Personal Injury: Slip and Fall Accidents

Personal Injury: Slip and Fall Accidents

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.
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