Legally Speaking

Legally Speaking – Occupier’s Liability / Slip and Falls: What Should You Do?

Slip and falls happen quickly and unexpectedly. A small patch of ice in front of the grocery store, a puddle of water inside a store, or a box falls off a shelf; incidents happen without warning. If you’ve experienced an injury at a property, you may have legal rights.

Immediate Steps after a Slip and Fall:

  • As soon as possible, report the incident to the owner or management of the premises where the incident occurred. This creates an official record of the incident, which may be important for any claims.
  • If you are physically able, or if you have a friend or family member present, take clear photos of the location where the incident happened. Try to capture any hazardous conditions, such as wet floors, uneven surfaces, or inadequate lighting.
  • Take note of any surveillance cameras in the area. If possible, ask the building owner or management about the existence of video footage covering the location where the incident occurred.
  • Even if your injuries seem minor or may not be apparent immediately, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly.

Other Considerations:

  • If there were any witnesses to the incident, it may be wise to obtain their contact information. Witnesses can help provide independent accounts of the incident.
  • Keep the clothing and footwear you were wearing at the time of the incident.
  • If relevant, note the weather conditions at the time of the incident. For example, rain, snow, or ice may exacerbate hazardous conditions.
  • Be aware of any technical requirements, or consult a lawyer if you are unsure. For example, as per the Local Governance Act, incidents which occur on a municipal property are required to be reported within 90 days after the incident occurs.

By taking these steps, individuals who have experienced a slip and fall protect themselves by ensuring that they are able to address any potential claims they may have.

Correia & Collins represents accident and injury victims. Contact us by phone at 506-648-1700 or online for advice. Your first consultation is free.