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Understanding if You Have a Valid Personal Injury Claim for Slip and Fall

Have you recently been hurt on someone else’s property and believe it was their fault for failing to notify you about the hazard or failing to remove it from the area? If so, you may have grounds to retain an experienced slip-and-fall injury lawyer. Given that slip and fall accidents are some of the most common grounds for personal injury lawsuits, it is important to take your injury seriously and get medical attention as soon as possible. 

What is a Slip and Fall Claim?

A slip and fall claim refers to a lawsuit or Insurance claim associated with a person who was critically injured when they slipped, tripped, or fell on another person’s property. Depending on my ability, one person could be accused of negligence or failure-to-warn, issues that can both lead to slip and fall injury lawsuits.

Why You Need to Consult a Slip and Fall Lawyer 

The specifics of how you will file a claim depend on whether or not you fell on an individual’s property or on the property of a business. Both of these situations could be covered by different types of insurance. Attempting to navigate this complex process of recovering compensation for your injuries can be too much to bear when you are suffering from serious medical conditions like broken bones, fractures, and more.

Trusting your case to an experienced slip and fall personal injury lawyer gives you the ability to focus on your healing and medical treatments while remaining confident that someone is fighting hard on your behalf for the funds you need to move on. 

Proving Your Slip and Fall Injury 

It is important to gather evidence as soon as possible after you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident. This evidence, including the contact information for the potentially liable party, pictures from the scene, and notes about how you slipped and fell could all prove important in a personal injury lawsuit.

Proving Negligence and Liability 

In order to show that someone else is responsible for your injuries on their property, you need to be able to illustrate that they could have reasonably foreseen the potential for an accident and failed to take corrective or preventive action. If the property owner knew, for example, that a piece of carpeting was torn or that there was a hole in the floor, but chose not to put up a warning sign, this could assist with proving negligence. 

Proving That You Didn’t Cause Your Slip and Fall Injury 

You might assume that the facts of your slip and fall injury case are obvious, but the other party might fight back and argue that you are partially or fully responsible for the accident. It is important to communicate with a knowledgeable slip and fall injury lawyer about the possible arguments another party could bring up and how these can be combated in settlement discussions or court. 

Consult a Slip and Fall Lawyer from Diamond & Diamond

The recovery from a slip and fall accident could be lengthy. Recognizing that you might have long-term consequences from your injuries should prompt you to consult with a dedicated attorney who is highly familiar with the common arguments and the laws surrounding slip and fall accidents.  Consult a lawyer from Diamond & Diamond today for more information. 

Personal Injury Claim for Slip and Fall FAQ

Are slip and fall cases hard to win?

Slip and fall cases all depend on the complexity of the claim and whether the other party attempts to deny responsibility. Having a trusted lawyer in your corner helps you to fight for a positive outcome.

How long does it take for a slip and fall settlement?

Some slip and fall cases can be settled in a matter of weeks, but others could take months.

What does premises liability mean?

Premises liability means that the owner of a property is responsible for any injuries sustained on that property. However, this is only the case if the owner is guilty of negligence or unsafe conditions. If, for example, you fall off an 8-foot high wall that you decided to walk on, then the owner wouldn’t be responsible. If you fall over uneven and poorly maintained paving stones, then the owner would be liable.

My slip and fall accident happened while I was in the middle of the road, who can I sue?

When you suffer a slip and fall injury while walking on a city sidewalk, road, or highway, you can sue the city for negligence. However, you must document everything and notify the city of your accident.

Are slip and fall case settlements taxable in Alberta?

Fortunately, personal injury settlements are not taxable in Alberta. However, interest from them is. If you decide to invest the money you receive from your settlement, then the interest will be fully taxable.

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