I was injured in a slip and fall accident: Who is responsible?

Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are as common in the Ontario region as they are elsewhere in Canada. Most of the time, these accidents do not cause serious injury, but occasionally they may result in broken bones, head injuries, spinal injuries and more. When injuries like these occur, victims often wonder if someone else is liable for their injuries. The question of liability is valid, as property owners have a duty to protect guests, visitors and customers from reasonable harm.

With that said, like you, many people injured in such accidents do not know who is at fault. To help you determine if you have a personal injury case, here is a brief breakdown of some slip and fall scenarios.

City sidewalk accidents: Municipalities may be held liable for any injuries sustained by slipping or falling on the city's sidewalks if the victim can show that the city failed to maintain the walkway.

Retail establishment slips and falls: People can slip for a number of reasons in retail establishments such as on wet floors or on uneven flooring. If the victim can prove negligence of maintenance failure, he or she may have a personal injury case.

Building code violations: Sometimes, if a property owner failed to comply with building codes and a slip and fall injury occurred, the victim may have grounds to file a lawsuit.

Private property injuries: There are occasions when hazards present in the home or on the property of private citizens could result in an injury. The victim could be able to initiate a personal injury lawsuit depending upon the specifics of the situation.

These are just a few of the scenarios that could result in slip and fall injuries for which another party is liable. You will likely benefit from discussing the details of your case with a personal injury lawyer serving your area.

Source: FindLaw, "Slip and Fall FAQ," accessed Feb. 22, 2016

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