us at (416) 364-2000 today.
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Potential Situations of Negligence
Ontario Statutes § 517/06 requires that a property owner’s interior and common exterior areas should be free of hazards. Some of the places that the law considers a common area include:
- Common interior walkways
- Parking lots and spaces
- Any grounds tenants or the public commonly use
Examples of Possible Fall Risks
Each trip and fall case is unique. The City of Mississauga has a policy relating to residents clearing their sidewalk of snow and ice in an effort to prevent slip and fall accidents. A few examples of areas that present a fall risk include:
- Loose fencing: A fence installed to keep people out of a hazardous area with loose parts could create a tripping hazard
- Uneven sidewalk: A raised section of concrete or broken asphalt could create an uneven surface or a hole, leading to a tripping hazard
- Obstacles: A property owner fails to remove boxes or other items from a common walkway, creating a potential tripping hazard
- Presence of snow and ice: A property owner does not properly remove snow and ice from sidewalks in a timely manner creating a potential slipping or tripping hazard
- Lighting concerns: The property owner does not have enough lighting in common walkway areas, meaning someone walking may not see a hazard and may trip
All property owners in Mississauga must follow the city’s property standards to maintain a safe area for visitors.
Working to Prove Your Case
In Ontario, property owners have an obligation to follow the Occupiers’ Liability Act under Ontario Statutes § R.S.O. 1990. This act shows the elements that you, as a victim in the case, may need to prove to hold the property owner liable.
You must start by showing that you had permission or a right to be on the property, such as if the property is in a public place. You then must show that a hazard on the property caused your trip and fall and that the property owner should have or did know about the hazard.
Finally, you must show that you suffered injuries after the fall. Without proving all four of these elements of the case, you may not prove negligence occurred on the part of the property owner or that you suffered because of that negligence.
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We May Fight For Your Rights
Count on Preszler Injury Lawyers to work hard on your behalf after you hire us. If you are eligible to receive damages, a Mississauga trip and fall accident lawyer may be able to build a successful case for you, potentially leading to a recovery for medical bills, pain, and suffering.
Call us at (416) 364-2000 as soon as possible for a free initial consultation of your case. We may be able to begin working for you immediately after you hire us.