Vernon Trip and Fall Lawyer
Anyone can suffer a trip and fall accident. However, many of these are entirely avoidable if a property owner safely maintains their premises. That is why this area of law is known as “premises liability.” A serious fall can result in a long recuperation; time lost from work and permanent disability. You need a trip and fall law firm to represent you and protect your interests. The Preszler team of Vernon personal injury lawyers can help you receive the settlement you deserve.
Trip and fall injuries
If you are lucky, you can pick yourself up and dust yourself off after a trip and fall. If you are not lucky, you may find yourself severely hurt. Serious injuries include:
- Back problems
- Broken bones
- Extreme bruising
- Head and neck trauma
- Soft tissue injuries
Always seek medical care after an accident, even if you do not think you were hurt. Failure to seek proper medical attention allows the insurance company to potentially use it against you; alleging your injuries are not as serious as you claim, or even that the trip and fall did not cause them.
Trip and fall causes
As noted, property owners must maintain their space. Lack of maintenance or negligence often resulting in trip and fall accidents include:
- Potholes in driveways
- Holes in walkways
- Icy pavement
- Wet floors with no cordoning off or signage
- Broken stairs
- Inadequate lighting
- Uneven flooring
- Unnecessary clutter
- Loose wires on floors or around lighting
- Missing handrails
- Obstructed views
Ontario Limitations Act
Under the Ontario Limitations Act, most people have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, if it occurred on federal, provincial or municipal property– basically the property of any government entity, including public school districts, the timeframe is much shorter. That is why it is essential to contact a trip and fall lawyer, who will know the appropriate claim deadline for your situation.
It is also vital to collect evidence regarding the case as soon as possible to establish liability. Just because the owner is required to maintain their property in a safe condition, it does not mean “perfect,” and they may argue that the person suffering the trip and fall is partially or fully responsible for the accident.
Trip and fall compensation
Compensation for a trip and fall accident will depend on the particular circumstances, but may include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses paid out-of-pocket
Contact a Vernon trip and fall lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured because of the negligence or recklessness of another party, you may need the services of a trip and fall lawyer at Preszler Injury Law. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our law firm has been handling trip and fall and other personal injury cases since 1959. There is no fee unless we win.