If you experienced a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property in Hilliard, you might have the right to take legal action if you suffered injuries and damages. A slip and fall attorney can help recover the compensation you need.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur at any type of 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 walkway
- 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.
Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident
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 types of injuries a victim of a slip and fall accident may sustain include internal and external bleeding injuries, facial injuries, broken bones, back injuries, and more.
Ohio Premises Liability Laws
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 is the result of 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. In any case, the injured party must establish the property owner knew of or should have known of a hazard but did not warn of it 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.
The only exception of premises liability law is in the case that a slip and fall accident occurred while a victim trespassed on 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.
Filing a Civil Suit against a Property Owner in Hilliard
If you experienced 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 have the right to file a lawsuit for damages against the negligent owner of the property where the injury occurred.
In Ohio, you have two years from the date when the injury occurred to file a claim for damages, 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, would like to receive a free case consultation or are ready to begin filing your claim today, call us now at 1-877-538-1116.