Falls are unfortunately the most common form of personal injury accidents today. The effects of these falls can vary, from minor bumps and bruises to fractures, broken bones and worse. Unfortunately for many of those individuals, the injury is due to no fault of their own but due to the negligent, careless or reckless acts of another party.
The owner of a premise (occupier) has a duty to ensure that people are reasonably safe while on their premise. This may include ensuring the premise is free from ice and snow, and ensuring the premise is safe and free from any hazards.
The most common places for slip and fall accidents include:
- Uneven Sidewalks, Walkways, and Driveways
- Slippery Pool Areas, Gyms, and Restrooms
- Wet Floors
- Weather Conditions Due to Slippery Snow and Ice
- Dangerous Floor Coverings
There are also different provisions to keep in mind for injuries that have taken place on private property vs. public property. Our very own Patrick D’Aloisio outlines everything you need to know about Slip and Fall accidents in Ontario in this video.
If you or someone you know is the victim of a slip and fall accident, there are some things that need to be done after the accident to help your future case:
1) Let someone know that you fell. This might sound simple but you’d be surprised how many injuries happen where people didn’t let anyone know about the injury until after it has happened. Witnesses are important to build a case but they also help solidify a timeline of the injury.
2) Seek medical help. Going to a doctor as soon as you can after the injury will help in building documentation of the injury. A doctor’s report will be needed in court when seeking compensation for a slip and fall case.
3) Contact a personal injury lawyer. In order to help you navigate legal proceedings and inform you of all options available, contact Pace Law Firm.