Whether a slip and fall accident occurs on a commercial or residential property, their impacts can be long-lasting and wide-ranging. Slip and fall accidents are unexpected occurrences that can happen in a split second, but have the potential to negatively affect an accident victim for the rest of their lives.
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you might instinctively blame yourself, your own lack of attention or clumsiness for the accident. However, in many circumstances, when slip and fall accidents happen on premises owned or operated by another individual or entity, the at-fault party might not even be present at the scene at the time of the accident. This is because the occupiers of both commercial and residential properties owe a duty of care to the people interacting with their spaces.
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:
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.
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 Grande Prairie 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 Grande Prairie, contact us today.
Our Grande Prairie 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 Grande Prairie.
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