Unfortunately, many personal injury cases that reach the courts across Ontario are simple slip and fall accidents that result in severe injuries when safety precautions fall by the wayside.
Sometimes, it’s a stumble upon a patch of snow or ice that hasn’t been properly melted or cleared. Other times, someone takes a slide on a wet spot that wasn’t properly wiped from a messy floor.
Whatever the particular case may be, know the actions to take in the event you or someone around you should happen to take an unexpected, dangerous fall…
- Report the incident immediately, then find out how to obtain your own copy of the official incident report, as well as the name of the individual who prepared it
- If you can’t stand on your own power, call for an ambulance immediately; while you wait, take pictures (or have someone else take them for you) of the accident scene depicting it from multiple angles
- Obtain all important contact information (names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, particularly) of all present witnesses to the accident
- Hold on to the shoes you wore when the accident happened, for insurance-adjustment purposes
- If you need medical attention, provide all responders and medical facility staff with an accurate event account; double-check your own account before you leave the hospital or other facility where you receive your treatment
- Incidents on city or government property have a short window in which you can provide your claim in writing after the accident. Call Singh Barristers immediately, so that we can assist you with detailing the incident in the clearest, most accurate fashion possible in accordance with statutory requirements. As always, your consultation will be absolutely free of charge.