Slipping on a Banana Peel is No Laughing Matter!
It may be a comedy staple, but it’s certainly not funny when you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident. Brampton slip and fall injury lawyers who handle such cases exclusively can tell you that the injuries people can suffer in these accidents can be life-changing not just for the victim, but for the entire family.
How Common Are They?
Slip and fall accidents are more prevalent than we think. They’re specially common among certain groups like the elderly. Statistics released in 2003 reveal that slip and fall accidents account for nearly 20% of all injuries in Ontario.
Why Do They Happen?
It’s unfortunate, but true, that most accidents are preventable. They’re also most often caused by someone else’s fault or negligence. Some of the common reasons include:
- Not mopping up spills immediately
- Slippery surfaces with ice/snow/oil/soap/water
- Poor house-keeping practices
- Unanchored mats/rugs/carpets
- Lack of warning-signs
- Ill-maintained property
- Poor lighting
- Defective footwear
Slipping and falling can hurt! Seriously!
Brampton personal injury lawyers know from experience in dealing with such cases that slip and fall accidents cause injuries ranging from minor and quick-healing to long-term or permanently disabling ones. In certain catastrophic cases, death can also result if the person slipped and fell from a height.
Injuries typically include:
- Facial/dental injuries
- Crush and Impact injuries
- Head/spine/neck injuries
- Fractures and dislocation
- Musculo-skeletal injuries
- Back and tail-bone injury
Top rated accident lawyers can tell you that apart from physical injuries, victims and their families undergo financial and emotional trauma too. They’re entitled to compensation from those responsible for the accident.
Claiming Compensation: Issues and Challenges !
Brampton slip and fall accident lawyers must put together a robust claim for compensation that may be contested by the at-fault party (defendant), their insurers and legal representatives.
They must prove that:
- The defendant owed a duty of care
- There was a breach of this duty
- The victim suffered damages
- These damages were caused by the breach of duty
- The injuries impacted the life of those claiming compensation
To get accident benefits, each of these factors must be established.
Let’s meet these challenges together!