In accordance with the provincial Occupiers’ Liability Act, the parties and/or entities that own, oversee, maintain, or control access to a commercial or residential property have a responsibility to actively reduce the risks to human health on their premises. They have a duty of care to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for visitors, including customers, employees, residents, mail carriers, delivery personnel, guests, and other passersby. If an occupier fails to fulfill this duty of care, they may be considered negligent.
Negligence is a legal term that refers to the failure to take reasonable care in a given situation. In the context of slip and fall accidents, property owners/occupiers may be considered negligent if they fail to address hazards on their premises that could cause injuries. For example, a property management company may be considered negligent if they fail to properly shovel and clear dangerous levels of snow and ice. In fact, dozens of falls caused by extreme cold conditions lead to injuries requiring hospitalization each winter.
That said, slip and fall accidents can happen at any time of year. Many seemingly innocuous hazards on commercial and residential properties exist in plain sight, unaddressed by the people responsible for reducing the risks of injury-causing accidents on their premises. Some common examples of maintenance issues that could lead to serious slips and falls include:
In the aftermath of a slip and fall on someone else’s property, many accident victims instinctively blame their own lack of caution or attention. They rarely even consider that their injuries may have been the result of another party’s lack of consideration for their safety.
If a property’s “occupier” fails to uphold the duty of common care they are responsible to provide to their premises’ lawful visitors and an injury-causing accident ensues, the at-fault occupier could be considered negligent. As a result, they could be responsible for financially compensating visitors who have been injured on their premises.
Our Medicine Hat 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 Medicine Hat 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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