"Slip-and-fall" is a term used to describe an injury that occurs as a result of dangerous conditions on someone else's property. These accidents don't always take the form of a slip-and-fall, but can include falling down stairs, being hit by falling objects or similar incidents that could be prevented by the owners of the property.
At Rochon Genova, our slip-and-fall lawyers can help you get compensation for serious injuries caused by a slip-and-fall, which may include broken bones, spinal damage and head injury. Such injuries may have long-lasting effects on your health and well-being.
You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, past and future income loss, health care expenses, housekeeping and home maintenance expenses, as well as compensation for your family members if your injuries are particularly severe.
Common causes of slip-and-falls and related accidents include:
- Icy stairs and other weather-related hazards
- Shelves that are improperly loaded
- Poor construction such as uneven flooring, shoddy stairs and unsecured railings
- Debris such as boxes or trash
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate signs for hazards such as wet floors or electrical equipment
Although you usually have two years to start legal proceedings, it's important to get legal advice as soon as possible after your accident. If you were injured on city or public property, the time period to notify the city is significantly shorter and as little as 10 days. It is not always easy to tell what is and isn't city property, so contacting a lawyer right away is essential.
Many cases also depend on getting evidence about the condition of the property at the time of your accident, and the longer you delay in beginning your proceeding, the harder it may be to get accurate evidence and win a tort claim.
Contact Rochon Genova LLP
If you have suffered a trip-and-fall or other accident on somebody else's property, and you believe there may be issues of premises liability, call Rochon Genova at 416-548-9874 or send us an email to set up a free consultation. We serve clients in the Greater Toronto Area and throughout Ontario.