If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, the property owner may be liable for your injuries. In order to obtain compensation for a slip and fall injury sustained on another’s property, you must prove that the property owner was negligent. Remember that it is a normal part of living for things to fall on or to drip onto a floor or the ground, and for smooth surfaces to become uneven. So a property owner cannot always be held responsible for immediately picking up or cleaning every slippery substance on a floor. Nor is a property owner always responsible for someone slipping or tripping on something that an ordinary person should expect to find there or should see and avoid. However, property owners do need to be careful in keeping up their property so that slipping and tripping are not likely to happen.
Every province has a statute of limitations which limits the amount of time a person has to start a personal injury lawsuit. In British Columbia, you have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit. However, if you were injured on property belonging to a city or municipality in British Columbia, you must give written notice to the appropriate governmental entity, sometimes within as little as 60 days from the date of injury. If you fail to give the appropriate notice or fail to bring your legal action within the relevant time limit, you might lose your ability to recover compensation for your slip and fall injuries altogether. Consequently, it is very important to contact Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota LLP as soon as you are injured to ensure that your rights are fully protected.