Premises Liability Claims

Injury-causing accidents can happen anywhere, at any time of the year.

In the cold winter months, it is not uncommon for Albertans of all ages to be involved in slip and fall accidents caused by insufficiently cleared snow and ice in parking lots, building entrance ways, and other outdoor locations. In fact, Alberta has the country’s second-highest rate of hospitalizations resulting from accidents caused by ice and snow.

But serious accidents on other people’s properties can occur in the summer months, as well. People enjoying outdoor swimming pools, recreational facilities, or amusement parks could be injured in unexpected accidents while attempting to have fun in the sun. Furthermore, throughout the year, accidents in malls, grocery stores, apartment buildings, office towers, and other commercial or residential properties could change the lives of unsuspecting accident victims.

No matter the season, accidents on someone else’s premises could have profound impacts on a person’s life. Depending on a number of factors – including the condition of the accident scene, the age and physical condition of the victim, and the circumstances that caused the injuries in question – a regular, routine errand or event could end in severe, even catastrophic injuries.

As the result of accidents on property owned and/or managed by another party or entity, unsuspecting community members could sustain injuries requiring hospitalization, surgeries, long-term physiotherapy, attendant care, and dramatic adjustments to their overall lifestyle. Some injuries commonly sustained in these types of accidents include:

  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Facial and dental injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • And more

In the immediate moments following an injury-causing accident on someone else’s premises, many accident victims instinctively blame themselves and their own clumsiness for their injuries. In reality, though, accidents that occur on property owned or managed by someone else can often be linked to someone else’s negligence. If the causal link between their wrongful actions and an accident victim’s injuries can be proven, the negligent party may be responsible for providing them with financial compensation.

That is why, if you were injured on someone else’s commercial or residential property, you may benefit from a free initial consultation with our legal team. Contact us today to receive personalized feedback on your case.

Who is Responsible for Accidents on Someone Else’s Property?

In accordance with the provincial Occupiers’ Liability Act, an Alberta property’s occupier has a duty of care to people who have the legal right to visit their premises. In this context, the term “occupier” could refer to a party or entity that:

  • Owns the property in question
  • Is responsible for the condition of the premises (e.g., property manager, superintendent, etc.)
  • Controls access to the property
  • Oversees the activities conducted on the premises

The people who own, oversee, or control access to a property have a legal responsibility to protect the physical safety of their visitors and guests. Occupiers are legally required by law to take proactive precautions to reduce the risk of injury-causing accidents or events on their premises.

If an occupier knows about a potentially dangerous hazard on their property (or should know about it) and an injury-causing accident ensues, they may be considered negligent. Similarly, if an occupier fails to hire an adequate number of security personnel, or if the person in charge of access to the property grants admission to a dangerous individual who assaults another guest, the occupier may be liable for damages arising from injuries sustained as a result.

The rules surrounding an occupier’s liability only apply to injured guests who had a legal right to visit the premises at the time of their accident. In Alberta, trespassers to residential or commercial properties are often not entitled to pursue legal action for injuries they sustained.

If the negligence of a property’s occupier caused you to sustain injuries in an accident, our  premises liability lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. To discuss your options, contact us today and take advantage of a free initial consultation.

Legal Help For Premises Liability Claims

After sustaining injuries on property that is owned, occupied, or managed by another party, you may find yourself struggling to stay on top of all the injury-related expenses you have incurred. Recovering from injuries can be expensive, and many accident victims are not prepared for the financial obligations that often arise after being hurt on someone else’s property.

However, if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, our premises liability lawyers may be able to represent your best interests and fight on your behalf for fair compensation. Our  premises liability lawyers have experience helping people who have been injured as the result of:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Trip and fall accidents
  • Accidents caused by improperly cleared ice and/or snow
  • Maintenance hazards that have not been adequately addressed
  • Dog bites and attacks
  • Lack of security personnel on-site
  • Escalator or elevator malfunctions
  • Schoolyard accidents
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Unaddressed fire hazards
  • Improperly cleared fire exits
  • Lack of fire safety protocol
  • And more

By pursuing legal action against all parties responsible for your injury-causing accident, our legal team may be able to help you recover compensation for damages you have already incurred, as well as damages you might incur in the future. To learn more about working with our premises liability lawyers serving Alberta and the ways in which we may be able to help you in the wake of an injury-causing accident, contact us today and schedule your free initial consultation.

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If you were injured on someone else’s property, your first impulse might be to leave the scene as quickly as possible to avoid embarrassment. You may believe that you alone were to blame for your injuries and are, therefore, responsible for your ensuing medical expenses and other financial losses.

However, if your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, our premises liability lawyers may be able to help you pursue compensation by taking legal action against the at-fault property owner/occupier. To review the details of your case and receive personalized legal feedback from our premises liability lawyers serving Alberta, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today.

 

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