The people who own, manage, oversee, and control access to commercial and residential properties owe a duty of reasonable care to their lawful visitors. Customers shopping at a grocery store, mail carriers delivering packages to people’s residences, friends visiting a neighbour’s apartment complex, fitness enthusiasts working out a gym, families attending an event at a sporting arena, and other Medicine Hat residents going about their regular activities should not be injured while visiting these kinds of commonplace locales.
People who own properties, are responsible for their upkeep, oversee the activities conducted on them, or control access to them are considered “occupiers.” Their legal responsibilities to the safety of lawful guests are mandated by the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act.
In accordance with this provincial legislation, occupiers are required to take the safety of their visitors into consideration in order to reduce the risk of injuries on their premises. As such, they should perform routine site inspections and maintenance, address any potentially dangerous hazards in a timely and efficient manner, and provide clear, visible signage warning guests of potential dangers on the property. For example, if a grocery store employee mops up spilled liquid in one of the aisles, the management should have protocols in place ensuring that a Wet Floor sign will be displayed right away. If they fail to ensure that these safety precautions are put into action, an unsuspecting customer could slip and fall on the hazard, sustaining injuries in the process.
Many injuries sustained on someone else’s premises are the result of slip and fall accidents. Depending on numerous factors, including the age of the person involved in the accident and the conditions of the accident scene, these incidents could have severe – even fatal – outcomes.
This is especially true for people who slip and fall on improperly cleared ice or snow on someone else’s property. These accidents frequently require visits to the emergency room. In fact, this province has the nation’s second-highest rate of hospitalizations caused by ice and snow-related accidents.
No one should be injured while simply carrying out their mundane, everyday activities. Unfortunately, when occupiers behave in negligent manners, unassuming community members can sustain serious injuries in slip and fall accidents, as well as:
By working with our Medicine Hat premises liability lawyers, survivors of accidents on someone else’s property could be able to recover the maximum amount of compensation they deserve for their injuries. To learn about options for financial compensation you might be entitled to pursue, schedule a free initial consultation with our premises liability lawyers serving Medicine Hat by calling us today.
It is not always clear who is responsible for accidents that occur on someone else’s property. That is why, if you were injured while visiting a commercial or residential property owned or operated by another party or entity, you might benefit from a free initial consultation with our Medicine Hat premises liability lawyers. To review your options and learn about courses of action you may be able to undertake to recover compensation for your injuries, contact us today.
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