As experienced personal injury lawyers, we have seen slip and fall claims arise in many different locations across Ottawa and surrounding towns such as Smiths Falls, Rockland and Winchester. Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of injury in Ontario and can happen in a variety of locations such as: grocery stores, nursing homes, restaurants, office buildings, hospitals, shopping malls, parking lots and on sidewalks. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, in Canada over 42,000.00 workers are injured annually due to fall accidents.
In order to understand whether you might have a claim, or how you might avoid being sued, we will review some of the common causes of these slip and fall accidents which could give rise to a claim in negligence or under the Occupiers’ Liability Act. Most of the slip and fall claims we handle fall into three broad categories: 1) poor maintenance of property; 2) hazardous surfaces/faulty construction; and 3) patient neglect (nursing home or hospital negligence).
Everyone who owns, occupies or is otherwise responsible for a property must ensure that the property is properly maintained. Whether dealing with a store owner, a residential home owner or those responsible for municipal maintenance in cities such as Ottawa, Pembroke, Cornwall and Brockville, examples of how the failure to maintain property can result in a slip or trip and fall claim include the following:
If the flooring of a home, building or outdoor structure is not properly constructed, surfaced or repaired, there is a risk that someone could slip and fall. Examples of possible causes of slip and fall injuries due to faulty construction or otherwise hazardous surfaces include the following:
Even when a surface is well maintained and a building has been properly constructed, people who require assistance for their care are at risk for slipping or tripping and falling.
Many seniors are at an increased risk of falling which can result in serious injuries such as a fractured or broken hip. People who are already receiving medical or nursing care may be at greater risk of falling due to their initial injury, such as a broken leg, head injury or stroke.
When hospital and nursing home staffs do not provide proper care, slip and fall accidents are much more likely to happen. These sorts of injuries may happen when patients get out of bed or are being transferred from one location to the next.
Slip and fall injuries for nursing home and hospital patients are much more likely to occur if hospital staff have not been properly trained. Even when hospital staff are trained, if the proper safety and fall avoidance protocols are not in place to start with, an accident is more likely to occur.
If you or a family member have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident and believe someone else may be at fault, it is recommended that you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as early on as possible to protect your rights and receive advice about bringing a claim.
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