A trip and fall accident may be an awkward situation. You may be feeling a variety of emotions, such as embarrassment and frustration. You may be feeling like you are clumsy. However, it is possible that the accident was not your fault. Instead, the negligence of the property owner could have created a hazard that led to your fall.
This means your injury could have been prevented, had the owner just taken care of the property, eliminating the hazard. To bring a personal injury case against the property owner, you need to prove negligence occurred under Ontario Statute § R.S.O. 1990 C .2. An Ottawa trip and fall accident lawyer may provide guidance in navigating this legal endeavour.
Proving negligence is not always an easy process. You may want to hire Preszler Injury Lawyers to collect facts on your behalf to try to prove this accident was the fault of the property owner.
Contact us at (416) 364-2000 as soon as possible for a free consultation.
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What to Do After a Trip And Fall Accident
If you have been injured after tripping and falling on someone else’s property, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. You may feel like your injuries were not serious, or you may feel embarrassed after falling.
However, you may not feel the extent and pain of your injuries until a few hours after the accident, once the adrenaline wears off in your body.
Even if you do not seek medical treatment immediately after the fall, you have the ability to see a doctor a few hours or days later. Only a doctor may fully diagnose the extent of your injuries and design a treatment plan to help you recover.
Collecting Evidence After a Tripping Accident
If you tripped and fell, you may be too injured to gather evidence at the scene. Perhaps a friend or loved one can do this for you.
An Ottawa trip and fall accident attorney may also be able to gather this evidence for you, too. To build a case of negligence on the part of the property owner, some pieces of evidence that may be key include:
- Photos and videos of the area
- Names and contact information for witnesses
- The exact address of the location
- Notes about the presence of foreign objects, liquids, or other hazards
- Notes about the lighting situation in the area
After an accident like this, you could have significant injuries. You also may miss time at work. If the property owner’s negligence led to your injuries, Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to build a fact-based case for you.
Contact us at (416) 364-2000 today. You pay us no upfront fees as we work on a contingency-fee-basis.
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Hazards That Could Cause a Tripping Injury
According to Ontario Statute § O. Reg. 517/06, property owners have an obligation to maintain the common areas of their property in a safe manner for visitors. The City of Ottawa has specific property standards that owners must follow. Some items that could be considered hazards in a personal injury case include:
- Snow and ice: where property owners must follow snow removal & parking regulations for removal of ice and snow in a safe manner.
- Sidewalk conditions: where property owners need to repair holes or raised slabs of concrete that may lead to a tripping hazard.
- Loose flooring: where a property owner must care for torn carpeting, a raised floorboard, or slippery rugs in areas where visitors may be walking.
- Obstructions: where the property owner should remove boxes, fallen tree limbs, spilled liquids, or other hazards in a common walkway indoors or outdoors.
Properties that may be liable in a trip and fall case include stores, restaurants, office buildings, apartments, private residents, and more.
To build a case against a property owner, you must prove you had a right to be on the property and that you suffered injuries in the trip and fall. Additionally, you must be able to show the property owner either did know or should have known about the tripping hazard and neglected to repair it.
A trip and fall accident lawyer from Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to gather evidence to establish property owner liability in your case. For a free initial consultation with our Ottawa team, call (416) 364-2000 today.
Possible Compensation in a Trip And Fall Case
While each case is unique, the compensation available in your trip and fall case may depend on the damages you suffered and their extent. These types of injury cases may provide compensation for:
- Costs of current and future medical treatment
- Time without income if you were unable to work due to your injuries
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- And more
To discuss the possible compensation in your Ottawa trip and fall accident, contact the legal team at Preszler Injury Lawyers today at (416) 364-2000.
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Let an Ottawa Trip And Fall Accident Lawyer Defend Your Rights
With Preszler Injury Lawyers on your side, you have time to concentrate on your recovery while we find the facts in your case. Our evidence gathering may include:
- Witness interviews
- Gathering photos, videos, and police reports from the scene of the accident
- Collecting medical evidence related to your injury
- Hiring medical, vocational, or accident recreation experts for testimony in your defense
Once we have the facts in your case, negotiations for a settlement offer with the property owner’s insurance company may begin. If they are not willing to make you a fair offer, we may be able to fight them for your compensation in court.
For a free initial consultation on your Ottawa trip and fall accident, call Preszler Injury Lawyers at (416) 364-2000. We work on a contingency-fee-basis with no upfront costs to the trip and fall accident victims we represent.