Icy Sidewalks & Slip and Falls

This year we have had quite the month of winter weather. The poor weather means more snow and ice, and an increased chance for injuries as a result of slip and falls. As well as representing people who are hurt by negligent drivers, we can also assist those who have been injured in falls on icy sidewalks. These cases can be complex and it is important to get advice right away to ensure you are properly compensated.

If you have fallen on an icy sidewalk, it is important to determine who was responsible for maintaining the sidewalk. It might be the city or municipality, a business, or a nearby homeowner. If you sue the wrong person, you might not be able to recover any compensation at all. There are also important time limits on beginning your lawsuit. For example if you start by suing the homeowner and later discover it was the city’s responsibility for maintaining the sidewalk, it might be too late to sue the city as well. Our experienced lawyers will make sure no deadlines are missed.

Once the responsible party is identified, there must be an analysis of whether they took the appropriate steps to ensure that the sidewalk was safe for pedestrians. Also, the conduct of the pedestrian will be looked at in order to see if they were taking proper steps for their own safety. For example, if it was obvious there was ice on the sidewalk and the pedestrian was running when they fell, they may be partially or fully to blame.

At John Mickelson Law Corporation, our personal injury lawyers will research the applicable statutes, bylaws and case law, to ensure your legal rights are protected. We will also investigate your situation and prepare for any potential allegations that you were to blame. As with any other injury case, we will also ensure all your injuries are properly documented and investigated so that you receive all of the compensation you are entitled to.

If you have been injured from falling on an icy sidewalk, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. John Mickelson Law Corporation can help you acquire financial assistance and medical treatment. Our personal injury lawyers in Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford have the experience needed to maximize your personal injury settlement. Call us at (604) 684-0040.

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