Do I need a personal injury lawyer for a slip and fall claim?
It is possible to file a personal injury claim without the assistance of a lawyer but not necessarily advisable. You may end up settling for far less than you are entitled to.
Occupier liability accident claims
Liable parties under Ontario’s occupier liability rules include private property owners (such as landlords), store owners, private homeowners, and property managers. Sometimes, in business environments or public places, multiple parties can be held liable.
These cases can be extremely complex but they are more likely to ultimately lead to fair compensation for you and your family if you are represented by a competent personal injury lawyer.
Victims of slip and fall accidents need to prove several elements:
- They were owed a duty of care
- The duty of care was breached
- Injuries resulted directly from this breach of duty
This can be challenging to prove. Besides, insurance companies are powerful entities with access to considerable legal resources. They are reluctant to pay out unless forced to.
Dealing with insurance companies
When recuperating from an injury, the last thing you need is to have to deal with loss adjusters from an insurance company. Their job is to minimize the losses for the insurance company—in direct competition with your best interests.
An experienced personal injury lawyer understands the strategies used by insurance companies to minimize payouts and is ready to counter them.
With representation from our lawyers, the insurance company will realize that it will not be able to avoid paying out and the matter may become very expensive for them with a court trial.
Our slip and fall lawyers don’t settle for anything less than our clients deserve. The sooner you appoint us to represent your best interests, the sooner we can start preparing your claim.
It is highly inadvisable to settle a claim with your insurance company without having a lawyer review the proposed settlement first. You may feel pressured into signing an agreement in the interests of a quick payment but ultimately, it may be far less than you deserve and you may not get a second chance.