Slip and falls can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender or physical ability. Letâ€™s face it, any unexpected fall and sudden contact with hard floors or pavement can lead to injuries that range from minor to life threatening. Unfortunately, when it comes to Canadian seniors, these slip and fall accidents are more likely to cause serious injury, which in some cases, can even lead to death.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, falls are the leading cause of injuries among Canadians aged 65 years and over. Research also suggests that falls are the direct cause of 95 per cent of all hip fractures, which lead to death in 20 per cent of cases.
Like other major injuries, fall-related injuries can seriously alter an individualâ€™s quality of life. Apart from direct pain and suffering from injuries, individuals can also lose their sense of independence and their ability to participate in both physical and social activities.
When it comes to sustaining fall-related injuries, stairs are particularly hazardous due to the risk of tripping, slipping or stumbling while going up or down them. The risk of tripping, slipping or stumbling increases when the home, property or business owner fails to properly maintain this particular area. For example, if a slip and fall injury is sustained on stairs that are not kept in good condition or are wet or snow covered, the owner of the property or establishment might be considered negligent and therefore at fault for resulting injuries. This holds true regardless of whether you are on private property, public property or even in a nursing home or hospital setting.
Filing a Claim
If youâ€™ve sustained injuries from a slip and fall incident that was caused by someoneâ€™s negligence, there are a number of immediate and important steps to take, including:
- Seeking medical attention right away
- Documenting the incident and everything related to your injuries such as medical records and photos of the scene where the incident took place
- Reporting the incident and injury to the proper authorities, as well as to the property or business owner where the incident occurred
- Getting the contact information for anyone who witnessed the incident
- Contacting a personal injury lawyer to discuss a potential claim
Contacting a personal injury lawyer to help review your case and file your claim is extremely important when it comes to slip and fall injuries. In Ontario, there may be strict deadlines that you must meet to be able to file a lawsuit. For example, claims against property owners may be required to be filed within two years of the incident and claims that involve your city or municipal government may require written notice of your claim within 10 days of the incident even before you start a lawsuit. Depending on who is liable for your slip and fall injury, swift action will need to be taken to ensure you are able to get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Contact Harrison Pensa
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident that was the fault of someone elseâ€™s negligence, contact our experienced team of personal injury lawyers today. We understand that the recovery process for any injury is difficult, thatâ€™s why we work with you every step of the way to help build your case andto ensure you receive appropriate compensation. Contact us today at 1-855- 744-9228 or firstname.lastname@example.org