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Many Canadians are not aware of their rights when they suffer a slip and fall injury. However, contacting slip and fall lawyers following an injury can help you establish if it makes sense to file a slip and fall claim. Slip and fall claims can assist you in receiving compensation to help you recover more comfortably and quickly from your injuries.
The first and most important step following a slip and fall accident is to determine if the owners of the property were negligent. The second is showing that you were not in any way responsible for the fall due to your own carelessness. For example, if you are walking through a parking lot that is poorly lit, slick with ice and no sign of road salt and fall, clearly the property owner has played a role in your injury. On the other hand, if you are walking through a well-lit, salted parking lot but have had a few drinks or are wearing high spiked heels, then much of the fault could be found to be with you.
Reasonable care plays a key role in showing negligence on the part of the property owner. Your lawyers will do a thorough investigation to see if there is a pattern of poor maintenance on the property and show that the property owner was not using reasonable care to ensure their property was safe. For example, a property owner who can present records of scheduled maintenance checks and assessments will be more difficult to prove to be negligent compared to a property owner who can be shown to have had the same issues on their property for many months without trying to fix them.
Your slip and fall lawyers will also be concerned about the rules of “comparative negligence”. They will look at potential evidence that might make you look careless such as you finding out you were texting when you fell. Your slip and fall lawyers will help establish you were not at fault and were not being careless when the accident occurred. It is not so much you have to prove you were careful, but instead that you weren’t careless.
If you were not at fault for your injuries, slip and fall lawyers will provide you with the legal advice and representation you need to file and win your slip and fall claim.