Can I Sue a Business for Negligence?

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Sometimes, a slip and fall may be a clumsy mistake on your part. But other times, you may not get so lucky and sustain serious injuries and damages. You should not have to suffer alone, especially if you believe your accident was due to a hazard present at a place of business. Continue reading to learn whether you can sue a business for negligence and how an experienced Toronto slip and fall lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help in developing a legal strategy.

Can I sue a business for negligence if I was injured on their property?

Regardless of whether it is an owner of a store, a landlord of an apartment, or otherwise, you may sue a business for negligence. This is because the basis of a personal injury claim is proving that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence. And a business may have acted negligently by failing to address a potential hazard promptly. Examples of this are as follows:

  • A business may neglect to clean a spilled liquid.
  • A business may neglect to fix a loose railing.
  • A business may neglect to fix a defective elevator or escalator.
  • A business may neglect to fix an uneven sidewalk.
  • A business may neglect to fix an inadequate security system.
  • A business may neglect to fix inadequate lighting.

How do I go forth with a personal injury claim?

To prove a business’s negligence in your personal injury claim, you may have to work to uncover certain pieces of evidence. After all, as a plaintiff, you carry a certain burden of proof. So, while you are still at the scene of your accident, you must proceed in the following ways:

  1. Call a law enforcement officer to the place of business (i.e., collect a copy of the accident report).
  2. Exchange information with the business owner (i.e., collect their name, phone number, email address, insurance policy, etc).
  3. Exchange information with present witnesses (i.e., collect oral or written testimonies regarding the events of your accident).
  4. Capture the scene of your accident (i.e., collect photos and videos of your injuries and damages, along with the present hazards).
  5. Allow paramedics and EMTs to transport you to the emergency room (i.e., collect medical documentation and medical bills).

Also worth mentioning, a business owner may be required, by store policy, to provide you with a store incident report. So it is important to request a copy of this while still at the scene of your accident, as well.

At the end of the day, if you have been injured on someone else’s property, then you need a skilled Ontario personal injury lawyer on your side. Contact Merricks Law Group, P.A. to retain our services today.

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