Slip & Fall

Everything You Should Do After a Slip & Fall Accident in Canada

If you’re a victim of a slip and fall accident in Ontario and want to pursue a case, it’s easy to get lost in all the legal jargon you encounter.

The definition of a slip and fall accident is a little blurry. What exactly constitutes a slip or fall?

In general, a slip and fall accident is a mishap where a pedestrian falls onto wet or greasy grounds or just plain falls onto ground that is not well maintained.

Every slip and fall accident is unique, but here are some tips that can help you out:

Bring the Accident to Attention

Slip and fall accidents must be reported to the property owner, manager, or municipal authority as soon as possible. Not reporting the accident can cause issues that may affecet your right to compensation, so act quickly.

Seek Treatment Immediately

If you suffer an injury in a slip and fall accident, you must visit a doctor as soon as possible so that your injuries are documented.  You’ll also want to keep track of all your medical expenses and save receipts as they can be recoverable.

Inspect the Scene

After a slip and fall accident, it’s important to inspect the scene of the accident to look for evidence. Take pictures of the area and have someone take photographs of you in the area. Take note of any water spills or other debris that may have caused the accident, and keep copies of any photos you take.

Record Every Detail of the Accident

Once you know you’re pursuing a case, make sure you record everything that happened leading up to your accident. Keep a diary of everything that happened during the day of your accident, including the dates and times, any witness statements, and any information about the injuries you suffered, such as the extent of your pain and limitations in your activities.

Take Photos at the Scene

Make sure you take photos of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the wet or slippery area, any debris or other items that could have caused you to slip and fall, and pictures of your injuries.

Consult With a Lawyer Immediately

Once you have all your evidence, you can speak with a slip and fall lawyer to bring your case to action.

Dealing with a slip and fall injury can be difficult and trying, but with the right lawyer, you just might have a chance at winning your case.

Never Delay

Slip and fall accidents have time limits for filing notice or claim ranging from 10 days for municipalities, 60 days for private property if the fall was caused by ice or snow, and 2 years to issue a claim in court. Your lawyer will need time to investigate the parties that need to be placed on notice.  Seek a consultation immediately with a lawyer to ensure your claim is not barred due to limitation periods.

The Bottomline

Slip and fall accidents happen quickly, unexpectedly, and without warning. Because of this, you need to act quickly and begin claiming your compensation as soon as possible.

Do you need help with slip fall in Niagara Falls? Parlatore Law is a personal injury law firm that serves the surrounding areas of southern Ontario, including St. Catherines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Welland, Fort Erie, Thorold, Port Colborne, Fonthill, Pelham, Grimsby, Stoney Creek, and Hamilton. Get in touch with us. 

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