The places we visit on a daily basis should be safe. No one should run the risk of being injured simply by walking down a grocery store aisle, entering a residential building, walking down a flight of stairs, or carrying out any other routine activity on someone else’s property.
Unfortunately, when the people or organizations who own, manage, oversee, maintain, or control access to commercial or residential properties fail to live up to their legal obligations, unsuspecting guests can be seriously injured. Depending on the circumstances, victims of accidents on someone else’s premises could even lose their lives.
In accordance with the Alberta Occupiers’ Liability Act, people and organizations who own commercial or residential property, are responsible for its upkeep, control access to it, or oversee the activities conducted thereon owe a duty of care to their lawful visitors. If these occupiers fail to meet their responsibilities to the safety of others, tragic, injury-causing events can occur, including:
In order to fulfill their duty of care, occupiers must engage in various preventative measures to reduce the risk of potential accidents on their premises. For example, hiring a landscaping company to clear the walkways outside a residential apartment building following heavy wintertime snowfalls could prevent tenants, their visitors, postal workers, and passersby from sustaining injuries in avoidable slip and fall accidents. As it happens, this province has the second-highest rate of hospitalizations resulting from accidents caused by ice and snow.
By failing to address potentially dangerous maintenance hazards, repair on-site issues that could easily cause accidents, or provide guests with adequate warnings about unsafe features on the premises, property occupiers could be considered negligent. If this negligence leads to an accident in which an unsuspecting visitor sustains injuries, the at-fault occupier could be liable for damages they have incurred as a result.
Many people who sustain injuries on someone else’s property inherently blame themselves and their own lack of attention for their accidents. However, in many scenarios, the negligence of another party altogether is, indeed, responsible. By holding these at-fault individuals or organizations accountable for their negligence, injured accident victims might be able to recover the compensation they are rightfully owed.
Our Grande Prairie premises liability lawyers are passionate about helping members of the local community get the fair treatment they deserve. If you were injured on someone else’s property and want to know more about how our premises liability lawyers serving Grande Prairie may be able to assist you, call us today and receive a free initial consultation.
By taking advantage of a cost-free, no-obligation initial consultation, you could learn about ways in which our Grande Prairie premises liability lawyers may be able to help you get fair treatment and fair compensation for your injuries.
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