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Slip And Fall Injuries - Diamond & Diamond

Property owners and municipalities have a legal responsibility to make sure their premises are kept as reasonably safe for visitors as possible. Slip and fall accidents can come in many different forms and they can occur any time of the year. Wet surfaces, icy sidewalks, and improperly maintained floors are just some of the most common causes of slip and fall injuries. When involved in a slip and fall accident, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer at Diamond & Diamond as soon as possible.

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Important Things to Keep in Mind in the Event of a Slip and Fall Accident

  • While many slip and fall accidents may only result in a bit of discomfort that will fade quickly, more serious injuries are possible. Injuries can include, but are not limited to, broken and fractured bones, spinal injuries, carpel tunnel syndrome, soft tissue injuries, and back injuries. Furthermore, depending on the nature of the slip and fall incident, victims may also suffer from chronic pain symptoms, migraines, sleep disorders, and internal organ injuries. For particularly vulnerable people, such as the elderly or disabled, a slip and fall accident can be much more serious, and in a small number of cases can even lead to death.

  • Liability issues will vary depending on where the accident occurred. Commercial properties, such as restaurants, bars, and stores, have an obligation to keep their premises safe. Some of the most common slip and fall injuries that occur on commercial properties include wet floors, uneven tiles, or unsafe construction work, all of which could pose a hazard to the public. Other factors, however, may increase a commercial property owner’s liability, such as poor lighting and failure to properly maintain an adjacent parking lot. Private property owners have an obligation equal to those of stores and businesses to keep their premises safe. When visiting a person's home, the owner of that home should take every precaution to ensure their home does not pose a risk to visitors. For example, they should clear their driveway of ice and snow so it is safe for friends and family members, as well as strangers like salespeople and repair workers. Likewise, the majority of cases indicate that landlords are responsible for ensuring that a rented property is properly maintained. This means that tenants may be able to hold their landlords responsible for certain slip and fall accidents that occur on rented properties. Finally, some of the most common slip and fall injuries involve improperly cleared roads and sidewalks during the winter months. Under Ontario law, municipalities can be held liable for a person’s injuries if a sidewalk or road was not properly maintained. This liability also extends to other government properties, such as public transit, airport terminals, parks, and government buildings.

  • Because slip and fall accidents often occur outside of the victim’s own home, it is important to document the nature of the incident before conditions at the site are altered, either by the weather or by the liable parties. If possible, try to take pictures of both the site of the accident and the injuries. Also, try to collect as much information as possible from any potential witnesses. Finally, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer at Diamond & Diamond as soon after the accident as possible, especially since there is likely to be a limited amount of time for making a claim.

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