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Slips, Trips and Falls: What to Do If You’ve Suffered an Unexpected Fall

  • March 11, 2014
  • by admin
  • accident, liability, slip and fall lawyer, slip trip and fall, Slips, Trips and Falls,

man fallen in snowAccording to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, 42,000 Canadians are injured by slip, trip and fall accidents at work.

Let’s take a look at these situations and find out what your next steps are after you have suffered from a slip, trip and fall injury.

What are the common causes of STF?

Slips, trips and falls can be caused by different factors that are often beyond your control. These may include:

  • Elevator malfunction
  • Poor lighting
  • Escalator failure
  • Debris or loose materials
  • Material defects
  • Exposed manholes
  • Unsafe structures
  • Wet and slippery surfaces
  • Uneven or loose flooring
  • Environmental conditions such as ice-covered sidewalks during winter

As a result of these conditions, and your slip, trip or fall, you could experience broken or fractured bones, bruises, sprains or strains, concussion, internal damage or in worst cases, fatality.

What should be done when you suffered from STF?

If you have suffered from slips, trips and falls, the first thing that needs to be done is to determine who is responsible for the accident that caused you the injury. Depending on the situation, keep in mind that:

  • Each person is responsible for their own property and dwelling.
  • Your local council or municipality should keep the pavements, steps and walkways clean, safe and risk-free.
  • Businesses such as shops, malls, restaurants or supermarkets should also ensure that they are taking necessary precautions to prevent slips, trips or falls.
  • If you are at work, it is a MUST for your employers to comply with the health and safety law to prevent any of the unwanted situations from happening.

Here is a step-by-step procedure on what you can do if you suffered from a slip, trip or fall.

1) In order to claim personal injury compensation after the STF, you need to prove that you are NOT at fault and that another person is responsible for your injury.

2)  As much as possible, document every detail of your slip, trip or fall. Take pictures of the area where the accident happened. Make sure that the pictures are clear enough to see the disparity between uneven pavements or lack of signposts for instance.

3) Report the incident immediately. Take note that this should be written, recorded and reported to the person in charge of the area where the accident occurred.

4) Get legal assistance. Having an experienced slip and fall lawyer can help you as you claim for compensation and reimbursement for your medical bills, lost income, damages, suffering and more.

When it comes to slips, trips and falls, seeking legal assistance immediately is very important especially when you are not at fault. Your lawyer will be able to help you process your claim and make sure you get the right compensation you deserve. Contact the WILL DAVIDSON team to learn more about how we can achieve the best possible result for your claim.

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