Slip & Fall in Victoria BC
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Hi there and welcome to Hart Legal talks, my name is Krystle Gill and I’m a lawyer with Hart Legal. Today I’m going to talk to you about slip and fall accidents in British Columbia. If you walk on someone else’s property, and you fall and hurt yourself, are you entitled to compensation? The answer is: not necessarily.
If you walk on someone else’s property, the occupier of that property owes you a duty of care to ensure that they take reasonable care to ensure your safety. That applies with respect to the condition of the property, the activities expected to take place on the property, and the conduct of third parties on the property. Liability in these situations is not automatic. The plaintiff would need to prove that their was some act, or some failure to act, on the part of the occupier that caused their injury. The test is one of reasonableness, and not perfection; if the occupier can prove that there is a reasonable system of inspection in place, and that they followed that system, its likely that liability won’t be found on the part of the occupier. However, if the plaintiff can prove that there was a system of inspection in place, and the it wasn’t followed, then the plaintiff can likely prove that there was negligence on the part of the occupier, and seek compensation.
That’s pretty much the main issue with respect to slip and fall accidents in BC. There are other issues to keep in mind, and there’s one of limitation periods. So if you find yourself in a situation where you slipped and fell, then were injured, make sure you talk to a lawyer in BC.
If you have been involved in a Slip & Fall in Victoria BC, please contact our law firm. Again, my name is Krystle Gill, with Hart Legal talks. Thanks for listening, and bye for now.