Slip & Fall Claims
The Fall Might Not Have Been Your Fault
Owners and occupiers of property in Ontario hold a responsibility to keep that property safe and reasonably free of hazards. This obligation extends to private homeowners, business establishments and municipal governments. If an owner or occupier fails to take proper care, injury can result to a visitor, patron or passerby.
If you have suffered an injury, you do not need to suffer the effects without assistance. The lawyers at Alam Law Firm in Mississauga can help. While a slip-and-fall claim can be a challenging legal endeavour, everyone who has been hurt has the right to seek legal advice. Our lawyers will let you know where you stand and what we can do to help.
Alam Law Firm is a team of experienced lawyers that wants to help you win your case.
Documenting And Assessing The Hazard
Slip-and-fall claims must be filed quickly, both to preserve the evidence and to meet legal deadlines. If you have fallen on city property, you may have only a matter of days to file. Documenting the condition of the area in which you fell and contacting our law firm right away will help your chances for a successful legal claim.
Cellphone pictures, videos, and the names and numbers of any witnesses are all valuable pieces of potential evidence. Our FAQ page on slip-and-fall cases has more information.
A trip-and-fall accident can be the result of any number of hazards. Property conditions that can lead to a serious injury include:
- Unstable store displays
- Store spills, including wet floors from cleaning, fallen produce or liquids
- Broken or unstable staircases
- Uneven flooring
- Poor lighting in staircases and hallways
- Icy sidewalks
If you are recovering from a slip-and-fall injury, our lawyers can help. We will assess what happened, how you were injured and whether you may be able to advance a legal claim for personal injury. We will be your advocates throughout legal proceedings.
Slip-And-Fall Claims - FAQs
- The name and address and of the owner of the property
- The name and address of all witnesses to the accident or who may have seen you lying on the ground
- The name and address of all persons to whom you have reported the incident
- Some pictures of the area or objects that caused your fall
- The property owner was “negligent”, which means that the property owner breached the legal duty owed to the injured individual;
- There is causation, meaning that the property owner’s specific acts of negligence caused the injuries; and
- As a result of the property owner’s negligence you suffered losses.
The injured party must prove that the defendant was negligent toward them. It must be shown that the landowner/occupant possessed the premises at the time of the accident and that they had control of the premises, and control of the condition thereof.
Generally, a plaintiff will be able to recover all economic damages (income loss and medical and other expenses etc), incurred resulting from the occurrence. Many times noneconomic damages are also awarded (i.e., pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, etc.).
Yes. If you have been injured in a premises accident, including a slip-and-fall accident, it is advisable to immediately consult a personal injury lawyer. The insurance company for the property owner is not your ally regardless of how cooperative or friendly it may seem. That insurance company has lawyers and other resources to try to defeat any claim you assert. In order to be on equal footing, you need to have an injury lawyer on your side. Early consultation with a personal injury lawyer can also help your case in that your lawyer may be able to help investigate and document your case. Sometimes a delay results in witnesses and evidence disappearing or becoming more difficult to obtain. The opposing insurance company will be aggressively investigating your case and you need someone doing the same for you. Please contact our firm to schedule your free initial consultation.