Common places you could slip and fall

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A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere and at any time.  There are many individuals who will accept tripping and falling as part of their life, without thinking of the consequences. They may end up with severe injuries, whether it’s accidental injuries or injuries which can interfere with their daily lives. When negligence contributes to a victim slipping and falling then that victim may be entitled to compensation. A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can happen everywhere. Here are some places that could be dangerous or even deadly:

Public Elevators

Most of these cases are very rare but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. An accident can occur inside or outside of an elevator whether it’s from poor maintenance, wet floors, irregular stopping or doors closing in too fast. If the victim is not at fault and not responsible for that accident, he / she is entitled to receive compensation for his/her injuries.

If someone was injured at their workplace and the reasons of their slipping and falling are proven to be a direct result of the land-owners negligence, then they are entitled to compensation.  However, this is generally covered by the Workers Compensation Board WCB.

Ice and Snow

Falling or slipping on ice happens quite often, especially in Alberta. A person slipping and falling on ice may end up with severe injuries and serious bruising. Many victims that have experienced snow and ice related accidents may need several surgeries and have to live with severe pain for years.  A lot of these accidents occur because of the landowner’s negligence. Some city or private owners will fail to clear the snow off from the sidewalk or in front of their buildings. Most provinces in Canada require businesses to keep their streets free from ice and snow.  If the fall occurs on private property, such as a business, an injured victim may be entitled to compensation.

Apartment buildings

Apartment building owners or their hired maintenance staff are responsible for keeping their property safe for everybody in the building, as well as invitees. If the land-owner or their agent fail to do this, they may be held liable for any resulting injuries. Most Apartment building accidents happen because of spills in the public areas of the building, ice and snow on the sidewalk, broken steps, improperly installed rails and other forms of negligence. Apartment building slip and falls could result in severe injuries such as broken bones, head injuries and back injuries. Many victims of such accidents could remain disabled and unable to perform their day-to-day activities, suffer a loss of income, an inability to perform household tasks, etc.  Usually, such individuals do not have insurance coverage such as in a car accident and are left to fend for themselves.  For that reason, a good personal injury lawyer is required.

Spa clubs and salons

Spa clubs, or salons are supposed to improve your health, not to hurt it. Many injuries happen in these health clubs due to unsafe wet floors, unsafe wires and broken equipment. Spa accidents can lead to various fractures, it could also lead to brain injuries and severe scarring.

Bars and Nightclubs

Places such as these are notorious for over-serving guests and thereby creating an unsafe premises.  They often allow too many people into said bar or nightclub and this often results in slips or injuries through no fault of the victim.

What to do if you got injured?

If you got injured due to unsafe conditions here is what you should do:

  • Call the police (where applicable) and paramedics.
  • Collect names of witnesses;
  • Take note of what happened as soon as possible, while it is still fresh in your memory and sign and date the notes;
  • Inform the land-owner or Manager of the unsafe conditions, prefereably in writing;
  • Collect evidence in form of picture or video (if possible);
  • Seek proper medical attention
  • Preserve your footwear—place it in a plastic bag as it may be important evidence later.  Do not wear it again until the litigation is over.
  • Get legal representation from an injury lawyer
Norm Assiff

Norm Assiff

Norm was awarded the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (ACTLA) President's Award for 2012--awarded to a member of the Alberta bar who has distinguished himself or herself by his or her contribution to the profession or the community, the advancement of the law or their service to ACTLA. He has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta (Provincial Court, Queen's Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal) as well as the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Federal Court of Appeal.

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