Alberta property owners have a duty of care to their visitors. They are required to maintain their property in good, safe working condition. When they fail in their duty of care and create a hazard that causes a slip and fall, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Slip and fall injuries can cause broken bones, spinal injuries, head injuries, and years of chronic pain. They are not trivial. You can miss work and require years of rehabilitative care. You will need to hold these landowners accountable so you get the money you need to pay for these expenses. Medicare doesn’t cover everything!
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Alberta
Many people don’t realize the first few minutes after your accident can have a big impact on your case. It’s important to take the following steps.
- Get the names and contact details for any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the hazard, signs or the lack thereof, the shoes you’re wearing, and other conditions at the scene.
- Get medical attention and follow all of your doctor’s instructions, even if you feel fine.
Avoid making any statements which could indicate you feel responsible for the slip and fall. Statements like, “I’m so clumsy,” or “I’m okay” can be used against you in court. Alberta is a comparative negligence state. Courts assign a percentage of fault. If you are found 25% responsible for the slip and fall then the courts will reduce your award by 25%.
If you’re found more than 51% responsible for the accident then you won’t be able to recover any compensation at all.
How Calgary Lawyers Help
After your slip and fall accident the property owner’s insurance company may try to contact you. It’s imperative that you have an experienced slip and fall lawyer to refer them to. They will try to trick you into giving them information or into making statements which could weaken your case. They may also try to make a lowball offer that won’t cover your expenses.
In addition to protecting your case while dealing with these insurance providers, your Alberta lawyer will work hard to gather the evidence that will help you strengthen your case. We’ll talk to witnesses, pinpoint responsible parties, and help you negotiate settlement offers.
If necessary, we’ll take your case all the way into court. We’re not afraid to litigate on your behalf.
Why Choose Merchant Law?
Merchant Law has a long track record of winning slip and fall cases. We help our clients get big returns that they couldn’t have gotten on their own. We’re known as one of Canada’s toughest litigation teams, so insurance companies take us seriously when you tell them you’re working with one of our lawyers.
We work on contingency, so consultations are both free and risk-free. We care about your wellbeing and want to help you in any way that we can.
Get started today by calling (866) 225-7777 or visit our office at 2710 17th Ave SE, Suite 400, Calgary.