If you were involved in a slip and fall on someone else’s commercial or residential property, your first instinct may be to blame yourself for the accident. As a matter of fact, many injured slip and fall accident victims believe their own lack of attention, coordination, or caution was the primary cause of their injurious accident. However, in many situations, the negligence of another– often unseen– party or entity is responsible for injury-causing accidents.
That is because, across the province, the owners and occupiers of both commercial and residential properties are required to take appropriate safety measures to protect the safety of their visitors. In the context of premises liability claims, occupiers may refer to:
- Property managers
- Business owners
- Maintenance technicians
- Anyone who controls access to the space
- Anyone responsible for the property’s maintenance
- And possibly others
If the people responsible for regularly inspecting and maintaining the premises fail to address potentially hazardous on-site issues, they may be culpable for injuries sustained in resulting accidents. When property owners/occupiers know– or should know– about potentially dangerous maintenance issues on their premises, they have a responsibility to quickly and efficiently address those issues. If the hazard cannot be adequately prepared or cleared in a timely fashion, property owners/occupiers should provide adequate warning to their visitors, so as to reduce the risk of injury-causing accidents.
Property owners/occupiers who fail to fulfill the duty of care they owe to their guests may be considered negligent. As such, they may be required to pay for damages incurred by slip and fall accident victims who were injured on their premises.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, including the height of the fall and the hardness of the surface on which they land, slips and falls could cause accident victims to sustain a host of injuries, ranging in severity from moderate to catastrophic. Some injuries often sustained by victims of slips and falls on other people’s property include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- And more
Overcoming injuries sustained in slips and falls can be a long, emotionally challenging, and expensive process. If you were injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation. By consulting with our slip and fall lawyers serving Sydney Mines, you may be able to learn whether you might be eligible to pursue a civil claim against the at-fault property owner/occupier whose negligence caused your accident.
To learn more, and to receive the benefit of our legal advice at no charge, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and book a cost-free, no-obligation initial consultation with our Sydney Mines slip and fall lawyers.
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Hazards on other people’s properties often sound innocent. No one expects to be injured in a slip and fall caused by improperly cleared ice or snow, loose railings, poor lighting, uneven surfaces, recently mopped floors, or other seemingly innocuous maintenance issues. However, when property owners/occupiers neglect to address them, these hazards could cause visitors, customers, employees, neighbours, delivery personnel, and other passersby to sustain serious injuries.
To review the details of your accident and learn about options for financial recovery that may be available to you, book your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers and speak with our Slip and Fall Lawyers serving Sydney Mines today.