Depending on a number of factors, slip and fall accidents can result in a myriad of injuries, ranging in severity from mild to catastrophic. Certain individuals are at a higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in slip and fall accidents. Older adults are especially susceptible to severe, even fatal injuries as a result of falling accidents.
People who own commercial or residential properties and/or the people responsible for their safety and upkeep have legal obligations to the people visiting their premises. These obligations are mandated by the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act.
Occupiers have a duty of care, meaning they are required by law to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors. This means that an occupier must take reasonable steps to ensure that their property is free from hazards that could cause injury to others. No matter how seemingly innocent a maintenance issue may appear, it is incumbent upon the property’s occupier to repair it in a timely manner, or provide guests with adequate warning about it. Occupiers should be aware of potentially dangerous hazards on their premises because they should conduct thorough, regular inspections of their premises. If an occupier knows about a hazardous maintenance issue on the premises – or should know about it – but fails to take any action whatsoever, they may be considered negligent.
A property owner/occupier’s negligence could lead to an injury-causing slip and fall accident in many ways. For example, if an occupier fails to clear ice and snow from their walkway or parking lot, visitors could slip and fall onto the pavement, sustaining serious injuries as a result. As it happens, dozens of falls caused by extreme cold conditions lead to injuries requiring hospitalization each winter in this province.
But slip and fall accidents can happen at any time of year. And, no matter how severe their injuries, victims of slip and fall accidents often face substantial disruptions to their daily routines as a result of their newly acquired medical conditions.
Victims of slip and fall accidents could also incur substantial financial losses as a result of the injuries they have sustained. Because of a property occupier’s failure to consider their safety, slip and fall accident victims could suffer undue economic repercussions.
Our Lethbridge slip and fall accident lawyers believe that no one should be forced to incur financial losses because of someone else’s negligence. To learn how we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve, contact us today.
Even if you are unsure whether your injury-causing slip and fall accident occurred as a result of an occupier’s negligence, consider scheduling a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers. Our Lethbridge slip and fall accident lawyers are standing by to provide you with personalized legal feedback based on the specific details of your case.
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