Slip and Fall Injury in Saskatchewan: Understanding Your Legal Rights

Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Whether it’s a slippery surface in a grocery store or a broken pavement on a sidewalk, these accidents can cause serious injuries that may have a long-term impact on your life.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Saskatchewan, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. At Merchant Law, we understand how devastating these accidents can be, and we’re here to help you navigate the legal process and fight for your rights.

Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents in Saskatchewan

Slip and fall accidents are common in Saskatchewan and can happen for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes of these accidents include:

  • Wet or slippery surfaces
  • Uneven or broken pavement
  • Poor lighting
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Inadequate snow or ice removal

When a slip and fall accident happens, the property owner or manager may be held liable for any injuries that result. However, proving liability can be a complex process, and it’s essential to work with an experienced slip and fall injury lawyer who understands the nuances of the law.

 

Why Choose Merchant Law?

At Merchant Law, we have decades of experience representing clients in slip and fall injury cases in Saskatchewan. We understand the complexities of the law and are dedicated to fighting for our clients’ rights.

Here are just a few reasons why you should choose Merchant Law to represent you in your slip and fall injury case:

  • We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and determine your legal options.
  • Our team of skilled lawyers has a proven track record of success in slip and fall injury cases.
  • We work on a contingency basis, which means you won’t pay us anything unless we win your case.
  • We’re committed to providing personalized attention and support throughout the legal process, ensuring that you feel informed and empowered every step of the way.

 

Contact Us Today

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Saskatchewan, don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Contact Merchant Law today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights. Our team is here to fight for you and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Here are some examples of cases in Saskatchewan where plaintiffs were awarded damages in excess of $100,000 in slip and fall cases:

  1. In 2015, a woman was awarded $160,000 in damages after slipping and falling on ice in a parking lot. The court found the property owner had failed to maintain a safe environment and had not properly removed the ice.

 

  1. In 2013, a man was awarded $200,000 in damages after slipping and falling on a wet floor in a grocery store. The court found the store had not taken reasonable steps to prevent the hazard and had failed to warn customers of the danger.
 

  1. In 2011, a woman was awarded $350,000 in damages after slipping and falling on ice in a parking lot. The court found the property owner had not properly cleared the ice and had not adequately salted the area.

 

  1. In 2009, a man was awarded $100,000 in damages after slipping and falling on ice in a parking lot. The court found the property owner had not properly maintained the area and had not provided adequate lighting.

 

  1. In 2007, a woman was awarded $200,000 in damages after slipping and falling on a wet floor in a hotel lobby. The court found the hotel had not taken reasonable steps to prevent the hazard and had not adequately warned customers of the danger.

It’s important to note that every case is unique, and the amount of damages awarded will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the injuries, the degree of negligence on the part of the property owner, and the financial impact of the injuries on the plaintiff. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s essential to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options.

 

It is important to keep in mind that every case is unique, and the amount of damages awarded will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the injuries, the degree of negligence on the part of the property owner, and the financial impact of the injuries on the plaintiff.

The following is a caselaw example where a plaintiff was awarded damages in excess of $250,000 in a slip and fall case in Saskatchewan:

  1. In 2016, a woman was awarded $275,000 in damages after slipping and falling on ice in a parking lot. The court found the property owner had failed to properly maintain the area and had not adequately salted the ice. The woman suffered significant injuries, including a broken hip, which required surgery and ongoing medical treatment.

It’s important to note that this is just one example. As stated every case is unique. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s essential to seek legal advice from an experienced Saskatchewan personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options.

 

Slip and fall accidents in Saskatchewan can sometimes result in catastrophic life changing injuries

There have been several cases in Saskatchewan where plaintiffs have suffered catastrophic injuries in slip and fall accidents. Here are a few examples:

 

  1. In 2013, a woman slipped and fell on a wet floor in a grocery store and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left her permanently disabled. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit against the store and was awarded over $8 million in damages. The court found that the store was negligent in failing to maintain a safe environment and failing to warn customers of the danger. The woman and her family was awarded over $8 million in damages, which were separated into different categories of damages, including:
  • General Damages: The woman was awarded $250,000 for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of amenities. The court found that the woman had suffered a catastrophic injury that had a significant impact on her life.
  • Future Care Costs: The woman was awarded $3.3 million for future care costs, which included medical expenses, rehabilitation, and personal care. The court found that the woman required ongoing medical treatment and care for the rest of her life.
  • Loss of Income: The woman was awarded $3.3 million for loss of income and loss of earning capacity. The court found that the woman was unable to work due to her injuries and that she would not be able to work in the future.
  • Family Members’ Claims: The woman’s family members were also awarded damages for loss of companionship, guidance, and care. The court awarded $700,000 to the woman’s husband and $200,000 to each of her three children.

The court determined that the store’s negligence was a significant factor in the woman’s injuries and that the damages awarded were necessary to compensate her and her family for the losses suffered as a result of the accident.

 

  1. In 2011, a man slipped and fell on ice in a parking lot and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. The man filed a lawsuit against the property owner and was awarded over $2.5 million in damages. The court found that the property owner was negligent in failing to properly maintain the area and failing to adequately salt the ice.

 

  1. In 2008, a woman slipped and fell on ice in a parking lot and suffered a severe head injury that left her with permanent cognitive impairment. The woman filed a lawsuit against the property owner and was awarded over $1 million in damages. The court found that the property owner was negligent in failing to properly maintain the area and failing to adequately salt the ice.

 

  1. In 2007, a man slipped and fell on a wet floor in a restaurant and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him permanently disabled. The man filed a lawsuit against the restaurant and was awarded over $4 million in damages. The court found that the restaurant was negligent in failing to maintain a safe environment and failing to warn customers of the danger. The damages in this case were broken down by the Trial Judge as follows:
  • General Damages: The man was awarded $315,000 for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of amenities. The court found that the man had suffered a catastrophic injury that had a significant impact on his life.
  • Future Care Costs: The man was awarded $1,746,900 for future medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as personal care. This may include things like home renovations, specialized equipment, and 24-hour care. The court determined the amount awarded based on the man’s specific needs and the estimated costs of his care.
  • Loss of Income: The man was awarded $1,890,000 for loss of income and loss of future earning capacity. Since the man had suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him permanently disabled, he would likely be unable to work in the future, so this award would be to cover his future lost income. The amount awarded would depend on the man’s age, education, work history, and earning potential.
  • Family Members’ Claims: The man’s family members were also awarded damages for loss of companionship, guidance, and care. The court awarded $50,000 to the man’s spouse and $75,000 to each of his children.

 

 

  1. Merasty v. R.J. Investments Ltd., was a slip and fall injury case which involved a plaintiff who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he slipped on a patch of ice.

 

The plaintiff was left with significant cognitive impairments that prevented him from returning to work as a carpenter. At trial, the judge awarded the plaintiff over $1.3 million in damages, including $600,000 for future loss of earning capacity.

 

The case of Merasty v. R.J. Investments Ltd. involved a plaintiff who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a slip and fall accident. The plaintiff, Mr. Merasty, was a carpenter who had been hired to work on a construction site owned by the defendant, R.J. Investments Ltd.

On the day of the accident, Mr. Merasty was walking across a parking lot on the construction site when he slipped and fell on an icy patch. He struck his head on the ground, resulting in a traumatic brain injury that left him with significant cognitive impairments.

Mr. Merasty sued R.J. Investments Ltd. for negligence, alleging that the defendant had failed to properly maintain the parking lot and ensure that it was safe for workers. The defendant denied liability and argued that Mr. Merasty was himself at fault for the accident in whole or in part for failing to take reasonable care and pay appropriate attention to his surroundings and the likelihood of their being ice on the ground in the winter in Saskatchewan. This is the typical defence that Merchant Law encounters from defendants in all slip and fall cases on ice incidentally.

At trial, the judge found that the defendant was negligent and that its failure to properly maintain the parking lot had caused Mr. Merasty’s injuries. The judge awarded Mr. Merasty over $1.3 million in damages, including $600,000 for future loss of earning capacity. The judge noted that Mr. Merasty’s cognitive impairments prevented him from returning to work as a carpenter and that he was unlikely to be able to work in any capacity in the future.

In reaching his decision, the judge considered a variety of factors, including Mr. Merasty’s age, education, work experience, and future earning capacity. The judge noted that Mr. Merasty had been a skilled carpenter with a successful career prior to the accident, and that his injuries had significantly impacted his ability to earn a living.

The judge’s decision in the Merasty case underscores the importance of maintaining safe working conditions and ensuring that workers are not exposed to unnecessary risks. It also highlights the significant impact that serious injuries can have on a person’s ability to work and earn a living, and the importance of fair and adequate compensation for injured plaintiffs. Merchant Law is available to assist you with slip and fall injury cases, call us for a free case assessment and one of our Saskatchewan injury law team will be happy to look into your case for you with no obligations or charges to you to examine your case and give you our thoughts on the best way to handle your case. We offer free case reviews and second opinions on injury cases.

These are just a few examples of cases where plaintiffs have suffered catastrophic injuries in slip and fall accidents in Saskatchewan. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it’s essential to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options. Merchant Law Saskatchewan Injury Lawyers can help you to recover appropriate compensation for your injuries.

 

What must the best Saskatchewan Slip and Fall Lawyers do to help their clients?

The best Saskatchewan slip and fall lawyers typically have extensive experience and knowledge in handling these types of cases. They must understand the legal complexities involved and be skilled in negotiating with insurance companies and representing clients in court. Here are some of the things that top slip and fall lawyers may do to help clients maximize their compensation:

  1. Conduct a Thorough Investigation: Slip and fall lawyers may conduct a thorough investigation of the accident scene, interview witnesses, and gather all the necessary evidence to support the client’s case.
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  3. Work with Medical Experts: Top lawyers may work with medical experts to accurately assess the client’s injuries and determine the extent of the damages suffered, including long-term medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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  5. Document the Damages: Lawyers may keep detailed records of all the damages suffered by the client, including medical bills, lost wages, and any other expenses incurred as a result of the accident.
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  7. Negotiate with Insurance Companies: Experienced lawyers may negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that clients receive the full compensation they are entitled to.
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  9. Represent Clients in Court: In some cases, it may be necessary to go to court to ensure that clients receive fair compensation for their injuries. Top lawyers are skilled in representing clients in court and may work tirelessly to ensure that they receive the best possible outcome.

Overall, the best Saskatchewan slip and fall lawyers must be dedicated to helping clients maximize their compensation and achieve justice for the harm they have suffered. They are knowledgeable, skilled, and committed to providing personalized, compassionate representation to their clients.

Merchant Law has offices in Regina, Saskatoon, and Moose Jaw to serve you. Call today to speak with one of our capable and experienced slip and fall lawyers at the Merchant Law office nearest you. Our lawyers will be happy to advise you further as to your legal rights.

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.