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Slips, trips, and falls happen quickly and can result in broken bones, head trauma, back and neck injuries, and strains and sprains. While the accident may take place within seconds, some injuries can result in long-term disability, leaving victims unable to return to work or their other regular activities.

Whether the accident is the result of a wet, slippery surface, unsafe steps or walkways, or failure to remove snow and ice, the property owner is responsible for taking measures to prevent foreseeable accidents.

For this reason, it is important that property owners and property occupiers keep their property or premises safe for users. Here are some tips to help prevent accidents on your property:

    • Be vigilant in inspecting the areas around your property for potential dangers such as unsafe steps or uneven pavement. Keep walkways and stairs clear.
    • Clean up spills quickly, and make sure people avoid the area until smooth surfaces are completely dry.
    • Use signs to alert visitors to potential dangers such as slippery floors, or falling ice and snow.
    • Keep areas that you know are dangerous off-limits to visitors until repairs have been made.
    • Act quickly to make repairs, make an area off-limits or post warnings once you have been made aware of a potentially dangerous situation.

Failure to maintain a property or premises can result in conditions where slips, trips, and falls become more likely. If someone is injured under these circumstances, a personal injury lawyer can help find out if they may be entitled to recover damages for your injury from the property owner or occupier.

Property owners often have insurance that victims can access to gain financial compensation and help them manage the short-term and long-term effects of their injuries.

Learn more about the criteria for determining who is legally responsible for a trip and fall accident by reading our blogs below. FDT LAW’s personal injury lawyers are experts in personal injury and civil litigation claims.

Chances are the arrival of cooler weather means you’re already paying closer attention to the exterior of your house. This is the time of year when any outdoor repairs you may have been putting off become a priority in order to prepare for the winter. When you are a homeowner, cleaning up, clearing the clutter, and making small repairs is an important part of preparing your property for the change in seasons.

Tips to avoid personal injury on your property

Being diligent about property maintenance helps protect your visitors from potential dangers, and yourself from potential lawsuits, should someone happen to suffer an accident while on your property, such as a trip and fall.

If you are a commercial or residential property owner in physical possession of the property, you are responsible to take steps to make sure visitors are reasonably safe while on your property. An occupier of the property is defined by Ontario’s Occupier

Liability Act and can be not only of property but also a tenant in control of their leased area, as well as subcontractors contractually responsible for maintenance of an area.

Here are some tips to help prevent accidents on your property:

  • Talk a walk around the exterior of your property, looking for and removing any tripping hazards.
  • Carefully inspect your driveway, walkways, and any exterior steps. Look for uneven surfaces, crumbling concrete or other tripping hazards. Test any railings to ensure they are secure. Make any necessary repairs.
  • Repair leaky eavestroughs to prevent dripping or pooling water that can later turn to ice.
  • Look for decaying trees or branches. These may present a falling hazard and may need to be removed.

Negligent property maintenance can result in personal injury lawsuits

Failure to maintain a property or premises can result in conditions where slips, trips, and falls become more likely. If you are injured due to someone’s negligence in maintaining a safe property, an Ontario injury lawyer can help find out if you may be entitled to recover damages for your injury from the occupier.

Learn more about the criteria for determining whether the steps you take will be meet the appropriate standard of care by reading our previous post called “Slips trips and falls resulting in personal injury more likely under icy conditions”

During icy winter months, it is important that property owners and property occupiers keep their property or premises safe for users.

Failure to maintain a property or premises can result in conditions where slips, trips, and falls become more likely. If you are injured under these circumstances, a personal injury lawyer can help you find out if you may be entitled to recover damages for your injury from the property owner or occupier.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the following are some of the criteria used to determine whether or not the appropriate standard of care was applied:

    • Whether the danger was foreseeable.
    • Whether the occupier’s conduct was in accordance with acceptable standards of practice.
    • Whether there was an adequate system of inspection (considering the risks involved) in place and carried out.
    • Whether the danger was allowed to exist for an unreasonable amount of time.
    • The ease with which the danger could have been prevented.

Property owners often have insurance that victims can access to gain financial compensation and help them manage the short-term and long-term effects of their injuries.

Our firm has helped many clients recover damages from municipalities, companies, and a variety of property owners whose negligence has resulted in personal injury. If you are injured in a slip/trip and fall or other incidents, we can help you. Call FDT Law today at 1-800-563-6348.

Slip and Fall Accidents can result in:

  • Orthopaedic injury
  • Brain injury
  • Psychological injury
  • Permanent or long lasting disability from work
  • Permanent or long lasting impairment in Activities of Normal Life

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