Alberta’s Occupier’s Liability Act applies to the owners, operators, and residents of a property and states that,
“An occupier of premises owes a duty to every visitor on the occupier’s premises to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable to see that the visitor will be reasonably safe in using the premises for the purpose for which the visitor is invited or permitted by the occupier to be there or is permitted by law to be there.”
Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
When an owner or resident fails to uphold their responsibilities for property care, such as clearing the main driveway or sidewalk of a property, and a visitor or passer-by suffers a serious injury due to a fall, the resident or owner can be found liable. Individuals who fail to maintain their property responsibilities can face slip-and-fall, or trip-and-fall, claims for the victim’s loss of wages, medical costs for rehabilitation, and even emotional trauma.
However, these cases are not clear cut. They leave room for debate regarding whether the occupier (not owner), was responsible for maintaining a safe property, whether the property was maintained to a reasonable level (if an effort was made), and whether the victim has accepted a risk upon entering the property. Property owners must not only take the responsibility for icy driveways, walkways, and sidewalks, but they must also take responsibility for situations such as cracked walkways, wet floors, missing signage, unfinished or damaged stairs and porches, unfinished or dilapidated decks, aging trees, and property flooding.
When dealing with injuries caused on a private property, you need a legal team with the resources for researching your case, as well as negotiating with the lawyers who represent the guilty party. At Pipella Law, our personal injury lawyers have a long-standing reputation for successfully negotiating and advocating on behalf of their clients.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you, or a loved one, have suffered a slip-and-fall injury on a residential, retail, or commercial property, and you are concerned about the fair compensation for your pain and suffering, contact our slip and fall lawyers in Calgary and let us represent your case. Our personal injury law firm works on a contingent legal fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay, until we settle your case. We also make hospital visits for our clients still receiving care, and we are accessible on a 24-hour basis. Protect your rights, and your future comfort. Call us today.