Slip and fall Accidents

Slip and Fall Lawyers in Nova Scotia

Although the term “slip and fall” may sound minor, these accidents are anything but. In fact, from 2016 to 2017, nearly 654,000 of the more than two million visits to Canadian emergency rooms were due to slip and fall accidents. Here in Canada, falls are the leading cause of death among our elderly with the risk increasing proportionately with age.

We Represent the Rights of Slip and Fall Victims

Here at Brill Law, we represent the rights of victims of slip and fall accidents that are caused by someone else’s negligence. Serving Sydney, New Glasgow, Bedford, Truro, Lower, Dartmouth, Halifax, Chester, Amherst, Bridgewater and all surrounding communities in Nova Scotia, we ensure that injury victims get the compensation they deserve after a slip and fall accident.

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Common Slip and Fall Dangers

When we think of slip and fall accidents, we typically think of ice and snow. But there are many situations that create hazards for unsuspecting pedestrians:

  • Loose carpeting
  • Inadequate safety features
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Slippery and wet floor
  • Cracks and potholes
  • Missing handrails
  • Improper construction of stairways
  • Construction debris
  • Inadequate inspection of public property
  • Inadequate personnel to deal with maintenance
  • Inadequate signage warning about dangers or hazards

What is the Occupier’s Liability Act?

Many of these instances constitute negligence. If someone slips and falls due to another’s negligence, the owner or tenant of the property, otherwise known as the occupier, may be held liable for the injuries sustained due to that unsafe environment under the Occupier’s Liability Act.

The owner, or “occupier” has a duty of care for those who visit and use that property and must maintain the conditions to ensure safety. If the occupier has disregarded that duty of care, it is considered a negligent act and becomes liable for damages.

This liability can include financial  compensation for

  • Your medical expenses and costs associated with your injury
  • Loss of income for any time you were out of work because of the accident
  • Any money that family members paid toward your recovery
  • The occupier may, under severe conditions, be ordered to pay punitive damages to you in the way of pain and suffering compensation

Get Immediate Attention

Although many victims of slip and fall accidents are embarrassed and don’t choose to make a fuss, it’s important that victims get immediate medical attention. Slip and fall accidents can cause many injuries including orthopaedic injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even spinal cord injuries.

Slip and Fall Claims Can Be Complex

Unfortunately, proving negligence can be complex and it is up to the injured victim to prove negligence. That is why it’s important, whenever possible, for a fall victim to be proactive and collect as much information from the scene of the accident as possible. This includes

  • Taking a photo of the accident area and the conditions that caused it
  • Getting names and numbers from anyone who witnessed the fall
  • Reporting the accident immediately to the owner or manager
  • Preserve any evidence such as shoes or clothing that was worn at the time of the fall
  • Seeking medical attention immediately and following all medical advice explicitly

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Nova Scotia, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Brill Law. We will determine the strength of your claim and seek compensation for your injuries. Having an experienced slip and fall lawyer on your side can protect your rights after a dangerous fall. Contact us for a free consultation.