People can fall down for any number of reasons, but when a slip and fall is caused by negligent maintenance or unsafe conditions or activities, the property owner can be held liable under the BC Occupiers Liability Act for the victim's injuries. If you find yourself in this position, you should consult with an experienced Surrey slip and fall lawyer.
You might be reluctant to contact a lawyer. Perhaps you thought the accident was your fault - that you simply were not looking where you were going. As your medical bills and lost wages continue to mount in the days following your accident, you should get sound legal advice from a lawyer who can provide you with an objective analysis of your case and potential damages.
Preszler Law Firm has assisted many individuals such as yourself throughout Surrey and the Metro Vancouver area seek compensation from insurance companies and negligent property owners. By calling us today at 1-844-373-8202, we can sit down and learn more about your particular accident and how our lawyers can best help you.
Just because you are injured on someone else's property, that does not automatically mean the owner is liable for damages. BC law only requires the owner to keep the premises in “reasonably safe” condition. What constitutes “reasonable” will depend on the facts of the case, but here are some of the more common examples we see at Preszler Law:
Basically, any hazardous condition where the owner knew or should have known through the exercise of ordinary care that a member of the public could be injured may trigger occupier's liability in BC.
Most private and commercial properties are covered by slip and fall insurance. This means that even if you are injured at a friend's house, you should not hesitate to pursue a slip and fall claim. In most cases the homeowner's insurance company will pay for any damages.
The insurer will not give you a break just because you may be friends with the policyholder. Remember, insurance companies are in the business of paying as few claims as possible. This means that in any kind of slip and fall accident, you must be prepared to prove the owner's liability as well as the full extent of your injuries.
At Preszler Law, our Surrey slip and fall lawyers will work with you to fully investigate your accident. We often advise our clients to start documenting an accident as soon as possible. Ideally, you or someone you trust should photograph the accident scene right away, before the property owner has a chance to remove the hazard or otherwise dispose of potentially critical evidence.
You should also attempt to identify any witnesses at the scene who can verify your account of what took place. If you fell due to uneven ground, measure the discrepancy and take a picture of it.
It is equally important for you to seek immediate medical attention following a slip and fall accident, even if you do not think you are injured. Far too many serious injuries - notably concussions and other types of brain damage and chronic pain - are impossible to diagnose immediately following a trauma.
It may take several visits to the doctor to document the full extent of your injuries. While this may be inconvenient for you, in the long run it will ensure you get the treatment you need and provide evidence for your case.
There is really no such thing as a “typical” slip and fall accident. So much depends on the unique circumstances of the property, the hazard, and the parties involved. That is why it is critical to engage a lawyer early in the process. BC has strict time limits for filing personal injury claims, and the quicker you start to piece together what happened, the sooner you can begin the process of seeking compensation.
Many accident victims fail to appreciate just how costly their injuries are until it is too late to do anything about it. Do not let this happen to you. Call Preszler Law Firm at 1-844-373-8202 if you would like to speak with a lawyer today. There is no charge for an initial consultation, and in fact we never demand any upfront payment of fees or costs. We only get paid if we recover money for you.