We represent people who have been injured on land or in buildings that are owned by others. In British Columbia, the law imposes legal responsibilities on property occupiers to take reasonable care to keep people entering the premises reasonably safe. An “occupier” can be a person, company, city, or other entity, and they can be liable to you for your injuries if they owned the premises, had possession of them, or if they had responsibility for them and control over them.
These legal claims are governed by the British Columbia Occupiers Liability Act and are referred to as occupier liability or premises liability cases. The Act and the court cases that interpret it create a complicated, detailed area of law.
These claims can be the result of:
• Slippery sidewalks, parking lots or outdoor stairs covered with ice, snow or water
• Uneven pavement, steps or floors
• Unsafe or missing railings
• Slippery floors from liquid spills, washing or waxing
• Slick objects on the floor like produce in a grocery store
• Tripping hazards
• Inadequate lighting
• And others
What to do if you have suffered a personal injury in a slip and fall accident?
• Take photos of the location of the slip and fall accident as soon as possible
• Get the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident
• Report the accident to the occupier or owner of the property
• Photograph and keep the footwear you were wearing at the time of the
accident and preserve any other evidence you think may be relevant
• Follow the advice or treatment recommendations of your family doctor
It is important for anyone who is injured on the premises of another to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to understand what legal options for recovery are available and how to take legal action such as a personal injury lawsuit under the Act.
Another reason to seek legal advice as soon as possible is that there are filing and notice deadlines that if not met could prevent an otherwise valid claim from going forward. If the land involved is publicly owned or occupied by a governmental body, the injured person should immediately contact the municipality or other governmental body involved to give required notice of the legal claim. In some cases the notice requirements have relatively short deadlines.
If we decide to take your case, we will usually do so on a contingency (percentage of recovery) basis. We have experience handling complex cases involving "slip and fall" injuries.