Slip and Falls

Slip and Falls / Trip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents are quite common. In many cases, these minor stumbles may be due to nothing more than a little clumsiness, and the only treatment needed is a good laugh at our own expense. In other cases, however, the fall may be the result of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or failure to repair hazards, and may result in painful and lasting injuries. In those cases, you should seek legal advice as to whether you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and related expenses.

Slip and Falls, Trip and Falls, and How They Affect You

Slip / trip and fall accidents may be categorized two ways: “same level” or “elevated.” Same level falls are more common and typically involve a surface that is broken, hazardous or slippery or otherwise easy to fall on. Events like this may lead to serious injury, from back and spinal problems to broken bones or chronic pain. Elevated falls occur from a location above ground level, such as ladders or stairs, and may lead to even more serious injuries. Over a million people a year are involved in slip and fall cases, with around 20,000 of those resulting in death.

Liability in Slip and Fall Cases

If the owner of the property where you were injured (or anyone employed on that property) failed to repair a hazard, failed to clear ice or a spill, or failed to address any other hazardous condition in the area, then they may be held liable for the injuries sustained in your slip / trip and fall case. This will be especially true if the owner or occupier was aware of a potentially dangerous condition on the property but did nothing to correct it; failed to engage in reasonable upkeep; failed to post necessary warnings; or failed to do timely maintenance of the property in order to locate and address any issues that may have allowed a hazardous condition to persist or develop.

In this area of personal injury law, another important question will be whether you were exercising proper caution at the time of your accident (for example, were you properly aware of your surroundings and watching where you were going?). In some instances, an injured person’s own negligence as well as the negligence of a property owner or other party may become an important issue in determining who is liable for an injury and may affect compensation.

If you believe that your slip / trip and fall injury was caused by someone else’s neglect or carelessness, then you need to seek advice from experienced accident lawyers. They will be able to evaluate your situation and understand your options. They can then help you assemble your case and represent you in dealing with the other parties, insurance companies, and even in court if necessary.

What To Do If You Have Experienced a Trip and Fall Injury

If you or a loved one are injured in a slip / trip and fall accident, it is important to first seek immediate medical attention. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, so go to hospital or see a doctor to make sure you are okay and determine the extent of any injuries.

Following the accident, there are also other steps you can take to make sure that you preserve your legal rights. Write down the location of the accident, and detail the circumstances surrounding the fall. Take pictures of the accident scene if possible; this can help create a record of any hazardous conditions that may have caused the fall. Write down names and contact information for any witnesses that may be present. Notify the property owner or manager and report your injury as soon as possible as well. If you are in a restaurant, ask for the manager. If you fall on city property, you must notify the municipality immediately, or forfeit any claim.

If your fall was the result of someone else’s negligence, you need to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can help assess your case and help you understand your legal options and to meet critical deadlines. Your lawyer can also act as a representative in dealing with insurance companies and other parties involved. Most cases of this nature will not result in a courtroom trial, but your attorney can provide legal advice and guide you through every step of the process in seeking compensation for your injuries.

Personal Injury Lawyers working for you

Ron Folkes is a leader in the field of personal injury law, having achieved millions of dollars in settlements for his clients through virtually every type of injury claim. The Folkes Law Firm was founded in 1974 on the principle of providing the highest quality legal services to clients at reasonable rates. The team remains committed to this principle today. Ron Folkes and his staff of professionals enjoy a strong reputation among clients, legal professionals and courts throughout the Brampton and Mississauga communities.

The Folkes Law Firm is available for a free half-hour consultation, and can be reached at 21 Queen Street East, Suite 900 Brampton, ON L6W 3P1, or by calling 905-457-2118 or toll-free outside of the GTA 1-877-457-2118.