If an unsafe condition on someone else’s property led to a slip or trip and fall accident, you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. If you were injured due to a property owner’s or occupier’s negligence, contact a slip, trip, and fall lawyer serving Courtice from Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE to understand your rights.
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Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Slip, trip, and fall accidents can happen anywhere and in any season. Winter can bring snowy and icy sidewalks, and spring and summer can bring wet surfaces. A slip or trip and fall can occur because a property owner did not safely maintain their property. The person who owns or occupies the property has a legal responsibility to maintain the property in a safe condition for anyone who may enter the premises legally.
Causes of slip, trip, and fall accidents may include wet/slippery floors, ice/snow on walkways and other surfaces, uneven walking surfaces, cluttered walkways, inadequate lighting, ditches, damaged floors/stairs, and potholes. From grocery stores that might have liquid spills in aisles, parking lots covered with snow, cracked stairs to an apartment, or potholes on walkways, any space can be dangerous if a property owner fails to keep their premises safe.
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Types of Injuries Suffered in a Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident
While a slip, trip, and fall accident can occur in a multitude of ways, many of these accidents can be severe. Some can cause temporary or permanent disabilities or even death. Some of the injuries that people suffer after these types of accidents include:
- Head trauma or concussions
- Broken or fractured bones
- Sprains (often of the hand or wrist as the victim attempts to break their fall)
- Internal injuries
- Bruising and cuts
Occupiers’ Liability Act
The Occupiers’ Liability Act is the law that requires a property owner to take care of the property. If they are negligent in their responsibility, they may be found liable for any injuries suffered.
Any person that has control over a property or premises and its use is considered an ‘occupier’ of the property. An occupier can include owners, tenants, or managers. This law also requires that if there is a dangerous condition on the property, the occupier must notify any visitor, guest, patron, or customer of the property of that hazardous or dangerous condition. The Occupiers’ Liability Act may affect your case.
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When Property Owners Are Liable
Some of the things that affect a property owner’s liability for a slip and fall may include:
- Was a regular and established procedure in place to inspect the property?
- Was there a regular and established procedure for maintenance of the property, with repairs handled in a timely manner?
- Were visitors, guests, or customers warned of any dangerous or unsafe conditions with a clearly marked sign or warning?
If an occupier did not take any kind of reasonable precaution to either keep visitors or guests safe on their property or warn them in any way of the hazardous conditions, they might be held liable for any injuries suffered.
Contributory negligence means if you contributed in any way to the slip, trip, and fall accident, you might be held partially liable. Your compensation for your injuries may be reduced by the amount that you are determined to be responsible.
For example, in the case of Miller v. Canada, a man sued for his injuries suffered from a slip, trip, and fall accident on an icy sidewalk. The judge determined that the facility did not have a reasonable procedure in place to safeguard visitors from this hazardous condition. However, the plaintiff was wearing tennis shoes, which the judge determined to be negligent footwear given the severity of the weather conditions and held the victim to be 30% liable for his own injuries. The victim received only 70% of the total amount awarded to him.
We may be able to help you determine if contributory negligence applies in your case.
Compensation for Damages
You may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses due to a slip, trip, and fall accident. Some of the types of damages you may receive compensation for include the following:
- Medical bills and expenses (both past and future estimated)
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost income, including loss of future earnings and/or financial opportunity loss
- Housekeeping and home maintenance expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
- And more
Additionally, family members of the victim have the right to make a claim to receive compensation for loss of care, loss of guidance, and loss of companionship, along with financial losses under the Family Law Act.
Contact a Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawyer Serving Courtice
If you were a victim of a property owner’s negligence that resulted in a slip, trip, and fall accident, you might have the right to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We may be able to help you understand your rights as a victim of negligence and help you build your case. Contact Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE today.