In Ontario, falling is the most common cause of hospitalizations for all age groups, according to Parachute. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, and they can result in serious injuries.
If you’ve been seriously injured on another party’s property, a slip and fall injury lawyer may be able to help you recover damages from the person responsible. While there is no average payout for slip and fall accident cases, injured victims may be able to recover damages for costs they incurred as a result of their injuries, including:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages due to an inability to work
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Since payouts for injuries resulting from slips and falls are determined by the specific circumstances of each case, consulting with a lawyer after your accident may help you determine if you are eligible to pursue damages from the responsible parties.
If your accident resulting in injuries was caused by another party’s negligence, you may pursue a tort claim against the individual or parties responsible. In accordance with the Ontario Limitation Act, accident victims generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue damages through the courts.
Causes of Slip and Falls
According to the Ontario Occupiers’ Liability Act, owners of both commercial and residential properties have a legal obligation to ensure their buildings and premises are safe for rightful visitors. If a property owner fails to repair, remove, or adequately warn guests about hazards on their premises, and an accident occurs, that negligent property owner may be responsible for compensating the victims for damages they incurred as a result.
In Ontario, slips and fall accidents are often caused by inclement weather. If walkways or building exteriors are not properly maintained, ice and snow can accumulate and lead to dangerous slip and fall accidents, that could result in serious injuries. A property manager’s failure to adequately clear icy patches from their building’s exterior, or to adequately warn passersby about the hazard could also lead to accidents causing serious injuries.
Recovering Damages from Slip and Fall Accidents
With the assistance of a slip and fall accident lawyer, you may be able to present evidence proving that another party’s negligence led to your injury-causing accident. If successful, you may be able to recover compensation for costs you incurred as a result. The amount of damages you may be able to recover is determined by several factors, including:
- The severity of injuries sustained
- The amount of financial losses incurred
- An estimation of future losses as a result of injuries
- Whether the injuries sustained prevent the victim from performing the same activities they enjoyed before their accident
If the responsible party has an insurance policy that covers third-party liability for injuries occurring on their property, accident victims may be able to recover additional compensation. Insurance policy coverage is unique to each policyholder. Some property owners may choose to pay for higher coverage, which may impact the payout a slip and fall accident victim may receive.
Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Losses
Pecuniary losses incurred as a result of injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident can be demonstrated with documents, such as receipts and invoices. Medical expenses, equipment, treatments, and more out-of-pocket payments injured victims incur after an accident are examples of pecuniary damages. Properly documenting and keeping records of injury-related expenses can help ensure accuracy when pursuing pecuniary damages from the party responsible for the accident.
If a slip and fall accident causes a victim to sustain permanent, catastrophic injuries and severe disability, the injured victim could be awarded non-pecuniary damages. Non-pecuniary losses include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Diminished quality of life
- And more if you qualify
If the injuries sustained in an accident lead to a victim’s loss of independence, their family members may also be eligible to recover damages.
Call Preszler Injury Lawyers Today
The circumstances of your slip and fall accident may determine the damages you may be entitled to receive. If you sustained injuries as the result of a slip and fall accident on another party’s property, Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to help you recover damages for costs you’ve incurred as a result. Call Preszler Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-JUSTICE for an initial, free consultation.