There are More Than Eight Million Incidences of Slip And Fall Accidents Every Year: If You are One of Them, it is Better if You Know Your Rights
Premises liability refers to a landowner’s liability for certain types of injuries suffered by anyone on his/her property where some type of unsafe or defective condition exists. Though the leading basis of a premises liability is injury due to slip and fall accident, it also includes in its scope any type of injury that may be due to falling objects, open excavations, broken benches or chairs, electrocution, broken stairways, and so forth.
Owners, especially of public places, such as government offices, restaurants, food courts, swimming pool areas, hospitals, churches, playgrounds, malls, etc., are fully responsible to see to it that their premise is free from risks of accident at all times. Anyone who gets injured while in their premise will have the right to pursue legal action against them.
Based on records from the National Safety Council (NSC), there are more than eight million incidences of slip and fall accidents every year. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization, half of all accidental deaths in the home are due to slip and fall and though it is not the primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, it remains to be the primary cause of lost days from work and, thus, the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
Slip and fall accidents can result to strained ligaments and muscles, a fractured wrist or elbow, a fractured hip, a broken or sprained ankle, a spinal column injury, a neck injury or a head trauma. Causes of this type of accident include wet, oily, icy or slippery floors, staircases or surfaces; uneven, loose or broken floor, floor tile, steps, or sidewalk; unsecured rugs or carpets; hidden or tangled extension wires or other forms of obstruction; lack of handrails; and, inadequate or poor lighting.
In a legal standpoint, Toronto personal injury lawyers of Mazin & Associates, PC, affirms that “Owners can be found negligent and responsible for the serious slip and fall injuries caused by inadequate lighting, surfaces that are excessively slippery, not removing snow or ice, or allowing dangerous conditions to exist on their property. The law relating to owners’ duties to maintain safe property, however, is extremely complex, with different rules affecting private and public entities. Limitation periods for slip and fall injury claims as well as safety standards apply differently depending on whether the owner of the property is a private person or the government. Therefore, it is extremely important that you contact a slip and fall injury lawyer right after a slip and fall accident as time limits for submitting claims can be extremely short.