The Canadian Institute for Health Information has found that falls are the leading cause of injuries leading to hospitalization in Canada. Many of these falls are caused by businesses or property owners failing to keep their properties safe.
All property owners in British Columbia have a legal obligation to keep their property reasonably safe. This means shoveling and salting in the wintertime. It means ensuring that floors are not slippery or that there are no sudden drops or changes in elevation to catch your toe on when walking. It means making sure your property meets building codes, such as by ensuring there are handrails on stairs.
If you fall on someone else’s property due to dangerous conditions, then you can likely receive compensation from an insurance policy for your medical costs, lost income, expenses and pain and suffering damages. Keep all of your receipts so you can receive fair compensation.
Insurance companies will sometimes try to deny cases due to a lack of evidence. It is always a good idea to take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall. Have someone else do it for you if you are too injured. Write down the names and numbers of any witnesses. After taking pictures, report the accident to the property owner so they can remove the hazard and keep others safe.
If you fall on city property, then you may need to report the accident to the city in writing within two months otherwise your case could be barred.
Cases involving falls can be surprisingly complicated. They may require expert evidence or have tight notice periods. Many injuries, such as fractures involving joints, can cause long-term problems or degenerative conditions like arthritis.
To speak with a lawyer for free about your fall, call Preszler Law today. We have been handling fall cases for over 55 years.