Slip and Fall Injuries in Alberta: How Merchant Law Can Help

Slip and fall accidents are common occurrences in Alberta, and they can result in serious injuries that can affect a person’s quality of life. These accidents can happen in a variety of places, such as shopping malls, restaurants, and even private residences. When such accidents occur, it is essential to seek legal help from an experienced personal injury lawyer.

At Merchant Law, we understand the difficulties that come with slip and fall accidents, and we are committed to helping our clients get the justice and compensation they deserve. Our law firm has been providing legal services to Albertans for over 30 years, and we have the experience and knowledge necessary to handle even the most complex slip and fall cases.

The law of slip and fall injuries in Alberta

Slip and fall injuries in Alberta fall under the area of personal injury law. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act, property owners have a duty of care to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors. If they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result, they may be held liable for the damages caused.

However, it is not always easy to prove liability in slip and fall cases. The injured party must show that the property owner breached their duty of care, and that breach caused their injuries. This can be challenging, especially when dealing with large corporations or insurance companies.

Why you should call Merchant Law

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Calgary, Red Deer, or Edmonton, you should call Merchant Law for legal help. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers has handled countless slip and fall cases, and we know what it takes to get our clients the compensation they deserve.

We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and assess your options. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay any legal fees unless we win your case. We will handle all aspects of your case, including dealing with insurance companies, gathering evidence, and negotiating a fair settlement.

At Merchant Law, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality legal services. We understand the difficulties that come with slip and fall injuries, and we are here to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

 

Examples of slip and fall injury cases in Alberta that have resulted in significant compensation awards in the past:

  1. In 2014, a woman was awarded $1.6 million in damages after she slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Edmonton. The court found that the property owner had failed to properly maintain the parking lot, leading to the woman’s injuries.

 

  1. In 2013, a man was awarded $1.5 million in damages after he slipped and fell on a wet floor in a Walmart store in Edmonton. The court found that Walmart had failed to properly clean the floor and put up warning signs, leading to the man’s injuries.

 

  1. In 2005, a woman was awarded $1.3 million in damages after she slipped and fell on ice outside a casino in Calgary. The court found that the casino had failed to properly maintain the area and failed to warn patrons of the slippery conditions, leading to the woman’s injuries.

It’s important to note that every slip and fall case is unique, and the compensation awarded can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s best to consult with a personal injury lawyer to assess the value of your claim.

 

Examples of slip and fall injury cases in Alberta that have resulted in significant loss of income and future loss of earning capacity awards in the past:

  1. In 2010, a man was awarded $2.6 million in damages, including $1.2 million for loss of income and future loss of earning capacity, after he slipped and fell on a wet floor in a mall in Calgary. The court found that the man had suffered a severe head injury that would prevent him from returning to his previous employment.

 

  1. In 2007, a woman was awarded $2.5 million in damages, including $1.2 million for loss of income and future loss of earning capacity, after she slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk in Edmonton. The court found that the woman had suffered a serious back injury that would prevent her from returning to her previous job.

 

  1. In 2006, a man was awarded $1.6 million in damages, including $1.1 million for loss of income and future loss of earning capacity, after he slipped and fell on a patch of ice in a parking lot in Edmonton. The court found that the man had suffered a serious leg injury that would prevent him from returning to his previous job.

It’s important to note that every slip and fall case is unique, and the compensation awarded can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s best to consult with a personal injury lawyer to assess the potential loss of income and future loss of earning capacity and the overall value of your claim.

 

What the best Alberta slip and fall lawyers do to prove the full extent of the claim for lost income and the loss of future earning capacity

 
The best Alberta slip and fall lawyers use a variety of strategies to prove the full extent of their clients’ claim for lost income and the loss of future earning capacity, which can help clients maximize their compensation. Here are some of the key approaches:

  1. Gather evidence: Personal injury lawyers will gather evidence to show how the slip and fall accident has impacted their client’s ability to work, including employment records, tax returns, and expert testimony from vocational and economic experts.
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  3. Assess the client’s current and future earning capacity: Lawyers will work with vocational and economic experts to assess their client’s current and future earning capacity, taking into account factors such as their age, education, work experience, and the extent of their injuries.
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  5. Calculate lost income: Lawyers will calculate the client’s lost income, including any wages or benefits that were lost due to the slip and fall accident.
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  7. Document the impact on the client’s career: Lawyers will document how the slip and fall accident has impacted the client’s career, including any missed promotions, training opportunities, or career advancement opportunities.
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  9. Use expert testimony: Lawyers may use expert testimony to support their client’s claim for lost income and the loss of future earning capacity, including testimony from vocational experts, economists, and medical professionals.

By using these strategies, the best Alberta slip and fall lawyers can build a strong case for their clients’ claim for lost income and the loss of future earning capacity. This can help ensure that clients receive the compensation they need to manage their financial losses and maintain their quality of life.

 

Examples of slip and fall injury cases in Alberta that have resulted in significant future cost of care awards in the past:

  1. In 2012, a woman was awarded $3.9 million in damages, including $1.4 million for future care costs, after she slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk in Edmonton. The court found that the woman had suffered a severe brain injury and required ongoing care and support.

 

  1. In 2008, a man was awarded $2.2 million in damages, including $1.1 million for future care costs, after he slipped and fell on a wet floor in a grocery store in Calgary. The court found that the man had suffered a serious spinal cord injury and would require ongoing care for the rest of his life.

 

  1. In 2007, a woman was awarded $1.7 million in damages, including $1 million for future care costs, after she slipped and fell on a patch of ice in a parking lot in Edmonton. The court found that the woman had suffered a catastrophic brain injury and would require ongoing care and support.

It’s important to note that every slip and fall case is unique, and the compensation awarded can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s best to consult with a personal injury lawyer to assess the potential future cost of care and the overall value of your claim.

 

What the best Alberta slip and fall lawyers do to prove the full extent of the cost of future care to help clients maximize their compensation

The best Alberta slip and fall lawyers use a range of strategies to show the full extent of the claim for the cost of future care, which can help clients maximize their compensation. Here are some of the key approaches:

  1. Consult with medical experts: Personal injury lawyers may work with medical experts to get a clear understanding of the long-term implications of their clients’ injuries, including the cost of ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and therapy.
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  3. Calculate future care costs: Lawyers may work with economists to calculate the future cost of care, taking into account factors such as the client’s age, life expectancy, and the cost of ongoing medical care and support services.
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  5. Document the need for ongoing care: Lawyers will document the client’s ongoing medical needs, including any home care, assistive devices, or modifications to the client’s home or vehicle that may be required to accommodate their injuries.
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  7. Highlight the impact on daily life: Lawyers will work to show how the client’s injuries will impact their daily life, including their ability to work, participate in recreational activities, and care for themselves.
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  9. Argue for fair compensation: Personal injury lawyers will use all of this information to argue for fair compensation for their clients, which may include future care costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

By using these strategies, the best Alberta slip and fall lawyers can present a compelling case for the full extent of their clients’ claim for the cost of future care. This can help ensure that clients receive the compensation they need to manage their ongoing medical needs and maintain their quality of life.

 

What do the best Alberta slip and fall lawyers do to help clients?

The best Alberta slip and fall lawyers employ a variety of tactics to help their clients maximize their compensation. Here are some of the key strategies that top personal injury lawyers use:

  1. Conduct a thorough investigation: To build a strong case, the best lawyers will investigate the circumstances surrounding the slip and fall accident, gathering evidence such as witness statements, security footage, and medical records.
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  3. Work with experts: Personal injury lawyers often work with medical experts, vocational experts, and economists to help determine the full extent of their clients’ injuries and the impact those injuries will have on their future earning potential.
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  5. Accurately assess damages: The best lawyers will carefully calculate the damages that their clients are entitled to, including medical expenses, lost wages, future lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
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  7. Negotiate with insurance companies: Personal injury lawyers have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies to ensure that their clients receive the maximum compensation possible.
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  9. Prepare for trial: In some cases, it may be necessary to take a case to trial to achieve a fair outcome. The best lawyers will prepare thoroughly for trial and have the experience necessary to present a compelling case in court.

Ultimately, the key to maximizing compensation in slip and fall cases is to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the complexities of these types of cases and has a track record of success. At Merchant Law, our team of experienced personal injury lawyers is dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve after a slip and fall accident.

If you have suffered an injury due to a fall anywhere in Alberta, call Merchant Law at the office location closest to you for a free consultation with an experienced slip and fall lawyer to see what you are able to claim and to find out what your rights are to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, loss of income past and in the future, and to compensate you for your future cost of care. These are only some of the possible claims that the lawyer might advance on your behalf, all of which can be very significant particularly in cases of lifetime impairment as the above case law examples demonstrate. Call now to consult with one of our Alberta injury lawyers.

About Donald I.M. Outerbridge

Donald became the Executive Director of Merchant Law Group LLP starting in 1993, nearly 30 years ago. His experience managing law firms at various levels and in multiple provinces across Canada goes back even further to 1981.