Many people blame themselves for injuries they sustain on someone else’s property. Immediately after slipping and falling in public or being involved in a different type of accident, most people are prone to feelings of embarrassment and shame, often doing their best to leave the scene of the accident as quickly as possible, rather than reporting the incident or considering that their injuries could have been caused by the negligence of another party altogether.
However, many accidents in Red Deer are, indeed, the result of someone else’s wrongdoings. As it so happens, the people who own, control access to, oversee the activities of, or are responsible for maintaining commercial or residential properties have legal obligations to reduce the risk of on-site injuries.
According to the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, a property’s occupier is responsible for conducting routine inspections and maintenance, and taking preventative actions around the premises to ensure that injury-causing accidents do not occur. In the context of premises liability claims, an “occupier” could refer to:
Occupiers should know about potentially dangerous hazards on their properties because they should regularly inspect the premises and address any potentially dangerous issues in a timely fashion. If an occupier knows about a hazard on-site – or should know about it – and fails to take appropriate actions to ensure it does not harm an unsuspecting guest, the occupier might be considered negligent. Therefore, they may be responsible for damages incurred by the injured accident victim.
Many injuries that occur on properties owned or overseen by other parties are the result of slip and fall accidents, in particular those caused by improperly cleared ice or snow. In fact, Alberta has the country’s second-highest rate of hospitalizations resulting from accidents caused by ice and snow.
However, many different kinds of traumatic, injury-causing calamities can occur as the result of a property occupier’s negligence, including those related to:
Occupiers should have insurance coverage to replace the financial losses incurred by accident victims as a result of the injuries they have sustained on their premises. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always make it easy for the survivors of traumatic incidents to recover the compensation they deserve.
That is why, if you were injured on someone else’s property, you should consider taking advantage of a free initial consultation with our Red Deer premises liability lawyers. By doing so, you could receive valuable, personalized information about options for financial recovery that might be available to you. Our premises liability lawyers serving Red Deer may be able to help you hold the negligent parties accountable for their wrongful actions so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Even though you might feel the impulse to blame yourself for your accident, your injuries might be the result of another party’s negligence. To learn how our Red Deer premises lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for your injury-related financial losses, contact us and book your free initial consultation today.
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