Kamloops Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents are among some of the most common causes of personal injury in Kamloops. Injuries from slip and fall accidents can range from minor bruises and sprains to more serious injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages. By working with our Kamloops slip and fall accident lawyers, you may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions and recover the compensation you are rightfully owed.
People who own commercial or residential properties and/or the people responsible for their safety and upkeep have legal obligations to the people visiting their premises. These obligations are mandated by the province’s Occupiers Liability Act.
An occupier is someone who has control over the premises or is responsible for taking care of it. Examples of occupiers could include property owners, landlords, business managers, superintendents, tenants, and property management companies, and any other party or entity responsible for the maintenance of the premises.
Occupiers have a duty of care, meaning they are required by law to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors. This means that an occupier must take reasonable steps to ensure that their property is free from hazards that could cause injury to others. No matter how seemingly innocent a maintenance issue may appear, it is incumbent upon the property’s occupier to repair it in a timely manner, or provide guests with adequate warning about it. Occupiers should be aware of potentially dangerous hazards on their premises because they should conduct thorough, regular inspections of their premises. If an occupier knows about a hazardous maintenance issue on the premises – or should know about it – but fails to take any action whatsoever, they may be considered negligent.
A property owner/occupier’s negligence could lead to an injury-causing slip and fall accident in many ways. For example, if an occupier fails to clear ice and snow from their walkway or parking lot, visitors could slip and fall onto the pavement, sustaining serious injuries as a result. Similarly, if a store owner fails to clean up a spill on their floor or put down a warning sign alerting guests to the hazard, a shopper could slip and fall, injuring themselves in the process.
Certain individuals are at a higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in slip and fall accidents. Older Canadians are especially susceptible to severe, even fatal injuries as a result of falling accidents. In fact, 95% of all older Canadians’ hip fractures are caused by a fall.
After sustaining serious injuries in a slip and fall on someone else’s property, it is not uncommon for accident victims to suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. Being injured can require expensive medical procedures, treatments, and rehabilitative therapies, as well as practical adjustments to one’s overall quality of life. In Kamloops, injured survivors of slip and fall accidents are often required to miss work, causing them to lose wages. Depending on the severity of their injuries, they may no longer be able to work in their occupational field or advance in their careers, resulting in a loss of future income and reduced future earning capacity.
If you sustained compensable injuries on someone else’s property, our Kamloops slip and fall accident lawyers may be able to help you by:
- Conducting a thorough investigation: This may include reviewing security camera footage, interviewing witnesses, and collecting medical records, and gathering other forms of evidence.
- Assessing your damages: By examining the injury-related financial losses you have already paid out-of-pocket, estimating the losses of income you are likely to incur in the future, and measuring the impacts of the accident in relation to your overall quality of life, our Kamloops slip and fall accident lawyers may be able to provide you with a fair settlement amount to pursue in negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
- Negotiating with insurance companies: A property owner/occupier’s insurance company may try offering an unfairly low settlement amount that does not take the full scope of your financial losses into consideration. That is why it is important to have Kamloops slip and fall accident lawyers representing your best interests during these negotiations.
- Representing you in Court: If a settlement cannot be reached, our slip and fall accident lawyers serving Kamloops may be able to fight for your best interests in Court and advocate for your rights.
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