If injured on another’s property, what steps should I take?
When are property conditions considered hazardous?
What if I am injured while at the home of a neighbor?
What if I am injured while visiting a store or other business?
- First of all, make sure your medical needs are taken care of. If you need immediate medical attention, ask someone on the scene to call an ambulance or call for help if no one is around.
- The next thing to think about is gathering information and preserving evidence:
- The name of the property owner or manager
- Names of witnesses or residents
- Photos of the accident scene
If you are unable to do this “detective work” yourself, ask someone to do it for you.
- Your next step should be to contact a qualified dangerous premises lawyer.
Hazardous conditions place visitors, guests or residents in harm’s way. Property owners who allow hazardous conditions to exist on their property are potentially liable for any injury or accident arising from the hazardous condition. Once a hazardous condition is found, the owner or caretaker must eliminate it to avoid a potential accident and possible lawsuit.
You may have a claim against the homeowner or tenant, which will be covered under their homeowner’s or tenant's insurance policy. But if the accident was entirely your fault and not related to any condition of the property, you have no case.
You may be entitled to collect compensation if your accident was the result of a hazardous condition on the property. After a thorough investigation of the accident, your B.C. slip and fall lawyer will be able to let you know if you have a legal right to collect compensation for your injuries.
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