The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming as you have entered unfamiliar territory and no doubt have a lot of unanswered questions. Whether your injuries are minor or severe, you need to know your rights immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before signing any documents!
Insurance companies scrutinize and defend claims vigorously and are usually looking out for their own interests. There are many strict time frames as well as many procedures which need to be followed. Insurance companies complicate the process further by sometimes demanding in-person meetings and requiring complex forms to be completed within a very short timeframe. Understanding how to navigate through all of these issues, while trying to recover from an injury or mourning the loss of a loved one, is often too much to handle without help.
At FP Legal, we explain your rights in simple terms and take on the insurance companies and at-fault parties so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries, rather than fighting a legal battle.
Unsafe Premises/Slips and Falls
Premises or property liability is an area of law that involves the legal responsibility of owners and occupiers of property for accidents and injuries suffered by persons inside or outside their property due to unsafe conditions. In Alberta, the Occupiers’ Liability Act governs this area of law and places a duty on property owners (homeowners, business owners, tenants) to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition to prevent injury of visitors, for appropriate steps to be taken to correct any unsafe conditions and to warn persons of any hazards on the property.
Unfortunately, some owners neglect to fulfill their responsibilities and do not adequately maintain or repair property thereby putting others at unnecessary risk of injury. This covers properties such as grocery stores, restaurants and bars, retail stores and malls, theme parks and playgrounds, roads and sidewalks.
Causes of accidents on a property may be due to the following unsafe conditions:
- Falling objects
- Ice or snow
- Uneven surfaces
- Impediments in walking surfaces
- Insufficient security or supervision
- Poor lighting
- Defective stairs
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
In some instances, a dog is a man’s best friend. On the other hand, there are hundreds of thousands of children and adults that are seriously injured as a result of dog bites or other animal attacks each year in Canada.
If you have been injured by an animal, you should immediately visit a hospital to ensure you have not contracted any disease. You should also report the attack to the appropriate Municipality’s Animal Control Services Branch as the dog may have a history of attacks or disease which should be documented by Animal Control. It is important to identify the persons responsible and confirm the availability of insurance coverage to pay your claim.
FP Legal recognizes the traumatic nature of dog attacks and the resulting serious physical and psychological injuries. Victims may be left both physically and emotionally scarred. You may be entitled to compensation for pain, physical and emotional suffering, income loss, home maintenance assistance, medical treatment and rehabilitation and out of pocket expenses depending on how your injury affects your life.
There are time limitations that must be met in order to advance your claim. To ensure that your rights are protected, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. At FP Legal, we invest whatever time it takes to learn about your traumatic event and how you have been affected. We will then carefully explain in simple terms your rights and the different options available to obtain compensation.