If you experienced a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you might have the right to take legal action if you suffered injuries and damages. A slip and fall lawyer serving Hilliard from Bressman Law can help recover the compensation you need.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur at any location, ranging from business property to public sidewalks to private residential areas. The following lists some common causes and contributing factors of slip and fall accidents:
- Wet surfaces
- Lack of handrails
- Uneven surfaces
- Cracks in sidewalks
- Parking lot potholes
- Loose floorboards
- Torn carpet
- Debris or objects in walkways
- Old and decaying stairways
- Excessive and un-removed snowfall
- Icy surfaces
All of the above causes of slip and fall accidents are preventable. An attentive property owner could remedy these hazards to make the property safer and avoid an accident.
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Our Legal Team Serving Hilliard Can Handle Your Slip and Fall Case
Your lawyers will work on your personal injury case and take the stress out of the situation. We will do all we can to help you. This might include:
- Analyzing your options
- Speaking with your medical team to understand your injuries
- Gathering evidence that supports your version of events
- Investigating your slip and fall
- Update you as the case moves along
- Take your case to court, if necessary
- Tell you about your options
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Damages You Could Collect From a Slip and Fall Claim or Lawsuit
If you experience a slip and fall injury in Hilliard, you may face expensive medical bills, lost wages due to an inability to return to work, and pain and suffering. To help remedy the wrong you suffered, you may have the right to file a lawsuit for damages. Your lawyer could file against the negligent owner of the property where the injury occurred.
You could recover the following from an insurance claim or a lawsuit:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
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Injuries From a Slip and Fall Accident That Could Entitle You to Compensation
Injuries from a slip and fall accident can be severe, regardless of a person’s age. The elderly are more prone to fractures from slip and fall accidents, particularly of the hip. Children also may be at risk of serious injuries from a fall.
Other injuries a slip and fall accident can cause include internal and external bleeding injuries, facial injuries, broken bones, back injuries, and more. Slips and falls can cause many changes in your life, including creating long-term injuries or worsening preexisting conditions. This might include:
- Persistent joint pain
- A slipped or herniated disc
- Traumatic brain injury
Long-term injuries can require months of physical therapy and follow-up appointments. These losses are compensable, and you can cite them with your claim.
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Ohio Premises Liability Laws That Could Be Relevant to Your Slip and Fall Case
The law in Ohio holds property owners responsible or liable for accidents that occur on their property if the accident is the result of their negligence. More specifically, property owners can be liable for accidents on their property if the accident results from a dangerous condition about which the property owner knew (or should have known) and failed to correct or failed to issue an adequate warning.
This duty extends to owners of both private and commercial properties. It can apply to government parties whose negligence leads to an injury – such as failure to fix a crack in a sidewalk that leads to a trip and fall.
Parties You Could Pursue Compensation From After a Slip and Fall in Hilliard
Property owners are the primary liable party in situations like yours. However, this might involve an individual owner or a company. The property manager could also be responsible.
If you were injured by a fall on public property, the city could be liable for your losses. You might have fallen while walking near a Hilliard road works project. You might have tripped due to proper signage. Franklin County’s road workers might not have repaired a pothole they knew existed as a public hazard, causing you harm.
What to Expect From the Slip and Fall Case Process
You will have to prove negligence in your slip and fall accident to collect an award. The injured party must establish that the property owner knew of or should have known of a hazard but did not warn or correct it. The victim also must link the accident to injuries that he or she sustained. Finally, a victim must establish the damages and injuries suffered because of the accident.
You will start by filing an insurance claim for accident-related losses. Your lawyer serving Hilliard will negotiate for a fair settlement. The insurance company might not want to pay fairly.
So, we might turn to filing a lawsuit and making your slip and fall case in court. We could secure a settlement before the court date. If we don’t, we will try to obtain a judgment award.
Problems That Could Affect Your Case
The only exception of premises liability law is when a slip and fall accident occurred while a victim trespassed on the property. According to Ohio Code Section 2305.402, a property owner has no duty to a trespasser except to refrain from willful, wanton, or reckless conduct that is likely to cause injury to the trespasser.
You could have also been responsible for a portion of the accident. If so, you could see a reduction in your compensation proportionate to your degree of fault. This means that if you wore smooth-bottomed shoes the day you slipped in a puddle at a grocery store, you could be partially at fault.
Under Ohio Code Section 2315.33, you might see 75% of the award you win because the insurance company determines your shoes make you 25% responsible.
Do Not Wait to Start Pursuing Damages After a Slip and Fall Accident in Hilliard
All personal injury cases have a filing deadline imposed by the state of Ohio. In most slip and fall cases, one of the following filing deadlines will apply:
- The personal injury statute of limitations in Hilliard slip and fall cases is generally two years from the date of your fall, according to Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10.
- The wrongful death statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of a loved one’s demise, according to Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02.
Complying with the filing deadline is an important part of your case. It can also be a complicated part without legal support and guidance because the relevant date can change. The age of the injured party and certain actions the at-fault party might take can alter the date.
With enough notice from you, we can help you comply with the deadline to take legal action.
It Costs Nothing Up front to Get Our Slip and Fall Accident Attorney on Your Side
People who are injured by the negligent actions of others are entitled to financial compensation. While obtaining compensation is easier with a legal representative by your side, injured parties might hesitate when it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer.
The perceived cost of hiring a lawyer and the extent of your injuries are only two reasons you might delay hiring a lawyer. Neither of these common causes of hesitation needs to impact your case. At no cost or obligation to you, our legal team will investigate your case and the financial value of your injuries.
We will obtain, complete, and submit all required insurance and legal forms and documents on your behalf. We will handle the details of the settlement negotiation process and take your case to trial if a favorable settlement is not forthcoming or negotiations are extended or prolonged.
Injured Clients Turn to Bressman Law for Legal Support
When they leave reviews and recommendations on our testimonials page, personal injury clients our law firm represented in the past have the following to say about working with us to obtain compensation:
- Jerry F.: “David, Karen and the staff at Bressman Law are AMAZING…Pick Bressman Law, you will not be disappointed and will NOT find any better representation. Thank you, David, you ROCK!”
- Bari S.: “You can trust this firm. You can depend on Mr. Bressman to treat you with dignity, professionalism, and most of all great care in what he does! He is thorough and effective…He was a great representative for me, and I recommend him and his team – highly.”
When our personal injury law firm is on your side, you and your case become a priority for every one of our team members. We fight hard to recover damages for you and stop at nothing to ensure you get the care and support you need from the beginning of your case until the end.
Filing a Civil Suit Against a Property Owner in Hilliard With the Help of Our Slip and Fall Attorney
In Ohio, you have two years from the date when the injury occurred to file a claim for damages in a slip and fall case, so get started as soon as possible.
At Bressman Law, our slip and fall attorneys know what it takes to get the compensation you deserve. If you have legal questions or would like to receive a free case consultation, call us now.