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If you have been injured as a result of a "slip and fall" accident there is a good chance you can recover damages. Use our Lawyer Referral Services to find a lawyer for your case. These might include medical expenses, loss of pay, pain and suffering both now and in the future.
The courts use the term "slip and fall" to cover a broad spectrum of accidents such as trips or accidents involving problems with a surface or structure.
For example, a slip and fall accident might be caused by a spill, an uneven floor surface, a leaking pipe creating a pool of water, a rotten board on a deck, a hidden hole in a lawn or poor or inadequate lighting.
As a general rule, you can claim damages for a slip and fall if you have been injured as a result of a failure by the owner or occupier to provide a reasonably safe premises. You need to find a lawyer to advise and consult with. CanLaw's Lawyer Referral Service will find a lawyer for you with no cost or obligation.
Get a lawyer. Use our Lawyer Referral Service to find a lawyer. This is not something you can handle yourself. It can take a very long time (years) to litigate.
Take photos of the location of the slip and fall accident as soon as possible.
Get the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
Report the accident to the occupier or owner of the property.
Photograph and keep the footwear you were wearing at the time of the accident and preserve any other evidence you think may be relevant.
Follow the advice or treatment recommendations of your family doctor.
Keep meticulous records and receipts of all treatments, doctors and hospital visits and related expenses.
An owner or occupier of a property owes a duty to any potential visitors to ensure there are no slip and fall type or other hazards on their property which could foresee-ably cause injury.
Failure to provide a reasonably safe premises which results in an injury to you could make the owner or tenant liable a for full range of personal injury damages, including
You and the property owner will both be held responsible to varying degrees.
You are expected to watch where you are going and realize that you can slip or fall or such in the daily course of your life. Property owners have a duty to keep their property safe.
You are responsible for your own safety. If you don't take this responsibility seriously and you get hurt, you could be found "contributorily negligent", which means that a court could reduce the monetary award they'd otherwise give you, or give you nothing if they decide you're totally at fault.
You could be partly or totally at fault if you were "under the influence," wearing worn shoes, or walking too fast on obviously slippery ground, or not paying attention while walking.
Not paying attention while walking is going to be the cause of a lot of lost claims by people texting while walking. Watch where you are going and put the phone away.