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You never expect to end up in a hospital while doing everyday tasks, but every year that is a reality faced by thousands of Canadians. Slip and fall accidents in Toronto are particularly common when snow and ice build-up, sending roughly 9,000 Canadians to the hospital each year, making them the leading cause of injury in winter.
Often, after people slip on ice or trip in a grocery store, they blame themselves for being clumsy or unobservant. However, according to Ontario’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, the owner or operator of a commercial or residential property are responsible for the reasonable upkeep of the property. This means ensuring it remains free of hazards to anyone who visits.
Failing to maintain a safe space for others is considered negligence on the part of the property owner. If you or a loved one was injured from a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a slip and fall lawyer in Toronto right away to receive personalized legal advice and plan your next steps.
By far the most common cause of slip and fall accidents in Toronto is ice and snow, but winter conditions don’t wave a property owner’s duty of care. Special precautions must be taken to maintain safe walkways in public spaces. Failing to do so might be considered a form of negligence on behalf of the property owner or manager.
Ice and snow are the most common cause of slip and fall accidents, but not the only cause. Many maintenance hazards can cause a fall; some of the most common include:
All of these hazards could cause anyone to slip, but the risk of experiencing a serious fall increases significantly with age. Among elderly people, slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of injury. Elderly people are both more likely to experience a fall and also more likely to be severely injured as a result of one.
The most important thing to do after a slip and fall accident is to seek medical assistance immediately. Falls can result in severe injuries like broken bones, sprains, or concussions, and treating them right away is important for a proper recovery.
If your slip was caused by the negligence of a property owner, though, there are some other important steps if you plan to take legal action against them. In slip and fall cases, there are usually limits on when you can file a claim, so acting quickly is essential. Ice-related cases against a municipality, for example, must be filed within 60 days of the accident.
If possible, you should try to notify the property owner or manager right away. If you were injured on a commercial property, the business owner should file an incident report, which can be useful down the road if you file a claim. If you are brought to a hospital before you can notify the owner, you should return to the property as soon as possible.
Take photos of the scene, document the events leading up to the fall, and seek out any potential witnesses. If there are witnesses, get them to record an account of the event and exchange contact information.
Obtain as much evidence as possible, and keep any relevant records like medical bills, diagnostic test results, proof of lost wages, etc.
If you think your fall was caused by the negligence of a commercial or private property owner or government agency, you will want to speak with an experienced lawyer to build a strong case. Your claim is far more likely to be successful with the help of a lawyer on your side.
It is highly recommended to work with a lawyer if you want to pursue a slip and fall claim. An experienced slip and fall lawyer will help you navigate all aspects of the legal process involved in filing a claim.
A lawyer will help with all of the following and more:
The exact value of the compensation that you can receive from a slip and fall case can vary immensely from case to case. It will depend on several factors like the extent of your injury, the cost of treatment, and your pre-accident income.
You might be able to receive compensation for all aspects of your out-of-pocket expenses and more. You may be eligible to receive payment for things like:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Toronto, Zayouna Law Firm is here to help. Our experienced team of slip and fall lawyers will provide a personalized plan to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
With our compassionate and client-focused approach, we will guide you through every step of the legal process and fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step toward getting the justice you deserve.
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