Trip and fall accidents are particularly common where there are uneven surfaces, such as holes, divots depressions, steps, and dim or low lighting conditions. Property owners need to provide sufficient lighting or other markers or warning to guests in order to identify the presence of uneven surfaces. When a property owner in Ontario fails to provide sufficient lighting, or other markers or warnings of an uneven surface, the consequences can be severe. A person may not be able to see and appreciate the presence of a trip hazard. Such falls often result in serious injuries. Trip and fall accidents can result in orthopaedic injuries such as fractures to leg and ankle bones, often requiring surgery and insertion of plates and screws. These injuries can, and often do, result in lifelong problems associated with pain and reduced function and range of motion. In addition to bone fractures, a serious trip and fall accident may also result in a head injury or traumatic brain injury. Rarely, a trip and fall accident can result in death.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a trip and fall due to the poor condition or maintenance of property, contact a Toronto trip and fall accident lawyer at Iacobelli Law Firm for a free consultation.
In order to bring a slip-and-fall claim, there must be some negligence on the part of the property owner or other party, which caused the fall and injury. In Ontario, slip-and-fall cases are vigorously defended. Often, the slip-and-fall lawyers acting on behalf of the property owner will attempt to defend by claiming that the property owner acted reasonably under the circumstances. Another common defence to Ontario trip-and-fall lawsuits is that the injured party bears responsibility for the incident. Determining whether you have a viable slip-and-fall case against a property owner in Ontario will usually require some analysis by an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer.
With the arrival of winter in Ontario, pedestrians need to be aware of ice and snow conditions. Most business owners and home owners do adequately maintain their premises for the safety of visitors. Where business owners or home owners fail to adequately clear ice and snow, however, the conditions may result in serious injuries to visitors and patrons. Ice and snow can be treacherous if left untreated on sidewalks, steps and parking lots.