Being involved in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property can have long-lasting physical, emotional, and financial repercussions. Often caused by seemingly innocuous maintenance hazards, these types of traumatic incidents can cause unsuspecting accident victims to sustain severe injuries.
Depending on a number of factors – including the victim’s age, physical health, and the conditions of the accident scene – slips and falls can have profound, life-altering consequences. Senior citizens are among those most susceptible to serious or life-threatening injuries as the result of a slip and fall accident. Indeed, adults over the age of 65 are 9 times more likely to be involved in a falling accident than younger accident victims. They are also more likely to be hospitalized or admitted to long-term care facilities because of the injuries they have sustained by slipping and falling.
That said, age is not the singular determinant of serious injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents. Many factors can cause individuals of any age and physical condition to be seriously injured in a fall on someone else’s property.
While many victims of slip and fall accidents may instinctively blame their injuries on their own clumsiness or lack of attention, these accidents are frequently caused by another party or entity entirely. The people and/or organizations that own, maintain, oversee, and control access to commercial and residential properties owe a duty of care to their lawful visitors.
The province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act defines the responsibilities of people and companies who own and manage properties. If a property’s occupier knows about a potentially dangerous maintenance hazard on their premises (or should know about it) but fails to take reasonable, timely actions to address it or warn their guests about it, serious accidents can occur. And when they do, negligent occupiers who have failed to fulfill their duties of care could be liable for damages incurred by injured victims of slip and fall accidents.
Unaddressed maintenance hazards that frequently lead to injurious slips and falls often appear perfectly innocent. However, if left unaddressed, they could lead to accidents causing long-term injuries. Examples of potentially dangerous maintenance issues include:
No one should be injured while visiting residential buildings, shopping at grocery stores, returning to their vehicles in parking lots, or engaging in any other routine activity. If you were injured while visiting someone else’s property, our Calgary slip and fall accident lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. To learn more about working with our slip and fall accident lawyers serving Calgary, contact us today.
Our Calgary slip and fall accident lawyers are passionate about helping the people impacted by property owners’ negligence get the fair treatment and compensation they are rightfully owed. To receive a free case evaluation and learn if you may be entitled to take legal action against the negligent occupier whose wrongful conduct caused you to sustain injuries, book your free initial consultation with our slip and fall accident lawyers serving Calgary.
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