Thousands of claims are made each year for “slip and fall” accidents. If you fell down and got injured in a supermarket because someone dropped banana on the floor, or you slipped on the wet floor and hit your head in the washroom in the office building, you may file a lawsuit against the owner of the property for injuries suffered. Slip and fall is a tort, which is based on a claim that the property owner was negligent.
Most Common Causes
- Slippery surfaces
- Seasonal trip hazards (snow and ice)
- Spills of wet or dry substances
- Changes of level and slopes of walkways
- Unsecured mats
- Debris and items stored in pedestrian walkways
- Trailing cables in pedestrian walkways
- Smoke, steam or dust obscuring view
- Unsuitable footwear
- Poor lighting
This list presents some common hazards but there are many others.
After a slip and fall accidents
- Take pictures of the accident scene and of yourself if you can. If it is appropriate, follow up with pictures a few days later (when bruises become apparent, etc).
- If someone witnesses your fall, try to get their name, address and phone number.
- Report your accident immediately or as soon as possible.
- See a doctor
All these evidences can be of great help to identify responsible for the accident parties.
Important Time Limits
- If you suffer injury you have to file an accident report immediately or as soon as possible.
- You have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the owner of the property.