In British Columbia, the Occupiers Liability Act requires that persons who own or have control over premises take reasonable care to ensure that persons invited or known to access those premises, and the activities conducted at those premises, are reasonably safe.
This includes grocery stores, hotels, offices, people’s residential homes etc. in cases where persons have slipped and fallen in a grocery store, the law requires that the store establish that it had a reasonable system of maintenance at the time of the accident, and that this system was being followed at the time.
These types of claims can be difficult to win because all the store has to do is show that it had a maintenance policy in place that appears to have been followed on the day in question. We have experience in investigating these claims and litigating these claims to reveal discrepancies in the maintenance systems to prove negligence against occupiers and achieving worthwhile settlements for our clients.
If you are involved in a slip and fall claim, it is important to take pictures of the area of the fall immediately, particularly if there is a substance or object on the floor that caused the fall. Otherwise, staff may clean up the area and the evidence of what caused the fall may be lost. We have successfully represented many clients injured in slip and fall accidents over the years and we provide our services in these claims on a “no recovery, no fee” basis.