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Who is responsible for your slip-and-fall accident?

When you are suffering due to a slip-and-fall accident, you need to know that you're not alone. In many cases, you can seek compensation for the injuries you've suffered due to the negligence of the other party. Whether you slip and fall at work or suffer an injury falling at a local grocery store, there are protections that can help you get the care and compensation you need.

Is a slip-and-fall injury always someone else's fault?

Your slip-and-fall case is a personal injury lawsuit. You need to show in your lawsuit why the other party is liable for your injuries. For instance, if you trip on a broken tile in a shop and suffer fractured wrists, you may be able to seek compensation for those injuries. However, if you only trip over your own shoelaces, there's little that can be done for you, since you caused your own injuries.

What kinds of conditions are considered to be hazardous?

Sometimes, hazardous conditions can be the cause of a serious injury. These conditions may include things like wet surfaces that are unmarked, ice and snow left on walkways that should be managed by a party, uneven or unsafe stairways, poor lighting, debris left as an obstacle and more.

What can be done to show that a property owner was negligent?

Negligence can be shown in some cases if you can prove that the other party didn't take steps to correct a hazard even though they knew about it. For instance, failing to put a "wet floor" sign on the ground by puddles could be negligence.

Source: FindLaw Canada, "Slip-and-fall liability," accessed May 27, 2016

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