Slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere, whether it be at a restaurant, supermarket, parking lot, airport, stairway, sidewalk, or otherwise. When they do occur, the incurred injuries and damages can be quite severe. And while they are usually caused by the negligence of a property owner, sometimes it is difficult to determine who is at fault and whether it constitutes a lawsuit. Continue reading to learn who is responsible for your accident and injuries and how an experienced Toronto slip and fall lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A., can help you in assessing whether you have a premises liability claim on your hands.
Who is responsible for my slip and fall injury?
More often than not, a slip and fall injury is due to a property owner’s negligence. That is, property owners have a duty of care in ensuring that their premises are free from any potentially hazardous conditions. And when they fail to fulfill this duty, this is when accidents occur.
However, though it is rare, a slip and fall injury may not be the complete fault of a property owner. So, before you bring forward your premises liability claim, you must ask yourself the following questions:
- Did I have a valid reason for being on the property owner’s premises?
- Did I participate in an irresponsible activity on the property owner’s premises?
- Did I miss a noticeable danger, that a reasonable person would have avoided, on the property owner’s premises?
What evidence do I need for my premises liability claim?
If you can confidently conclude that your slip and fall accident was caused by a property owner, then you can proceed with your premises liability claim. To have a successful claim, you must prove several things, which read as follows:
- The property owner either knew or should have known about the unsafe property conditions.
- The property owner failed to remove, clear away, or fix the unsafe conditions timely.
- You were directly injured as a result of the property owner’s failure to take the necessary actions to ensure safe premises.
- You incurred significant damages as a result.
And to recover the rightful amount of compensation for your injuries and damages, you must collect the following proof:
- The official police report that was conducted at the scene of your accident.
- Pictures and videos of your injuries, damages, and the unsafe property conditions that led to your accident.
- Medical bills that state the costs of your required treatments for your injuries.
- A doctor’s note that states the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Witness testimonies.
- Surveillance camera footage.
If you require assistance with fulfilling this burden of proof, you must retain the services of a skilled Ontario personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
Contact Our Experienced Toronto Personal Injury Firm
If you have been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, contact a Toronto Personal Injury Lawyer at Merricks Law Group today.