Apart from motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls are the most common type of accident that requires people to seek emergency medical assistance in British Columbia. The Global Floor Safety Network (GFSN) reports that nearly 550,000 people are hospitalized in North America for slip and fall accident injuries each year.
Slip and fall accident injuries can be extremely severe. After a major fall, victims must be able to get access to full financial compensation to pay their medical bills and rehabilitative care, cover their lost wages, and account for all other damages. Sadly, many slip and fall accident victims struggle to get the full compensation they are owed. Property owners and their insurers are notoriously aggressive when defending these claims.
At Preszler Law, our skilled Kamloops slip and fall accident lawyers are proud to fight for the legal rights and financial interests of injured victims. If you or a loved one was severely injured in a slip and fall accident in British Columbia, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team to get risk free legal guidance.
1.Get Medical Attention
If you were injured in a Kamloops slip and fall accident, you should always seek professional medical attention. Many common slip and fall accident injuries take some time to fully develop. For example, you may have a back injury, head injury, or a ligament/joint injury that is far worse than you think.
2.Secure the Evidence
To prevail in a slip and fall accident claim, you will be required to present compelling evidence. You need to prove two main things – that the defendant was liable for your accident and that you sustained real damage in the fall. Relevant evidence comes in a wide range of forms, including: medical records, photographs of your injuries, photographs of the scene of the accident, witness statements, and much more. It is particularly important to take pictures and potentially measurements of the hazard that caused your fall.
3.Report the Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents should always be reported to the appropriate party, without any unreasonable delay. As a general rule, these accidents should be reported to the negligent business or property owner. When you report the accident, you should do so in writing. It is recommended that you seek guidance from an experienced Kamloops slip and fall accident lawyer who can help you report your accident properly.Make sure you have pictures of the hazard before reporting the fall.
Liability for a Kamloops slip and fall accident is based on negligence. Under the British Columbia Occupiers Liability Act, all businesses and property owners in Kamloops owe a certain responsibility to their invited guests. Among other things, property occupiers must take reasonable efforts to remove dangerous slip/trip hazards. If a property owner fails to remove any unreasonable safety hazard and a slip and fall accident occurs as a result, he or she can be held legally liable for that negligence. Some examples of negligence that can lead to a slip/trip and fall accident include:
Under British Columbia law, slip and fall accident victims have a right to seek financial relief equivalent to the full value of their losses. Victims will only be able to recover compensation to the extent that they can prove their losses. Your losses must be properly documented. In far too many cases, slip and fall accident victims miss out on compensation because their claim was not properly documented or presented. At Preszler Law, our Kamloops personal injury lawyers have the skills to help slip and fall accident victims maximize their recovery. You may be entitled to monetary damages for:
At Preszler Law, our Kamloops personal injury lawyers have helped many slip and fall accident victims recover complete compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries in a slip and fall accident, we are ready to help you hold the negligent defendant accountable.
To arrange your free, no obligation initial consultation, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm today by calling 1-844-373-8202. At Preszler Law, our slip and fall injury lawyers handle claims under a contingency fee structure — there are no out-of-pocket costs for you until we win your case.