The hazards that cause slip and fall accidents often appear harmless. A wet floor in a grocery store, a loose carpet in an apartment building’s hallway, a sliver of ice in a parking lot all seem perfectly commonplace. Few people would consider them to be dangerous or capable of causing a person to sustain serious injuries.
Unfortunately, though, the outcomes of slip and fall accidents caused by everyday maintenance hazards can be disastrous. From moderate injuries like broken bones to catastrophic traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or spinal cord injuries (SCIs), the consequences of a slip and fall accident can be far-reaching, wide-ranging, and life-altering.
Senior citizens are not only the community members most likely to be involved in a slip and fall accident, but they are the most likely people to sustain severe injuries as a result of one. In Alberta, 40% of nursing home admissions are linked to injuries sustained in a slip and fall.
But anyone, regardless of age or physical condition, can be involved in an injury-causing slip and fall accident. These types of accidents typically occur while visiting someone else’s commercial or residential properties. If premises are not properly maintained and the safety of its guests is not considered, serious slip and fall accidents can occur.
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. According to the Alberta Occupiers’ Liability Act, a property’s occupier has a duty of care to people who have the legal right to visit their premises. The term “occupier” could refer to a party or entity that:
Occupiers are required by law to take reasonable steps to ensure that people rightfully visiting their premises will be safe from harm. This may mean conducting routine inspections of the premises, addressing potential hazards, repairing maintenance issues, shoveling snow and clearing ice, barring the entry of dangerous guests, and otherwise fulfilling their duty of care to their guests. By doing so, property occupiers could reduce the risks of injury-causing slip and fall accidents on-site. Failing to take reasonable, preventative actions could be considered negligence.
If the negligence of a property’s occupier caused you to sustain injuries in a slip and fall accident, the at-fault party might be liable for damages you have incurred as a result of will incur in the future. By working with our legal team, you may be able to recover the compensation you deserve.
To review the circumstances of your accident and learn if you might be entitled to pursue legal action against the responsible party or entity, call us today and receive a free initial consultation on your case.
One of the most common impulses for people who have been involved in a slip and fall is to leave the accident scene as quickly as possible, especially if their incident occurred on someone else’s property. Slip and fall accident victims often feel embarrassed, instinctively blaming themselves. They often leave the area before filling out an incident report, photographing the accident scene, or taking other prudent actions.
In the immediate aftermath of a slip and fall accident, there are several steps to be taken right away. Doing so could help protect an accident victim’s physical health and legal rights.
After being involved in an slip and fall acciddent in Alberta, it is important to:
It is also a good idea to keep the footwear you were wearing at the time of the slip and fall. Footwear can affect a person’s ability to maintain balance and avoid slipping, and can also affect the amount of traction a person has on a particular surface. For example, if you were wearing shoes with worn-out soles or inadequate tread, it could be argued that this contributed to the accident. In addition, if you throw away or destroy the shoes, it could be argued that you are trying to hide evidence that could be unfavorable to your case. Therefore, it is best to keep the footwear in the condition it was in at the time of the accident and preserve it as evidence.
Finally, after being involved in an accident on someone else’s property, it is advisable to contact a lawyer to review your case and learn about options you may be eligible to pursue. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, each prospective client’s initial consultation is free. To claim yours, contact us today.
The people responsible for slips and falls are often nowhere near the scene when accidents occur. However, that does not mean that they should not be held accountable for their negligence.
Generally speaking, property owners have insurance policies that injured victims can make a claim against for compensation. After an accident, the insurance company will generally place funds in a reserve account for compensation purposes.
If someone else’s actions caused you to sustain injuries in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation such as:
To learn more, we encourage you to speak with a slip and fall lawyer..
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