Every day you encounter little things here and there: bunched up carpets at the entrance to a restaurant, puddles of water on the grocery store floor, ice patches that haven’t been adequately salted down on the steps to a building. Normally they’re nothing, until you stop paying attention and you hit the ground. Often, an adult can walk away with just a bit of dust on their clothes, but in some cases, these slips can be debilitating. In one case, an American woman won nearly $300,000 to replace her elbow after she tripped on a bunched up carpet and it shattered. Failure to mop and place a yellow caution sign over water is enough to make a property or business owner liable.
Some of the health conditions caused by these accidents include sprains, broken bones, and fractures. They can be particularly dangerous to the elderly, for whom a broken hip can mean the end of their quality of life for good. These are injuries that can lead to lost income, emotional bereavement, and medical expenses not covered by OHIP. Did you know that physiotherapy is not covered by Ontario health insurance for the vast majority of working age adults? You can wind up facing astronomical medical bills long after an accident if you don’t take your fall seriously.
When it comes to public buildings or spaces, you may have to contend with government bodies. Under the law, municipalities and governments are held to the same standards of upkeep as private property owners. Keep in mind that municipal governments set their own demanding time limits for notifying them of your intent to file a claim.
If you’re not sure who is responsible for your injury, Goodman Law provides some definitions of a “property owner”. It could simply be a property manager or owner of an apartment building who failed to shovel and salt the walk. It could also be a restaurant owner whose employee neglected to clean up a spill, or the manager of hotel who did not clear foot-level obstructions from the floor. Goodman Law slip and fall lawyers also recommend that you gather extensive evidence such as witness reports and surveillance footage after an incident. These can be difficult to obtain, though personal injury lawyers often take this task on themselves while you focus on your recovery.
Perhaps one of the most important things to look for in a personal injury lawyer is a focus on client services and support. This exemplifies a firm’s confidence in its own abilities and it’s commitment to clients. Firms like Goodman Law offer free initial consultations and operate on a contingent basis, two qualities that are prerequisites in your search for legal representation. Contingency fees mean that a firm doesn’t get paid unless it wins or settles your case. Ask about a firm’s previous cases; no two suits are the same and you’ll want representation with a versatile knowledge. The more specialized the firm is, the more likely your personal injury lawyer is to understand your unique circumstances. With the experts in your court, you can win the compensation you deserve after you’ve suffered an accident due to negligence.