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As personal injury lawyers, we experience the consequences of slip and fall incidents on a daily basis. Though seemingly inconsequential at the outset, these instances can still cause significant trauma and alter the lives of the victims. Numerous cases come before us with clients who have brought on themselves heavy medical expenses and lost a lot of income as a result of a little accident that could have been easily avoided. 

We have all been through it before – one minute, you are walking normally, and then you are on the ground. At times, you might even laugh or brush off such instances as non-lethal. But the truth is, those stumbles can quickly become massive ordeals that make you cautious about taking a single step.

Every year, these totally preventable accidents send millions of people to the ER with busted bones, pulled muscles, knocked heads, you name it. For kids and seniors especially, a nasty slip and fall can prove downright catastrophic. We’re talking disabilities, never-ending physical therapy, and medical bills that’ll put you in the poorhouse. All from what started as just an innocent misstep.

The Cold Hard Truth About Slip and Fall Accidents in Canada

Canada is the land of winter, and like any good personal injury lawyer will tell you, a fall on a slippery surface here is no joke. Tough weather conditions during freezing winters open multiple chances for landing painful splats on ice. The most recent statistics show that an increase in the reported number of nationwide personal injury cases was due to slipping and falling accidents. On the basis of the supporting studies of the Canadian Institute for Health Information, falls are the main cause (accounting for 40% of injury-related cases) that lead to the hospitalization of patients. Nevertheless, ice-covered surfaces are not the only danger when it comes to slips and falls in this country.

One of the leading causes of this is poor upkeep and indolence on the part of owners/occupiers of the property. The owners or managers of whatever business, rental unit, or municipal space should be held responsible for any harm or loss of their visitors and tenants that resulted from the unsafe conditions of the premises. But all too often, that duty gets blatantly ignored.

Many injuries stem from pure negligence—a willful disregard for obvious hazards that any reasonable person should’ve handled. Another major factor is, frankly, human clumsiness and not paying enough attention. And let’s not forget Canada’s infamously unpredictable winter conditions. One minute, it’s clear sailing; the next, black ice has turned the sidewalk into a skating rink just waiting to send you straight to the hospital. 

The list goes on, but the bottom line is that there’s never a shortage of potential contributors to Canada’s steady stream of slip-and-fall incidents. To sum up, it’s a duty of every citizen, building owners on the one hand and people on the streets on the other, to always be on the edge of their seats and avert incidents. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to preventing these horrible, expensive problems from happening.

The Legal Aspect: Why You Need a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

In discussions surrounding slip-and-fall incidents, the principle of negligence emerges as pivotal, outlining the duties incumbent upon property proprietors in upholding safe environments. These duties encompass routine maintenance, identification of hazards, and the provision of warnings to guests to mitigate potential risks.

The Occupiers’ Responsibility Act is the linchpin of liability regulation in such cases, offering a comprehensive legislative framework universally applicable to proprietors of diverse real estate properties.

By provisions of the Occupiers’ Liability Act, business owners are required to allocate resources in order to provide safety for the people frequenting their property. Failure to fulfil these obligations may subsequently lead to legal proceedings, such as the case where the owners could be sued for damages arising from slip and fall incidents. Therefore, the owners should always be on guard, fulfilling their obligation of care and preventing possible legal troubles from emerging.

One practical way to assist victims in recouping their losses is to pursue legal recompense. Skilled legal experts who are experienced with slip and fall cases are a necessity in litigation of such cases, as these matters are always complex. As a result of their profound knowledge of premises liability regulations, they can assist victims in achieving a compelling case by imposing responsibility, evaluating damages, dealing with insurance providers, and even representing in court.


Have you suffered from a slip and fall accident? MacIsaac Gow LLP can be your committed legal partner. With over 28 years of combined experience, our slip and fall accident lawyers are focused on getting you the compensation you deserve. Our team has a successful track record and prioritizes the needs of clients. We will guide you through the legal process while protecting your rights.