When a person slips or trips and falls, often their first and only impulse is to shy away from the scene in a slump of embarrassment. It is only in the safety of privacy that they allow themselves to take note of the physical injuries they have suffered.
Slip or trip and fall accidents can generate serious injuries. The medical costs associated with treating these injuries can be especially difficult to shoulder if you have missed days at work during your treatment and recovery.
The reality is, if your slip or trip and fall accident occurred on another party’s property, they may be held liable for your damages. Let a slip, trip, and fall lawyer serving Etobicoke from Preszler Injury Lawyers take on your claim for compensation and work to get you the economic relief you need and deserve.
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Fall Statistics in Canada Show Longer Hospital Stays
Accidental falls in Canada lead to more hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room than any other type of accident, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. At 654,000, the number of emergency department visits to treat injuries from accidental falls in 2016-2017 accounted for nearly 30 percent of Canada’s emergency department visits.
Accidental falls also led to hospital stays, with 152,504 stays from falls in 2016-2017, an increase of nearly 6,000 from the previous year. On average, the hospital stays following falls were 14.3 days. This is longer than the average stay of 7.5 days for all other hospitalizations.
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Common Causes of Slip and Fall, Trip and Fall Accidents
We all know how easy it is to slip on a surface and fall, as well as to trip over something and fall. This type of accident can occur anywhere and at any time. In our own homes, we stave off such incidents by keeping floors free of clutter and wiping up spills as soon as they happen. We expect and deserve the same care to be taken when we are guests on another person’s property, whether it be their home or business.
But this is not always the case. The following factors commonly cause slips and falls, as well as trip and fall accidents:
- Loose tiles and carpets
- Cluttered walkways
- Spills on floors
- Ice or snow
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken or missing handrails
- Recently mopped floors
- Uneven surfaces
- Improper training
- Cracked sidewalks
- Nursing home neglect
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Understanding Premises Liability
If you want to recover damages from the owner or manager of the property where you slipped or tripped and fell, you will need to prove the required elements that apply to Ontario premises liability laws.
Specifically, the Occupiers’ Liability Act mandates that any occupier of an Ontario property must keep people reasonably safe from injury when they are in or on their property. An occupier is any person who physically possesses a premise or who is responsible for it. An occupier’s failure to meet with this duty of care opens them to liability for any injuries that result from this breach of duty.
For example, in the case of an apartment building, the landlord would be considered the occupier. They are responsible for maintaining the building in such a way that keeps its tenants safe: changing lightbulbs, cleaning spills, mending broken stair rails, and so on. If the landlord becomes aware of a potential hazard and cannot immediately remedy it, they are responsible for placing signage and other warning devices to keep visitors from hurting themselves.
Examples of other premises wherein an owner or occupier is responsible for the safety of its inhabitants and visitors include:
- Municipal buildings
- Office buildings
- Parking lots
- Hospitals and other healthcare facilities
- Amusement parks
- Nursing homes and retirement homes
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Establishing Liability for a Slip, Trip, and Fall
In order to file a personal injury claim for your slip and fall, you must be able to prove that your injury did not result from your own negligence. Furthermore, it must be established that the premises owner either knew about that hazard on the premises and failed to repair it or to warn you about it, or that the occupier should have been able to foresee this hazard and its potential for causing injury.
The Preszler Injury Lawyers team will conduct a thorough investigation of your slip or trip and fall to gather the evidence that will support this critical argument.
Our investigation efforts will include:
- Going to the scene of your accident to collect evidence
- Taking photos and gathering photos from other people
- Obtaining copies of any surveillance camera videos
- Interviewing witnesses
- Acquiring a copy of the occupier’s accident report
Determining Your Recoverable Damages
More evidence will be required to build a comprehensive and well-documented list of all the damages you have suffered as a result of your slip or trip and fall. Toward this end, our legal team will collect the following:
- Your medical records
- Wage statements from your employer
- Opinions from experts like economists, medical professionals, vocational therapists, and lifecare planners regarding the economic toll your injury will take on you in the future
If you are eligible, a slip, trip, and fall lawyer serving Etobicoke may be able to build an argument for your case, the defendant’s liability as well as your damages. Call Preszler Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free legal consultation: 1-800-JUSTICE.
Your Time to Act Is Limited, So Call Now
Ontario’s statute of limitations gives you only two years from the date of your slip or trip and fall in which to take legal action for your injuries. If you miss this date, you may not receive compensation.
The sooner you hire your lawyer, the less likely this and other important deadlines will be missed. Also, evidence—including memories from important witnesses—will be fresher.
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