How Do Slip and Fall Claims Work in Alberta?
Under Alberta’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, owners and occupiers of property are expected to maintain reasonable conditions for visitors. This can mean making sure spills are cleaned up in a timely manner, fixing uneven flooring, clearing potential tripping hazards, and so on. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are nonetheless common.
Depending on the circumstances, the impacts of a slip and fall may be severe. From broken bones to significant head trauma, an injured accident victim may face months if not years of recovery as a result of another person’s failure to keep their premises reasonably safe.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on somebody else’s property, you may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim. Contact our Edmonton slip and fall lawyers to discuss what may be possible for you.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Many different hazards can contribute to a slip and fall. Just a few examples of common causes include:
- Slippery or wet floors;
- Faulty steps;
- Uneven flooring;
- Cracked or broken tiles, hardwood, etc.;
- Cluttered walkways;
- Dimly lit walkways;
- Icy walkways;
- Inadequately cleared snow;
- Inadequate signage in a hazardous area;
- And more.
Our Edmonton slip and fall lawyers would be happy to discuss the legal possibilities given the details of your case.
Common Injuries in Slip and Falls
The injuries caused by a slip and fall can vary vastly. A slip and fall may lead directly to a new injury, or it may aggravate the symptoms of a previously existing condition. Injuries may be physical, psychological, or both, and the impacts may extend into financial consequences.
Some of the personal injuries most commonly seen in slip and falls include:
- Broken or fractured bones;
- Cuts and lacerations;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Neck pain;
- Back pain;
- Sprained or strained joints;
- Torn ligaments;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- And more.
As a result of the trauma, an injured accident victim may experience post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, or any number of other psychological conditions that may have adverse impact on their life.
The Costs of a Slip and Fall Accident
Seeking the help of medical professionals, including physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and/or psychologists, may be both profoundly helpful and expensive. An injured accident victim may not be able to work as a result of their injuries. There may be costs associated with attendant care and mobility devices, medication, travel to and from medical appointments, and more.
Through a slip and fall claim in Alberta, you may be able to recover financial compensation to help cover the above costs. You may also be able to receive compensation for emotional pain and suffering, and loss of future income.
How to Begin a Slip and Fall Claim in Alberta
The most important thing to do after a slip and fall is to seek medical attention. Make sure to follow the advice of your doctor, and keep them updated on the progress of your condition. Should you begin a slip and fall claim, your medical records will be needed.
If you have been injured on an unsafe premises, take pictures of the scene and record the contact information of the owner or occupier and any witnesses who were present. Inform the owner or occupier about your slip and fall. If they write an incident report, request a copy.
Contact an Edmonton slip and fall lawyer to discuss your case. We will want to know what happened, where, and when, as well as well as details about your injuries. We may ask what your life was like prior to the slip and fall, and how it was altered after. The more information you provide, the better we may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Edmonton Slip and Fall Lawyers Today
The impacts of a slip and fall can be profound, potentially altering the course of a person’s life. If you have been injured on somebody else’s property, you may be eligible for financial support. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss the specifics of your case with our Edmonton slip and fall lawyers.
** Please note, this article is intended as a general overview on the subject of personal injury law, and should not be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult with a lawyer.