Can stores be held liable to pay compensation if someone falls in their store? Slip and fall accidents occur frequently in stores and an Ottawa injury lawyer can help you obtain fair compensation.
Stores invite people to come onto their property to purchase items. As a result, store owners and managers have a duty to keep the store reasonably safe. If the condition of the store (such as a wet floor or an object eft on the floor) contributes to or causes someone to fall and be injured, the store owner and occupier can ne held liable and have to pay damages (compensation) to the injured person.
In Ontario, the Occupier’s Liability Act imposes a positive duty on store owners to keep their stores safe. Under that Act, an occupier’s duty is described as follows:
3. (1) An occupier of premises owes a duty to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable to see that persons entering on the premises, and the property brought on the premises by those persons are reasonably safe while on the premises.
If you slip and fall or are otherwise injured while in a store, you may very well be entitled to compensation if you cans how the store owner did not take reasonable steps to ensure your safety.
Any store or business that invites people in are obligated to take reasonable steps to keep customers safe. Accidents in stores can result in many ways such as falling objects, wet floors, slippery floors, poor lighting, lack of handrails, uneven steps, poor lighting areas, uneven surfaces and stairs, objects in walk ways and aisles etc….
Stores should be kept reasonably safe to protect customers. When a slip and fall accident happens, chances are that the store owner did not take adequate steps to make sure the store was safe and therefore can be held liable for injuries sustained by a customer. The customer need only show that the accident such as a slip and fall occurred due to unsafe conditions on the property. Each case is decided on its own specific facts.
Common ways injuries occur in stores from slip and falls to falling objects include:
icy ground slippery surfaces snow on the ground falling objects obstructions in aisles uneven surfaces defective stairs items left on floors causing falls badly placed display of products Etc…
The legal responsibility of the store will depend on whether it had, or should have reasonably had, notice of the unsafe condition and also failed to take steps to address the danger.
If the injury victim can show that the store was aware of the dangerous situation or did not take reasonable steps to become aware, the owner can be held responsible. The test is that the store knew or should have reasonably known of the dangerous condition.
Proving the liability of a store owner can be difficult and evidence is needed. Our injury lawyers can assist you in obtaining the critical evidence needed to prove the store owner was negligent. Contact us free fo charge. You need no worry about fees because our lawyers do not charge until you win your case and charge on a percentage basis with no money down.
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