If you were injured due to a slip, trip, and fall accident that was due to the negligence of the property owner or property manager, you may have the right to compensation. Contact a slip, trip, and fall lawyer at Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE to understand your rights and determine your next steps. Your initial consultation is free.
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Slip, Trip, and Fall Locations
Some slip, trip, and fall cases are true accidents and due to no fault of anyone else. However, if you have a slip, trip, and fall injury on someone’s property that was due to a hazardous condition that the property owner or manager failed to clean or clear, you may hold them liable.
Property owners are legally responsible for keeping their premises safe for any person on it to the best of their ability. The most common slip, trip, and fall locations that result in a personal injury lawsuit include stores, stadiums, hotels, motels, restaurants, theatres, arenas, workplaces, retirement homes, and private homes. The Insurance Bureau of Canada affirms that every property owner, including business owners, real estate property owners, or even private homeowners, is responsible and liable if they were negligent in keeping their property safe.
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Slip, Trip, and Fall Causes
If the accident that caused you to slip, trip, and fall was as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on another person’s property, you may be able to hold them liable for any injuries you suffered.
Some of the most common causes of slip, trip, and fall accidents occur from simple negligence to perform reasonable maintenance or repairs on the property. Some examples include uneven walking surfaces, inadequate lighting, wet/slippery floors, cluttered walkways, damaged floors/stairs, ditches, and potholes.
Any property owner must uphold a reasonable standard of care to ensure that their property is safe for a visitor, guest, customer, or patron.
Ways to Prevent Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries
If a property owner attempted to maintain the property conditions safely, or remove hazardous conditions, they may not be held liable for any injuries. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) offers some of the ways that a property owner can prevent slip, trip, and fall injuries and attempt to ensure the safety of guests, visitors, and customers include:
- Removing hazardous items (cleaning up spills in a grocery store, salting icy walkways into a building, etc.)
- Providing necessary and appropriate maintenance of the property
- Performing regular and systemic inspections of the property
- Clearing any dangerous or hazardous area as soon as a property owner becomes aware of the situation
- Blocking access to any potentially dangerous areas
- Posting warning signs of any dangers (wet floor sign, hazard sign, etc.)
While slip, trip, and fall accidents can still happen even when there is an attempt to correct the dangerous situation by management or the property owner, the chances are less likely that a property owner will be liable if they did everything they could to ensure the safety of their patrons and visitors. If you are unsure how to proceed with your personal injury case due to a slip, trip, and fall accident, contact the lawyers at Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE to help you determine what type of claim you can pursue.
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Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries
Most slip, trip, and fall accident injuries are not life-threatening. However, they can still be severe and serious. As most victims have a physical impact with the ground, the common slip, trip, and fall injuries suffered include bone breaks and fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neck/shoulder/back injuries, and knee injuries. There are some circumstances where the impact is so forceful that someone dies. Often, these slip, trip, and fall accident injuries can require extensive medical treatments or even physical rehabilitation. A slip, trip, and fall lawyer serving Napanee can fight for damages to cover the cost of recovery from these injuries.
Establishing a Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident Case
Some simple questions can help you determine if you can file a lawsuit against a property owner for liability for any dangerous or hazardous conditions that were present.
- Were you on the property legally? Did you have a right to be there?
- Did the owner or person that was responsible for the property know that you, or other visitors or guests, would be on the property?
- Was the dangerous or hazardous area noticeable and/or avoidable to a reasonable person?
- Did the property owner place any hazard symbols, warnings, or signs regarding a potentially dangerous area or condition on the property?
- Were you on your cell phone, not paying attention or in any other way distracted at the time of the slip, trip, and fall accident?
- Would a normal, reasonable person acting and behaving reasonably also have slipped, tripped, or fallen in that same area?
Ultimately, these questions are trying to determine if a normal, reasonable person would have slipped, tripped, or fell under the same conditions. They are also attempting to determine if you had any responsibility for your injuries. If you were trespassing on the property, the property owner will likely have no liability regarding your injuries. If you were using a cell phone and texting while walking and did not notice a warning sign regarding a hazardous area, then you may be partially liable for your own injuries. These questions are not exhaustive, but if you can answer them in such a way that you believe you have a personal injury case, we can help you with your next steps.
Contact a Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawyer Serving Napanee
Slip, trip, and fall accidents can cause serious injury and permanent harm. Many slip, trip, and fall cases can be complex and involve challenging legal issues and negotiation with insurance companies and property owners. We may be able to help you fully investigate your slip, trip, and fall case and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries due to someone else’s negligence.
Contact a slip, trip, and fall lawyer at Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE to understand your rights and determine your next steps with your free initial consultation.