According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), accidental falls are the most common cause of personal injury across Canada. A recent report stated that falls were responsible for close to 420 hospital admissions and 1,800 emergency department visits every day last year. And while close to 9,000 fall-related injuries were attributed to Canadians slipping on ice, falls can happen in any number of ways. A piece of torn carpet. A broken stair tread. An uneven sidewalk.
At Preszler Law, we know how devastating slip and fall injuries can be and recognize the significant role that legal compensation plays in the lives of victims. Data shows that hip fractures are the most common injury sustained in unintentional falls. Studies have also indicated that between 20 and 40 % of elderly people who fracture their hip die within 12 months of the injury. Broken ankles, lower leg fractures, spinal cord trauma and head injuries are also prevalent in fall accidents.
Slip and fall lawyers serving Surrey
If you or a loved one were hurt in a slip and fall accident, Preszler Law can make sure your rights are protected. Our Surrey personal injury lawyers will review the details of your accident and outline your best options for pursuing compensation.
Only an experienced slip and fall law firm can determine whether you have a viable case. Contact Preszler Law for a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team.
Occupiers’ Liability Act
Slip and fall claims are generally rooted in the Occupiers’ Liability Act of British Columbia. Under this statute, occupiers of property owe a duty of care to ensure that persons entering their premises are reasonably safe. This duty applies whether the danger is caused by an activity taking place on the premises, or caused by a hazardous condition. An “occupier” is defined as a person who is in physical possession of the premises, or someone who has responsibility for the general condition of the premises or the activities which take place on site.
This means that an individual who rents a retail space is the “occupier” of the premises, even if he or she isn’t the actual property owner. If this occupier breaches their duty and fails to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition, and this action results in injury, the victim may be entitled to sue for damages.
Holding the property occupier accountable for resulting injuries is no small task. These claims are often complicated, requiring the knowledge and skill of a trusted slip and fall lawyer.
Increase your chances of getting fair compensation
Proving successful in an insurance claim or lawsuit entails much more than showing financial losses like lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Your lawyer must have concrete evidence that establishes negligence occurred. Whether the occupier failed to clean snow and ice from a pathway, spilled liquid on the floor, or failed to fix a broken step or ramp, there must be documentation, a detailed report of the accident, and often expert testimony to prevail.
Our Surrey slip and fall lawyers are highly qualified in dealing with complex claims against property occupiers and their insurance companies.
Hiring a slip and fall lawyer not only improves your odds of getting fair compensation, it gives you time to focus on what matters most: your health and recovery.