Injured by a Slip and Fall?
People often suffer injuries when they slip and fall on another person’s property.
Slip and falls can result from many different scenarios: weather conditions could make a walking surface wet or slippery; an unsafe walking area could be poorly lit; a floor or sidewalk may be uneven due to wear and tear that has not been repaired; an area carpet or mat at a store entrance could be rippled and pose a tripping hazard to those entering the store; merchandise in a store may have fallen and caused a slipping hazard on the aisle.
The Occupier’s Duty
An occupier includes the owner or any person or company that is responsible for a property. Occupiers must keep premises in a reasonably safe condition for those entering upon or using the property. This duty does not require the occupier to keep the property in perfect condition. The law requires that the occupier act reasonably to ensure the safety of visitors on the property.
If an occupier is negligent in keeping the property in a reasonably safe condition and, as a result, a person is injured then the occupier can be sued for damages.
Seek Legal Advice
If you suffered injuries from a slip and fall, you should consult with a lawyer to understand your legal rights including the time limits to bring a claim and the compensation that could be claimed. Depending on the specific nature of your injuries, your claim for damages would include your out-of-pocket expenses for medical treatments or rehabilitation, compensation for your pain or suffering, any loss of income and the cost of any future medical care or therapy.
If you need legal advice on this subject or any other law related inquiry please contact us.