Slip and Fall

Dealing with a Slip and Fall Accident

One of the areas of personal injury law that the GPC Injury Law firm specializes in is slip and fall accidents. The terminology “slip and fall” is used in reference to cases where an individual has slipped or tripped on another person’s property and sustains injuries as a result of the accident. This type of case is classified under a much broader personal injury category known as “premises liability” claims. However, the property owner can be held legally responsible for your injuries if they have not ensured that the premises are reasonably safe. This is applicable in many cases of personal injury.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Cases of this nature are very common during Toronto area winters when there is a lot of ice and snow build-up on driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots. However, there are a number of other hazardous conditions besides ice and snow build-up that can lead to individual sustaining injuries in this type of accident including the following:

merchandise falling off racks or shelving

narrow stairs

poor lighting

potholes

slippery or wet floors

torn carpeting

uneven flooring

GPC Injury Law handles dozens of slip and fall cases every year. Furthermore, when premise or occupier’s liability claims involve negligence on behalf of the property owner or one of their employees, the injury victim is oftentimes entitled to compensation. In addition to this, our personal injury lawyers will ensure that your rights to compensation are protected during the legal process. We work closely to make sure that all aspects of the case is considered before we file the case and take it on from there.

Proving Liability

Whenever you have sustained injuries by slipping or tripping and falling on someone else’s property, it can be difficult to determine liability. The location where your accident occurred can make a difference because the laws regarding premises liability and the applicable maintenance standards affect private and public properties in different ways. The GPC Injury Law firm’s personal injury lawyers will work with legal experts in order to determine what or who is liable for your accident and the injuries you’ve sustained.

In order to prove liability, you have to establish that the property owner and anyone who is affiliated with them knew that a dangerous condition existed and that the accident occurred as a result. To establish liability on behalf of the property owner, your slip and fall lawyer must prove one of the following:

the condition had existed long enough for the property owner to discover it yet failed to failed to correct it prior to your accident occurring

the property owner created the hazardous condition

the property owner neglected to correct the condition despite knowing it existed

According to Provincial personal injury law, the property owner can be held liable only if it was foreseeable that their negligence could create such a hazardous condition and cause a person to be injured in a slip and fall accident. For more information, contact GPC Injury Law today.