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A serious slip and fall accident can occur in the blink of an eye. But the time is takes to recover can vary greatly. Recent research suggests people admitted to a hospital for a fall spend almost twice as long in the institution than the average stay for other reasons.
Whether it’s broken bones, soft tissue damage and scarring, spinal cord injuries or head trauma, recovery and rehabilitation from a fall-related personal injury can take weeks, months or even years. Unfortunately, sometimes a disability acquired from a fall is permanent.
Time is also extremely important when it comes to filing a legal claim for damages if you believe another person’s negligence caused or contributed to your injury. A person generally has two years from the time they suffered a loss caused by a defendant to file notice of a claim. But if the defendant is a municipal government, the notice must be filed within 10 days.
When time is of the essence and any delay can be very costly – to your health and your finances – it’s important to consult an experienced slip and lawyer as quickly as possible to learn about your legal rights. As one of Canada’s top ranked personal injury firms, the team at Howie, Sacks and Henry has the knowledge and expertise to help if you’ve sustained a serious injury from a slip, trip or fall.
While we all have a duty to keep ourselves reasonably save and pay attention to our surroundings, if a person, business or entity responsible for maintaining a property or space is negligent and causes you harm, you may qualify for compensation and damages under the Occupier’s Liability Act. Some examples of negligence causing or contributing to injuries include:
- a municipality’s failure to maintain sidewalks, roads, paths or recreational facilities (e.g., ice left on sidewalks for days after a storm, hazards such as debris from a storm that remains uncleared, etc.)
- a business that does not post appropriate warning for dangers on their premises, such as slippery floors, or dimly lit stairwells
- an institution such as a hospital or nursing home that does not follow fall prevention protocols or neglects patients or residents who may be susceptible to falls
If you’ve been injured in one of these or other similar situations, contact an HSH slip and fall lawyer to tell us what happened. We will be pleased to meet with you in your own home in the Kingston area or at a nearby consultation office to discuss your options. If you choose to pursue a claim with us, our helpful team can facilitate any medical tests, evaluations or rehabilitative therapies you’ll need for your recovery and case.
With Howie, Sacks and Henry’s trusted slip and fall lawyers on your side and by your side in Kingston, we’ll advocate for you and seek to access the compensation and damages you need and deserve.
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