With the excitement of the year’s major holidays soon upon us, people are understandably distracted from commitments to social engagements, the stress of hosting, and holiday shopping. As a result, accidents ranging from falls to fires increase considerably at this time of year. The holiday season is also a time of year where we typically spend more than usual, and therefore the additional expense, either of money, time (or both) needed to recover from an injury can be a difficult pill to swallow, particularly if you are on a tight budget as is. If your accident was perfectly avoidable, such as one caused by a slip and fall due to negligence, it can be even more frustrating and stressful to cope with.
Depending on the circumstances of such falls, victims can sometimes suffer serious and even permanent injury. While everyone bears the burden of getting themselves carefully and safely from Point A to B, property owners sometimes contribute to or cause conditions that lead to slip and fall accidents. Sometimes the differences between “the host should have seen this coming” and “the guest should have been more careful” are very subtle. In such cases, the services of a specialized slip and fall or personal injury lawyer like the Goodman Law Group can be invaluable.
In the aftermath of a slip or fall accident in Canada, the injured party is offered some protection and compensation as a result of the Occupier’s Liability Act. Passed into law in the early twentieth century, it states that property owners must assume a certain amount of responsibility for guests (invited or otherwise) while on their property. Even if these guests decide to engage in deliberately risky behaviour, hosts are obliged under this law to take action to prevent guest injury.
So why do victims need the services of a slip and fall lawyer like the Goodman Law Group in Toronto when this liability act seems designed to protect them? Unfortunately for the injured, the law is also designed to protect property owners and unless that property owner legally admits fault, or the case is very straightforward, the burden of proof of fault lies upon the plaintiff. We’ve all seen the little guy or gal act as his or her own attorney in the movies or on television. There, it goes really well. In real life however, DIY lawyers don’t know how to collect evidence, interview witnesses, or file documents and often miss filing deadlines as a result. They don’t understand court proceedings and can’t effectively represent themselves, not knowing how to negotiate settlements properly and as a result often lose money. Additionally, judges often get fed up with these amateur attempts and as a result rule against the plaintiff.
In contrast, a slip and fall lawyer in Toronto can not only handle all of these issues for an injured client, he or she can meet with insurance companies and make court appearances, allowing the client to focus on recovery. So with the assistance of a legal advocate, that nasty slip and fall can be transformed into a happy holiday after all.