November is Fall Prevention Month and we at Beckett want to do our part in spreading awareness on the subject. We also want to provide tips on how to avoid a slip and fall injury, in addition to explaining how the Beckett team can help in the event of an injury.
Avoiding Slip and Fall Injuries
A slip and fall injury can have a major impact on your quality of life. As we approach the winter season, we thought it would be useful to compile a list of tips that property owners and occupiers can use to make sure that their areas are maintained and as safe as possible.
- As Canadians, we aren’t strangers to frigid temperatures or the inclement weather that so often comes along with it. Ice and snow can create dangerous hazards and so it is very important that any walkways used year-round are properly shovelled and salted to avoid any risk of injury.
- No matter the weather, walkways and other spaces should remain free of clutter that could be a potential obstacle. This can range from electrical cords crossing pathways, to yard tools left on the ground and in the way.
- With winter comes longer nights and a dim or unlit space can be just as dangerous as one rife with physical obstructions. Any frequented spaces should have effective lighting so that people can see where they’re going, day or night.
- If at any time a walkway is temporarily unsafe for someone to navigate, like in the event of a water spill, clear signage needs to be posted. More permanent hazards, such as stairs lacking handrails, should be cordoned off until they are made safe.
You’re Entitled To Compensation
Sometimes, a property owner will fail to make the proper accommodations to ensure that their property is safe, and that is when people get hurt. The reality is that we aren’t always focusing on the here and now – sometimes we get distracted, and if we’re navigating what may outwardly appear to be an area free of hazards, slips and falls can easily happen. Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation or other things like subsidised physical therapy. In most cases, you have two years from the time of your fall to take legal action against the party that is responsible for your injury, but is always best to seek legal advice right away to make sure your rights are protected. Claims against some defendants, like Municipalities, have much shorter deadlines that apply.
Experienced Lawyers You Can Trust
In the unfortunate event of a slip and fall injury, it is very important that you receive legal representation from a lawyer with experience in this area, otherwise you may receive less than what is fairly owed to you – or nothing at all. The personal injury lawyers at Beckett are specialised in this field and have helped thousands of victims receive fair compensation for their pain and suffering. We will work tirelessly to see that you are fairly compensated.
Beckett lawyers are ready to help you through your unique case and fight for justice. If you’re interested in understanding your options, reach out to Beckett today or fill out our contact us form for a free case evaluation.
Published on November 1, 2022