If you have slipped and fallen through no fault of your own, or suffered a personal injury as a result of the misconduct of another party or a company, call the experienced personal injury lawyers Kosteckyj & Parhar (604) 742 – 2285.
Slip and fall law in B.C.
A Slip and fall, is a claim or case based on a person slipping (or tripping) and falling. It is a tort, and based on a claim that the property owner was negligent in allowing some dangerous condition to exist that caused the slip or trip.
The cause or the condition which created what is often referred to as a “trap” for the pedestrian or invitee will vary from case to case. What has to be proven is negligence. It is important for a claimant to consult a lawyer so that evidence can be garnered early with respect to the site of the fall and the surface condition of the floor, walkway or parking lot.
One of the defences we often see in slip & fall cases is that the person who was injured was at fault. For example, the owner may claim that any reasonable patron, exercising due diligence for his or her own safety, would have seen the hazard or trap, and taken the necessary precautions not to fall. Other defences include reasonable due diligence on the part of the owner or occupier of the premises.
For slip and fall investigations, the walking surface slip resistance where the fall happened can be measured. The surface can be tested to identify if it is above or below accepted levels of slip resistance thresholds and special instruments are available to measure slip resistance.
We will often employ engineers as experts in the area of slip resistance and fall dynamics and civil structural design to assist in slip & fall cases.
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